Central College gives recognition to students who demonstrate high academic achievement. You can determine the amount of scholarship you may be eligible to receive by applying to Central. You may also be eligible for other need-based financial aid. Priority deadline of March 1.

Academic Scholarships

Presidential Scholarships

Scholarships range from $14,500 to $18,500, renewable for a total of four years. Central evaluates scholarships based on a combination of cumulative high school GPA and ACT/SAT composite test score results.

Scholar Days - Feb. 7, 14 and 21

Trustee Scholarships

Students who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 and composite ACT of 23/1050-1080 SAT and choose to participate in Central’s Scholar Days in February, can also receive a Trustee Scholarship ranging from $1,000 – $3,000. Application and pertinent documents for admittance must be postmarked by January 15, 2015. Invitations will be sent to eligible students.

Full-tuition Kuyper Fellowships and
$25,000 Pella Rolscreen Fellowships

Fellowships are the most prestigious award granted at Central. Fellowships will be awarded to students who are invited and participate in Central’s Scholar Days. Full-tuition recipients are not eligible for any additional Central College financial aid.

Cornerstone Scholarships

Scholarships up to $14,500 are awarded to students who are not eligible for a Presidential Scholarship.

Foundation Awards

Award amounts vary and are granted to students who demonstrate potential for college success yet do not qualify for other academic scholarships.

Additional Opportunities

National Merit Finalist Award - $1,000

Awarded to students qualifying as a National Merit Finalist. Documentation may be required.
Scholarship renewable for four years.

Heritage Awards - $1,500

Students must be a member of the Reformed Church in America OR the child of an alum OR have a sibling attending or graduated from Central College. Scholarship renewable for four years.

Central College Awards - $500-$2,000

Awards are available for students who have a passion in the areas below. Awards are given to both majors and non-majors in these areas. An interview, audition and/or portfolio review are required. Audition/interview dates are Saturday, February 1, 8 and 15. Scholarship renewable for four years.

Learn more about Central awards criteria.

Iowa Tuition Grant - $4,000

Must reside in the state of Iowa, attend a private college or university and demonstrate financial need as specified by the State of Iowa. Free Application for Student Aid due to processor by July 1, 2014. Renewal is determined each year by annual application of the FAFSA.

Federal Grants

You may be eligible for additional federal grants/financial aid. See the financial aid homepage for more information.