Office of Financial Aid

Scholarship Information

Merit Based Scholarships for Entering Students

Scripps College offers several merit-based scholarships, ranging from $10,000 to $27,000. These scholarships are awarded to students based on demonstrated academic performance and school or community involvement.

All applicants to the College—with the exception of transfer applicants—are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Notification of scholarships takes place at the time of admission and the scholarships are renewable for each of the student’s four years at the College.

Approximately 31% of the students admitted to the Scripps Entering Class of Fall 2017 were awarded merit-based scholarships.

Questions about merit-based scholarships should be directed to the Office of Admission at (909) 621-8149.

Merit Based Scholarships for Continuing Students

The following Scripps College sponsored merit scholarships are the only three awards available for continuing students to apply for after the point of admission.

The Ellen Clark Revelle Scholarship (“The Nellie”) is awarded to a continuing student who demonstrates financial need and fully engages in leadership activities in the Scripps community and beyond. Honoring alumna and former trustee Ellen Clark Revelle ’31.

The Ellen Clark Revelle Scholar will receive an $800 book stipend as well as, two-round trip airfares home annually*, and funding for student health insurance purchased through the College.  In addition, the student may request a one-time $5,000 summer internship stipend to pursue further leadership experience and up to $2,500 to cover other actual expenses related to their Scripps College education including a one-time laptop computer purchase*.  At graduation, the Ellen Clark Revelle Scholarship Fund will repay any packaged amount of need-based loan that the student borrows, up to a maximum of $14,000.

The Nellie is automatically renewable for a maximum of six semesters for a student awarded as a rising sophomore, assuming the recipient maintains high academic standards and continues to be engaged with the Scripps College community and the community at-large. Awards are announced at the end of each fall semester and are made beginning with the following fall semester.

Ellen Clark Revelle ’31 was a champion for political causes locally and nationally and enthusiastically carried on the philanthropic spirit of her beloved great aunt, Ellen Browning Scripps.

*Some restrictions apply

The Samella Lewis Scholarship established by friends, students, and admirers of Samella Lewis – artist, arts educator, and former Scripps professor. The scholarship honors her as an instructor, artist, and mentor. The College will award this scholarship annually to a junior or senior African-American student who demonstrates excellence in character, leadership, and responsibility. The recipient(s) of this award will receive up to $4,500 in loan repayment upon graduation.

The Bekki Lee Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established in 2013 through the generosity of Bekki’s friends and family to celebrate her lifelong commitment to education, access and inclusivity. Bekki’s deep commitment to education will be remembered, honored, and celebrated in perpetuity through the award of the Bekki Lee Memorial Endowed Scholarship to a deserving student who has made significant efforts to enhance the Scripps community. The recipient of this award will receive up to $6,000 in loan and/or grant replacement.

QuestBridge Scholars

QuestBridge National College Match is a non-profit organization that links high achieving, highly motivated low-income and under-served youth with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation’s best colleges. The  program offers students the opportunity to participate in an alternative early admission program with 32 elite colleges and universities. The key benefits of the National College Match program include:

  • Four-year scholarship with no loans*
  • Scholarship covers tuition and fees, room and board and books and supplies.
  • A minimum student contribution of $1,200 is expected from summer employment or savings.
  • Students will be awarded $2,200 in Work-Study as a means to meet part of their educational expenses.
  • Students are generally expected to cover their transportation and personal expenses from summer/academic year employment and/or savings.
  • Transportation allowances vary based on geographic location of the student’s permanent address.

*Although loans are not included in a student’s initial award letter, QuestBridge Match students may request a student loan to cover their minimum student contribution. In addition, QuestBridge Match students who participate in SAGE Study Abroad programs may also borrow a loan because work-study is not available while students are abroad.

Veterans Benefits and Scripps Yellow Ribbon Program

Scripps College proudly supports women who are veterans of the United States Armed Forces and their children. Scripps College is pleased to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.  The Yellow Ribbon Program is a partnership between Scripps College and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  The program is designed to help students supplement their Post 9/11 GI Bill Tuition Benefits. Veterans and children of eligible veterans, who meet the eligibility requirements  and whose education expenses (tuition and fees) exceed the 2017-18 maximum of $ $22,805.34 are eligible to receive additional funds from Scripps College through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Scripps College supports up to 8 Yellow Ribbon Program-qualified students each academic year. Yellow Ribbon qualified veterans may receive up to $10,000 per year from Scripps College and the Department of Veterans Affairs will match at the same amount and issue payment directly to Scripps College. These additional VA funds are provided without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement. Scholarships will be offered to eligible students on a first come, first-serve basis. 


Accepting, Coordinating, and Processing Your Outside Scholarship Awards

Accepting Outside Scholarship Awards

If you receive an outside scholarship at any time before or during the academic year, you must notify the Scripps College Financial Aid Office. Federal, state and institutional regulations require the Financial Aid Office to consider all student and parent income, assets and outside resources (i.e., scholarships) when determining your eligibility for financial aid.

Coordinating Outside Scholarships in a Financial Aid Award

Institutional policy states that outside scholarships will first replace the student’s self-help (loans and/or work study) awards where available, thus reducing the amount a student may need to borrow or work to meet college expenses. Following the reduction of self-help aid, we will also allow outside scholarships to help cover your minimum student income contribution. If the total of your outside scholarship(s) exceeds your self-help awards and student contribution, we may be required to reduce other forms of aid including Scripps College Grant.

For your convenience, you may use our Private Scholarship Information Form 2017-2018  to report your scholarship to our office, so that we may include it in your financial aid award.

Processing Outside Scholarship Awards

Outside scholarship checks should be made payable to Scripps College and sent directly to the Financial Aid Office. Please ensure that your full name and Scripps College Student ID is written on the check or included in a memo when possible.

Mail or deliver the check to:

Scripps College Financial Aid Office
1030 Columbia Avenue #2027
Claremont, California 91711

Once received, your scholarship check will be displayed as part of your financial aid award on your My Financial Aid portal. Disbursements will be credited to your student account along with any other financial aid you may receive.  Normally, scholarships are credited to student accounts within 3-5 business days after the financial aid office has confirmed your eligibility, but not earlier than 10-days before the beginning of each semester. Scholarship disbursements received for students who are not enrolled or otherwise ineligible, will be returned to the issuing scholarship agency.

Outside Agency Scholarship Resources