Sweet Briar College is pleased to be able to recognize excellence in all its forms. The College values students of extraordinary overall academic achievement, along with those who have developed special competence in the areas of art, natural science, music, humanities, or social sciences. Sweet Briar also seeks students who have shown superior involvement in school and community activities.
Named scholarship funds — Prothro, Founders, Commonwealth, Betty Bean Black, Sweet Briar, and Fletcher — are made possible by gifts provided by generous alumnae and friends of the College. Such philanthropy has made it possible for Sweet Briar to rank among the highest in the nation in the amount of endowment per student.
If you wish to be considered for an academic award, please submit your application for admission and all supporting credentials by February 1.
All undergraduate applicants to the College will be automatically considered for an academic or merit scholarship when they apply for admission and meet the application deadline. There are, however, a number of other scholarships that require a separate application. Scholarships are awarded based on a range of criteria. Some are based on academic performance or other special talents.
We offer academic scholarships based on your high school grade-point average and standardized test score (and we will mix scores from different test dates to get your best total test score). Our scholarships range up to $15,000 per year and are renewable annually, provided you maintain the academic criteria indicated in your scholarship notification letter.
You do not need to submit a separate application to be considered for a merit scholarship (with the exception of the specific awards listed below). All first-year applicants will be considered for appropriate merit scholarships as long as the application has been received by the appropriate deadline.
The following scholarships do require a separate application that is due by the date indicated on the individual scholarship application: