Balfour, Trustee and Community Scholarships
As a Balfour, Trustee or Community Scholar, you were selected from a highly competitive pool of Wheaton applicants. It is indeed a meritorious distinction! Following are some frequently asked questions about the academic scholarship program, its administration and the benefits to which you are entitled.
How was I selected to receive an academic scholarship?
The Admission Committee selected you based on the overall strength of your application.
How does Wheaton recognize academic scholars?
Balfour, Trustee and Community Scholars receive a scholarship during each of four academic years, provided you maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. A stipend is also awarded that may be accessed after the sophomore year. Your stipend can underwrite an unpaid, out-of-class learning experience during the summer, or it may be applied towards the cost of a Wheaton faculty-led program during non-academic term time.
What happens if I earn less than the required GPA?
Your cumulative GPA is reviewed annually. If you earn less than a 3.0 but more than a 2.67, you will be awarded the scholarship on a probationary basis for the following academic year; Wheaton expects you to improve your GPA in order to renew the scholarship after your probation. If you earn below a 2.67, your scholarship may be cancelled. Extraordinary circumstances are always considered.
How can I use my stipend?
You may use your stipend during the summer at the end of your sophomore or junior year. The staff of the Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services will work with you to identify an unpaid and non-credit-bearing out-of-class learning experience (and use your stipend as payment), or you can create a position of your own that would otherwise not have been a paid opportunity. Experiences may include internships, research projects, student-faculty collaborations, professional development opportunities or community service endeavors.
Alternatively, you may apply your stipend towards the fees associated with a Wheaton faculty-led program during non-academic term time. Examples of recent short-term study abroad destinations include China, Costa Rica/Belize, Ireland, South Africa and Turkey. For more information, visit our Faculty-led Wheaton Programs page.
What if I don’t use my stipend?
If you have not applied for your one-time stipend by spring of your junior year, your stipend will revert to Wheaton College.
How does the academic scholarship fit into my financial aid package?
The Balfour, Trustee or Community scholarship reduces your eligibility for need-based aid.
I am planning to study abroad on a Wheaton-approved program at another institution for a semester or a year. Will my Balfour, Trustee or Community scholarship be applied toward a study-away program?
Balfour, Trustee or Community scholarships at Wheaton may be used toward study-away programs that are affiliated with the college (i.e., where fees are paid directly to Wheaton). Contact Wheaton’s Center for Global Education for a current list. If you choose to attend a non-affiliated domestic or study-abroad program, you will forfeit your scholarship for that period.
I am considering one of the dual–degree programs Wheaton offers. How would my participation affect my scholarship?
Your academic scholarship eligibility is for a maximum of eight semesters of study at Wheaton. If you are accepted to a dual-degree program that involves fewer than eight semesters at Wheaton, your scholarship applies only to those semesters in which you are studying at the college.
I have AP, IB and/or college credits earned while in high school that I want to transfer to Wheaton. Will this affect my eligibility for a Balfour, Trustee or Community scholarship?
Many credits acquired while you were still in high school may be transferable and will not impact your scholarship. However, if you use your AP, IB or college credits to accelerate your graduation, completing your degree requirements in fewer than eight semesters, you will forfeit any remaining award eligibility.
Since graduating high school, I earned college credits but was not officially matriculated at a college. Will this affect my eligibility for a Balfour, Trustee or Community scholarship?
You may transfer up to one semester of credits and still be considered a first-year student, therefore eligible for a Balfour, Trustee or Community scholarship. Only students enrolling in college full time for the first time are eligible. Please note: Your Balfour, Trustee or Community award is credited by semester and applies only to the semesters in which you are enrolled. If you accelerate your graduation and complete your degree requirements in fewer than eight semesters, you will forfeit the remaining scholarship.
What happens if I am on an approved leave of absence?
Students who take an official leave of absence to attend college elsewhere and earn transferable credit will forfeit their Balfour, Trustee or Community scholarship for that period. If you consider a leave of absence for any reason, we recommend you contact the Office of Student Financial Services to determine the impact of your leave on your scholarship.
How is my academic scholarship credited to my account?
Fifty percent of your annual Balfour, Trustee or Community scholarship award is applied each semester you are a full-time student in residence at Wheaton or participating in a Wheaton-affiliated program abroad. If you are enrolled less than full time in any semester, your scholarship will be prorated.