- Tuition And Financial Aid
- Financial Aid and Scholarships
Simon’s Rock is committed to partnering with families to make this unique opportunity
attainable for those students who need and are ready for it.
Simon’s Rock offers merit scholarships—ranging from $1,000 up to the full cost of
tuition—which are renewable for four years. Recipients are selected for academic excellence,
extracurricular distinction, personal motivation, and character. More than one third
of first-year students are awarded Simon’s Rock Merit Scholarships in varying amounts.
Students are also eligible for federal and state grants and loans that can cover up
to the full cost of attending Simon’s Rock. Many students receive assistance from
a variety of sources, including merit awards, need-based scholarships, Federal College
Work Study, and federal and state grants and loans.
Be sure to indicate if you are applying for aid and awards on your application.
All first-year applicants are considered for scholarship awards; there is no separate
application. To be considered for the full range of scholarships, you must submit:
Scholarships for Entering Students
Simon’s Rock Merit Scholarships
In addition to the named scholarships below, Simon’s Rock Merit Scholarships in varying
amounts are typically awarded to more than one third of first-year students.
Elizabeth Blodgett Hall and Livingston Hall Scholarships
These full tuition scholarships are named in honor of the College’s founder and her
Clark Early College Fellows
This fellowship recognizes bright, talented students who have demonstrated exceptional
leadership ability and potential. It was endowed by Overseer and alumnus James McConnell
Clark ’76, who believes that access to an outstanding liberal arts education should
not be determined by a student’s age or financial resources but by his or her ability
W.E.B. Du Bois Scholarships
The W.E.B. Du Bois Scholarships meet a significant portion of the financial need of
eligible students of color who are underrepresented in higher education and have a
record of academic achievement and motivation.
Berkshire Regional Scholarships
This scholarship supports eligible students from 14 surrounding counties. Students
must be under age 19 at entry and may choose to live at home if their families reside
within commuting distance. Eligible counties are: Massachusetts: Berkshire, Franklin,
Hampden, and Hampshire; Connecticut: Hartford, and Litchfield; New York: Albany, Columbia,
Dutchess, Greene, Rensselaer, and Ulster; and Vermont: Bennington and Windham.
Mason Hirst Scholarship
Established in 2009 by the Mason Hirst Foundation and alumnus Jeremy Hirst '92.
Mullaney Corporation Scholarship
Awarded to a student from Massachusetts on the basis of need and merit, this scholarship
was established in 2000 by David Mullaney, the general contractor for the Alumni Library,
the Fisher Science and Academic Center and the Kilpatrick Athletic Center.
Nadiri AliKhan Memorial Scholarship
Following the graduation of their daughter, Loren ’99, this scholarship was established
by Dr. Mahmood AliKhan and his wife, Linda, in memory of his mother.
The Vince Finisdore Family Scholarship
Established in 2006 by Marcia Finisdore, mother of alumna Susan Finisdore Higgins
’81, this scholarship assists students who qualify for financial aid and who have
a hearing loss as measured by professional audiological testing.
Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students who have completed two CTY residential summer
courses after the completion of grade nine or ten, or two CTY online courses in grade
nine, ten, or eleven. To be eligible, students must have earned a minimum of a B in
the courses, and must submit all CTY transcripts and comments at the time of application.
Study Away Scholarships and Fellowships
Rodney Christopher Scholarships for Study Abroad or Away
This endowed fund, established by Chairman of the Board of Overseers Emily H. Fisher,
gives students merit- and need-based scholarships for study abroad and study away.
The fund is inspired by and named in honor of alumnus Rodney Christopher ’86, who
remains a constant champion for equal academic and social opportunity. These scholarships
are primarily intended for students in the BA program, but all students may apply.
The scholarships will be awarded based on a student’s academic achievements, financial
need, and the merits of the proposed study abroad or away program in the context of
the student’s program of study. To receive the scholarship, the recipient must be
enrolled as a full-time student at Simon’s Rock for one semester after their studies
abroad or away.
The James Monsonis Junior Fellowship
Established by alumni of the College in 2003 on the occasion of his retirement, this
fellowship is named in honor of Dr. James Monsonis, for 25 years a faculty member
in sociology and social sciences. To be awarded annually, the fellowship is designed
to provide support to a student undertaking a project—usually an internship with a
social change organization—that fosters his or her understanding of the relationships
among peace, justice, and social change.
Scholarships for Returning Students
The Returning Student Scholarships include a range of merit- and need-based awards available to support students who
have demonstrated academic commitment and achievement in their first two years, have
made significant positive contributions to the life of the College, and/or have financial
need. The Returning Student Scholarships include a variety of awards, with total amounts
ranging from $500 to a maximum of $5,000 per year for the semesters students are in
residence (not on leave to study away and enrolled full time) at Simon’s Rock. Most
scholarships support students during their junior and senior years, although a few
are dedicated to supporting students in their sophomore year.