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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.

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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:

 When you’re ready to apply, get financial aid checklists and tips
 

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 husband.

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 and motivation.

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. 

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. 

The Ben Stern Internship at Random House

This summer internship program for Simon’s Rock students at Random House, Inc. in New York City was established by the family of alumnus Ben Stern ’87 in 2005. Random House Inc. is the world’s largest general trade book publisher. The internship at Random House starts at the beginning of June and includes funding for housing, transportation, and meals. Applicants must be second semester juniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above.

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 listed below. The total award amounts range from $500 to a maximum of $18,000 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.