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Financial Aid

Over 95 percent of McPherson College students receive financial assistance each year from McPherson College scholarships and awards, federal and state programs, work-study programs, and educational loans.

McPherson College has a financial aid awarding policy that considers a variety of factors including academic achievement, participation in co-curricular activities, and financial need. The college’s goal is to award enough financial assistance to provide incentive, recognition, and access.

Financial Aid Application Process

To be considered for and receive financial aid, students should take the following steps:

  • Submit their Application for Admission and academic transcripts to McPherson College. Students must be admitted to McPherson College in order to be considered for aid.
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). McPherson College’s priority deadline for FAFSA submissions is March 1 each year. McPherson College’s federal school code is 001933.
  • Review their Student Aid Report (SAR) and verification documentation to the Financial Aid Office. Students whose Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is selected by the Department of Education for verification must complete the Verification Worksheet (Dependent, Independent) and submit signed copies of the principal pages of their 2009 Federal Income Tax Returns. Dependent students must also submit parents’ returns. If supporting schedules are required, the college will ask for them separately.
  • Await receipt of their Financial Aid Award Notice, which the college prepares and mails, usually within 3–5 working days after their financial aid record.
  • Follow the instructions enclosed with the Financial Aid Award Notice by the date indicated to acknowledge acceptance of awards.
  • Complete the required application/promissory note if taking advantage of student loan opportunities.
  • Complete entrance interview if borrowing Direct or Perkins loans.

Financial Aid Calendar

January 1 – Application process begins. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
February 15 – Financial Aid Award Notification begins for current and admitted students only
March 1 – Priority Deadline for Financial Aid. Offers of aid after this date will be extended only as funds remain available.
April 1 – FAFSA receipt deadline for Kansas Comprehensive Grant

Scholarships and Awards

Every student meeting McPherson College’s admission standards is eligible for a Merit Award. In addition to the Merit Award, qualifying students may receive additional scholarship assistance based on academic achievement, co-curricular participation, demographic characteristics, leadership qualities, and major areas of interest. A financial aid calculator and detailed information about institutional awards and scholarships are available at www.mcpherson.edu/admissions/financial-aid.

Endowed Scholarship Funds

The endowed scholarships and loan funds listed below have been established through personal generosity and a desire on the part of the donors to assist future generations of students in attending McPherson College. The college is grateful for these endowed gifts, which provide a permanent expression of love and support for the college and for the students who will benefit from this kindness. No additional scholarship applications are required. These gifts fund the existing McPherson College Scholarship and Grant Program.

Unrestricted Endowed Scholarship Fund

The McPherson College Endowed Scholarship Fund with no specific restrictions for awarding has been established in memory or honor of the following individuals:

  • Walter E. Beery
  • Virgil Meyers Berkebile
  • Earl Bowman
  • R.S. Christensen
  • Earl E. Curtis
  • Samuel L. Elrod
  • Esther Eslinger
  • Leland and Pauline Flory
  • Oscar and Flora Gish Frantz
  • Roy Frantz
  • Harry and Marguerite Gilbert
  • Raenell Hall
  • Ira M. Hoover
  • Helen Jacobs
  • Ralph and Irene Ramey Johnson
  • Edith Keller
  • John Giolin Pearson
  • Ralph Rindt
  • Scott Robinson
  • Ray Simmons
  • Stucky Family Scholarship
  • Dr. Galen M. and Ruth Tice
  • Robert George Wolfe
  • Worthington Church
  • Una Yoder

Restricted Endowed Scholarships

Scholarship funds with specific restrictions have been established in memory or honor of the following individuals and organizations. These gifts fund the McPherson College Scholarships and Grants that have been awarded to students who meet the criteria as a part of our ongoing scholarship program.

  • Alumni Legacy Scholarship—For children and grandchildren of alumni
  • John and Elrae Andes Performing Arts Scholarship—For performing arts major and/or music majors
  • Appel Family Endowment Fund—For students with financial need
  • Charles and John A. Austin Memorial Scholarship Fund—For Western Colorado residents
  • Glen Donald Austin Scholarship Fund—For western Colorado residents with a preference to ethnic minorities
  • Royce and Phyllis Bowman Beam Vocal Music Scholarship—For performing arts major with preference for vocal music majors
  • Olive Ann Beech Endowed Scholarship—For Kansas residents with preference to Wichita students
  • Milford and Dorothy Graham Beeghly Endowed Memorial Scholarship—For Iowa or Northern Plains District residents
  • Pauline L. Bell Memorial Scholarship Fund—For upperclassmen majoring in music or music education
  • Desmond and Irene Bittinger Scholarship Fund—Institution acceptable academic standing minimum GPA
  • J.L. and Elva Bowman Scholarship Grant Fund—For science majors
  • Ira N.H. and Freda E. Brammell Scholarship Fund—For students demonstrating excellent leadership potential
  • Earl and Margaret Breon Scholarship Fund—For students with financial need
  • Phil and Clara Breon Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • Larry Brown Memorial Scholarship—For athletes majoring in physical education
  • Earl Brubaker Memorial Scholarship Fund—For students with financial need
  • Edward R. and Judith E. Butler Student Leaders Scholarship—For students with leadership ability in Student Services positions
  • David V. Campbell Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund—For orphaned, handicapped, and underprivileged students
  • John and George Casebeer Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • Winston Cassler Scholarship Fund—For students studying music
  • Will Edwin and Olive M. Chisholm Scholarship Fund—For students with financial need
  • Class of 1953 Endowed Scholarship—For freshmen with financial need
  • Elizabeth/Ed Brown & Classic Thunderbird Club of South Florida Endowed Scholarship—For auto restorations students
  • Redell and Barbara Cobb Meritorious Scholarship—For former students of Canton/Galva High School w/min 3.0 GPA
  • X.L. and Martha Coppock Memorial Scholarship **—For students with financial need
  • Crago Family Endowed Scholarship Fund—For exchange students who maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Elmer O. and Velma L. Dalke Endowed Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • Edith and Harry Darby Foundation Scholarship—For juniors and seniors
  • Lois E. Dell Scholarship Fund for Women—For women majoring in business and who have been absent from a college campus
  • Nora Dennison Memorial Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • Herbert and Lula Detrick Scholarship Fund—For students with financial need
  • Royer and Edna Dotzour Scholarship Fund—For Kingman County, Kansas high school graduates with preference to Norwich High School
  • Fred Duesenberg Memorial Scholarship—For auto restorations students
  • Bernette Marie Denny Eisenbise Educational Scholarship—For students majoring in education
  • Elliott Family Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • Franklin and Roberta Brown Evans Memorial Scholarship—For sophomore and above who demonstrate academic leadership ability
  • F & J Foundation Endowed Scholarship—For auto restorations students
  • Duane and Ruthia Fike Scholarship **—For students with financial need
  • Glen E. Flory Family Scholarship Fund—For students with financial need
  • Elizabeth Wagoner Forror and Jo Wagoner Scholarship—For Church of the Brethren members
  • Franklin Club/David T. Doman—For freshmen and sophomore For auto restorations students
  • Earl and Lela Frantz Scholarship Endowment Trust **—For Church of the Brethren members
  • Merlin and ImoJean Sheller Frantz Endowed Scholarship Fund—For students with financial need
  • Ramona R. Fries and Arthur H. Fries Endowed Scholarship **—Consideration to academic merit; students must have and maintain a minimum 3.4 GPA
  • Fred J. and Martha E. Geisert Scholarship—For Dickinson County, Kansas residents and high school graduates with preference to members and children of members of New Basel United Church of Christ, Abilene
  • Warren and Luella Gish Scholarship Fund—For students with financial need
  • Adelaide Glaser Scholarship Fund—For Kansas residents, sophomore and above
  • Raymond “Dutch” and Dorothy L. Goering Scholarship Fund—For students with financial need
  • Mary Roop Greim Scholarship—For Missouri residents
  • Forrest and Della Groff Scholarship Fund—For Church of the Brethren members and Groff family members
  • Edgar and Willa Grossnickle Scholarship Fund—For Iowa residents with preference to Church of the Brethren members
  • Mable Beyer Grover Scholarship Fund—For students with financial need
  • William W. Haas Scholarship Fund—For Dickinson County, Kansas high school graduates
  • Henry & Nellie Krebbs Hall Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • Len and Stella Harden and Joyce Harden Brown Endowed Scholarship Fund—For junior and senior science, math or premed majors
  • Harrison African-American Academic Scholarship—For African-American students
  • Dorothy Bryant Hart Endowment Scholarship Fund—For students with financial need
  • Eugenia D. Hatcher Endowed Memorial Scholarship—For women
  • Verlin L. and Florence M. Hatfield Scholarship Fund—For resident students with financial need who demonstrate academic ability
  • Kenneth Haury Memorial Scholarship—For business or accounting majors
  • Dr. J. Willard Hershey—For junior and senior science majors
  • Dick and Beverly Hess Fine Arts Endowment Fund—For fine arts students
  • Dick and Beverly Hess Science Endowment Fund—For science students
  • Lou Ann Dyck Hess Fine Arts Endowment Fund—For music students
  • Lou Ann Dyck Hess Science Endowment Fund—For biology students
  • Sharon and David Hewitt Endowed Scholarship—For students interested in motorcycle restoration or automotive restoration
  • Della Hoerner Memorial Scholarship Fund—For students seeking careers in nursing, medicine, or medical technology
  • Phillip J. Hofen Memorial Scholarship—For Iowa residents
  • Paul and Joanna Hoffman Endowed Scholarship Fund—For Church of the Brethren students with preference to members from the United States
  • Samuel Hoffman Scholarship Fund **—For students with financial need
  • Holden Family Scholarship—For students enrolled in automotive restoration technology program
  • Dennis A. Holl Memorial Scholarship—For Church of the Brethren members interested in industrial arts
  • Royal and Norma Hornbaker Memorial Scholarship Fund—For students with financial need
  • Alta Gross Ikenberry Memorial Scholarship—For Idaho or Kansas residents with preference to freshmen
  • Ernest and Olivia Ikenberry Endowed Scholarship Fund **—For students with financial need
  • Insurance Management Association Endowed Scholarship Fund—For business students
  • Grace Vaniman Ingalls and Roscoe Ingalls Memorial Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. Brian Jackson Memorial Scholarship—For auto restorations students
  • Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. Russ Jackson Memorial Scholarship—For auto restorations students
  • Daniel Palmer Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund—For math or science majors
  • Ethel Ward Kindig Memorial Scholarship Fund—For students interested in Christian ministry or service with preference to Nebraska residents
  • Kinzie Foundation Scholarship—For juniors and seniors who are Church of the Brethren members
  • Sharon Knechel Memorial Fund for Development of Student Leaders – established to supplement student services programming
  • John K. and Arlene Flory Kough Memorial Scholarship—For Church of the Brethren members from Kansas
  • Roy Levi Kreider Scholarship Fund—For students with financial need
  • Walter and Ruby Kuhn Memorial Scholarship Fund—For business, computer science, or auto restoration majors
  • William and Mary Lee Endowed Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • Henry L. and Anna Burkholder Lehman Memorial Scholarship—For students who demonstrate academic and leadership ability
  • Harry and Minnie Lehman Endowed Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • Harvey and Ruth Kurtz Lehman Endowed Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • Leland L. Lengel Memorial Scholarship in History—For sophomore, junior and senior history majors
  • Henry Lichty Lovett, Dorothy Lichty Vogel, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn A. Lichty, Lucile Lichty West Scholarship Fund—For students with financial need
  • Allen Long Memorial Scholarship—For students who plan to study in the physical or natural sciences
  • F.E. and Cora A. Marchand Scholarship Fund—For Church of the Brethren members
  • Alice B. Martin Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • Martha C. Martin Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • Louie Maune Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • Wallace and Nellie Wagner McDaneld Memorial Scholarship Fund **—For Kansas residents and students interested in Christian ministry or service
  • Grace Brunk McGhee Endowed Scholarship Fund—For students with financial need
  • Josephine Shirar McGonigle Memorial Scholarship Fund—For students with financial need
  • Ellen McHugh Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • Delia Chavez McIlwaine Memorial Scholarship Fund—For music or education majors
  • Dwight McSpadden Memorial Scholarship Fund—For students involved in the college athletic program
  • Meguiar Family Endowed Scholarship in Automobile Restoration—For auto restorations students
  • Mark and Katherine J. Ramsey Melhorn Endowed Scholarship—For McPherson County residents who participate in college athletics with preference to students intending to major in science
  • Samuel B. Merkey Memorial Scholarship Fund **—For students with financial need
  • Burton and Mabel Metzler Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • David and Doris Metzler Scholarship **—For students enrolled full time preparing for the ministry or Christian service or PK-12 classroom teaching
  • Delma Miller Scholarship—For Church of the Brethren members
  • Oscar and Vida Miller Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • Mary Mingenback Scholarship Fund—For art or music students
  • Edgar and Marie Moats and Roy and Wava Neher Memorial Scholarship/Edna Neher Memorial Scholarship Fund—For members and friends of Ivester, Iowa, and Osage, Kansas. Churches of the Brethren
  • Alma Anderson Moore Scholarship Fund—For speech and theatre students
  • Milton and Rebecca Morrison Endowed Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • David W. and Florence Smith Moyers Memorial Scholarship Fund—For Church of the Brethren members who demonstrate church leadership potential
  • Carrie Mugler Memorial Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • Chester and Pearl Crumpacker Murrey Scholarship Fund—For freshmen and first-year transfers with financial need
  • Negley Family Scholarship—Priority to Church of the Brethren students, then students with financial need
  • Connie Nichols Endowment Scholarship Fund/Ethel McClure Scholarship—For art majors involved in an extra-curricular or volunteer activity
  • Ray Nonken Memorial Scholarship—For Kansas residents who participate in athletics
  • Barbara and Bernard Nordling Scholarship Fund/Leland E. Nordling Family Scholarship Fund—For Kansas residents west of U.S. Highway 81 (excluding Sedgwick County)
  • Pat Noyes Memorial Scholarship—For upperclassmen involved in men’s basketball
  • Howard and Winifred O’Connor-Keim Scholarship—For women who will have achieved their 23rd birthday prior to receiving this scholarship
  • Pauline Vaniman Pair Endowed Scholarship Fund for the Fine Arts—For art, music, theatre majors
  • Paul and Pauline Vaniman Pair Endowed Computer Science Scholarship Fund—For computer science majors
  • Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Scholarship—For auto restorations students
  • Lila Marie Peckover Memorial Scholarship Fund—For Church of the Brethren members with preference to Hutchinson, KS church members
  • M.W. and Hallie Goforth Penland Endowment Scholarship Fund—For students in philosophy/religion, science or education
  • PepsiCola Endowed Scholarship Fund—For auto restorations students
  • Ernest and Inez Peterson Scholarship—For juniors and seniors majoring in business or accounting
  • Powell Family Endowed Scholarship in Science and Religion—For science or religion/philosophy majors with preference to those studying both disciplines
  • A.B. and Vera Prather Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • Benjamin Quapaw Scholarship **—For Native American students
  • Art Ray Track & Field /Cross Country Scholarship—Students participating in track and field or cross country
  • Blake Reed Mac2Mac Scholarship Fund—For McPherson High School football players who plan to attend McPherson College to pursue a degree and participate in the football program or McPherson College football player nominated by coaching staff
  • Kenneth M. Rock Memorial Scholarship—For student in the upper 25 percent of their high school class
  • Rolls-Royce Foundation Scholarship—For auto restorations students who demonstrate interest in Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars
  • William D. and Alice Nash Royer Scholarship—For biology majors
  • Bob Sahl Memorial Scholarship—For auto restorations students who demonstrate interest in Pre16 automobiles or prewar automobiles
  • Paul and Rowena Vaniman Sargent Business Scholarship—For business majors
  • Orlin N. Sell Memorial Scholarship Fund—For students interested in Christian education/ministry
  • Arlene Barley Sheller Memorial Scholarship—For Iowa Church of the Brethren members with preference to Ivester Church members and friends
  • Dwight Smith Memorial Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • Delbert and Barbara Smith Cross-Country and Track & Field Endowed Scholarship—For student who participates in cross-country and/or track and field
  • Paul E. “Gene” Smith Memorial Scholarship—For junior football player who excelled at athletic performance
  • Paul and Edna Snavely Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • Dale Snell Scholarship Fund—For juniors and seniors studying music
  • The Spear Brothers Endowed Scholarship Fund—Full-time student enrolled in the auto restoration program
  • Elmer B. and Margaret Rich Staats Scholarship for Public Service—For students seeking a career in public service
  • Dale and Velma Strickler Scholarship—For juniors and seniors interested in social work, business or economics
  • Lyle and Florence Forsyth and Merl and Ola Switzer Scholarship Fund—For students with financial need
  • Trinity Church of the Brethren Scholarship Fund—For students interested in ministry
  • Bernice McClellan Trostle Scholarship Fund—For humanities or social science majors with preference to history, then English
  • Raymond H. Trostle Memorial Scholarship Fund—For science majors with preference to chemistry
  • Victor and Rosalie Ullom Scholarship—For Colorado residents with financial need
  • Peggy van Asselt/Pam Higgins Scholarship Fund **—Preference to biology/foreign language double majors; biology or foreign language majors
  • Elmer E. Vaniman Memorial Music Scholarship Fund—For music students with preference to Church of the Brethren members
  • LaVerne M. “Tony” Voshell Athletic Scholarship Fund—For students involved in football, basketball or track
  • Ernest A. and Eunice Almen Wall and Rollyn E. Wall Endowed Scholarship—For freshmen
  • John and Bonnie (Martin) Ward Endowed Scholarship – for McPherson, KS students preparing for a career in teacher education
  • Watkins-Gerhard Scholarship Fund—For students with financial need
  • Paul and Frances Weaver Endowed Scholarship—For students pursuing a career in Christian ministry or philosophy/religion students
  • Marvin and Doreen Will Scholarship—For incoming freshmen majoring in political science, history or both
  • Jacob and Ruth Wise Scholarship—For students with financial need
  • Irma Cloe Witmore Endowed Scholarship Fund—For English, communications/journalism, or theatre majors who participate in extra-curricular or volunteer activities
  • Roger and Rita Wittig Scholarship—For auto restorations students
  • Randy and Sonya Wittig Scholarship—For auto restorations students
  • Dayton and Hazel Yoder Memorial Endowment—For students with rural/agricultural backgrounds who support Brethren values with preference to Church of the Brethren members
  • LaVerne and Evelyn Herr York Scholarship—For students from Dickinson County involved in athletics, or Kansas residents involved in athletics
  • Paul Ziegler Memorial Scholarship Fund—For students involved with the tennis program
  • ** Denotes scholarship is not fully funded.

Work Study and Employment

All students may apply for on-campus jobs, but students qualifying for the Federal College Work Study program are given priority. These jobs include clerical assistants, maintenance workers, housekeeping, resident assistants, admissions assistants, athletic event staff, etc.

Off-campus employment is usually available to students. The community of McPherson normally enjoys an unemployment rate far below the national average, and there are many requests for part-time student help. The Career Services Offices posts notices of available positions for both on- and off-campus jobs online at www.mcpherson.edu/careers/opportunities.asp.

Other Sources Of Financial Assistance

Veteran’s Benefits may be used to attend McPherson College. For information on eligibility and to obtain application materials, students should contact the Veteran’s Administration by phone at 1—888-442-4551 or online at http:www.gibill.va.gov.

Local service agencies such as Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions, PEO, AAUW, federated women’s clubs and others have funding available for qualified students. Inquire with these agencies for scholarship forms.

Other forms of financial aid may also be available. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further information.