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How High Test Scores Lead to Scholarships

Posted by Suniti Mathur on Mon, Sep 25, 2017

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By now it should come as no surprise that scoring well on the SAT and/or ACT will increase your chances of getting into your top colleges. What you may or may not have heard is that high test scores also increase your chances of getting college scholarships. Let’s face it—college is expensive! For this reason, it’s a good idea to take advantage of any sort of financial assistance you can get. There are nonprofits and other organizations that can provide scholarships, but the most common scholarship will come from your college itself. 

The SAT/ACT give you an opportunity. Perhaps you didn't get the best grades and your GPA is average at best, but you redeem yourself by scoring big on your entrance exams. That could still potentially lead to a scholarship. If you did have a good GPA and accompany it by outstanding test scores then sky's the limit.

Different colleges will award different types of test score scholarships. While it is a good idea to check with the colleges that you’re interested in to make sure you’re getting the most up-to-date information, this blog curates relevant data from Guaranteed Scholarships on SAT/ACT scores and scholarship opportunities. Below you will find tables about dozens of colleges and their typical ACT & SAT scholarship offers correlating with test scores. 

Don't forget about superscoring your test scores. Every point counts when it comes to scholarships and superscoring is the key to bumping your total score to the next scholarship tier.

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TABLE: Alfred College Scholarships

GPA

SAT Score

ACT Score

Award

93

1200

26

Free tuition, room, and board

90

1150

25

Free room

88

1100

24

Free board (18 meals a week)

 

TABLE: Arcadia University Scholarships

GPA

SAT Score

Award

3.2

1030

Between $3000 and full tuition

 

TABLE: Belhaven College Scholarships

ACT Score

SAT Score

Annual Award for Students Living on Campus

20

930-960

$500

21

970-1000

$1000

22

1010-1040

$1500

23

1050-1080

$2000

24

1090-1100

$2500

25

1120-1150

$3000

26

1160-1190

$3500

27

1200-1220

$4000

28

1230-1260

$4500

29

1270-1300

$5000

30

1310-1340

$5500

31

1350-1380

$6000

32

1390-1440

$6500

33

1450-1500

$7000

34

1510-1560

$7500

35

1570-1600

$8000

36

 

$8500

 

TABLE: Bluffton College Scholarships

First-Time or Transfer

GPA

SAT Score

ACT Score

Annual Award

First-time

3.0

1050

23

$8396

First-time

3.5

1140

25

$9396

First-time

3.75

1220

27

$10,396

Transfer

3.5

1050

23

$2500 (up to $4000 based on need)

 

TABLE: Buena Vista University Scholarships

GPA

ACT Score

Award

3.75

26

$7500

3.25

20

$5500 annually

 

TABLE: Cedarville College Scholarships

GPA

SAT Score

ACT Score

Award

3.0

1310

30

$2000 annually

3.0

1120

25

$600-$1400

 

TABLE: Centenary College Scholarships

GPA

SAT Score

ACT Score

Annual Award

3.8

1210

27

Up to $10,000

3.3

1030

22

Up to $8000

3.0

910

19

Up to $6500

2.5

800

16

Up to $5000

 

TABLE: Chowan College Scholarships

GPA

SAT Score

Annual Award

3.0

1000

$5000

3.0

1100

$5200

3.0

1200

$5500

3.0

1300

$5750

3.5

1000

$5500

3.5

1100

$5750

3.5

1200

$6250

3.5

1300

$7000

4.0

1000

$5750

4.0

1100

$6250

4.0

1200

$7000

4.0

1300

$8000

 

 

TABLE: Daniel Webster College Scholarships for Resident Students

GPA

SAT Score

Annual Award

2.5

1000

$2000

3.0

1000

$4000

3.8

1200

$7500

 

TABLE: Dominican University of California Scholarships

Student

GPA

SAT Score

Annual Award

All students

3.6

1200

$11,500

Traditionally under-represented students

3.2

920

$11,500

 

TABLE: Dordt College Scholarships

GPA

ACT Score

Award

3.0

21

$500-$5000

 

TABLE: D’Youville College Scholarships

Scholarship

GPA

SAT Score

ACT Score

Award

Duration

Honors Scholarship

 

1100

24

50% off tuition and 25% off room and board for residents; 50% off tuition for commuters

4-5 years depending on program

Academic Initiative

85

1000

21-23

25% off tuition and 50% off room and board for residents; 25% off tuition for commuters

4-5 years depending on program

Achievement Scholarship

80-84

900-1090

19-23

$1000-4000 annually

4-5 years depending on program

 

TABLE: Eastern College Scholarships for Incoming Students

Class Rank

SAT Score

Annual Award

Top 15%

1200

$7000

Top 25%

1100

$6000

Top 40%

1000

$4000

Top 50%

950

$1500

 

TABLE: Faulkner University Scholarships

SAT Score Range

ACT Score Range

Annual Award

1030-1130

22-24

$2500-$3000

1140-1290

25-28

$3500-$4000

1300-1370

29-30

$5000-$5500

 

TABLE: Goshen College Scholarships

GPA

Class Rank

SAT Score

ACT Score

Award

3.5

Top 15%

1100

24

$1800-$3000

3.8

Top 5%

1270

29

$2400-$3500

 

TABLE: Hampden-Sydney College Scholarships

Class Rank

SAT Score

Annual Award

Top 5%

1400

$15,000

Top 10%

1350

$11,250

Top 15%

1250

$7500

 

TABLE: Hamline University Scholarships

GPA

Class Rank

SAT Score

ACT Score

Annual Award

3.8

Top 5%

1260

28

$5500-full tuition

3.5

Top 15%

1180

26

$3500-$6500

3.25

Top 25%

1140

25

$2000-$5000

 

TABLE: Jamestown College Scholarships

GPA/Class Rank

ACT Score

Award

3.8

30

$9000

Valedictorian (Ranked 1st)

25

$8500

Salutatorian (Ranked 2nd)

25

$7500

3.8

26

$6500

3.4

24

$5000

3.0

20

$3000

 

TABLE: Mars Hill College Scholarships

GPA

SAT Score

Award

3.5

1200

$7000

3.5

1100

$6000

3.5

1000

$5000

3.5

900

$4000

3.0

1000

$3000

3.0

900

$2500

2.5

1100

$3000

2.5

1000

$2000

 

TABLE: Niagra University Scholarships

GPA

ACT Score

SAT Score

Award

95

26

1150

$9500

91

27

1270

$8500

90

22

1000

$8200

85

24

1100

$7200

85-89

20-22

950-1050

$6500-$7500

mid-80

20+

950+

$4500-$5000

 

TABLE: North Central University Scholarships

GPA

SAT Score

ACT Score

Annual Award

3.5

1240

28

$2500

3.0-3.49

1050-1230

23-27

$1500

 

TABLE: Northwestern College Scholarships

Class Rank

ACT Score

Annual Award

Top 5%

28

$5000-$6750

Top 10%

26

$3000-$4900

Top 25%

23

Up to $2900

 

TABLE: Ouachita Baptist University Scholarships

SAT Score Range

ACT Score Range

Annual Award

1110-1170

24-25

$2000

1180-1290

26-28

$3000

1300-1370

29-30

$4000

1380+

31+

$5000

 

TABLE: Palm Beach Atlantic College Scholarships

GPA

SAT Score

ACT Score

Annual Award

3.5

1150

26

$2000

3.25

1050

23

$1000

 

TABLE: Regis College Scholarships

GPA

Class Rank

SAT Score

Annual Award

3.0

Top 10%

1200

$9000

3.0

Top 25%

1050-1190

$6000

3.0

Top 50%

950-1040

$3000

 

TABLE: Roosevelt College Scholarships

GPA

ACT Score

Annual Award

3.0-3.24

24

$1000

3.25-3.49

22-29

$1500-$5000

3.5-3.79

22-29

$3000-$6000

3.85+

27

Up to $7500

 

TABLE: Southern Christian University Scholarships

SAT Score Range

ACT Score Range

Annual Award

940-1010

23-24

Up to $300

1020-1090

25-26

Up to $400

1100-1250

27-29

Up to $500

1260+

30+

Up to $600

 

TABLE: Southwest Baptist University Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

GPA

Class Rank

SAT Score Range

ACT Score Range

Award

3.85

Top 5%

1190-1230

24-27

$2950

3.75

Top 10%

1170-1310

26-29

$2950

3.85

Top 5%

1240-1600

28-36

$2530

3.75

Top 10%

1090-1160

24-25

$2530

3.75

Top 10%

1090-1230

24-27

$2100

 

TABLE: Southwest Missouri State University Scholarships

GPA

Class Rank

SAT Score

ACT Score

Annual Award

3.6

Top 20%

1170

26

$2000

3.8

Top 10%

1090

24

$1000

 

TABLE: Union College Scholarships

ACT Score

Tuition Award

30+

20%

28-29

12%

25-27

7%

 

TABLE: University of Indianapolis Scholarships

Class Rank

SAT Score

ACT Score

Award

Top 5%

1270

29

50% tuition

Top 15%

1100

24

30% tuition

 

TABLE: University of the Redlands Scholarships

GPA

SAT Score

ACT Score

Award

3.5

1100

23

$1500

 

TABLE: University of St. Francis Scholarships

GPA

Class Rank

SAT Score

ACT Score

Annual Award

3.5

Top 20%

1100

24

$5000-$7000

 

TABLE: University of Tennessee at Martin Scholarships

GPA

ACT Score

Annual Award

3.5

28

$3000

3.5

25

$1500

 

TABLE: William Woods University Scholarships

Class Rank

SAT Score Range

ACT Score Range

Award

Top 5%

1130-1230

30+

$5000

Top 20%

1130-1230

25-27

$3000

 

TABLE: Wilmington College Scholarships

GPA Range

SAT Score Range

ACT Score Range

Annual Award

3.0

1090-1600

24-36

$9000

3.0

860-1080

18-23

$7000

2.99

860-1600

18-36

$2000

 

TABLE: Wingate University Scholarships

GPA

SAT Score

Annual Award

3.0

1000

$3000

3.4

1100

$4000

3.8

1200

$6000

If your school of interest is not listed, leave a comment below and we will reach out to help. 

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