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The application period for Calhoun Scholarships is now closed.

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One Application

One online application allows students to be considered for ALL Calhoun Scholarship awards.


November 1

The application is available online beginning Nov. 1 of each year


March 1

The application deadline is midnight March 1st of each year.



Students must fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be considered for any Calhoun award. Why do I have to fill out a FAFSA?


College Application

Students must apply for admission to Calhoun by March 1 as well.


Automatic Awards

Calhoun offers several categories of automatic awards based on a student’s high school graduating rank and/or ACT score.


Valedictorians and Salutatorians

The top 2 students graduating from high schools in Calhoun’s service area are eligible for 2-years of paid tuition beginning the Fall after they graduate (Note: fees are not covered). If you are interested in this award and expect to graduate as the Valedictorian or Salutatorian of your high school, contact your HS counselor, they have a form to send Calhoun to document your graduating rank. Eligibility is contingent upon a 3.0 GPA and ACT score of 20 or higher. What if my school does not rank?



Students graduating from high schools in Calhoun’s service area with a composite ACT score of 27 or higher, upon applying by the March 1 deadline, and demonstrating a graduating GPA of 3.0 are eligible for an automatic one-year tuition award beginning the Fall Semester following their high school graduation (fees are not included). Previous ACTs


Principal’s Choice Awards

Each high school in our service area receives one 1-year $1,500 Principal’s Choice Award that may be gifted to a student of their choice. Eligibility is contingent upon a 3.0 GPA and ACT score of 20 or higher. How do I pursue this?


Get it right

Only complete applications (including FASFA, college acceptance, essay, transcripts) are considered in Calhoun’s selection process.



Awardees are selected by a multi-disciplinary scholarship committee. Preference is given to in-coming freshmen with GPAs of 3.0 or greater.


Attend Full-time

Scholarship students must attend Calhoun full-time (minimum of 12-hours or the contact equivalent), demonstrate class attendance and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Those receiving Foundation-funded awards must also attend the Annual September Scholarship Student-Donor Reception. What is Contact Equivalent?



Awardees sign a Scholarship Agreement that outlines the terms of their award.


Summer Awards

Summer scholarships are often available for incoming freshmen who would like to start college before the Fall. How do I get one?

Note: For Fine Arts Scholarships (Art/Graphics, Chorale, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Theatre), please contact the department at (256) 306-2699 regarding its audition process. You will also need to complete the scholarship application and indicate your interest in Fine Arts Scholarships in the proper question.