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Alfond Scholars Program

Learn more about the Alfond Scholars Program, which annually awards 10 full scholarships to first-year College of Liberal Arts students.

About the Alfond Scholars Program

Supported by a gift from the Harold Alfond Foundation, the Alfond Scholars Programs annually awards up to 10 full scholarships—including tuition, double room, and unlimited board—to entering first-year students in the College of Liberal Arts at Rollins College with the desire and commitment to pursue additional prestigious recognition such as Rhodes, Goldwater, or Truman scholarships during their undergraduate years.

Scholarship totals include federal and state awards for which a student might already be eligible. Alfond Scholarships are renewable for three additional years, bringing the value of each scholarship to more than $280,000 over four years.

Alfond Scholars join an exceptional group of Rollins students who are mentored as candidates for intellectual academic recognition as Rhodes, Truman, and Goldwater scholars, and as recipients of other prestigious awards.

Opportunities & Obligations

  • Participation and completion of Rollins Honors Degree Program
  • Mentoring by Rollins Office of External and Competitive Scholarships and the Associate Dean of Advising
  • Enrollment in the Intersession Service Immersion course during the first year
  • Participation in at least one off-campus experience such as Washington Semester or study abroad during the first three years
  • Maintaining 3.33 GPA
  • Living on campus for four years

Selection Process

Scholarship finalists are selected from the College of Liberal Arts applicant pool. All admission applicants who submit all application materials by the Priority Scholarship Deadline (Nov. 15) are considered for Alfond Scholarships on the basis of their overall academic record. Qualifying applicants typically have SATs higher than 1450 (Evidence Based Reading and Math) or ACTs higher than 32 (Composite) and GPAs higher than 3.8. Test-optional students are considered as well. Strength of high school curriculum and extracurricular involvement are also important factors in our holistic review process.

Scholarship recipients will be identified from the fall applicant pool on the basis of strength of selection criteria. A select number of qualified applicants will be invited to the Scholars Weekend interview competition which will introduce students to the extraordinary benefits of being a scholar at Rollins. The academic competition portion of the weekend will consist of a mock classroom experience and individual and group interviews with Rollins faculty, staff, and students. Students attending Scholars Weekend may also be considered for additional awards and recognitions, such as increased Dean’s Scholarships, Donald Cram Scholarship (awarded to science majors), and the Honors Degree Program.

Key Dates

November 15

Complete Application for Admission to Rollins College including application, SAT and/or ACT test scores, school transcript, personal statement or essay, secondary school report, and counselor recommendation must be on file with:

Office of Admission
Rollins College – 2720
1000 Holt Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2161

Late December

Alfond Scholarship finalists identified from applicant pool; Scholars Weekend invitations mailed to students invited to participate in the on-campus selection process

Late February

Scholars Weekend at Rollins College where finalists compete for Alfond Scholarships, increased Dean’s Scholarships, Cram Scholarships, and invitations to the Honors Degree Program

Mid March

Alfond Scholarship Recipients notified

May 1

National Candidate Reply Date; admission deposit required