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Scholarships & Awards For First-Year Students

Coe College recognizes students like you who strive for and achieve excellence in academics. To learn the exact amount that you may be eligible to receive, simply apply to Coe College.

Trustee Scholarships

All students who apply for admission to Coe will be automatically considered for a Trustee Scholarship valued up to $31,500 per year. To receive the full scholarship amount, students are expected to live on-campus. Commuter students should contact the Office of Admission with questions.


The Williston Jones Full-Tuition Scholarships

Several full- and partial-tuition scholarships will be awarded. Finalists are invited to interview or audition on campus.

  • Distinguished Trustee Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to high academic students with the potential to positively impact our campus.
  • Diversity Leadership Scholarship - Open to prospective students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents or undocumented residents, from broadly diverse backgrounds. (In support of the College's mission, preference for at least one of these full-tuition awards will be given to a fully qualified student with DACA status, provided such a student is present in the applicant pool.)
  • Sustainability Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to prospective students who have a passion for the environment, creating sustainable practices and reducing our carbon footprint on the world.
  • Marshall Music Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to prospective students who have the motivation and background necessary to pursue the Bachelor of Music degree.

Note: Winners of Williston Jones Scholarships valued at $35,000 or more are not eligible for any other Coe funded financial aid.


National Merit & National Achievement Recognition Awards

Full tuition awarded to National Merit and National Achievement Finalists if Coe is listed as first choice of schools with National Merit Scholarship Corporation by May 1 of the senior year. $18,000 award for National Merit and National Achievement Semifinalists. Finalists must maintain a Satisfactory Academic Progress for annual renewal.

Note: Full-tuition scholarship recipients are not eligible for any other Coe funded financial aid.


Impact Awards

Awards valued at $5,000 per year. The Impact Award seeks to recognize the influence prospective Coe students will have on our campus, city and the world. Eligible admitted students will be notified of the criteria to receive this award at the time of admission.


Visual & Performing Arts Scholarships

Awards valued up to $1,000 per year. Auditions and interviews with art, film studies, music and theatre faculty are open to majors and non-majors alike. The Music Department also awards a variety of other scholarships ranging up to full tuition.


Writing Center Fellowships

Valued at $1,300 per year. Each year, a select group of students is invited to compete for fellowship positions in the Coe College Writing Center. The goal is to find individuals from across all academic areas who have a strong interest in writing and enjoy working with other students. Interviews are held during Crimson and Gold Visit Days on November 11, 2017, January 27, 2018 or February 11, 2018.


Iowa Kohawk Awards

Awards are renewable and valued at $2,000 per year. Because of Coe's outstanding historic relationship with high school students from our home state, we are offering qualified students this award valued at $8,000 over four years ($2,000 per year). Students attending a high school in Iowa who apply for admission to Coe will be automatically considered for this award in addition to Trustee Scholarships ranging up to $31,500 per year. Commuter students will be considered for awards valued at $1,000 per year.


National Kohawk Awards

Awards are renewable and valued at $2,000 per year. The National Kohawk Award seeks to further enrich the educational experiences of all Coe students through the inclusion of voices from across the United States. All students who apply for admission to Coe, are admitted and awarded a Trustee Scholarship are considered for this additional award. All National Kohawk Awards are renewable for three years after the student’s first year at Coe College.


Sibling and Legacy Awards

Awards valued at $500 and $1,000, respectively. Siblings of current Coe students or siblings of Coe graduates are eligible to receive $500 annually. Children with parents or grandparents who are Coe alumni are eligible to receive $1,000 annually.


Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships can help enhance a student's financial aid package and help decrease the cost of college. Please contact your high school counselor or your Coe admission counselor for scholarship search suggestions.