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Merit Scholarships

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Patrick Henry College seeks to reward students who have demonstrated excellence in forensics competition, classical education, leadership, service, or music. To apply, a student must first be admitted to the College. Additional details for each scholarship are below.

A student may qualify for more than one scholarship from among academic, merit, endowed, and need-based. However, qualification is not a guarantee that multiple scholarships will be awarded. The number and amount of awards are based on available funding each year. The College seeks to steward the resources made available each year to assist as many students as possible.

Fall 2019 Scholarships

Forensics Scholarship

Annual Award:  $1,000 to $10,000

Renewal Requirements:  Dependent on level of involvement in PHC forensics. Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. 

Description:  Awarded to students who have participated in high school debate, moot court, or mock trial and commit to participate in PHC Forensics.

Requirements:  Please submit your forensics resume and a sample video (5-8 minutes of a practice or competition round) via the link below. Your resume should include the years of forensics participation and levels of achievement. Please share your video via YouTube link or USB drive. 

Click here to apply for the Forensics Scholarship


Leadership Scholarship

Annual Award:  $1,000 to $5,000

Renewal Requirements: Dependent on representing Patrick Henry College in the Student Ambassador Program in a leadership or service role during Freshman and Sophomore years. Student Ambassador Program activities may include hosting prospective students, aiding administrative staff, or representing the college. Ambassadors are expected to participate in a minimum of 3 activities per semester. Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Description:  Awarded to students who have demonstrated leadership and/or community service experience in a variety of settings. 


  • A list of activities during high school, including descriptions of all leadership and/or community service positions and hours invested.
  • At least two paragraphs that answer the following questions:  
    1.  Describe the most formative leadership and/or community service experience on your list, and how it shaped you.
    2.  Which leader (mentor or historical figure) do you strive to emulate the most, and why?

Click here to apply for the Leadership Scholarship


Trivium Scholarship

Annual Award:  $1,000 to $5,000

Renewal Requirements:  Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA

Description:  Awarded to students who have benefited from a classical education. This scholarship is available to students that have been home-educated as well as those from private or charter schools with a rich, classical curriculum for at least two years of high school and have achieved a cumulative 3.0 GPA.


  • A reading list of the top 10 books, beyond Scripture, that have influenced you in your classical education. 
  • At least two paragraphs that answer the following questions:
    1.  Expound on one of the books listedhow has it influenced you?
    2.  How has a classical education shaped you?  

Click here to apply for the Trivium Scholarship


Hudson P. Shedd - Strategic Intelligence

Annual Award:  $500 to $5,000

Renewal Requirements:  Dependent on the level of achievements in Strategic Intelligence special projects and internships. Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA

Description:  For Strategic Intelligence majors only. Up to two academic awards per year, and additional awards based on demonstrated financial need as documented by the CSS Profile.

Click here to apply for the Hudson P. Shedd - SI Scholarship


J. S. Bach Music Scholarship

Annual Award:  $500 to $2,500

Renewal Requirements:  Recommendation from the Director of Music, participation and leadership in PHC music programs. Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA

Description:  Awarded to students who have demonstrated outstanding music preparation and potential to become musical leaders in one of the College’s musical organizations as evidenced by application materials and audition (see forms below). The deadline is January 2, 2019.

J.S. Bach Music Scholarship Information

Click here to apply for the J.S. Bach Music Scholarship


W.B. Thornhill Memorial Scholarship

Annual Award: $2,000

Renewal Requirements: This scholarship is not automatically renewable

Description: Awarded to students who have served/were employed (or having served with honorable discharge) in the U.S. military, or whose parent is a fallen hero. To apply for this scholarship, a student must click here by December 1 and submit proof of service/employment. Up to two accepted students may receive this scholarship each year.


Christopher J. Klicka Courage Award

Annual Award:  $500

Renewal Requirements:  Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

(except for reasons of health or other good reason as approved by the Dean of Students.)

Description:  The purpose of the Christopher J. Klicka Courage Award is to recognize and celebrate the life and work of Mr. Christopher J. Klicka in the areas of home education, servant leadership, and faithful courage while enduring the hardships of a sixteen-year battle with multiple sclerosis. This annual scholarship, which automatically renews for up to four years if ongoing criteria is satisfied, will be awarded to the student who exemplifies the character attributes that were so much a part of Mr. Klicka’s life: servant leadership, humility, dedication to cause, and service to others.

Students who are interested should email the Office of Financial Aid.


Bible Bee Scholarship

Annual Award: Up to $3,000

Renewal Requirements: One year, non-renewable

Description: This scholarship is awarded to a Finalist in the National Bible Bee competition and the National Bible Bee Game Show. He/she must enroll at PHC as a full-time degree-seeking student prior to turning 20 years old. A student must click here to notify the Office of Financial Aid by March 1 of their intent to apply for the scholarship.


AWANA Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Renewal Requirements: One year, non-renewable

Description: Awarded to students with verification of Citation award from AWANA.  After completion, the student must send verification of a Citation Award from AWANA to the Office of Financial Aid.

Before December 1, click here to apply for the AWANA Scholarship 

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