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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 2020 Scholarships

Forensics Scholarship

Annual Award:  $500 to $10,000

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. 

Renewal Requirements:  Dependent on level of involvement in PHC forensics. Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students must fully participate in either Moot Court, Mock Trial, or Civic Debate during Fall and Spring semesters of enrollment. Participation in Model UN does not qualify for the Forensics Scholarship. 

Click here to apply for the Forensics Scholarship


Strategic Intelligence Scholarship - Hudson P. Shedd

Annual Award:  $500 to $5,000

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.

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

Click here to apply for the  Strategic Intelligence Scholarship


Music Scholarship - J.S. Bach

Annual Award:  $500 to $3,000

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. Please share your video via YouTube link. 

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

Learn more: J.S. Bach Music Scholarship

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


Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship

Annual Award:  $500 to $5,000

Description:  Awarded to students who have demonstrated either leadership, community service, and/or have received a classical, trivium-based secondary education. 

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 three activities per semester. Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Click here to apply for the Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship


W.B. Thornhill Memorial Scholarship

Annual Award: $2,000

Description: Awarded to a full-time Patrick Henry College student who has accepted a full-time internship at the Heritage Foundation for academic credit.  In the case of multiple candidates, additional scholarships may be awarded as money is available. Candidates may be chosen by academic standing or military service. The award recipient will be accepted on an annual basis by the Office of Financial Aid.

Renewal Requirements: This scholarship is not automatically renewable.


Christopher J. Klicka Courage Award

Annual Award:  $500

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 one 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.

Renewal Requirements:  Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

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

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


AWANA Scholarship

Award: $1,000

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.

Renewal Requirements: One year, non-renewable.

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


National Bible Bee Champion

Description: In celebration of Patrick Henry College's 20th Anniversary and partnership with the National Bible Bee, effective Fall 2021, Patrick Henry College will award a National Bible Bee Champion in the Senior category a guaranteed scholarship package of $100,000 over four years on campus ($25,000 per year). PHC reserves the right to configure the scholarship package from currently available Academic, Merit, and Endowed scholarships. This scholarship package will be divided equally between eight semesters of on-campus study at PHC and must be initiated before attaining the age of 20. If a student is a finalist more than once in the senior category, the total scholarship package may not exceed the four year total tuition for the college. The scholarship package is contingent on the recipient’s college application and acceptance to PHC.

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