Smith offers a limited number of awards based on merit rather than need. All applicants for admission are automatically considered; there are no special application forms. Students are selected by the Office of Admission and must maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to have their scholarships renewed annually. Merit aid is only offered at the time of admission.
The Zollman Scholarship is the college's highest academic scholarship. This scholarship of $20,000 per year for four years is awarded to fewer than ten first-year students based on their exceptional promise for Smith. Zollman Scholars are also invited to participate in the STRIDE paid research program. (First-year U.S. citizens)
The STRIDE program offers students with outstanding academic and personal qualifications a close working relationship with a faculty member during their first two years at Smith College. This scholarship of $15,000 per year for four years is awarded to approximately 50 students per year. In addition to the scholarship, students are also given an annual stipend of $2250 per year for two years that is linked to research with faculty members. (First-year students)
This partnership provides up to four full-tuition scholarships for students from Springfield and Holyoke, Massachusetts public schools. All students who apply to Smith from these schools will be automatically considered. (First-year U.S. citizens)
Scholarships of $5,000 (maximum of three per year) are awarded to eligible students based on recommendations from the Office of Admission. There is no special application form. (U.S. citizens applying as a transfer or nontraditional student)