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Merit Aid

Smith College 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. Many of Smith's merit awards include a reduced loan expectation for those merit scholars with additional financial need.

Merit aid is only offered at the time of admission.

Dora Windes Zollman Scholarships

The Zollman Scholarship is the college's highest academic scholarship. This scholarship of $25,000 per year (limited to $12,500 per semester of enrollment) for four years is awarded to fewer than ten first-year students based on their exceptional promise for Smith. (Students awarded the Zollman Scholarship prior to 2016 receive $20,000, limited to $10,000 per semester.) Zollman Scholars are also invited to participate in the STRIDE paid research program. This scholarship is available to U.S. citizens.

Reduced Loan Expectation

All Zollman Scholars entering Smith in 2015 or later will have a standard loan expectation of $1,250 for all four years.

Students Who Entered Smith Prior to 2015

Year in school Loan award
First $0
Second $700
Third $2,000
Fourth $2,400

STRIDE Scholarships

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 $20,000 per year (limited to $10,000 per semester of enrollment) for four years is awarded to approximately 50 students each year. (Students awarded the STRIDE Scholarship prior to 2016 receive $15,000 per year, limited to $7,500 per semester.) In addition to the scholarship, students are also given an annual stipend of $2,400 each year for two years that is linked to research with faculty members. After the first two years, STRIDE scholars will receive the standard work-study allowance as part of their financial aid awards.

Reduced Loan Expectation

All STRIDE Scholars entering Smith in 2015 or later will have a standard loan expectation of $1,250 for all four years.

Students Who Entered Smith Prior to 2015

Year in school Loan award
First $0
Second $700
Third $2,000
Fourth $2,400

Smith Presidential Scholarship

Each year a select number of applicants are identified as outstanding candidates and are awarded the Smith Presidential Scholarship. Presidential Scholars receive a merit-based award of $10,000 annually for four years. Continuation of the Presidential Scholarship each year is contingent upon maintaining good academic standing.

Reduced Loan Expectation

All Presidential Scholars have a standard loan expectation of $1,250 for all four years.


Springfield/Holyoke Partnership

This partnership provides up to four full-tuition scholarships for students from public schools in Springfield and Holyoke, Massachusetts. All students who apply to Smith from these schools will be automatically considered. This scholarship is available to U.S. citizens.


Greenfield/Holyoke Community College Scholarship

Smith College is pleased to award four full-tuition scholarships per year to Ada Comstock Scholars and/or transfer students from Greenfield Community College and Holyoke Community College (maximum of two each year from each community college) who display a strong academic record and clear leadership potential.


Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

Scholarships of $5,000 (maximum of three per year, and limited to $2,500 per semester of enrollment) are awarded to eligible students based on recommendations from the Office of Admission. There is no special application form. This scholarship is available to U.S. citizens applying as transfer students or to the Ada Comstock program.

Reduced Loan Expectation for PTK Transfer Students

Year in school Loan award
First $1,000
Second $2,000
Third $3,000
Fourth $3,000

Trustee Grant

The trustees of Smith College offer tuition assistance to the daughters of current residents of Northampton or Hatfield, Massachusetts. To be eligible they must have lived in these towns for at least five years and remain residents. The Trustee Grant is set at one-half of the annual tuition (limited to one-half of the tuition amount charged per semester). This is available to students of traditional age who are enrolled full-time at Smith.

The Trustee Grant does not follow a student for off-campus study. If you receive funding from this grant you are responsible for this amount during the time you are studying away from the college.