George Williams College

First-Year Scholarships

You’ve worked hard to get here. That’s why George Williams College of Aurora University provides a comprehensive merit scholarship program in recognition of all you’ve accomplished. We are ready to make our investment in you because we know that the GWC community will be better with you as part of it.

No special application is required for merit scholarships, so make sure your application for admission is complete. First-year Freshman Scholarships will be determined by a holistic review of each student on factors beyond GPA and optional test scores. You’ll be notified of your merit scholarship soon after your acceptance to GWC.

Please contact your admission counselor with any questions.

First-Year Merit Scholarships

First-year students will be considered for ONE of the following scholarships. These scholarships are offered to full-time, first-time freshmen and are renewable for up to three years for undergraduate students who maintain full-time status and the required renewable GPA for each scholarship level.

The following scholarships and grants are available to undergraduate students entering the university during the 2022-2023 academic year:

Scholarship Name Annual Amount Renewable GPA
Board of Trustees Scholarship $15,000 3.00
The Williams Scholarship $14,000 2.75
The Cratty Scholarship $12,000 2.50
The Founders Scholarship $10,000 2.00
George Williams College Opportunity Grant $7,000 2.00

George Williams College scholarships and awards will be awarded based on the availability of funds. We recommend that you apply for admission and submit all documentation as early as possible. Institutional awards cannot exceed the overall cost of tuition and fees. All scholarship and grant amounts listed are for the academic year; fall and spring semesters. Please note that Degree Completion or AU Online students are not eligible for GWC merit-based scholarships; these scholarships are not applicable to graduate tuition.

Presidential Scholars: Full-Tuition Scholarship

  • Awarded to one first-time freshman student each year.
  • Scholarship is renewable for up to three years to students who have a minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain full-time status.
  • Competitive application and interview process with GPA and ACT/SAT scores taken into consideration.
  • Student must be enrolled full time (at least 12 semester hours) and live on campus all four years.
  • Total scholarship amount cannot exceed tuition costs.
  • Scholars will have the opportunity to become student ambassadors for the college.
  • A Presidential Scholarship application must be submitted to the Office of Admission by April 1, 2022.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities for Full-Time, First-Year, and Transfer Students

In addition to the opportunities above, first-year and transfer students who are attending GWC full time are eligible for the following stackable scholarships:

Scholarship Name Amount Per Year
Advent Christian Endowed Scholarship Varies
Alumni Legacy Grants $1,000
$500 (part-time enrollment)
George Williams College Family Discount $500
McHenry County Scholarship $2,000
Visit Scholarship $500
Wisconsin Grant Up to $3,000

Advent Christian Endowed Scholarship

  • Available to full-time, traditional undergraduate students that are members of the Advent Christian Church.
  • Awards vary depending on number of applicants and availability of funds, which is determined in July.
  • An Advent Christian Endowed Scholarship application must be completed by applicant and pastor and submitted to the Office of Financial Aid by June 1.

Alumni Legacy Grants

  • Available to children and grandchildren of alumni who have earned a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree at Aurora University or George Williams College.
  • An Alumni Legacy Grant application must be submitted to verify eligibility.
  • Please note: This discount does not apply to online or graduate students. It also does not apply if you are pursuing a second bachelor's degree.

George Williams College Family Discount

  • Awarded to undergraduate students who have an immediate family member* enrolled concurrently at Aurora University or George Williams College.
  • Each family member attending must be a full-time student.
  • A Family Discount application must be submitted to verify eligibility.
  • Please Note: This discount does not apply to Accelerated Degree Completion, Graduate, and AU Online student accounts. It also does not apply if you are pursuing a second bachelor's degree. However, students enrolled in a Degree Completion, Graduate, AU Online, or second bachelor’s degree program can qualify their family member in a traditional undergraduate program for the Family Discount provided both students are enrolled full-time.

*Qualifying relationships must be biological or legal relationships and include the following:

  • Sibling/Stepsibling
  • Spouse
  • Parent/Stepparent
  • Child/Stepchild

Note that additional documentation may be requested to verify the relationship.

McHenry County Scholarship

  • Awarded to any freshman or transfer student with permanent residency in McHenry County, IL.
  • Renewable for a maximum of three years.
  • Student must be enrolled full time (at least 12 semester hours).
  • Total scholarship amount cannot exceed tuition costs.
  • Students may be eligible for additional financial aid and scholarships.

Visit Scholarship

  • Awarded to admitted prospective freshmen and transfer students who visit GWC in-person on campus.
  • Renewable for up to three years if the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Student must be enrolled full time (at least 12 semester hours).

Wisconsin Grant

  • Need-based grant awarded by the university in varying amounts.
  • Based on the processed FAFSA and financial need.
  • Freshman and transfer students with permanent residency in Wisconsin are eligible.

To find out more information on these scholarships or to begin the application process, contact the Office of Admission at 262-245-8564 or gwcadmission@aurora.edu.