At Randolph-Macon, you’ll automatically be considered for a scholarship that rewards your hard work. But you may qualify for several scholarships!

Scholarships and grants are free money that you don’t need to repay. This page contains information on federal, state, and Randolph-Macon scholarships and grants. They are given based on academics, your interests, or your affiliation with the College; some also consider your family’s financial need.

Merit Scholarships

You’re automatically considered for an academic scholarship that rewards your talent and hard work!

Randolph-Macon College applicants are always considered for merit-based scholarships during the application review process; no extra materials are required!  Merit scholarships start at $21,000 a year. These awards are renewable for up to four years, provided the recipient continues to meet academic benchmarks, Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards, and are enrolled full-time at RMC.

RMC Affiliation Grants

Family Grant

For families with two or more siblings at the College. New recipients of the Family Grant may receive up to $1,500 per year/per family as long as two or more siblings are concurrently enrolled full-time. You will indicate your status on your application to RMC.

RMC Alumni Legacy Grants

Alumni Legacy Grants in the amount of $1,500 are offered to entering students with the following legacy connection to the college: father or mother, brother or sister, aunt or uncle, or grandfather or grandmother who previously attended the college. You will indicate your legacy status on your application.

Randolph-Macon College Grants

This money, which supplement federal and state aid for students, is awarded annually based upon level of financial need. Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) and continued evidence of need are required for renewal.

Refer a Yellow Jacket Grant

Students who are referred to the College receive a grant of up to $1,000 per year in honor of the referrer. Admission is required, and not guaranteed for any student referred.

Interest and Program Scholarships and Grants

Thanks to generous donors throughout the College’s history, Randolph-Macon awards hundreds of scholarships and grants to individuals who meet specific criteria, typically tied to a course of study or extra-curricular specialization. The following is an incomplete list of some of our most popular. You’ll find others listed on specific pages, such as Area of Study pages, throughout the website.

A. Purnell Bailey Pre-Ministerial Program for Ordained Ministry

The A. Purnell Bailey Pre-Ministerial Program for Ordained Ministry is designed for students who are discerning a vocation in Christian ministry. Students selected receive half-tuition scholarships for the first two years and full-tuition scholarships for the next two years.

Army ROTC Scholarships

Randolph-Macon College offers Army ROTC through the Spider Battalion, headquartered at the nearby University of Richmond. Scholarships for full tuition, plus additional stipends, are awarded to applicants who have demonstrated their attributes as a scholar, athletes, and leaders. For more information, contact the University of Richmond, Department of Military Science at 804.287.6066 or visit visit their website.

Choral & Instrumental Scholarships

Students are selected for music participation scholarships by the music department, based upon an audition. Selected students will participate in a choral or instrumental ensemble upon enrollment at RMC in order to maintain their scholarship.


Convergence is a summer program for high school students that explores the convergence of faith and science. Participants of the program earn a scholarship to RMC, totaling $1,000.

Dr. Paul H. Wornom Pre-Medicine Fellowship 

The $3 million gift from the estate of Dr. Wornom, a 1937 RMC alumnus, provides pre-medical scholarships to two incoming freshmen each year. Wornom Fellows are expected to apply to medical school and will pursue research projects, complete internships and shadowing opportunities, and work closely with faculty members and their pre-medical advisor.

Jackson Fellowships for Chemistry

The Jackson Fellowship awards scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 per year to students who plan to major in chemistry. Students must be the recipient of a merit-based Presidential Scholarship and are selected by the chemistry department based on their performance on a chemistry placement exam.

Ministers’ Family Grants

Dependents of ministers serving the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church will receive grants equal to one-third of tuition. Recipients may also qualify for other types of aid based on demonstrated need.

Note: The maximum total of all Randolph-Macon College non-need-based awards (i.e., Dean’s Award, Presidential Scholarships, Trustee Scholarships, family grants, legacy grants, minister’s family grants, and pre-ministerial grants, plus TAG may not exceed tuition. Completion of Eligibility form required.

Pre-Ministerial Grants

Students who are preparing for full-time church-related vocations in churches or denominations approved by the college after graduation are eligible to receive grants equal to one-half of tuition. Students may not combine this award with the A. Purnell Bailey Pre-Ministerial Scholarship or a RMC Academic Scholarship. Completion of Eligibility form required. 

Show Choir Scholarships

Graduating high school seniors and college transfers may audition for the show choir program. Selected students earn a yearly scholarship of $1,000.

State Grants

VTAG – Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant

This benefit is available to Virginia residents who are attending private colleges in Virginia and is highly recommended for every Virginian! The TAG grant current amount is $5,000. Application deadline: July 31. Apply at

Virginia Two-Year College Transfer Grant

For students who have received an Associate’s degree at a Virginia two-year public institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and federally calculated EFC of $12,000 or less. Students complete an application at The maximum annual standard award is $1,000. There is an additional $1,000 for students enrolled in a degree program in: science, teaching, engineering, mathematics, or nursing.

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a federal need-based grant for undergraduate students that have not earned a bachelor’s, graduate or professional degree. Eligibility is confirmed upon receipt of the FAFSA and Verification documents. The Award is renewable based on the federally calculated expected family contribution and satisfactory academic progress toward a degree. Amounts can change yearly and students must file the FAFSA each year. Federal law limits the amount you may receive over your lifetime. The amount is limited to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding.

SEOG – Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

This is a campus-based program that provides grant assistance to needy, Pell grant eligible, students at the discretion of the college. The average award is around $1,000 annually. SEOG Grants do not have to be repaid.

Federal TEACH Grant

The Federal TEACH Grant Program provides up to $4000 a year to students who agree to serve for at least four years as a full time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. A TEACH Grant recipient who does not complete the required teaching within a specified time frame, or fails to meet certain other requirements will be required to repay the TEACH Grant as a Direct Unsubsidized Loan under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program.

If you have decided that you wish to participate in the TEACH Grant Program, it will be necessary for you to sign the Agreement to Serve AND complete the Teach Grant counseling session.

Yellow Ribbon Grant

Through the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008.

The Yellow Ribbon Program allows degree-granting institutions to enter into a voluntary annual agreement with the Veterans Administration (VA) to fund tuition and mandatory fee expenses. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses, and VA will match the same amount as the institution. Randolph-Macon will offer up to $5,000 per year in grant aid which will be matched by the the Department of Veterans Affairs to those eligible at the 100% VA benefit level.  Eligible students must provide the Financial Aid Office with a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility from the Veterans Administration. 

If you are a new student and would like to start receiving benefits, the first step is to start the application process with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). Details regarding the application process can be found at or by calling 1-888-442-4551.

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