Scholarships & Awards

Academic excellence awards

Open only to first-year students, except where noted.

Award Amount Eligibility
Batten Scholar Award Full tuition for four years Submit your admission application by January 15, 2016. High school seniors admitted by late January with a GPA of at least 3.8 and a SAT score (critical reading and math) of 1200 or an ACT score of 27 or better will be invited to campus to compete for full-tuition scholarships on February 21-22, 2016.
Hollins Scholar Award $27,000 – $28,000 per year for four years Awarded to high school seniors admitted with an SAT score (critical reading and math) of 1000 or better (ACT score of 22 or better) and with a minimum GPA of 3.71 or an SAT score (critical reading and math) of 1200 or better (ACT score of 27 or better) and with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
Hollins Recognition Award Up to $26,000 per year Hollins considers a student’s GPA, curriculum, and SAT/ACT scores to determine recipients.
International Friendship Award Up to one-half tuition per year These awards, for non-U.S. citizens, are based on academic performance and financial need. A limited number of larger scholarships are available.

The secular society scholarship

Award Amount Eligibility
The Secular Society Scholarship (TSS) Full tuition for four years The Secular Society Scholars, nominally five each year, will be selected from entering first-year students at Hollins who apply and demonstrate academic competence, creativity, and a passion for a Hollins liberal arts education. Applicants will have been active and engaged during their high school years but have also sought learning experiences outside the classroom. Scholars will receive guidance and support in their creative endeavors, preparing them for lifelong contributions to Hollins, the state, the nation, and the world. Selection of the candidates will be made by a committee headed by the Scholar’s Mentor. Each applying student will have her application evaluated in a highly personalized manner, While grades and test scores can be indicative of academic success, the committee is aware that they don’t represent the whole student, and as result, they are not used to automatically include or exclude an applicant for consideration. A selection of The Secular Society Scholar candidates will be invited to participate in an interview weekend held on campus in February 2016. Complete your application for admission and scholarship application by January 15.

To be considered for a Creative Talent and Music Award and/or Outstanding Achievement Award, we encourage you to visit campus during one of our Scholarship Days. If you are unable to attend, please see the application form. All materials will be accepted through February 22.

creative Talent & Music awards

Open only to first-year, transfer, and Adult Horizon students. Awards are limited.  Preference in awarding these scholarships may be given to those who interview or audition in person.

Award Amount Eligibility
Creative Writing, Film,
Visual Arts
Up to $3,000 per year Students who excel in creative writing, film, photography, and/or the visual arts must submit a portfolio with the application. For more information and how to RSVP, click here.
Dance and Theatre Up to $3,000 per year Those with exceptional talent in dance and/or theatre must complete an audition for scholarship determination.
Music Up to $3,000 per year Those with exceptional talent in vocal or instrumental music complete an audition for scholarship determination.
McCullough Voice Award Up to one-half tuition per year For music majors only.

outstanding achievement awards (Leadership & science/math)

Open only to first-year and transfer students.

Award Amount Eligibility
Robertson Leadership Award Up to $3,000 per year For students who have demonstrated leadership abilities and a desire to develop those skills at Hollins.
Science and Math Award Up to $3,000 per year For students with a keen interest in the fields of science and/or math who wish to continue their studies in these areas.
Girl Scout Gold Award Amount varies Submit proof of your Girl Scout Award to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance before May 1 of the year you enroll. The scholarship amount is renewable and can be used only toward tuition. Open only to first-year students.

other academic & need-based awards

Scholarship Amount Eligibility Criteria
Betty Trinkle Freeman

  • Adult Horizon Students
$500 to $1,500 Academic standing and need
Endowed Scholarships

  • New Traditional-Age Students
  • New Transfer Students
  • New Adult Horizon Students
$1,000 to $10,000 Eligible need-based students. Scholarships are based on major, residence, leadership, and/or academic success.
Lucy Hazlegrove

  • Adult Horizon Students
$500 to $1,000 Academic standing and need
William Randolph Hearst

  • Adult Horizon Students
$1,000 to $5,000 Students with demonstrated need and demonstrated previous academic success; preference given to transfer students.
Phi Theta Kappa

  • Transfer Students
  • Adult Horizon Students
Up to $2,000 per year This scholarship is designed for students who transfer to Hollins from another college and who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
Transfer Awards

  • Transfer Students
  • Adult Horizon Students
Up to one-half tuition per year Award based on the student’s previous academic performance in high school and college. Students with a college GPA of  2.75 GPA or greater qualify for a one-half tuition scholarship for two years.
Alumnae Referral Scholarship

  • All Students
$500 Provides a one-time, one-year $500 grant to a student referred by an alumna before she is admitted to Hollins. The referral form must be submitted before or at the time of the student’s application.
Visit Grant

  • New Traditional-Age Students
$500 Students who visit campus before May 1 of their senior year will receive a one-time, $500 visit grant when they enroll at Hollins.

Note: Scholarships can be applied to tuition only.