Merit & Need-Based Scholarships – Wheaton Academy

Merit & Need-Based Scholarships


2019-2020 Incoming Freshman Merit Scholarships

To encourage motivated Christian students, Wheaton Academy offers several merit-based scholarships. These one-time, monetary scholarships of $1,000, are awarded to incoming freshmen who have demonstrated excellence in the categories listed below.

Scholarship Categories:

  • Academic Excellence
  • English
  • Instrumental Music
  • Leadership
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Service
  • Technology
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Music

To be considered, students must complete an online application after they have applied to Wheaton Academy for admission. The responses must be completed entirely by the student.  Students may apply for multiple scholarships on separate applications. Each student essay is evaluated on their academic success, social impact, and/or spiritual commitment.

Important Information about Incoming Freshman Merit Scholarships:

  • All applications are due by March 31, 2019. Late submissions will not be considered.
  • A maximum of two scholarships from each category will be awarded.
  • This is a one-time monetary scholarship, applied directly to the student’s freshman year tuition.
  • Students are welcome to apply for multiple scholarships in separate applications.
  • All scholarships are determined by Wheaton Academy’s Scholarship Committee.
  • All Incoming Freshman Merit Scholarship applications must be submitted through the online application. Paper copies or emailed essays will not be accepted.
  • Applying does not guarantee an award.
  • Applicants must be enrolled at Wheaton Academy to accept the award.

Families are also encouraged to apply for financial aid through our financial aid process or need-based scholarships (see below).

Click here for the Class of 2023 Merit Scholarship application

2019-2020 Need-Based Scholarships

Each of the named scholarships described below is awarded to Wheaton Academy students based on financial need and are given as part of a student’s financial aid package.

Need-Based Scholarship applications will open in January 2019 ]
  Todd Beamer Christian Character and Leadership Award

The Todd Beamer Christian Character and Leadership Award is given to a student with financial need who demonstrates excellence in Christian character and leadership potential as modeled by former Wheaton Academy student and 9/11 hero Todd Beamer.

  David J. Engeseth Senior Leadership Award

The David J. Engeseth Senior Leadership Award is given in honor of David Engeseth, past Wheaton Academy parent (Kristen Rolston ’00) and widow of Joanne Engeseth. This scholarship is available to outgoing Wheaton Academy seniors exhibiting financial need and will help to cover the cost of tuition at a college or university following graduation.

  Kay and Marge Gieser Memorial Scholarship

The Kay and Marge Gieser Memorial Scholarship is named in memory of former Wheaton Academy mothers and grandmothers Kay Gieser and Marge Gieser and has been supported by their family and friends since their passing in 1981 and 2011, respectively. This scholarship is available to applicants who are children of missionaries or those in other full-time Christian ministry and who demonstrate financial need.

  Ellen (Hansen ’42) Lindop Scholarship

The Ellen (Hansen ‘42) Lindop Scholarship is named and given in honor of Ellen, a 1942 graduate of Wheaton Academy. It is available to applicants demonstrating financial need.

  Paula (Jordan ’75) Lithander Scholarship

The Paula (Jordan ’75) Lithander Scholarship is named in honor of a Wheaton Academy graduate from 1975 who lost the battle against stage 4 melanoma on August 5th, 2009. A classmate of hers, Howard Volz ’75, began a scholarship fund in her name in order to honor Paula’s legacy, particularly her commitment to ministry as a pastor’s wife, Bible study leader, and missionary to Bolivia.

This scholarship is available to applicants who are children of missionaries or those in other full-time Christian ministries and who demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to those who have demonstrated a commitment to pursue full-time Christian ministry in the future.

  Jean (Clausen ’52) Ludwig Scholarship

The Jean (Clausen ’52) Ludwig Scholarship is named in honor of 1952 WA graduate Jean (Clausen) Ludwig and has been supported by her family and friends since her death in 2009. This scholarship is available to applicants who demonstrate financial need, maintain a high academic standing, and are recommended by a Wheaton Academy employee.

  Master’s Care Scholarship

This anonymous scholarship is given to a Wheaton Academy student based on the following criteria: maintaining a “C” GPA or above as well as exhibiting appropriate discipline to remain enrolled at the Academy.

  Dwight T. Peterson International Scholarship

The Dwight T. Peterson International Scholarship is named in honor of former Wheaton Academy parent and Board member Dwight T. Peterson. It has been supported by his family and friends since his death in 2003 and is available to applicants who demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to those who personally, or whose parents, carry a passport from, or hold citizenship in, a country other than the United States.

  Chet and Diana Stewart Scholarship

The Chet and Diana Stewart Scholarship is given in honor of Chet’s years at Wheaton Academy, which were some of the most formative in his life. He and his wife Diana desire to provide students, who might not have the same opportunity he had more than 50 years ago, with the same privilege to attend Wheaton Academy, that they might have a great impact “for Christ and His Kingdom” in the years to come wherever the Lord might lead them. This scholarship is available to students exhibiting financial need.

  VanDerMolen Family Scholarship

The VanDerMolen Family Scholarship is named in honor of a family who represents three generations of commitment to Wheaton Academy and its mission. This scholarship is available to applicants demonstrating financial need.

  Sherman Williams Scholarship

The Sherman Williams Scholarship is awarded to one male and one female student who have demonstrated financial need and who, at this point in their lives, have a sense that the Lord is calling them into vocational Christian ministry, just as Rev. Williams did during his time at Wheaton Academy.

  Gail Wittekind Scholarship

The Gail Wittekind Scholarship is named in honor of beloved wife, mother, and grandmother Gail Wittekind and has been supported by her family since her passing in 1998. This scholarship is available to applicants who are members of a single-parent family with more than one child, maintain a “B” GPA or above, and demonstrate the following:

  • strong moral character and leadership abilities as evidenced by participation in co-curricular activities
  • good manners in both speech and dress
  • ability to verbalize their Christian testimony and how God is working in their life
  • financial need
  Nancy Abels Wittekind Scholarship

The Nancy Abels Wittekind Scholarship is named in honor of beloved wife, mother, and grandmother Nancy Abels Wittekind and has been supported by her family since her death in 2012. This scholarship is available to applicants who are members of a single-parent family with more than one child, maintain a “B” GPA or above, and demonstrate the following:

  • strong moral character and leadership abilities as evidenced by participation in co-curricular activities
  • good manners in both speech and dress
  • ability to verbalize their Christian testimony and how God is working in their life
  • financial need