Harvey Mudd College offers a comprehensive program of scholarships, grants, loans and work from the college, the federal and state governments, and from other sources to assist students and parents in paying the cost of attending Harvey Mudd College. Approximately 80 percent of the families with students attending Harvey Mudd College receive need-based or non-need based financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, work-study and/or loan funds. Approximately 70 percent receive scholarship assistance directly from Harvey Mudd College.
The majority of financial aid at Harvey Mudd College is need-based. Need is defined as the cost of attendance for one year at HMC less your family’s contribution as defined by the college. Harvey Mudd College determines your need for financial assistance utilizing a standard federal formula known as Federal Methodology in conjunction with established institutional policies and procedures that include a national standard known as Institutional Methodology.
One of the primary goals of the financial aid staff is to inform prospective students and parents, as well as current students and parents, of the various financial aid programs available to assist families with educational costs. To that end, we encourage you to read through the text that follows and to contact the financial aid staff if you have any questions regarding our program.
Merit Awards and Honor Prizes
To encourage and reward excellence, each year the college awards a small number of merit-based scholarships and honor prizes based solely on academic promise. Available merit-based scholarships are awarded to entering first-year students only and are renewable for three additional years provided the student achieves the required grade point average. Honor prizes are typically awarded to upper-division students and vary from year to year. They are renewable at the discretion of the department faculty. See Prizes and Awards under "Financial Aid" for a listing of these awards.
National Merit Scholarships
Harvey Mudd College sponsors National Merit Scholarships for National Merit Finalists. HMC-sponsored awards range up to $2,000 per year depending on financial need. To qualify, a student must be selected by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as a finalist and must name HMC as his or her first-choice school by the deadline set by the National Merit Corporation. Students who receive a corporate-sponsored or a special National Merit Scholarship Corporation award are not eligible to receive the HMC-sponsored National Merit Scholarship. Qualifying National Merit Finalists who do not apply for and/or do not receive need-based financial aid will be awarded a maximum of $1,000 per year from HMC.
Harvey S. Mudd Merit Award
All first-year students admitted to Harvey Mudd College are considered for the Harvey S. Mudd Merit Award. This prestigious award is granted in recognition of scholarly achievement at the secondary school level and potential for leadership in science and technology, and is only given to first-year students.
Beginning in the fall of 2005, entering freshmen Harvey S. Mudd Merit Award recipients receive a $40,000 scholarship, distributed over four years, in the amount of $10,000 annually. To be eligible for this award, interested first-year students must have the following credentials in addition to evidence of character and personal promise as reflected in admission application materials:
1. Being in the top 10 percent of your class is a rigid requirement for this award. If your secondary school doesn’t provide rank or decile information, it’s your responsibility to contact your counselor or Registrar to request documentation to verify that you’re within the top 10 percent of your graduating class. Usually this comes in the form of a brief letter or e-mail from the counselor to the Office of Admission.
2. SAT Math2 Subject Exam Score 750 or above
3. Minimum SAT or ACT exam scores to qualify for the Harvey S. Mudd Merit Award:
SAT Critical Reading Score- 700 or above
SAT Reading Score- 700 or above
SAT Math Score- 750 or above
ACT English Score- 32 or above
ACT Writing Score- 32 or above
ACT Math Score- 33 or above
You cannot mix and match scores from the SAT and ACT. You must have all the required SAT scores or all the required ACT scores.
Limitations to the Harvey S. Mudd Merit Award
Quantity: There is no limit to the number of entering first-year students who may receive the award. All admitted first-time students who meet the above qualifications and enroll at Harvey Mudd College will receive the Harvey S. Mudd Merit Award. Please note that recipents of the Corporate Scholars Program or the President's Scholars Award are ineligible for the Harvey S. Mudd Award.
Renewal: The award is automatically renewed at the close of the first year. However, in order to renew the award for the junior and senior years, recipients must obtain a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 by the conclusion of each spring term. Renewal of the Harvey S. Mudd Merit Award is contingent upon eight consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment (with the exception of an approved leave of absence), and is limited to eight semesters.
Test Dates: Students applying Early Decision may take the SAT Test or Subject Tests up to and including the November test date for award consideration or may take the ACT exam up to and including the October test date. January is the last test date to submit SAT scores for students applying Regular Decision. December is the last test date to submit ACT scores for students applying Regular Decision. SAT and ACT scores taken after the offer of admission are ineligible for the Harvey S. Mudd Merit Award. All testing requirements and criteria must be in place by the time the offer of admission is made.
Class Rank: The Office of Admission determines which applicants are eligible for the award. Evaluation of the applicant’s class rank is based on his/her ranking at the time of the offer of admission. For those who apply Early Decision, class rank will be determined based on the applicant’s 6th-semester transcript. For applicants applying Regular Decision, the rank will be determined based on his/her 7th-semester transcript. If the applicant attends a school that does not usually provide class rank information, it is the applicant’s responsibility to have the high school counselor notify Harvey Mudd College in writing that, while the school does not report class rank, based on the student’s academic performance he/she would be in the top 10 percent of his/her class. If it is not possible for the Office of Admission to determine that the applicant meets the class rank criterion prior to July 1, the college will not, under any circumstances, provide the merit award for the student’s first year of college. If the student subsequently is able to provide rank information that proves eligibility for the award, the college will provide the scholarship for the sophomore year and beyond, as long as the student meets the cumulative grade point average required for renewal.
How the Award is Applied: Financial aid regulations require this award to be used to meet any assessed financial aid need. (Beginning in fall 2005, if entering freshmen receive both the HMC-sponsored National Merit Scholarship and the Harvey S. Mudd Merit Award, the Harvey S. Mudd Merit Award will be added to the amount of the HMC-sponsored National Merit Scholarship.).
Exclusions—Corporate Scholars Program recipients and President’s Scholars Award recipients are ineligible for the Harvey S. Mudd Merit Award.
Corporate Scholar Program Award
In June 2007, the Corporate Scholars Program was revised and is now identified as the President’s Scholars Program. The Corporate Scholars Program will continue to exist exclusively for currently enrolled students through the academic year of 2010–2011.
The Corporate Scholars Program at Harvey Mudd College was established in conjunction with founding sponsors Accenture Ltd., Google Inc., Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Medtronic, Inc., QUALCOMM, Raytheon Company, Sandia National Laboratories and Applied Biosystems Group. The Corporate Scholars Program includes a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to encourage outstanding young men and women to be future leaders in engineering, science, mathematics and technology, and to advance the college’s diversity efforts.
The benefits to freshman Corporate Scholar Program awardees include:
- An invitation to participate in HMC's Summer Institute enrichment program for pre-freshmen.
- A full-tuition scholarship to HMC, renewable for the full four years, subject to satisfactory academic progress.
- Up to two summer internships with sponsoring companies.
- Opportunity for at least one summer research fellowship at HMC or a corporate site.
- Participation in HMC's renowned corporate-sponsored Clinic Program (required for engineering and computer science majors; optional for mathematics and physics majors).
- Ongoing support designed to enhance academic, personal, leadership and professional development offered through the college's Office of Institutional Diversity.
- Plus, additional resources that support Corporate Scholar awardees.
Corporate Scholar Program recipients are eligible to renew this award for up to four years but are ineligible for the Harvey S. Mudd Merit Award. International students are ineligible for the Corporate Scholar Award.
(For entering freshman offered both the HMC-sponsored National Merit Scholarship and the Corporate Scholar Award, the Corporate Scholar Award will be added to the amount of the HMC-sponsored National Merit Scholarship.)
President's Scholars Program
The President’s Scholars Program (PSP) is sponsored by HMC in conjunction with outside fellowships and with prestigious corporations such as Amgen, Inc., The Boeing Company, Google Inc., Raytheon Company, Southern California Edison Company and Applied Biosystems Group.
The President’s Scholars Program is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship program that identifies and encourages outstanding young men and women who have the potential to be future leaders in engineering, science, mathematics and technology, and who are from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented at HMC or are the first in their families to attend college. The college also seeks individuals who demonstrate intellectual curiosity, an exceptional sense of responsibility and self-reliance, and who advance the college’s diversity efforts.
Qualities that would strengthen one’s candidacy for the PSP include: exceptionally strong high school preparation, including evidence that the applicant has actively sought out learning opportunities beyond those normally available at his or her school; indications that the applicant has overcome personal obstacles to achieve academic success; evidence of leadership in school, church or community organizations; evidence that the applicant has the personal qualities and motivations that would allow him or her to benefit especially from what HMC has to offer.
Benefits: Each incoming freshman President’s Scholar receives:
- A full-tuition scholarship to HMC, renewable for the full four years, subject to satisfactory academic progress.
- An invitation to participate in HMC's Summer Institute enrichment program for pre-frosh.
- Opportunity for summer internships with sponsoring companies.
- Opportunity for at least one summer research fellowship at HMC or a corporate site.
- Students will choose to participate in HMC's renowned corporate-sponsored Clinic Program (required for engineering and computer science majors; optional for mathematics and physics majors) or will elect to complete a year-long independent research project under faculty guidance.
- Ongoing support designed to enhance academic, personal, leadership and professional development.
Quantity: The college strives to enroll approximately eight students to the President’s Scholars Program in each entering first-year class.
Eligibility: International students are ineligible for the President’s Scholars Award. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. In addition to submitting the application for admission, candidates must also submit a resume, a statement of purpose, and a letter of reference specifically for the President’s Scholars Program. Only first-year students are eligible.
Early Decision candidates are required to commit to Harvey Mudd College and withdraw, in writing, their applications to other colleges by January 15. Therefore, candidates who are dependent upon winning a President’s Scholars Award to attend Harvey Mudd College should apply via Regular Decision. Refer to the Admission Application and the Admission website for further information.
- The selection committee will review students who have submitted both an application for admission to HMC and the application materials for the President’s Scholars Program by December 15.
- A group of finalists will be selected and contacted to schedule an interview specifically for the PSP. Interviews will be conducted in person when possible or via telephone.
- Award recipients will be selected and notified by April 1, 2008.
Limitations: Only first-year students are eligible. International students are ineligible for the President’s Scholars Award.
Recipients of the President’s Scholars Award are ineligible for the Harvey S. Mudd Merit Award.
If an entering freshman is offered both the HMC-sponsored National Merit Scholarship and the President’s Scholars Award, the President’s Scholars Program award will be added to the amount of the HMC-sponsored National Merit Scholarship.
Harvey Mudd College is enriched by the diversity brought to the college by international students. As such, HMC offers a limited number of scholarships to international students. Institutional aid for international students is extremely limited and highly competitive. While the college encourages international students to attend HMC, students who are neither U.S. citizens nor U.S. permanent residents are not eligible for financial aid programs available through the federal or state governments. International students are eligible to apply for International Student Scholarship funds directly from Harvey Mudd College. An international student who does not apply for or receive financial aid as a first-year student will not be considered for financial aid in future years at HMC. International students who do apply for and receive financial aid as freshmen will have their financial need assessed annually; however, the maximum annual award will be limited to the amount granted in the first year.
To apply for International Student Scholarship funds from Harvey Mudd College, international students must submit the College Board’s International Student Financial Aid Application and International Student Certification of Finances by February 1 prior to their first year. Returning International Student Scholarship recipients must submit these documents each year prior to March 2. Both forms are available on the HMC Office of Financial Aid website, Financial Aid for International Students.
The So Scholarship
Established by Peter (’86) and Paul (’88) So and their parents, the Yuen Sang and Yu Yuen Kit So International Scholarship Fund is designed to assist international students and non-citizens living in the United States with significant scholarship support to attend Harvey Mudd College. The recipients of the So Scholarship will be selected based on superior academic performance, irrespective of financial need. The award is automatically renewed for the scholar’s sophomore year and continuation of the award for both junior and senior years is contingent upon maintaining a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.
How to Apply for Need-Based Financial Aid
Need-based financial aid is available for U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents who have documented financial need as defined by either the federal or institutional formulas. Interested prospective students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the online CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE Application by our February 1 deadline. Current HMC students must file the FAFSA and online CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE Application by March 2 each year for the following academic year. The FAFSA, as well as the Registration Guide for the online CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE Application, are available in high school counseling offices and on the HMC Office of Financial Aid’s website. Both forms must list Harvey Mudd College as a school designated to receive the application data. When completing the FAFSA, list our federal code, #001171. Our CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE number is 4341. If a student files these applications, but does not list HMC, we will not receive his/her financial aid application. NOTE: the priority deadline for filing the online CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE Application is November 15 for Early Decision Admission candidates. The deadline for filing the FAFSA application is February 1. Transfer admission candidates must file the FAFSA and online CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE Application by March 2.
California residents must also apply for a Cal Grant from the State of California. The Cal Grant program provides grant funding for eligible students attending California colleges and universities. To apply, students must file a FAFSA and a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form, available in high school counseling offices and college financial aid offices. The HMC Office of Financial Aid cannot guarantee the equivalent in HMC Scholarship if the financial aid applicant does not receive the Cal Grant due to an incomplete, an inaccurate, or a late application. The deadline to submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form is March 2.
In addition to the FAFSA, online CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE Application and Cal Grant GPA Verification Form (California residents only), financial aid applicants must submit supplemental documents by April 15 to the appropriate location. Federal tax returns, including all schedules, W-2s, 1099s and other tax-related documents should be submitted to The College Board per the instructions received after completing the online CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. Supplemental documents required include, but are not limited to, a signed copy of student’s and parents’ federal income tax returns, including all W-2 statements, 1099s and all schedules for the prior calendar year. All students are also required to submit a Biographical Sketch Form (available from the Office of Financial Aid Web site). Students whose parents own all or any interest in a business or a farm must submit the College Board's Business/Farm Supplement. Students whose parents are separated, divorced, or were never married must have their non-custodial parent submit the College Board's Non-custodial Profile Application. Additional documents may be requested upon a review of each financial aid application. Although the HMC deadline for submitting supplemental documents is April 15, parents and students are encouraged to submit documents as soon as possible.
Financial Aid Award Letters
Financial Aid Award Letters are mailed to admitted prospective first-year and transfer students shortly after admission decisions are mailed. Admitted students who have met our financial aid application deadlines will receive either an official financial aid offer or a tentative financial aid offer with a request for additional documentation required for an official review.
Returning HMC students who have met our financial aid deadlines will be mailed financial aid offers in the first week of June. Late applicants or applicants who submit supplemental documents late will receive their decisions on an on-going basis after June 1.
Student and Parent Loan Programs
The Office of Financial Aid realizes that financing a college education is an important concern for many students and their families. Financing higher education often involves deferring some of the costs under a low-interest loan program. Approximately 70 percent of students at HMC borrow federal, private or institutional loans to assist them in paying for their HMC education. In most cases, student loan payments are deferred until after the student graduates from Harvey Mudd College. The following are brief descriptions of the main loan programs offered at HMC.
The Federal Perkins Loan program provides low-interest student loans to students with exceptional financial need. No interest accrues on this loan while the borrower is enrolled at least half-time. Repayment begins and interest begins to accrue at 5 percent beginning nine months after graduation or at less than half-time enrollment. Funds are limited and the maximum annual Federal Perkins Loan is $4,000.
The Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan is available for students who demonstrate financial need. Starting July 1, 2006, interest on the Federal Stafford Loan is fixed at 6.8 percent. The federal government pays the interest on this subsidized loan while the borrower is enrolled at least half-time. The interest rate is also paid during a one-time, six-month grace period (the first six months during which the borrower is not enrolled at least half-time) before repayment and during any in-school deferment period. Repayment begins and interest begins to accrue at the end of the six-month grace period. Federal Stafford Loans are subject to an origination fee of up to 2 percent and to a Federal default fee of up to 1 percent. Both loan fees are deducted from loan proceeds prior to the disbursement of funds. The maximum loan amounts per grade level for dependent students are as follows—freshmen $2,625; sophomores $3,500; juniors and seniors $5,500.
The Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan is available for students who do not qualify, in whole or in part, for Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan funds. The federal government does not pay the interest on the borrower’s behalf at any time. The borrower is responsible for all interest that accrues, and the borrower can choose to either pay the interest while in school or add any deferred interest to the principal balance of the loan (“capitalization”). When interest is capitalized, the principal balance will be increased by the amount of unpaid interest. Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan interest rates, maximum loan amounts and repayment terms are the same as the Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan above.
The Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is an alternative for creditworthy parents of dependent undergraduates who wish to borrow part or all of the remaining family contribution. The PLUS program is designed to provide a low-interest loan alternative to paying for college costs on a semester or ten-month payment plan. Creditworthy borrowers can borrow up to the difference between the cost of attendance for one year at HMC less the amount of any financial aid the student is eligible to receive. Thus, if a student is receiving no financial aid, his/her parent can borrow the full cost of attendance from the PLUS program. There is no grace period for a PLUS loan. Repayment begins within sixty days after the final disbursement of the loan. As of July 1, 2006, the interest rate is fixed at 8.5 percent and begins to accrue at the first disbursement.
The Student Parsons Loan is a limited college student loan funded by the Parsons Corporation. The fixed interest rate is 5.25 percent and is subsidized while the borrower is enrolled at HMC. The maximum amount a student may borrow is $2,500 annually, depending upon fund availability.
The Miller Loan and other HMC loans are available from the college as student loans. Funds are limited and the interest rate is 9 percent.
Federal Work-Study (FWS) funds are federal funds that allow the college to pay on-campus part-time employment wages for students who have demonstrated financial need. Students who are eligible for Federal Work-Study then use their earnings to pay for educational expenses. Sufficient employment opportunities are available but not guaranteed. There are also jobs available for students who wish to work on campus but do not qualify for Federal Work-Study. Students are typically paid according to their grade level and are expected to work an average of 10 hours per week for the entire academic year.
Many donors to the college provide funding for student scholarships by making annual gifts or establishing endowed scholarship funds. What follows is a list of current scholarships at Harvey Mudd College.
Ahmanson Foundation Scholarship
Ahmanson Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Amcord Foundation Endowed Scholarship (American Cement Co.)
Amgen Inc. Corporate Annual Scholars Program
Applied Biosystems Corporate Annual Scholars Program
ARCS Foundation Annual Scholarship
Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Annual Scholarship
J.L. Atwood Endowed Scholarship
R.C. Baker Foundation Annual Scholarship
Le Roy and Doris L. Barrett Endowed Scholarship
Isabel Bates Aeronautical Endowed Scholarship
The Carl J. Baumgaertner Endowed Scholarship for Engineering Students
Burton G. Bettingen Endowed Scholarship
Sharon and Michael Blasgen Endowed Scholarship
Mildred G. Bleakney Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The Boeing Company Corporate Annual Scholars Program
C.F. Braun Endowed Scholarship
Theodore W. and Beatrice B. Braun Endowed Scholarship
Albert and Dana Broccoli Annual Scholarship
Albert and Dana Broccoli Endowed Scholarship
Dorothy S. Brown Annual Scholarship
The Stavros Busenberg Endowed Scholarship
Dotty and Art Campbell Endowed Scholarship
Gerald R. and Florence H. Case Endowed Scholarship
Edward Coin and Ruth Daugherty Cazier Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Alan B. Chambliss Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Edward and Shirley Chejlava Annual Scholarship
Edward and Shirley Chejlava Endowed Scholarship
E.H. Clark, Jr. Endowed Scholarship for Academic Excellence & Leadership
Harold J. and Helen M. Clark Endowed Scholarship
Patricia M. Clark Annual Scholarship
Class of ’07 Endowed Scholarship
Class of ’61 Endowed Scholarship
Class of ’63 Endowed Scholarship
Class of ’64 Endowed Scholarship
Class of ’75 Endowed Scholarship
Victoria Nebeker Coberly Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Iris and Howard Critchell Aeronautical Annual Scholarship
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Endowed Science and Math Scolarship
Tory Davis ’74. Memorial Annual Scholarship
Class of ’74 Tory Davis Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Frank De Pietro Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The Deshong Annual Scholarship
Edison International Corporate Annual Scholars Program
M. Guy and Lucia F. Edwards Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Ray Lee Edwards Endowed Scholarship
Einstein Endowed Scholarship
The Esterbrook Endowed Scholarship
Robert G. Evans Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Dr. Henry O. Eversole Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Nejat Ezal ’91 Endowed Scholarship
Barbara and Anthony Fallon ’61 Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The Vere and Grace Lacy Farmer Endowed Scholarship
Mildred P. and Clements H. Ferguson Endowed Scholarship
Oliver C. Field Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Hale Chapin Field Memorial Aeronautical Annual Scholarship
Hale Chapin Field Memorial Aeronautical Endowed Scholarship
Alfred B. Focke Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Adele and David Foley Aeronautical Annual Scholarship
Adele and David Foley Aeronautical Endowed Scholarship
William Lyman Fox Endowed Scholarship
The Friends of Harvey Mudd College Endowed Scholarship
June B. Gach and Robert L. Gach Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The Galileo Society Endowed Scholarship
Michelle Gordon ’94 Endowed Scholarship
Great Western Financial Corporation Endowed Scholarship
Dorothy and Elliott Green Endowed Scholarship
James A. Groth Memorial Endowed Scholarship
John D. Hackstaff Endowed Scholarship
Benjamin H. and Joan M. Hadley Annual Scholarship
Donald C. and Elene R. Hawthorne Endowed Scholarship
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship
Anna M. Hill Memorial Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Alexander P. Hixon Endowed Scholarship
William and Evelyn Hobson Endowed Scholarship
Home Savings of America Endowed Minority Scholarship
Mary Horsley Endowed Scholarship
William and Mary Horsley Endowed Scholarship
Debbie Marsh Hunt and V. Bruce Hunt ’70 HMC Annual Scholarship
Rif Hutchings Scholarship and Prize Endowment
IBM Endowed Scholarship
Mary and Ray Ingwersen Annual Scholarship
Harvey Mudd College Annual Scholarships for International Students
James Irvine Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Marc W. Johnson Endowed Fund
Fletcher Jones Endowed Scholarship
Nancia L. and Vincent K. Jones, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Jorgens Family Annual Scholarship
Janet Katra and James Katra ’65 HMC Annual Scholarship
Bill Keck Alumni Challenge Endowed Scholarship
John B. and Nelly Llanos Kilroy Scholarship
John B. and Nelly Llanos Kilroy Endowed Scholarship
Frederick C. Kingston Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Marvel and Robert Kirby Endowed Scholarship
Ted Kollar ’65 Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Kopp Family Scholarship
The Anthony W. LaFetra Endowed Scholarship
Eileen and Jude Laspa Annual Scholarship
Anthony J. Li ’82 and Ms. Lisa Bourgeault Annual Scholarship
Ronald and Maxine Linde Annual Scholarship
Litton Industries Endowed Scholarship
Robert E. Gross/Lockheed Aircraft Corporation Endowed Scholarship
Lockheed Martin Endowed Scholarship
James D. and Sabina J. Lodge Endowed Scholarship Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation Annual Scholarship
Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Scholarships
Lois and Joseph Marriott Aeronautical Endowed Scholarship
Elise Mudd Marvin Annual Scholarship
George H. Mayr Foundation Endowed Educational Challenge Scholarship
Scott McAlister Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Velma V. and George I. McKelvey Endowed Scholarship
Robert Patchen Miller Memorial Endowed Engineering Scholarship
Arlee and Duncan Moore Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Emily Hartshorne Mudd Summer Student Research Fellowship in Biology
Henry T. Mudd Birthday Scholarship
Henry T. Mudd, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
The Henry T. Mudd Endowed Scholarship
Henry T. Mudd/First Interstate Bank Endowed Scholarship
John W. Mudd Endowed Scholarship
Harvey S. Mudd Scholars
Mildred E. Mudd Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Dan Murphy Foundation Annual Scholarship
The Dr. Bruce J. Nelson ’74 Endowed Scholarship
Kenneth and Eileen Norris Endowed Scholarship
H.D. Oberdorfer Memorial Endowed Scholarship
William M. O'Brien ’61 Endowed Scholarship
Timothy O'Donnell ’74 Endowed Scholarship
M. Elaine Osborne Annual Scholarship
Margaret E. Oser Endowed Scholarship
Margaret and Alex Oser Endowed Scholarship
The Overley Endowed Scholarship
The Ann Peppers Foundation Scholarship
Hugh and Dorothy Pickel Annual Scholarship
Hugh and Dorothy Pickel Endowed Scholarship
Jean and Joe Platt Endowed Scholarship
Arthur L. Poag ’73 Memorial Annual Scholarship
The Raytheon Company Corporate Annual Scholarship Program
The Mabel Wilson Richards Scholarship
Henry and Gayle Riggs Endowed Scholarship
Rockwell Collins Corporate Annual Scholarship Program
The Rolle Family Endowed Scholarship
Duane E. Roller Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The Rose Hills Foundation Science and Engineering Scholarship
The So Yuen Sang Future Scientists Endowed Scholarship
Sempra Energy Endowed Scholarship
R. Michael Shanahan Endowed Scholarship
Shell Endowed Scholarship
The Yuen Sang and Yu Yuen Kit So International Endowed Scholarship
Susan T. and Frederick B. Sontag Endowed Scholarship
Shirlynn I. Spacapan Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Harry and Grace Steele Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Dorothy and Donald A. Strauss Endowed Scholarship
Jesse R. Swan Endowed Scholarship
SWECO Endowed Scholarship
The Dawn and Jeff Taarud ’85 Annual Scholarship
The Joan and Trude Taylor Endowed Scholarship
Ray Thomas Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Ron and Lee Vaughan Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Alice Colby Wheeler Annual Scholarship
Dixie and Willis Wood, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
John and Alberta Worster Endowed Scholarship
Jon Alan Wunderlich ’67 Endowed Scholarship
Helen Young Endowed Scholarship
Harvey Mudd Scholarship
The Harvey Mudd Scholarship is HMC’s need-based scholarship fund awarded to students who demonstrate financial need according to institutional guidelines. The Harvey Mudd Scholarship is comprised of gifts to the college from corporations, foundations, alumni and friends of HMC. These funds do not have to be repaid and are awarded on the basis of financial need and availability of funds. Harvey Mudd Scholarship funds are limited, and HMC cannot guarantee awards to students who do not meet our published deadlines for financial aid applications and/or supporting documents. Some Harvey Mudd Scholarship funds are named after alumni, friends or groups, and are awarded both on the basis of need and on the basis of specific qualifications as established by the scholarship donor(s). Each year, all financial aid applicants are required to submit a Biographical Sketch Form, which may be used to identify scholarship recipients and to thank donors who give scholarship funds to HMC.
Each year, students interested in military service attend Harvey Mudd College with assistance from Army and Air Force ROTC Scholarships. Army ROTC Scholarships are available to qualified applicants, including entering first-year students. These scholarships cover tuition, fees, textbooks and a monthly subsistence allowance. Further information is available from the Military Science Department, Bauer Center, Claremont McKenna College. Similarly, Air Force ROTC Scholarships are available for qualified students. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Department of Aerospace Studies at the University of Southern California. See ROTC under “Other Programs.”
Prizes and Awards
The following prizes and awards are given to students who have distinguished themselves academically in a given field by their research achievements and academic record:
Jack Alford and Mack Gilkeson Engineering Clinic Award. Recognizes outstanding performance by a junior student in Clinic work. The award is named in honor of Professors Jck Alford and Mack Gilkeson, originators of the Engineering Clinic.
American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Award. Presented to a junior chemistry student who demonstrates the greatest potential in pursuing advanced studies in analytical chemistry.
American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Chemistry Award. Presented to a junior chemistry student for outstanding performance in organic chemistry.
American Institute of Chemists Foundation Outstanding Student Award. Given to a senior who has a distinguished record in scholastic and research achievements in chemistry.
Graydon and Louise Bell Endowed Prize. Awarded by the chair of the Department of Physics every fall for a rising senior physics major.
The W. A. Brandenburger Biology Prize. Awarded annually to a senior biology major for outstanding performance and promise in the field of biology.
Thomas B. Brown Memorial Award in Physics. Given each year by the physics faculty to the senior whose research they judge to be outstanding.
Stavros Busenberg Prize in Applied Mathematics. Established with memorial gifts for the late Professor Stavros Busenberg. The prize is awarded to a senior showing particular promise in the study of applied mathematics. Recipient is selected by the Department of Mathematics Awards Committee.
California Foundation for Biochemical Research Award. Provided in the form of a summer stipend for participation in research for a junior or sophomore chemistry major who has demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing advanced research in biochemistry.
Dotty and Art Campbell Prize. Awarded annually to an outstanding chemistry major who has demonstrated high standards of achievement and the capacity for continued growth, and is based on the student?s first three years of performance.
Chavin Prize for Papers in the Mathematical Sciences. Established by Henry Chavin to honor Harvey Mudd College students who have written high-quality papers, project reports, or documented computer programs in the general area of the mathematical sciences. The award is made by the mathematics faculty.
Chemical Rubber Company Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award. Presented annually to the first-year student with the most outstanding record of performance in chemistry courses.
Winston Churchill Scholarship. Each year a small number of leading colleges and universities are invited to participate in this program. Harvey Mudd College seniors with exceptional records are nominated for a scholarship to attend Churchill College, Cambridge University, England. The Churchill Scholarship provides support for one year of graduate study leading to a diploma, or three years of graduate study leading to a doctorate in engineering, mathematics or science.
The Computer Science Class of 1994 Award. Established in 1994 honoring the first graduates in the newly established computer science major at Harvey Mudd College. Awarded by the Computer Science Department.
Davies Engineering Prize. Awarded by semester to outstanding students in the E 4 engineering project course.
Alfred B. Focke Award. Conferred each year by the physics faculty upon the senior who has done exceptional research of an experimental nature.
Giovanni Borrelli Mathematics Fellowship Award. Awarded by the mathematics faculty to a student who has distinguished himself/herself in mathematical scholarship and shows promise of contributing in a substantial way to the mathematical sciences.
Rif Hutchings Scholarship and Prize Fund. Created as a result of HMC graduate Andrew (Rif) D. Hutchings '98 winning on the "Jeopardy!" television gameshow College Tournament in 1998. An annual prize is awarded each year to the top three HMC finishers in the Putnam Mathematics Contest.
Mindlin Prize for Innovative Ideas in the Sciences. Awarded to a student who submits a paper that demonstrates the best innovative thinking in the pure sciences.
Emily Hartshorne Mudd Summer Student Research Fellowship in Biology. Supports a summer research student in biology and its related fields.
Harvey S. Mudd Memorial Endowment Fund. Income from this fund, established by Wilkens & Devereux (Consultants), Ltd., of London, is used to provide financial assistance for students, faculty members, or graduates of Harvey Mudd College to study and travel in Europe.
The Rudolph J. and Daphne Munzer Summer Student Research Fellowship. Supports a summer research student in biology and its related fields.
The Outstanding Athlete Award. A trophy provided by the alumni association is awarded annually to the senior who is selected by the physical education faculty as Harvey Mudd College?s outstanding athlete. The winner?s name is inscribed on a permanent trophy in Ducey Gymnasium.
Phi Lambda Upsilon Honorary Chemical Society. Chemistry majors who have outstanding scholastic records are nominated for recognition to this honorary society.
Jean and Joe Platt Freshman Prize. Established by the faculty and staff and is awarded annually to a first-year student who distinguishes himself/herself through academic accomplishments and contributions to the life of the college.
William K. Purves Biology Prize. Awarded to a junior biology major who combines scholarship with some kind of breadth (intellectual, cultural, athletic or service). Awarded by the biology faculty annually.
William K. Purves Summer Student Biology Research Fellowship. Supports a summer research student in biology and its related fields.
William and Margaret Radley Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Awarded annually to the student whose study in the humanities and social sciences most clearly exemplifies the goal that all Harvey Mudd College students should gain an understanding of themselves and others, as well as the physical world around them. The recipient's name is inscribed on a plaque in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Donald and Dorothy Strauss Internships for Social Understanding. Several summer community internships are offered each year for a student to serve at the community service agency of his or her choice.
The Vladimir Rojansky Memorial Writing Award. Given each year to the student who writes the best term paper in Physics 52, Quantum Physics.
William G. Sly Chemistry Prize. Awarded annually to an outstanding junior chemistry major who has demonstrated high achievement and potential for continued growth.
Wing and Ellen Tam Software Development Award. Awarded at convocation to a team of students whose software project best embodies the principles of software development.
Thomas J. Watson Postgraduate Fellowship. Harvey Mudd College is one of 50 colleges from across the country invited by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation to nominate graduating seniors for a Thomas Watson Postgraduate Fellowship. The fellowships provide freedom and support for a year of independent study and travel abroad to explore a particular interest, test abilities and further develop a global awareness. Applications must be submitted by October 1.
The Harry E. Williams Mechanics Endowed Prize. Awarded to an engineering major who has clearly demonstrated both proficiency in, and enthusiasm for, the application of mechanics in engineering problems.
Jon Alan Wunderlich '67 Prize for Creative Achievement in Physics. Awarded annually by the Department of Physics to a physics student or an HMC physics alumnus/alumna.
Many HMC students receive financial support from community and private organizations in recognition of their outstanding achievements. Scholarships and grants are often awarded by organizations other than the college, state or federal government. Corporations, foundations, civic organizations and clubs have their own applications and selection criteria for awarding private funds. Harvey Mudd College expects all students to research and apply for outside scholarships. The Office of Financial Aid has a notebook of opportunities and applications available, as well as Internet resources linked to our website to assist in this search.
Federal regulations require that the Office of Financial Aid coordinate all sources of funding to ensure that students do not receive aid for which they may not be eligible. For this reason, students are required to notify the Office of Financial Aid of any outside resource they will be receiving that is not listed on their Financial Aid Award Letter.
In compliance with federal regulations, outside scholarships will be incorporated into the student’s financial aid package. For a student with documented financial need, outside scholarships cannot reduce the family’s contribution, but first must be considered as a resource available to meet financial need. If a student receives a scholarship or grant from a private organization, his/her financial aid award letter will be adjusted. All outside scholarship funds are added together and the following is applied: the first $500 will reduce need-based student loans and/or Federal Work-Study funds. One-half of the remaining amount will reduce need-based Harvey Mudd Scholarship and the other half will further reduce need-based student loans and/or Federal Work-Study funds. Once need-based student loans and Federal Work-Study amounts have been completely eliminated, any additional outside scholarships will reduce need-based Harvey Mudd Scholarship only. Merit awards are not affected by outside scholarships. If a student has sufficient federal need, he/she may be able to keep a larger percentage of work and loan amounts than called for under this formula. The Office of Financial Aid makes every attempt to maximize a student’s eligibility for all funds available within federal guidelines.
Continued eligibility for both need-based and non-need-based financial aid is contingent upon maintaining satisfactory academic progress.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Harvey Mudd College is required to monitor the satisfactory academic progress of its financial aid recipients to ensure that students receiving federal aid are sufficiently progressing towards graduation. Higher Education Act (HEA) Sec. 484(c), 34 CFR 668.16(e) states: (e) For purposes of determining student eligibility for assistance under a Title IV, HEA program establishes, publishes and applies reasonable standards for measuring whether an otherwise eligible student is maintaining satisfactory progress in his or her educational program. The Secretary considers an institution’s standards to be reasonable if the standards:
1. Are the same as or stricter than the institution's standards for a student enrolled in the same educational program who is not receiving assistance under a Title IV, HEA program;
2. Include the following elements:
(i) A qualitative component which consists of grades (provided that the standards meet or exceed the requirements of § 668.34), work projects completed, or comparable factors that are measurable against a norm.
(ii) A quantitative component that consists of a maximum timeframe in which a student must complete his or her educational program.
To be eligible for aid at Harvey Mudd College, a student must make satisfactory academic progress towards a degree. HMC applies this satisfactory academic progress policy equally to all federal financial aid recipients. As required by law, the policy contains both a qualitative and a quantitative component and student transcripts are reviewed on an annual basis for compliance with these components as well as other issues pertinent to this issue. Upon review of each transcript, notification is sent to any student who is not meeting satisfactory academic progress criteria. Any student in this situation is given a year on “financial aid probation” and informed of the component which must be improved to avoid risking financial aid eligibility. The student is also notified how to regain financial aid eligibility during this time.
HMC measures qualitative progress to ensure that students are performing at an acceptable level in their academic studies. For a qualitative measure of progress, the cumulative grade point average (GPA) is reviewed each year. For the first two years (measured in time not grade level), a student must make qualitative progress according to the academic standing criteria set forth by the faculty of Harvey Mudd College. While the Scholarly Standing Committee reviews every student’s academic record to determine academic standing each semester, the Office of Financial Aid only determines academic progress annually. If the Scholarly Standing Committee places a student on probation based upon cumulative GPA requirements at the end of an academic year, that student will also be placed on financial aid probation for a period of one year while continuing to receive financial aid. If a student who is on financial aid probation fails to meet the requirements as specified at the time probationary status is imposed, the student will no longer be eligible for financial aid.
HEA Sec. 484(c), 34 CFR 668.34 states that
(a) If a student is enrolled in a program of study of more than two academic years, to be eligible to receive Title IV, HEA program assistance after the second year, in addition to satisfying the requirements contained in section § 668.32(f), the student must be making satisfactory progress under the provisions of paragraphs (b), (c) and (d) of this section.
(b) A student is making satisfactory progress if, at the end of the second year, the student has a grade point average of at least a "C" or its equivalent, or has academic standing consistent with the institution's requirements for graduation.
According to federal regulation, by the end of a student’s second year (measured in time not grade level), a student’s cumulative grade point average must be consistent with the institution’s requirements for graduation which is generally a C (2.0) average. As the Scholarly Standing Committee reviews each student’s academic record to ensure that each student’s cumulative GPA is consistent with graduation requirements, the Office of Financial Aid adheres to the Scholarly Standing Committee’s standards for determining if each student’s GPA is consistent with graduation requirements. If, according to the Scholarly Standing Committee, a student is placed on probation based upon a cumulative GPA inconsistent with graduation requirements, that student will also be placed on financial aid probation for a period of one year while continuing to receive financial aid. If a student who is on financial aid probation fails to meet the requirements as specified at the time probationary status is imposed, the student will no longer be eligible for financial aid.
The Office of Financial Aid is also required to ensure that students receiving federal funds are making quantitative progress towards graduation. HEA Sec. 484(c), 34 CFR 668.16(e) states:
(ii) A quantitative component that consists of a maximum timeframe in which a student must complete his or her educational program. The timeframe must
(A) For an undergraduate program, be no longer than 150 percent of the published length of the educational program measured in academic years, terms, credit hours attempted, clock hours completed, etc., as appropriate;
(B) Be divided into increments, not to exceed the lesser of one academic year or one-half the published length of the educational program;
(C) Include a schedule established by the institution designating the minimum percentage or amount of work that a student must successfully complete at the end of each increment to complete his or her educational program within the maximum timeframe; and
Students must be taking an appropriate number of courses to ensure a timely graduation. In order to determine an appropriate number of courses, HMC has, in accordance with federal regulations, set a maximum time frame in which a student is expected to finish the program. Five academic years (or 10 semesters) is the maximum time frame to complete the undergraduate program without petitioning the Scholarly Standing Committee.
For purposes of monitoring academic progress, the Office of Financial Aid has divided the academic program into increments of one academic year. Students are expected to maintain academic progress by completing a specific number of units per academic year. In order to graduate in 10 semesters with 128 units, students must complete an average of 25.6 units per academic year to ensure completion of the program within 10 semesters. Financial aid recipients must complete an average of 12.8 units per semester, or 25.6 units per year, to meet the graduation requirement of 128 units in five years. Students who do not meet the 25.6 units per academic year requirement will be placed on financial aid probation for a period of one year and will continue to receive financial aid while on probation. If, at the end of the financial aid probationary year, the average number of completed units has not reached 12.8 units per semester, or 25.6 units per year, the student will become ineligible for further financial assistance.
If a student withdraws from all courses in a semester so that he/she has no GPA calculated, the Office of Financial Aid still considers the credits attempted when considering quantitative progress toward a degree.
The HMC Office of Financial Aid policy on academic progress contains additional elements beyond a qualitative and quantitative measure of progress. HEA Sec. 484(c), 34 CFR 668.16(e) states that this policy must also
(D) Include specific policies defining the effect of course incompletes, withdrawals, repetitions and non-credit remedial courses on satisfactory progress;
(3) Provide for consistent application of standards to all students within categories of students, e.g., full-time, part-time, undergraduate and graduate students, and educational programs established by the institution;
(4) Provide for a determination at the end of each increment by the institution as to whether the student has met the qualitative and quantitative components of the standards (as provided for in paragraphs (e)(2)(i) and (ii) of this section);
(5) Provide specific procedures under which a student may appeal a determination that the student is not making satisfactory progress; and
(6) Provide specific procedures for a student to re-establish that he or she is maintaining satisfactory progress.
When monitoring quantitative progress, courses from which a student withdraws will not be included in the calculation of the average number of units completed. Credit for incomplete courses will not be included until the course has been completed and the Registrar has posted a grade. Credit for a repeated course will be included if the course is required to graduate. A student who wishes to attend summer school outside of The Claremont Colleges and transfer courses to HMC must obtain written permission from the chair of the Harvey Mudd College department concerned prior to registering for the summer school. Upon completion of the summer session, the student should request the college to send a transcript to the HMC Registrar. The grade obtained in a non-HMC summer school course is not counted in determining the student’s cumulative grade point average.
If a student has the required number of credits to graduate and has met all other degree requirements, he/she may not continue to receive financial aid to continue studies at HMC. However, aid may still be offered to a student who has enough credits to graduate, but has not yet met all degree requirements. In addition, a student who changes his/her academic major must still complete all degree requirements for the new major in the five-year period of study at HMC.
Any student who loses financial aid eligibility for failure to meet the requirements stated above must meet the requirements for the grade level prior to reinstatement of financial aid eligibility. Students may appeal the determination of ineligibility for financial aid as described above if there are extenuating circumstances such as student illness, injury, death in the family, or other such reasons. The Office of Financial Aid will review appeals on an individual basis and reinstatement of aid eligibility is applicable to the semester in which the appeal is approved; eligibility will not be retroactive.
Please note that HMC scholarship awards are given to those students who attend full-time, (defined as 12 units per semester), and are available for eight semesters only. Maintaining satisfactory academic progress according to federal guidelines will sustain federal aid eligibility but may not be sufficient to maintain any HMC scholarship until graduation. Please consult the requirements for each HMC fund awarded for further information regarding renewal requirements.
Program of Transfer Studies
Under special circumstances, a student may apply to the Scholarly Standing Committee for admission into the program of transfer studies. The program of transfer studies provides a terminal semester during which the student is released from the usual course requirements in order to improve his/her academic standing and prepare to transfer to another college at the end of the semester. Readmission to HMC is not permitted.
Students who are Ineligible To Re-Register and who are thus no longer eligible for financial aid will be eligible to receive financial assistance during the one-semester program of transfer studies as an extension of their probation. Financial aid eligibility will only be extended after admission to the program of transfer studies.