Founders' Scholarship

The Founders’ Scholarship was established to acknowledge those who have demonstrated a significant commitment to Christian Science, good character, academics, and citizenship through participation in varied activities.


  • Founders' Scholarship applications must be submitted along with your admissions application. 
  • The annual scholarship value varies, with a maximum of the combined cost of tuition and room. (Please note: Annual scholarship value has been adjusted for the 2015–2016 year.)
  • First-time freshmen and transfer students are eligible.
  • Your scholarship application (resume and two essays) should be e-mailed as attachments to

To apply for this scholarship, you must submit the following:

1. Comprehensive Resumé

Your resumé should include involvement in Christian Science, school, community-related activities, and any other categories you feel are relevant. When listing community service, indicate (whenever possible) your dates of involvement, hours of commitment, scope of responsibility, and the significance of your contribution. Be detailed. For example, don’t just list that you were a CIT at camp. Make sure to include if you led any trips, completed service projects, or served as a team leader. Use the examples below to help guide your resumé.

  • A demonstrated commitment to Christian Science
    Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Membership and active participation in The Mother Church or a branch church 
    • Attendance at Wednesday night testimony meetings
    • Published article(s) in the Christian Science periodicals or online
    • Employment, service, or participation at a camp or facility for Christian Scientists
    • Participation in other Christian Science youth activities or groups
    • Completion of Christian Science class instruction 
  • A demonstrated commitment to academic growth and achievement
    Examples include, but are not limited to, those below:
    • Steady progress or sustained excellence throughout high school
    • Enrollment in AP/Honors courses
    • Tutoring others or being tutored
    • Leadership roles in student government, clubs, and other activities
    • Academic awards
    • Section leader in choir or band; leading role in a play
  • A demonstrated record of service to the community
    Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Leadership roles in extracurricular activities
    • Voluntary community service
    • Scouting
    • Political participation
    • Leadership or service awards

Please note: In accordance with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) policy, Principia will not take into consideration a student’s athletic ability, participation, or performance in awarding scholarships, including the Founders’ Scholarship. Therefore, please exclude all athletic activities from your application.

2. Essay on Community Qualities

Please share what you feel are the three most important qualities of a strong community member and explain why. (200 words minimum)

3. Essay on Moral Courage

Please share a situation where you had to choose between right and wrong and define what moral courage is in your own words.

The Founders’ Scholarship honors Principia's founder, Mary Kimball Morgan, and the dozens of teachers, counselors, coaches, donors, and many others who worked to establish Principia. It honors their service to God and Christian Science, their outstanding character, and their service to Principia and its students, to their communities, and to their country.

Mary Kimball Morgan commented often about the importance of character, with the hope of encouraging students to think deeply on the subject. On one occasion, her comments came in the form of this probing question, delivered as part of a talk requested by a group of College men: 

Are you the man who has learned to act from Principle in all that he does; one who has learned to regulate his conduct according to the demands of Principle so that he is not swayed by impulse, by moral opinions, or by human willpower; one who does not make a god of his own selfish desires but has the aim of being of service to his fellowman; one whose outlook on life is bigger than his own personal interests, a life above pettiness and worry; one who constantly subordinates his animal nature to his finer instincts, thus training himself to strengthen only those qualities which make for mental and moral cleanliness and purity of character?      
(Education at The Principia, p. 196)

Prospective students who have demonstrated a commitment to Christian Science, outstanding service, citizenship, and character, and who are prepared to serve the Principia College community, are encouraged to apply for the Founders’ Scholarship.

Scholarship recipients are required each spring to submit a renewal application that describes their involvement in community service, leadership, and Christian Science. Scholars are obligated to assume positions of leadership on campus, serve the Principia community through community service, regularly attend Sunday School/church or CSO, and show continued improvement in their GPA.