Founders' Scholarship

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


  • The deadline to submit a Founders’ Scholarship application is March 3. If you are applying for admissions after March 2, you must submit your Founders’ application at the same time as your admissions application.
  • Awards range from ¼ tuition to full tuition.
  • Both first-time freshmen and transfer students are eligible.
  • Your complete scholarship application should be e-mailed as attachments to

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.

“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, continue to serve the Principia community through community service, regularly attend Sunday school/church or Org and show continued improvement in their GPA.

To apply for this scholarship, you must submit:

1. A Comprehensive Resumé
The resumé should list your involvement in Christian Science, school, and community related activities, and any other categories relevant to you. 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 in your resumé. For example, don’t just list that you were a CIT at camp. Also list that as a CIT, you led a trip, completed service projects, or served as a team leader. Use the examples listed below to help guide your resumé.

  • A demonstrated commitment to Christian Science
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Church membership with active participation (The Mother Church or branch church)
    • Attending Wednesday night testimony meetings
    • Published article(s) in 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:
    • Steady progress or sustained excellence throughout high school
    • Enrolled in AP/Honors courses
    • Provide tutoring or being tutored
    • Leadership role in student government, clubs, and other activities
    • Academic awards
    • Section leader in choir or band; Leading role in theatrical play
  • A demonstrated record of service to the community
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Leadership role 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 in your application.

2. Essay on Service Activities

Your 250–500 word essay should describe the type of character and qualities you expressed in one or two service activities. Please describe the effect you (or your contributions) had on the activity or organization, and the impact the experience(s) had on you.

3. Essay on Moral Character

In 300–500 words, please tell us what moral values you have chosen to live by, and explain why, as a Christian Scientist, these are important. Provide an example of when you showed moral courage evidenced by doing and/or standing up for what is right.