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.


  • You will automatically be considered for the Founders' Scholarship when you submit your admissions application.
  • The annual scholarship value varies, with a maximum value 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.

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, will be considered for this 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.