MEREDITH Full-Ride Merit Scholarship

A four-year, fully funded educational experience for exceptional student leaders at Meredith College

Meredith Full-Ride Merit Scholarships are awarded to first-year students based on academic achievement, leadership, service, and character. 

The scholarship, established in 2007 by a dedicated group of alumnae, has attracted highly qualified students who thrived at Meredith and have gone on to successful careers in dentistry, law, communication, scientific research, education, and more. 


Recipients receive an array of benefits including

Full tuition

Housing in residence halls
and food

Fees, books, and supplies

Study abroad experience

Cultural and social events with a cohort of peer scholars

Networking opportunities


To be considered for the Scholarship, simply apply to the Meredith College Honors Program. Full-Ride Merit Scholarship recipients are selected from Honors Program applicants.

Apply for admission to the College via Early Decision or Early Action. The deadline to apply for the Honors Program is January 15.

Note: The application deadline for the 2024 Meredith Full-Ride Merit Scholarship has been extended to January 22.

Honors Program applicants who are selected to interview for the Full-Ride Merit Scholarship will be notified prior to Scholars’ Day. Interviews occur with faculty, administrators, and the President of the College. Scholarship recipients will be notified by mid-March. All Full-Ride Merit Scholarship finalists are guaranteed admission to the Honors Program.

What Makes a Full-Ride Merit Scholar?

Students selected to interview for the scholarship are chosen from the Honors applicant pool. The profile of recent recipients includes a weighted GPA of 4.65, demonstrated leadership and service to others; and strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Note: Typical recipients’ profiles also included average SAT/ACT scores of 1510/34; however, Meredith, including the Honors Program, is test optional.


The Full-Ride Merit Scholarship, originally known as the Alumnae Legacy Scholarship, was created by those who best know the power of a Meredith education – alumnae. Ione Kemp Knight, ’43, and Elizabeth Triplett Beam, ’72, began the campaign to secure Meredith’s academic legacy through the creation of a prestigious scholarship.

Alumnae also assist as mentors, with internships, and by providing quality-of-life enrichment opportunities. They attend recipients’ presentations, performances, lectures, and athletic events.

"There are very few moments in your life when you can look back and pinpoint that pivotal moment when your life began to change, but I can trace it back to that phone call I received telling me I had been awarded the scholarship."
Sierra Moorefield.
Sierra Riegl , ’18
Ph.D. in Toxicology
Leadership Development Program, BASF
"Having the scholarship meant being at a place that really fostered my talents. Meredith taught me that whatever I want is possible."
Tia Joyce
Tia Joyce, ’16
Doctor of Dental Surgery

Where are they now?

Our previous scholarship recipients are thriving in a variety of fields, including the following: 

Ally Cefalu, ’22
Analyst II, BioAgilytix
Ansley Harris, ’21
Project Engineer at The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Kirby Jones, ’19
Counseling and Divinity Student, Wake Forest University
Monique Kreisman, ’15
Associate Attorney, Kings Law Firm, J.D. Campbell Law School
Michelle Maiden, ’14
Consulting Data Scientist at SFL Scientific, Applied Mathematics Ph.D.
Imani William, ’18
Autonomous Vehicle Test Engineer
Sayyeda Zeenat Razvi, ’13
Scientist III, Small Molecule Analytical Chemistry, Genentech, M.S. Duke
Amelia Hruby, ’13
Ph.D., Podcast Strategist, Author, and Editor