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, you should submit a Full-Ride Merit Scholarship application, which will be available in late September.

In addition to the application, you will need to provide

  • your resume
  • a 500-1,000 word essay in response to one of two prompts
  • Two recommendations. One of your recommendations must be from a teacher and the other can come from a supervisor or another person you’ve worked with in the community. A teacher is also fine for the second recommendation.

Applicants who are selected to interview for the Full-Ride Merit Scholarship will be notified prior to Scholars’ Day, which takes place on February 8, 2025. Interviews occur with faculty, administrators, and the President of the College. Scholarship recipients will be notified by mid-March.

What Makes a Full-Ride Merit Scholar?

Full-Ride Merit Scholars should possess the following credentials:

  • Minimum 3.75 unweighted GPA
  • Be included in the top 10% of their high school graduating class (when rank exists)
  • Superior academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and service to others
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills


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