MC accepting applications for full-tuition McGill Scholarships

MC now accepting applications for full-tuition McGill Scholarships

Aug. 27, 2018

Maryville College is now accepting applications for full-tuition scholarships made possible by the estate of Dan and Elaine McGill.

The College will award the full-tuition Dan and Melanie Mays McGill Scholarship to five outstanding incoming freshmen who enroll in fall 2019. An additional 20 outstanding freshmen will be recognized and awarded the McGill Fellowship.

The new awards, the most prestigious offered at the College, are renewable for up to four years of full-time study as long as recipients meet the established academic criteria. The estimated four-year value of the McGill Scholarship is $140,000; the Fellowship, $108,000.

To qualify, students must have a combined minimum 30 ACT composite or 1390 SAT test score and a minimum 3.8 high school GPA. Applicants also should have demonstrated leadership abilities.

The application process, which must be concluded by Dec. 1, includes applying for admission to Maryville College and submitting an online scholarship application, two teacher recommendation letters and an essay on a given topic.

Select applicants will be invited to the College’s Scholarship Weekend in January, when they will meet other prospective scholars and be interviewed by members of the College community. If students are unable to travel to campus for Scholarship Weekend, interviews may be conducted by video conferencing.

Awards will be offered by March 15.

McGill Scholars and McGill Fellows are required to live on campus and participate in a living-learning community of other scholars and fellows for at least two years. They also must commit to four semesters of service as an academic mentor.

Awards announced for transfers

Beginning next year, the College will award 10 outstanding transfer students the $2,000 McGill Transfer Fellowship. Eligibility criteria include a minimum 3.5 college GPA and demonstrated leadership abilities. The fellowship will be awarded in addition to other merit-based aid and is renewable for up to four years of full-time study with an annual GPA of 3.0.

The application process for transfers, which should be completed by June 15, 2019, includes applying for admission to Maryville College and submitting an online scholarship application, one teacher recommendation letter and an essay on a given topic.

Select applicants will be invited to the College’s Transfer Scholars Day in July, when they will meet other prospective students and be interviewed by members of the College community. If students are unable to travel to campus for Transfer Day, interviews may be conducted by video conferencing.

Awards will be offered by July 15.

McGill was scholar, MC supporter

Dan McGill, a native of Greenback, Tenn., graduated from Maryville College in 1940 with a major in economics and went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees from Vanderbilt University and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. A longtime professor and administrator at the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, he was highly respected for his expertise in life insurance and was considered an authority in the pension industry. He authored seven books; his textbook, Fundamentals of Private Pensions, first appeared in 1964 but remains the pension industry’s authoritative text.

McGill was a longtime supporter of Maryville College, serving on the Maryville College’s Board of Directors from 1971 until 1979 (serving as chairman for the last five years). He also chaired the College’s VISION 1994 Campaign.

He passed away in 2013. Wife Elaine died three years later.

In their estate plans, the McGills left $15 million to the College, which is the largest gift in the College’s nearly 200-year history. All but $1 million of the bequest was designated for endowed scholarships.

Maryville College President Dr. Tom Bogart said he believes the McGills would be pleased with the scholarship program that now bears their name.

“Dan and Elaine originally established this scholarship in memory of their daughter, Melanie, but Elaine later requested that the scholarship memorialize her husband’s commitment and service to Maryville College, as well,” Bogart said. “Dan McGill was a man of impressive academic and professional achievements, and this scholarship program both honors a life well-lived and gives us an opportunity to attract more students like him – academically prepared, motivated and eager to be leaders in the classroom, on the campus and in their communities.”

For more information about the McGill Scholarship Program, call the Maryville College Office of Admissions at 865.981.8092.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is 1,146.