MC accepting fall 2020 applications for full-tuition McGill Scholarships

MC accepting fall 2020 applications for full-tuition McGill Scholarships

Oct. 31, 2019 

Maryville College is accepting applications for full-tuition scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year, through the McGill Scholarship Program. Established in 2018 with a gift from the estate of Dan and Elaine McGill, the McGill Scholarship Program offers the most prestigious awards available to incoming freshmen and transfer students who enroll at MC.

The Dan and Melanie Mays McGill Scholarship, named for Dr. McGill and his daughter, will be awarded to five outstanding incoming freshmen. The scholarship covers tuition and is renewable for up to four years of full-time study with an annual GPA of 3.25.

McGill Fellowships recognize the academic accomplishments and leadership abilities of 20 incoming freshmen and five transfer students. Valued at $4,000 each year, the Fellowships are awarded in addition to the Presidential Scholarship and are renewable for up to four years of full-time study with an annual GPA of 3.0. McGill Fellows are selected from the McGill Scholarship applicant pool.

Dan McGill graduated from Maryville College in 1940 and went on to earn degrees from Vanderbilt and the University of Pennsylvania. Considered an authority in the pension industry, he was a longtime professor and administrator at the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. Honoring Dr. McGill’s impressive academic record, high standard for scholarship and numerous career achievements, the McGill Scholarship Program seeks to attract academically prepared and motivated students who desire to be leaders in the classroom, on the campus and in their communities.

To qualify for these awards, incoming freshman students must have a combined minimum 30 ACT superscore or 1390 SAT superscore and a minimum 3.8 high school weighted 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 via their application portal, 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 Maryville 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, 2020.

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. 

Transfer students eligible for McGill Fellowships

The College will award five outstanding transfer students the $4,000 McGill Transfer Fellowship. Eligibility criteria include a minimum 3.5 college GPA and demonstrated leadership abilities. Recipients are required to live on campus and participate in a living-learning community. 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 May 1, 2020, includes applying for admission to Maryville College and submitting an online scholarship application via their application portal, one teacher recommendation letter and an essay on a given topic.

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

For more information about the McGill Scholarship Program, visit the College’s website at maryvillecollege.edu or call the Maryville College Office of Admissions at 865.981.8092.


Maryville College is a nationally-ranked institution of higher learning and one of America’s oldest colleges. For more than 200 years, we’ve educated students to be giving citizens and gifted leaders, to study everything, so that they are prepared for anything — to address any problem, engage with any audience and launch successful careers right away. Located in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Knoxville, Maryville College offers nearly 1,200  students from around the world both the beauty of a rural setting and the advantages of an urban center, as well as more than 60 majors, seven pre-professional programs and career preparation from their first day on campus to their last. Today, our 10,000 alumni are living life strong of mind and brave of heart and are prepared, in the words of our Presbyterian founder, to “do good on the largest possible scale.”