The CMC Scholar Communities Program

The Claremont McKenna College (CMC) Scholar Communities Program is comprised of several individual experiential learning communities created to support students in a variety of disciplines and fields. The Program underscores the powerful role that self-exploration and new experiences play in every undergraduate’s life as they plan for the future.

In addition to classroom work and research collaboration with world-class faculty, student success at CMC is predicated on the principle of "learning to do, doing to learn." Students selected for each Scholar Community are provided with the means and support to pursue their interests with rich, unique experiences in specific areas of interest. Every CMC student, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances, is eligible to start making connections and testing their potential.

Scholar Community Merit Need-based
Conte First Generation American Scholars  
Dreier Roundtable Scholars  
Kravis Scholars  
Interdisciplinary Science Scholarship (ISS)  
Records Family Game Changer Scholars  
Wagener Family Global Scholars  
McKenna Scholars  
Seaver Scholars  

 

The CMC Scholar Communities Program provides powerful benefits to enrolled recipients.

Financial support, building access and opportunity

Our Scholar Community programs provide financial support for incoming students through:

  • Generous need-based aid for those who qualify for financial aid.

  • A wide range of merit awards, some in part also need-based, for those who satisfy the objectives of the specific program.

  • Sponsored summer experiences, including first-year internships and other fellowship opportunities during the academic year.

Experience, learning through doing

CMC integrates a traditional liberal arts education with real world experience. Our students learn to do, and do to learn both within and outside the classroom. We support this virtuous cycle through a generous sponsored internship program, and several scholarship programs provide this opportunity in the summer after the first academic year.

Community, mentorship and social support

CMC is a close-knit community of scholars, and our programs reinforce this support for students having common interests and life experiences. The Scholar programs provide both mentorship and small groups of mutually supportive students to provide the social foundation for growth and opportunity.

CMC Scholar Communities Programs

Conte First Generation American Scholars

A fund established by financier J.P. Conte has made it possible for many first-generation American students to realize their undergraduate aspirations at some of the best colleges and universities across the nation. With the establishment of the Conte First Generation American Scholarship, the College ensures that the most deserving first-generation students have access to a Claremont McKenna education. The Conte Fund provides need-based financial aid support.

  • Applicants must be first generation American and have demonstrated financial need.

  • Provides staff mentorship and special programming.

  • Up to five entering first-year students yearly.

Dreier Roundtable Scholars

Named for former Congressman David Dreier '75, who served for many years as chair of the U.S. Congressional Ways and Means Committee, Dreier Roundtable Scholars participate in a program designed to give them early exposure to public policy research and decision-making on matters of national controversy. As a part of the roundtable established at Claremont McKenna, students will work in close collaboration with the college’s world-class government faculty, visiting Roundtable scholars and lecturers, and institutional partners, such as The Brookings Institution and other leading think tank organizations. The Dreier Roundtable provides first year internships, fellowship support, and support for students with need to attend the Washington, D.C., semester program.

  • Applicants must demonstrate an interest in domestic public policy issues.

  • Funding support for an internship, research or academic travel during summer immediately following the first year. Provides faculty mentorship and special programming.

  • Up to six entering first-year students yearly.

Kravis Scholars

The establishment of the Kravis Scholars Fund by Henry Kravis '67 provides generous need-based financial aid assistance to under-served students, who enroll at Claremont McKenna. Students receive a summer sponsored internship immediately after their first-year in college. Special mentorship and support is provided throughout their college careers.

  • Applicants must be from underserved backgrounds, and have demonstrated financial need.

  • Funding support for an internship, research or academic travel during summer immediately following the first year. 

  • Up to six entering first-year students yearly.

Interdisciplinary Science Scholarship

Students with a passion for science and leadership are eligible for an Interdisciplinary Science Scholarship. This program is aimed at students interested in exploring a double or dual major that pairs science with a non-science major. The scholarship covers full tuition and is available for deserving students who have demonstrated financial need. The scholarship also supports summer fellowships, internships, or research experiences.

  • Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential, passion for science and have significant financial need. Recipients are required to graduate with a dual or double major in a science and non-science discipline.

  • Renewable full tuition award based on financial need. Funding support for internships, research or academic travel during the summers following the first and second years.

  • Up to 20 entering first-year students yearly.

Records Family Game Changer Scholars

The Records Family established the Game Changers Fund to support the recruitment of talented students from a diverse range of socio-economic backgrounds with a focus on enhanced need-based aid or substantial merit aid. The recipients of the Records scholarship demonstrate the personal characteristics of perseverance, determination, fortitude, and courage. Students selected to be Records Family Scholars will show excellence in both intellectual and fortitude inside and outside the classroom, and service or background in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

  • Applicants must demonstrate perseverance, determination, fortitude, courage and academic excellence.

  • Funding support for an internship, research or academic travel immediately following the first year.

  • Up to six entering first-year students yearly.

Wagener Family Global Scholars

Trustee Shaw Wagener ‘81, who was an international relations major at Claremont McKenna and studied abroad in Russia, before becoming a national leader in emerging market investment, supports this scholarship program. The Global Scholars program provides direct financial support for students who qualify for need-based aid, first-year summer internships, and stipends for students on financial aid to go abroad in the spring semester of their sophomore year to non-English speaking countries.

  • Applicants must demonstrate an interest in global affairs, spending time abroad and learning new languages.

  • Funding support for an internship, research or academic travel immediately following the first year, and a abroad program in the second semester of sophomore year to a non-English speaking country.

  • Up to six entering first-year students yearly.

McKenna Scholars

The McKenna Achievement Award is a renewable scholarship given to entering freshmen every year. Finalists for the McKenna Achievement Awards are chosen from among all candidates who have the highest academic achievement and significant extracurricular activities that demonstrate sustained commitment, leadership and personal growth.

  • Applicants must have exceptional academic and personal achievements.

  • Provides $10,000 merit per year. Funding support for an internship, research or academic travel immediately following the first year.

  • Up to 15 entering first-year students yearly.

Seaver Scholars

The Frank Seaver Leadership Scholarship is a renewable full-tuition scholarship to entering freshmen every year. This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional promise to become leaders intent on making a positive impact in the world. Applicants are selected from the McKenna Scholar recipients in April through an interview process. The Seaver award replaces the McKenna Achievement Award.

Throughout their time at CMC, Seaver Scholars will be expected to participate in various small group enrichment leadership programs.

  • Applicants must have exceptional academic and personal achievements. Selected from the McKenna Scholar recipients in April through an interview process.

  • Renewable full tuition merit award. The Seaver award replaces the McKenna award. Stipends for two summer internships, research or academic travel. Must participate in group leadership development programs throughout CMC tenure.

  • Three entering first-year students yearly.

Application process

To apply, students must submit their Common Application on or before December 1. Students are not required to submit additional materials or essay responses to be considered for the Scholar Communities. Each application will be reviewed with the involvement of faculty to determine potential candidates for each Scholar Community program.

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