Shimer College

Montaigne Scholarship

Michel de Montaigne Scholarships will be awarded to first-time applicants to Shimer on the basis of merit in writing and discussion—the activities that Shimer students undertake in the classroom (and beyond!) every day.

The scholarship honors Michel de Montaigne, the French Renaissance author and essayist. Participants read an essay by Montaigne, discuss it in a classroom setting, and write an essay. A committee of faculty members evaluates each participant’s performance and selects the scholarship winners.

Participants will be sent a copy of the selected Montaigne text for the competition once they RSVP for the competition. (See below.)


The opportunity to earn a four-year scholarship to Shimer College!


March 28, 2015


Shimer College
3424 S. State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60616


1. Apply to Shimer College by March 9, 2015.

If you are applying online, please email any needed materials to, or mail them (including the application fee) to the street address above.

A complete Application for Admission consists of:

  • Completed application form. Please note: you may apply as a First-Time, Transfer or Early Entrant student. Special Status students are not eligible for the Montaigne Scholarship,
  • Writing samples as requested,
  • Letter(s) of recommendation as requested,
  • High school transcripts (and college transcripts if applicable),
  • $25 application fee payable to Shimer College.

2. RSVP for the Montaigne competition here.

3. To be eligible for a Montaigne Scholarship, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The form can be completed anytime after January 1 and must be completed before a scholarship can be awarded.  Note: Students who are awarded federal or state grants may have their scholarship adjusted if the combined amount of all aid exceeds the cost of tuition. Students must be applying for the Fall 2015; any deferral of admission will disqualify the student from acceptance of the scholarship.

Guidelines: Montaigne scholarships are effective for eight semesters of fulltime enrollment or the equivalent within a 5-year period beginning with the initial date of enrollment at Shimer College.  They are automatically renewable for students who maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.00 and are in good social standing. Enrollment during summer sessions and/or on a part-time basis is permissible and will be prorated (for example, two semesters of halftime enrollment counts as the equivalent of one semester of fulltime enrollment).  Leaves of absence are permitted if approved by the Dean of the College, although they do not negate the 5-year completion stipulation. The award applies only to tuition fees and does not include other fees such as books, orientation or graduation fees.

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