What are Merit Scholarships?
LSA Scholarships defines merit scholarships as any scholarships that do not have a need-based aid requirement. Our office awards approximately 40 of these scholarships each year to incoming students. The criteria for these awards varies depending on the specific scholarship. We award all Four-Year scholarships on a rolling basis and merit scholarships are limited, so the sooner your application is received, the more opportunities you will be considered for.
How Are Students Selected for Merit Scholarships?
Merit Scholarships are awarded to admitted LSA students who complete our Four-Year Renewable Scholarship application and meet specific criteria. After completing the Four-Year Renewable Scholarship application, all applicants are considered for all of the scholarship opportunities they are qualified for. Our application questions are designed to help us match students to relevant scholarships based on the required criteria of each. Common criteria we look for when awarding merit scholarships may include a student's intended major/field of study, career interests, leadership experience, academic achievement, community engagement, or even their geographical area. Our committee may also review a student's admissions application to help determine eligibility for specific scholarship awards.
Merit Scholarship Opportunities
Out of these forty plus merit scholarships, there are a handful of well-known, prestigious awards that students and parents often ask us about. Read below to learn more about these specific opportunities.
With the exception of the Bell Scholarship, all of these opportunities are awarded to Four-Year Renewable Scholarship applicants, so don't forget to complete our application to be considered for these and all other merit scholarships!