We have excellent news! There has been a significant change to the application process.
As of January 26, 2024, in order to reduce barriers for students, we are eliminating the necessity to apply for our Four-Year Renewable LSA Scholarships. All new, first-year LSA admits who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents will automatically be considered for a LSA Four-Year Renewable Merit Scholarship. Students may still complete an application in our current system, but it is not a necessary step to be considered for a scholarship.
We know that financial considerations can be a significant factor in choosing which school to attend. All scholarship offers will be sent by April 15, before the LSA enrollment deadline, allowing you to make an informed financial decision.
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 first-year incoming students. The criteria for these awards varies depending on the specific scholarship.
How Are Students Selected for Merit Scholarships?
Merit Scholarships are awarded to admitted first-year LSA students who meet specific criteria. All incoming students are considered for all of the scholarship opportunities they are qualified for. When awarding merit scholarships we use data from LSA Admission applications. We may look at a student's intended major/field of study, career interests, leadership experience, academic achievement, community engagement, or even their geographical area. There is no other information you need to provide to be considered for these scholarships.
Note: Students qualifying only for merit scholarships do not need to have a FAFSA and CSS profile on file.
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 as a Four-Year Renewable Scholarship. It is no longer necessary to fill out an application to be considered for an award. All new admits are now automatically considered. If you still choose to fill out an application you may do so.