Diversity Scholars Award

Departments: Admissions | Financial Aid | Multicultural Affairs Categories: Diversity | New Students
Amount Variable number of awards at $6,000 each, with $75,000 in total awards.
Availability Annually
Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must have a minimum of a 25 composite on the ACT (or comparable SAT) AND rank in the top 25% of their graduating class (or GPA of 3.5) to be eligible. It is awarded in conjunction with federal and state financial aid grants and/or private scholarships. New, entering students who are African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Southeast Asian or economically disadvantaged are eligible, with priority given to students who have successfully completed the Blugold Beginnings Program. The recipient must be enrolled full-time to receive any award amount.

The award is renewable for an additional three years, for a total of up to $24,000. However, recipients must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least three-fourths of enrolled credits.

Application Procedure

To be considered for Incoming Freshman Student Admissions Scholarships, you must first be admitted to the university. Once you are admitted, you must:

  • Go to the Admissions Scholarship page and read through the information in the Apply for Scholarships section.
  • Then you can use the Apply online for scholarships link to complete the Admissions Scholarship application, available on the GOLD for Blugolds Scholarship Network.
Selection Procedure

The Admissions Office will coordinate the selection process, which is highly competitive. Applications will be considered holistically and include a review of the student's high school transcript, test scores, essays, class rank, class rigor, activities/involvement, etc.

Selection Deadline Screening of candidates will begin in December for some early awards and continue through the spring or until awards are accepted.
Notification Award notices will be sent to recipients by the beginning of April of the student's senior year. If scholarships are declined, they will be re-awarded to alternates through the summer months.