Scholarships

Below is a current list of all scholarship and grant programs available at USF along with the criteria for each.

Academic Scholarship Program

The Academic Scholarship Program* is based on an institutional ranking system for first-time freshmen and cumulative college GPA for all new transfers to USF. Recipients must maintain full-time undergraduate enrollment and meet renewal criteria as set forth upon initial awarding.

Contact the Office of Admissions with questions about the Academic Scholarship Program.

Alumni Second Degree Tuition

The Alumni Second Degree Tuition is awarded to students enrolled in a traditional graduate program who hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree from USF. Recipients are eligible for a discounted tuition rate that is set by the Board of Trustees each year and published on the tuition and fees page of the website.

Athletic Scholarships

Athletic scholarships* are awarded to students who demonstrate athletic ability. Recipients of athletic scholarships are expected to participate in a varsity sport as determined by the coach and maintain full-time enrollment. Renewal of the athletic scholarship is granted by the coach and reviewed by the athletic director. Recipients may receive an academic scholarship in combination with their scholarship, but are ineligible for any other form of institutional gift aid. Receipt of an athletic scholarship may adjust or replace the student’s federal loan and work-study eligibility to remain within federal limitations. Scholarship recipients must be sure to file the FAFSA so that it is received by the central processing system by March 10. Recipients who submit the FAFSA after the March 10 priority deadline may jeopardize their athletic scholarships.

Contact the Athletic Department with questions about athletic scholarships.

Scholarships in the Arts

Scholarships in the Arts* are competitive talent-based scholarships that are open to any high school senior seeking admission to the USF School of Creative Arts (SOCA). Recipients are selected by the SOCA faculty based on the scholarship applicant’s portfolio or audition. To be considered for scholarship renewal, students must maintain full-time enrollment, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, a declared major in the SOCA and meet other requirements as outlined by the school. Scholarship recipients must be sure to file the FAFSA so that it is received by the central processing system by March 10. Recipients who submit the FAFSA after the March 10 priority deadline may jeopardize their scholarships.

Contact SOCA with questions about Scholarships in the Arts.

Marching Band

Join the USF marching band! Show your school spirit and earn scholarship money for participation. For more information and to schedule an audition, visit our University of Saint Francis Marching Band page.  All majors are encouraged to apply.

Contact the Marching Band with questions about scholarships.

Parkview Scholarships

Parkview Scholarships are awarded to incoming students with strong academic records who are entering the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs. Students must be directly admitted into either the ASN, BSN or MSN program to receive an application prior to May 1 of each year. ASN and BSN students must be enrolled full time for consideration; MSN students must be enrolled in at least four credit hours per semester for consideration.

Recipients are selected by the Office of Financial Aid with award amounts varying based on both financial need and the academic qualifications of the applicant.

To be considered for scholarship renewal, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in the ASN or BSN programs, a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above in the MSN program, and fulfill all progression policies of the Department of Nursing. Applications are mailed by the Office of Admissions to students who meet the qualifications in the spring each year.

Scholarship recipients must be sure to file the FAFSA so that it is received by the central processing system by March 10. Recipients who submit the FAFSA after the March 10 priority deadline may jeopardize their scholarships.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions about Parkview Scholarships.

National Science Foundation – Roger Bacon Scholarship

The National Science Foundation Roger Bacon Scholarship is a competitive scholarship for new students to USF majoring in a STEM (Science (not pre-professional), Technology, Engineering and Math) field. Each scholarship is worth up to $6500 in the first year, $7000 in the second year, $7500 in the third year, and $8000 in the senior year.

Students must be US citizens or meet the legal alien status as defined by the grant, score a minimum of 550 on the SAT quantitative test or 22 on the ACT math test, achieve a 3.3 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale in high school STEM courses, write personal state of career goals, and participate in an interview.

Applications will be mailed each year by the admissions office to eligible incoming students. Application deadline is the beginning of March each year.

Steel Dynamics Foundation Scholarship

The Steel Dynamics Foundation scholarship is a competitive scholarship for new students enrolling at USF in Science (including pre-professional), Technology, Business, Mathematics, Accounting or Finance. Each Scholarship is $5000 and is renewable for a total of four years.

Students must maintain full-time enrollment and a minimum GPA of 2.75. Steel Dynamics will invite recipients to various networking events to enhance each student’s experience while at USF.

Applications will be mailed each year by the admissions office to eligible incoming students. Application deadline is the beginning of March each year.

USF Affordability Grant

The USF Affordability Grant is awarded to full-time students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA. Students who wish to have their eligibility for the USF Affordability Grant determined by the Office of Financial Aid must be sure to file the FAFSA so that it is received by the central processing system by the March 10 priority deadline. Students who submit the FAFSA after the March 10 priority deadline may jeopardize their eligibility for this grant. Receipt of additional federal, state or institutional funds may adjust or replace the USF Affordability Grant.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions about the USF Affordability Grant.

Campus Ministry Service Grant

Campus Ministry Service Grants are offered to full-time students who are interested in participating in the work of Campus Ministry. Recipients must be willing to be Christian leaders in the USF community, live out the Franciscan values that are the foundation of our campus, grow in their personal faith and encourage other students in the practice of their faith through campus ministry programs and liturgical ministries.

Peer Ministers serve in a variety of ministries including leading weekend retreats, small faith sharing groups or scripture studies, being chaplains in the residence halls, helping with liturgical ministries, planning events and leading service projects. The average grant is $1,000 for an academic year, divided between fall and spring semester. Campus Ministry Service Grants are awarded in the late spring and early summer because recipients will have reading to do during the summer and will come to campus in mid-August for formation.

While all students are welcome in Campus Ministry, only those demonstrating need may qualify for this grant.

Contact Campus Ministry with questions about Campus Ministry Service Grants.

Matching Programs

USF has agreed to partner with multiple organizations by matching scholarship dollars. See a list of organizations that are currently partnering with USF’s Matching Programs.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions about matching programs.

Lilly Room and Board Scholarship

Lilly Scholars who choose to live in on-campus residence halls will be offered the Lilly Room and Board Scholarship. The amount of the Lilly Room and Board Scholarship will be equal to the cost of a double room in a traditional residence hall less any Federal Pell Grant eligibility.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions about the Lilly Room and Board Scholarship.

USF 2nd Undergraduate Degree Grant

The USF 2nd Undergraduate Degree Grant is awarded to full-time students with a prior bachelor degree. Recipients must demonstrate financial need and be pursuing an additional undergraduate degree. The maximum annual amount of this grant is $2,500.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions about the USF 2nd Undergraduate Degree Grant.

USF 21st Century Scholars Grant

The USF 21st Century Scholars Grant is awarded to full-time students who are participants in the 21st Century Scholars program. Students who are 21st Century Scholars will receive a minimum of $4,500 in institutional funding, which can include academic, athletic or other aid from USF. Recipients must be in good standing with the 21st Century Scholars program and must be sure to file the FAFSA so that it is received by the central processing system by March 10.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions about the USF 21st Century Scholars Grant.

Tom Jehl Lifetime Sports Academy Scholarship

The university will provide two half-tuition scholarships and multiple scholarships of up to $3,000 to students who have participated with the Lifetime Sports Academy, have completed volunteer activities and have maintained a high school GPA of 2.7 or higher. Students must be full-time undergraduate students without a prior bachelor degree. The scholarship can be received for up to eight semesters with a minimum GPA of 2.5. An application is required. Applications can be picked up in the Office of Enrollment Services, the Athletic Department, at the Lifetime Sports Academy.

To be considered for the half-tuition scholarship, applications must be received by April 19 and demonstrate financial need. Students must file a FAFSA to receive this award.

USF Recognition Award (Formerly known as USF Achievement)

The USF Recognition Award is awarded to full-time students who were not awarded an academic scholarship upon entry to the university, have reached sophomore standing or above (32+ credit hours), and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. The award can be renewed for a total of eight semesters provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students enrolled prior to May 1 will be evaluated to determine eligibility and/or renewal of the award for the following year. The university has a priority FAFSA filing deadline of March 10 prior to the student’s fall enrollment.

The FAFSA must be received by the central processing system by March 10 prior to the beginning of the student’s fall enrollment. Receipt of additional federal, state or institutional funds may adjust or replace the USF Recognition Award.

Endowed Scholarships

Through the generosity of many donors, USF has several Endowed Scholarships available. *All institutional funds are limited to tuition and fees minus federal and state grants received. They are also awarded for a maximum of eight semesters. A FAFSA is required to receive institutional funding. The priority deadline is March 10. Unless otherwise stated, institutional financial aid is available to students without a prior bachelor’s degree. USF reserves the right to amend these programs.

Yellow Ribbon Matching Grant

Students who qualify for Post 9-11 VA Benefits and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program will receive a matching grant from USF. Students may renew this grant as long as they maintain a 2.0 GPA and remain in good Academic Standing to receive Financial Aid