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St. Francis taught us to respect, care for, and serve one another. More than a mere ideal, this lesson lives at the heart of our university. It is a core value that is practiced, modeled, and taught — and it served as the impetus for our  scholarship program.

Pay It Forward Scholarship

Deadline to apply: Applications will open late summer 2021

Apply to win a full-tuition scholarship! At USF, we believe that acts of kindness make the world a better place. Do you? If so, tell us how you have paid it forward to someone else in life.

The University will award one full-tuition scholarship (tuition and fees) and two half-tuition scholarships (tuition and fees) for the 2022-23 academic year. Pay It Forward Scholarships are renewable up to four years.

Eligibility: First-time students seeking their first undergraduate degree at USF are eligible to apply. Student must apply to USF for admission for fall 2022 before applying for the scholarship and must be accepted by the scholarship deadline to be eligible. Students must attend USF full time at the Fort Wayne or Crown Point location to receive this scholarship.

This cannot be added on to other USF institutional scholarships.

Free Tuition Opportunity

All state residents who qualify for full federal Pell and state of Indiana aid and have been accepted to USF will receive free tuition and fees! Indiana residents and out-of-state students who do not meet these criteria will still receive competitive financial aid award packages.

Academic Scholarships

USF values your commitment to academic performance during your high school years and offers scholarships based on your high school grade point average and your scores on the ACT and SAT.

USF is now test-optional, but submitting test scores could make you eligible for a higher academic scholarship.

2021-2022 Academic Scholarships

First-Time Students

Scholarship Amount GPA Only GPA plus Best Composite
SAT/ACT Test Score
President’s Scholarship $20,000 4.0+ 4.0+ and 1110 SAT/22 ACT
Trustee’s Scholarship $19,000 3.85-3.99 3.75-3.99 and 1040 SAT/20 ACT
Founder’s Scholarship $17,000 3.55-3.84 3.4-3.74 and 960 SAT/18 ACT
Dean’s Scholarship $16,000 3.15-3.54 3.0-3.39 and < 960 SAT/18 ACT
Achievement Scholarship $15,000 < 3.15 < 3.00 and < 960 SAT/18 ACT

Academic scholarships are renewable up to four years. USF will consider your highest section scores across all dates you took the SAT or ACT.

Transfer Students

Amount Cumulative College GPA
$10,000 3.5-4.0
$8,000 3.0-3.49
$7,000 2.1-2.99
$5,000 < 2.1

2020-21 Academic Scholarships

The requirement of test scores for acceptance to the university is waived for students starting in the 2020-2021 academic year.

First-Time Students

Scholarship Amount GPA
President’s Scholarship $19,000 4.0+
Trustee’s Scholarship $18,000 3.75-3.99
Founder’s Scholarship $17,000 3.4-3.74
Dean’s Scholarship $16,000 3.0-3.39
Achievement Scholarship $15,000 < 2.99

Academic scholarships are renewable up to four years.

Transfer Students

Amount Cumulative College GPA
$10,000 3.5-4.0
$8,000 3.0-3.49
$7,000 2.1-2.99
$5,000 < 2.1

Additional Scholarships

Catholic Scholarship

Are you a student at a Catholic High School? First-time students receive a $1,000 scholarship for continuing your education at USF, a Catholic university founded in the Franciscan tradition. If you are Catholic but do not attend a Catholic High School, you are still eligible for the scholarship if you provide proof of faith from your parish priest.

Legacy Scholarship

First-time students receive a $500 scholarship (up to four years) for continuing the family tradition. If your parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt or uncle, or cousin graduated from Saint Francis, you are eligible for this scholarship.

Antoinette Murray Scholarship

This scholarship is available to first-time and current USF students who meet criteria for financial aid, along with Antoinette Murray’s requirements of 20 hours of volunteer service per year, a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and an essay describing how community service has impacted them personally and is enhancing their educational experience. The scholarship is need-based and valued up to $2,500. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for an application.

Endowed Scholarships

The University of Saint Francis has many donors who generously provide endowed scholarships for undergraduate students with varying criteria.

  • Agnes Hake Seyfert Memorial Scholarship
  • Antoinette Murray Scholarship
  • Catholic High School Scholarship
  • David C. Menzie Scholarship
  • Sister Lucia Dos Santos O.C.D. Scholarship

Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships are also awarded, which are opportunities from quality organizations outside of USF. Each organization has their own criteria. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • 21st Century Scholarship​
  • ABWA Impact Scholarship
  • Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Scholarship
  • Diane R. Behrens Nursing Scholarship
  • ​​​​​E.A. Charlton Scholarship Application
  • Lucile Smith Memorial Scholarship
  • Old School Labs Scholarship
  • Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship
  • Recognizing Achievement Scholarship
  • Th​e Rusty Tweed Economics Scholarship
  • ​Trial Pro, P.A. Sch​​​olarship
  • Viva College! Scholarships for Hispanic/Latino Students

In certain circumstances, other financial aid you receive may result in your offer being reduced. All financial aid you receive, when combined with scholarships, cannot exceed the total cost of tuition and fees.