TYPES OF GRANTS AND Scholarships
Ursinus College offers financial assistance based both on merit and on financial circumstances. The College's scholarship, loan, and student employment programs total more than $35 million for 2013-2014. Approximately 95 percent of our students receive some form of financial assistance, whether it be through student employment, loans, or college funds. Every student who submits the FAFSA and PROFILE will be considered for all aid programs administered by the College.
Merit scholarships are awarded by the Office of Admission. All applicants to the college are automatically considered for any eligible scholarships. With the exception of the Creative Writing Award, no extra submissions or actions are required for scholarship consideration.
Ursinus ACADEMIC Scholarships AND ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Students must apply to the college by February 15. The Office of Admission selects Ursinus Scholars from the top third of admitted students on the basis of overall high school achievement and potential to contribute to the Ursinus community. Ursinus Scholars and Achievement Award selectees are notified by early March and are awarded between $5,000 and $20,000 annually, renewable for four years. No separate application is required.
The Steinbright and Zacharias National Scholarships
Each year, Ursinus chooses up to twelve candidates as most outstanding from the total pool of national applicants. The Steinbright and Zacharias National Scholarships are $30,000 per year, renewable for four years. These students have demonstrated superior high school academic achievement, intellectual gifts and the potential for becoming leaders in their chosen fields. Seriousness of purpose, a record of independence and credentials such as National Merit Finalist selection or other national and state recognitions weigh heavily in the selection process.
College opportunities for student achievement are enhanced by interactions between racial and ethnic groups. To raise awareness of the value of a multicultural education and to help bring students from different backgrounds together, Ursinus awards the Tower Scholarship to students who have demonstrated meaningful impact on intercultural issues in their high schools and/or communities, evidence of commitment to enhancing the Ursinus community, strong communication skills, and top achievement in a rigorous high school academic program. The Tower Scholarship offers up to $30,000 annually and is renewable for four years.
Ursinus College Merit Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded to full-time students on the basis of their academic achievements and leadership potential. Students awarded Ursinus College Scholarships must maintain a yearly grade point average of 2.0 to be eligible for renewal of the scholarships. Students must re-apply each year for scholarship renewal by completing the Ursinus College Annual Institutional Verification Form. The scholarship retains its original value for a maximum of eight semesters – no increases are given.