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A Gateway to College Affordability

The Gateway Scholarship is being expanded to make Ursinus an affordable option for even more high-achieving students.

The scholarship, which automatically awards $30,000 per year to any admitted student who meets its criteria, will now include any student with at least an ACT composite score of 27 or a combined 1220 on the SAT. 

“We believe that by expanding the criteria, we’re providing access for even more families who identify the value of an Ursinus education and would greatly benefit from the financial assistance the Gateway Scholarship offers,” says Dave Tobias, vice president and dean of enrollment management.

When the Gateway Scholarship was announced in 2016, it was awarded to any admitted student with an ACT composite score of 28, or a combined 1260 on the SAT. Nearly 30 percent of incoming Ursinus students were awarded Gateway Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year.

“The Gateway Scholarship was undoubtedly a success this year and with that in mind, we’re confident that we’ll be able to provide even more access to high-achieving students from middle class families through the expanded criteria,” Tobias says.

Tobias adds that more than half of Gateway enrollees came from middle-class families last enrollment cycle, “exactly the type of access we were targeting for this scholarship.”

Additionally, transfer students who are members of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa and who are admitted to and choose to enroll at Ursinus will receive a $30,000 scholarship. Phi Theta Kappa is the world’s largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students.

Ursinus College is one of only 10 percent of U.S. colleges and universities to host a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honors society. More than 700 Ursinus alumni have joined Phi Beta Kappa since its inception at Ursinus in 1991.

Students who qualify for the Gateway Scholarship may still apply for additional need-based financial aid. —By Ed Moorhouse