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Scholarship Opportunities

Approximately 99 percent of all Ursinus students receive some form of assistance. For 2020-2021 Ursinus administered over $71.5 million in financial aid— over $49.5 million in the form of institutional scholarships and grants that do not have to be repaid. The funding for our institutional scholarships are partially underwritten by generous Ursinus alumni, friends, foundations, and corporations. Thousands of supporters are stepping up each year to help you afford Ursinus.

Students who submit the FAFSA will be considered for all aid programs administered by the college.

Quick Facts


ALL qualified, admitted students will receive at least $21,000 per year, with top scholarships of up to $40,000 per year.

Ursinus Offers Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships are awarded by the Office of Admission to full-time students on the basis of academic achievements and leadership potential.

All domestic applicants to the college are considered for any eligible scholarships. Students awarded Ursinus College Scholarships must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 to be eligible for renewal. Application deadline: Students may apply under our Early Action, Early Decision or Regular Decision deadlines.

*Scholarships are awarded at the time of your admission to the college and will not be impacted by any changes made after you are enrolled as a student unless renewal requirements are not met.

Our Merit Based Scholarships

When you apply to Ursinus as a first-year student, you are automatically considered for the following scholarships.

Zacharias Honors Scholarship: $40,000/year
Our highest recognition for academic achievement and leadership, valued at $40,000/year for resident students. Click for more details.

Ursinus Gateway Scholarship: $35,000/year
The Gateway Scholarship guarantees $35,000/year to admissible applicants who earn an SAT of 1250+, an ACT of 28+, or who have an unweighted GPA of 3.85 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of their application (applicants with a GPA between 3.5 and 3.84 who have taken a very rigorous curriculum will be considered for the scholarship on a case-by-case basis).

Rev. Charles Rice Memorial: $35,000/year
The Rice Memorial Scholarship awards $35,000/year to applicants who have meaningfully impacted issues of diversity and inclusion.

Ursinus Scholarship: $21,000-$30,000/year
All students are reviewed for eligibility to receive at least $21,000-$30,000/year.

Legacy Scholarship: $2,500/year
$2,500 awarded to admitted applicants who are the children, siblings, grandchildren, nieces or nephews of Ursinus students and alumni.

Our Specialty Scholarships

view our 14 specialty scholarships

Ursinus College offers many special, unique scholarships, including creative arts scholarships, science scholarships, civic and service scholarships, inclusive excellence scholarships, social justice scholarships and many more.

A small number of Abele Scholars and Supporting Inclusive Excellence Scholars spots remain open for Regular Decision (RD) and Early Decision 2 (ED2) applicants. Students must apply to the college by February 10, 2022, and complete the FAFSA form at the time of application.

Most specialty scholarships can be combined with other merit awards, however, Creative Writing, Dance, Music and Theater scholarships will replace your merit award.

View a recap of our virtual Specialty Scholarship Information Session

Our Transfer Scholarships

When you apply as a transfer student to Ursinus, you are automatically considered for the following scholarships.

Phi Theta Kappa: $35,000/year
Transfer students who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society will receive a $35,000/year merit scholarship.

MCCC: $30,000/year
Montgomery County Community College graduates who achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA in their Associates Degree will be awarded a $30,000/year merit scholarship.

Transfer Ursinus Scholarship: $21,000-$30,000/year
All students are reviewed for eligibility to receive at least $21,000-$30,000/year.

Information on Deferring Enrollment

Students have the ability to defer admission to Ursinus College for up to one academic year. If you choose to defer, your merit award will remain the same, including the Gateway, Reverend Rice and Zacharias Honor’s scholarships. Your need-based aid may change depending on your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) as determined by the FAFSA. If you were awarded Tuition Exchange, it is not guaranteed, should you defer. If your home institution approves your applicant next year, and if Ursinus College has enough spaces, we will make every effort to award you Tuition Exchange, but again, it is not guaranteed. Specialty Scholarships cannot be deferred.