Santa Clara University

SCU Awards

Scholarships and grants are a form of gift aid that does not require repayment. Scholarships and grants are generally awarded on a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent, athletic ability, leadership and/or financial need.

Johnson Scholars Award

The Johnson Scholars comprehensive merit award is provided to freshmen who demonstrate the highest levels of academic ability, motivation and leadership potential.
  • Merit-based
  • Awards: Full tuition, room & board; summer stipend upon application in sophomore/junior year
  • Renewable for 12 consecutive academic quarters
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Indexed to tuition increases
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other University aid
  • Recipients selected at time of admission

For more information regarding this award, visit the Johnson Scholars Program website.

Presidential at Entry Scholarship

The Presidential at Entry Scholarship is awarded to freshman who demonstrate other qualities identified and emphasized by the president as critical to the University's mission.

  • Merit-based
  • Awards: Full tuition
  • Renewable for 12 consecutive academic quarters
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Indexed to tuition increases
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other University aid
  • Recipients selected at time of admission

Provost Scholarship

The Provost Scholarship is awarded to freshman who have assumed leadership roles in their schools and their communities.

  • Merit-based
  • Awards: Half tuition
  • Renewable for 12 consecutive academic quarters
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Indexed to tuition increases
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other University aid
  • Recipients selected at time of admission

SCU Dean's Scholarship

The Dean's Scholarship is awarded to freshman who are admitted to either the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business or School of Engineering.

  • Merit-based
  • Awards: Vary
  • Renewable for 12 consecutive academic quarters
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Not indexed to tuition increases
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other University aid
  • Recipients selected at time of admission

Jesuit Ignatian Award

The Jesuit Ignatian Award is awarded to freshman who have graduated from a Jesuit high school.

  • Need-based
  • Awards: Vary
  • Renewable for 12 consecutive academic quarters
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • FAFSA required annually
  • Not indexed to tuition increases
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other University aid
  • Recipients selected by the Financial Aid Office

SCU Need-based Grant

SCU Need-based Grant is a University-funded grant awarded to freshman by Enrollment Management.

  • Need-based
  • Awards: Vary
  • Renewable for 12 consecutive academic quarters
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • FAFSA required annually
  • Not indexed to tuition increases
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other University aid
  • Recipients selected by the Financial Aid Office

SCU Incentive Grant

The SCU Incentive Grant, awarded to freshman by Enrollment Management, is a personal recognition scholarship awarded to selected individuals who are not receiving other forms of University assistance, and who will improve the characteristics of the entering class by virtue of the degree to which we are able to foster a stronger spirit of inclusive excellence among our students as measured by geographic, gender, economic and ethnic diversity.

  • Awards: Vary
  • Renewable for 12 consecutive academic quarters
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Not indexed to tuition increases
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other University aid
  • Recipients selected by the Financial Aid Office

Alumni Family Scholars Program

The Alumni Family Scholars program is awarded to freshman that are identified from the admission application and decisions are made by the Alumni Family Committee in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.

  • Need-based
  • Awards: Vary and limited
  • Children and grandchildren of SCU Undergraduate Alumni
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • FAFSA required annually
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other University aid
  • Recipients selected by the Financial Aid Office and the Alumni Scholarship Committee

NOTE: For more information regarding this scholarship, visit the Alumni website or contact the Alumni Office at (408) 554-6800.

Santa Clara University Third-Child Grant

Santa Clara University Third-Child Grant for families with three or more dependent children simultaneously enrolled in undergraduate programs at Santa Clara University. A tuition grant of up to fifty percent will be awarded to the student who is farthest along in his or her studies. To apply, parents must submit a written request along with a copy of their most recent tax return that lists all three Santa Clara University undergraduate students as dependents.

  • Awards: Vary
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • FAFSA required annually
  • Parent must submit most recent tax return
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other University aid

National Merit Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, in conjunction with Financial Aid Office, awards four scholarships to selected academically talented high school seniors for undergraduate studies at Santa Clara University.

  • Selected as a National Merit Finalist
  • Indicated SCU as "first-choice" school on the National Merit Scholarship Application
  • Awards: $2,000
  • Renewable for 12 consecutive academic quarters
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other University aid

Other Awards

Santa Clara University offers a limited number of other awards each year.

The Department of Theater and Dance has scholarships available to students who are declared majors. Auditions for some awards are held in early January. Contact the department at (408) 554-4989 for further information.

The Department of Music offers partial tuition and private lesson scholarships to students who qualify by audition. Contact the department for details on requirements and audition times at (408) 554-4428.

Army ROTC is a campus-based program offering several scholarships. Scholarships range from partial tuition to full tuition and may include Santa Clara University on-campus housing. For additional information contact the Department of Military Science at (408) 554-6831.

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