SLU Scholarships for Freshmen
Scholarships are one of the most popular ways to pay for college, but did you know
that most universities offer their own unique financial packages that can make school
even more affordable? For example, Saint Louis University offers more than 10 SLU-specific
scholarships and awards — and six of them don't even require you to submit anything
other than your application in order to be considered.
Four-Year Merit Scholarships
The Billiken, Ignatian, University, Deans' and Vice Presidents' Scholarships are four-year,
merit-based scholarships, ranging from $3,000 to $18,000 per year. They are available
to incoming freshmen at SLU and do not require a separate application.
SLU also offers three scholarships for first-time freshmen that require separate applications:
This is a four-year, full-tuition award. Presidential scholar Sophie Roppolo said, "This scholarship has made my education
even more enjoyable because I can attend class and be a college student without having
to be stressed about how I am going to pay for my education. The scholarship helps
lift that weight off my shoulders."
Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship
This is granted to students who are committed to the promotion of diversity and social
justice in our society and who demonstrate leadership in the classroom, on campus
and in the greater community. It is a renewable four-year academic award. All MLK Scholars received a minimum total award of $13,000 (merit-based scholarship
plus the MLK scholarship). Transfer students are also eligible for the MLK Scholarship.
Jesuit Community Scholarship
One student from each of the 32 Catholic high schools in the St. Louis region is awarded a scholarship to SLU. Recipient Michael Patke said of his scholarship, "I wanted to attend SLU's Parks
College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology because it is one of the top flight
schools in the country, and this scholarship enabled me to come to SLU."
Jesuit High School Award
All applicants who graduate from a Jesuit high school will automatically receive Saint
Louis University's Jesuit High School Award, valued at $3,000 per year. While you
don't need to fill out a separate application for this award, you should apply for
admission to SLU by Dec. 1 for priority scholarship consideration.
Have a sibling at SLU? SLU full-time undergraduate siblings are each eligible for
a $3,000 award upon completion of a Family Award Application. Family Awards are renewable as long as multiple siblings remain full-time undergraduate
students, but families must complete the application annually.
Saint Louis University National Merit Award
Saint Louis University collaborates with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation
to fund a limited number of first-time freshman scholars each year. The National Merit
Scholarship Corporation will determine how each student's scholarship is funded. If
the scholarship is funded by Saint Louis University, the student will receive $2,000
in additional aid from Saint Louis University. In order to apply for this award, a
student must list SLU as his/her first choice on the NMSC application and be admitted
to SLU. Visit National Merit Scholarship Corporation for more info. Just remember — apply early to qualify for the most scholarship opportunities.
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