Scholarships

Saint Louis University offers undergraduate scholarships that recognize, among other areas, academic accomplishment, service involvement and leadership capability. Depending on your major, there may be additional scholarship opportunities offered by your program or department.

Scholarships are awarded at the beginning of your first term and are generally automatically renewed each year, provided you maintain the required GPA and have not exceeded the maximum number of terms offered. 

What is 'Priority Consideration'?

At SLU, we urge all prospective students to complete their online applications for freshman admission by Dec. 1. By doing so, you are automatically considered for SLU’s merit-based scholarships. No separate application is required.

If we receive your application after Dec. 1, you will be given scholarship consideration based on the availability of funds. Separate applications are still needed for competitive awards, such as the President and Martin Luther King Jr. scholarships.

Merit-based Scholarships

Billiken, Ignatian, University, Deans’ and Vice Presidents’ Scholarships

Eligibility Requirements

The Billiken, Ignatian, University, Deans’ and Vice Presidents’ scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen based on your previous academic performance and official ACT/SAT test scores.

Award Amount: $3,000 — $18,000 per year

These scholarships automatically renew based upon full-time enrollment over eight consecutive semesters and maintenance of the required GPA referenced below.  

Scholarship GPA Required for Renewal
Billiken

2.0

Billiken Catholic

2.0

Ignatian

2.5

University

3.0

Deans’

3.1

Vice Presidents’

3.2

Application Instructions

Complete and submit SLU’s online application for freshman admission and all required materials (transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, etc.) by Dec. 1.

 

Competitive Scholarships

Presidential Scholarship

Saint Louis University’s Presidential Scholarship is a four-year award for exemplary student leaders. This competitive award covers the full cost of tuition for eight consecutive full-time (up to 18 credit hours) fall and spring semesters.  

Eligibility Requirements

  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.85 or higher, weighted or unweighted, as reported on your transcript at the end of your junior year
  • ACT score of 30 or higher, or SAT score of 1390 or higher (math and critical reading)

These criteria are used only for determining eligibility and do not guarantee that you will be selected as a Presidential Scholarship recipient. After reviewing the applications, SLU invites a select group of students to our St. Louis campus in January or February to interview and compete for a Presidential Scholarship.

Award Amount: Full tuition for eight consecutive full-time (up to 18 credit hours) fall and spring semesters.

Application Instructions

Topic for Scholarship Essay

Prepare a 500-word answer to the following essay question before starting your application:

Nearly all of our Presidential Scholarship applicants demonstrate significant involvement in extracurricular activities and have achieved recognition on a variety of levels. Bearing that in mind, please discuss what defining characteristic, distinguished accomplishment or particular aspiration identifies you as a deserving candidate for Saint Louis University's Presidential Scholarship. In identifying this unique attribute, please also describe how SLU in particular complements your character.

Additional Notes

  • The Presidential Scholarship will replace any other offer of merit-based scholarship or award previously awarded from SLU.
  • Presidential Scholars can apply for additional funding (up to $1,200) to support an Investigative Learning Experience that can take the form of a research venture, service project, internship or other co-curricular endeavor.
Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship

SLU’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship is an academic award offered to students who have demonstrated leadership as agents of change or influence within their school and/or community activities.

King Scholars champion the ideals of Dr. King and his legacy of servant leadership, on campus and beyond. If you receive a King Scholarship, you’ll participate in a structured program designed to deepen your self-awareness, be exposed to multicultural experiences and encouraged to develop as an advocate for positive social change.

Eligibility Requirements

Freshman students

  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.25 or higher, weighted or unweighted, as reported on your transcript at the end of your junior year. Transcripts will be accepted through the first semester of your senior year.
  • ACT score of 23 or higher, or SAT score of 1050 or higher (math and critical reading)

Transfer students

  • Completion of at least 24 credit hours of transferable college coursework by the end of the spring term.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher as calculated by Saint Louis University (This number may not correspond with your GPA as it appears on your transcript.)

These criteria are used only for determining eligibility and do not guarantee you will be selected as a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship recipient. After reviewing the applications, SLU invites a select group of students to our St. Louis campus each March to interview for a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship. 

Award Amount: Minimum of $13,000; average SLU award is $24,000 per year

  • This scholarship is renewable for up to eight semesters for freshmen and six semesters for transfer students. The exact amount of the award varies.

Application Instructions

Freshman students

Transfer Students

Topics for MLK Jr. Scholarship Essays

Prepare a 150- to 300-word answer to each of the essay questions below before starting your application.

Question 1: In thinking about SLU's mission of social justice and using an example from Dr. King's legacy, what ways do you see yourself contributing to positive, social change on campus?

Question 2: Describe an experience where you have addressed prejudice and/or oppression in your community. In reflection, what did you learn from this experience?

Saint Louis University National Merit Award

Saint Louis University collaborates with the National Merit Scholarship Corp. (NMSC) to fund a limited number of scholarships to freshmen each year. These highly competitive awards are funded from one of three sources — Saint Louis University, an outside corporation or the National Merit Scholarship Corp. itself.

Award Amount: Varies

  • If SLU funds the scholarship, the recipient receives $2,000 in additional aid per year.

Application Instructions

Award Timeline

  • Spring semester, senior year of high school: SLU receives a roster of eligible students from the NMSC and determines award recipients.
  • March: NMSC begins to offer awards to students chosen by SLU. Awards are accepted by the student.
  • June: NMSC notifies SLU and awards are posted to student's financial aid award.

More information about the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

 

Transfer Scholarships

Jesuit Transfer Scholarships

Jesuit Transfer Scholarships are awarded to incoming transfer students based on their GPA in previous college coursework. The scholarships are renewable over a maximum of six semesters and require you to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Award Amount GPA Requirement

$10,000 per year

3.0

$12,000 per year

3.2

$14,000 per year

3.5 or higher

Application Instructions

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Phi Theta Kappa awards more than $37 million in transfer scholarships each year at institutions across the country, including SLU.

Eligibility

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA in previous college coursework
  • 60 transferable college credit hours (or an associate's degree)
  • Confirmation of good standing by Phi Theta Kappa adviser in a letter to the Office of Admission

Award Amount: $1,000 per year

  • Renewable over a maximum of six semesters
  • May be combined with other scholarships award by SLU.

Application Instructions

John Paul Fechter Service Scholarship

The John Paul Fechter Service Scholarship recognizes transfer students who have demonstrated significant dedication to community service.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.5 cumulative GPA in previous college coursework
  • 60 transferable college credit hours
  • Demonstration of significant involvement in community service

Award Amount: $10,000 per year

  • Renewable over a maximum of four semesters with completion of 40 hours of community service per semester

Application Instructions

  • Complete and submit SLU’s online application for transfer admission and all required materials (transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, etc.) by March 1 for fall admission or Nov. 1 for spring admission for priority consideration.
  • Complete and submit the separate Fetcher Scholarship application and all required materials.
Billiken, Ignatian, University, Deans’ or Vice Presidents’ Scholarships

Transfer students who will have completed fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit at the time they enroll at SLU (not including college credit earned during high school) may, at the discretion of the University, also be given consideration for one of the freshman merit-based scholarships.

 

Other Scholarships

Jesuit Community Scholarship

One student from each of the 28 Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis as well as five Catholic high schools in the Metro East will receive a scholarship to SLU. Each high school will recommend one candidate for the award.

Eligibility Requirements

    • Minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA.
    • Financial need as demonstrated by a completed FAFSA. FAFSA must be completed by Jan. 15.
    • Attendance at one of the following Catholic high schools:
      • Archdiocese of St. Louis: Barat Academy, Bishop DuBourg High School, Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory School, Chaminade College Preparatory School, Christian Brothers College High School, Cor Jesu Academy, DeSmet Jesuit High School, Duchesne High School, Incarnate Word Academy, John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, Nerinx Hall High School, Notre Dame High School, Rosati-Kain High School, Saint Francis Borgia Regional High School, Saint Louis Priory School, Saint Louis University High School, St. Dominic High School, St. John Vianney High School, St. Joseph's Academy, St. Mary's High School, St. Pius X High School, St. Vincent DePaul High School, Trinity Catholic High School, Ursuline Academy, Valle High School, Villa Duchesne Oak Hill School and Visitation Academy.
  • Metro East: Althoff Catholic High School, Father McGivney Catholic High School, Gibault Catholic High School, Marquette Catholic High School and Mater Dei Catholic High School

Award Amount: $5,000 to full tuition, depending on financial need

  • Annual award amounts will vary depending upon the financial need of the recipient.
  • This award is renewable each academic year for full-time students who maintain a 3.0 GPA and perform of 20 hours of community service annually at their alma mater high school.

Application Instructions

  • Complete and submit the online application for freshman admission, FAFSA and all required materials (transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, etc.) by Dec 1.
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Jan. 15.
  • Prepare a 500-word essay in response to the question “What does a Catholic education mean to you?”
  • Application materials must be submitted by your high school guidance counselor and are due no later than Jan. 15.
  • For more information, contact your high school guidance counselor.
Jesuit High School Award

The Jesuit High School Award recognizes students from Jesuit high schools for their continued commitment to Jesuit education.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Automatically awarded to freshman applicants from a Jesuit high school 

Award Amount: $3,000 per year

  • Renewable over eight consecutive semesters to students who maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Can be combined with other merit-based scholarships.

Application Instructions

Family Award

Undergraduate siblings who are enrolled full-time at SLU are each eligible for the Family Award award.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Multiple siblings enrolled at SLU as full-time undergraduate students
  • The Family Award can be combined with other scholarships or grants, but not with full-tuition scholarships, such as Presidential Scholarships or tuition remission.

Award Amount: $3,000 per year

  • Renewable as long as multiple siblings remain full-time undergraduate students and each student maintains at least a 2.0 GPA.

Application Instructions

Saint Peter Claver Service Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an incoming student from an urban setting who is committed to community service. Only one award is expected to be granted every four years. The selection and renewal decisions will be completed by committee.​

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 3.2 GPA and ACT score of 23
  • Verifiable record of community service and demonstrated financial need

Award Amount: Approximately $2,200 per year

  • Renewable over a maximum of four semesters so long as you maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and complete 40 hours of community service per academic year in North St. Louis City and selected surrounding communities

Application Instructions

  • Complete and submit the online application for freshman admission and all required materials (transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, etc.) by Dec. 1.
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Feb. 15.

 

Private Scholarships

In addition to Saint Louis University Scholarships, many students receive scholarships from outside sources. Though extra work is required, the reward can be significant. It is recommended that students search for these scholarships throughout their entire academic career.

Free websites exist to assist you in your search, and you may want to consider opening a separate email account to manage the responses. 

Finally, you may want to write a simple, generic letter indicating why you deserve the scholarship. Then as you continue to apply, you can simply edit your letter to target a particular scholarship.

The policies, regulations, procedures and fees are subject to change without prior notice, if necessary, to keep Saint Louis University policies in compliance with state and federal laws and/or with rules and regulations of Saint Louis University.