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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:

Presidential Scholarship

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."

General Awards

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.

Family Award

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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