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81 Colleges with Full Ride Scholarships

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Feb 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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You’ve worked hard all through high school and are an extracurricular superstar. You’re looking forward to the challenges that college will bring.

But are you ready for the challenge of paying for college?

There are a lot of ways that students come up with the money to fund their higher educations. Did you know that it could be as easy as getting one award?

In this article I’m going to show you a list of 81 colleges that offer at least one full ride scholarship that will cover all of your tuition costs.

 

What Is a Full Ride Scholarship?

Getting a scholarship that would fully cover tuition costs is most students’ dream. It’s hard to believe that there’s something even better out there—the full ride scholarship. These scholarships are special because they cover not only tuition, but also other basic costs, like room, board, books, travel, and supplies.

For most private schools, that means that you are getting over $200,000 of expenses covered by these scholarships.

Unlike financial aid, which many schools offer to students based on what they and their families can afford to pay towards their educations, these scholarships are based on merit.

The idea is that these schools think certain students are special—so special that they want it to be a no-brainer that you’ll choose to attend their school. So they're going to try their hardest to make you want to partner with them for the next four years.

 

What Kinds Of Schools Offer Full Tuition Scholarships?

As you’re looking through the list below, you may notice that you recognize some of the names. A lot of the schools on this list are very good schools, but apart from a few notable exceptions, you are not likely to see the top schools in the country giving out full ride scholarships.

Why is this?

Full ride scholarships are meant to lure in top, super-attractive students who have a lot of choices. It’s the school’s way of telling you that among the student population, you really stand out. These full ride scholarships are merit-based, meaning that in your grades, extra-curricular activities, and leaderships skills, you worked harder or achieved more than the average student.

At schools that have the highest levels of competition, full rides are extremely rare. Pretty much all the applicants to these schools are going to be high achievers across the board. Therefore, it gets a lot harder to pick out who the real stars are.

 

Where Should You Look for a Full Ride Scholarship?

 

If you’re hoping for a full ride, you may want to look at schools that are “safe” for your grades, test scores, and achievements outside of school. If you're scoring much higher than the average admitted student, you have a much better chance of having some scholarship money coming your way.

You may also want to consider colleges you have not heard of before. A lot of these schools offer top academic experiences, but don’t have the name recognition of other schools. They are trying to attract student superstars that will help raise their profiles.

Of course, even if you apply to the schools on this list, expect the competition to be fierce. Don’t bank everything on getting one of these scholarships—they are very tough to come by. Also consider going after other forms of college money, such as traditional need-based financial aid, as well as other independent merit-based scholarships.

 

Top 50 Schools That Offer Full Ride Scholarships

The following schools are ranked in the top 50 universities in the USA by US News. Consider this list the exception to the rule: these are the rare nationally top-ranked universities that offer merit-based scholarships in addition to the more standard financial need scholarships.

 

 

#3: University of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)

Stamps Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship covers tuition and fees, room and board, and a $10,000 enrichment fund for students who demonstrate leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service, and innovation. 

 

#8: Duke University (Durham, North Carolina)

Robertson Scholars

This scholarship pays full tuition plus fees, room and board, and also gives funding for up to three domestic summer experiences. The award is given to students who show purposeful leadership, intellectual curiosity, strength of character, and collaborative spirit.

 

#13: California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California)

Stamps Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship pays four years of tuition and fees, room and board, and an additional stipend for enrichment experiences.

 

#15: University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Indiana)

Stamps Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition and fees plus $12,000 in enrichment funds. Winners are also given faculty and professional mentors. Students must be nominated by the admissions office. Selection is based on leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service, and innovation. A maximum of five are awarded each year.

 

University of Notre Dame

 

#15: Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee)

Ingram Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition and stipends for summer projects. Students are selected based on commitment to community service, strength of personal character, and leadership potential. The application deadline is January 1st.

Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition plus a one-time stipend to be used towards a summer study abroad or research experience. Selection is based on academic achievement, intellectual promise, leadership, and contributions outside the classroom.

 

#19: Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, Missouri)

John B. Ervin’s Scholar Program

This scholarship gives full tuition plus a $2,500 annual stipend. Applicants should excel academically, challenge themselves, demonstrate initiative and leadership in their communities, bring diverse groups together, commit to community service, serve historically underprivileged populations, and/or persevere through challenging circumstances.

Anika Rodriguez Scholars Program

This scholarship gives full tuition and a $2,500 annual stipend. Awards are based on academic achievement (strong grades and SAT or ACT scores), a commitment to serving historically underprivileged populations, the ability to bring diverse people together, application answers and essay, and recommendations received as part of the admission application.

Danforth Scholars Program

This scholarship covers full tuition. Applicants must be nominated by someone with extensive knowledge of the student. Calls for nominations go out to high school guidance counselors every summer.

Stamps Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition, fees, room and board, and supplies, and also gives a $10,000 enrichment fund. Selection is based upon the applicant’s academic achievement, leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service and innovation.

 

#20: Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia)

Emory Scholars

This scholarship gives full tuition and enrichment stipends. It's only awarded to the top students at Emory. The application deadline is November 15th.

 

#23: University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California)

Mork Family Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition, plus a $5,000 stipend. Finalists are selected by USC faculty for interviews. The average SAT and ACT scores of recipients are in the top 1 to 2 percent of all students nationwide in addition to such things as academic achievement, talent, perseverance, innovation, involvement, and leadership. A maximum of ten scholarships are awarded each year. Finalists will be notified of scholarship award status by April 1st.

Stamps Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition, plus a $5,000 annual enrichment fund ($20,000 total). Candidates are selected by USC faculty for interviews. The average SAT and ACT scores of recipients are in the top 1 to 2 percent of all students nationwide in addition to such things as academic achievement, talent, perseverance, innovation, involvement, and leadership. A maximum of ten scholarships are awarded each year. Finalists will be notified of scholarship award status by April 1st.

Trustee Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition. The average SAT and ACT scores of recipients are in the top 1 to 2 percent of all students nationwide in addition to such things as academic achievement, talent, perseverance, innovation, involvement, and leadership. A maximum of 100 scholarships are awarded each year. Candidates are selected for interviews by February. Finalists will be notified of scholarship award status by April 1st.

 

#24: University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)

Stamps Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition, plus an enrichment fund up to $12,000. You have to be nominated by the University for this scholarship based upon such qualities as leadership, scholarship, community service, innovation. A maximum of ten are awarded every year: five nationally, and five for California residents. Invitations to apply are e-mailed on February 1st; applications are due mid-February. 

 

#24: University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia)

Jefferson Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition, fees, room and board, books, enrichment program and personal expenses. Students must be in the top 1-2% of their high school senior classes and must be nominated by an eligible school. A maximum of thirty-four scholarships are awarded each year.

 

#27: Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)

Nancy Susan Reynolds Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition and a stipend. Selection is based on scholarship, achievement and personal interviews. The application deadline is December 1st.

Stamps Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition and an enrichment stipend. Selection is based on educational achievements, academic motivation, maturity and character. A maximum of five scholarships are awarded each year.

 

#27: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

Stamps Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship covers the full cost of attendance plus up to $10,000 in enrichment funds for about 18 students admitted through early action annually. Selection is based on academic achievement, exceptional talent, leadership, and service and community involvement.

 

#30: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)

Morehead-Cain Scholars

This scholarship covers full tuition, room and board, books, a laptop, and funding for research and summer opportunities. It is open to students from a designated nominating school. Current nominating schools are located all across the globe and can be found here.

Robertson Scholars

This scholarship gives full tuition plus fees, room and board, and funding for up to three domestic summer experiences. It is awarded to students who show purposeful leadership, intellectual curiosity, strength of character, and collaborative spirit.

 

#31: Boston College (Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts)

Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program

This scholarship pays full tuition and provides summer opportunities at Boston College to selected early action applicants. A maximum of 15 awards are given every year. Students must be invited in for interviews by a selection committee. The early action application deadline is November 1st, and students will be invited in for interviews in late January or early February.

 

#32: College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) 

College of William and Mary Stamps 1693 Scholarship

Stamps 1693 scholars receive full in-state tuition, fees, room and board, and $5,000 for independent projects. (Out-of-state students are eligible, but must pay the difference between in-state and out-of-state costs). All applicants are considered for scholarships and will be contacted by the selection committee to submit additional materials if they are chosen as semifinalists.

William and Mary Scholars

William and Mary Scholars receive the full in-state tuition and fees. Scholarships are offered to academically strong applicants who have overcome adversity and/or would increase campus diversity. All applicants to the college are considered. 

 

#32: University of Rochester (Rochester, New York)

Renaissance & Global Scholarships

This scholarship guarantees full tuition and individual mentoring. Selection is based upon academic curiosity and excellence, social awareness and involvement. A maximum of 20 are awarded each year.

 

#34: Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia)

Stamps Presidents Scholars Program

This scholarship gives full tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, a laptop, and $15,000 enrichment funding. It is awarded to the top 1% of students at Georgia Tech who also have shown a dedication to leadership and service. To be considered, students must apply by the early application deadline of October 15th.

 

#39: Boston University (Boston, Massachusetts)

Trustee Scholarship

This scholarship awards full tuition plus fees. Students must have exceptional academic credentials and display intellectual and creative adventurousness.  The application deadline is December 1st. Students will complete the regular common application but submit an answer to one of the Trustee Scholarship prompts as their essay, as well as completing a small supplemental essay.

 

#39: Tulane University (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Dean’s Honor Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition. Selection is based on general achievements and a creative project. A maximum of 75 are awarded each year. The submission deadline is December 5th.

Paul Tulane Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition. Selection is based on general achievement and additional writing components. A maximum of 50 scholarships are awarded every year. The application deadline is December 5th.

Stamps Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship awards full cost of attendance and additional enrichment funding. Students must apply for the Dean’s Honor Scholarship or the Paul Tulane award and will be nominated from that pool of applicants. Selection is based on academics, leadership, perseverance, and innovation. A maximum of five scholarships are awarded every year.

 

#44: University of Illinois (Champaign, Illinois)

Stamps Leadership Foundation

This scholarship covers the total cost of attendance as well as an additional fund for enrichment activities. A maximum of five are awarded each year.

 

#44 University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin)

Chancellor's Scholarship Program

Chancellor's Scholars receive a full-tuition scholarship and a $400 book stipend every semester. They need to maintain a 3.0 GPA and full-time student status to remain eligible for the award through their college careers. Supplemental applications for this scholarship open in November and are due in February.

 

East Coast Schools

 

American University (Washington,DC)

Frederick Douglass Scholars Program

This scholarship gives full tuition, plus additional money for fees, room and board, and books. You will need at least a 3.3 unweighted GPA or a 3.5 weighted GPA and a minimum of 1190 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT to be a competitive scholarship applicant. Preference is given to first-generation college students and students who are committed to working with minority communities in the USA. The application opens on September 15th.

 

Barry University (Miami Shores, Florida)

Stamps Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is for full tuition, room and board, books, transportation, and $6,000 to go towards study abroad or another learning experience. You will need to have a GPA of 3.5 or above, and show that you have been actively involved in community service and leadership. The application deadline is February 1st.

 

Catholic University of America (Washington, DC)

Archdiocesan Scholarship

This scholarship is for full tuition. You will need to have a GPA of 3.8 or above, scores of 1450 on the SAT or 32 on the ACT, and be in the top 10% of your class, in order to be eligible for the scholarship. All undergraduate applicants are considered for this award, and there are a maximum of five given every year.

 

Elizabethtown College (Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania)

Stamps Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition plus $6,000 in “enrichment funds” and a personal mentor. The awards are given to high academic achievers who have shown leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service, and innovation. The winners are chosen by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation. There are a maximum of five awards each year, and the application deadline is February 1st.

 

Fordham University (New York, New York)

Presidential Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition plus room, and is renewable for all four years. These awards usually go to students who are ranked in the top 2% of their high school class. A maximum of 20 awards are given every year.

Semifinalist Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition. Students who are semi-finalists or finalists for National Merit, National Achievement, or National Hispanic Recognition Scholarship Programs, who have a A or A- average, and are in the top 2-3% of admitted students are eligible for the award.

 

The George Washington University (Washington, DC)

 

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition, fees, room and board, and also gives a book allowance. It is only awarded to students who are residents of the District of Columbia and who have attended an accredited Washington D.C. high school and are applying for financial aid.

 

Howard University (Washington, DC)

Presidential Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition, fees, room and board. Winners are also given a laptop and $950 towards the cost of their textbooks. To be eligible, you will need to have a 3.75 GPA, SAT scores of at least 1500, and as ACT score between of at least 34. In order for the award to be renewed you will have to maintain a 3.5 GPA. The Presidential Scholarship is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis until all funds have been used.

Founders Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition, room and board, fees, and also gives a voucher of $500 to be used to purchase textbooks. To be eligible, you will need to have SAT scores between 1400 and 1490, ACT scores between 32 and 33, and a GPA of at least 3.5. In order to renew the award, you will need to maintain a GPA of at least 3.3. This scholarship is awarded on a first-come, first-served bases until all funds have been used.

 

Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts)

Torch Scholars Program

Every year, 10 first-generation college students will receive full tuition and fees, room and board, and participation in a summer immersion program. Applicants must be nominated by a non-family member who knows the student well.

 

Providence College (Providence, Rhode Island) 

Roddy Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition, fees, room and board. The scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement in high school; no separate application is required. It is only for students who are hoping to have a career in a medical field.

 

University of Delaware (Newark, Delaware)

Eugene DuPont Memorial Scholars

This scholarship covers full tuition, room and board, and a $2,500 enrichment stipend. Application is by invitation only.

 

Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, New Jersey)

 

The Ann P. Neupauer Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition. Selection is based on GPA, class rank, SAT scores and recommendation letters. This scholarship can be renewed if a GPA of 3.2 or better is maintained.

 

Stevenson University (Stevenson, Maryland)

Presidential Fellowship

This scholarship covers full tuition. It is renewable for all four years of college. It is open to all freshman applicants. The scholarship application submission deadline is November 1st.

 

St. Lawrence University (Canton, New York)

Trustee Scholarship

This scholarship covers the cost of tuition for four years. It is offered to the top male and top female students entering into their first year. Selection is based on academic excellence, character and leadership.

 

SUNY Alfred College (Alfred, New York)

Distinguished Scholars Program: Excellence in Education Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition, room and board. Applicants should have at least a 3.7 GPA, a score of 1310 or higher on the SAT or 28 or higher on the ACT.

 

Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York)

Coronat Scholars

This scholarship gives full tuition, admission to the honors program, and the chance to receive additional funding for study abroad programs. It is awarded to freshman joining The College of Arts and Sciences who are pursuing a liberal arts major. Application is by invitation only and recipients are selected by The College of Arts and Sciences.

Haudenosaunee Scholarships

This scholarship is for citizens of one of the Haudenosaunee nations who have lived in a Haudenosaunee territory for four years prior to enrollment. It gives full tuition and fees and room and board. 

 

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, Maryland)

Stamps Banneker/Key Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition, room and board, and a book allowance. Application is by invitation only by a selection committee. A maximum of three are awarded each year.

 

University of Miami (Coral Gables, Florida)

Hammond Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition. Students are selected based on academic excellence and a demonstrated passion for achieving personal goals.

Stamps Scholarship

University of Miami Stamps scholars receive full tuition and fees, room and board, textbooks, a computer allowance, and up to $12,000 in enrichment funds. All applicants to the University are considered for Stamps scholarships.

George W. Jenkins Scholarship

This scholarship offers full tuition and fees, room and board, University health insurance, and a laptop allowance. Candidates must be nominated for this award by their high school counselor. Selection is based on a combination of financial need, academic merit, and an essay on overcoming adversity.

Isaac Bashevis Singer Scholarship

This scholarship offers full tuition. Finalists are nominated by the admission committee; there is no separate application process.

Marta S. and L. Austin Weeks Scholarship

This scholarship offers full tuition. Applicants must apply early decision to be eligible for this scholarship.

 

University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Chancellor's Scholarship

Recipients receive full tuition and fees, room and board, a $500 stipend for books, and $2,000 for study abroad or research. Applicants must be nominated by the scholarship selection committee.

Stamps Scholarship

Five incoming freshman from Pennsylvania will be offered a Stamps Scholarship, which covers full tuition and fees, room and board, a personal and academic expense allowance, and up to $17,400 in enrichment funds.

Diversity Scholarships

The University offers four named scholarships to applicants from underrepresented groups: one in engineering, one in arts and sciences, one in business, and one in nursing. Scholarships cover full tuition and fees, room and board, a $500 book award, and a $2,000 scholarship for research or study abroad.

Nordenberg Leadership Scholars Program

Nordenberg Scholars receive full tuition, an international experience, and paid internships after freshman, sophomore, and junior years. Ten outstanding graduates from Pennsylvania high schools will be selected each year.

 

Midwestern Schools

 

Carthage College (Kenosha, Wisconsin)

Lincoln Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition, room and board. Applicants must complete the separate Presidential Scholarship application and write a personal statement. A maximum of three scholarships are awarded every year.

Clausen Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition only. Applicants must complete the separate Presidential Scholarship application and write a personal statement. A maximum of three scholarships are awarded every year.

Ruud Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition only. Applicants must complete the separate Presidential Scholarship application and write a personal statement. A maximum of three scholarships are awarded every year.

 

Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa)

National Alumni Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition, fees, and room and board. Students will need to have ACT scores of 31 or above or SAT scores of 1360 in math and critical reading, be in the top 5% of their high school class, and have a GPA of 3.8 or above, to be eligible. A maximum of 6 scholarships are given every year.

 

Hiram College (Hiram, Ohio)

Trustee Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition. Evaluation is by holistic review.

 

Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana)

The Wells Scholarship Program

This scholarship covers the full cost of attendance for four years. Potential recipients can be nominated by their high schools, by the admissions office, or by an IU faculty member.

 

Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, Illinois)

Duchossois Leadership Scholars

This scholarship covers full tuition, room and board, summer educational experiences, and a fall retreat. You will need to have a GPA of at least 3.5 and standardized test scores in the top 10% nationally to be eligible. Students from households with income levels over $200,000 are ineligible. The application deadline is December 1st.

 

Knox College (Galesburg, Illinois)

Presidential Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition. Application is by invitation only. A maximum of five scholarships are awarded every year.

 

Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)

 

University Merit Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition. Eligible students will need to have SAT scores of at least 1480, ACT scores of 33 or above, and a GPA of 3.5 or above, plus have shown a rigorous academic course load. Priority consideration for all scholarships and honors programs is given to students who apply for university admission by December 1st.

Stamps Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition, fees, room and board, and gives $10,000 for students to use for “enrichment." Recipients are selected from the most outstanding applicants. Priority consideration for all scholarships and honors programs is given to students who apply for university admission by December 1st.

 

Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan)

Alumni Distinguished Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition, fees, room and board, and a $1,000 stipend every year. Eligible students will be invited to take a scholarship examination and apply. The deadline is November 1st. There are a maximum of 15 awards given every year.

Distinguished Freshman Scholarship

This scholarship pays full tuition and fees. They are given to runners-up of the Alumni Distinguished Scholarships. A maximum of 20 are awarded every year.

 

Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)

Eminence Fellows Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition plus a $3,000 enrichment fund. Recipients are usually in the top 3% of their high school class, have an ACT score of 34 or above, and an SAT score of 1520 or above.

Morill Scholarship Program

Academically strong applicants who will contribute to diversity on campus. Distinction awards cover the full cost of attendance and Prominence awards cover the full cost of tuition.

 

Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana)

Stamps Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition plus $10,000 for enrichment activities. Selection is based on leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, and personal history. Application is by invitation only. If students wish to be considered, they need to apply for admission to the university by November 1st.

 

Southern Schools 

 

Agnes Scott College (Decatur, Georgia)

Marvin B. Perry Presidential Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition, room, and board. Promising applicants will be invited to apply.

Goizueta Foundation Scholarships

This scholarship covers full tuition, room, and board. It is offered to one student every year and preference is given to Hispanic or Latina women.

 

Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, Alabama)

Distinguished Scholars Award

This scholarship covers full tuition. Eligible students will be invited to apply. Recipients will be selected on the basis of grades, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, and a supplemental interview and essay.

 

Clemson University (Clemson, South Carolina)

National Scholars

This scholarship covers full tuition and fees; an allowance for room, board, and supplies; and summer group study abroad experiences. Selection is based on outstanding academic achievement (usually students are in the top 1% of their high school class), leadership, service, and extracurricular activities.

 

Davidson College (Davidson, North Carolina)

John Montgomery Belk Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition, fees, room and board, plus up to $6,000 for summer experiences. It is awarded to students who have demonstrated exceptional promise in academics, character, leadership, and service. Students must be nominated by a counselor or administrator. A maximum of 8 awards are given every year.

Charles Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition, fees, room and board, a book allowance, and travel and personal expenses. Eligible students are graduates of Chicago public high schools with strong records of academic and personal accomplishment who also show financial need. Preference is given to students of color, especially Hispanic and Latinx students. Students must be nominated by a counselor or administrator. A maximum of three awards are given per year.

 

Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina)

James B. Duke Scholarship

This scholarship pays full tuition and stipends for summer experiences up to $5,000. Selection is based on exceptional academic achievement and personal accomplishment.

 

Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

 

Stamps Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship pays full tuition plus up to $14,000 for enrichment activities. Eligible students will need to have a GPA of 3.5 or above, SAT scores of 1440 or above, and ACT scores of 33 or above. Students will be invited to apply.

 

Mercer University (Macon, Georgia)

Stamps Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition, fees, room and board, books, and up to $16,000 in enrichment funds. These scholarships are awarded to the highest achievers in the entering Freshman class. To be considered, students must apply to Mercer by October 15th. A maximum of five awards are given every year.

 

Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia)

Stamps Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition and fees and also gives $10,000 for enrichment activities. You must have a GPA of 3.7 to be eligible. A maximum of five scholarships are awarded every year. To be considered, students must apply to Morehouse by November 1st.

Rugari Scholarship

This scholarship covers full cost of attendance for five students. It is awarded to male students from the Democratic Republic of Condo, Rwanda, Burundi or Uganda.

 

North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro, North Carolina)

National Alumni Association Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition, fees, room and board, and books. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and SAT scores of 1080 or above or ACT scores of 22 or above to be eligible. Students will need to submit a one-page autobiography and three letters of recommendation.

Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition plus room and board. You will need to have a GPA of 3.75 or above and SAT scores of 1270 or above or ACT scores of 26 or above to be eligible. Students will have to submit a one page essay and two letters of recommendation.

 

North Carolina State University (Raleigh, North Carolina)

Park Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition plus fees, room and board, books and supplies, travel, a laptop, and personal expenses. Winners will also get admission to University Scholar Program. Candidates will be selected based upon academic merit, exemplary character, exceptional potential for leadership, and the sense of promise that they may one day make contributions of enduring importance to the betterment of the human condition.

 

Oglethorpe University (Atlanta, Georgia)

Civic Engagement Scholarship

This scholarship offers full tuition to two students who are deeply engaged in community service. Students are chosen based on activities over Scholarship Weekend. Application is by invitation only.

James Edward Oglethorpe Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition for four recipients, determined by a scholarship competition held during Scholarship Weekend. Application is by invitation only.

OU Theatre Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition for two students interested in the study of theater. Recipients are selected based on Scholarship Weekend activities. Application is by invitation only.

 

Rhodes College (Memphis, Tennessee)

Bellingrath Scholarship

This scholarship covers the full cost of tuition and is awarded to one applicant each year.

 

Saint Louis University (Saint Louis, Missouri)

Presidential Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition. Applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.85 (weighted or unweighted) and scores of at least 1390 on the SAT or 30 on the ACT to be eligible. For consideration, you need to submit your application to the school and fill out the additional Presidential Scholarship application by December 1st.

 

Salem College (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)

Robert E. Elberson Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition, room and board, and a semester of study abroad in England. Only one is awarded each year. Scholarship application is by invitation only. For consideration, you must submit your application to the school by January 1st.

Chatham/Davis/Weyand/Womble/Whitaker Scholarships

This scholarship covers full tuition for 10-15 students. Selection is based on academic performance, evidence of leadership, responsibility, concern for others, initiative, motivation, creativity, resourcefulness, and vigor. Finalists will be invited to the Scholarship Weekend where they will compete for these scholarships.

John Preston Davis Art Full-Tuition Scholarship

Already-accepted students who want to study Studio Art, Art History, or Design can apply for this full-tuition scholarship. Students will need to answer an essay and provide a recommendation. Finalists will be interviewed at Scholarship Weekend.

 

Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas)

President’s Scholar Program

This scholarship covers full tuition and fees, plus one summer and one academic-year program abroad. Under certain conditions scholars may receive an additional award to cover room and board. Finalists will be invited to interview. Finalists typically have high SAT/ACT scores, a challenging high school curriculum, a top 10% high school class rank, and demonstrated involvement in the community. Students must apply to the school by January 15th to be considered (no additional application for the scholarship is required).

 

Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas)

Chancellor’s Scholarship

This scholarship awards full tuition to the most academically accomplished applicants to TCU. The average test scores among current Chancellor's Scholars is a 2150 on the old SAT and a 33 on the ACT. Most recipients are in the top 3% of their graduating high school class. 54 scholars were selected this past year from 500 invited finalists.

 

University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

Academic Elite Scholarship

This scholarship has two levels. Seven scholars will receive full tuition, an $8,500 yearly stipend, a technology enrichment stipend, and one year of on-campus housing. One top scholar will receive full tuition, a $15,000 yearly stipend, a $5,000 study abroad stipend, a technology enrichment stipend, and one year of on-campus housing. Applicants to UA with an ACT score of 32 or an SAT score of 1450, plus a 3.8 GPA, will be eligible to apply for the fellowship.

 

University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)

Foundation Fellowship

This scholarship covers full cost of attendance, several study abroad experiences, and research and conference grants. The scholarship application is due in early November. To be eligible to apply, applicants must have an unweighted GPA of at least 3.9 and an SAT score of 1470 or an ACT score of 32.

Ramsey Honors Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition, a modest stipend, and a $3000 travel-study grant. Finalists for the Foundation Fellowship who do not receive that fellowship are guaranteed a Ramsey Honors Scholarship. The scholarship application is due in early November. To be eligible to apply, applicants must have an unweighted GPA of at least 3.9 and an SAT score of 1470 or an ACT score of 32.

 

University of Houston (Houston, Texas)

Tier One Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition and fees, two years of room and board, a stipend for research, study abroad, and membership to Honors College and priority registration for classes.Application to the scholarship is by invitation only. To be eligible, students should have a minimum SAT score of 1360 or 29 on the ACT, and should rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

 

University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky)

Otis A. Singletary Scholarship

This scholarship pays full tuition and a room and board allowance. Interested applicants will need to complete the competitive scholarship supplement with their application and submit by Dec 1st. Applicants should have a score of 33 on the ACT or 1490 on the SAT, and an unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Presidential Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition. Interested applicants will need to complete the competitive scholarship supplement with their application and submit by Dec 1st. Applicants should have a minimum test score of 31 on the ACT or 1420 on the SAT (Math + Reading), and a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

 

University of Louisville (Louisville, Kentucky)

Brown Fellows Program

This scholarship pays full tuition, room and board, and also gives an allowance for books and up to $5,000 in enrichment funds. Selection is based on academics, well-roundedness, and leadership potential. Applicants need to submit supplementary materials, including an additional essay, and should have at least a 31 on the ACT or a 1420 on the SAT, and a minimum GPA of 3.5. A maximum of ten are awarded each year.

 

University of Mississippi (Oxford, Mississippi)

 

Stamps Scholarship and University of Missisippi Chancellor's Scholar Program

This scholarship gives full cost of attendance plus a $12,000 enrichment stipend. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership, and service. Interested applicants need to submit an additional Special Programs and Scholarships Application in addition to their application to the school.

 

University of North Carolina, Charlotte (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Levine Scholars Program

This scholarship gives covers full tuition and fees, room and board, an $8,000 grant to implement a community project, and four summer experiences. Students must be nominated by a high school counselor to apply.

 

University of Richmond (Richmond, Virginia)

Richmond Scholars

This scholarship gives full tuition, $3,000 in enrichment funds, priority course registration, guaranteed housing, faculty mentoring, and tickets for cultural events in the Modlin Center for the Arts. Some Richmond Scholars also receive room and board. Selection is based on outstanding and engaged scholarship, desire to be at the forefront in the creation and discovery of new knowledge, leadership skills, desire to be a leader in service to society, a broad worldview, excitement about learning from people who are different from themselves in a diverse community of scholars, recognition of the importance of personal integrity and ethical decision making, enthusiastic pursuit of self-improvement, desire to make the most of opportunities presented, and exceptional talent in artistic expression. All applicants to the university who apply by December 1st are considered for the scholarship. A maximum of 45 are awarded each year.

 

University of Texas at Austin (Austin, Texas)

40 Acres Scholarship

This scholarship gives full tuition plus living stipend, books, enrichment activities, a community component, a global experience, and professional growth opportunities. It is awarded to students who excel academically, and distinguish themselves in high school through leadership roles, extracurricular activities and community service and possess social skills to interact easily with adults as well as their peers. Interested students will need to fill out a supplemental scholarship application due December 1st.

 

University of Texas at Dallas (Dallas, Texas)

The McDermott Scholars Program

This scholarship gives full tuition plus fees, a $1,400 monthly stipend (given year-round) to cover room and board and living expenses, a $1,000 annual book stipend, up to $12,000 for an international experience, up to $3,000 for a professional development experience, paid trips with the scholarship cohort, and paid travel home twice a year for domestic students and once a year for international students. Selection is based on exceptional academic performance; community volunteerism and leadership in school; broad and eclectic interests in science, literature, and the arts; and social skills. To be eligible, students must have 1490 or higher on the SAT or 33+ on the ACT. Most students are also in the top 5% of their high school class.

 

Washington and Lee (Lexington, Virginia)

Johnson Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition, fees, room and board, and gives $7,000 for summer experiences. Selection is based on academic and personal accomplishments, essays, and performance at an in-person scholarship competition (travel expenses are paid by the university for all finalists). This scholarship is awarded to about 10% of each year's incoming class.

 

Wofford College (Spartanburg, South Carolina)

The Richardson Family Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition, fees, room and board, a monthly stipend for books/miscellaneous expenses, a laptop, summer internships (one overseas), and a January travel experience.

 

West Coast Schools

 

Lewis and Clark College (Portland, Oregon)

Barbara Hirschi Neely Scholarship

This scholarship grants full tuition and fees plus a $2,000 enrichment stipend. Selection is based on academic achievement and distinctive personal accomplishment. Special preference is given to students who plan on studying the sciences or who have an interest in intercultural and international issues. Up to five Neely Scholarships are offered each year.

 

Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, California)

Arupe Scholarship

The Arupe Scholarship program is for international students and offers awards from $12,500 annually to full tuition.

Trustee Scholarship

This scholarship covers full tuition, room and board. Ten scholars are selected each year. All freshman applicants will be considered for this scholarship. Finalists will be invited to Scholars Weekend for on-campus interviews.

 

Soka University of America (Aliso Viejo, California) 

 

Global Merit Scholarship

This scholarship covers the cost of full tuition and fees, room and board, transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses.

 

University of Hawaii (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Regents Scholarship

This scholarship awards full tuition, a $4,000 annual stipend, and a $2,000 travel grant. Applicants should have a high school GPA of at least 3.5, scores of at least 29 on the ACT or 1380 on the SAT, and remarkable extracurricular involvement. 20 scholarships are awarded each year.

 

What's Next?

Now you know how you can go to a great school without the financial headache!

Of course, winning one of these scholarships is extremely difficult and you'll have to be on top of your game in high school to make sure you are one of the top students admitted to your college of choice so that you have a shot: check out our full guide to 

Make sure that you stay on top of your high school GPA while taking rigorous classes to be considered for these kinds of scholarships.

You should also know how to get a high score on the SAT and ACT to be eligible for full ride scholarships.

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If you can't get a full ride, don't give up! There are a lot of other scholarships out there based on extracurriculars, such as community service, instead of academics. 

 

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Mary Ann Barge
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Mary Ann holds a BA in Classics and Russian from the University of Notre Dame, and an MA from University College London. She has years of tutoring experience and is also passionate about travel and learning languages.



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