USF Scholarships & Grants

Athletic Scholarships

The Athletic Department awards scholarships to full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate athletic ability. Recipients of an athletic scholarship are expected to participate in a varsity sport as determined by the coach and maintain full-time enrollment. Renewal of the athletic scholarship is granted by the appropriate coach and reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid. Receipt of an athletic scholarship may adjust/replace other funds received from the institution as well as the student’s federal loan and work-study eligibility. Scholarship recipients must have a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file by the March 10 priority deadline prior to the student’s fall enrollment. Students completing the FAFSA after the March 10 deadline may jeopardize the athletic scholarship.

University of Saint Francis Affordability Grant

The USF Affordability Grants (On Campus or Commuter) are awarded to full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The university has a priority FAFSA filing deadline of March 10 prior to the student’s fall enrollment. Receipt of additional federal, state or institutional funds may adjust or replace the USF On Campus or Commuter Affordability Grant.

Founder’s Scholarships

Founder’s Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen on the basis of academic performance. The award is based on GPA, ACT/SAT scores and full-time enrollment at the university. Awards are renewable for eight consecutive semesters with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Funds are restricted to payment of tuition and fees.

Trustee’s Scholarships

Trustee’s Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen on the basis of academic performance. The award is based on GPA, ACT/SAT scores and full-time enrollment at the university. Awards are renewable for eight consecutive semesters with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher. Funds are restricted to payment of tuition and fees.

Director’s Scholarships

Director’s Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen on the basis of academic performance. The award is based on GPA, ACT/SAT scores and full-time enrollment at the university. Awards are renewable for eight consecutive semesters with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Funds are restricted to payment of tuition and fees.

Challenge Grants

Challenge Grants are awarded to incoming freshmen on the basis of academic performance. The award is based on GPA, ACT/SAT scores and full-time enrollment at the university. Awards are renewable for eight consecutive semesters as long as student remains in academic good standing for financial aid. Funds are restricted to payment of tuition and fees.

Academic Transfer Scholarships

Academic Transfer Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic performance to incoming transfer students with a minimum of 12 credit hours. Awards are renewable for eight consecutive semesters with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and full-time enrollment. Funds are restricted to payment of tuition and fees.

Transfer Achievement Scholarships

Achievement Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic performance to incoming transfer students with a minimum of 12 credit hours. Awards are renewable for eight consecutive semesters with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and full-time enrollment. Funds are restricted to payment of tuition and fees.

Visual Art & Communication Scholarship

Visual Art & Communication Scholarships are competitive talent-based scholarships that are open to any high school senior seeking admission to the USF School of Creative Arts (SOCA). Recipients are selected by the SOCA faculty based on the scholarship applicant’s portfolio. To be considered for scholarship renewal, students must maintain full-time enrollment, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, a declared major in the SOCA and meet other requirements as outlined by the school. Scholarship recipients must be sure to file the FAFSA so that it is received by the central processing system by March 10. Recipients who submit the FAFSA after the March 10 priority deadline may jeopardize their scholarships.

USF Performing Arts Scholarship

USF Performing Arts Scholarships are competitive talent-based scholarships that are open to any high school senior seeking admission to the USF School of Creative Arts (SOCA). Recipients are selected by the SOCA faculty based on the scholarship applicant’s audition for Music Technology, Dance, Jazz Band, Choir* or Guitar Ensemble. To be considered for scholarship renewal, students must maintain full-time enrollment, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, a declared major in the SOCA and meet other requirements as outlined by the school. Scholarship recipients must be sure to file the FAFSA so that it is received by the central processing system by March 10. Recipients who submit the FAFSA after the March 10 priority deadline may jeopardize their scholarships.

*Students participating in choir are not required to declare a major in SOCA.

USF Bands Scholarship

USF Bands Scholarships are competitive talent-based scholarships that are open to any high school senior seeking admission to USF. Students will participate in the USF Marching Band and Pep Band. Recipients are selected by the SOCA faculty based on the scholarship applicant’s audition. Scholarship recipients must be sure to file the FAFSA so that it is received by the central processing system by March 10. Recipients who submit the FAFSA after the March 10 priority deadline may jeopardize their scholarships.

USF Recognition Award

The USF Recognition Award is awarded to full-time students who were not awarded an academic scholarship upon entry to the university, have reached sophomore standing or above (30+ credit hours), and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. The award can be renewed for a total of eight semesters provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students enrolled prior to May 1 will be evaluated to determine eligibility and/or renewal of the award for the following year. The university has a priority FAFSA filing deadline of March 10 prior to the student’s fall enrollment. The FAFSA must be received by the central processing system by March 10 prior to the beginning of the student’s fall enrollment. Receipt of additional federal, state or institutional funds may adjust or replace the USF Recognition Award.

Campus Ministry Service Grant

Campus Ministry Service Grants are offered to full-time students who are interested in participating in the work of Campus Ministry. Recipients must be willing to be Christian leaders in the USF community, live out the Franciscan values that are the foundation of our campus, grow in their personal faith and encourage other students in the practice of their faith through campus ministry programs and liturgical ministries.

Peer Ministers serve in a variety of ministries including leading weekend retreats, small faith sharing groups or scripture studies, being chaplains in the residence halls, helping with liturgical ministries, planning events and leading service projects. The average grant is $1,000 for an academic year, divided between fall and spring semester. Campus Ministry Service Grants are awarded in the late spring and early summer because recipients will have reading to do during the summer and will come to campus in mid-August for formation.

While all students are welcome in Campus Ministry, only those demonstrating need may qualify for this grant.

Saint Joseph’s College (SJC) Scholarships

To assist students affected by the suspension of operations at Saint Joseph’s College for Fall 2017, two scholarship programs are available to those students continuing their education at USF. These scholarships are intended to make USF an affordable option to complete degrees started at SJC.

All SJC transfers will be eligible for up to $9500 in a SJC Transition Award, which will equal the amount of scholarship the student would have received as a new incoming student when combine with the Academic Transfer Scholarship.

SJC transfers who choose to live on campus will receive $1,000 in a SJC Housing Award.

Parkview Scholarships

The university awards scholarships to new full-time ASN, BSN, PTA, Radiologic Technology, or Surgical Technology students taking 12 credit hours or more or to RN-MSN and MSN students taking 4 credits or more. Priority will be given to BSN students who are employed in any of the agencies of the Parkview Health. The scholarships are competitive and limited in number. Students will be selected for the scholarship based on scholastic ability and financial need. Awards will vary depending on applicant need. Students must complete a Parkview Scholarship Application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Awards will be renewable, provided undergraduate students maintain a grade point average of 3.0 and graduate students maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher. All students must fulfill all progression policies of the department. Students must be enrolled consecutive semesters to renew the scholarship. Priority deadline for application materials is May 1.

National Science Foundation – Roger Bacon Scholarship

The National Science Foundation Roger Bacon Scholarship is a competitive scholarship for new students to USF majoring in a STEM (Science (not pre-professional), Technology, Engineering and Math) field. Each scholarship is worth up to $6500 in the first year, $7000 in the second year, $7500 in the third year, and $8000 in the senior year.

Students must be US citizens or meet the legal alien status as defined by the grant, score a minimum of 550 on the SAT quantitative test or 22 on the ACT math test, achieve a 3.3 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale in high school STEM courses, write personal state of career goals, and participate in an interview.

Applications will be mailed each year by the admissions office to eligible incoming students. Application deadline is the beginning of March each year.

Steel Dynamics Foundation Scholarship

The Steel Dynamics Foundation scholarship is a competitive scholarship for new students enrolling at USF in Science (including pre-professional), Technology, Business, Mathematics, Accounting or Finance. Each Scholarship is $5000 and is renewable for a total of four years.

Students must maintain full-time enrollment and a minimum GPA of 2.75. Steel Dynamics will invite recipients to various networking events to enhance each student’s experience while at USF.

Applications will be mailed each year by the admissions office to eligible incoming students. Application deadline is the beginning of March each year.

Lilly Room and Board Scholarship

The University will provide a scholarship in the amount of a traditional double room for any full-time Lilly Scholar who lives on campus.

Tom Jehl Lifetime Sports Academy Scholarship

The University will provide two full-tuition scholarships and multiple scholarships of up to $3,000 to students who have participated with the Lifetime Sports Academy, have done volunteer activities and have a High School GPA of 2.7 or higher.  Recipients must be full-time undergraduate students without a prior bachelor’s degree.  This scholarship can be received for up to 8 semesters with a minimum GPA of 2.5. An application is required. An application can be obtained from the Office of Enrollment Services, the athletic department, or at the Lifetime Sports Academy. To be considered for the full-tuition scholarship, application must be received by April 16. Student must file a FAFSA to receive this award.

University of Saint Francis 2nd Undergraduate Degree Grant

The University will provide a $2,500 grant to undergraduate students who are full-time, have need and have already received a bachelor’s degree.

University of Saint Francis 21st Century Scholars Grant

The University will guarantee that students who are 21st Century Scholars will receive a minimum of $4,500 in institutional funding. This can include academic, athletic, or other aid from USF. Students must continue to have good standing with the 21st Century Scholars program, file their FAFSA prior to March 10, and enroll full-time.

Yellow Ribbon Matching Grant

Students who qualify for Post 9-11 VA Benefits and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program will receive a matching grant from USF. Students may renew this grant as long as they maintain a 2.0 GPA and remain in good Academic Standing to receive Financial Aid

Endowed/Donor Funds

The university has funding available through endowed/donor funds. For specific information on the funds listed below, please visit our endowed scholarships page for a general application to apply for any available funding from these sources:

  • Arata Art Scholarship
  • Joan P. Baldus Scholarship
  • Ann D. Ballinger Scholarship Fund
  • Susan Bredemeyer Endowed Scholarship
  • Buckner Family Scholarship
  • Connie Bumbuc Memorial Scholarship
  • Business Education Foundation Scholarship
  • Kathryn Doermer Callen Scholarship
  • Catholic Teacher Endowed Schoalrship
  • Olive B. Cole Scholarship
  • Bishop John M. D’Arcy Scholarship
  • Anna T. Dively Family Scholarship
  • Mary Louise Doermer Scholarship
  • Richard David Doermer Scholarship Fund
  • Richard T Doermer Scholarship
  • Endowed Art Scholarship
  • Fr. Edward Erpelding Endowed Scholarship
  • Kristen Fedders Scholarship
  • Marian A. Fox Scholarship
  • The James, Thomas and Doris Griffith Scholarship Fund
  • Guild Scholarship
  • Milton E. Haffner Scholarship
  • Richard and Marian Harber Scholarship
  • Ruth Jehl Scholarship
  • Margaret M. Johnson Scholarship Fund
  • Kelly Box Art Scholarship
  • Mary Lou and Thomas Knurek Mid-Degree Scholarship
  • Marie C. Koester Scholarship
  • Monsignor J. William Lester Endowed Scholarship
  • Lupke Foundation Art Scholarship
  • Gertrude Barber & Geraldine McConnell Scholarship
  • David C Menzie Scholarship
  • USF Memorial Scholarship
  • Antoinette Murray Scholarship
  • Helen Murray Scholarship
  • Richard G. Nill, Senior Scholarship
  • Maurice Papier Scholarship Fund
  • Robert D. Parker Graphic Arts Scholarship
  • Peer Minister Scholarship
  • Geraldine & Rosemary Pieffer Scholarship
  • Geraldine Peiffer, M.D. Scholarship
  • Bishop Pursley Endowed Scholarship
  • Bruce and Audrey Ratts Memorial Scholarship
  • Edward Rice Nursing Scholarship
  • Audrey and Steve Riley Scholarship
  • Mimi and Ian Rolland Scholarship
  • Louise Muldoon Rosenhamer Scholarship
  • Saint Catherine Memorial Scholarship
  • Saint Joseph Nursing Alumni Scholarship
  • Blanche and Edward Schaeffer Endowed Scholarship
  • Sister JoEllen Scheetz Scholarship
  • Janice Schenkel Scholarship
  • Don G. Scott Scholarship
  • Agnes Hake Seyfert Memorial Scholarship
  • Mary Shanley Scholarship
  • Charles Shappell Scholarship
  • Shawnee Construction Endowed Scholarship
  • Sister Arilda Memorial Scholarship
  • Sister Laura Art Scholarship
  • Sister Lucia dos Santos Scholarship
  • Charles and Wilma (Sanger) Shuman Scholarship
  • Gertrude L. Steinbauer Endowed Scholarship
  • Robert G. Stoeckley Scholarship
  • Surack/Sweetwater Scholarship
  • Teaching & Science Scholarship
  • USF Alumni Award
  • Celestin and Emma Venderly Scholarship
  • Joan Krug Venderly Scholarship
  • Marie Wolf Kelley Scholarship
  • Marilyn and William Wunderlin Scholarship
  • Yergens-Rogers Scholarship