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Institutional Scholarships

Dillard University offers a competitive Scholarship/Grant Package to eligible first-year students who demonstrated strong academic performance in high school. The primary criterion used to determine a student’s eligibility is based on the students’ ACT/SAT score and Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). However, in one or more of the scholarship and/or grant awards, there are other components that can factor into the student’s eligibility which includes: State of Residence, Housing (on-campus vs. off campus), and other Resources (Grant/Scholarships) the student may be receiving. All students who are regularly admitted to Dillard University have a strong chance of being awarded one of the following merit based awardsPlease know that acceptance into Dillard University does not guarantee one of the below scholarships. Scholarship dollars are limited, thus Dillard University reserves the right, without notice, to limit (or not offer) any one of the scholarship discussed below. The University will, in writing, notify all student of their eligible scholarship.

 

Merit Based: The Merit based scholarships are awarded to eligible new students who are recent high school graduates (graduating the May or December prior to the start of the academic year that the student is entering college). Eligible recipients will receive a Scholarship Award Letter which will list the requirements for each specified award. A general overview of each award criteria is:

 

  • University Scholar: Our highest and most prestigious institutional award! This scholarship is awarded on an academic year basis and is effective for eight consecutive semesters (summer, study abroad and the evening program do not qualify).  Students with a 3.8 GPA and a 27 ACT or 1260 SAT are considered. Students must meet the renewal criteria to maintain continued eligibility. This honor entities the recipient to full tuition, and on campus room (double occupancy ONLY) and board. If the student decides to live off-campus, this scholarship award will then cover Tuition ONLY. The recipient must enroll as a full-time student. The scholarship pays for a maximum of 18 credit hours per semester. University Scholars are required to participate in the Samuel Dubois Cook Honors Program. For consideration of the University Scholarship, students must be admitted to Dillard University as a new student, first-time freshman, before December 1st of your High School senior year. May 1st is the Priorty Deadline to submit the Scholarship Agreement.

Renewal:  Student must maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA calculated at the end of each spring semester (term), and earn at least 24 semester hours at the end of the academic year.

 

  • Presidential Scholar: This scholarship is awarded on an academic year basis and is effective for eight consecutive semesters (summer, study abroad and the evening program do not qualify).  Students with a 3.6 GPA and 25 ACT or 1200 SAT are considered. Students must meet the renewal criteria to maintain continued eligibility.  This honor entities the recipient to full Tuition. The recipient must enroll as a full-time student. The scholarship pays for a maximum of 18 credit hours per semester. For consideration of the Presidential Scholarship, students must be admitted to Dillard University as a new student, first-time freshman, before December 1st of your High School senior year. May 1st is the Priorty Deadline to submit the Scholarship Agreement.

Renewal: Student must maintain a cumulative 3.2 GPA calculated at the end of each spring semester (term), and earn at least 24 semester hours at the end of the academic year.

 

  • Dean’s Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded on an academic year basis and is effective for eight consecutive semesters (summer, study abroad and the evening program do not qualify).  Students must meet the renewal criteria to maintain eligibility. This honor entitles the recipient to receive $8,500 a year. The recipient must enroll as a full-time student. The scholarship pays for a maximum of 18 credit hours per semester.  Consideration is given to high school seniors admitted to the University.

Renewal: Student must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA (for newly awarded Dean's scholarship recipients with an award effective for/after the Fall 2019 semester) or 2.75 GPA (for a Dean's scholarship disbursed prior to Fall 2019) - GPA calculated at the end of each spring semester (term), and student must earn at least 24 credit semester hours at the end of the academic year (spring semester).

 

  • Merit Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded on an academic year basis and is effective for eight consecutive semesters (summer, study abroad and the evening program do not qualify). Students must meet the renewal criteria to maintain eligibility. This honor entitles the recipient to receive $6,000 a year. The recipient must enroll as a full-time student. The scholarship pays for a maximum of 18 credit hours per semester. Consideration is given to eligible high school seniors admitted to the University.

Renewal: Student must maintain a cumulative 2.75 GPA (for newly awarded Merit scholarship recipients with an award effective for/after the Fall 2019 semester) or 2.50 GPA (for a Merit scholarship disbursed prior to Fall 2019) - GPA calculated at the end of each spring semester (term), and student must earn at least 24 credit semester hours at the end of the academic year (spring semester).

 

  • DU Grant 1: The determined amount of the Grant is awarded on an academic year basis and is effective for eight consecutive semesters (summer, study abroad, and the evening program do not qualify).  This honor entitles the recipient to receive $3,500 a year. The recipient must enroll as a full-time student.  Consideration is given to eligible high school seniors admitted to the University.

Renewal: Student must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA (for newly awarded DU Grant recipients with an award effective for/after the Fall 2019 semester) or 2.25 GPA (for a DU Grant disbursed prior to Fall 2019) - GPA calculated at the end of each spring semester (term), and student must earn at least 24 credit semester hours at the end of the academic year (spring semester).

  

Need-Based Award:

  • Dillard University strives to help students meet their financial obligation through merit and need based awards. Merit awards are based on the student’s academic credentials submitted at the time of application. To further assist and to help decrease the loan indebtedness of students, the University awards a need based grant called the Student Success Award. In considering the renewal of the award the following should be adhered to.

     

    Need-Based Award:

    • Student Success Award: This award is an Institutional Grant that is awarded based on a calculation of the students’ ACT/ SAT score, Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) and other components such as: the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), State of Residence, Housing (on-campus vs. off campus), and other Resources (Grant/Scholarships) the student may be receiving. This limited gap filler award helps to shrink the costs that federal and/or state aid does not cover. The amount of the award varies depending on the student’s credentials identified above at the time of awarding.  Consideration is given to eligible high school seniors admitted to the University and is limited to eight semesters or four years, whichever comes first.

    Renewal: To be considered for this institutional award each subsequent year, students must have their FAFSA (the next year’s) and all associated required documents (verification worksheet, tax transcripts (returns), etc.) submitted on or before May 1st each academic year. The student’s EFC and housing status will be taken into consideration during the awarding and renewal process.  Students must also meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy to be reconsidered and have earned a cumulative 2.0 grade point average. This award cannot be used for programs such as summer school, study abroad programs and the evening program. Funding is not guaranteed and is based on the availability of funding and the students need as defined by the FAFSA. Institutional funds are limited; thus Dillard University reserves the right to limit (or not offer) this funding.

     

     

Endowed / Non-Endowed Awards

  • Dillard University also award students Endowed and Non-Endowed Grants/Scholarships awards. These awards are supported by our faithful donors (alumni and friends) of the University. Through the years donors have established awards based on certain criteria and a certain level of funding. These awards are not guaranteed and depend on the market value each year. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships selects recipients based on the established criteria of the donor. Selection and awarding in any of the Endowed / Non-Endowed awards is not guaranteed for any year. For additional information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Transfer Students Institutional Awards:   Dillard University is a Transfer friendly institution. Unlike some colleges/universities, Dillard offers Transfer Awards (Merit Scholarship and Grant) to eligible students. The award is granted for a maximum of three (3) years which is six (6) consecutive semesters (unless the student completes his/her degree program prior to the 3 years. Students must transfer in with at least 12 or more completed credit hours. All transcripts will be required for submissions to evaluate student’s eligibility based on cumulative GPA as indicated below. Eligible recipients will receive a Scholarship Award Letter which will list the requirements for each specified award. A general overview of the award criteria is:

  • Transfer Merit: Transfer students with at least 12 completed credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 – 4.00 (on a 4.0 scale).  Renewal:  Must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA.

 

  • Transfer Merit 2: Transfer students with at least 12 completed credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.70 – 3.24 (on a 4.0 scale).  Renewal:  Must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA.

 

  • Transfer Grant 1: Transfer students with at least 12 completed credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.25 – 2.69 (on a 4.0 scale).  Renewal:  Must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.

 

  • Transfer Grant 2: Transfer students with at least 12 completed credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 – 2.24 (on a 4.0 scale).  Renewal:  Must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.



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