Freshman Scholarships

General Information:

All Office of Undergraduate Admissions scholarships are limited in number, competitive, and are awarded annually on a rolling basis early in the scholarship cycle. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee a scholarship.

Our awards require continuous enrollment (excluding summers), full-time status (12 credits or more at FAU), and are paid out for fall and spring terms only.

Several of our merit scholarships listed below do not require a supplemental scholarship application as eligibility is determined at the time of admission. Many of our merit awards are competitive and are ultimately determined by the competitiveness of our entering freshman class. Generally, scholarships offered through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and are not stackable. Scholarship recipients must maintain an FAU GPA of 3.0 for award renewal (SECME, Inc. award renewal criteria is 2.5).

Students
must be admitted to FAU before applying for any Office of Undergraduate Admissions scholarships.

Consideration for the following scholarships is given to admitted students. No application is needed. Students must apply to FAU by December 15, 2013 for priority consideration.

  FAU Presidential Scholarship - $20,000

Awards of $5,000 per year for first-time-in-college freshmen. Renewable up to four years based on academic achievement. A scholarship application is not required for this award as a students eligibility is determined when an undergraduate application and supporting documents are reviewed for admission. The award is based on the competitive level of the pool of applicants.

Spirit of FAU - $16,000

Awards of $4,000 per year for first-time-in-college freshmen. Renewable up to four years based on academic achievement. A scholarship application is not required for this award as a students eligibility is determined when an undergraduate application and supporting documents are reviewed for admission. The award is based on the competitive level of the pool of applicants.

Elite Owl Scholarship- $8,000

Awards of $2,000 per year for first-time-in-college freshmen. Renewable up to four years based on academic achievement. A scholarship application is  not required for this award as a studentseligibility is determined when an undergraduate application and supporting documents are reviewed for admission. The award is based on the competitive level of the pool of applicants.    

Welcome to FAU Scholarship - $1,000

Limited awards of $1,000 ($500 per semester for the fall and spring of the student's first year) are available for freshmen entering FAU as full-time students in the fall semester. This is a non-renewable award. A scholarship application is not required for this award as a studentseligibility is determined when an undergraduate application and supporting documents are reviewed for admission. The award is based on the competitive level of the pool of applicants.  

Academic Excellence Award (AEA)*

Awards of approximately $1,475, per semester are given in the form of non-resident tuition waiver for 3 credit hours. Scholarships are awarded to students who are classified as Non-Florida resident for tuition purposes and have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 or above. Eligibility is determined at the time of admission.

Please note waiver funds cover approximately 95% of the differential costs between the out-of-state and the in-state portion of your fees. Waiver awards are automatically applied to the non-resident portion of your tuition fees, and any remaining balance is your responsibility.

* The current value of the AEA is $490.00 per credit hour. This value is subject to change. The AEA is renewable up to four years (eight semesters; fall and spring semesters only). An AEA of greater value is also given in conjunction with other scholarships. (see below).

A scholarship application is needed for the following scholarships. Application deadline is January 15, 2014 for admitted freshmen starting at FAU summer or fall 2014

 

 

DEPAN International Freshman Student Scholarship - $8,000

 

$ 2,000 awarded annually over eight consecutive semesters for a freshman on a student or scholar visa. Eligibility criteria will include: Outstanding academic achievement; 3.0 minimum GPA; English proficiency required for admission to FAU and evidence of community service or high school involvement.

 

National Merit Scholarship - $30,000

Awards of $7,500 per year are offered to qualified students named as National Merit Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Candidates are selected by NMSC. Documentation of selection as recipient is required. Renewable up to four years based on academic achievement.

Fanjul Academic and Community Excellence Award - $10,000

Awards of $2,500 per year, renewable for up to four years for students who maintain good academic standing while enrolled at FAU. The Fanjul award is designed to recognize students who have worked for academic excellence and have demonstrated leadership service in their community. This award is only available to students in western Palm Beach County who attend Pahokee, Clewiston or Glades Central high schools, and who are planning to enroll at Florida Atlantic University as first-year freshmen. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum 1450 SAT (all three sections) or 21 ACT score.

M. Brenn Green Scholarship - $4,000

Awards of $1,000 per year to first-time-in-college freshmen majoring in one of the following areas: anthropology, criminal justice, economics, geography, health administration, political science, social work or sociology. Renewable up to four years based on academic achievement and completion in one of the areas above

SECME, Inc. (Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering) - $12,000

Awards of $3,000 per year available to a limited number of students from SECME High Schools in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Students must meet the academic requirements for admission to FAU and have participated in the SECME program. Renewable for up to four years based on academic achievement. Applicants must also achieve a minimum 1450 SAT(all three sections) or a 21 ACT and submit a personal essay, two letters of reference and their scholarship application. Apply via Florida Atlantic University, Division of Engineering Student Services.   

 


The FAFSA and the scholarship application are required for the scholarships listed below. The scholarship application should be completed online . The deadline is January 15, 2014. The FAFSA online application is located at www.fafsa.ed.gov and is available January 1, 2014.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Award - $12,000

Awards of $3,000 per year for first-time-in-college freshmen who meet the academic requirements for admission to FAU and demonstrate financial need. Renewable up to eight consecutive semesters based on academic achievement. To meet eligibility, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have a minimum score of 1450 SAT (all three sections) or a 21 ACT.  

Bank of America Florida 's Community Scholars Program - $12,000

Awards of $3,000 per year for first-time-in-college freshmen. Students must demonstrate financial need; please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility. Recipient must demonstrate a history of community service and have a minimum 3.3 GPA. Award will be evenly divided between fall and spring terms. The student must maintain continuous enrollment, and scholarship eligibility for a maximum of eight semesters. For more information, please visit http://www.fau.edu/admissions/BankofAmericascholars.php .

Walter Gaeser Scholarship

Walter Gaeser Scholarship - $500 (Please visit the College of Business website for additional information http://business.fau.edu ) An award of $500 to a first-time-in-college freshman majoring in business. This is a non-renewable award available to a student who demonstrates financial need and a minimum 1450SAT (all three sections) or 21 ACT.  

Helpful Websites:

International Student Scholarship Opportunities

Student Financial Aid

FAFSA

Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College Scholarships

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