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Scholarships and Grants

Santa Clara University Scholarships & Grants

Johnson Scholars Award

The Johnson Scholars comprehensive merit award is provided to first-year undergraduate students who demonstrate the highest levels of academic ability, motivation and leadership potential.

  • Merit-based
  • CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (first-year only)
  • FAFSA required annually
  • Awards: Up to full tuition, standard room & board, books & supplies; summer stipend upon application in sophomore/junior year
  • Renewable for 12 consecutive academic quarters
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Indexed to tuition increases
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other University aid
  • Recipients selected at time of admission

For more information regarding this scholarship, visit the Johnson Scholars Program webpage.

Presidential at Entry Scholarship

The Presidential at Entry Scholarship is awarded to first-year undergraduate students who demonstrate other qualities identified and emphasized by the president as critical to the University's mission.

  • Merit-based
  • No CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE or FAFSA required
  • Awards: Full tuition
  • Renewable for 12 consecutive academic quarters
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Indexed to tuition increases
  • Full-time enrollment and any other renewal criteria
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other University aid
  • Recipients selected at time of admission

Provost Scholarship

The Provost Scholarship is awarded to first-year undergraduate students who have assumed leadership roles in their schools and their communities.

  • Merit-based
  • No CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE or FAFSA required
  • Awards: Half tuition
  • Renewable for 12 consecutive academic quarters
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Indexed to tuition increases
  • Full-time enrollment and any other renewal criteria
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other University aid
  • Recipients selected at time of admission

SCU Dean's Scholarship

The Dean's Scholarship is awarded to first-year undergraduate students who are admitted to the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business or School of Engineering.

  • Merit-based
  • No CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE or FAFSA required
  • Awards: Vary
  • Renewable for 12 consecutive academic quarters
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Not indexed to tuition increases
  • Full-time enrollment and any other renewal criteria
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other University aid
  • Recipients selected at time of admission

Jesuit Ignatian Award

The Jesuit Ignatian Award is awarded to first-year undergraduate students who have graduated from a Jesuit high school.

  • Need-based
  • FAFSA required
  • CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE required at initial time of awarding
  • Awards: Vary
  • Renewable for 12 consecutive academic quarters
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Not indexed to tuition increases
  • Full-time enrollment and any other renewal criteria
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other University aid
  • Recipients selected at time of admission

SCU Need-based Grant

SCU Need-based Grant is a University funded grant awarded to first-year undergraduate students by Enrollment Management.

  • Need-based
  • FAFSA required
  • CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE required at initial time of awarding
  • Awards: Vary
  • Renewable for 12 consecutive academic quarters
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Not indexed to tuition increases
  • Full-time enrollment and any other renewal criteria
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other University aid
  • Recipients selected at time of admission

SCU Incentive Grant

The SCU Incentive Grant, awarded to first-year undergraduate students by Enrollment Management, is a personal recognition scholarship awarded to selected individuals who will improve the characteristics of the entering class by virtue of the degree to which we are able to foster a stronger spirit of inclusive excellence among our students as measured by geographic, gender, economic and ethnic diversity.

  • Awards: Vary
  • Renewable for 12 consecutive academic quarters
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Not indexed to tuition increases
  • Full-time enrollment and any other renewal criteria
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other University aid
  • Recipients selected at time of admission

Alumni Family Scholars Program

The Alumni Family Scholars program is awarded to first-year undergraduate students that are identified from the admission application and decisions are made by the Alumni Family Committee in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.

  • Need-based
  • FAFSA required
  • Awards: Vary and limited
  • Children and grandchildren of SCU Undergraduate Alumni
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other University aid
  • Recipients selected by the Alumni Scholarship Committee at time of admission

NOTE: For more information regarding this scholarship, visit the Alumni website or contact the Alumni Office at 1-408-554-6800.

Santa Clara University Third-Child Grant

Santa Clara University Third-Child Grant is for families with three or more dependent children simultaneously enrolled in undergraduate programs at Santa Clara University. A tuition grant of up to fifty percent will be awarded to the student who is farthest along in his or her studies. To apply, parents must submit a written request along with a copy of their most recent tax return that lists all three Santa Clara University undergraduate students as dependents.

  • FAFSA required
  • Awards: Vary
  • Parent must submit most recent tax return
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Not indexed to tuition increases
  • Full-time enrollment and any other renewal criteria
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other University aid

National Merit Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, in conjunction with the Financial Aid Office, awards four scholarships to selected academically talented high school seniors for undergraduate studies at Santa Clara University.

  • Awards: $2,000 Annually
  • Four winners will be selected from list of all National Merit Finalists 
  • Indicated SCU as "first-choice" school on the National Merit Scholarship Application
  • Renewable for 12 consecutive academic quarters
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other University aid
  • Recipients selected at time of admission

Other Awards

The Department of Theater and Dance has scholarships available to students who are declared majors. Auditions for some awards are held in early January. Contact the department at 1-408-554-4989 for further information.

The Department of Music offers partial tuition and private lesson scholarships to students who qualify by audition. Contact the department for details on requirements and audition times at 1-408-554-4428.

Army ROTC is a campus-based program offering several scholarships. Scholarships range from partial tuition to full tuition and may include Santa Clara University on-campus housing. For additional information contact the Department of Military Science at 1-408-554-6831.

NOTE: International students are only eligible for the SCU Dean's Scholarship and Johnson Scholars Award. All international applicants are required to complete a Financial Resources Statement providing the student or their family can cover the total cost of the first year attendance before their application will be considered for admission.

Collegiate Partner Scholarship Opportunities

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship

Santa Clara University is a collegiate partner of the Horatio Alger Association Scholarship.

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a federally funded grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Need-based
  • FAFSA required
  • 2016-2017: Awarded to students with an EFC of less than 5,234
  • 2016-2017: Awards vary from $598 to $5,815
  • 2017-2018: Awarded to students with an EFC of less than 5,328
  • 2017-2018: Awards vary from $606 to $5,920
  • Lifetime Eligibility Used: equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

The Federal Supplement Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a federally funded grant awarded by the Financial Aid Office.

  • Need-based
  • FAFSA required
  • Awards vary
  • Awarded to Pell Grant-eligible students
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant) program provides a federal grant to post-baccalaureate and graduate students who agree to serve for at least four years as full-time teachers in high-need fields in public or not-for-profit private elementary or secondary schools that serve students from low-income families.

NOTE: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to an unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant was disbursed and will need to pay back interest as well as accruing interest for the rest of your repayment period.

Iraq-Afghanistan Service Grant

The Iraq-Afghanistan Service Grant is a federally funded grant awarded to students whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001. The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Federal Pell Grant for the award year not to exceed the cost of attendance for that award year.

  • FAFSA required
  • Must be ineligible for a Federal Pell Grant
  • Be under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the parent's or guardian's death
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress

State Grants

Cal Grant A

Cal Grant A is a state-funded program for California residents. Recipients are chosen on the basis of both academic achievement and financial need. If selected for an award, you will receive notification from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).

  • Need-based
  • FAFSA required
  • Awards: $8,056 (2017-2018); $9,084 (2016-2017, 2015-2016 renewals and 2014-2015 renewals)
  • Have family income and assets below the established ceilings
  • 3.0 High School GPA or 2.4 College GPA
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress

Cal Grant B

Cal Grant B is a state-funded program for California residents. Recipients are chosen on the basis of both academic achievement and financial need. If selected for an award, you will receive notification from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).

  • Need-based
  • FAFSA required
  • Awards: $1,670 (first year); $8,056 plus $1,670 (2017-2018 in subsequent years); $9,084 plus $1,670 (2016-2017 renewals, 2015-2016 renewals, 2014-2015 renewals)
  • Have family income and assets below the established ceilings
  • 2.0 High School GPA
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress

NOTE: When you complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), California residents should set up their WebGrants for Students account, which will enable them to have the ability to monitor and manage their California State Grant programs.

Other California Aid Programs

The California Student Aid Commission also sponsors the Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant program, John R. Justice program, Child Development Grant program, Chafee Grant for Foster Youth, Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE), State Nursing Assumption Program of Loans for Education (SNAPLE) and the California National Guard Education Assistance Award program.

Private Scholarships

In addition to Santa Clara University, there are plenty of scholarships sponsored by corporations, civic organizations, religious organizations and other groups.

NOTE: If you have been awarded a scholarship from an outside organization, please provide the donor with our contact information. All correspondences and scholarship checks should be sent to the Financial Aid Office.

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