Stetson University

Admissions and Financial Planning



The Office of Student Financial Planning is committed to helping make higher education affordable to our students. This aid complements state and federal funds available to students.

Keep in mind that though we've listed some scholarships below, there are many other scholarship opportunities out there. We encourage you to search the Internet for opportunities and apply to any to which you qualify.

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Merit Scholarships


These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the high school record, standardized testing and community service. These awards are given to incoming first-year students and will cover the next four years. The scholarships can range from $5,000 to full tuition. Eligibility for these awards is decided by the admissions committee.

Transfer Scholarships

Students who transfer to Stetson University are eligible for this award. Recipients of this award receive it for a specified number of semesters, usually the length of their studies before graduation.

Bright Futures

For qualifying Florida high school graduates, there are opportunities for state scholarship funding. The Florida academic scholarship pays $103 per credit hour and the Florida Medallion Scholarship pays $77 per credit hour.

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Talent Scholarships


Students who qualify for music scholarships include music majors, music minors and non-music majors participating in the School of Music. The award amounts vary and are dependent on an audition. Please contact the School of Music admission recruiter at 800-688-0101 ext. 8975 to schedule an audition or submit the audition form online.


Athletic scholarships are extremely competitive and are provided for a variety of sports. Interested students should contact a coach or the Department of Athletics for additional information.

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Students participate in the Stetson University ROTC program and are selected for scholarship through the program.

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Sullivan Writing Scholarship

The Sullivan Writing Scholarship Program at Stetson University assists academically qualified students with strong writing skills to attend the university. Preference is given to English majors with demonstrated strengths in creative writing who possess a verbal SAT score of 600 and a high school GPA of 3.0.

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Lawson Scholarship

The Lawson Scholarship at Stetson University assists academically qualified students. Preference is given to student's in Philosophy or related majors with demonstrated interest in community service and a commitment to principled citizenship. These students must possess an SAT score of 1300 or ACT score of at least 29, a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher and rank in the top 10 percent of the graduating class.

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Stetson University Values Fellows Scholarships

The Values Scholarships are designed to enhance the way Stetson lives our values and to assist in recruiting and retaining the best-fit students for Stetson. Each scholarship will provide $2,500 on an annual basis to a student in each grade level.

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Arts for Life! College Matching Program

Winners of the Arts for Life! $1,000 cash award will be automatically eligible to receive a matching in-kind scholarship worth $1,000 once committed to attend Stetson University.

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Service Scholarships


Bonner Scholars receive financial assistance and scholarships from Stetson University and the Bonner Foundation. In return, these students commit eight hours per week to a service project or agency of their choice, and must continue with that service relationship throughout their Stetson University career.

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Citizenship Grant

In rewarding achievement in all areas of endeavor, the university seeks to award students who will enrich our community of learners as they embody the high value we place on service and commitment to both academics and/or all other areas of endeavor. Special consideration will be given to students who demonstrate focused activity and effort and/or leadership that has impacted their classmates, schools, workplaces or communities. Consideration will also be given to applicants who have demonstrated resilience in the face of hardships, disability, difficult personal situations or other disadvantage.

Citizenship awards recognize students in any one or more of the following categories:

  • Significant participation in community service, civic participation or any other extracurricular activities
  • Work experience and entrepreneurship
  • Resilience in the face of hardship or disadvantage
  • Promoting equity and understanding
  • Outstanding leadership
  • Distinction in the arts, humanities or sciences

Stetson Scholarships

J. Ollie Edmunds Distinguished Scholarship

This is an academically competitive scholarship which pays all expenses for students who exhibit top academic and personal leadership potential. It includes a summer internship stipend between the sophomore and junior years, which can be transferred to a study abroad program.

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Early FAFSA Filer Grant

Deadline: February 15

The Early FAFSA Filer Grant is available to all incoming students as a one-time $1,000 scholarship when a student is accepted to Stetson University and submits a FAFSA by February 15, 2015. Apply to Stetson University. Any athlete in an equivalency sport with a signed Grant in Aid is not eligible to receive this scholarship.

Travel Scholarship

The travel scholarship is a one-time $1,000 scholarship awarded to first-year or transfer, out-of-state students who are accepted to Stetson University by February 15, 2015 and who visit Stetson University for an official Office of Admissions visit by April 18, 2015. Apply to Stetson University and schedule a visit. Athletes who receive an athletic grant-in-aid are not eligible to receive this scholarship. Any athlete in an equivalency sport with a signed Grant in Aid is not eligible to receive this scholarship.

Legacy Scholarship

Deadline: February 15

An undergraduate applicant to Stetson University is considered to have legacy status and eligible for the legacy award if a member of the applicant's family is currently enrolled or attended and graduated from any branch of Stetson (including the graduate and/or law school). Family is defined as a brother, sister, parent, stepparent, grandparent, aunt, uncle and/ or legal guardian. This scholarship is for $1,000 per academic year and will cover the next 4 years. Eligible students must be applied and accepted by February 15, 2015. Students are only eligible to apply prior to their first semester at Stetson. Please notify Financial Aid of your status by this deadline and your award package will be adjusted accordingly pending legacy verification. Any athlete in an equivalent sport with a signed Grant in Aid is not eligible to receive the Legacy Scholarship.

Business Systems and Analytics Scholarship

The Business Systems and Analytics (BSAN) scholarship is provided to students interest in studying BSAN in Stetson University’s School of Business Administration.

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Student Life Scholarships

Scholarships offered to first-year and transfer students from student life departments across campus. Each scholarship requires the student to submit an application.

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Donor-Funded Scholarships

Donor-funded scholarships have an immediate impact on the lives of deserving students. They are awarded annually according to the criteria established by the donor.

Outside Scholarships

Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships are available from many sources and require the student to submit an application.

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Raise Micro-Scholarships

Stetson partnered with so students can easily earn scholarships worth hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of dollars each time students achieve something important in high school. Students can earn up to $80,000 in scholarships from Stetson University based on their achievements.

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Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

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