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Scholarships

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-Based Scholarships

Merit-Based

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 eight semesters or until undergraduate graduation, whichever comes first. The scholarships can range up to $31,000. Eligibility for these awards is decided by the admissions committee upon completion of your application. Merit Scholarships are not guaranteed to all students.

  • Presidential Scholarship (Up to $31,000)
  • Dean's Scholarship (Up to $28,000)
  • Opportunity Scholarship (Up to $22,000)

Transfer Scholarships

Students who transfer to Stetson University are eligible for this award. This scholarship can range from $10,000 - $29,000 yearly. Recipients of this award receive it for eight semesters or until undergraduate graduation, whichever comes first.

Bright Futures

For qualifying Florida high school graduates, there are opportunities for state scholarship funding. Stetson accepts two levels of Bright Futures, the Florida Academic Scholar and Florida Medallion Scholar. Based on the 2019-2020 school year, the Florida Academic Scholarship pays $211 per credit hour and the Florida Medallion Scholarship pays $158 per credit hour.

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Talent Scholarships

Music

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 see the music admissions page.

Athletic

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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ROTC

Students participate in the Stetson University ROTC program and are selected for a 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 or English-Creative Writing minors with demonstrated strengths in creative writing who possess a verbal SAT score of 600 and a high school GPA of 3.0. This scholarship ranges from $3,000 - $6,000 annually. To apply for this scholarship, you must first apply to Stetson University via our Early Decision (November 1), Early Action I (November 1) or Early Action II (January 15) decision plan. The deadline to submit this scholarship application is January 15.

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Lawson Scholarship

The Lawson Scholarship at Stetson University assists academically qualified students. Each scholarship provides up to $6,250 on an annual basis. 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. To apply for this scholarship, you must first apply to Stetson University via our Early Decision (November 1), Early Action I (November 1) or Early Action II (January 15) decision plan. The deadline to submit this scholarship application is January 15.

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Stetson University Environmental Sustainability Fellowship Scholarship

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 apply for this scholarship, you must first apply to Stetson University via our Early Decision (November 1), Early Action I (November 1) or Early Action II (January 15) decision plan. The deadline to submit this scholarship application is January 15.

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Dr. Richard Libby Endowed Shooting Scholarship

The Dr. Richard Libby Endowed Shooting Scholarship recognizes outstanding high school and college students who have demonstrated outstanding shooting performance.

A $1,000 Scholarship is available for the 2021-22 academic year. It is renewable for three years provided the student remains in good academic and shooting team standing. Team dues will also be waived for active scholarship recipients. Dues cover weekly range practice (ammo and clays); uniform; and competition fees, ammo, lodging and some meals.

Scholarship Requirements:

To receive the scholarship, students must be accepted for admission and enrolled at Stetson University. Recipients must maintain a 2.5 minimum grade point average, attend 95% of team practices and attend all team competitions.

To Apply:

In addition to completing a Stetson University Application for Admission, scholarship applicants are asked to please submit the following to the Assistant Director of Sport Programs, Travis Potter, at [email protected]:

  • A statement of the applicant's aspirations for lifelong shooting and the role that shooting has played in the applicant's development as an individual
  • Prior shooting involvement including major shooting competition participation, round averages, awards received and preferred shooting disciplines
  • One letter of recommendation from a shooting coach, mentor or range safety officer

» Deadline: August 10, 2022

Service Scholarships

Bonner Scholarship

Bonner Scholars and Leaders receive financial assistance and scholarships from Stetson University and the Bonner Foundation. Strong candidates will have a track record of involvement and leadership in addressing major areas of social justice, including poverty, education, homelessness and civil rights. As an expectation of this scholarship, 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. To apply for this scholarship, you must first apply to Stetson University via our Early Decision (November 1), Early Action I (November 1) or Early Action II (January 15) decision plan. The deadline to submit this scholarship application is January 15. In addition to the application, you will be expected to submit your resume and two letters of recommendation.

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Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholars Program

The Whitehead Scholars program is a donor-funded, need-based scholarship community giving young women the opportunity to deepen and integrate their education through required work and service along with guided goal-setting and reflection by academic year. The purpose of this program at Stetson is to prepare students who will strive, in the spirit of Mrs. Whitehead, to improve the communities in which they live, work and serve. Along with work and service, students participate in activities on campus and one-on-one meetings with the Coordinator that encourage them to think of their education with a holistic perspective, supporting students in a four-year process of self-appraisal. Consistent with in the institution-wide mission, it is also the goal of the Whitehead Scholars to make an excellent private liberal-arts education accessible to talented students from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds. 

Funds awarded through donor-funded scholarships either partially or wholly fund a merit award, underwriting the amount of any Stetson scholarship on a dollar-for-dollar basis based on fund restrictions and do not change the total amount of financial aid awarded.

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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 year, which can be transferred to a study abroad program. In order to qualify, you must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or above, combined SAT score of at least 1350 (critical reading and math) or an ACT composite score of at least 30. Test scores are required. To apply, complete the application below. To apply for this scholarship, you must first apply to Stetson University via our Early Decision (November 1), Early Action I (November 1) or Early Action II (January 15) decision plan. The deadline to submit this scholarship application is January 15.

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Legacy Scholarship

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 be offered for 4 years, or undergraduate graduation, whichever is first. Eligible students must have applied and have been accepted by February 15th. Students are only eligible to apply prior to their first semester at Stetson. Any student-athlete who will be receiving athletic aid is not eligible for this scholarship. Any athlete in an equivalency sport with a signed Grant in Aid is not eligible to receive this scholarship.

HATS Program Scholarship

Stetson University provides a scholarship for students who participate in the Stetson HATS program prior to attending Stetson as a full-time student. This scholarship will be added to your student account automatically and will be offered for 4 years, or undergraduate graduation, whichever is first. Students are only eligible to apply prior to their first semester at Stetson. Any student-athlete who will be receiving athletic aid is not eligible for this scholarship. Any athlete in an equivalency sport with a signed Grant in Aid is not eligible to receive this scholarship.

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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Global Citizen Scholarship

The Global Citizen Scholarship is an academically competitive scholarship for incoming international undergraduate students. This scholarship offers full tuition for four years to students who exhibit top academic potential and who display characteristics of a global citizen. Interested students must have at least a 3.5 equivalent GPA and submit a 500 word or less essay to [email protected] – How will your education prepare you to be a global citizen?

Students eligible to apply must be from one of the following regions:

  • Americas – Andes, Southern Cone
  • Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa – East and Southern

» Deadline: March 1, 2022

Dare to Achieve Transfer Scholarship

The Dare to Achieve Scholarship is a nationally-competitive scholarship created to recognize our most significant transfer students. This scholarship offers full tuition and fees, including all eligible federal state and institutional aid, for up to three years or until undergraduate graduation, whichever comes first. The Dare to Achieve Scholar will be selected from five finalists. The remaining four finalists will be awarded a $5,000 grant. Interested students must complete the transfer application and submit a 500 word or less essay to [email protected]How am I going beyond expectation?

» Transfer Application Deadline: April 15, 2022

» Scholarship Essay Deadline: April 30, 2022

Donor-Funded Scholarships

Students who are eligible for Stetson University Scholarships and Grants may also be eligible to receive a named endowed scholarship. Especially meaningful, named scholarships are those made possible by the generosity of alumni and other Stetson University friends. Some donors are Stetson alumni, who were themselves the beneficiaries of student aid. An endowed scholarship can establish a direct connection between you and the donor; most donors welcome the opportunity to meet or correspond with the students who receive their awards. The priority deadline to submit your application is May 15, 2022

  • Scholarship Manager is now available for our students to explore all our donor-funded scholarship opportunities. You can also submit our general scholarship application to be considered for donor scholarship funds. This is your best way to maximize your financial aid awards!
  • By completing the application mentioned above this will allow us to better align your selection with our donors’ intentions. If you are matched with one of our donor-funded scholarships, you may see a portion of your financial aid renamed to the donor fund.
  • Our donor scholarships are an essential piece of our student’s financial aid. They allow us to offer you scholarships to assist with the costs for your Stetson education.
  • You will also be a part of a select group of students that will have the opportunity to network and meet some of our donors at Stetson University.

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Study Abroad Scholarships

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Global Awareness Study Abroad Fund

The purpose of the scholarship is to enable undergraduate students in good academic standing to participate in Stetson University-approved international study abroad programs, which are a primary mechanism for transformative intercultural learning and promote global awareness and understanding.

Elrod-Berge Study Abroad Travel Endowed Scholarship

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide funding to students studying abroad in Spain or France to cover expenses associated with the study abroad program such as travel, room and board. Scholarship awards will be made to students majoring in Spanish or French, with preference to students with financial need.

Ken Ziesenheim Endowed Scholarship

The purpose of the scholarship is to assist students from Stetson University's School of Business Administration to study in central Europe (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, or Switzerland) or to assist academically qualified students from those European countries to attend Stetson University's School of Business Administration.

The Corrine Lynch Scholarship

The purpose of the scholarships is to encourage deserving students majoring in the field of foreign languages to participate in the University's Year Abroad Program in their junior year.

Richard & Lilis George Endowment for International Learning

Richard and Lilis George Endowment for International Learning. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide support for students, faculty, departments, and programs to assist with expenses associated with international study abroad and the internationalization of the University's programs and curriculums.

Ron & Dominique Salamone Piccolo Endowed Scholarship

The purpose of the scholarship is to assist high-need students with at least a 2.75 grade point average, with preference given to students majoring in math or finance, or participating in Study Abroad. Scholarships are renewable as long as the recipients maintain a 2.75 grade point average.

David & Leighan Rinker Endowment for International Travel

The purpose of this endowment is to provide financial support to full-time students for international travel. An endowed scholarship fund provides financial support that will enable more and more students to access transformational international learning opportunities, particularly programs led by Stetson faculty.

Rinker Field Experience Endowed Fund

The purpose of this scholarship is to support the Rinker Guatemala/Nicaragua Field Experience internship and the Rinker Scholarship for Travel Courses in Religious Studies.

Outside Scholarships

Outside Scholarships

We advise students to apply for outside scholarships through FastWeb.

We also encourage students to find out about the availability of other scholarships from community organizations, churches, parent employers and high school guidance counselors.

  • If you are awarded an outside scholarship, please submit proof to the Office of Student Financial Planning using this form to ensure it is added to your student account.

Horatio Alger Undergraduate Scholarship

The Horatio Alger Association honors the achievements of outstanding individuals in our society who have succeeded in spite of adversity and who are committed to supporting young people in pursuit of increased opportunities through higher education.

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Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for international study. A student must be an undergraduate U.S. citizen who demonstrates need. To receive more information and start the application process, select the link below.

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