Undergraduate Catalog: 2021-22

USF Scholarships & Grants

Athletic Scholarships

The Athletic Department awards scholarships to full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate athletic ability. Recipients of an athletic scholarship are expected to participate in a varsity sport as determined by the coach and maintain full-time enrollment. Renewal of the athletic scholarship is granted by the appropriate coach and reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid. Receipt of an athletic scholarship may adjust/replace other funds received from the institution as well as the student’s federal loan and work-study eligibility. Scholarship recipients must have a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file by the April 15 priority deadline prior to the student’s fall enrollment. Students completing the FAFSA after the April 15 deadline may jeopardize the athletic scholarship.

Academic Scholarships

USF values your commitment to academic performance during your high school years and offers scholarships based on your high school grade point average and your scores on the ACT and SAT.

USF is now test-optional but submitting test scores could make you eligible for a higher academic scholarship.

First-time Students

Scholarships Amount GPA Only GPA plus Best Composite
SAT/ACT Test Score
President’s Scholarship $20,000 4.0+ 4.0+ and 1110 SAT/22 ACT
Trustee’s Scholarship $19,000 3.85-3.99 3.75-3.99 and 1040 SAT/20 ACT
Founder’s Scholarship $17,000 3.55-3.84 3.4-3.74 and 960 SAT/18 ACT
Dean’s Scholarship $16,000 3.15-3.54 3.0-3.39 and < 960 SAT/18 ACT
Achievement Scholarship $15,000 < 3.15 < 3.00 and < 960 SAT/18 ACT

Academic scholarships are renewable up to four years. USF will consider your highest section scores across all dates you took the SAT or ACT.

Transfer Students

Amount Cumulative College GPA
$10,000 3.5-4.0
$8,000 3.0-3.49
$7,000 2.1-2.99
$5,000 < 2.1

Pay It Forward Scholarship

Pay it forward Scholarships are awarded from a separate application and selection process which includes student’s giving of themselves and paying it forward to others in the community. It is for incoming students with a minimum of 12 credit hours. Awards are renewable for eight consecutive semesters with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and full-time enrollment, also a minimum of 50 service hours per year. Funds are restricted to payment of tuition and fees.

Catholic High School Scholarship

Catholic High School Scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen based on attending a Catholic High School. Must have full-time enrollment at the university. Awards are renewable for eight consecutive semesters with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Funds are restricted to payment of tuition and fees.

Legacy Scholarship

Legacy scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen based on having a family member that graduated from USF. Must have full-time enrollment at the university. Awards are renewable for eight consecutive semesters with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Funds are restricted to payment of tuition and fees.

Visual Art and Communication Scholarship

Visual Art & Communication Scholarships are competitive talent-based scholarships that are open to any high school senior seeking admission to SF Creative Arts. Recipients are selected by the creative arts faculty based on the scholarship applicant’s portfolio. To be considered for scholarship renewal, students must maintain full-time enrollment, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, a declared major in Creative Arts and meet other requirements as outlined by the school. Scholarship recipients must be sure to submit the FAFSA by April 15. Recipients who submit the FAFSA after the April 15 priority deadline may jeopardize their scholarships.

USF Performing Arts Scholarship

USF Performing Arts Scholarships are competitive talent-based scholarships that are open to any high school senior seeking admission to USF Creative Arts. Recipients are selected by the creative arts faculty based on the scholarship applicant’s audition for Music Technology, Dance, Jazz Band, Choir* or Guitar Ensemble. To be considered for scholarship renewal, students must maintain full-time enrollment, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, a declared major in Creative Arts and meet other requirements as outlined by the school. Scholarship recipients must be sure to submit the FAFSA by April 15. Recipients who submit the FAFSA after the April 15 priority deadline may jeopardize their scholarships.

*Students participating in choir are not required to declare a major in Creative Arts.

USF Bands Scholarship

USF Bands Scholarships are competitive talent-based scholarships that are open to any high school senior seeking admission to USF. Students will participate in the USF Marching Band and Pep Band. Recipients are selected by the create arts faculty based on the scholarship applicant’s audition. Scholarship recipients must be sure to submit the FAFSA by April 15. Recipients who submit the FAFSA after the April 15 priority deadline may jeopardize their scholarships.

Campus Ministry Service Grant

Campus Ministry Service Grants are offered to full-time students who are interested in participating in the work of Campus Ministry. Recipients must be willing to be Christian leaders in the USF community, live out the Franciscan values that are the foundation of our campus, grow in their personal faith and encourage other students in the practice of their faith through campus ministry programs and liturgical ministries.

Peer Ministers serve in a variety of ministries including leading weekend retreats, small faith sharing groups or scripture studies, being chaplains in the residence halls, helping with liturgical ministries, planning events and leading service projects. The average grant is $1,000 for an academic year, divided between fall and spring semester. Campus Ministry Service Grants are awarded in the late spring and early summer because recipients will have reading to do during the summer and will come to campus in mid-August for formation.

While all students are welcome in Campus Ministry, only those demonstrating need may qualify for this grant.

Parkview Scholarships

The university awards scholarships to new full-time ASN, BSN, PTA, Radiologic Technology, or Surgical Technology students taking 12 credit hours or more or to RN-MSN and MSN students taking 9 credits or more. Priority will be given to BSN students who are employed in any of the agencies of the Parkview Health. The scholarships are competitive and limited in number. Students will be selected for the scholarship based on scholastic ability and financial need. Awards will vary depending on applicant need. Students must complete a Parkview Scholarship Application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Awards will be renewable, provided students stay enrolled in an approved major and maintain an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or a graduate GPA of 3.4 or higher. All students must fulfill all progression policies of the department and meet SAP standards as outlined by the Office of Financial Aid catalog. Priority deadline for application materials is April 15.

Steel Dynamics Foundation Scholarship

The Steel Dynamics Foundation scholarship is a competitive scholarship for new students enrolling at USF in Science (including pre-professional), Technology, Business, Mathematics, Accounting or Finance. Each Scholarship is $5,000 and is renewable for a total of four years.

Students must be full-time, maintain enrollment in an approved program, have financial need, and keep a minimum GPA of 2.75. Steel Dynamics will invite recipients to various networking events to enhance each student’s experience while at USF.

Applications will be mailed each year by the admissions office to eligible incoming students. Application deadline is April 15 annually.

Lilly Room and Board Scholarship

The University will provide a scholarship in the amount of a traditional double room for any full-time Lilly Scholar who lives on campus.

Yellow Ribbon Matching Grant

Students who qualify for Post 9-11 VA Benefits and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program will receive a matching grant from USF. Students may renew this grant if they maintain a 2.0 GPA and remain in good academic standing to receive financial aid.

Endowed/Donor Funds

The university has funding available through nearly 60 different endowed/donor funds. The scholarship application for the endowed scholarships is open annually from January 1 through April 15.

There are a handful of endowed scholarship which require a separate application. Most stay open throughout the entirety of the academic year. They are as follows:

  • Antoinette Murray Scholarship
  • Agnes Hakes Seyfert Scholarship
  • David C. Menzie Scholarship
  • Sister Lucia Dos Santos O.C.D. Scholarship Application
  • Catholic Teacher Endowed Scholarship Application