Merit Scholarships

Merit Awards for Transfer Students with a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Saint Joseph's University's College of Professional and Liberal Studies is proud to introduce our new scholarship guidelines for 2012-2013 academic year. Under these guidelines, students will no longer be required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). However, students who plan to apply for federal or state financial aid are encouraged to do so by May 1 of each academic year for which they are enrolled.

The College of Professional and Liberal Studies offers the Merit Scholarships. These scholarships are designed for continuing studies transfer students who have demonstrated scholastic achievement. To be considered for this award, the student must be admitted to PLS as a full or part-time undergraduate, typically must have a minimum of 60 transferable credits or an associate's degree, minimum 3.0 GPA, be seeking his or her first bachelor's degree, be attending Saint Joseph's University for the first time and meet the specific scholarship program criteria. Non-U.S. citizens are not eligible for these awards. Students enrolled in SJU's online bachelor's degree completion program are not eligible for these awards.

PLS Merit Scholarship

PLS Merit Scholarships are awarded based on a student's cumulative (in-coming) transfer grade point average (from all institutions attended combined) at the time of application and the number of credits the student enrolls. In order for the scholarship to be applied, students must register for the semester. Beyond the first semester enrolled, a student’s SJU GPA will be used to determine scholarship amount (based on scale provided). If a student chooses to reduce credits enrolled, then scholarship funds will be adjusted to reflect the appropriate range. Scholarships are awarded for the fall and spring semester.

PLS Scholarship Application

Please note that PLS reserves the right to modify the Merit and Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships at any time.

Full-Time Enrolled Students (12-15 credits per semester)
Transfer GPA 3.0-3.49 $2000 per academic year/$1000 per semester
Transfer GPA 3.5-3.69 $3000 per academic year/$1500 per semester
Transfer GPA 3.7-4.0 $4000 per academic year/$2000 per semester
Three-Quarter Time Enrolled (9 credits per semester)
Transfer GPA 3.0-3.49 $1675 per academic year/$837.50 per semester
Transfer GPA 3.5-3.69 $2065 per academic year/$1032.50 per semester
Transfer GPA 3.7-4.0 $3550 per academic year/$1775 per semester
Half-Time Enrolled (6 credits per semester)*Minimum to be considered
Transfer GPA 3.0-3.49 $950 per academic year/$475 per semester
Transfer GPA 3.5-3.69 $1450 per academic year/$725 per semester
Transfer GPA 3.7-4.0 $2200 per academic year/$1100 per semester

Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, however, priority will be given to students who have applied before the following priority deadlines.

  • For fall applicants, July 1st is the priority deadline for Merit Scholarship consideration.
  • For spring applicants, November 1st is the priority deadline for Merit Scholarship consideration.

Applications postmarked after the appropriate priority deadline will be given scholarship consideration based on availability of funds. Please note that if you plan to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you are strongly encouraged to do so before May 1st to determine if you are eligible for a state grant.

To be considered for these Merit Scholarships, the completed application for admission, including all required official transcripts, and the PLS Merit Scholarship Application are required.