Merit Scholarships

Saint Joseph's University's Professional and Liberal Studies Program offers merit scholarships to qualified students. The Merit Scholarship is based on a student’s incoming grade point average at the time of acceptance, for students who have demonstrated scholastic achievement at an accredited non-profit college or university with at least a 3.0 gpa on a 4.0 scale, and are transferring in at least 60 transferrable college credits. To be considered for a merit scholarship, a student must be fully admitted to the Professional and Liberal Studies program as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student, taking at least six credits per semester. If a student drops below six credits in any given semester, a scholarship will not be awarded.

The student must 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. Only students taking classes at SJU’s campus are eligible for a merit scholarship. Students enrolled in an SJU cohort off-campus programs do not qualify. Students enrolled in SJU's online bachelor's degree completion program are not eligible for these awards.

Merit Awarded per academic year; distributed for fall and spring semesters only.

Enrollment Status Transfer GPA 3.7-4.0 Transfer GPA 3.5-3.69 Transfer GPA 3.0-3.49
Full-time (12 or more credits) $4,000 $3,000 $2,000
¾ time (9 credits) $3,550 $2,065 $1,675
½ time (6 credits) $2,200 $1,450 $950

Students enrolled in less than six credits are not eligible for merit-based scholarships. Scholarships will be adjusted to reflect the amount of credits enrolled per semester. Merit scholarship is renewable for students who maintain a 3.0 gpa or higher each 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.

Please note, Merit Scholarship and Charlotte Newcombe Foundation scholarships are not awarded concurrently. For more information about the Charlotte Newcombe Foundation scholarship for adult students, please click the link "scholarships" to the left.