Merit Scholarships for Students on Main Campus

Students will automatically be considered for merit (academic/artistic) awards when they apply for full-time undergraduate admission.

The following merit scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in programs at our main campus, at the discretion of the University of New Haven and, unless otherwise noted, require no special application. Students who qualify for these scholarships will be notified by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the time of their acceptance to the University. Please note that by receiving these scholarships it does not exclude students from applying for the traditional need-based financial aid programs.

These awards are renewable for a maximum of eight semesters and are applied only to tuition. The amounts indicated for the merit awards are based on awards offered per academic year.

Available to First-Time Students

  • Presidential Scholarship • $20,000 - $24,000

    A student who has achieved academic success in high school and on the SAT or ACT is considered for this scholarship. The Presidential Scholarship varies depending on the combination of the applicant's SAT/ACT score and cumulative GPA. Awards range from $20,000 - $24,000 per academic year.

    The Presidential Scholarship is guaranteed for your first year and renewable each year provided you remain a full-time undergraduate student while maintaining satisfactory progress towards a bachelor's degree and a B (3.0) cumulative grade point average. It is renewable for up to a maximum of eight semesters and applied only to tuition.
  • Distinguished Scholar Awards • $15,000 - $18,000

    Students who have achieved academic success in high school but have not achieved the SAT or ACT requirements for the First-Year Presidential Scholarship are eligible for this award. The Distinguished Scholar Award varies depending on the student's SAT or ACT score and GPA. The award ranges from $15,000 - $18,000.

    The Distinguished Scholar Award is guaranteed for your first year and renewable each year provided you remain a full-time undergraduate student while maintaining a required minimum GPA and satisfactory progress towards a bachelor's degree. It is renewable for up to a maximum of eight semesters and applied only to tuition.
  • Dean's Scholarships • $2,000

    Dean's Scholarships are chosen by the dean of each of the four undergraduate colleges at the University of New Haven: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the Tagliatela College of Engineering, and the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences.

    To be considered, applicants must have a complete application on file with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the Early Action deadline of December 1. The selection criteria will be made by each college based on the applicant pool. Recipients will be notified directly by the college of study in the first two weeks of February. The Dean's Scholarship is awarded in addition to any of the other merit-based scholarships.

    This award is guaranteed for your first year and renewable each year provided you remain a full-time undergraduate student while maintaining satisfactory progress towards a bachelor's degree. It is renewable for up to a maximum of eight semesters and applied only to tuition.

  • Charger Award • $10,000 - $14,000

    This award is presented to students who exhibit strong and consistent academic performance, but do not qualify for one of the other academic awards (Presidential and Distinguished Scholarships). This scholarship is awarded by the Scholarship Committee of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

    The Charger Award is guaranteed for your first year and renewable each year provided you remain a full-time undergraduate student while maintaining a required minimum GPA and satisfactory progress towards a bachelor's degree. It is renewable for up to a maximum of eight semesters and applied only to tuition.

Available to Transfer Students

  • Presidential Scholarship • $10,000 - $20,000

    The Transfer Presidential Scholarship is intended for students who are transferring from another college or university and have completed 12 credit hours at their transferring institution and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The scholarship awards vary depending on the student's GPA but range from $10,000 - $20,000.

    If a transferring student demonstrates academic success but has less than 12 credit hours completed, the student will be evaluated for a scholarship based on the First-Year academic scholarships.

    The Transfer Presidential Scholarship is renewable each year provided you remain a full-time undergraduate student while maintaining satisfactory progress towards a bachelor's degree and a B (3.0) cumulative grade point average.

  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships • $2,000

    A student who has been inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society may be considered for an additional $2,000 scholarship. This award is in addition to being considered for the Transfer Presidential Scholarship.

    The PTK Scholarship is renewable each year provided you remain a full-time undergraduate student while maintaining satisfactory progress towards a bachelor's degree and a B (3.0) cumulative grade point average.

Available to All Students

  • Honors Scholarship • $1,000

    Application for this program is by invitation and requires supplemental documentation. Students who are accepted will be notified and the scholarship amount will be additional to any merit-based scholarship awarded. The Honors Scholarship is renewable if you maintain the requirements of the University’s Honors Program.

  • Additional Scholarships

    In addition to the aforementioned scholarships, our Financial Aid Office houses information about additional scholarships for University of New Haven students. The Financial Aid Office will automatically consider students for these scholarships after the student has completed the financial aid process. Students are also encouraged to look for scholarships in their local community or through their parent's employer.

Application Process

  • To be considered for one of our academic scholarships, all you need to do is apply for full-time undergraduate admission. If accepted, you will automatically be considered for an academic scholarship.
  • Students who apply under Early Decision or Early Action and are accepted are given priority consideration for all merit-based scholarships.
  • Award decisions will be based upon your academic credentials at the time of your admissions decision.
  • Students must have a completed application for admission on file by May 1 for the fall semester or January 1 for the spring semester in order to be considered for an academic scholarship.
  • Awards are based upon the availability of funds.