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Selective Colleges with Generous Scholarships

High schoolers with top-flight academic credentials will have little trouble locating generous merit-based scholarships at less-selective colleges, who need to dangle large sums of money in order to land students that are otherwise “out of their league.” What can be more difficult is to score a sizable merit aid package from a selective institution that already attracts a horde of highly-qualified applicants each and every year. The schools that made our list of selective colleges with generous scholarships do indeed offer major-league merit packages to star applicants. Details about those scholarships as well as additional application materials required to be considered can be found on the chart below. Of course, scholarship criteria/requirements are subject to change. Please click the links to access each institution’s most up-to-date scholarship information.

InstitutionScholarshipDeadlineAdditional Requirements (Beyond Application)
American UniversityFrederick Douglas Distinguished Scholarshttp://www.american.edu/learning-communities/douglassscholars/index.cfmDecember 15Scholarship Application,Interview
Boston CollegeGabelli Presidential Scholars Programhttp://www.bc.edu/centers/psp/November 1Interview
Boston UniversityTrustee Scholarshiphttp://www.bu.edu/admissions/apply/tuition-aid-scholarships/scholarships/trustee/December 12 Essays
Clemson UniversityNational Scholarshttp://www.clemson.edu/academics/programs/national-scholars/December 1Honors College Admission Application, Interview Weekend
College of William and Mary1693 Scholarshttp://www.wm.edu/as/1693scholars/index.phpJanuary 1Essay, Video, Presentation/Interview
Davidson CollegeJohn Montgomery Belk Scholarshiphttps://www.davidson.edu/admission-and-financial-aid/john-belk-scholarshipDecember 1School Nomination, Phone Interview, Interview
Duke UniversityRobertson Scholarshttps://robertsonscholars.org/about-us/mission/November 15Scholarship Application, 3 Essays, 2 Recommendations, Interview
Emory UniversityEmory University Scholar Programshttp://apply.emory.edu/apply/scholar.phpNovember 15Interview Weekend
Fordham UniversityPresidential Scholarshiphttps://www.fordham.edu/info/20531/apply/3752/scholarshipsJanuary 9None
George WashingtonPresidential Academic Scholarshiphttps://undergraduate.admissions.gwu.edu/scholarshipsJanuary 1None
Georgia Institute of TechnologyStamps President's Scholarshiphttps://stampsps.gatech.edu/October 151-Page Resume, Interview, Scholars Weekend
Indiana UniversityWells Scholarshttps://wellsscholars.indiana.edu/nomination-process/index.htmlNovember 1Nomination by letter of Recommendation
Miami UniversityUniversity Merit Scholarshiphttp://miamioh.edu/admission/merit-grid/February 1None
Michigan State UniversityAlumni Distinguished Scholarshiphttps://admissions.msu.edu/cost-aid/merit-based-aid/freshman/high-achieving.aspxNovember 1Participation in MSU Alumni Distinguished Scholarship Competition
North Carolina State UniversityPark Scholarship https://park.ncsu.edu/about/October 15Scholarship Application with 2 Essays, 2 Recommendations, Interview, Campus Visit & Group Activity
Northeastern UniversityUniversity Scholarshttps://www.northeastern.edu/universityscholars/January 1None
Ohio State UniversityEminence Fellowshttps://honors-scholars.osu.edu/honors/eminence/applyFebruary 1Scholarship Application including Essay & Video Introduction, Interview, Selection Events
Rollins CollegeAlfond Scholars Programhttp://www.rollins.edu/financial-aid/as-cps-financial-aid/scholarships/alfond-scholars-program.htmlNovember 1Interview & Competition Weekend
Soka UniversityGlobal Merit Scholarshiphttps://www.soka.edu/financial-aid-tuition/aid-undergraduate-students/undergraduate-types-aidNovember 1None
Southern Methodist UniversityPresident's Scholars Programhttp://www.smu.edu/academics/PSNovember 1Interview Weekend
Stevens Institute of TechnologyAnn P. Nepauer Scholarshiphttps://www.stevens.edu/admissions/tuition-financial-aid/undergraduate-scholarships-aid/stevens-scholarshipsFebruary 1None
Syracuse UniversityCoronat Scholarshttp://coronat.syr.edu/January 1Scholarship Application,Essay,Interview
Texas Christian UniversityChancellor's Scholarshiphttps://financialaid.tcu.edu/types-of-aid/scholarships/freshman-academic-scholarships.phpNovember 1Interview Weekend
Tulane UniversityPaul Tulane Awardhttp://admission.tulane.edu/tuition-aid/merit-scholarshipsNovember 15Scholarship Application,2 Essays
Tulane UniversityDeans' Honor Scholarshiphttp://admission.tulane.edu/tuition-aid/merit-scholarshipsNovember 15Scholarship Application, Creative Project with Commentary
University of DelawareEugene Dupont Scholarshttp://sites.udel.edu/honors/eugene-dupont-scholars/January 15Essay
University of GeorgiaThe Foundation Fellowship, The Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarshiphttps://www.admissions.uga.edu/Prospective-Students/Tuition-Fees/Scholarships/Foundation-Fellowship-Part-INovember 2Scholarship Application, Interview
University of MarylandBanneker/Key Scholarshttp://www.bannekerkey.umd.edu/November 1Interview
University of MiamiRonald A. Hammond Scholarshiphttps://admissions.miami.edu/undergraduate/financial-aid/scholarships/ronald-a-hammond/index.htmlJanuary 1Essay, Campus Visit
University of MiamiIsaac Bashevis Singer Scholarshiphttps://admissions.miami.edu/undergraduate/financial-aid/scholarships/isaac-bashevis-singer/index.htmlNovember 1Essay, Campus Visit
University of North CarolinaRobertson Scholarshttps://robertsonscholars.org/about-us/mission/November 15Scholarship Application,3 Essays, 2 Recommendations, Interview
University of North CarolinaMorehead-Cain Scholarshiphttp://www.moreheadcain.org/October 15Scholarship Application, Essays, School Nomination, Recommendation, Interview
University of PittsburghChancellor's Scholarshiphttps://oafa.pitt.edu/financialaid/academic-scholarships/chancellors-scholarship/December 15Interview
University of RichmondRichmond Scholarshttps://scholars.richmond.edu/about/index.htmlDecember 1Interview
University of Southern CaliforniaNational Merit Finalist Presidentialhttps://ahf.usc.edu/meritscholars/merit-scholarships/December 1Name USC as first choice with NationalMerit Scholarship Corporation
University of Southern CaliforniaMork Family Scholarship, Trustee Scholarship, Presidential Scholarshiphttps://ahf.usc.edu/meritscholars/merit-scholarships/December 1Interview
University of Texas at AustinForty Acres Scholarshttp://scholarships.texasexes.org/scholarships/forty-acres-scholars/December 1Application, Interviews, Finalists Weekend
University of VirginiaJefferson Scholarshttp://www.jeffersonscholars.org/scholarshipNovember 1Nominations, Competition including interview, written exercise & math/logic exam
Vanderbilt UniversityChancellor's Scholarshiphttps://www.vanderbilt.edu/scholarships/chancellor.phpJanuary 8Scholarship Application
Vanderbilt UniversityCornelius Vanderbilt Scholarshiphttps://www.vanderbilt.edu/scholarships/signature.phpJanuary 8Scholarship Application
Vanderbilt UniversityIngram Scholarshiphttps://www.vanderbilt.edu/scholarships/ingram.phpJanuary 1Scholarship Application
Wake Forest UniversityNancy Susan Reynolds Scholarshiphttp://financialaid.wfu.edu/merit-based-scholarships/nancy-susan-reynolds-scholarships/December 1Scholarship Application, Interview
Washington and Lee UniversityThe Johnson Scholarshiphttps://www.wlu.edu/johnson-program/the-johnson-scholarshipDecember 1Writing Supplement, 3 Recommendations
Washington UniversityHonorary Scholars Programhttps://admissions.wustl.edu/cost-aid/scholarships/January 15Scholarship Application, 4 Short Essays, 1 Long Essay, 1 Recommendation, Interview
Washington UniversityLangsdorf Fellowships in Engineeringhttps://admissions.wustl.edu/cost-aid/scholarships/academic-scholarships/engineering-scholarships/January 15Select McKelvey School of Engineering Major on Application, Interview
Washington UniversityOlin Business School Distinguished Scholars Programhttps://admissions.wustl.edu/cost-aid/scholarships/academic-scholarships/business-scholarships/January 15Select Olin Business School Major on Application, Interview
Washington UniversityDanforth Scholars Programhttps://admissions.wustl.edu/FinancialJanuary 15Scholarship Application, Recommendation, Interview
Washington UniversityAnnika Rodriguez Scholars Programhttps://admissions.wustl.edu/FinancialJanuary 15Scholarship Application, Recommendation, Interview
Washington UniversityJohn B. Ervin Scholars Programhttps://admissions.wustl.edu/FinancialJanuary 15Scholarship Application, Recommendation, Interview
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