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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.

InstitutionScholarshipAdditional Requirements (Beyond Application)
Washington UniversityHonorary Scholars ProgramJanuary 15Scholarship Application, 4 Short Essays, 1 Long Essay, 1 Recommendation, Interview
Washington UniversityLangsdorf Fellowships in EngineeringJanuary 15Scholarship Application, 1 Essay, 1 Recommendation, Campus Visit
Washington UniversityOlin Business School Distinguished Scholars ProgramJanuary 15Scholarship Application, 2 Essays, Interview
Washington UniversityDanforth Scholars ProgramJanuary 15Scholarship Application, Essays, High School Counselor Nomination, Interview
Washington UniversityAnnika Rodriguez Scholars ProgramJanuary 15Scholarship Application, 3 Essays, 1 Interview
Washington UniversityJohn B. Ervin Scholars ProgramJanuary 15Scholarship Application, 4 Essays, 1 Recommendation, Interview
Washington and Lee UniversityThe Johnson ScholarshipDecember 1Campus Visit/Competition, Interviews
Wake Forest UniversityNancy Susan Reynolds ScholarshipDecember 1Interview
Vanderbilt UniversityChancellor's ScholarshipJanuary 8Scholarship Application, 1 Essay, 1 Resume
Vanderbilt UniversityCornelius Vanderbilt ScholarshipJanuary 8Scholarship Application, 1 Essay, 1 Recommendation
Vanderbilt UniversityIngram ScholarshipJanuary 1Scholarship Application, 4 Essays, 2 Recommendations, Interview
University of VirginiaJefferson ScholarsNovember 1Jefferson Scholarship Competition including interview, written exercise and math/logic exam
University of Texas at AustinForty Acres ScholarsDecember 1Essay
University of Southern CaliforniaNational Merit Finalist PresidentialDecember 1Name USC as first choice with National Merit Scholarship Corporation
University of Southern CaliforniaMork Family Scholarship, Trustee Scholarship, Presidential ScholarshipDecember 1Interview
University of RichmondRichmond ScholarsDecember 1None
University of PittsburghChancellor's ScholarshipDecember 15Interview
University of North CarolinaRobertson ScholarsNovember 15Scholarship Application, 3 Essays, 2 Recommendations, Interview
University of North CarolinaMorehead-Cain ScholarshipOctober 15Scholarship Application, Essays, School Nomination (out-of state applicants), Recommendation, Interview
University of MiamiRonald A. Hammond ScholarshipJanuary 1Campus Visit
University of MiamiIsaac Bashevis Singer ScholarshipNovember 1Campus Visit
University of MarylandBanneker/Key ScholarsNovember 1Interview
University of GeorgiaThe Foundation Fellowship, The Bernard Ramsey Honors ScholarshipNovember 2Scholarship Application, Essays, 2 Recommendations, Interview
University of DelawareEugene Dupont ScholarsJanuary 15Essay
Tulane UniversityPaul Tulane AwardNovember 15Scholarship Application, 2 Essays
Tulane UniversityDeans' Honor ScholarshipNovember 15Scholarship Application, Creative Project
Texas Christian UniversityChancellor's ScholarshipNovember 1Interview Weekend
Syracuse UniversityCoronat ScholarsJanuary 1Scholarship Application, Essay, Interview
Stevens Institute of TechnologyAnn P. Nepauer ScholarshipFebruary 1None
Southern Methodist UniversityPresident's Scholars ProgramNovember 1Interview
Soka UniversityGlobal Merit ScholarshipNovember 1None
Rollins CollegeAlfond Scholars ProgramNovember 1On-campus competition
Ohio State UniversityEminence FellowsFebruary 1Essay, Interview
Northeastern UniversityUniversity ScholarsJanuary 1None
North Carolina State UniversityPark Scholarship October 152 Essays, 2 Recommendations, Interview, Campus Visit and Group Activity
Michigan State UniversityAlumni Distinguished ScholarshipNovember 1None
Miami UniversityUniversity Merit ScholarshipFebruary 1None
Indiana UniversityWells ScholarsNovember 1Nomination, Interview
Georgia Institute of TechnologyStamps President's ScholarshipOctober 151-Page Resume, Interview
George WashingtonPresidential Academic ScholarshipJanuary 1None
Fordham UniversityPresidential ScholarshipJanuary 9None
Emory UniversityEmory University Scholar ProgramsNovember 15None
Duke UniversityRobertson ScholarsNovember 15Scholarship Application, 3 Essays, 2 Recommendations, Interview
Davidson CollegeJohn Montgomery Belk ScholarshipDecember 1School Nomination, Phone Interview, Interview
College of William and Mary1693 ScholarsJanuary 1Essay, Video, Presentation/Interview
Clemson UniversityNational ScholarsDecember 1Interview Weekend
Boston UniversityTrustee ScholarshipDecember 12 Essays
Boston CollegeGabelli Presidential Scholars ProgramNovember 1Interview
American UniversityFrederick Douglas Distinguished ScholarsDecember 15Scholarship Application, Interview