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Merit Scholarships for Transfer Students

entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
edited January 2014 in Transfer Students
Most potential transfers realize quickly that merit aid is extremely limited for transfers compared to freshman applicants. Both the number of scholarships offered and the amount they are worth are significantly less. However, there are some available, so this thread is an attempt to provide a list of schools that offer merit aid to transfer students.

First I would like to provide a couple of comprehensive websites:

Phi Theta Kappa, the honorary society for CC students offers merit scholarships at many 4-yr colleges, their website provides a FULL LIST on their website, so it is NOT NECESSARY to list individual schools that only provide PTK scholarships:

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

The following website may be of some help as for each school, it lists merit scholarships for various categories, including transfers. However, I haven't used it very much, so I'm not sure how helpful it is; the one school I checked had several "?", indicating that the website wasn't sure whether or not various scholarships were available to transfers.

MeritAid.com: Search Merit Scholarships, Academic Scholarships, Merit Awards - Merit Aid - Search

Before listing colleges with school-wide scholarships for transfers, I would like to say that many colleges offer departmental scholarships for continuing upper classmen who excell. This will take a lot of digging in college websites, and will be dependent on your performance after you transfer, but it is a potential financial resource at some schools.

The following are individual colleges that offer merit aid to transfers. When adding more schools, please try to post a link to the website and any pertinent information about the scholarships (eg. gpa limits, dollar amounts, only for in-state CC students, etc.). Hope this helps!


USC Financial Aid

Amount Varies
Number of awards Varies
Application deadline February 2, 2010
Notification date By June 15, 2010

Selection Criteria
For entering transfer students only. Selection is based on grade-point average in transferable courses and rigor of courses. Last year’s recipients had an average GPA above 3.7 and had completed more than 30 transferable units at the time their applications were submitted.


Transfer Academic Scholarships | Enrollment Management | University of Miami

Dean's Scholarship
$16,000 annually
3.75 cumulative GPA
Phi Theta Kappa
$16,000 annually
(available in limited number to PTK members)
3.75 cumulative GPA
Current PTK member
Collegiate Scholarship
$8,000 annually
3.75 cumulative GPA

Students who meet the minimum GPA criteria are not guaranteed a scholarship. Students are evaluated on their overall academic performance and are given priority consideration if all academic credentials are received by the March 1 priority application deadline. Transfer student grade point averages are calculated by the University of Miami Office of Admission.


University of Rochester : Money : Merit Awards

• Hillside-Rochester Scholarship
• Phi Theta Kappa
• Dean's Scholarship
• Meliora Alumni Scholarship
• Rush Rhees Scholarship
• Rochester Promise Scholarship
• Rochester Pledge Scholarship
• Genesee Scholarship
• Navy ROTC Scholarship


AU Transfer Merit Scholarships, Financial Aid, American University

• Fall Applicants: March 1
• Spring Applicants: November 1
Baseline Requirements:
Transfer applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher will be considered for a merit based scholarship and students with 45 credits or more will have priority consideration. Merit scholarships are awarded to the strongest applicants in the pool. Transfer scholarship amounts range from $6,000 to $15,000 per year and are renewable for 2 years only.
• AU Presidential Scholarship
• AU Deans' Scholarship
• AU Leadership Scholarship
• United Methodist Scholarship
Eligibility: Children of an active, ordained Methodist minister. Applicants must submit a letter identifying themselves as the children of a Methodist minister. Contact Christine Gettings, Kay Spiritual Life Center Operations Administrator at gettings@american.edu or at 202-885-3321.
• Athletic Scholarships
Eligibility: Outstanding transfer athletes. Contact Athletics at 202-885-3000.
• Tuition Exchange Scholarships
Eligibility: Students whose parents are employed by one of over 160 colleges participating in the Tuition Exchange Program. For information call 202-885-6000 and ask to speak with the Tuition Exchange liaison. Transfer students must submit their Tuition Exchange application by March 1.
• Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Eligibility: Transfer applicants who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. Students must identify themselves as PTK members on the admissions application and provide a PTK advisor letter of recommendation. PTK membership alone does not guarantee a scholarship. Academic credentials must be competitive within the applicant pool.


Georgia Institute of Technology :: Financial Aid :: Scholarships

A transfer student's eligibility will be determined on an individual basis depending upon hours transferred.


University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid: OFA Scholarship Listing

A limited number of University scholarships are offered specifically to students transferring to the University of Michigan from community colleges in Michigan.

UPuget Sound:


Leonard Howarth Scholarships
$4,000 per year
Awarded to incoming freshmen and transfer students interested in majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, pre-engineering, or physics.

Walter Price Leadership/Community Service Scholarships
$3,000 per year
Awarded to incoming freshmen and transfer students on the basis of leadership abilities and community service involvement.

Seattle U:


A new full-time transfer who has at least 36 transferable credit hours after high school graduation will be considered for one of the following transfer awards.

Transfer Scholarships Amount Qualifications
Messina Scholarship $12,000 per academic year 3.75 – 4.0 cumulative transfer GPA.
Xavier Scholarship $10,000 per academic year 3.5 – 3.74 cumulative transfer GPA
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Replies to: Merit Scholarships for Transfer Students

  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    Seattle Pacific U:

    Office of Undergraduate Admissions

    Merit Based Scholarships

    Award Amount Eligibility
    Transfer Honors Scholar Award $8,000 Demonstrated academic excellence
    Transfer Merit Scholar Award $6,000 Demonstrated academic excellence
    Transfer Achievement Scholar Award $5,000 Demonstrated academic excellence
    Direct Transfer Degree Scholarship $3,000 Demonstrated academic excellence
    Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship $2,000 Member PTK, one new recipient selected each year

    Other Scholarships

    Alumni Scholarships $1,500 Son or daughter of SPU graduate
    Ames Leadership Scholarship $5,000 Download Application (PDF)
    For ethnically diverse students with leadership potential.
    Church Matching Scholarships Up to $500 SPU matches up to $500 of a scholarship awarded from an organized Christian church
    Electrical Engineering Scholarship Up to $10,000 SPU is awarding nine National Science Foundation funded scholarships for up to $10,000 per year for up to three years to transfer students like you who have a financial need and are committed to engineering. Application
    Fine Arts Scholarships Up to $3,000 Audition process: Click here for an
    Online application
    Ministerial/Missionary Scholarships $1,500 Son or daughter of full-time pastors or missionaries
    NCAA Athletic Scholarships Varies Demonstrated athletic ability in an athletic program offered at SPU
    Robert Noyce Scholarship Program Up to $10,000 Full-time students majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) and planning to pursue a teaching certification for science or math through SPU’s School of Education. Application
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 25,347 Senior Member
    The Transfer office at Montgomery College in Maryland maintains a list of scholarships for transfer students. Some are specific to that community college, and some are specific to the state of Maryland, but most are open to candidates from any two-year college. In addition, there are good links to scholarship information at many colleges and universities in the DC/MD/VA region.

    Transfer Scholarships
  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    I'm bringing up this post, both to search for additional input from members about merit aid for transfers and because I have added a section in the OP on departmental scholarships.
  • eastafrobeautyeastafrobeauty Registered User Posts: 2,430 Senior Member
    I know that Howard University (HBCU in D.C.) offers pretty much a full ride to select transfer students:

    Grants, Scholarships & Fellowships - Howard University
    The Howard University Transfer Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance to prospective transfer applicants who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement while attending an accredited community college or other post-secondary institution and wish to complete their undergraduate studies at Howard University.

    To be eligible for consideration, prospective transfer applicants must have at least 30 transferable credit hours and at least a 3.25 grade point average from their transferring institution.

    The Transfer scholarship covers full tuition and mandatory fees. The scholarship is renewable for maximum of three years of undergraduate study.
  • njbirm5njbirm5 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    THANK YOU, supermoderator, for continuing to update this post. Deciding on school in the first place is SO difficult, and it doesn't always work out. My daughter is foregoing a couple of scholarship offers with her final decision. It makes it even harder to think she may not receive any if she decides to transfer later on.
  • run2flyfreerun2flyfree Registered User Posts: 365 Member
    Bumping hopefully for more scholarships.
  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    Adding Mills College (women only):

    Mills College :: Undergraduate Admission :: Scholarships
    Transfer Students:
    Trustee Scholarships Full Tuition
    Alpha Gamma Sigma Scholarships Up to $5,000
    Dean's Scholarships Up to $14,000
    Osher Scholarships (for students 23 and older) Up to $10,000
    Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships Up to $5,000
  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    Adding Boston University:

    Scholarships for Transfer Students Undergraduate Admissions | Boston University

    Boston University awards two-year, half-tuition scholarships to selected transfer students who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and are nominated by their chapter advisor. Students competitive for this award are outstanding leaders who have demonstrated academic excellence. Recipients must enroll as juniors at Boston University with a minimum of 60 transferable credits.

    Nominations must be submitted by March 15.

    Boston area CCs:
    Boston University awards full-tuition scholarships to selected transfer students from Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC)/Massachusetts Bay Community College (MBCC)/Roxbury Community College (RCC) who have been nominated by the college. Students competing for this award must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and be Boston public high school graduates. Recipients must enroll as juniors at Boston University with a minimum of 60 transferable credits.

    Nominations must be submitted to Boston University no later than April 1.

    Dean's scholarship also available, see link for details.
  • succulentgirlsucculentgirl Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    Occidental College has good merit scholarships many if not all of which are available for transfer students. Here's the link! Occidental College :: Merit Scholarships
  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    UArizona: For IS & OOS CC transfers; PTK and Transfer Academic Achievement Award:

    Scholarships | Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • jkiwmomjkiwmom Registered User Posts: 1,368 Senior Member
    Denison University offers transfer scholarships ranging from 10,000 --20,000. There is a GPA requirement.

    Transfer Students - Denison University
  • jkiwmomjkiwmom Registered User Posts: 1,368 Senior Member
    Alfred University offers several scholarships to transfers

    Alfred University : Admissions : Transfer
  • noimaginationnoimagination Registered User Posts: 7,054 Senior Member
  • HotCocoaHotCocoa Registered User Posts: 51 Junior Member
    Bumping this up to add Sweet Briar, offering up to $15,000 (about half tuition) and considering both freshman and transfers equally.
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