The following non-need awards are awarded on a competitive basis to new students. The awards are renewable annually.
Susquehanna's Founders scholarships are full-tuition awards and are offered to the most exceptional candidates who demonstrate a passion for learning and superior academic achievement. Consideration is given to students who apply and submit all required documents for an admission decision by Jan. 1. Minimum qualifications for a scholarship are a 3.5 cumulative high school grade point average calculated on college prep courses and a composite ACT score of 30 or a combined 1350 on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT, or equivalent measures as determined by Susquehanna’s scholarship committee. Strong consideration is given to candidates who demonstrate leadership ability and extensive community service participation. An interview with a member of the university community is required.
Susquehanna's university assistantships include professional work experience with a member of the faculty or an administrator. Minimum qualifications are the same as those listed for the Founders scholarships, except that an interview, while not required is highly recommended.
Valedictorian and salutatorian scholarships are awarded to students who rank first or second in their high school class in a highly demanding academic program.
Other Scholarship Awards
Academic Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic credentials as measured by high school performance and either standardized test scores or an evaluation of "excellent" on Write Option submissions. Grade point averages are recalculated on a 4.0 scale and include grades from English, math, science, social studies and foreign language courses. Weight is given for advanced placement, honors and international baccalaureate courses. Susquehanna also considers significant nonacademic achievement, including demonstrated leadership and service to a student's school or community.
Janet Weis Writer's Institute Scholarship
The Janet Weis Writers Institute Scholarship provides as many as 10 scholarships annually to outstanding creative writing majors. Portfolios must be submitted by Feb. 15, and will be evaluated by Susquehanna's creative writing faculty. The scholarships, up to $17,500 per year ($70,000 over four years), are partially funded through the generosity of the Degenstein Foundation.
The Lawrence M. and Louise Kresge Isaacs Endowment for Music
The Lawrence M. and Louise Kresge Isaacs Endowment for Music provides a $12,000 award ($48,000 over four years) to an outstanding music major and academician on the basis of an audition with the music faculty.
Music scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 ($4,000 to $20,000 over four years) and are awarded to music majors on the basis of an audition with the music faculty.
Alumni scholarships are limited in number, available in the amount of $2,500 ($10,000 over four years) and awarded to academically talented legacy students who are children, step-children or grandchildren of Susquehanna alumni. Recipients are selected by the Alumni Association Executive Board in mid-February. Legacy students must complete their admission application by Feb. 1 for consideration.
Ministerial grants are available in the amount of $2,500 ($10,000 over four years) and are awarded to dependent children of ordained Lutheran clergy regardless of financial need. Those who demonstrate financial need will also be considered for other types of financial aid.
Transfer scholarships provide up to $10,000 (up to $40,000 over four years) and are awarded to transfer students with outstanding academic achievement in their previous college work.
International Student Scholarships
International student scholarships are partial-tuition scholarships awarded to international students on the basis of academic ability and the potential for contributing to Susquehanna's community.