Scholarships are awarded to qualified students by Susquehanna and others and do not have to be repaid.
Many scholarships are awarded independent of financial need, although those through our gift endowment program are based on financial need.
You'll be automatically considered for scholarships through Susquehanna and cannot apply directly for them.
The following scholarships, which are offered without regard to family income, are awarded on a competitive basis to new students. The scholarships may be renewed each year. No special application is required other than auditions in music and the required creative writing portfolio.
Awards of up to $38,000 per academic year based upon an assessment of each admitted student's academic achievement and potential for future growth.
An academic merit scholarship of up to $31,000 per year is available to transfer students with outstanding academic achievement in their previous college work.
Community college transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa will receive a $5,000 scholarship in addition to their merit award.
International Student Scholarships
Partial-tuition scholarships awarded based on academic ability and commitment to building a global Susquehanna community.
$1,000 annual scholarships offered to admitted students who are children, stepchildren or grandchildren of Susquehanna alumni in addition to any other merit scholarship.
Susquehanna University Service Leader Scholarships
A prestigious service learning opportunity with a $5,000 per year scholarship.
Janet Weis Writer's Institute Scholarship
Up to ten $5,000 renewable scholarships awarded annually to outstanding creative writing majors.
The Lawrence M. and Louise Kresge Isaacs Scholarship for Music
A $4,000 to $12,000 annual award to an exceptional music major (by audition).
Performance scholarships from $1,000 to $5,000 are awarded to outstanding music students (by audition).
Lutheran Summer Music Alumni Scholarship
Scholarships of $1,000 are awarded to Lutheran Summer Music alumni who are admitted and complete a music audition.
Grants of $2,500 per year are awarded to dependent children of ordained Lutheran clergy.
All university scholarships can be renewed for eight regular academic terms. Scholarships are reviewed annually by the Scholarship Selection Committee.
In addition to meeting the grade point average (GPA) requirements for scholarship renewal, you must:
- Enroll full-time at Susquehanna
- Be a conscientious and responsible member of the Susquehanna community
For information regarding VA education benefits, please visit the Registrar's Office page.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Susquehanna University is proud to be a part of the Yellow Ribbon GI Educational Enhancement Program, a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. For those who are eligible, tuition and fees will be covered by a combination of VA and Susquehanna University funds.
Students are eligible if they served an aggregate period of active duty of at least 36 months after Sept. 10, 2001; were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and served 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001; or are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on veteran's service under the eligibility criteria listed above.
The Post 9/11 and Yellow Ribbon funding could result in an adjustment to the initial financial aid award package, depending on the amount of funding received, up to the entire amount of tuition and fees. If a student exhausts Post 9/11 and Yellow Ribbon funding while enrolled, we will reinstate the original scholarship. Need-based grant funding is reviewed annually after receipt of the FAFSA and can vary depending on income changes and/or household changes.
Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
Cadets of the Bison Battalion Army ROTC may receive scholarships through the military science program. Students receiving a full-tuition scholarship through the program are provided with free room (double only) and board.
Scholarships received from outside the university must be reported to the Office of Financial Aid.
They will be incorporated into financial aid packages and will be used first to offset equal amounts of loans and/or work-study awards.
Find an Outside Scholarship
- FASTWEB provides free help locating scholarships.
- The Central Scholarship Bureau provides scholarships to students from Maryland who have a GPA above a 2.0 and a family income below $90,000 a year.
- MoneyGeek offers a comprehensive scholarship search tool, as well as searches specifically for black students, Hispanic students and Asian-American students.
Outside Scholarship Opportunities
Children of employees at nearly 600 participating U.S. colleges and universities may be eligible to receive a waiver of the first $46,690 of 2018-19 tuition at Susquehanna.
If either of your parents is a full-time faculty or staff member at a four-year college or university, contact that school's personnel office for further information about eligibility.
There are up to five Tuition Exchange awards available to first-year students. Selection is based on academic credentials.
International students are eligible to receive partial merit scholarship awards and are automatically considered when the application for admission is completed. It is very helpful and advantageous for applicants to submit their official SAT or ACT scores to maximize their scholarship award potential.
Our average merit scholarship award for international students is (U.S.) $20,000 based on an overall grade point average of a B (3.0/4.0 scale) and a critical reading and math combined SAT score of 1100. Applicants with higher grades and test scores can receive up to (U.S.) $32,000. Those with scores below the average will receive lower awards.
Please note that if your overall grades are below a B and your SAT CR & M are below 1000, you will not receive a merit scholarship award.
Sponsored students are also not eligible to receive a merit scholarship award.
It is also worth noting that Susquehanna University does not offer any need-based financial aid for international students.
In order to qualify for a student visa, the U.S. government's Department of Homeland Security requires that students show that they can support themselves financially by proving the first year's expenses. This is accomplished by completing a Certification of Finances form with an official bank statement. If you are offered a merit scholarship, this amount can be lower. Please note that full scholarships are not available.
Students requiring need-based financial aid can research their options on the NAFSA webpage.
of students receive aid53%
of students work on campus$93
million in aid awarded in 2019-20