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Scholarships

Although the primary responsibility for paying for a college education lies with the student and their family, the University of San Diego provides many ways to help finance your education. You'll have opportunities for Merit Awards, Athletic Scholarships, Music Scholarships and more.

Merit Awards | Athletic Scholarships | Music Scholarships

Merit Awards

  • Award amount: $12,500-$25,000
  • Awards are renewable for four years as long as a student maintains minimum grade point average requirements.
  • Awards are determined by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, based upon superior academic performance with regard to grades, course selection and test scores.
  • First-year applicants will automatically be considered for a merit scholarship upon applying for admission to USD. (International applicants must submit official ACT or SAT scores in order to be considered.)
  • Only first-year applicants are eligible for merit scholarship consideration.
  • Financial need is not considered in the awarding of merit scholarships.

Athletic Scholarships

  • Award amount: varies by year and by sport.
  • All of our NCAA Division I sports offer scholarship opportunities, except football and men's crew.
  • Contact the Recruiting Coach directly if you are interested in finding out how to qualify. Contact information is available on the Torero Athletics’ website.

Changemaker Scholarship

  • Award amount: up to $5,000
  • This scholarship recognizes students who demonstrate the spirit of a Changemaker through their capacity to take action and create positive social change in the world around them.
  • Applications will become available in September and are due on October 31, 2015.
  • Financial need is taken into account when awarding Changemaker scholarships. In order to qualify, you must also submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Contact: Juan Carlos Rivas, Assistant Director of the Changemaker Hub.

Music Scholarships

Detailed information about these scholarships can be found on the Music Program's scholarship webpage.

Choral Scholars

  • Award amount: $1,500 to $10,000
  • Number of scholarships per year: Approximately 4
  • Application deadline: February 1, 2016
  • Contact: Dr. Emilie Amrein

USD Music Scholarships

  • Award amount: $500 to $15,000
  • Number of scholarships awarded per year: 1 to 6
  • Application deadline: February 1, 2016
  • Contact: Ronald Shaheen, PhD

Music Endowment Scholarship

  • Award amount: $2,000 to $15,000
  • Number of scholarships awarded per year: 2 to 4
  • Application deadline: February 1, 2016
  • Contact: Ronald Shaheen, PhD

Anne Catherine Swanke Memorial Scholarship

  • Award amount: $500 to $5,000
  • Number of scholarships awarded per year: 1 to 3
  • Application deadline: February 1, 2016
  • Contact: Ronald Shaheen, PhD

The Adams/Hughes Music Scholarships

  • Award amount: $500 to $5,000
  • Number of scholarships per year: 1 to 4
  • Application deadline: February 1, 2016
  • Contact: Ronald Shaheen, PhD

Sister Rossi/James H. Kolar Scholarship

  • Award amount: $500 to $2,000 
  • Number of scholarships per year: 1 to 2
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2016
  • Contact: Ronald Shaheen, PhD

Visit the Office of Financial Aid website for additional information on scholarships opportunities, as well as need-based financial aid.

Contact Information

Undergraduate Admissions
Manchester Hall
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (800) 248-4873 or (619) 260-4506
Fax: (619) 260-6836
admissions@sandiego.edu

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.