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Scholarship Information

While 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. There are opportunities for Merit Awards, Athletic Scholarships and Music Scholarships. Information regarding need-based financial aid, including scholarship opportunities, can be found on the Financial Aid Web site.

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Merit Awards | Athletic Scholarships | Music Scholarships

Merit Awards

  • Awards are automatically determined by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Your admission application is the application for the scholarships.
  • Scholarships are awarded based upon superior academic performance including grades, course selection, and test scores. Financial need is not considered in the awarding of merit scholarships.
  • Only first-year applicants are eligible for merit scholarship consideration.
  • Scholarship awards will range from $10,000–$25,000 and are renewable for four years by meeting minimum grade point average requirements.

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Athletic Scholarships

  • All of our NCAA Division I sports have scholarship opportunities, except football and men's crew.
  • Scholarship amounts vary by year and by sport.
  • Contact the Recruiting Coach directly if you are interested in finding out how to qualify.
  • You can find contact information on USD Athletics’ Web site.

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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.
  • 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).
  • Applications will become available in September and are due on October 31, 2014.
  • Contact: Juan Carlos Rivas, Assistant Director of the Changemaker Hub.

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Music Scholarships

Detailed information about these scholarships can be found on the Music Program's Scholarship Web page.

Choral Scholars

  • Award amount: $8,500
  • Number of scholarships per year: Approximately 4
  • Application deadline: January 31, 2013
  • Contact: Edwin Basilio, Ph.D.

Music Endowment Scholarship

  • Award amount: $4,000-6,000
  • Number of scholarships awarded per year: 4
  • Application deadline: March 1, 2013

Anne Catherine Swanke Memorial Scholarship

  • Award amount: $2,000
  • Number of scholarships awarded per year: 1–2


  • Award amount: $3,500
  • Number of scholarships per year: 1
  • Application deadline: March 1, 2013

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