Merit awards serve to recognize individual students for their academic talent, service, or leadership achievements. Award amounts are determined on an individual basis and celebrate the strength and achievements of each admitted student, in and out of the classroom. 100 percent of incoming freshmen receive institutional gift-aid assistance. Our investment in student gift-aid assistance totals more than $5 million for entering students. Priority consideration is given to students who submit their application for admission in accordance with stated deadlines. Institutional scholarships and grants may be used to pay Bellarmine tuition only, unless otherwise specified, and are awarded on a full-academic year (2 semesters), fall and spring semesters only. Please note, Bellarmine scholarships may have to be reduced if you receive awards from outside sources that are specified as tuition specific awards. Here is a look at Bellarmine's merit scholarships:
Bellarmine Scholars: The Bellarmine Scholars scholarship, awarded to entering freshmen, is Bellarmine’s most prestigious academic scholarship. It includes a full tuition award with a study-abroad stipend. The application deadline is December 1 and an essay with the topic "Describe an incident or situation in your life which piqued your intellectual curiosity" is required. Past recipients have scored 29 or higher on the ACT or 1290 or higher on the SAT and demonstrated a GPA of 3.4 or higher.
Monsignor Horrigan Scholarships: Bellarmine awards Monsignor Horrigan Scholarships to entering freshmen based on the admissions application. The deadline to apply is February 1. The minimum credentials are as follows: 3.0 GPA, 25 ACT or 1140 SAT. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and full-time enrollment status.
Monsignor Treece Awards: Bellarmine also offers Monsignor Treece Awards to entering freshmen based on the admissions application. The deadline to apply is February 1. The minimum credentials include a strong academic profile and extracurricular involvements. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and full-time enrollment status.
Multicultural Awards: Bellarmine offers awards to entering freshmen to celebrate and enhance diversity within the Bellarmine Community. Multicultural awards are based on your admissions application.
Kentucky Governor Scholarships: BU awards Governor Scholars Scholarships to entering freshmen who completed the GSP or GSA program. This scholarship is only available for full-time enrollment during the fall and spring semesters, and is renewable with a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
Out of State Grant: Out-of-state Grants are awarded to entering freshmen who are not residents of Kentucky to help supplement educational costs. The student must remain in good academic standing with financial need determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the grant to be renewed.
Transfer Scholarships/Grants: Bellarmine awards transfer grants to students who transfer from an accredited institution of higher education and have a minimum 2.0 GPA.