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Bellarmine Merit Scholarships

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 and Bellarmine Fellows Awards

The Bellarmine Scholars and Bellarmine Fellows awards, awarded to entering freshmen, are Bellarmine’s most prestigious academic scholarships.  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 30 or higher on the ACT or 1390 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 1200 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.

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. 

Other Bellarmine Scholarships


Art/Music Scholarships    
Art: major in art; submit portfolio.
Music: major in music; entrance audition required. Pep Band stipend: audition required
Pep Band/
Cheerleader Grants
Awarded to students who take part in the university Pep Band or cheerleading squad.
Athletic Grants
Athletic performance, as evaluated by college coach. Scholarship sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, track, field hockey, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, lacrosse, volleyball and swimming.
ROTC Scholarships
U.S. citizenship; take SAT or ACT by November of year you apply for school, satisfactory GPA, participation in leadership, extracurricular, and/or athletic activities; be at least 17 years old before scholarship becomes effective.
Alumni Legacy Scholarship

All Bellarmine undergraduate legacy students who have completed at least one full-time semester at BU (minimum of 12 credit hours) are eligible to apply for the scholarship.    

Outside Scholarships