2019-2020 Academic Year

To be considered for merit-based scholarships from the Office of Admissions, students must submit a complete admissions application by January 15. For additional information about the awarding process, please visit Freshman Scholarship Requirements & Timeline. All scholarships are awarded on a funds available basis to students that have been admitted to the Tampa campus. 

Scholarship Award Academic Requirements
USF Presidential Award $20,000 ($5,000 per year) 4.30+ GPA and
1430+ SAT (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math) or
32+ ACT
USF Directors Award $16,000 ($4,000 per year) 4.00+ GPA and
1340+ SAT (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math) or
29+ ACT
USF Scholars Award $12,000 ($3,000 per year)

3.80+ GPA and
1280+ SAT (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math) or
27+ ACT

Note: SAT scores are based on Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math

The above awards are not stackable. Students will receive the highest award for which they qualify within the awarding timeline.

Scholarship  Award/Benefits Academic Requirements
USF Tradition of Excellence Awards (students receive only the highest award for which they qualify) National Merit Scholars*

**Full cost of attendance. Please see usf.edu/nms

Receive designation as a National Merit Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and name USF as your first-choice school.

**Semi-finalists are awarded $20,000 ($5,000 per year) until they are officially classified as National Merit Finalist and select USF as their first-choice school.

National Hispanic Scholars Finalist $20,000 ($5,000 per year) and a study abroad scholarship

Receive designation as a National Hispanic Scholar Finalist by the College Board in the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

This award must be stacked with an additional Office of Admissions award.  

USF History of Achievement Award  $8,000 ($2,000 per year) Recognizes select students who have achieved above average academic records in high school while facing significant socioeconomic, educational, cultural or personal challenges.
USF Ventures Scholars Award  $4,000 ($1,000 per year)

Recognizes students designated as Ventures Scholars by the Ventures Scholars Program. To be considered for this award, you must submit your Ventures Scholars Certificate to 
by March 1.

*The Benacquisto Scholarship Program (formerly) Florida Incentive Scholarship Program is a merit scholarship for high school graduates who achieve the National Merit® Scholar Finalist designation. If a student qualifies for this award, it will replace all other awards from the Office of Admissions, including the Tradition of Excellence Scholarship. The Benacquisto Scholarship covers 100 percent of the cost of attendance, minus the amount that the recipient receives from Bright Futures and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

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