Scholarships & Grants

Explore the many opportunities for students to receive gift aid that does not have to be repaid.

From merit scholarships, to University, state and federal grants, USJ offers a variety of University and external scholarships and grants.

Explore the USJ Scholarship & Grant options in this section, contact Student Financial Services at 860.231.5223 or [email protected], or visit the office on the second floor of Mercy Hall, Room 201 to find out more.

External Scholarships State & Federal Grants

USJ Scholarships & Grants

USJ values academic excellence, leadership, diversity, service to our communities and country, and the ability to overcome adversity. Our scholarship and grant programs reflect our values and are intended to assist our students in achieving their potential. These various awards are available to new full-time first-year and transfer students unless noted otherwise. Be sure to file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by USJ’s Financial Aid Priority Date (February 15 for incoming students) in order to optimize your eligibility for need-based gift aid.

USJ Catholic Promise Scholarship*

The $100,000 ($25,000 per year) merit and need-based USJ Catholic Promise Scholarship is available to any incoming fall 2020 first-year or transfer student who has met the following criteria:

  • Completed four years of study and graduated from a regionally-accredited Catholic high school
  • Earned at least a 3.0 unweighted high school GPA at the time of admission to USJ
  • Enrolls as a full-time residential USJ student with an active campus housing assignment in fall 2020

Catholic Promise scholarships of $25,000 annually are renewable for up to four years if the recipient maintains full-time enrollment, resides on campus, and if academic conditions are met while enrolled at USJ.

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Honors Scholarship*

$25,000 annually for up to four consecutive years ($100,000) for students who accept an invitation to participate in the Honors Program. Honors students typically have a 3.5 high school GPA and 1220 Evidence Based Reading and Writing + Math. The Honors Scholarship requires continuous full-time enrollment and a 3.25 cumulative college GPA for renewal each year.

Academic Excellence Scholarship*

Up to $18,000 annually for up to four consecutive years ($72,000) based on a student’s high school academic record and standardized test scores. The Academic Excellence Scholarship requires continuous full-time enrollment and good academic standing for renewal each year.

Mercy Merit Scholarship*

Up to $10,000 annually for up to four consecutive years ($40,000) awarded to students who will “make a difference” at USJ and beyond by demonstrating their leadership ability, commitment to diversity or service, or their ability to overcome significant obstacles. The Mercy Merit scholarship requires continuous full-time enrollment and good academic standing for renewal each year.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship*

Up to $12,000 annually for up to four consecutive years ($48,000) awarded to community college transfer students who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The Phi Theta Kappa scholarship requires continuous full-time enrollment and good academic standing for renewal each year.

National Science Foundation Catalyst Scholar Program Scholarship

CATaLYST (Cultivating Academically Talented Leaders Yields Scientists for Tomorrow) Scholars Program (CSP)

With funding from the NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, the USJ CATaLYST (Cultivating Academically Talented Leaders Yields Scientists for Tomorrow) Scholars Program (CSP) will recruit and support high-achieving, low-income students at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ). Throughout its 5 years, this project will provide scholarships for 20 students, in two different cohorts, pursuing bachelor’s degrees in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry.

Selected students will receive a $5,000 scholarship per year, distributed annually as long as students maintain a major in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry, a 3.0 overall GPA in each semester, satisfactory progress toward degree, and 80% attendance at the required CSP events.

The CSP will engage students in innovative and carefully-designed high-impact activities during each cohort’s four-year academic program. The project aims at studying the effectiveness of these activities on the retention and success of students from underrepresented groups in STEM fields as well as on their continued commitment to those fields after graduation.

Campus Visit Scholarship

$1,000 toward tuition for full-time students who make an official campus visit scheduled through the Office of Admissions (campus tour, interview, or attendance at a USJ Admissions event). The award is made within the context of the student’s financial aid package and is not renewable beyond the first year.

USJ Endowed Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of donors, USJ has more than 65 endowed scholarships. Students who apply for financial aid are automatically considered for these scholarships.

USJ Grant

This grant varies in amount and is awarded to full-time students who demonstrate financial need. It is based on the information provided by the student on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


USJ combines grants, loans, scholarships, and work awards supported by the federal and state governments and the University in order to provide students with an affordable education of value. Award funds and amounts vary based on student’s initial year of enrollment.

*Catholic Promise, Honors, Academic Excellence, Mercy Merit, and Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships may not be combined. Students entering the University of Saint Joseph in Fall 2018 or later will be awarded a $1,000 USJ Housing Grant, renewable for up to four years, if you reside on campus.

Students from Ontario, Canada may apply for aid through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

Students from Ontario, Canada may apply for aid through OSAP

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