Merit Scholarships for First-Year Students

It’s Time For Your Hard Work to Pay Off

BU offers a wide variety of merit scholarships, some even covering full tuition, to recognize high achieving students who go above and beyond. Most awards are for academic achievement, while others go to talented athletes, performers, and artists. Plus, merit-based awards don’t require you to submit a financial aid application and do not have to be repaid.

The competition is keen.

While criteria varies for each merit scholarship, recipients typically:

  • Rank in the top 5% of their high school class
  • Have SAT scores above 1500 and ACT scores above 33
  • Have shown incredible extracurricular achievements in their schools and communities

Who is eligible to apply?

  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and eligible non-citizens are considered for all merit awards and other scholarships.
  • International students are considered for the Trustee and Presidential Scholarships only.

Trustee Scholarship

BU’s most prestigious scholarship, scholars become part of a unique campus community that offers intellectual, cultural and social opportunities. Competitive applicants who are among the most accomplished in their class and demonstrate exceptional engagement in their schools and communities should apply.
  • Annual Value: Full tuition & fees
  • Deadline: December 1
  • Number of Awards: 20
  • No CSS Profile & FAFSA required
  • Available to international students
  • One essay required on the Common or Coalition Application

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Presidential Scholarship

Given to first-year students from around the globe who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement. In addition to being among our most talented students, they also excel beyond the classroom and are leaders in their schools and communities.
  • Annual Value: $25,000
  • Deadline: December 1
  • Available to international students

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National Merit Scholarship

For finalists in the National Merit Competition who designate BU as first choice college with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation before March 1.
  • Annual Value: $25,000
  • Deadline: March 1
  • Submitting the FAFSA and CSS Profile is recommended

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National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) Award

For students recognized by the National Hispanic Recognition Program who have exceptionally strong academic records. Students are encouraged to submit a copy of their NHPR letter to BU by January 6.
  • Annual Value: $25,000
  • Deadline: January 6
  • FAFSA and CSS Profile are recommended

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College of Engineering FIRST Robotics

For College of Engineering applicants who have participated in at least one season with a FIRST Robotics team.
  • Annual Value: $25,000
  • Deadline: February 1
  • Number of Awards: Varies

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