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 scholarship, recipients typically:

  • Rank in the top 5% of their high school class
  • Have shown incredible extracurricular achievements in their schools and communities

Though test scores are not required, students who submit scores typically:

  • Have SAT scores above 1500 and ACT scores above 33

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.
All students are considered for the Trustee Scholarship: U.S. citizens, permanent residents, eligible non-citizens, and international students.
  • Annual Value: Full tuition & fees
  • Deadline: December 1
  • Number of Awards: 20
  • No CSS Profile & FAFSA required
  • One essay required on the Common 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.
All students are considered for the Presidential Scholarship: U.S. citizens, permanent residents, eligible non-citizens, and international students.
  • Annual Value: $25,000
  • Deadline: December 1

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National Merit Scholarship

Finalists in the National Merit Competition who designate BU as first choice college with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation before March 1 will be considered for this award.
  • Annual Value: Presidential Scholarship
  • Deadline: March 1
  • Submitting the FAFSA and CSS Profile is recommended

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College Board National Recognition Programs

For students recognized by the College Board National Recognition Programs who have exceptionally strong academic records.
  • Annual Value: $25,000
  • Deadline: January 1
  • 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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