Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are awarded exclusively to incoming freshmen enrolling summer or fall immediately following high school graduation and are renewable for four years. In previous years, merit scholarships were awarded late fall based exclusively on a student’s standardized test score and overall high school GPA.

We understand students have been unable to test multiple times to potentially improve their score or in some cases test at all due to COVID-19. For this reason, we recognize a different approach is needed to award merit scholarships for students enrolling fall 2021. Incoming freshmen will be considered for merit scholarships based on:

  • An assessment of academic achievement – core GPA, overall GPA, academic rigor, and supplemental document (ACT or SAT test score report, AP or IB test score report, graded writing assignment, or expanded resume) – in the admission application review process; and
  • Information provided on the scholarship application through the Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM).

 

In early February, we anticipate awarding the same type of merit scholarships, the same number of scholarships, and at the same award amounts as were awarded to students who enrolled fall 2020. Students are more likely to receive a merit scholarship if they have:

  • Achieved a core GPA and overall GPA at or above our middle 50% GPA;
  • Participated in more challenging coursework during high school; and
  • Demonstrated academic excellence through the supplemental document submitted for admission consideration.

 

Students must complete the admission application by December 1 and be accepted for admission prior to scholarship application completion, and have a minimum 3.5 overall high school GPA for merit scholarship consideration. The scholarship application will be available on December 1, and the scholarship application deadline is February 1 for consideration of all scholarships.

Financial need as determined through completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may also be a considerationStudents selected for FAFSA verification will not be eligible for need-based scholarships if this process is incomplete. The FAFSA and other requirements, if necessary, should be received by February 1 for consideration of need-based scholarships.

Please visit Merit Scholarships under Frequently Asked Questions for more information on various enrollment scenarios, including student type and term of enrollment, which may impact merit scholarship eligibility.

Alabama Residents

Alabama residents who completed the scholarship application by February 1 and had a minimum 3.5 overall high school GPA received consideration for merit scholarships. For students planning to enroll fall 2021, merit scholarships were awarded at the amounts, average high school GPA, and average ACT score provided below.

Scholarship chart for Alabama residents


Fall 2021 Scholarship

Fall 2021 Award Amount

Fall 2021
Average High School GPA

Fall 2021
Average
ACT Score

Spirit of Auburn Presidential Scholarship
$10,500 4.37 33.8
Spirit of Auburn Founders Scholarship $8,500 4.22 30.9
Spirit of Auburn University Scholarship $5,000 4.10 28.5
Fearless & True Scholarship $2,500 4.07 25.4
All Auburn Scholarship
$1,500 3.93 23.0
Non-residents who completed the scholarship application by February 1 and had a minimum 3.5 overall high school GPA received consideration for merit scholarships. For students planning to enroll fall 2021, merit scholarships were awarded at the amounts, average high school GPA, and average ACT score provided below.
Scholarship chart for non-residents


Fall 2021 Scholarship

Fall 2021 Award Amount

Fall 2021
Average High School GPA

Fall 2021
Average
ACT Score

Academic Presidential Scholarship
$16,500 4.33 33.7
Academic Heritage Scholarship $15,000 4.22 31.5
Academic Charter Scholarship $11,000 4.20 29.5
True Blue Scholarship $5,500 4.16 28.0

 
National Merit Finalists receive a stipend of $4,000 over four years at $1,000 per year. Depending on eligibility as determined through completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*, eligible students may receive an additional $1,000 annually. National Merit Finalists who are Alabama residents may receive the National Scholars Presidential Scholarship valued at $42,000 over four years at $10,500 per year.

Incoming freshmen named National Merit Semifinalists must complete the scholarship application through AUSOM by 4:45 p.m. CST on February 1. National Merit Finalists should contact the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to name Auburn University as their first choice institution by May 1. For more information how students qualify as National Merit Finalists, please visit National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

*The FAFSA is the only form a student is required to complete to be considered for student assistance from any of the Title IV, HEA programs except for information needed to ensure the student’s eligibility for such assistance (e.g., information needed to complete verification or to demonstrate compliance with the student eligibility provisions of the HEA and the regulations). Additional information, if requested, will be listed on the student’s AU Access My Finances page after we receive the results of the FAFSA. For additional information, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Last updated: 02/09/2021