Competitive Merit Scholarships

Competitive merit scholarships are renewable for four years. First-year students must enroll summer or fall immediately following high school graduation to receive consideration.*

Consideration

  • First-year students accepted for admission by mid-January receive automatic consideration. A scholarship application is not required.
  • Consideration is based on high school GPA and standardized test score. Verify Auburn has received your most recent academic information in the Applicant Portal. Updated highest scores from individual tests must be received by Auburn by January 10. To ensure accurate superscoring, Auburn does not accept the ACT Superscore report. Scores received after this deadline will not be reviewed for competitive merit scholarship consideration.


Awards

  • Scholarships are awarded competitively. Consideration does not guarantee an award. Each entering class competes with itself. Actual awards are determined based on the number of qualified admitted students, the credentials of those applicants, and available funding.
  • First-year students accepted for admission earlier are more likely to receive an award.
  • Scholarships are awarded mid-November, mid-December, and late January.
  • Recipients are notified by email to their Auburn email account and by postal mail to their permanent address.

*Please visit First-year Student Scholarships under Frequently Asked Questions for more information on specific enrollment situations that may impact competitive merit scholarship eligibility.

Merit scholarship chart for Alabama residents



Fall 2023 Scholarship

Minimum
High School GPA Required

Minimum
ACT Score Required*


Estimated Annual
Award Amount

Spirit of Auburn Presidential Scholarship
3.5 33-36 $10,500
Spirit of Auburn Founders Scholarship 3.5 30-32 $8,500
Spirit of Auburn Excellence Scholarship 3.0-3.49 30-36 $7,000
Spirit of Auburn University Scholarship 3.5 28-29 $5,000
Spirit of Auburn 1856 Scholarship 3.0-3.49 28-29 $3,500

*Equivalent SAT scores are available at auburn.edu/testscores.


These charts are a guide and are not a guarantee of future awards. Each entering class competes with itself. Actual awards are determined based on the number of qualified admitted students, the credentials of those applicants, and available funding. Additional competitive merit scholarships not shown may be awarded as funding permits.

Merit scholarship chart for non-residents



Fall 2023 Scholarship

Minimum
High School GPA Required

Minimum
ACT Score Required*


Estimated Annual
Award Amount

Academic Presidential Scholarship
3.5 33-36 $16,500
Academic Heritage Scholarship 3.5 31-32 $15,000
Academic Charter Scholarship 3.5 29-30 $11,000

*Equivalent SAT scores are available at auburn.edu/testscores.

These charts are a guide and are not a guarantee of future awards. Each entering class competes with itself. Actual awards are determined based on the number of qualified admitted students, the credentials of those applicants, and available funding. Additional competitive merit scholarships not shown may be awarded as funding permits.

Consideration

  • First-year students named National Merit Semifinalists must complete the scholarship application through AUSOM by 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.

 

Awards

  • 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, which will replace a previously awarded competitive merit scholarship.

*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: 08/14/2022