Mount Scholarships and Grants
The Mount offers scholarships and aid to traditional undergraduate students in three categories. Click on the links below to learn more about each:
Freshman academic scholarships are based on several criteria, including course achievement, SAT and/or ACT results, and achievement in extracurricular activities. Financial need is not a factor in merit-based award decisions.
The following are descriptions of the attributes of academic scholarship recipients: SAT score ranges noted below are based on critical reading/verbal and math scores only. We do not consider scores on the writing section. Once a student is accepted and offered an academic scholarship, additional scores after the date of acceptance cannot increase the amount.
Trustee Scholarship ($21,000 per year)
Accepted students are guaranteed this scholarship if they fall in one of two academic profiles: 1) An SAT score of 1250 or higher (28 ACT) with a GPA of 2.75 or higher, or 2) An SAT score of 1200 or higher (26 ACT) with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Presidential Scholarship ($19,000 per year)
Accepted students are guaranteed this scholarship if they have an SAT score of 1100 or higher (24 ACT) with a GPA of 2.75 or higher.
Dean's Scholarship ($18,000 per year)
Accepted students are guaranteed this scholarship if they fall into one of two academic profiles: 1) An SAT score of 1050-1090 (22-23 ACT) with a GPA of 2.75 or higher, or 2) An SAT score of 900 or higher (20 ACT) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Leadership Scholarship ($5,000 per year minimum)
Accepted students who do not fall within the ranges above will be considered for these awards. Award amounts will be based on leadership qualities, involvement in school and community activities, and financial need. For full consideration, all students should file the FAFSA.
For quick reference, use this chart to find your merit scholarship based on GPA and test scores.
1250 (28) & higher
1200 (26) & higher
1100 (24) & higher
1050 (22) & higher
900 (20) & higher
Below 900 (20)
Now that you've taken a look at our merit scholarships, start your application!
Please refer to the links below each scholarship description for specific procedures and/or application requirements. These are scholarships for incoming freshmen only.
Two full tuition Founder's Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshman who perform superbly during an on-campus written exam in late January or early February and a personal interview for finalists in early March. Students must be accepted into our Honors Program and meet certain academic criteria to participate. The requirement for participation is a 3.5 GPA combined with either a SAT score of 1150 or higher (critical reading and math only), or an ACT score of 25 or higher. Invitations will be sent in November, December, and early January to those students who qualify.
Catholic Leadership Scholarship
The Catholic Leadership Scholarship is awarded to recognize five freshman Catholic students who have distinctive records of service and academic excellence.
Third Century Scholarship
The Third Century Scholarship offers financial support to three (3) students in scholarships and grants of $40,000 per year. The scholarship assists high-achieving, low-income, underrepresented students from the Washington, D.C. metro area, and provides financial, mentoring, and social support to help students succeed in earning a bachelor's degree from Mount St. Mary's University.
Federal Reserve Challenge Scholarship
The Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business will award this scholarships to selected incoming student(s) with an interest in the Federal Reserve Challenge Team and a major in economics.
Fine Arts Scholarship
The Fine Arts Scholarship recognizes outstanding high school and community achievement in the area of art, music and theatre.
The Grotto of Lourdes Scholarship
The Grotto of Lourdes Scholarship will be awarded to two (2) incoming freshmen who were personally impacted by a visit to the Grotto or other significant religious location, and have an active role in the Catholic Church. Grotto of Lourdes Scholarship recipients will be required to complete an internship for five (5) hours per week each semester for four years
Mount St. Mary's University competes at the NCAA Division I level in 16 men's and women's sports. All varsity teams offer athletic scholarships. Contact the athletic director or head coach at (301) 447-5296 for additional information on these scholarships. See the athletic department directory.
Mount students receive full-tuition scholarships plus a monthly stipend from the Army ROTC program. Recipients are able to combine their ROTC scholarship with other Mount scholarships. Scholarships may be for two to four years. Contact the Mount ROTC department at (301) 447-5350 or visit the ROTC Webpage for additional information on these scholarships.
Upperclass Scholarship Program (Continuing Undergraduate Students Only)
During the spring semester of each academic year, students are eligible to apply for academic scholarships for the following year. These applications, which include a faculty recommendation, may be picked up in the financial aid or admissions offices in early March and must be submitted by the end of April.
Among the criteria for selecting the recipients are:
Strong academic achievement (cumulative 3.0 or greater GPA)
Identified financial need
Mount community involvement and leadership
Academic scholarships for full-time MSMU main campus transfer students are based on the cumulative GPA from the last institution they attended. Financial need is a not a factor in merit-based award decisions. The following are descriptions of the attributes of academic scholarship recipients. Once a students is accepted and offered an academic scholarship, no changes will be made to increase the scholarship amount.
► Transfer Scholarship ($11,000 per year)
Awarded to incoming full-time transfer students who demonstrate the highest academic achievement and leadership in college and have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better.
► Transfer Scholarship ($8,000 per year)
Awarded to incoming full-time transfer students who have demonstrated strong academic achievement in college and have between a 3.0-3.5 cumulative GPA.
► Transfer Scholarship ($6,000 per year)
Awarded to incoming full-time transfer students who have demonstrated academic achievement in college and have between a 2.7-3.0 cumulative GPA.
► Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship ($2,500 per year)
Awarded to incoming full-time transfer students who are Phi Theta Kappa members. The PTK Scholarship may be awarded in addition to the above mentioned scholarships.
If you plan to apply for financial assistance, you should visit our Financial Aid webpage for more information.
Last year 98% of the Mount St. Mary's freshman class was offered financial assistance from the university. Students and their families with demonstrated need (as calculated by the federal government) are considered for additional aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Up to 50% of tuition is awarded based on financial need to students who live at home and commute to the Mount. When combined with an academic scholarships, total money from the Mount cannot exceed 50% of tuition. The grant is not available for summer school.
Family Discount Grant
Each incoming students with a brother or sister enrolled at the Mount will receive a $2,000 Family Discount Grant. This grant is renewable as long as the siblings are concurrently enrolled.