Mount Scholarships and Grants
MSMU offers scholarships and aid to students in three categories. Select a topic below to learn more:
Freshman academic scholarships are based on several criteria, including course achievement, SAT and/or ACT results (verbal/critical reading and math only - we do not consider the writing section), and achievement in extracurricular activities. Financial need is not a factor in merit-based award decisions.
1250 (28) & higher
1200 (26) & higher
1100 (24) & higher
1050 (22) & higher
900 (20) & higher
*Additional application required (see below).
The following are descriptions of the attributes of freshman academic scholarship recipients.
Trustee Scholarship ($22,000 per year)
Accepted students receive 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.
Dean's Scholarship ($19,000 per year)
Accepted students receive 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.
Students who do not fall into the ranges above will be considered for this award. Upon acceptance to the University, the student is invited to submit a separate application for this award after acceptance. 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.
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.
Two (2) 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 (5) freshman Catholic students who have distinctive records of service and academic excellence. Application deadline: February 1.
The Mount values the entrepreneur spirit, a thirst for knowledge, and great strength of character. Mount St. Mary's University will award four (4) $5,000 entrepreneur scholarships for the best submitted business models and applications, as determined by our Scholarship Committee. Application deadline: February 1.
The Mount Opportunities for Success in Science (MOSS) Program is designed to support students as they prepare for a future career as a scientist. The Program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, provides scholarship funds and a comprehensive support system that cultivates community-building, academic success, and career development to improve student retention and promote future success in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) workforce. Application deadline: February 1.
Third Century Scholarship
The Third Century Scholars Program assists low-income, underrepresented students from the Washington, D.C. metro area to obtain a college degree and return to the area to serve and lead in their communities. The program provides financial support, as well as mentoring and social support, to help students succeed in earning a bachelor's degree at MSMU.
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.
Men's Rugby Scholarship
Awarded to incoming freshmen who have distinctive records of rugby experience and academic merit, The Men's Rugby Scholarship is valued at $2,000 per year and is renewable for up to 3 years.
Application deadline: March 1
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.
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.
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.