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University Scholarships

The information provided below is general information about scholarship opportunities at the University of San Diego and additional terms, conditions and requirements may apply to each scholarship. Students who are awarded one of these scholarships will be provided renewal criteria specific to that award.


Undergraduate Merit Scholarships (Alcala, Trustee, and Presidential)

  • Awards are automatically determined by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Your admission application is the application for the scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be notified in early March.
  • Scholarships are awarded based upon superior academic performance including grades, course selection, and test scores. Financial need is not considered in the awarding of merit scholarships.
  • Only freshman applicants are eligible for merit scholarship consideration.
  • Scholarship awards will range from $18,000–$25,000 and are renewable for four years by meeting minimum grade point average requirements and maintaining full-time enrollment each semester.

Dean’s Graduate Merit Scholars

The Dean’s Graduate Merit Award is a one-time award of a designated amount without respect to financial need.  If financial need is demonstrated, this tuition award must be coordinated with, and may include, other sources of assistance in compliance with requirements of federal, state, and institutional financial eligibility.  Students may be full or part time, however, if their actual tuition costs are less than the amount of the initial award, they are only eligible to receive up to the actual cost of tuition and other USD expenses.  The amount of the award is not renewable; however, students may apply annually for a Dean’s Graduate Merit Scholarship. 


  • All of our NCAA Division I sports have scholarships except Football and Men's Rowing.
  • Contact the coach directly if you are interested in finding out how to qualify.
  • You can find contact information at USD Athletics’ website:

USD Alumni Association Scholarships: 

Alumni Endowed and Class Legacy Scholarships were created by Alumni who had the vision to support the University's future growth and success. These scholarships are made up of thousands of small gifts from alumni & student donors. Alumni continue to enrich the student experience by supporting you- students actively involved in the USD community.

  • Alumni Endowed Scholarship
  • Kyle O'Connell Memorial Scholarship

College and Schools Scholarship Opportunities

College of Arts & Sciences: Students are advised to ask faculty members in specific departments about available scholarship opportunities.

  • Applications are due February 1.
  • Award amount: $500-$15,000
  • The Department of Music offers a wide range of scholarship opportunities. Visit the Music Scholarships webpage for detailed information on the various award types, as well as eligibility and application requirements.

USD Endowed and Yearly Scholarships:

The University of San Diego receives donations from private sources for endowments or yearly scholarships and administers these funds to provide various scholarships and grants to selected students in the name of the donor. In addition to meeting the USD Scholarship criteria, additional qualifications and requirements may be stipulated by the donor.

Students are automatically considered for any of the endowed or private yearly scholarships when they apply for financial aid at USD.

Other Scholarships (made available to USD students from other donors):

  • Colorado Alumnae Sacred Heart Scholarship

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