Merit Based Scholarship Awards
Gallaudet University recognizes exemplary academic achievement by awarding merit scholarships each year to deaf and hard of hearing students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of high school or college GPA and ACT/SAT test scores. Higher GPAs and test scores will result in more prestigious scholarships. These scholarships range in dollar value and are awarded for up to four years of study for first-time freshmen and 3 years of study for new transfer students.
You will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships at the time of your admission. For priority consideration, you must be admitted to GU by February 1st.
Scholarships will be offered soon after the February 1st Admissions Office. It is important that winning students reserve their scholarships by communicating their acceptance to GU Admissions in a timely manner. All scholarship amounts applied toward tuition and fees and/or room and board direct university charges (see individual award criteria).
Gallaudet's prestigious merit awards for freshmen and new transfers are:
President's Honors Distinction*: $12,000 annually added to Provost's Excellence if accepted into the Honors Program. Total value of Provost's Excellence, with President's Honors Distinction, for 4 consecutive years is $80,000.
Provost's Honors Distinction*: $2,000 annually added to Provost's Excellence if accepted into the Honors Program. Total value of Provost's Excellence, with President's Honors Distinction, for 4 consecutive years is between $40,000.
Provost's Excellence: $8,000 annually; $32,000 total value.
Dean's Prestige: $6,000 annually; $24,000 total value.
Academic Recognition: $4,000 annually, $16,000 total value.
Deadlines for students with President's and Provost's Honors Excellence Scholarship Offers:
- February 1: Application deadline for scholarship consideration
- February 15 - April 1: Honors application due; interviews conducted with Honors Program
- April 5: Financial aid award notifications due
- May 1: Scholarship acceptance decisions with enrollment forms and payments due
- May 1: $200 Honors fee payment due
- May 2 - Scholarships Cancelled for Uncommitted Recipients.
*These scholarships require application and acceptance into the Honors Program. Final acceptance includes an interview, completion of the Honors Summer Discussion Board and participation in the Fall Retreat. Without Honors, the student is automatically awarded the Provost's Excellence Scholarship.
For quick reference, use this chart to find your merit scholarship based on GPA and test scores.