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 three years of study for new transfer students.

You will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships at the time of your admission. To be considered for President's Honors Distinction or Provost's Honors, you must be admitted to GU by February 1st.  Only Provost's Excellence, Dean's Prestige, and Academic Recognition scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis.

It is important that students secure their scholarship by communicating their intent to enroll at GU.  All scholarships pay for tuition and fees and/or room and board (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 four consecutive years is $80,000 (for three consecutive years is $60,000).

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 (for three consecutive years is $30,000).

Provost's Excellence: $8,000 annually; total value for four consecutive years is $32,000 (for three consecutive years is $24,000).

Dean's Prestige: $6,000 annually; total value for four consecutive years is $24,000 (for three consecutive years is $18,000).

Academic Recognition: $4,000 annuallyl; total value for four consecutive years is $16,000 (for three consecutive years is $12,000).

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 by the 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.

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