What is a Scholarship?



[ ˈskälərˌSHip ]


1.      a grant or payment made to support a student's education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement.



A scholarship is financial support awarded to a student, based on academic achievement or other criteria that may include financial need, for the purpose of schooling. There are various types of scholarships – the two most common being merit-based and need-based. The donor or department funding the scholarship sets the criteria for recipient selection, and the grantor specifically defines how the money is to be applied. The funds are used to defray the costs of tuition, books, room, board and other expenses directly tied to a student’s educational cost through the university. 

Scholarships are typically awarded using a variety of factors, including - but not limited to, academic achievement, departmental and community involvement, employment experience, areas of study, and financial need.

USA provides a comprehensive scholarship program to both incoming students as well as current and rising graduates. Be sure to focus on the scholarships recommended to you through the JagSPOT Portal.

You can view a complete list of scholarship opportunities at USA through our Scholarship Directory.

For information on how to apply for scholarships visit our JagSPOT Instructions and Applying for Scholarships pages.

For specific information regarding Incoming Freshman and Presidential Scholarships, contact the Office of Enrollment Services.