The Distinguished Scholars Award Program is a merit scholarship for U.S. high school graduates. Eligible scholars will receive an award to cover the cost of tuition minus the sum of Bright Futures, the National Merit® award, or other scholarships and awards. The scholarship will cover fees associated with tuition, minus the postal fee and the $35 orientation fee. Students are eligible to receive the award for a maximum of eight (8) semesters. Students must maintain enrollment in the degree program under which this award was made. Students may not change majors. A student must enroll in fifteen credit hours per semester. Awards are not made during the summer term.
To be eligible for the Distinguished Scholars Award, applicants must: be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; have a 4.0 GPA; have an SAT score of 1440 (must earn a 700 on the SAT math section) or an ACT score of 32 (must earn a 32 on the ACT math section); earn a standard US high school diploma or its equivalency (unless the student completes a home education program or earns a high school diploma from a non-US high school while living with a parent who is on military or public service assignment away from the US); and be college-ready (no remediation or remedial courses). This is renewable upon completing 15 credits each semester and maintaining a 3.3 GPA.