Merit-Based Scholarships

Villanova University provides scholarship on the basis of students’ academic achievements, proven leadership, and participation in extracurricular activities – both in their schools and their communities. Villanova’s merit-based scholarships are offered through the following programs:

In addition, Villanova is committed to providing financial assistance to students on the basis of a family’s ability to contribute. Please visit the Office of Financial Assistance for more information on how Villanova seeks to make your education affordable.

 

PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Presidential Scholarship is a renewable, merit-based award covering full tuition, room, board (up to 21 meals per week plan), general fee, and the cost of textbooks for eight consecutive semesters. Representing diverse intellectual, social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, Presidential Scholars are transformational leaders both on and off campus who have demonstrated a love of learning and a commitment to enhancing both their local and broader civic communities. 

In order to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, students must first be nominated by the chief academic officer of their high school (principal, president, headmaster), secondary school counselor, or an official school designee.  They can also be nominated by a representative from a home school entity or non-profit community-based organization dedicated to helping high school students with the college search process. The student then must submit a completed application for admission by December 1.  For more information regarding the Presidential Scholarship, please visit the website for the Center for Research and Fellowships.

Important Dates:

Nomination Deadline December 1
Villanova Admission Application Deadline December 1
Presidential Scholarship Application Deadline January 2
Finalists Notified By January 31
Interview Program February 16-18
Recipients Notified By February 29
Awardee Decision
May 1

For more information, please contact: presidentialscholarship@villanova.edu

 

 

ST. MARTIN DE PORRES SCHOLARSHIP

Villanova University offers St. Martin de Porres Scholarships to serve the University’s mission of attracting a richly diverse and talented population of undergraduate students. This scholarship covers the full cost of tuition and general fees.

Eligibility

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents from one or more of the most underrepresented groups at Villanova University, including (but not limited to) underrepresented racial and ethnic populations, economically disadvantaged backgrounds and/or students whose parents have not graduated from college. All applicants also must have exemplary high school records, leadership roles, and active involvement through service to the community.

Application Process

To apply, you must have already submitted a completed application for admission as a first-year student. Then, you must submit the St. Martin de Porres Scholarship application no later than February 1 and the required essay by February 7. Applicants may apply for admission via Early Action, Early Decision (both November 1 deadlines) or Regular Decision (January 15 deadline).

Essay prompt: How have you emulated St. Martin de Porres throughout high school?

Additional information will be sent to you via email once your completed application is received. Incomplete applications for admission and/or scholarship will not be eligible for consideration. Finalists will be required to interview either in person or via Skype. The selection committee will review qualified applicants and notify recipients by April 1.

Please note that you may be eligible for more than one scholarship, but you must submit the required application and essay for each respective scholarship to which you are applying.

For more information, please contact: gotovu@villanova.edu

 

 

RANDAZZO ENDOWED PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Anthony Randazzo Endowed Presidential Scholarship is a renewable, merit-based award covering full tuition (for a total four-year approximate value of $270,000), room, board (up to 21 meals per week plan), general fee, and the cost of textbooks for eight consecutive semesters that is awarded to one first-year African American/Black student. The chosen candidate must have demonstrated academic merit and financial need, been involved in community service and/or civic leadership activities, and reside in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Application Process

To apply, you must have already submitted a completed application for admission as a first-year student. Then, you must submit the Randazzo Endowed Presidential Scholarship application no later than February 1 and the required essay by February 7. Applicants may apply for admission via Early Action, Early Decision (both November 1 deadlines) or Regular Decision (January 15 deadline).

Essay prompt: What would it mean to you to receive this scholarship and attend Villanova University?

Additional information will be sent to you via email once your completed application is received. Incomplete applications for admission and/or scholarship will not be eligible for consideration.

Please note that you may be eligible for more than one scholarship, but you must submit the required application and essay for each respective scholarship to which you are applying.

For more information, please contact: gotovu@villanova.edu

 

 

GOIZUETA FOUNDATION SCHOLARS FUND

The Goizueta Foundation Scholars Fund has been instituted for the purpose of providing need-based scholarship assistance to those who have extensive personal interest, involvement and experience in the Hispanic/Latinx culture. The award (of a varying amount) is made to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and whose families currently reside in the United States, who come from communities or populations that have been historically underrepresented in the student body at Villanova, who have demonstrated financial need, and who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. This award will be granted to two entering first-year students. This scholarship is renewable for a total of eight consecutive regular semesters. Returning undergraduate students will be considered for scholarship renewal on the basis of their academic performance and financial need.

Application Process

To apply, you must have already submitted a completed application for admission as a first-year student. Then, you must submit the Goizueta application no later than February 1 and the required essay by February 7. Applicants may apply for admission via Early Action, Early Decision (both November 1 deadlines) or Regular Decision (January 15 deadline).

Essay prompt: Tell us about your interest, involvement, and experience within the Hispanic/Latinx community.

Additional information will be sent to you via email once your completed application is received. Incomplete applications for admission and/or scholarship will not be eligible for consideration. The selection committee will review qualified applicants and notify recipients by April 1.

Please note that you may be eligible for more than one scholarship, but you must submit the required application and essay for each respective scholarship to which you are applying.

For more information, please contact: gotovu@villanova.edu

 

 

DENISE MCNAIR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Denise McNair Memorial Scholarship has been instituted in memory of Denise McNair who, on Sunday, September 15, 1963, died in the early days of the civil rights movement in a racially-motivated bomb attack at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. This scholarship, valued at full-tuition for eight consecutive semesters, will be awarded to a first-year student (entering fall 2020) who is a U.S. citizen from a traditionally underrepresented population at Villanova, has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, and is committed to family, religious faith, peace and justice. To be eligible for consideration, students must complete this application, have exemplary high school records, leadership roles, and active involvement through service to the community.

Application Process

To apply, you must have already submitted a completed application for admission as a first-year student. Then, you must submit the McNair Memorial Scholarship application no later than February 1 and the required essay by February 7. Applicants may apply for admission via Early Action, Early Decision (both November 1 deadlines) or Regular Decision (January 15 deadline).

Essay prompt: Tell us how family, faith, and a commitment to issues of peace and justice have impacted your personal development.

Additional information will be sent to you via email once your completed application is received. Incomplete applications for admission and/or scholarship will not be eligible for consideration. The selection committee will review qualified applicants and notify recipients by April 1.

Please note that you may be eligible for more than one scholarship, but you must submit the required application and essay for each respective scholarship to which you are applying.

For more information, please contact: gotovu@villanova.edu

 

 

HOVNANIAN SCHOLARSHIP

The Hovnanian Scholarship provides funding to undergraduate students of Armenian descent to attend Villanova University on a full-time basis. The scholarship can be used towards tuition, room and board. The award is offered to qualifying students whose families currently reside in the United States, are US citizens or permanent residents, who have exemplary high school records, correspondingly high SAT or ACT scores and are of Armenian descent.  Demonstrated financial need may also be taken into consideration and is renewable each year based on available funds provided that the recipient maintains a minimum 2.75 GPA each semester.

In order to apply for the scholarship, candidates must complete and submit the Common Application with the Member School Selection for Villanova, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Board Profile by January 15 of their senior year.  In addition, candidates must complete an Hovnanian Scholarship application and submit to the Office of Financial Assistance by April 15.  The selection committee will review qualified enrolled students and will notify the recipients by October 1 of their freshmen year.  Returning undergraduates will be considered for scholarship renewal based on academic performance and financial need.

For more information, please contact: finaid@villanova.edu

 

 

VILLANOVA NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP

These awards, ranging from $500 to $2,000, are offered to top students who are designated as finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and who selected Villanova University as their first college choice. 

For more information, please contact: finaid@villanova.edu

 

 

ARMY ROTC

For selected Army ROTC award recipients, Villanova grants up to five scholarships.  Villanova University agrees to fund United States Army scholarship winners with an amount not to exceed $5,000 to be used for University room and board charges.

For more information, please contact: armyrotc@villanova.edu

 

 

NAVAL ROTC

Villanova University provides grants to NROTC scholarship recipients who are designated by the United States Navy. Villanova may award up to four partial scholarship annually to NROTC Scholarship recipients. These partial scholarships may be applied toward room or board expenses incurred at Villanova. The recipients of this award are selected after the successful completion of the first semester of their first year at Villanova by the Unit Commander.

For more information, please contact: nrotc@villanova.edu