Merit-Based Gift Aid (For Activities or Special Talents)
Seton Hill offers numerous merit scholarships to incoming students on the basis of academic excellence, demonstrated achievement in extra-curricular activities or special talents. Financial need is not a consideration in determining eligibility for merit based aid. Awards are made after the student is admitted to the University.
Full-Tuition Division Scholarships (Seton Scholars)
Twelve scholarships are awarded annually; two in each of the following academic divisions based on the student's selected major field of study:
These scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen who demonstrate outstanding scholarship and talent in one of the traditional undergraduate programs of study. Valued at more than $100,000 each, the scholarships are renewable for a total of eight (8) semesters of study at Seton Hill as long as the student maintains a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Scholarship recipients are chosen by the division faculty based on criteria set by each division; for additional information on specific criteria, please contact the Admissions Office. These scholarships cannot be combined with any other scholarship or grants from Seton Hill University. Students receiving these awards are known as Seton Scholars.
Offered to all students who meet the criteria and are unconditionally admitted to the University.
Elizabeth Seton: This scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen who have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.6 or higher. Minimum SAT and ACT scores apply. They are valued at up to $15,000 annually and are renewable for a total of eight (8) semesters as long as the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of each academic year.
Aloysia Lowe: This scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen who have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. Minimum SAT and ACT scores apply. They are valued up to $13,000 annually and are renewable for a total of eight (8) semesters as long as the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of each academic year.
Honors scholarships are awarded to incoming freshman who are accepted into the Honors Program. These awards are valued at $2,500 per year and are renewable for a total of eight (8) semesters. This scholarship is renewable as long as the student remains in the Honors Program and maintains a G.P.A. of 3.3.
These prestigious awards are given to incoming freshmen based on their academic achievement, co-curricular accomplishments and demonstrated financial need. These awards may be combined with other institutional awards and are renewable for a total of eight (8) semesters.
Community Service Scholarships
Community Service Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen who have made notable contributions and achievements in community service and show demonstrated financial need. These awards may be combined with other institutional awards and are renewable for a total of eight (8) semesters.
Caritas Community Service Award
The Caritas Community Service Award is awarded to two students enrolled full-time in a traditional undergraduate program who have demonstrated commitment to and involvement in community service. Each award, valued at $3,500, can be combined with other forms of Seton Hill University merit-based financial aid; however, the sum of Seton Hill merit-based aid and the Caritas Community Service Award cannot exceed the cost of tuition and mandatory fees. Throughout their college years, Caritas Community Service Award recipients take an active role in community service and participate in a minimum of 100 hours of community service per semester. Download Caritas Community Service Award Application Packet (pdf).
Division scholarships are awarded to incoming freshman students who show promise in their chosen field of study. These awards are renewable for a total of eight (8) semesters as long as the student maintains a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
Alumni Legacy Scholarships
Alumni Scholarship: These awards are provided to any student who has a parent that has graduated from Seton Hill University. They are valued up to $2,500/year and are renewable for a total of eight (8) semesters of full time study as long as the student maintains academic standards as established by the University.
Sister de Chantal Leis Alumni Scholarship : This scholarship is awarded to an incoming student, preference given to children of a graduate of Seton Hill. Renewable for three (3) consecutive years provided the student maintains all academic requirements and University standards.
Joseph C. Cahill Scholarship : This scholarship was established to encourage children and grandchildren of Seton Hill graduates to attend the University. Preference is given to students not receiving extensive financial aid from other sources.
Seton Hill, a member of the NCAA Division II, awards athletic scholarships to eligible incoming students based on their athletic ability, an evaluation at open try-outs, and recommendations of their high school coaches. Athletic aid is offered to qualified women who participate in basketball, cross country, equestrian, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball and to qualified men who participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, lacrosse, soccer, track and field, and wrestling. Try outs are held throughout the year. For more information and dates, call the Athletic Office at (724) 830-1162 , or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rising Star Scholarships
Two components of the undergraduate portion include:
1. A scholarship of up to $2,500 will be awarded to graduates of Catholic High Schools who enroll as first-year, full-time students in a bachelor's degree program at Seton Hill University in the academic year immediately following their high school graduation. This scholarship is renewable annually for four years for students who maintain normal academic progress as defined in the university catalog.
2. Students who complete coursework in Seton Hill's College in High School Program will also be eligible for this additional scholarship. These awards are based on the number of Seton Hill credits accumulated throughout the students' high school academic experience:
These one-time only awards are for full-time, first-year students who enroll in a bachelor's degree program at Seton Hill University immediately upon graduation from high school.
Sisters of Charity Scholarships
Annual awards, which are renewable for four (4) years, are made to students who are recommended by a Sister of Charity to attend Seton Hill University.
Seton Hill University Sibling Grant
Established in 1987 in recognition of the financial burden of having more than one child in college at the same time. An award of up to $2,500 per student will be granted when two undergraduate students are attending Seton Hill University full-time concurrently. An additional award of up to $2,500 will be awarded per family for each additional full-time undergraduate student attending concurrently.
Transfer scholarships are awarded to students who enroll full-time at Seton Hill and have achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 based on all previous post-secondary course work. These scholarships are valued at up to $14,000 annually and are renewable as long as the student maintains a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 at Seton Hill University at the end of each academic year and makes satisfactory academic progress. The number of terms for which the scholarship may be renewed will depend on the grade level at which the student enters Seton Hill University.
The scholarships above are all offered through Seton Hill University. Many other scholarships are available through civic clubs, high schools, school districts, companies where family members are employed, churches, and a host of other organizations. Students are encouraged to investigate these outside scholarship opportunities.
Some academic programs offer scholarships for study in specific areas. Visit the section of our site dedicated to the program/s in which you have interest for more information.