Scholarships, Grants & Awards
At Seton Hill, You Don't Have to Apply for Most Scholarships
Once you are accepted at Seton Hill, we’ll match you up with the scholarships, grants and awards for which you are eligible. (In cases where auditions or special applications are needed, we’ll let you know in advance.) Below are some of the scholarships, grants and awards available to Seton Hill students.
Full-Tuition Scholarships (Seton Scholars)
These scholarships are awarded to incoming full-time 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 semesters of study at Seton Hill as long as the student maintains a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. 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.
Academic Scholarships & Awards
Offered to all first time, full-time students who meet the criteria and are unconditionally admitted to the University.
- Elizabeth Ann Seton Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen who have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 4.0, with a mininum 26 ACT or 1250 (new) SAT score. These scholarships are valued at $19,000 and are renewable.
- Aloysia Lowe Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen who have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.75 or higher, with a minimum 24 ACT or 1150 (new) SAT score. These scholarships are valued at $17,000 and are renewable.
- Mary Schmidt Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen who have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher, with a minimum 22 ACT or 1080 (new) SAT score. These scholarships are valued at $15,000 and are renewable.
- Francesca Brownlee Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen who have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.25 or higher, with a minimum 20 ACT or 1030 (new) SAT score. These scholarships are valued at $13,000 and are renewable.
- SHU Award: This scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen who have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, with a minimum 18 ACT or 960 (new) SAT score. These scholarships are valued at $11,000 and are renewable.
"The scholarships that have been made available to me through Seton Hill have had a huge impact on my education. Each semester, cost is one less factor to cause me stress. Instead, I can focus on my studies and enjoy my time at this beautiful university knowing that I will be well-prepared for my future."
- Emily Namachar, SHU '14
Honors scholarships are awarded to incoming full-time freshmen who are accepted into the Honors Program. These awards are valued at $2,500 per year and are renewable for a total of eight semesters. This scholarship is renewable as long as the student remains in the Honors Program.
Alumni Grants & Scholarships
- Alumni Grant: These awards are provided to any full-time student with a parent that graduated from Seton Hill University. They are valued at $2,000/year and are renewable.
- 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 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 Department Office at (724) 830-1162, or email email@example.com.
Catholic High School Grants
A scholarship of $2,000 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.
Caritas Community Service Award
The Caritas Community Service Award is presented to two incoming freshmesn 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. A minimum of 100 hours of community service per semester, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and continued full-time enrollment are required for the renewal of the award. A total of 8 semesters may be awarded. An application is required for this award (PDF).
Sisters of Charity Grants
Annual awards, which are renewable for four years, are made to incoming full-time freshmen who are recommended by a Sister of Charity of Seton Hill to attend Seton Hill University.
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 $15,000 annually and are renewable. 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.
Seton Hill University Grants
Awarded to full-time undergraduate students who show demonstrated financial need based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Seton Hill University Sibling Grants
Established in 1987 in recognition of the financial burden of having more than one child in college at the same time. An award of $2,000 per student will be granted when two undergraduate students are attending Seton Hill University full-time concurrently. An additional award of $2,000 will be awarded per family for each additional full-time undergraduate student attending concurrently.
Federal Pell Grants
The federal Pell Grant program provides grants from the federal government to both full and part-time undergraduate students. Application can be made by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Award amounts are determined by the Department of Education each year and are based on the results of a student's FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Satisfactory Academic Progress must also be met for future awards. The maximum award in 2017-2018 is $5,920.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)
Awarded to full-time undergraduate students who are making academic progress and show demonstrated financial need based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The average award at Seton Hill is $800.
PHEAA State Grants
Residents of Pennsylvania who are attending school full-time or part-time (at least six credits in a semester) and who have need as determined by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) are eligible for awards from this state agency. Grants are awarded to students who are making academic progress, are enrolled in 50% or greater courses where instruction takes place in a class room, and show demonstrated financial need based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), (filed before May 1), and residency status as determined by PHEAA. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the maximum award is $4,123.
Visual & Performing Arts Scholarships
Scholarships for students enrolled in the School of Visual and Performing Arts are renewable awards that vary in award amount. Students must first be accepted to the University before scheduling an audition or being given consideration for an arts scholarship.
Grants From Other States
If you reside in a reciprocal state, you may qualify for a state grant and be able to bring your grant into Pennsylvania. The amounts may vary. Please contact your state agency about application procedures and deadline dates for the following: DE, MA, OH, VT, WV, and DC.