Incoming Freshman Merit Scholarships


Consideration for scholarships is based on a complete admissions application submitted by December 31 for fall admission. Documents received after the deadline will not be used for scholarship consideration. 

Presidential Scholarship
Award amount: $4,000 to $7,000

  • Must have a 3.8 or higher high school cumulative grade point average and composite ACT score of 32 or higher or score of 1470 or higher on the new SAT combined score on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math
  • Must participate in a scholarship competition to be eligible
  • Awardees also receive an Award for Excellence Scholarship
  • Additional amounts of up to $2,000 are awarded to students who are National Merit Finalists
  • Must maintain 3.5 cumulative grade point average and Satisfactory Academic Progress at Grand Valley
  • Requires full-time enrollment
  • Renewable for three additional consecutive years
  • Total award value: $16,000 to $28,000

Faculty Scholarship
Award amount: $1,000 to $3,000

  • Must have a 3.6 or higher high school cumulative grade point average and composite ACT score of 30 or higher or score of 1400 or higher on the new SAT combined score on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math
  • Must participate in a scholarship competition to be eligible
  • Awardees also receive an Award for Excellence Scholarship
  • Additional amounts of up to $2,000 are awarded to students who are National Merit Finalists
  • Must maintain 3.5 cumulative grade point average and Satisfactory Academic Progress at Grand Valley
  • Requires full-time enrollment
  • Renewable for three additional consecutive years
  • Total award value: $4,000 to $12,000

Award for Excellence Scholarship
Award Amount: Michigan Resident: $5,000 Non-Michigan Resident: $5,000 plus the difference between full-time Michigan resident tuition and non-resident tuition

  • Must have a 3.5 or higher high school cumulative grade point average and composite ACT score of 26 or higher or score of 1260 or higher on the new SAT combined score on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math
  • Must maintain 3.25 cumulative grade point average and Satisfactory Academic Progress at Grand Valley
  • Requires full-time enrollment
  • Renewable for three additional consecutive years
  • Total award value: Michigan Resident: $20,000 Non-Michigan Resident: approximately $40,280

Laker Scholarship
Award amount: Michigan Resident: $2,000 Non-Michigan Resident: $2,000 plus the difference between full-time Michigan resident tuition and non-resident tuition

  • Must have a 3.3 or higher high school cumulative grade point average and a composite ACT score of 23 or higher or score of 1140 or higher on the new SAT combined score on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math
  • Must maintain 2.85 cumulative grade point average and Satisfactory Academic Progress at Grand Valley
  • Requires full-time enrollment
  • Renewable for three additional consecutive years
  • Cannot be combined with Award for Excellence, Faculty, or Presidential Scholarship
  • Total award value: Michigan Resident: $8,000 Non-Michigan Resident: approximately $28,280

Urban Schools Scholarship 
Award amount: Michigan Resident: $3,000 Non-Michigan Resident: $3,000 plus the difference between full-time Michigan resident tuition and non-resident tuition

  • Awarded at application review specifically to students from select urban high schools.
  • Select schools from the following areas are included:
    • Grand Rapids Public Schools
    • Detroit Public Schools
    • Additional Michigan High Schools: Arthur Hill, Benton Harbor High School, Detroit High School of Fine and Performing Arts, Detroit University Prep Academy, Detroit University Science and Math, Flint Northern High School, Flint Northwestern High School, Flint Southwestern Classical Academy, John Pershing, JW Sexton, Northwestern, Pontiac High School, Saginaw High School, Southfield Arts and Technology High School, University High School, and Western International
    • Non-Michigan High Schools: Chicago High School Agricultural, Curie, Gwendolyn Brooks, Hillcrest, Hyde Park Academy, John Hope College Preparatory, Jones College Prep, Kenwood Academy, Lane Tech, Morgan Park, Percy Julian, Proviso East, Proviso West, South Shore International College Prep High School, Thornridge, Thornton Fractional North High School, Thornwood, Westinghouse High School, Whitney Young 
  • Must have a 3.3 or higher high school cumulative grade point average and a composite ACT score of 21 or higher or score of 1070 or higher on the new SAT combined score on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math
  • Cannot be combined with the Early Awareness Scholarship or a Native American Tuition Grant
  • Must maintain 2.5 cumulative grade point average and Satisfactory Academic Progress at Grand Valley
  • Requires full-time enrollment
  • Students receiving this scholarship are also encouraged to participate in one of the structured student success programs on campus
  • Renewable for three additional consecutive years
  • Total award value: Michigan Resident: $12,000 Non-Michigan Resident: approximately $32,280

Early Awareness Scholarship
Award amount: Michigan Resident: $3,000 Non-Michigan Resident: $3,000 plus the difference between full-time Michigan resident tuition and non-resident tuition

  • Recipients of this scholarship will have at least two years of participation in one of the following programs:
    • The Detroit Compact
    • Wade H. McCree, Jr. Incentive Scholarship
    • Introspect Youth Services, Inc.
    • Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc.
    • TRiO Upward Bound
    • TRiO Talent Search
    • GEAR UP
  • Must have a cumulative 3.3 or higher high school cumulative grade point average and must have a composite ACT score of 21 or higher or score of 1070 or higher on the new SAT combined score on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math
  • Cannot be combined with the Urban Schools Scholarship or a Native American Tuition Grant
  • Must maintain 2.5 cumulative grade point average and Satisfactory Academic Progress at Grand Valley
  • Requires full-time enrollment
  • Students receiving this scholarship are also encouraged to participate in one of the structured student success programs on campus
  • Renewable for three additional consecutive years
  • Total award value: Michigan Resident: $12,000 Non-Michigan Resident: approximately $32,280

Alumni Heritage Scholarship
Award amount: $800

  • Must be the child of a Grand Valley alumni entering as a freshman
  • Must have a 3.3 or higher high school cumulative grade point average and not be the recipient of merit scholarships offered by Grand Valley*
  • Requires full-time enrollment
  • Non-renewable
  • Total award value: $800

Robert C. Trotter Tri-County Scholarship
Award amount: $500 

  • Each high school in the counties of Kent, Muskegon, and Ottawa is allotted two $500 scholarships to Grand Valley to award to students of their own choosing
  • Must have a 3.2 or higher high school cumulative grade point average and must have a composite ACT score of 22 or higher or score of 1110 or higher on the new SAT combined score on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math
  • Must not be the recipient of merit scholarships offered by Grand Valley*
  • Requires full-time enrollment
  • Entering freshmen who wish to be considered should contact the counseling office in their high school
  • Non-renewable
  • Total award value: $500

*Merit Scholarships offered by GVSU are classified as the Laker, Award for Excellence, Faculty and Presidential Scholarships

*If you are awarded more than one scholarship listed here that covers the difference between resident and non-resident tuition, you will only receive this differential once.


Additional Requirements

  • A complete admissions application submitted by December 31 for fall admission which consists of the following:
  • Official transcripts
  • Results of the ACT or SAT test
  • $30.00 application fee
  • Admissions application submitted either online or by paper
  • Grand Valley must be the first institution attended following high school graduation
  • For renewable scholarships students must be enrolled full-time, eight consecutive fall/winter semesters, and meet the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards


Page last modified September 19, 2017