Incoming Freshman Merit Scholarships

Application Requirements

Students admitted by December 31, 2020 are considered for the following GVSU merit scholarships. 

Initial scholarship eligibility is reviewed and determined at the time of admission.  Additional consideration for scholarship and/or grant assistance will be determined in mid-January and will be sent out by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to file a FAFSA for maximum consideration for grant and scholarship aid.  Final scholarship decisions are made by July 31.

Complete applications consist 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

Presidential Scholarship

Annual Award: $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 1430 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.  Competitions typically take place in November and January.
  • 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 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

Annual Award: $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 1370 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.  Competitions typically take place in November and January.
  • 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 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

Annual Award: 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 1240 or higher on the new SAT combined score on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math
  • Must maintain 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

Annual Award: 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 
  • Must maintain 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

Annual Award: 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, University Prep Academy of Art & Design (beginning Fall 2020), 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 
  • Cannot be combined with the Early Awareness Scholarship or a Native American Tuition Grant
  • Must maintain 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

Annual Award: 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 
  • Cannot be combined with the Urban Schools Scholarship or a Native American Tuition Grant
  • Must maintain 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

Annual Award: Varies on number of applicants and funds available

Robert C. Trotter Tri-County Scholarship

Annual Award: $1,000 

  • To apply, go to gvsu.edu/myscholarships/
  • Recipients will be selected from Kent, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties
  • Preference will be given to students without other merit aid
  • Requires full-time enrollment
  • Must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress at Grand Valley
  • Renewable for three additional consecutive years
  • Total award value: $4,000

Lakers Go Abroad! Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,000

  • To apply, go to www.gvsu.edu/myscholarships
  • Scholarship requires full-time enrollment and GVSU must be first institution attending after high school
  • This is a one-time only award
  • Awardees are still eligible for additional study abroad scholarships
  • To access scholarships after enrollment, awardee must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress at Grand Valley
  • Scholarship must be used within four years after initial enrollment at GVSU, and may only be used on a GVSU-approved, for-credit study abroad program

Scholarship Policies & Disclosures

*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 for one scholarship per year. 

*If you are awarded a scholarship that covers the difference between resident and non-resident tuition, this differential will only apply to the fall and winter semesters.  

*Renewal eligibility for each additional year is determined at the conclusion of the winter semester.  

*Students are only eligible for these scholarships during the fall and winter semesters as an undergraduate student pursuing their first Bachelor's degree.  For programs and majors that require a non-traditional academic year, please contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

*Student's annual award amount must be split between the fall and winter semesters.  The full annual amount cannot be received in one semester.