First-Time Freshman Merit-Based Scholarships

Did you know that JSU offers both merit and competitive scholarships for first-time freshmen based on academic achievements?

First-Time Freshmen will be considered automatically for merit scholarships upon admission to JSU. Scholarships are awarded based on the highest high school GPA and composite test score (ACT/SAT) JSU's Office of Admissions has on file. Merit scholarships cannot stack on one another. Competitive scholarships such as the JSU Honors Scholarship and JSU Leadership Scholarship do require a separate application by our scholarship application deadline, March 1, 2019. 

Below are our scholarship opportunities for first-time freshmen. If you have questions, we are here  to help. 

Freshman ringing the bell at convocation

Merit-Based Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to First-Time Freshmen upon admission to the university for students who qualify. Merit scholarships may not stack on one another.

Gamecock Prestige

Do you have a 31+ on your ACT or 1390+ on your SAT? You qualify for this GPA-based tuition scholarship!
High School GPA
2.00 - 2.99
3.00 - 4.00+
Total Annual Amount
$5,000
$10,000
Total 4-Year Amount
$20,000
$40,000

Gamecock Excellence

Do you have a 29-30 ACT or a 1330-1360 SAT? You qualify for this GPA-based tuition scholarship!
High School GPA
2.00 - 2.99
3.00 - 3.24
3.25 - 3.49
3.50 - 3.74
3.75 - 4.00
Total Annual Amount
$3,500
$8,500
$9,000
$9,500
$10,000
Total 4-Year Amount
$14,000
$34,000
$36,000
$38,000
$40,000

Gamecock Tradition

Do you have a 26-28 ACT or 1230-1300 SAT? You qualify for this GPA-based tuition scholarship!
High School GPA
2.00 - 2.99
3.00 - 3.24
3.25 - 3.49
3.50 - 3.74
3.75 - 4.00
Total Annual Amount
$2,500
$5,000
$6,250
$7,500
$8,000
Total 4-Year Amount
$10,000
$20,000
$25,000
$30,000
$32,000

Gamecock Pride

To qualify for this GPA-based tuition scholarship you will need  23-25 ACT or 1130 - 1200 SAT score.
High School GPA
3.00 - 3.24
3.25 - 3.49
3.50 - 3.74
3.75 - 4.00

Total Annual Amount
$2,000
$2,500
$3,000
$3,500

Total 4-Year Amount
$8,000
$10,000
$12,000
$14,000

Gamecock Spirit

If you have a 22 ACT or lower or a 1100 SAT or lower you qualify for this GPA-based tuition scholarship!
High School GPA
3.50 - 3.74
3.75 - 4.00
Total Annual Amount
$2,000
$2,500
Total 4-Year Amount
$8,000
$10,000

Gamecock Grant

If you've been accepted to JSU but do not qualify for any of the merit-based scholarships listed above you may still qualify for the Gamecock Grant. 


The Gamecock Grant pays $1,000 annually, with a 4-year amount of $4,000.

Competitive Scholarships

You must be accepted as a First-Time Freshman and complete your application by March 1, 2019 to qualify for either of these competitive scholarships. Competitive scholarships do not stack with other merit-based scholarships.

JSU Honors

If you have a 30+ on your ACT or 1360+ on your SAT and a 3.5+ high school GPA, you may apply for the JSU Honors Scholarship. This scholarship requires an additional application that must be submitted by March 1, 2019. 

JSU Honors recipients receive:

  • $10,368 in tuition annually, $41,472 total for four years
  • Housing ($1,800 base rate/semester)
  • Meal Plan

The total value of the JSU Honors Scholarship over four years: $68,672!

JSU Leadership

If you have a 20 - 25 ACT or 1030 - 1200 SAT and a 3.0+ high school GPA you may apply for the JSU Leadership Scholarship. This scholarship requires an additional application that must be submitted by March 1, 2019.

It pays $4,000 annually, or $16,000 over four years.

You must be involved in two or more organizations at JSU to maintain this scholarship!