2020-2021 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. All test score updates for merit awards must be submitted by May 1, 2020. Merit scholarships cannot stack on one another; this includes the Leadership Scholarship and JSU Honors Scholarship. Competitive scholarships such as the JSU Honors Scholarship and JSU Leadership Scholarship do require a separate application by our scholarship application deadline, February 1, 2020

Merit scholarships are renewable for 4 years or 8 semesters so long as students successfully earn 24 institutional credit hours per academic year and maintain the institutional GPA as listed in their scholarship contract. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 hours (full-time) each semester to receive their scholarship award.

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. The information below is for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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 1330-1380 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 1230-1320 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 - 1220 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. Please note that some forms of institutional grants, including the Gamecock Grant, may not apply to students receiving athletic aid. 

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 February 1, 2020 to qualify for either of these competitive scholarships. The following competitive scholarships do not stack with other merit-based scholarships: JSU Honors and Leadership. The information below is for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

JSU Honors

If you have a 30+ on your ACT or 1360+ on your SAT and a 3.75+ high school GPA, you may apply for the JSU Honors Scholarship. This scholarship requires an additional application and required documents that must be submitted by February, 2020. Semi-finalists are selected based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, academics, a strong pattern of community/school involvement and service, and an essay. Finalists will be invited to participate in an interview with members of the Honors Board.

JSU Honors recipients receive:

  • Tuition - $5,184/semester ($41,472/four years)
  • Housing - $2,750/semester
  • Meal Plan - $1,550/semester
  • Books - $500/semester

The JSU Honors Scholarship has an estimated value of $79,872 over four years.

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 February 1, 2020. If you receive this scholarship, it cannot be combined with other merit based scholarships.

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!