First-Time Freshman Merit-Based Scholarships

JSU offers academic merit and competitive scholarship opportunities for first-time freshmen! If you have questions, we are here  to help!

First-Time Freshman Merit-Based Scholarships

First-Time Freshmen will be considered automatically for merit scholarships upon admission to JSU. Merit scholarships cannot stack on one another; this includes the Leadership Scholarship and JSU Honors Scholarship. Out-of-state students receiving a merit-based scholarship or grant will qualify to pay their remaining tuition balance at the in-state rate. 

  • Academic merit scholarships are awarded based on students' highest cumulative high school GPA  
  • Students who have a composite test score (ACT/SAT) on file may qualify for a higher valued scholarship
  • Test scores will not have the ability to lower your scholarship amount, only improve it.

Test scores received by May 1, 2021 will be evaluated for potential scholarship increases. 

Freshman ringing the bell at convocation

These scholarships are awarded to First-Time Freshmen upon admission to the university for students who qualify. The information below is for the 2021-2022 academic year (for 2021 high school graduates).

Competitive scholarships such as the JSU Honors Scholarship and JSU Leadership Scholarship do require ACT/SAT scores and a separate application by our application deadlines (varies). 

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. Freshman merit-based scholarships can only be applied to undergraduate tuition.

2021-2022 Merit-Based Scholarships (GPA-Based)*

Gamecock Achievement

High School GPA Total Annual Amount Total 4-Year Amount
3.75 - 3.99 $5,000 $20,000
4.0 + $6,000 $24,000

Gamecock Success

High School GPA Total Annual Amount Total 4-Year Amount
3.00 - 3.24 $2,000 $8,000
3.25 - 3.49 $2,500 $10,000
3.5 - 3.74 $4,000 $16,000

Gamecock Opportunity

High School GPA Total Annual Amount Total 4-Year Amount
2.00 - 2.74 $1,000 $4,000
2.75 - 2.99 $1,500 $6,000
*Test scores will not have the ability to lower your scholarship amount, only improve it.

2021-2022 Merit-Based Scholarships (Test Score & GPA-Based)

Gamecock Prestige


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

Gamecock Excellence

Do you have a 29-30 ACT or a 1330-1380 SAT? You qualify for this tuition scholarship!
High School GPA Total Annual Amount Total 4-Year Amount
2.00 - 2.99 $3,500 $14,000
3.00 - 3.24 $8,500 $34,000
3.25 - 3.49 $9,000 $36,000
3.50 - 3.74 $9,500 $38,000
3.75 - 4.00 $10,000 $40,000

Gamecock Tradition

Do you have a 26-28 ACT or 1230-1320 SAT? You qualify for this tuition scholarship!
High School GPA Total Annual Amount Total 4-Year Amount
2.00 - 2.99 $2,500 $10,000
3.00 - 3.24 $5,000 $20,000
3.25 - 3.49 $6,250 $25,000
3.50 - 3.74 $7,500 $30,000
3.75 - 4.00 $8,000 $32,000

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. Out-of-state students receiving a merit-based scholarship or grant will qualify to pay their remaining tuition balance at the in-state rate. 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 (deadlines vary) to qualify for either of these competitive scholarships. JSU Honors and Leadership 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 3.75+ high school GPA, you may apply for the JSU Honors Scholarship. This scholarship requires an additional application and required documents, such as a resume, that must be submitted by January 1, 2021. We have included a resume template for your convenience. 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 - $900/semester
  • General University Fee - $510/semester

The JSU Honors Scholarship has an estimated value of $87,152 over four years.

Deadline: January 1, 2021

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, 2021. If you receive this scholarship, it cannot be combined with other merit based scholarships.

The 2021-2022 Leadership Scholarship is valued at $7,500 annually with a total 4-year value of $30,000.

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

Deadline: February 1, 2021

Other Competitive Scholarships

JSU offers a variety of competitive scholarships in addition to those previously mentioned. Students must apply for competitive scholarships and can do so through their Scholarship Manager account (accessible through MyJSU). Incoming freshmen can complete the JaxApp (250+ scholarships including alumni, foundation, and departmental) as well as applications for Drama scholarships, and Music/Band scholarships.

JaxApp Scholarship Deadline: February 1, 2021

Drama & Music/Band Scholarship Deadlines: Vary & may require auditions