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 and transcripts received by May 1, 2023 will be evaluated for potential scholarship increases.

2022-2023 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

2022-2023 Merit-Based Scholarships (Test Score & GPA-Based)

Gamecock Prestige

31+ on your ACT or 1390+ on your SAT
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

29-30 ACT or a 1330-1380 SAT
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

26-28 ACT or 1230-1320 SAT
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.

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.

*Scholarship availability subject to change.*