Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships, Awards and Programs

Each year, St. Lawrence awards tens of millions of dollars in financial aid. Some of this is based on your family's financial need, and the remainder is based on the strength of your application. Each student can only be awarded one scholarship. If a student was to qualify for more than one, the scholarship which is the most prestigious will be awarded. 

As part of your application review and decision determination, you will automatically be considered for each of the following four scholarships:

Are you a serious scholar? Then you may qualify for either our Trustee Scholarship or our Momentum Scholarship.

Our Trustee Scholarship is awarded to the top male and top female, first-year students. The scholarship is based on academic excellence, character and leadership. The amount of the scholarship covers full tuition for up to four years or eight semesters.

Our Momentum Scholarship is awarded to incoming students based on academic and co-curricular achievements, as well character and citizenship. This $128,000 scholarship ($32,000 per year) is awarded for up to four years or eight semesters.

Are you smart and involved? Then you may qualify for either our Sesquicentennial Scholarship or our University Scholarship.

Our Sesquicentennial Scholarship is awarded based on academic and co-curricular achievements, as well character and citizenship. Named in honor of St. Lawrence's 150th anniversary, this $88,000 scholarship ($22,000 per year) is awarded for up to four years or eight semesters.

Our University Scholarship is awarded based on academic and co-curricular achievements, as well as character and citizenship. This $60,000 scholarship ($15,000 per year) is awarded for up to four years or eight semesters.

The following scholarships require an additional form and essay to be submitted in order for students to be considered for them. It is highly recommended the form and essay are submitted at the same time as your Common Application.

Are you committed to diversity? Then you may want to submit your essay to be considered for our Kirk Douglas Scholarship or our Presidential Diversity Scholarship.

Our Kirk Douglas Scholarship is for students from under-represented and low-income backgrounds who have demonstrated contributions to diversity, leaderships skills, ambition and potential to contribute to diversity within the campus community. This scholarship covers the full comprehensive fee and program expenses.

Our Presidential Diversity Scholarship is awarded to students of any race who have demonstrated commitment to and appreciate for racial and ethical diversity. This $32,000 per year scholarship ($128,000 over four years) is awarded for up to four years or eight semesters.

Are you a born leader?

Our Leadership Scholarship is for students with strong leadership experience. This scholarship of $40,000 ($10,000 per year) is awarded for up to four years or eight semesters.

Are you a future entrepreneur?

Our Vilas Scholarship supports students interested in a business career and the selected scholars are awarded $88,000 ($22,000 per year) for up to four years or eight semesters.

Are you very involved in your community?

Our Community Service Scholarship is used to recognize students who have served their communities and motivated others to get involved. This $40,000 scholarship is awarded for up to four years or eight semesters.

St. Lawrence University also has a few special programs and awards for first-year students which include our Presidential Achievement Award, our Augsbury/North Country Scholarship and our Book Award Scholarship.

The Presidential Achievement Award began with the Class of 2015 and this award, which varies in amount, is based on achievement of all kinds: academic, co-curricular, etc. The Presidential Achievement Award is not a merit scholarship nor is it based on financial need. Students selected for this award at the time of admission will receive the same amount each year regardless of financial circumstances or academic record provided that the student is making satisfactory academic progress toward the degree. Students receiving tuition benefits or scholarships valued at $30,000 or more are not eligible for Presidential Achievement Awards.

The Augsbury/North Country Scholarship is for North Country and Canadian high school students whose high schools participate in our program. The program provides a $108,000 scholarship ($27,000 per year) to selected scholars for up to four years or eight semesters.

Our Book Award Scholarship is a program which recognizes service to others. Schools who participate in this program nominate students to receive a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per year) for up to four years or eight semesters.