Scholarships

Slippery Rock University offers a variety of scholarships based on such factors as academic merit, athletic performance, leadership, community involvement and financial need. Scholarships provide funding that does not have to be repaid.

In addition, outside foundations also offer opportunities for students attending an institution of higher education.

Please refer to the various areas under this section for a variety of opportunities.

First-Year Student Scholarships

Slippery Rock University offers a variety of scholarships to the incoming first-year students. In order to be considered for all opportunities. Please follow this helpful list.

  1. Apply for admission. Eighty-six percent of our academic scholarships are awarded solely on information provided to the university during the admission/financial aid process. Slippery Rock University is now test-optional.
  2. Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://studentaid.gov . The FAFSA opens every year on October 1. We encourage all students to complete the FAFSA in early fall. Some of the Slippery Rock University scholarships do include a need-based component.
  3. Complete the Freshman Donor Scholarship Application. This application opened on October 1. There are approximately 125 to 150 donor scholarships offered to first-year students each year. These scholarships have unique criteria, and the university will select students based upon the admission, FAFSA and Freshman Donor Scholarship applications for these scholarships. This application does include the alumni-related scholarships.
  4. Review Program Scholarship opportunities. Further information can be found under the Program Scholarships by clicking here.
    1. Honors College
    2. Bonner Program
    3. Community-Engaged Learning – Haverlack Good Citizen Scholarship
    4. SRU Performing Arts Series Endowed Scholarship
  5. Discuss talent-based scholarships with the Music and Art Departments. If you are an art or music major, scholarships are awarded based upon auditions.
  6. Students interested in Athletic Scholarships must discuss scholarship opportunities with the team coach. Contact the Athletics Office for further information.

Scholarships for Current Students Returning in Fall 2021

Students who will be returning for courses or internships in fall 2021 should follow this information.

  1. Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://studentaid.gov . The FAFSA opens every year on October 1. We encourage all students to complete the FAFSA in early fall. Some of the Slippery Rock University scholarships do include a need-based component.
  2. Review the opportunities available from the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association at this link. https://www.rockalumni.com/scholarships.html. Alumni applications are now open and are due November 20.
  3. Review the information under the Returning Undergraduate Scholarship link on the left. Check for scholarships under your college, major and miscellaneous. Most scholarships have deadlines between February 15 and March 15.

NEW Scholarships 

This section is to highlight certain scholarships to our web page.  We encourage students to review this page once a month if possible to discover new opportunities.