Scholarships

Slippery Rock University (SRU) offers a variety of student scholarships based on factors such as academic merit, athletic performance, leadership, community involvement, and financial need. Scholarships provide funding that does not have to be repaid, making your degree more affordable. Some SRU scholarships involve an application process, while others are awarded when a student applies to Slippery Rock or is majoring in a particular campus department. 

In addition, outside foundations and FAFSA-determined federal grants also offer scholarship opportunities for students attending an institution of higher education. Learn more about the various types of financial aid available to Slippery Rock students. 

Our scholarship lists are updated on a regular basis, so the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships encourages SRU students to check these pages regularly for new scholarships or contact Financial Aid for more information.

First-Year Student Scholarships

Slippery Rock offers a variety of scholarships to incoming first-year students. In order to be considered for all opportunities, incoming students should consider this helpful scholarship checklist.

  • Apply for admission. Eighty-six percent of SRU’s academic scholarships are awarded solely on information provided to the University during the admission and financial aid process. Please note that Slippery Rock University is now test-optional.
  • Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://studentaid.gov. The FAFSA opens every year on October 1st. We encourage all students to complete the FAFSA in early fall. Some of the Slippery Rock University scholarships do include a need-based component.
  • Complete the Freshman Donor Scholarship Application. This application opens on October 1 and closes on February 28. 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.
  • Review Honor and Service Scholarships opportunities on the First-Year Scholarships page
    • Honors College - for students also applying for Honors College admission
    • Bonner Program - for students active in civic leadership 
    • Community-Engaged Learning – Haverlack Good Citizen Scholarship
    • SRU Performing Arts Series Endowed Scholarship
  • Discuss talent-based scholarships with the Music and Art Departments. If you are an art or music major, scholarships are awarded based upon auditions.
  • Students interested in Athletic Scholarships must discuss scholarship opportunities with the team coach. Contact the Athletics Office for further information.

Scholarships for Students Returning in Fall 2021

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

  • Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://studentaid.gov. The FAFSA opens every year on October 1st. We encourage all students to complete the FAFSA in early fall. Some of the Slippery Rock University scholarships do include a need-based component.
  • Review the opportunities available from the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association. These 18 endowed scholarships are open to undergraduate and graduate students. Alumni applications are due November 20.
  • Review the information under Returning Undergraduate Scholarships or Graduate Scholarships. Check for scholarships under your college, major and miscellaneous. Most scholarships have deadlines between February 15 and March 15.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships often adds new scholarships to this section of the site so current SRU students are encouraged to seek out their scholarship options each year they are enrolled. In addition to the scholarships listed on this page, SRU also offers merit scholarships for transfer students and encourages high-achieving students to apply for nationally distinguished scholarships and fellowships

The Office also maintains a list of outside organizations offering student grants and awards, including a dedicated scholarship list for students with disabilities.

Learn more about Scholarships and Financial Aid at SRU!

For more information about scholarships at Slippery Rock University or the scholarships listed on this page, students should contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. 

Prospective students interested in applying to SRU should request information to learn more about our academic programs and other opportunities.