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Scholarship Opportunities

Bowie State University offers an array of scholarships – each with its own set criteria for consideration. Please note that all students must complete the FAFSA to be considered for any type of financial aid.

Merit Based Scholarships

New students are automatically considered for merit-based and BSU Assist awards based on the SAT/ACT scores and GPA provided on admissions applications. Returning students are required to complete scholarship applications.

Undergraduate

  • Available to new and returning full-time undergraduate students
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Amount: up to $3,000

Transfer Students

  • Available to full-time transfer students
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Amount: up to $2,000

Graduate

  • Available to new and returning full-time graduate students
  • Minimum GPA of 3.75
  • Amount: up to $3,000

Honors Program

  • Available to full-time first-time, first semester freshmen
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3, SAT reading and math score of 1170 or ACT score of 24
  • Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses increase chances of receiving scholarship
  • Full and partial scholarships available

Other Awards

BSU Assist

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Award amounts based on classification:
    • Senior - Up to $1,500
    • Junior - Up to $1,200
    • Sophomore - Up to $1,100

BSU Associate of Arts in Teaching

  • Available to full-time transfer students from a community college with an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree
  • For all U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens
  • Amount: up to $2,000

BSU Institutional

  • New and returning full-time students must complete an application and essay
  • Award amount varies based on funding and student eligibility

BSU National Alumni Association         

  • Available to full-time undergraduate students
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Must complete an application and essay and provide two letters of recommendation
  • Award amount determined by National Alumni Association

Note: Scholarships are not available for the summer semesters and all awards are contingent upon fund availability.