Chatham University

First Year Undergraduate Scholarships

Chatham University, in an effort to recognize academic excellence, awards scholarships to deserving incoming full-time students. Many of these scholarships are funded by our various endowed scholarships. To qualify for a Chatham Scholarship, students must complete an admissions application, and in some cases interview or audition.

In addition, Chatham offers generous need-based financial aid. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine need-based aid. No other forms are required.

Please review Chatham University's merit scholarship policy here: Merit Scholarship Policy.

Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is an annually renewable scholarship that covers full tuition, room, board and fees for each academic year, for a total of four years (or 120 credits) of study at Chatham University.

Up to three new scholarship are awarded each year and students who meet the criteria below can apply through the Chatham Scholars and Scholarship Application.

To continue receiving this scholarship, recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and full-time enrollment at Chatham University. Learn More.


Applicant Criteria

  • Incoming first-year student (fall term will be the first term of college enrollment after graduating from high school)
  • Minimum 3.8 cumulative high school GPA
  • Minimum 1200 SAT score (combined math and critical reading); ACT composite score of 27
  • Demonstrate current and potential leadership ability through the submission of an extracurricular transcript, resume, or personal statement
  • FAFSA completion by February 15

Award Timeline

  • All accepted students who meet the criteria above and submit completed applications by March 1 will automatically be considered for the scholarship
  • The Presidential Scholarship Committee will review all qualified applications the first full week of March
  • Final decisions will be made by March 15

Online Application

Merit Scholarship

Based on academic excellence, students may qualify for a Chatham Merit Scholarship. The scholarship amount will be determined once the student is admitted to the University. You do not need to submit a separate application for this scholarship.

  • Trustee: $16,000/year
    Renewable annually for a total of four years or 120 credits. Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Dean: $14,000/year
    Renewable annually for a total of four years or 120 credits. Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Founder: $12,000/year
    Renewable annually for a total of four years or 120 credits. Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Chatham: $10,000/year
    Renewable annually for a total of four years or 120 credits. Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Heffer Family Scholarship

The Heffer Family Scholarship is a $10,000 annually renewable scholarship awarded to students who have a proven record of academic achievement, leadership capacity, as well as community and co-curricular involvement.

Up to two new scholarships are awarded each year.

Application deadline: March 1

Apply online

S-STEM Scholarship program

For students majoring in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry. Students must be planning a career in research or applied science to qualify. Healthcare majors are not eligible. Students must submit the S-STEM scholarship application, a recommendation letter from a science teacher, and personal essay. FAFSA must be completed by February 15th to be considered.

A limited number of scholarships will be awarded based on academic merit and financial need. This award is for first time, undergraduate college students only. Learn more.

Amount: Up to $10,000 annually

Renewable: annually based on GPA and continued interest in eligible careers.

Priority deadline: January 31

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Pittsburgh Promise Housing Scholarship

For students who meet Pittsburgh Promise eligiblity requirements.  This scholarship requires a minimum 3.0 high school GPA.

Two awards are offered annually.

Amount: Up to full housing (a $5528 value)

Renewable: annually based on 2.0 cumulative GPA and full-time enrollment.

Legacy Award

Awarded to children, grandchildren, and siblings of Chatham alumni.

Amount: $5,000

Renewable: annually based on 2.0 cumulative GPA and full-time enrollment.

Minna Kaufmann Ruud Music Scholarship

For qualified vocalists who plan to major in music or incorporate music into an interdepartmental major while a student at Chatham. Participation in Chatham Choir is required. To apply for this scholarship, please submit the completed application form. Once we receive your application, you will be contacted to audition. An audition is required.

Amount: Up to $3,500

Renewable: with annual audition

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Eagle Scout Award

Offered to Eagle Scout recipients.  Candidates must provide copy of medal and/or badge and completed Eagle Scout award application.

Amount: Up to $3,000

Renewable: annually based on a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.

Priority Deadline: March 1

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Girl Scout Gold Award

Offered to Girl Scout Gold Award recipients. Candidates must provide proof of membership and completed Girl Scout scholarship application.

Amount: Up to $3,000

Renewable: annually based on a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, full-time enrollment and participation in Chatham’s community service activities.

Priority Deadline: March 1

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Scholarship Interview Days

For students who display outstanding leadership qualities. Students should attend Chatham University’s Scholarship Interview Days to qualify for the scholarship. Only accepted students are eligible to attend in this event. Participation must occur prior to the student's first term at Chatham University. Dates are posted on the Events page.

Amount: Up to $3,000

Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.

AFS/YFU/Rotary International Scholarship

For students who have participated in American Field Service (AFS), Youth for Understanding (YFU), or Rotary abroad programs. To apply for this scholarship, please submit the completed application form, a letter of interest and an essay describing your intercultural experience. There are a limited number of scholarships available.

Amount: Up to $2,500

Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.

Priority deadline: March 1

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Visual Arts Scholarship

For students who plan to major in visual arts at Chatham University. Awards are based on assessment of completed visual arts scholarship application. Students must submit portfolio or work on CD (JPEG format), DVD, mini DV, via URL or as a printed image. A limited number of scholarships will be awarded before the March 1 priority deadline. Scholarship applications received after March 1 will be considered only if funds are available.

Amount: Up to $2,000

Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.

Priority deadline: March 1

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Interior Architecture Scholarship

For students who plan to major in interior architecture at Chatham University. Based on completed interior architecture scholarship application. Students must submit portfolio (art or interiors work) or essay on why you want to study interior architecture at Chatham University.

A limited number of scholarships will be awarded before the March 1 priority deadline. Scholarship applications received after March 1 will be considered only if funds are available.

Amount: Up to $2,000

Renewable annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.

Priority deadline: March 1

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Boy Scout Award

Offered to men who were members of Boy Scouts for a minimum of two years, but not Eagle Scout Award recipients. Candidates must provide proof of membership and completed Boy Scout scholarship application.

Amount: Up to $1,000

Renewable: annually based on a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, and full-time enrollment.

Priority Deadline: March 1

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Girl Scout Award

Offered to women who were members of Girl Scouts for a minimum of two years, but not Gold Award recipients. Candidates must provide proof of membership and completed Girl Scout scholarship application.

Amount: Up to $1,000

Renewable: annually based on a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, and full-time enrollment.

Priority Deadline: March 1

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Family Tuition Grant

Awarded to students who have a sibling currently attending Chatham.

Amount: $2,000

Renewable: annually based on 2.0 cumulative GPA and full-time enrollment.

Rachel Carson Book Award

For students who have been nominated by a designated high school official. The scholarship is awarded to high school juniors showing excellence in science and writing with an interest in environmental issues.

Amount: $1,000

Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and a full-time enrollment.

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