Chatham University

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, be granted acceptance to the University, 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.

+ First-Year Students

Merit Scholarship
$3,000-$16,000 annually

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.

Amount: $3,000-$16,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


Presidential Scholarship
Full cost of attendance annually

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.

Amount: Full cost of attendance
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.

Online Application


Heffer Family Scholarship for Women
$10,000 annually

The Heffer Family Scholarship for Women is a $10,000 annually renewable scholarship awarded to female students who have a proven record of academic achievement, leadership capacity, as well as community and co-curricular involvement. Up to two (2) new scholarships are awarded each year.

Amount: $10,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.
Application deadline: March 1

Online Application


S-STEM Scholarship program
Up to $10,000 annually

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 a 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
Renewable: annually based on GPA and continued interest in eligible careers.
Priority deadline: March 1

Download Application


Scholarship Interview Days
Up to $3,000 annually

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.


Legacy Award
$5,000 annually

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

Amount: $5,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


Pittsburgh Promise Housing Scholarship
Up to full housing ($5,528 annually)

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 (currently $5,528)
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


Minna Kaufmann Ruud Music Scholarship
Up to $3,500 annually

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: annually with annual audition

Download Application


Eagle Scout & Girl Scout Gold Awards
Up to $3,000 annually

Offered to Eagle Scout recipients and Girl Scout Gold recipients. Candidates must provide copy of medal and/or badge, proof of membership, and completed Award 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

Download Eagle Scout Award Application

Download Girl Scout Gold Award Application


AFS/YFU/Rotary International Scholarship
Up to $2,500 annually

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

Download Application


Visual Arts Scholarship
Up to $2,000 annually

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

Download Application


Interior Architecture Scholarship
Up to $2,000 annually

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

Download Application


Bonner Leaders Program
$1,100 annually

The Bonner Leaders Program a selective service-based program that supports students' community-building work in nonprofit organizations with federal work study financial aid. Students work in these capacities instead of on-campus work study appointments.

Only five (5) Bonner Leaders will be selected in each incoming class. For more information on the Bonner Leaders Program, contact a Chatham admission counselor.

Amount: $1,100
Renewable: annually based on a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, full-time enrollment, and completion of program requirements which include 300 hours of annual project work.

Online Application


Boy Scout & Girl Scout Award
Up to $1,000 annually

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

Download Boy Scout Award Application

Download Girl Scout Award Application


Family Tuition Grant
$2,000 annually

Awarded to students who have a sibling currently attending Chatham.

Amount: $2,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


Rachel Carson Book Award
$1,000 annually

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.

Download Rachel Carson Book Award [PDF]

Recipient Information Online Form

+ Transfer Students

Merit Scholarship
$3,000-$16,000 annually

Based on academic excellence, students may qualify for a Chatham Transfer 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.

Amount: $3,000-$16,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


Scholarship Interview Days
Up to $3,000 annually

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.


Legacy Award
$5,000 annually

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

Amount: $5,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


Pittsburgh Promise Housing Scholarship
Up to full housing ($5,528 annually)

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 (currently $5,528)
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


Minna Kaufmann Ruud Music Scholarship
Up to $3,500 annually

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: annually with annual audition

Download Application


Eagle Scout & Girl Scout Gold Awards
Up to $3,000 annually

Offered to Eagle Scout recipients and Girl Scout Gold recipients. Candidates must provide copy of medal and/or badge, proof of membership, and completed Award 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

Download Eagle Scout Award Application

Download Girl Scout Gold Award Application


AFS/YFU/Rotary International Scholarship
Up to $2,500 annually

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

Download Application


Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Up to $2,000 annually

For transfer students with a cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or higher and membership in Phi Theta Kappa. Students must be Phi Theta Kappa members prior to the start of the term in which they are applying.

Amount: Up to $2,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


Visual Arts Scholarship
Up to $2,000 annually

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

Download Application


Interior Architecture Scholarship
Up to $2,000 annually

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

Download Application


Bonner Leaders Program
$1,100 annually

The Bonner Leaders Program a selective service-based program that supports students' community-building work in nonprofit organizations with federal work study financial aid. Students work in these capacities instead of on-campus work study appointments.

Only five (5) Bonner Leaders will be selected in each incoming class. For more information on the Bonner Leaders Program, contact a Chatham admission counselor.

Amount: $1,100
Renewable: annually based on a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, full-time enrollment, and completion of program requirements which include 300 hours of annual project work.


Boy Scout & Girl Scout Award
Up to $1,000 annually

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

Download Boy Scout Award Application

Download Girl Scout Award Application


Family Tuition Grant
$2,000 annually

Awarded to students who have a sibling currently attending Chatham.

Amount: $2,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.

+ International Students

International Student Merit Scholarship
$6,000-$14,000 annually

Based on academic performance, students may qualify for a Chatham International Student 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.

Amount: $6,000-$14,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


Scholarship Interview Days
Up to $3,000 annually

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.


Legacy Award
$5,000 annually

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

Amount: $5,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


AFS/YFU/Rotary International Scholarship
Up to $2,500 annually

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

Download Application


Visual Arts Scholarship
Up to $2,000 annually

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

Download Application


Interior Architecture Scholarship
Up to $2,000 annually

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

Download Application