A scholarship is a form of financial aid that does not need to be repaid. Scholarship eligibility may be need-based (as determined by the FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or merit-based. You're encouraged to apply for scholarships as part of your financial aid plan.
We're pleased to award nearly $4 million in scholarships annually to students enrolled full-time at BU. Priority consideration is given to grades and extracurricular activities.Scholarships are available in many academic programs of study as well as in the arts and athletics. Awards are also offered to students who reside in certain communities or who meet other special criteria.
View the complete list of BU Scholarships.
First-year and transfer students: Most scholarships are awarded by the Admissions office. Students who apply prior to January 15 are given priority consideration. Students who are awarded a scholarship will receive an award notification, and the scholarship will be posted to the student's financial aid record.
Current students: Applications are available after January 1 and the deadline to apply is March 1.
The BU Emergency Scholarship is available to provide funding for qualified students who are confronted with an emergency financial need that, if not met, could result in an inability to complete classes. Please note: poor use of financial aid funding, credit card debt, enrollment in summer/winter, or receiving a small amount of grants does not constitute an emergency. This scholarship is for true emergencies only and is not meant as a supplement to your financial aid package. Deadline varies based on funding availability.
To be considered for this scholarship, your emergency situation should fall into one of these categories:
- Exhausted all financial aid resources (including student and parent loans) and an outstanding balance still remains on your account.
- Confronted with an unexpected personal crisis causing the inability to meet college financial obligations (examples: change in family income/support, loss of a job, death of an immediate family member, pending eviction or home foreclosure, burglary, or fire). For loss of income, you must also submit a Special Condition form to have your financial need reviewed.
- GPA 2.0 or greater
- Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Complete a FAFSA
- Complete a PA State Grant application (If a PA resident)
- Accept your Federal Direct Student Loans
- Apply for additional funding such as Federal Direct Plus Loan or Private Alternative Educational Loan.
Various scholarships are available through the PASSHE Foundation.
The Army ROTC Scholarship is available on a competitive basis for two-year, three-year, and four-year periods. It pays tuition and fees and offers a semester stipend for materials and books (approximately $300), plus a monthly allowance for the duration of the scholarship. For more information, call the Army ROTC Office on the Bloomsburg campus, 570-389-2123, or contact the Army ROTC Instructor Group at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, at 570-577-1013/1246.
The Air Force ROTC program also offers financial aid opportunities. For more details, contact the Air Force ROTC Office on the Bloomsburg campus 570-389-2196 or in Wilkes-Barre 1-800-945-5378, ext. 4860.
Your high school guidance office personnel is often very knowledgeable about scholarships though local sources such as service and fraternal clubs, industry, religious organizations, teachers' associations, foundation, PTAs and more. We encourage you to explore the myriad of scholarship opportunities available from your high school, as well as religious, civic, and community organizations.
Already received a scholarship? Congratulations! Make sure to let us know and submit your scholarship checks and award letters to the:
Waller Administration Building
400 E. Second St.
Bloomsburg, PA 17815