Gannon Scholarships and Awards

  • Gannon University offers a variety of scholarships, grants and awards in recognition of students’ academic and athletic accomplishments, demonstrated need and outstanding talents. These grants and scholarships are renewable each year based on criteria defined in our annual 'Important Information Regarding Financial Aid' (Final Award brochure) and related publications. The Final Award brochure can be found on our 'Forms and Documentation' page.  

    The following is a list of the various types of institutional aid at Gannon.

    Academic and Merit Scholarships/Awards

    Scholarship/Award Amount Eligibility
    Presidential Scholarship* Full Tuition Eligible candidates must apply and be accepted to the University by December 15. The top 10 percent of accepted students by this date will be invited to compete in a scholarship contest with the ability to earn a full tuition scholarship. Up to the top 10 participants in the scholarship contest will receive full tuition scholarships. Details of the scholarship contest are included with students’ acceptance letters.
    Founders Scholarship* up to $16,000 All students who are invited and choose to participate in the above mentioned contest will have their Admissions Merit award increased by $1,500. Up to the top 10 participants in the scholarship contest will receive full tuition scholarships. Details of the scholarship contest are included with students’ acceptance letters.
    Academic Excellence Award* $14,000- $14,500 Award amounts are based on academic merit as well as SAT/ACT scores. Students who perform exceptionally well may have the opportunity to increase their scholarship/award amount and receive either the Presidential or Founders Scholarships.
    University Scholars Award* $13,000 Award is based on academic merit as well as SAT/ACT scores.
    Provost Achievement Award* $11,000 -$12,000 Award is based on academic merit as well as SAT/ACT scores.
    Maroon & Gold Award* $5,000 - $7,000 Award amounts are based on academic merit as well as SAT/ACT scores.

    * Must enroll directly from high school.

    Diocesan-Related Awards (Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania)

    Scholarship/Award Amount Eligibility
    Diocesan High School Grant* $1,500 Awarded to graduates from the Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania.
    Diocesan Parish Grant $1,000 Awarded to active members of a Catholic parish in the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania.

    * Must enroll directly from high school.
     

    Academic Competitions

    Scholarship/Award Amount Eligibility
    Biology** $500-$3,000 Awards are based on students’ performance on exams.
    Business** $500-$3,000 Awards are based on students’ performance on exams.
    Chemistry** $500-$3,000 Awards are based on students’ performance on exams.
    Communication and Language Arts ** $500-$3,000 Awards are based on students’ performance on exams.
    Education** $500-$3,000 Awards are based on students’ performance on exams.
    Engineering** $500-$3,000 Awards are based on students’ performance on exams.
    Social Science** $500-$3,000 Awards are based on students’ performance on exams.

    * Must enroll directly from high school.
    ** Scholarship competitions held during Fall Open House. Please contact Admissions for more information.
     

    Additional Scholarships

    Scholarship/Award Amount Eligibility
    Academic Sports League* Varies Awards are based on high school participation in ASL tournaments.
    Athletic Scholarship Varies Based on demonstrated athletic ability; awarded by the respective athletic coaches.
    Catholic High School Grant* $1,000 Awarded to graduates from any Catholic high school in the U.S. (outside the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania.)
    Edward Lamb Model U.N. Scholarship* $1,000 - $3,000 Based on academic merit and participation in Model U.N.
    National Catholic Forensic League* Varies Awards are based on high school participation in forensic tournaments.
    ROTC Room and and Board Scholarship Varies Awarded to winners of the three- and four-year designated Army ROTC Scholarships (FAFSA) required.
    Schuster Memorial Music Award (requires a separate application) $1,000

    The Schuster Memorial Music Award was endowed by William Schuster to encourage musicians to continue their creation of music at the college level as they pursue a degree in one of over 70 majors offered at Gannon. This scholarship rewards up to 15 qualified students for their music ability with $1,000 awarded annually, with the total value of $4,000 earned over four years at Gannon.

    A prospective freshman, transfer, or adult student must:

    • Apply and be accepted for full-time admission to the University
    • Return the completed Memorial Music Award application
    • Play a musical instrument (brass, woodwind or percussion)
    • Audition with the Director of the Gannon University Concert Band during Spring Open House. Other audition times can be arranged for extenuating circumstances.
    • Participate in the Gannon University Concert Band

    There is no deadline to apply for this award, however, there are a limited number of awards. 

    Schuster Patron of the Arts Scholarship (requires a separate application) $2,500

    The Schuster family and Gannon University are proud to offer up to ten scholarships to qualified students who make the arts an integral part of their lives. Some students demonstrate a commitment to the arts actively by composing, performing or creating. William Schuster created an endowment for these scholarships in loving memory of his wife Frances, who was deeply committed to the Arts. Students who are awarded these scholarships receive $2,500 annually, with the total value of $10,000 earned over four years at Gannon.

    A prospective freshman or adult student must:

     

    • Apply for full-time admission to the University by February 15
    • Return a completed application by February 15
    • Demonstrate support for the Arts in many areas of his/her life

     

    NSF Scholarship Grant (SEECS) Up to $8,000/year Through funds from the National Science Foundation, Gannon University awards approximately 20 scholarships per year, each renewable for up to four years. Each recipient can be awarded up to $8,000/year, depending on awardee's unmet financial needs and available funds. Learn more about the award

    * Must enroll directly from high school.
     

    Transfer Student Awards

    Scholarship/Award Amount Eligibility
    Gannon Transfer Scholarship $9,000 Award is based on calculated GPA from prior school(s).
    Gannon Transfer Award $7,000 Award is based on calculated GPA from prior school(s).
    University Transfer Award $5,500 Award is based on calculated GPA from prior school(s).
    Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship Up to $13,000 Available to incoming transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at their community college, a U.S. citizen and have at least a 3.0 college GPA. This award would be in place of other transfer scholarships and awards.

    After Graduation from GU

    Scholarship/Award Amount Eligibility
    Delaney Medical School Scholarship Fund Varies

    Dr. James H. Delaney was a prominent Erie opthalmologist who bequeathed $2 million to help make medical school a reality for Gannon University graduates from Erie county (Pennsylvania).

    The Delaney Medical Scholarship Fund, through Gannon, has awarded over $3 million. The average award presented for 2011-2012 academic year was $23,000, providing full tuition to medical school for five students. Individual scholarships ranged from $7,000 to $38,000.

    To be eligible for scholarships from this fund, students must meet the following requirements:

     

    • Must be a graduate of an Erie County (Pennsylvania) high school
    • Must attend and graduate from Gannon University
    • If a transfer student, must complete a minimum of 64 credits from Gannon and earn his/her first baccalaureate degree from Gannon
    • Must demonstrate economic need*
    • Must be accepted to and enroll in an allopathic medical school in the continental United States
    *While this is a need-based award, anyone who meets the minimum requirements will receive $7,000 per year.