Scholarships for First-time Freshmen

Remember that time you stayed up all night studying for the chemistry test that happened the same day you were turning in that 10-page English paper, which was two days before you took the ACT or SAT? It was worth it. You’re going places. Let us help you get there. 

We know cost is an important factor when selecting a college. At RU, you are automatically considered for our merit-based scholarships when you complete the admission application.  These scholarships are offered in three categories:

  • Competitive: You’re invited to an interview (we’ll call you)
  • Academic: Automatically awarded based on GPA, test scores
  • Talent: Based on your ability in arts, athletics, service, and more


Find out which first-time freshmen scholarships you automatically qualify for now using the chart below. 

Competitive Scholarships

Award* Minimum Requirements Renewability requirements Application deadline
Trustees' Scholarship
Full tuition Highly qualified entering freshman students selected based upon a competitive interview program Maintain a cum. GPA of 3.4 after freshman year, and 3.5 at the end of each subsequent academic year Must file admission application PRIOR to Jan. 31
Tom D. Harmon Scholarship
Full tuition Awarded to nursing student based on competitive interviews    

Academic Scholarships

Award* Renewability requirements Application deadline
Breen Scholarship
$22,000 Maintain a 3.3 cum. GPA Must file admission application PRIOR to May 1
McCabe Scholarship
$20,500 Maintain a 3.2 cum. GPA Must file admission application PRIOR to May 1
Knapp Scholarship
$18,000 Maintain a 3.0 cum. GPA Must file admission application PRIOR to May 1
Weiss Scholarship
$16,000 Maintain a 3.0 cum. GPA Must file admission application PRIOR to May 1
Loyola Scholarship (Awarded to students who graduate from a Catholic high school)
$1,000 Maintain a 2.0 cum. GPA Must file admission application PRIOR to May 1
Family Award (Awarded to each undergraduate, dependent student in the family currently attending Rockhurst)
$1,000  

Talent Scholarships

Award* Minimum Requirements Renewability requirements Application deadline
Finucane Service Award
$1,500 Entering full-time freshmen or transfer students who have a sound academic record and demonstrated outstanding community service. Service resume and essay required. Find out more. Participate in service and maintain a 2.5 GPA February 15
Fine and Performing Arts Award
Variable Entering freshmen or transfer students who audition, interview or submit portfolios. Find out more. renewable based on ability and participation, 2.0 GPA February 22
Lakas Award
Variable Selected students in writing who interview or submit portfolios. Find out more.    February 22
Language Scholarship
$1,000 Incoming freshmen who major in French and/or Spanish and who maintain good academic standing. Find out more.    February 22
Art
$1,000 Incoming freshmen who have an interest in art. Find out more.    February 22
Athletic Awards
Variable Based on athletic ability and sport    


*Per academic year. Note: Students may not be awarded both a competitive and academic scholarship. *The last ACT exam date for scholarship upgrade eligibility is the February exam of your senior year.

Rockhurst University has the right to evaluate institutional financial aid packages. The total institutional award from RU may not exceed the cost of tuition.