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First Time Freshman Scholarships

Academic Scholarships

All first-time freshmen are eligible to receive an academic scholarship from Shepherd University, granted they are not receiving Academic Common Market.  Students must meet both the GPA requirement and one of the standardized test requirements to receive the corresponding award. These scholarships are renewable for three additional years with a 2.75 cumulative Shepherd G.P.A.

Test Optional Freshman Academic Scholarships

Students applying as test optional will be considered for an academic scholarship based on their reported high school GPA. Academic Common Market recipients are not eligible for academic scholarships. These scholarships are renewable for three additional years with a 2.75 cumulative Shepherd G.P.A.

High School GPA In-State Award Out-of-State Amount
3.00 $1,000 $3,000

Metro Scholarship

The Shepherd University Metro Scholarship available for first-time freshmen who are residents of select Maryland and Pennsylvania counties, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. This $5,500 per year scholarship is awarded automatically when all requirements below are fulfilled.

To be Eligible, you Must Be:

Scholarships awarded by the Office of Admissions

These scholarships are awarded to new students with a strong academic record or to those with high financial need. Students must file a FAFSA to be considered for financial need awards. Priority deadlines are March 1st for fall admission and November 1st for spring admission.
Admissions Scholarship Application

Scholarships awarded by the Office of Financial Aid

These scholarships are available to full-time, degree-seeking, undergraduate students. Most scholarships require a minimum GPA of 2.5. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional information.
Financial Aid Scholarship Application

Multicultural Leadership Team Scholarship

Applicants for this scholarship must be full-time, undergraduate, degree-seeking Shepherd University students who demonstrate leadership qualities and a commitment to improving race relations, enhancing cultural diversity, and promoting multiculturalism. Find out more about the Multicultural Leadership Team Scholarship .

Download the application here.

Academic Common Market

Academic Common Market is a tuition-savings program sponsored by the Southern Regional Education Board. The program is available to college students who want to pursue degrees that are not offered by their in-state institutions. Students can attend out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and pay the institution’s in-state tuition rates. The approved ACM majors at Shepherd University include:

Maryland Residents
Art: Photography and Computer Imagery concentration
Engineering Science: Environmental Engineering concentration
Environmental Studies: Aquatic Science concentration
History: Civil War & 19th Century America concentration
History: Historic Preservation & Public History concentration
Recreation and Sport Studies: Interscholastic Athletic Coaching and Administration concentration
Recreation and Sport Studies: Therapeutic Recreation concentration

Virginia Residents
Art: Photography and Computer Imagery concentration

Delaware Residents
Communication and New Media: Digital Filmmaking concentration
History: Historic Preservation & Public History concentration
Recreation and Sport Studies: Therapeutic Recreation concentration

South Carolina Residents
Recreation and Sport Studies: Sports Communication concentration

Please note that the ACM is not automatic and Shepherd University is not involved in the certification process. Students must apply for the program through their home state’s ACM office. For more detailed information about the application process, please visit the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) website

Private Scholarships

Private scholarships are awarded by other agencies, such as businesses, churches, foundations, etc. The following websites are useful in applying online. Notify the Office of Financial Aid of any scholarship that you receive from a private source.