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First Time Freshman Scholarships

Effective Fall 2024: Shepherd University is now requiring the FAFSA to be on file to receive any type of institutional aid. This includes Athletic Scholarships and Waivers, Admissions Scholarships and Waivers (merit-based and metro), Academic Scholarships and Waivers, and Office of Financial Aid Scholarships. *International students are not required to complete the FAFSA unless they are an eligible non-citizen.

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are awarded during the admissions process. *First Time in College students are eligible for the Director’s Scholarship if their GPA is 3.0 or higher, regardless of their test score. Students must meet both the GPA requirement and one of the standardized test requirements to receive the Dean’s or President’s Scholarship. Full-time status (12 credits or more each semester) is required to receive a scholarship from Shepherd University. These scholarships are renewable for three additional years with a cumulative Shepherd GPA of 2.75 or higher.

*Students who wish to receive institutional aid from Shepherd University must file a FAFSA. Students who submit an undergraduate application by April 1 and submit an enrollment deposit by May 1 will receive priority for our merit-based awards.

Metro Scholarship

The Metro Scholarship is awarded automatically to first-time-in-college freshmen with a legal, permanent residence in one of the following counties provided they are not receiving the in-state tuition rate. Eligible students must take at least 12 credit hours per semester, live on campus, and maintain residency in a metro area:

The Metro Scholarship will only be renewable up to 8 semesters as long as all qualifications are met.

Scholarships awarded by the Office of Admissions

The Office of Admissions determines scholarship eligibility during the admissions process.  All students are encouraged to file their FAFSA as it is required for certain awards. Priority deadlines are April 1 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission. Full-time status (12 credits or more each semester) is required to receive a scholarship from Shepherd University.

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.

Multicultural Leadership Team Scholarship 

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. Students participating in Academic Common Market are not eligible for Shepherd’s merit scholarships or the Metro Scholarship. The approved ACM majors at Shepherd University include:

Maryland Residents
Art: Photography and Computer Imagery concentration
Engineering Science: Environmental Engineering concentration
History: Civil War & 19th Century America concentration
History: Historic Preservation & Public History concentration
Recreation and Sport Studies: Recreation Therapy 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.