Scholarships & Financial Aid

Florida Residents Admissions Scholarships 2020 - 2021

To be considered for merit-based scholarships from the Office of Admissions, students must submit a complete admissions application by January 15. For additional information about the awarding process, please visit Freshman Scholarship Requirements & Timeline. All scholarships are awarded on a funds available basis to students who have been admitted to USF.

Scholarship Award Academic Requirements
USF Presidential Award $20,000 ($5,000 per year) 4.30+ GPA and
1430+ SAT (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math) or
32+ ACT
USF Directors Award $16,000 ($4,000 per year) 4.00+ GPA and
1340+ SAT (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math) or
29+ ACT
USF Scholars Gold Award $12,000 ($3,000 per year)

3.80+ GPA and
1280+ SAT (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math) or
27+ ACT

USF Scholars Award $6,000 ($1,500 per year)

3.80+ GPA and
1240+ SAT (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math) or
26+ ACT

The above awards are not stackable. Students will receive the highest award for which they qualify within the awarding timeline. 


The following awards are stackable with the USF Scholars, USF Directors, and USF Presidential Awards.

Scholarship  Award/Benefits Academic Requirements
USF Tradition of Excellence Awards (students receive only the highest award for which they qualify) National Merit Scholars*

**Full cost of attendance. Please see

Receive designation as a National Merit Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and name USF as your first-choice school.

**Semi-finalists are awarded $20,000 ($5,000 per year) until they are officially classified as National Merit Finalist and select USF as their first-choice school.

National Hispanic Scholars Finalist $20,000 ($5,000 per year) and a study abroad scholarship

Receive designation as a National Hispanic Scholar Finalist by the College Board in the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

This award must be stacked with an additional Office of Admissions award.  

 USF Honors College Scholarship $2,000 (Based on participation) 4.00+ GPA and
1400+ SAT (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math) or 
31+ ACT

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USF History of Achievement Award  $8,000 ($2,000 per year) Recognizes select students who have achieved above average academic records in high school while facing significant socioeconomic, educational, cultural or personal challenges.
USF Ventures Scholars Award  $4,000 ($1,000 per year)

Recognizes students designated as Ventures Scholars by the Ventures Scholars Program. To be considered for this award, you must submit your Ventures Scholars Certificate to
by March 1.

*The Benacquisto Scholarship Program (formerly) Florida Incentive Scholarship Program is a merit scholarship for high school graduates who achieve the National Merit® Scholar Finalist designation. If a student qualifies for this award, it will replace all other awards from the Office of Admissions, excluding the Tradition of Excellence National Merit Scholarship award. The Benacquisto Scholarship covers 100 percent of the cost of attendance, minus the amount that the recipient receives from Bright Futures and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.