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Scholarships with SAT or ACT Requirements

Test scores don’t just determine your admission status; they decide scholarships too.

Kathryn Knight Randolph

November 18, 2021

Did you know: colleges use your test scores to determine your merit scholarship amounts. When it comes to test scores, there’s more than admissions decisions on the line.
Scholarships with SAT or ACT Requirements
As you consider colleges and make preparations for college applications, your standardized test scores are often lauded as major determinants of whether or not you’re accepted at your college choices. But what is sometimes left out of the discussion is how these scores impact scholarships. For many colleges, merit scholarships are determined by the same requirements as college applications: GPA, test scores, extracurricular involvement, essays, and letters of recommendation. So essentially, when you’re applying to a college, you’re also applying for its institutional scholarships, too. Additionally, there are a number of scholarship opportunities from private or public organizations that ask you to submit your test scores. As you consider taking the test and prepping for exam day, understand that it’s not just your college admissions on the line; it’s scholarship money as well.
We’re highlighting several opportunities within the Fastweb scholarship database that require a certain SAT or ACT score in order to be eligible. However, it should be noted this year that many institutional awards are from colleges that have gone test-optional temporarily. While some of these colleges and universities have verbiage indicating that not submitting test scores will not impact scholarship eligibility, others do not specify. This year, you need to be your own best advocate and reach out to schools directly to determine whether or not their test-optional policies also extend to merit scholarship distribution. You don’t want to learn too late that not submitting test scores made you ineligible for more money to pay for college. So do your due diligence, contact the schools you’re applying to, and ask:
  1. Are you test-optional this year?
  2. Will not submitting test scores impact my merit scholarship eligibility?
  3. Is there anything special I need to do to indicate that I would like to be considered for merit scholarships?
Now, put your best foot forward on test day and to the application days beyond. You’ve got this.
Classified Senate Academic Scholarship at Ohio University Deadline: Varies Available to: Incoming College Freshmen to College Seniors Amount: Varies The Classified Senate Academic Scholarship is open to full-time undergraduate students at Ohio University, Athens. Continuing students must meet the University-established scholarship criteria. Entering first-year students must have a minimum 28 ACT/1240 SAT score and rank in the top 20 percent of their high school class to be eligible for this award.
Central Michigan University Board of Trustees Academic Honors Scholarship Deadline: Varies Available to: High School Seniors (Incoming Freshmen) Amount: $2,500 The CMU Board of Trustees Academic Honors Scholarship is automatically awarded to high school seniors who will graduate with a minimum 3.5 GPA and at least a 20 ACT score who will attend Central Michigan University straight from high school. This award is renewable each year, provided you maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher. Troy State University Dean’s Scholarship Deadline: Varies Available to: Incoming College Freshman to College Seniors Amount: 50% of tuition The Dean's Scholarship is available to undergraduate students at Troy State University, Dothan. You must have a minimum 22 ACT/1030 SAT score and a minimum GPA of 3.25 to be eligible for this award. Engineering Excellence Scholarship Deadline: Varies Available to: Incoming College Freshmen Amount: $3,000 The Engineering Excellence Scholarship is available to entering first-year students at the University of Iowa. You must be majoring in engineering and have a minimum 3.7 GPA or a minimum 28 ACT/1250 combined critical reading and math SAT score to be eligible for this award. Associate Provost Scholarship Deadline: Varies Available to: Incoming College Freshmen to College Seniors Amount: 75% of tuition The Associate Provost Scholarship is available to undergraduate students at Troy State University, Dothan. You must have a minimum 24 ACT/1100 SAT score and a minimum college GPA of 3.5 to be eligible for this award. Dean’s Scholarship Deadline: Varies Available to: Incoming College Freshmen Amount: $16,000 The Dean's Scholarship is open to entering freshmen at Azusa Pacific University. You must have at least a 3.9 GPA and have a minimum 1200 SAT/26 ACT score to be eligible for this award. Winton and Naomi Wise Memorial Scholarship Deadline: Varies Available to: Incoming College Freshmen to College Seniors Amount: Varies The Winton and Naomi Wise Memorial Scholarship is open to students at the University of West Alabama. You must have a high ACT score and demonstrate high academic standards, leadership and financial need. You must also maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA. Abraham K. Smith Scholarship for Outstanding Students Deadline: Varies Available to: Incoming College Freshmen Amount: Varies The Abraham K. Smith Scholarship for Outstanding Students is available to students entering Shippensburg University. You must have at least a 1200 SAT score and rank in the upper 10 percent of your graduating class to be eligible for this award. Claude Bernard Pennington Jr. Endowed Presidential Scholarship Deadline: Varies Available to: Incoming College Freshmen to College Seniors Amount: Varies The Claude Bernard Pennington, Jr. Endowed Presidential Scholarship is available to students at Southeastern Louisiana University. You must have at least a 24 ACT score and a minimum 3.4 GPA to be eligible for this award. University Award Deadline: Varies Available to: Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students Amount: 50% of tuition The University Award is available to entering freshmen and transfer students at Kent State University. You must be a resident of a U.S. state outside of Ohio to be eligible for this award. Entering freshmen must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and a score of at least a 21 ACT/1060 SAT score. Presidential Scholarship Deadline: Varies Available to: Incoming Freshmen Amount: Up to $18,000 The Presidential Scholarship is available to incoming freshmen at Augustana University. You must have an ACT score of at least 27 and a minimum GPA of 3.5 to qualify for this award. Fredonia Scholar Award Deadline: Varies Available to: Incoming Freshmen Amount: $2,500 The Fredonia Scholar Award is available to entering freshmen at the State University of New York at Fredonia. You must have a 93 unweighted high school average, and a minimum 1080 SAT/22 ACT score to be eligible for this award.

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