Scholarships for Entering Freshmen

Students who apply for admission prior to the Early Choice deadline of December 1 receive the strongest scholarship consideration.* Students submitting their admission application after December 1 are eligible for scholarships based on fund availability.

Merit-based Scholarships

UE Academic Scholarships

  • Academic scholarships are determined based on the student’s collective academic and leadership accomplishments, along with recognitions outside the classroom. Collective base awards range in value from a total of $14,000 to $26,000 based on the quality of the applicant pool.

National Merit Scholarship

  • Finalists - receive a full-tuition award
    • Students must follow the instructions provided by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to report UE as their first-choice college. To report your college choice or a change in your choice, log into

UE Need for Nursing Scholarship

  • Students who earn direct-entry into the nursing program receive a base award ranging in value from $20,000.

Performing Arts Scholarships

  • Students applying to programs within the Departments of Music or Theatre must audition to earn admission to the program and for scholarship evaluation.
  • Performing Arts Scholarships are inclusive of performing arts talent, academic accomplishments, and activities and recognitions.
  • Scholarship notification will be provided after student auditions.

Baccalaureate to Doctor of Medicine Scholarship

  • Students admitted to the UE B/MD program receive a $30,000 award.

UE Teaching Fellows Scholarship

  • Those accepted in to the Teaching Fellows program will receive a full-tuition scholarship during their junior year (third year). The same tuition award will extend to the senior year (fourth year) in the form of a short-term, forgivable student loan, provided the student has met all of the criteria for the program upon graduation from UE and signed a letter of commitment to pursue the teaching license and commitment to teach within a K-12 institution following graduation.

Athletic Scholarships

  • Athletic scholarships are awarded at the discretion of each coach, based on criteria he or she establishes and in accordance with NCAA regulations. Renewal requires continued participation in the sport. The following sports offer athletic scholarships:
    • MEN – baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and swimming and diving, and track and field;
    • WOMEN – basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, track and field, and volleyball.
  • In limited cases under NCAA governance, a student may receive an athletic award in combination with a merit-based scholarship. In such cases, a 3.00 grade point average is required to renew the UE merit-based award. Most forms of UE-funded gift assistance are not available in combination with athletic scholarships.

Veterans Affairs Education Benefits

  • Yellow Ribbon - UE has voluntarily entered into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to fund applicable tuition and fees that exceed the national maximum set annually by the Department of Veterans Affairs for eligible veterans or their eligible dependents using the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. The award is a combination of aid from UE and VA sources and supersedes any previously offered UE aid.
  • Other - The University of Evansville certifies enrollment under other education programs. These VA benefits are coordinated with other financial aid.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official US government web site at

Additional Awards

The following may be awarded in addition to most merit-based scholarships and, if eligible, will be coordinated with other financial aid.

Art Scholarship for Art majors – Students must submit an art portfolio to University of Evansville Art Department for consideration of scholarship by March 1, 2019.

Foreign Languages and Cultures Video Contest or Essay Contest – Awarded to student(s) for winning the Foreign Languages and Cultures Video Contest or Essay Contest.

Legacy – Awarded to children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of UE graduates.

Music Ensemble Participation Award for non-music majors – Students must complete an audition with the Department of Music by March 1, 2019, and demonstrate sufficient talent to participate in band, choir, or orchestra. Renewal requires continued participation in an eligible ensemble.

Scouting – Awarded to those who have earned the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout, Girl Scouts of the USA Gold Award, Sea Scouting Quartermaster Award, American Heritage Girls Stars and Stripes Award, or Venturing Silver Award.

United Methodist – Recognizes active membership in a United Methodist Church.

William L. Ridgway Award – Candidates must be dependent students who maintain permanent residence in Vanderburgh County or who will graduate from an accredited high school located in Vanderburgh County.

The following are UE scholarships earned during high school:

  • Balsawood Bridge
  • Junior Achievement Innovation
  • Math
  • Options
  • Star Student

*Students receiving a merit scholarship of $30,000 or higher are ineligible for additional awards.
The University of Evansville reserves the right to update the amounts and criteria as deemed necessary.
The total of all UE scholarships will not exceed the equivalency of full tuition.

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