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Scholarships from Davenport University

Scholarships for Adults Like You

DU awards more than $15 million in institutional and Foundation scholarships each year. More than 95% of our students receive financial aid.

Our scholarships were created to help you earn your degree. Whether you have course credits that were earned previously or are transferring directly from another university, these scholarships, highlighted on the right and listed in detail below, are available to you.

If you are ready to apply for admission to Davenport, fill out an admission application today!. Once accepted, all applications are automatically reviewed for scholarship eligibility. Apply early for the best scholarship opportunities.

You must complete your free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov as soon as possible to be eligible for a scholarship and to maximize your financial aid availability.

In addition to the scholarships listed below, the Davenport University Foundation also provides student scholarships.

Up to Full Tuition Si Se Puede Cesar E. Chavez
Up to Full Tuition Martin Luther King Inherit the Dream
Up to $6,000 Titanium
Up to $4,000 Platinum
Up to $3,000 Gold
Up to $2,000 Silver
Up to $1,500 Community Leadership

Scholarships for High School Graduates

If you are graduating from high school and advancing on to Davenport University, there are a variety of scholarships waiting for you. In addition to the institutional scholarships listed to the right and explained in detail below, the Davenport University Foundation also provides scholarships. To learn more, visit our Foundation Scholarship page and Apply Today.

Contact Us at 800-686-1600

Up to Full Tuition Gerald R. Ford Memorial
Up to Full Tuition President's
Up to Full Tuition Martin Luther King Inherit the Dream
Up to $6,000 Titanium
Up to $4,000 Platinum
Up to $3,000 Gold
Up to $2,000 Silver

Apply for an Institutional Scholarship

Awarding process:

  • All applications for admission are reviewed for scholarship eligibility. You will be notified shortly after acceptance of any scholarships you qualify for. You will be contacted if any further information is needed.
  • Undergraduate students must submit a FAFSA to be considered for a scholarship.
  • Unless otherwise noted in the scholarship description, Davenport scholarships will cover up to tuition, fees and books after all federal and state aid (excluding student loans and work study) has been applied. External scholarships (Ex: Rotary Clubs, churches, etc.) can be used to cover other University costs such as books or room and board, but will not result in a refund to the student.
  • Some scholarships require an additional application, including the Gerald R. Ford Scholarship; the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Inherit The Dream Scholarship; the Si Se Puede Cesar E. Chavez; and the President's Scholarship.
  • Be sure to read through the general scholarship guidelines for more details.

Scholarships

Gerald R. Ford Memorial Scholarship

Maximum Annual Amount

Full tuition and fees, on-campus room and board, study abroad, textbooks

Per Semester Amounts

Full tuition and fees, on-campus room and board, study abroad, textbooks

Student Type

New high school student

Program Type

Undergraduate

To Qualify

Minimum 3.75 CGPA (end of junior year) and minimum 31 ACT. Competitive essay is required (due January 15). Minimum enrollment of 15 credit hours per fall and winter semesters required; optional minimum of 6 credits for spring/summer semester.

Essay Topic: "How I have demonstrated and plan to demonstrate in my life characteristics espoused by Gerald R. Ford including leadership, civic responsibility, service, ethics and courage of conviction."

Renewable

Up to 4 years or bachelor's degree (whichever is shorter)

Renewal CGPA

3.60 (checked at the end of winter semester for awarding for the following academic year)
Martin Luther King Inherit the Dream Scholarship

Maximum Annual Amount

Up to full tuition and fees

Per Semester Amounts

Tuition and fees

Student Type

New high school student
New adult student
New transfer student

Program Type

Undergraduate

To Qualify

Two scholarships will be awarded each year.  A separate application is required (due December 1st).  Click here to go to the application.

Minimum 2.00 GPA from high school or transferring institution.  Recommended enrollment of 12 credit hours per fall and winter semester, with spring summer enrollment of 6 credit hours. Minimum of 6 credit hours per semester required. 

Students involved in community service and/or activities in support of diversity and inclusion are encouraged to apply.

The application will ask candidates how they have demonstrated the ideals espoused by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, including leadership, equality, inclusion of people from different cultures, beliefs and community service.

Renewable

Up to 4 years or bachelor's degree (whichever is shorter)

Renewal CGPA

Students must maintain Standards of Academic Progress
President's Scholarship (Charter Scholarship)

Maximum Annual Amount

Full tuition and fees

Per Semester Amounts

Tuition and fees

Student Type

New high school student

Program Type

Undergraduate

To Qualify

Minimum 3.90 CGPA (end of junior year) OR minimum 31 ACT and 3.0 CGPA OR minimum 1360 SAT (verbal + math) and 3.0 CGPA. Competitive essay is required (due January 15). Minimum enrollment of 15 credit hours per fall and winter semesters required; optional minimum 6 credit hours for spring/summer semester.

Essay topic: "How will a Davenport education help you achieve your career goals?" Essays should be approximately 500 to 750 words long and will be evaluated based upon the specific career goals, how those goals fit within a program at Davenport and the quality of the writing.

Awarding Process

The essay plays a primary role in the awarding process. Other factors such as overall GPA, standardized test scores and class rank are considered when making decisions. All candidates are reviewed and essays read by a committee made up of representatives from Admissions, Faculty and Financial Aid. That committee’s recommendations are then reviewed by the Executive Vice President for Enrollment and Student Development and the Executive Director of Admissions. The final decisions are reviewed by the President of Davenport University.

Renewable

Up to 4 years or bachelor's degree (whichever is shorter)

Renewal CGPA

3.60 (checked at the end of winter semester for awarding for the following academic year)
Si Se Puede Cesar E. Chavez Scholarship

Maximum Annual Amount

Up to full tuition and fees

Per Semester Amounts

Tuition and fees

Student Type

New high school student
New adult student
New transfer student

Program Type

Undergraduate

To Qualify

 

One scholarship will be awarded each year.  A separate application is required (due December 1st).  Click here to go to the application.

Minimum 2.00 GPA from high school or transferring institution. Recommended enrollment of 12 credit hours per fall and winter semester, with spring summer enrollment of 6 credit hours. Minimum of 6 credit hours per semester required. 

Students involved in community service and/or activities in support of diversity and inclusion are encouraged to apply.

The application will ask candidates how they have demonstrated the ideals espoused by Cesar E. Chavez including leadership, environmentalism, social justice, and community service. 

Renewable

Up to 4 years or bachelor's degree (whichever is shorter)

Renewal CGPA

Students must maintain Standards of Academic Progress
Titanium

Maximum Annual Amount

$6,000

Per Semester Amounts

Full-time: $3,000 3/4time: $2,250

Student Type

Continuing student

Program Type

Undergraduate

To Qualify

Funds have been exhausted for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Students who meet the Titanium Scholarship criteria will be eligible for the Platinum Scholarship.

One of the following must be met for high school students to qualify:

  • Minimum 3.75 high school CGPA (end of junior year) OR minimum 28 ACT and 3.0 CGPA OR minimum 1260 SAT (verbal + math) and 3.0 CGPA
  • BPA, DECA, HOSA or Skills USA national top 10 finalist within field/category and 3.0 minimum CGPA. Submit a copy of your certificate to the Financial Aid Office.

One of the following must be met for transfer students to qualify:

  • Transfer in a minimum of 15 college-level credits and have a minimum 3.75 CGPA from transferring institution.
  • BPA or DECA national top 10 finisher within field/category and 3.0 minimum CGPA from transferring institution. Must be a current active member of the BPA or DECA club at transferring school. 

Renewable

Up to 4 years or bachelor's degree (whichever is shorter)

Renewal CGPA

3.40 (checked at the end of the winter semester for awarding for the following academic year)
Platinum

Maximum Annual Amount

$4,000

Per Semester Amounts

Full-time: $2,000 3/4 time: $1,500 Half-time: $1,000

Student Type

New high school student
New adult student
New transfer student

Program Type

Undergraduate

To Qualify

One of the following must be met for high school students to qualify:

  • Minimum 3.50 high school CGPA (end of junior year) OR minimum 25 ACT and 3.0 CGPA OR minimum 1130 SAT (verbal + math) and 3.0 CGPA
  • BPA, DECA, HOSA or Skills USA state first-place champion and 3.0 minimum CGPA. Submit a copy of your certificate to the Financial Aid Office. Note: If you are a national top 10 finalist in one of these organizations, contact your admissions representative for additional scholarship options

One of the following must be met for transfer students to qualify:

  • Transfer in a minimum of 15 college-level credits and have a minimum 3.50 CGPA from transferring institution
  • Proof of membership in Phi Theta Kappa
  • BPA or DECA state champion. Must be a current active member of the BPA or DECA club at transferring school and CGPA of 3.0.  Note: If you are a national top 10 finalist in one of these organizations, contact your admissions representative for additional scholarship options

Renewable

Up to 4 years or bachelor's degree (whichever is shorter)

Renewal CGPA

3.20 (checked at the end of winter semester for awarding for the following academic year)
Silver

Maximum Annual Amount

$2,000

Per Semester Amounts

Full-time: $1,000 3/4 time: $750 Half-time: $500

Student Type

New high school student
New adult student
New transfer student

Program Type

Undergraduate

To Qualify

One of the following must be met for high school/GED students to qualify:

  • Minimum 2.80 high school CGPA (end of junior year)
  • Minimum 530 GED
  • Minimum 21 ACT and have a minimum 2.0 CGPA
  • Minimum 980 SAT (math + verbal) and have a minimum 2.0 CGPA
  • BPA, DECA, HOSA or Skills USA regional participant and 2.5 minimum CGPA. Submit a copy of your certificate to the Financial Aid Office.

One of the following must be met for transfer students to qualify:

  • Transfer in a minimum of 15 college-level credits and have a minimum 2.80 CGPA from transferring institution
  • Transfer in college-level math and English courses 

The following must be met for either high school/GED or transfer students to qualify:

  • Qualifying COMPASS scores: Writing >=78  Reading >= 81 Pre-algebra >= 39

Renewable

Up to 4 years or bachelor's degree (whichever is shorter)

Renewal CGPA

2.50 (checked at the end of winter semester for awarding for the following academic year)
Gold

Maximum Annual Amount

$3,000

Per Semester Amounts

Full-time: $1,500 3/4 time: $1,125 Half-time: $750

Student Type

New high school student
New adult student
New transfer student

Program Type

Undergraduate

To Qualify

One of the following must be met for high school students to qualify:

  • Minimum 3.20 high school CGPA (end of junior year) OR minimum 21 ACT and 3.0 CGPA OR minimum 980 SAT (verbal + math) and 3.0 CGPA
  • BPA, DECA, HOSA or Skills USA state competition participant and 2.5 minimum CGPA. Submit a copy of your certificate to the Financial Aid Office.

One of the following must be met for transfer students to qualify:

  • Transfer in a minimum of 15 college-level credits and have a minimum 3.20 CGPA from transferring institution
  • BPA or DECA state competition participant. Must be a current active member of the BPA or DECA club at transferring school and CGPA of 2.5.

Renewable

Up to 4 years or bachelor's degree (whichever is shorter)

Renewal CGPA

3.00 (checked at the end of winter semester for awarding for the following academic year)
Academic Excellence for Undergraduate

Maximum Annual Amount

$1,500 - - - - - - - - $1,000 - - - - - - - - - - $500

Per Semester Amounts

Full-time: $750 3/4 time: $563 Half-time: $375 - - - - - - - - - Full-time: $500 3/4 time: $375 H

Student Type

Continuing student

Program Type

Undergraduate

To Qualify

Minimum 3.75 CGPA AND minimum 30 credit hours earned at Davenport

Minimum 3.50 - 3.74 CGPA AND minimum 30 credit hours earned at Davenport

Minimum 3.00 - 3.49 CGPA AND minimum 30 credit hours earned at Davenport

Renewable

Not automatically renewable

Renewal CGPA

N/A
Medallion

Maximum Annual Amount

$2,000

Per Semester Amounts

Full-time: $1,000 Half-time: $500

Student Type

New graduate-level student

Program Type

Graduate (any masters program)

To Qualify

Minimum 3.8 CGPA from a bachelor’s degree program and be fully accepted into a graduate program

Renewable

Up to 4 years or master's degree (whichever is shorter)

Renewal CGPA

3.50 (checked at the end of winter semester for awarding for the following academic year)
Scholars

Maximum Annual Amount

$1,500

Per Semester Amounts

Full-time: $750 Half-time: $375

Student Type

New graduate-level student

Program Type

Graduate (any masters program)

To Qualify

Minimum 3.50 CGPA from a bachelor’s degree program and be fully accepted into a graduate program

Renewable

Up to 4 years or master's degree (whichever is shorter)

Renewal CGPA

3.20 (checked at the end of winter semester for awarding for the following academic year)
Academic Excellence for Graduate

Maximum Annual Amount

$1,000

Per Semester Amounts

Full-time: $500 Half-time: $250

Student Type

Continuing student

Program Type

Graduate (any masters program)

To Qualify

Minimum 3.80 CGPA and minimum 12 graduate-level credit hours earned at Davenport

Renewable

Not automatically renewable

Renewal CGPA

N/A
Graduate

Maximum Annual Amount

$1,000

Per Semester Amounts

Full-time: $500 Half-time: $250

Student Type

New graduate-level student

Program Type

Graduate (any masters program)

To Qualify

Minimum 3.0 CGPA from a bachelor’s degree program and be fully accepted into a graduate program

Renewable

Up to 4 years or master's degree (whichever is shorter)

Renewal CGPA

3.00 (checked at the end of winter semester for awarding for the following academic year)
Student Club

Maximum Annual Amount

$2,000

Per Semester Amounts

Full-time: $1,000 3/4 time: $750 Half-time: $500

Student Type

New high school student
New adult student
New transfer student
Continuing student

Program Type

Undergraduate

To Qualify

Submit copy of first-place national championship certificate to the Financial Aid Office (does not include athletic National Championships).

Renewable

Not automatically renewable

Renewal CGPA

N/A
Alumni Scholarship

Maximum Annual Amount

$500

Per Semester Amounts

Undergraduate – Full-time: $250 ¾ time: $188 Half-time: $125 Graduate – Full-time: $250 Half-time: $

Student Type

New high school student
New adult student
New graduate-level student

Program Type

Undergraduate
Graduate (any masters program)

To Qualify

Associate's Degree: DU alum in good standing and fully accepted into a bachelor's program Bachelor's Degree: DU alum in good standing and fully accepted into a master's program

Renewable

Up to 4 years or a bachelor's or master's degree (whichever is shorter)

Renewal CGPA

Students must maintain Standards of Academic Progress
Community Leader Scholarship

Maximum Annual Amount

$1,500

Per Semester Amounts

6 credits or more:$750, less then 6 credits: $375

Student Type

New high school student
New adult student
New transfer student
Continuing student
New graduate-level student
Continuing graduate-level student

Program Type

Undergraduate
Graduate (any masters program)

To Qualify

Funds have been exhausted for the 2013-2014 academic year for continuing undergrad and continuing graduate students.

Students must be admitted to Davenport University and provide proof of employment at a company that is a member in good standing of a Chamber of Commerce* in the State of Michigan.

Student needs to submit the documentation to their financial aid counselor

*The Community Leader Scholarship can not be combined with other qualifying Davenport University discounts and scholarships.

Renewable

Not automatically renewable

Renewal CGPA

N/A
Study Abroad

Maximum Annual Amount

$1,000

Per Semester Amounts

N/A

Student Type

Continuing student

Program Type

Undergraduate

To Qualify

Minimum 3.00 CGPA, minimum 30 credit hours completed at Davenport University and a faculty reference. Deadline: May 1 for summer study abroad; June 1 for fall; October 1 for winter. Students should submit applications to the Study Abroad Advisor.

Renewable

Not automatically renewable

Renewal CGPA

N/A
Community College Employee

Maximum Annual Amount

Tuition only, for 1 course per academic year

Per Semester Amounts

N/A

Student Type

Community college professor/counselor

Program Type

Undergraduate
Graduate (any masters program)

To Qualify

Scholarship covers tuition only — for  one class per academic year.

Must be a full-time employee of a community college.

One class may be taken on campus, at any location or online.

Class may be undergraduate or graduate level.

Student is responsible for associated fees and textbook costs.

Student must provide a letter from their supervisor that identifies the student as a school employee. The letter must state the employee’s current job title as documentation that they meet eligibility requirements.

Student must submit an admissions application.

FAFSA is not required.

Scholarship is not automatically renewable. Recipients must reapply for scholarship consideration annually.

Renewable

Not automatically renewable

Renewal CGPA

N/A
High School Employee

Maximum Annual Amount

Tuition only, for 1 course per academic year

Per Semester Amounts

N/A

Student Type

High school employee

Program Type

Undergraduate
Graduate (any masters program)

To Qualify

Award covers tuition only for one class per year, at any Davenport campus or online. Student is responsible for associated fees and textbook costs. Student must provide documentation of eligibility directly to the Director of Admissions during the admission application process. Eligible high school employees are teachers, counselors, coaches, assistant coaches, administrators and staff. No FAFSA is required unless a student pursues other financial aid.

Renewable

Not automatically renewable

Renewal CGPA

N/A