Mount St. Joseph University offers several levels of academic scholarships and awards to incoming students to recognize academic achievement. They do not require a separate application and are awarded on a rolling basis, typically beginning in November for the upcoming academic year. Eligible students will receive an offer for one academic scholarship or award.

Traditional Student Merit Scholarships

The Mount offers several levels of competitive scholarships, merit scholarships, and awards to highschool seniors (class of 2023) in recognition of academic achievement—including new full tuition scholarships! Students must be accepted at the Mount to be considered for merit scholarships and awards. To be considered for the competitive President’s and Dean’s scholarships, students must apply by December 1, 2022.scholarships chart representing our offerings.

Competitive Scholarships:

  • President's Scholarship, covers full tuition and fees.
  • Dean's Scholarship, covers up to $24,000 annually and up to $96,000 in total award.

These scholarships will be combatively awarded. To be eligible for consideration, you must apply before Dec. 1, 2022.

Requirements for Traditional Student Merit Scholarships:

  • For annual scholarship amount $22,000 and total scholarship amount $88,000: HS GPA 3.95+ 
  • For annual scholarship amount $18,000 and total scholarship amount $72,000: HS GPA 3.50-3.94
  • For annual scholarship amount $16,000 and total scholarship amount $64,000: HS GPA 3.20-3.49 
  • For annual scholarship amount $15,000 and total scholarship amount $60,000: HS GPA 2.80-3.19

Students who do not meet the test score or GPA requirements above could still be eligible for an annual $11,000 Mount St. Joseph Award, totaling $44,000. Contact Student Administrative Services for details.

Visit campus and earn $4,000* off of your MSJ tuition.

Class of 2023 high school seniors who visit Mount St. Joseph University by April 1, 2023, can receive $4,000* toward their MSJ tuition!

Requirements

  Eligibility*

To be eligible:

  • Campus visits must be scheduled through the Office of Admission on our Visit page, or 513-244-4531.
  • Students must be accepted and enrolled full time at the Mount for fall of 2023.
  • The award will be distributed $500 per semester, for eight consecutive semesters
  • Students must maintain full time status and achieve satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible.

Austin E. Knowlton

Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship

The trustees of the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation established the memorial scholarship endowment at the Mount in 2009 and since then have contributed a total of $1,000,000 to continue the scholarship fund for future generations of Mount students.

Find out more about the Knowlton Memorial Scholarship.

 

Additional Scholarships & Awards

In addition to our competitive and merit scholarships and awards, the Mount offers a range of additional scholarships and awards to students. Availability is limited. Apply early to receive the highest possible amount! Visit our forms and applications page for additional scholarship application materials. 

Scholarship Award Eligibility Information
Schmidlapp Scholarship $5,000/year

Incoming freshman; female students who demonstrate academic talent and plan to major in biology, chemistry, math, or computer science may be eligible for this scholarship. 

Application Deadline: January 31

Apply at Schmidlapp Application

Austin E. Knowlton Foundation Scholarship $4,000/year

First consideration is given to residents of Ohio who have been accepted to the Mount as full-time, first-year students.  Among eligible applicants, priority will be given to a student interested in pursuing a career related to STEM fields, architecture or design.

Application Deadline: January 31

Apply at Austin E. Knowlton Foundation Application

Sister Mary Lea Scholarship $2,000/year

Incoming freshmen who demonstrate academic talent are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Eligible applicants are required to have a letter of recommendation from a MSJ alumnus/a.

Application Deadline: January 31

Apply at Sister Mary Lea Application

Moore-Eckel Scholarship $1,500/year

Incoming freshmen who demonstrate academic talent and plan on majoring in education, business or art may be eligible for this scholarship. 

Application Deadline: January 31

Apply at Moore-Eckel Application

S. Mary Agnes McCann $1,000-$3,000/year

Incoming freshmen who demonstrate academic talent are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Priority is given to descendants of Mount St. Vincent or Mount St. Joseph Academy students.

Application Deadline: January 31

Apply at Sister Mary Agnes Application

Choose Ohio First (COF) cITe Scholarship $8,000/year est. based on annual funding

Ohio residents only. Consideration for scholarship goes to incoming students that are double majoring in Social Computing and another major of their choice. Learn more at www.cite.msj.edu.

Music Major Scholarship $1,000-$3,000/year Incoming freshman; exceptional music majors who demonstrate musical talent. By Audition ONLY. This award does not require a separate application. Contact Music Department Chair, Mark McCafferty, for more information.
MSJ Renaissance Award $500-$1,000/year Planned participation in: The Art Guild, Ensemble, Peak Productions, Theatre, University Band, University Singers, or Writer's Block. Students may only receive one award, regardless of participation in multiple groups. Does not require separate application.
Father Della Pica Award $500-$1,500/year Incoming freshman; music majors who demonstrate academic talent. First consideration is given for music majors pursuing a career in ministry sponsored by the Catholic Church or affiliated organization. This award does not require a separate application. Contact Music Department Chair, Mark McCafferty, for more information.
S. Loretto Burke Award  $500-$1,500/year Incoming freshman; music majors who demonstrate academic talent. This award does not require a separate application. Contact Music Department Chair, Mark McCafferty, for more information.
Mission Ambassador Award $2,000/year

Incoming freshmen; interested in serving as student campus ministers through the Office of Mission Integration. Students applying must be actively involved in a faith tradition and exhibit an openness to persons of other faith traditions. 

Applciation Deadline: January 31

Apply at Mission Ambassador Application

Art & Design Scholarships $1,500-$2,000/year

Incoming freshmen who demonstrate artistic talent are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

Application Deadline: January 15

Click here for additional scholarship information. 

John Nartker Scholarship  $1,000/year

Incoming freshman; academic talent- majoring in art, fine arts, art education, or graphic design.

Application Deadline: January 15

Click here for additional scholarship information. 

Esports Scholarship $2,000/year

Freshman who are enrolled full time and participate in Esports practices, team workouts, and competitive events. Students participating in other NCAA Division III sports are not eligible for this scholarship.

Contact Head Coach Christian Duvall for more information. 

MOSAIC Scholarship $2,500/year

Students in the MOSAIC Scholars Program, who commit to a deeper understanding of and appreciation for diversity. Begins Fall 2023.

Application Deadline: January 31

Apply at MOSAIC Application

Lions 1st Scholars Award $1,000/year

First-generation college students who participate in the Lions 1st Scholars Community as first-year students or mentors. Begins Fall 2023.

Application Deadline: January 31

Apply at Lions 1st Scholars Application

Note: The Mount offers scholarships for students demonstrating artistic or musical talents, or planning to enroll in certain majors. Some of these awards require auditions, portfolios or separate applications.

 

Transfer Student Merit Scholarships

Students must have a minimum of 12 semester hours of college level coursework, be accepted to the Mount, and plan to attend full-time to be considered for a Transfer Scholarship. All Transfer Scholarships are renewable if the student remains full-time and meets satisfactory academic progress standards. Part-time students and students with previous bachelor’s degrees are not eligible. Transfer credit and transfer GPA must come from a regionally accredited institution. GPA used for scholarship consideration will be a calculation of all regionally accredited coursework. No applications are required for the scholarships listed below unless otherwise noted.

Merit Based Transfer Scholarships
GPA 2.75 - 2.99 3.0 - 3.249 3.25 - 3.49 3.5 - 3.749 3.75+
AMOUNT $11,000 $12,000 $13,000 $14,000 $15,000


* If you have graduated high school in the most recent academic year, and are planning to transfer and enroll at the Mount full-time for the spring semester please talk with an admissions representative to review scholarship opportunities. 

 

Additional Transfer Scholarships & Awards

Scholarship Award Eligibility Information
Mount Opportunity Award $10,000/year Students who do not meet the Transfer Scholarship criteria, but enroll full-time and are earning their first bachelor's degree may be eligible for a $10,000 Mount Opportunity Award. Please contact admission@msj.edu for details.
Mission Ambassador Award $2,000/year

Incoming students; interested in serving as student campus ministers through the Office of Mission Integration. Students applying must be actively involved in a faith tradition and exhibit an openness to persons of other faith traditions. 

Application Deadline: January 31

Apply at Mission Ambassador Application

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship  $1,000/year A cumulative college GPA of 3.25, an earned associate degree from a regionally accredited institution and verification of PTK membership are required. This award can be in addition to other eligible merit scholarships. This scholarship is renewable if the student is full-time and maintaining a 3.0 college GPA. Part-time students and students with previous bachelor's degrees are not eligible.
Adult Scholarship $1,000/year

Any new or current adult student at the Mount with a minimum 2.75 GPA is eligible to apply for this scholarship. Students are required to complete a FAFSA and submit an application. Recipients of this scholarship cannot be eligible for any need-based state or federal grant dollars. Students with a previous bachelor’s degree or students receiving more than 25 percent tuition reimbursement from their employer are not eligible.

Apply at Adult Application

Connections Scholarship $2,500/year While enrolled at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, Ivy Tech Community College, Sinclair Community College, or Gateway Community and Technical College a Connections Scholars application must be submitted. Requirements to meet the Connections Scholarship include an earned associate’s degree from Cincinnati State Technical & Community College or Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Connections Scholars must be enrolled in full-time status (12 credit hours minimum) at the Mount. This award can be stacked on other eligible merit scholarships. Applications and transcripts must be received two weeks prior to the start of the semester you plan to begin at the Mount. 
Moore-Eckel Adult Scholarship $750/year

This scholarship is available to current and future MSJ adult students. In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours of coursework per academic year. A completed FAFSA application, personal statement letter, and additional application form must be submitted prior to deadline for consideration.

Application Deadline: June 1

Apply at Moore-Eckel Adult Application

Renaissance Awards  $500-1000/year Planned participation in: The Art Guild, Ensemble, Peak Productions, Theatre, University Band, University Singers, or Writer's Block. Students may only receive one award, regardless of participation in multiple groups. Does not require separate application. 
Choose Ohio First (COF) cITe Scholarship $8,000/year est. based on annual funding Ohio residents only. Consideration for scholarship goes to incoming students that are double majoring in Social Computing and another major of their choice. Learn more at www.msj.edu/cite.
MOSAIC Scholarship $2,500/year

Students in the MOSAIC Scholars Program, who commit to a deeper understanding of and appreciation for diversity. Begins Fall 2023.

Application Deadline: January 31

Apply at MOSAIC Application

Lions 1st Scholars Award $1,000/year

First-generation college students who participate in the Lions 1st Scholars Community as first-year students or mentors. Begins Fall 2023.

Application Deadline: January 31

Apply at Lions 1st Scholars Application

Be the Change Transfer Student  Scholarship $17,500.00/year Students must have a minimum of 45 semester hours of community college/two-year college level coursework, have a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative transfer GPA, be accepted to the Mount, and plan to attend full-time towards a degree in education to be considered for a Be the Change Transfer Scholarship. The Be the Change Transfer Student Scholarship is renewable if the student remains full-time and meets satisfactory academic progress standards towards a degree in education. Part-time students and students with previous bachelor’s degrees are not eligible. Transfer credit and transfer GPA must come from a regionally accredited institution. GPA used for scholarship consideration will be a calculation of all regionally accredited coursework. Students who are awarded the Be the Change Transfer Student Scholarship are ineligible to receive the Mount Opportunity Award, merit-based transfer scholarships, and the Connections Scholars Scholarship.

 

Outside Scholarships 

Click here to obtain a current list of outside (third-party) scholarships. Scholarship eligibility and application materials vary.