“We believe these expanded financial aid programs make Ursinus an affordable option for students and families seeking a meaningful and lifelong educational investment at a small, residential liberal arts college,” says Shannon Zottola, vice president and dean of enrollment management. “We understand this financial investment can be daunting. That is why Ursinus is fully committed to extending its long legacy of unique learning opportunities, individualized attention, intellectual growth and cultural stimulation to all students, regardless of economic circumstances.”
The Gateway Scholarship, introduced in 2016, is guaranteed for admissible applicants who earn a minimum of an ACT composite score of 27, or a combined 1220 on the critical reading and math section of the SAT.
Twenty-eight percent of incoming, first-year students in the fall 2017 were awarded the Gateway Scholarship, and 36 percent were awarded it in fall 2018. Students at Ursinus receive an average of $31,500 in institutional aid, and 99 percent of students receive some form of financial assistance.
The Gateway Scholarship, which when introduced awarded eligible students $30,000 per year for four years, greatly reduces student loan debt carried by Ursinus students after graduation, and answers a national call for colleges and universities to directly address rising college costs and the student loan debt crisis, Zottola says.
In 2017, the ACT and SAT criteria for the Gateway Scholarship was expanded to include even more eligible students.
“Every student who has sustained academic excellence deserves to be rewarded for their successes,” Zottola says.
Other special application-based scholarships include the Zacharias Honors Scholarship ($40,000 per year), the Rev. Charles Rice Memorial Scholarship (35,000 per year), the Creative Writing Award and three separate performing arts scholarships (each $40,000 per year), and many more. —By Ed Moorhouse