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Undergraduate Student Scholarships

Good scholarship is a combination of excellence, hard work, and strong values. We believe that in order to build a community of high achievers, we must recognize those who have already found great success.

Many students ask us about the availability of scholarships at Emerson College. Although we have institutional grant money set aside to assist students who may have financial need, our merit scholarships are awarded to students based on a variety of non-need factors such as academic achievements, leadership, engagement in their area of interest, and match to Emerson.

The Office of Undergraduate Admission awards all merit scholarships in partnership with various scholarship committees.


Scholarship opportunities for first-year applicants: 

Dean's Scholarship

This scholarship is given to incoming students at the top of Emerson's applicant pool who have demonstrated academic distinction within their school communities as well as qualities such as leadership, ability to manage adversity, and other factors important to success as an Emerson student. For students entering the College in 2013, the amount of the Dean's Scholarship was $14,000 annually.

Students are required to enroll full-time and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The award is renewable for up to eight semesters. No additional essay or application is required to be considered for this scholarship.

Trustees Scholarship

This is a half-tuition scholarship given to applicants accepted into the Honors Program. Student are required to enroll full-time and maintain a 3.3 GPA (3.0 GPA in the Honors curriculum). It is renewable for up to eight semesters.

A separate Honors Program application must be submitted with your admission application in order to be considered for this scholarship.


Scholarship opportunities for transfer applicants: 

Next Step Emerson Scholarship 

To be considered for this half-tuition award (toward the cost of full-time attendance), students must plan to earn an associate's degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 from one of the participating community colleges below by the time they matriculate at Emerson. The deadline to apply is April 1. This scholarship is limited to fall term enrollment and students must apply for transfer admission by March 15.

Students who apply for the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship must plan to enroll full-time at Emerson College and complete their degree in five or fewer semesters. While on campus, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to continue to receive this scholarship.

Students who plan to graduate from one of the following institutions prior to the start of Fall 2014 are eligible to apply for Next Step Emerson:

  • Borough of Manhattan Community College (NY)
  • Bristol Community College (MA)
  • Broward College (FL)
  • Bunker Hill Community College (MA)
  • Massasoit Community College (MA)
  • Miami Dade College (FL)
  • Montgomery College (MD)
  • Nassau Community College (NY)
  • Onondaga Community College (NY)
  • Roxbury Community College (MA)
  • Santa Monica College (CA)

Next Step Emerson Scholarship Application »

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

To be considered eligible to apply for this $4,000 award, students must earn an Associate’s Degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 from an accredited community college and be an official member in good standing of Phi Theta Kappa. The deadline to apply is April 1. This scholarship is limited to fall term enrollment and students must apply for transfer admission by March 15.

Students who apply for the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship must plan to enroll full-time at Emerson College and complete their degree in five or fewer semesters. While on campus, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to continue to receive this scholarship.

Next Step Emerson scholarship recipients are not eligibe for a PTK scholarship.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship Application »


Other Merit Scholarships

There are a variety of other scholarships available through the Office of Undergraduate Admission that can vary year to year. If you qualify for any of these merit scholarships, the Admission Committee will nominate you. As with most of our merit awards, there is not an application process for these additional scholarships.