Full Ride Scholarships: List of Scholarships For Full Tuition/Full Rides


Lists of Full Ride Scholarships

If you just want to jump straight to the lists we collected, just follow the links below:

List of Competitive Full Ride Scholarships

List of Automatic Full Ride Scholarships

List of NMF Full Ride Scholarships

Types of Full Ride Scholarships

Full Ride Scholarships & Full Tuition Scholarships Lists
Some schools have automatic full ride scholarships, where students need to meet a set of minimum academic requirements – and if they do, they automatically receive the scholarship. Typically, the bar is set pretty high on these automatic scholarships. In some cases, full ride scholarships are even more selective than that – at many schools, you have to meet certain selective academic requirements just to be eligible – but it doesn’t mean that you’re guaranteed the scholarship. In the case of these competitive full ride scholarships, a committee will go through your application and determine whether or not you’ll receive a full ride or not.

There are Also National Merit Scholarships. Depending on the school, these will be awarded to some combination of students who are awarded these designations:

  • National Merit Finalist
  • National Merit Semi Finalist
  • National Merit Commended Student


You can learn more about National Merit Scholarships here. It’s a competitive program, and you really need to plan ahead if you want to be eligible because NMS programs require you to take the PSAT. Students/parents who’re interested in the National Merit program should do their research as early as possible.

Because we’re truly dedicated towards providing useful, actionable information to college students and prospective college students, we went ahead and put together tables of each type of scholarship available. Credit for the information gathered in these tables goes towards everybody who contributes to College Confidential – we sourced this information from the following threads on the forums: Competitive Full Ride Scholarships, Automatic Full Ride Scholarships, NMS Full Ride Scholarships


List of Competitive Full Ride Scholarships

This is a compilation of competitive full ride scholarships. The awards included in the table below meet the following criteria:

  • Full Tuition/Full Ride (or financial equivalent)
  • No requirement based on state residency, ethnicity, race, etc.
  • No need-based factors taken into account
  • Colleges are accredited, either public or non-profit private schools, and grant 4-year degrees
Competitive Full Ride Scholarships
State School Name Scholarship Name Value Minimum Requirements Link
Alabama University of Alabama Academic Elite Full Ride + iPad 32+ ACT or 1400+ SAT (CR+M), 3.8+ GPA More Details
Alabama University of Montevallo MAPS (Montevallo Ambassador Program Scholarships) Full Ride + $2,000 annual book stipend 30+ ACT or 1320+ SAT (CR+M), 3.5 GPA, plus resume More Details
Arkansas Hendrix College Hays Memorial Scholarship Full Ride 32+ ACT or 1410+ SAT(CR+M) , 3.6+ GPA More Details
California Loyola Marymount University Trustee Scholars Full Ride Case by Case Basis More Details
California University of Southern California Various Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
Delaware University of Delaware Eugene DuPont Memorial Scholarship Full Ride+ Case by Case Basis More Details
District of Columbia Catholic University of America Archdiocesan Scholarship Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
District of Columbia Howard University Various Full Tuition to Full Ride 26+ ACT or 1170+ SAT(CR+M), GPA 3.0+, Typicaly #1 or #2 in Class More Details
Florida Rollins College Alfond Scholars Program Full Ride Case by Case Basis More Details
Florida University of Miami Various Up to Full Ride Case by Case Basis More Details
Georgia Agnes Scott College Marvin B. Perry Presidential Scholarship Full Ride+ Case by Case Basis More Details
Georgia Emory University Robert W. Woodruff Scholarship Full Ride Case by Case Basis More Details
Georgia Georgia Institute of Technology President's Scholarship and Stamps Scholarship Up to Full Ride Case by Case Basis More Details
Georgia Georgia Southern University 1906 Scholarship Full Tuition 1300+ SAT (CR+M), 3.5+ GPA More Details
Georgia University of Georgia Foundation Fellowship Full Ride 31 ACT+, 2100+ SAT (CR+M+W), 3.8+ GPA (unweighted) More Details
Georgia University of Georgia Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship Full Tuition + 31 ACT+, 2100+ SAT (CR+M+W), 3.8+ GPA (unweighted) More Details
Illinois Knox College Presidential Scholarship Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
Illinois Illinois Institute of Technology Duchossois Leadership Scholars Full Ride Case by Case Basis More Details
Illinois Illinois Institute of Technology Camras Scholars Program Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
Indiana Indiana University Wells Scholars Full Ride In-state students must be nominated by HS (1 or 2 per school) More Details
Indiana University of Notre Dame Penelope W. and E. Roe Stamps IV Leadership Scholars Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
Iowa Drake University National Alumni Scholarship Full Ride Case by Case Basis More Details
Iowa Drake University George A. Carpenter Scholarship Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
Kentucky Centre College Brown Fellowship Full Ride + Case by Case Basis More Details
Kentucky University of Louisville Brown Fellowship Full Ride + 31 ACT or 1360 SAT (CR+M) and 3.35 GPA More Details
Kentucky University of Kentucky Otis A. Singletary Scholarship Full Ride +$1,500/year + iPad + $2,000 exp 31+ ACT or 1360 SAT+ (CR+M), 3.5+ GPA (unweighted) More Details
Kentucky University of Kentucky Presidential Scholarship Full Tuition 31+ ACT or 1360 SAT+ (CR+M), 3.5+ GPA (unweighted) More Details
Louisiana Louisiana State University Stamps Leadership Scholars Full Ride + $14,000 exp 3.5 GPA, 33 ACT or 1440 SAT More Details
Louisiana Louisiana State University Chancellor's Alumni Scholars Full Ride + $2,000 exp 33+ ACT or 1440+ SAT, 3.5+ GPA More Details
Louisiana Tulane University Dean's Honor Scholarship Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
Louisiana Tulane University Paul Tulane Scholarship Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
Maryland Johns Hopkins University Charles R. Westgate Scholarship in Engineering Full Ride Case by Case Basis More Details
Maryland Stevenson University Presidential Fellowship Full Tuition + $3,000 exp Case by Case Basis More Details
Maryland University of Maryland Banneker/Key Scholarship Up to Full Ride Case by Case Basis More Details
Massachusetts Boston College Presidential Scholars Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
Massachusetts Boston University Trustee Scholarship Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
Massachusetts Clark University Presidential LEEP Scholarship Full Ride Case by Case Basis More Details
Massachusetts Northeastern University University Scholars Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
Massachusetts Worcester Polytechnic Institute Foisie Scholars Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
Michigan Michigan State University Alumni Distinguished Scholarship Full Ride Case by Case Basis More Details
Michigan Michigan State University Distinguished Freshman Scholarship Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
Mississippi Mississippi State University Presidential Scholarship Full Ride + 30+ ACT or 1330+ SAT, 3.75+ GPA More Details
Mississippi University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Penelope W. and E. Roe Stamps IV Leadership Scholarship Up to Full Ride + $12,000 exp Case by Case Basis More Details
Missouri Missouri State University Presidential Scholarship Full Tuition + Housing Top 10% of Class, 30+ ACT of or 1330+ SAT (CR+M) or 3.9+ GPA More Details
Missouri Saint Louis University Presidential Scholarship Full Tuition 30+ ACT or 1330+ SAT (CR+M), 3.85+ GPA (weighted or unweighted) More Details
Missouri Washington University – Saint Louis Various Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
Missouri Maryville University Presidential Scholarship Full Ride 27+ ACT or 1220+ SAT (CR+M), 3.5+ GPA More Details
Missouri Maryville University Trustee Scholarship Full Ride 27+ ACT or 1220+ SAT (CR+M), 3.5+ GPA More Details
New Jersey Rutgers University Presidential Scholarship $25,600/year 35+ ACT or 2250+ SAT (CR+M+W), "Competitive Academic Credentials" More Details
New Jersey St. PeterÕs University Presidential Academic Scholarship Full Tuition 31+ ACT or 1300+ SAT, 3.5+ GPA, More Details
New Jersey Stevens Institute of Technology The Ann P. Neupauer Scholarship Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
New Mexico University of New Mexico Regents' Scholarship Full Tuition + exp 31+ ACT or 3.9+ GPA or Valedictorian More Details
New York University of Rochester Renaissance & Global Scholarships Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
New York University of Buffalo Presidential Scholarship Full Ride + books 33+ ACT or 1470+ SAT (CR+M), Unweighted HS average of 95 More Details
New York Fordham University Presidential Scholarship Full Tuition + room Case by Case Basis More Details
New York Hofstra University Trustee Scholars Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
New York St. Lawrence University Trustee Scholarship Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
New York Syracuse University Coronat Scholars Full Tuition College of Arts and Sciences applicant More Details
North Carolina Appalachian State University Wilson Scholars Program Full Ride Case by Case Basis More Details
North Carolina Davidson College John Montgomery Belk Scholarship Full Ride + $6K exp High School nomination (one candidate per school) More Details
North Carolina Duke University Robertson Scholars Full Ride + laptop + summer exp Case by Case Basis More Details
North Carolina University of North Carolina – Greensboro Scholars Program Up to Full Ride Case by Case Basis More Details
North Carolina North Carolina State University Park Scholarship Full Ride + books + laptop + travel Case by Case Basis More Details
North Carolina Salem College Multiple Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
North Carolina Wake Forest University Multiple Full Ride + Case by Case Basis More Details
North Carolina University of North Carolina Morehead-Cain Scholars Full Ride + books + laptop + summer exp Case by Case Basis More Details
North Carolina University of North Carolina Robertson Scholars Full Ride + laptop + summer exp Case by Case Basis More Details
North Carolina University of North Carolina Pogue Scholarship Full Ride Case by Case Basis More Details
North Carolina University of North Carolina – Charlotte Levine Scholars Program Full Ride + books + exp + $8500 Grant Nomination from HS Counselor, 15 each Year, 5 Out of State More Details
North Carolina North Carolina A&T State University National Alumni Association Scholarship Full Ride 22+ ACT or 1000+ SAT (CR+M), 3.0+ GPA More Details
North Carolina North Carolina A&T State University Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholarship Full Ride 26+ ACT or 1200+ SAT (CR+M), 3.75+ GPA, 500 Word Essay More Details
Ohio Denison University various Up to $45,000/year Case by Case Basis More Details
Ohio Hiram College Trustee Scholarship Up to Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
Ohio Miami University University Merit Scholarship Up to Full Tuition 32+ ACT or 1400+ SAT (CR+M), 3.7+ GPA More Details
Ohio Ohio Northern University Mathile Scholarship Full Tuition 30+ ACT or 1330+ SAT (CR+M), 3.5+ GPA More Details
Ohio Ohio State University Eminence Scholarship Full Ride + $3,000 exp 34+ ACT or 1520+ SAT (CR+M), Typically Top 3% of Class More Details
Ohio University of Toledo Presidential Scholarship Full Ride + $3,000 exp 30+ ACT or 1340+ SAT (CR+M), 3.8+ GPA, More Details
Oregon Lewis and Clark College Barbara Hirschi Neely Scholarship Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
Pennsylvania Arcadia University President's Scholarship Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh University Academic Up to Full Ride 33+ ACT or 1450+ SAT (CR+M), Typically Top 5% of Class, More Details
Pennsylvania Villanova University Presidential Scholarship Full Ride Case by Case Basis More Details
Rhode Island Providence College Liberal Arts Honors Program Up to Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
South Carolina Furman University Herman W. Lay Scholarship Full Ride Typically 32+ ACT or 1400+ SAT (CR+M) More Details
South Carolina Furman University James B. Duke Scholarship Full Tuition Typically 32+ ACT or 1400+ SAT (CR+M) More Details
South Carolina Clemson University National Scholars Full Ride + Case by Case Basis More Details
South Carolina Wofford College Wofford Scholars Full Ride Top 10% of Class, 28+ ACT, 1250+ SAT (CR+M), Nominated by HS More Details
South Carolina University of South Carolina McNair Scholars Full Tuition + Case by Case Basis More Details
Tennessee Rhodes College Bellingrath Scholarship Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
Tennessee Vanderbilt University various Full Tuition + exp Case by Case Basis More Details
Texas University of Texas at Dallas McDermott Scholars Full Ride + books + $15,000 exp Case by Case Basis More Details
Texas University of Texas at Dallas Academic Excellence Scholarship Full Tuition + Case by Case Basis More Details
Texas Trinity University Murchison Scholarship Up to Full Tuition 32+ ACT or 1400+ SAT (CR+M), 3.5+ GPA More Details
Texas University of Texas 40 Acres Scholarship Full Tuition+ Case by Case Basis More Details
Texas Southern Methodist University President's Scholarship Full Ride + exp Case by Case Basis More Details
Texas Southwestern University Brown Scholars Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
Texas Texas Christian University Chancellor's Scholarship Full Tuition Typically 32+ ACT, 2130+ SAT (CR+M+W) More Details
Texas University of Houston Tier One Scholarship Full Tuition+ Typically Top 10 % of Class, 29+ ACT or 1300+ SAT (CR+M) More Details
Texas Texas A&M University President's Endowed Scholarship Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
Utah University of Utah Presidential Scholarship Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details
Virginia University of Richmond Richmond Scholars Up to Full Ride Case by Case Basis More Details
Virginia University of Virginia Jefferson Scholarship Full Ride + books Case by Case Basis More Details
Virginia Washington and Lee University Johnson Scholarship Full Ride Case by Case Basis More Details
Wisconsin Carthage College Presidential Scholarship at least Full Tuition Case by Case Basis More Details


List of Automatic Full Ride Scholarships


This is a compilation of automatic scholarships that are awarded based on academics. These awards all meet the following criteria:

  • Automatically awarded based on ACT/SAT, GPA, and/or Class Rank
  • Full Tuition/Full Ride (or financial equivalent)
  • No requirement based on state residency, ethnicity, race, etc.
  • No need-based factors taken into account
  • Colleges are accredited, either public or non-profit private schools, and grant 4-year degrees

We’ve tried to include application deadlines where possible, but we highly recommend that students do their own research by visiting the sites of the schools that they’re interested in. Some schools award scholarships on a first come first served basis – where possible, we’ve tried to note these down as well.

Automatic Full Ride Scholarships
State School Name Application Deadline Value Minimum Requirements Link
Alabama University of Alabama December 1st (OOS) Full Tuition Out-of-State: 32+ ACT or 1400+ SAT (CR+M), 3.5+ GPA More Details
Alabama University of Alabama December 1st (In-State) Full Tuition In-State: 30+ ACT or 1330+ SAT (CR+M), 3.5+ GPA More Details
Alabama University of Alabama College of Engineering December 1st (In-State) Full Tuition + $2,500/year (Engineering only): 30+ ACT or 1330+ SAT (CR+M), 3.5+ GPA More Details
Alabama University of Alabama-Huntsville June 1st Full Tuition + Housing 34+ ACT or 1490+ SAT (CR+M), 4.0+ GPA More Details
Alabama University of Alabama-Huntsville June 1st Full Tuition 30+ ACT or 1330+ SAT (CR+M), 3.5+ GPA More Details
Alabama University of Alabama-Birmingham May 1st (December ACT/SAT) $15,000/year (Full tuition for Up to 25 credits per year) 30+ ACT or 1330+ SAT (CR+M), 3.5+ GPA More Details
Alabama Troy University March 1st Full Ride (Tuition+Room+Board) 32+ ACT or 1420+ SAT (CR+M), 3.7+ GPA More Details
Alabama Troy University March 1st Full Tuition 28+ ACT or 1260+ SAT (CR+M), 3.5+ GPA More Details
Alabama Tuskegee University Not published Full Ride (Tuition+Room+Board+Books) 29+ ACT or 1300+ SAT (CR+M), 3.7+ GPA, More Details
Alabama Tuskegee University Not published Full Tuition+Books 26+ ACT or 1180+ SAT (CR+M), 3.5+ GPA More Details
Alabama Alabama State University Not published Full Ride (Tuition+Room+Board+Books) 26+ ACT or 1170+ SAT (CR+M), 3.76+ GPA More Details
Alabama Alabama State University Not published Full Tuition+ (Tuition+Fees+Books) 22+ ACT or 1090+ SAT (CR+M), 3.51+ GPA More Details
Alabama Alabama State University Not published Full Tuition+ (Tuition+$500 for Books) 20+ ACT or 940+ SAT (CR+M), 3.0+ GPA More Details
Arkansas University of Arkansas at Monticello March 1st Full Ride (Tuition+Room+Board) 30+ ACT, 3.0+ GPA Top 10% of Class More Details
Arkansas University of Arkansas at Monticello March 1st Full Tuition + Room 27+ ACT, 3.0+ GPA More Details
Arkansas University of Arkansas at Monticello March 1st Full Tuition 24+ ACT, 3.0+ GPA More Details
Arkansas University of Arkansas – Little Rock Priority, Dec 1st; Final, Feb 1st Full Tuition ($10,000/year+OOS Tuition Waiver) 30+ ACT or 1330+ SAT (CR+M), 3.5+ GPA More Details
Arkansas University of Central Arkansas Feb 17th Full Tuition ($12,000/year) 31+ ACT or 2020+ SAT (CR+M+W), 3.25+ GPA More Details
District of Columbia Howard University Not published Full Ride 32+ ACT or 1400+ SAT (CR+M), 3.5+ GPA, First Come First Served More Details
District of Columbia Howard University Not published Full Tuition + Room 29+ ACT or 1300+ SAT (CR+M), 3.25+ GPA, First Come First Served More Details
District of Columbia Howard University Not published Full Tuition 26+ ACT or 1170+ SAT (CR+M), 3.0+ GPA, First Come First Served More Details
Florida Florida A&M Not published (OOS): Full Ride ($2000 for Room&Board for Engineering) 29+ ACT or 1900+ SAT (CR+M+W), 3.5+ GPA, First Come First Served More Details
Florida Florida A&M Not published (In-State): Full Ride 27+ ACT or 1800+ SAT (CR+M+W), 3.5+ GPA, First Come First Served More Details
Florida Florida A&M Not published (OOS): Full Tuition and Fees ($2000 for Room&Board for Engineering) 27+ ACT or 1800+ SAT (CR+M+W), 3.5+ GPA, First Come First Served More Details
Indiana Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne Feb 1st Full Tuition 32+ ACT (including Writing) or 2100+ SAT (CR+M+W) More Details
Iowa Morningside College Not published Full Tuition 31+ ACT, 3.9+ GPA More Details
Louisiana Louisiana Tech University Jan 5th Full Ride 32+ ACT or 1400+ SAT (CR+M), 3.0+ GPA More Details
Louisiana University of Louisiana-Monroe Dec 3rd Full Tuition + Fees + $5000 Housing stipend 30+ ACT or 1320+ SAT (CR+M), 3.0+ GPA, First Come First Served More Details
Mississippi University of Mississippi Feb 15th Full Tuition 33+ ACT or 1440+ SAT (CR+M), 3.0+ GPA More Details
North Carolina North Carolina Central University Not Published Full Ride+ (Tuition+Fees + Room+Board + Books+$1000/year + Internships+Laptop) 29+ ACT or 1900+ SAT(CR+M+W), 3.5+ GPA More Details
Pennsylvania Temple University March 1st Full Tuition + $8,000 exp 32+ ACT or 1420+ SAT (CR+M), 3.8+ GPA More Details
Texas Texas State University Not published Full Tuition ($8,000/year+OOS tuition waiver) 32+ ACT or 1400+ SAT (CR+M), Top 25% Class Rank or IB Diploma More Details
Texas Prairie View A&M University Not published Full Ride (Tuition+Fees+Room+Books) 26+ ACT (including Writing) or 1760+ SAT (CR+M+W), 3.5+ GPA More Details
Texas Prairie View A&M University Not published Full Tuition+ ($9,200/year+OOS Tuition Waiver) 24+ ACT (including Writing) or 1650+ SAT (CR+M+W), 3.25+ GPA More Details
Utah Utah State University Dec 1st Full Tuition (Must establish Utah Residency during first year) Based on sliding scale (see link), Must establish residency in 1st year More Details
Utah Utah Valley University Feb 1st Full Tuition 30+ ACT or 1340+ SAT (CR+M), 3.9+ GPA More Details

List of National Merit Scholarships (for National Merit Finalists / Semi Finalists / Commended Students)

Compilation of full ride (or equivalent) scholarships for National Merit Finalists, Semifinalists, and Commended Students

Key:

NMF: National Merit Finalist
NMSF: National Merit Semi-Finalist
NMCS: National Merit Commended Student

This is a compilation of NMF scholarships. These awards all meet the following criteria:

  • Full Tuition/Full Ride (or financial equivalent)
  • No requirement based on state residency, ethnicity, race, etc.
  • Automatically Awarded
  • Colleges are accredited, either public or non-profit private schools, and grant 4-year degrees
National Merit Scholarships
State School Name Requirements Link
Alabama University of Alabama NMSF: Full Tuition (NMSF + 3.5 GPA required) More Details
Alabama University of Alabama NMF: Full Tuition (Up to 5 years) + 1 year housing + $3,500/year + $2,000 exp + iPad More Details
Alabama University of Alabama-Huntsville NMSF: Full Tuition+Fees+$500/year book stipend More Details
Alabama University of Alabama-Huntsville NMF: Full Ride More Details
Alabama University of Alabama-Birmingham NMF: Full Tuition + fees + housing +$2,500 exp More Details
Alabama Faulkner University NMSF: Full Tuition More Details
Alabama Faulkner University NMF: Full Ride More Details
Alabama Oakwood University NMF: Full Tuition + room More Details
Alabama Oakwood University NMSF: Full Tuition More Details
Alabama Oakwood University NMCS 80% Tuition More Details
Alabama Troy University NMF: Full Ride More Details
Alaska University of Alaska-Anchorage NMF: Full Tuition More Details
Arizona State University Arizona State University NMF: Full Tuition More Details
Arkansas Harding University NMF/NMSF: Full Tuition More Details
Arkansas Southern Arkansas University NMF/NMSF: Full Tuition+ ($11,000/year) More Details
Arkansas University of Arkansas – Little Rock NMF 3.5+ GPA Required, Full Tuition+ ($10,000/year + OOS Tuition Waiver) More Details
Arkansas University of Arkansas – Monticello NMF: Full Ride More Details
California LaSierra University NMF: Full Tuition More Details
California LaSierra University NMSF Half Tuition More Details
California Pacific Union College NMF: Full Tuition More Details
Florida Florida A&M NMF: Full Ride + laptop More Details
Florida Florida Atlantic University NMF: Full Tuition+ ($7,500/year + OOS Tuition Waiver) More Details
Florida Florida College NMF/NMSF: Full Tuition More Details
Florida Florida International University NMF: Full Tuition + room More Details
Florida University of Central Florida NMF: Full Ride ($37,000/year + departmental benefit) More Details
Florida University of South Florida NMF: Full Tuition More Details
Florida Lynn University NMF: Full Tuition More Details
Idaho University of Idaho NMF: Full Ride More Details
Indiana University of Evansville NMF: Full Tuition More Details
Indiana University of Evansville NMSF $20,000/year (approximately 2/3 tuition) More Details
Kansas Wichita State University NMF: Full Ride More Details
Kentucky University of Kentucky Full Ride+ More Details
Louisiana Louisiana Tech University NMF 3.5+ GPA, Full Ride+ More Details
Maryland Washington Adventist University NMF: Full Tuition More Details
Maryland Washington Adventist University NMSF 3/4 Tuition More Details
Michigan Andrews University NMF: Full Tuition More Details
Minnesota University of Minnesota – Morris NMF: Full Tuition More Details
Mississippi Mississippi State University NMF: Full Tuition, Fees, Books, and Room More Details
Mississippi Mississippi State University NSMF Full Tuition, Fees, and Books More Details
Mississippi University of Southern Mississippi NMF: Full Ride + $4,000 exp More Details
Mississippi University of Southern Mississippi NMSF: Full Tuiton + fees More Details
Mississippi University of Mississippi NMF: Full Ride More Details
Mississippi University of Mississippi NMSF: Full Tuition + room More Details
Nebraska University of Nebraska NMF: Full Tuition + $2,000/year More Details
Nevada University of Nevada – Las Vegas NMF Automatic consideration until funds expire, Full Ride + study abroad More Details
New Hampshire Rivier University NMF: Full Ride More Details
New Jersey New Jersey Institute of Technology NMF: Full Ride More Details
New Mexico University of New Mexico NMF: Full Ride More Details
New York Roberts Wesleyan College NMF: Full Tuition More Details
North Carolina North Carolina Central University NMF/NMSF: Full Ride+(Tuition+Fees+Housing+Books+$1000/yr+Internship+Laptop) More Details
North Dakota North Dakota State University NMF: Full Ride More Details
Oklahoma University of Oklahoma NMF: Full Tuition+ More Details
Oklahoma Oklahoma State University NMF: Full Ride More Details
Oklahoma Oklahoma City University NMF: Full Tuition More Details
Oklahoma Oklahoma Christian University NMF: Full Ride More Details
Oklahoma Oklahoma Wesleyan University NMF: Full Tuition More Details
Oklahoma Oklahoma Wesleyan University NMSF Half Tuition More Details
Pennsylvania Drexel University NMF: Full Tuition More Details
Tennessee Lipscomb University NMF: Full Ride More Details
Tennessee Lipscomb University NMSF: Full Tuition + $2,000/year More Details
Tennessee Bryan College NMF/NMSF: Full Tuition More Details
Texas Abilene Christian University NMF: Full Tuition More Details
Texas Baylor University NMF: Full Tuition More Details
Texas Texas A&M University NMF: Full Tuition+ More Details
Texas Texas Tech University NMF: Full Ride More Details
Texas University of Houston NMF: Full Ride More Details
Texas University of Texas – Arlington NMF: Full Tuition + room More Details
Texas University of Texas – Dallas NMF: Full Tuition+ More Details
Texas University of Texas – Tyler NMF: Full Ride More Details
Texas University of North Texas NMF: Full Ride More Details
Virginia Liberty University NMF: Full Ride More Details
Virginia Liberty University NMSF/NMCS: Full Tuition More Details
Washington Washington State University NMF/NMSF: Full Tuition More Details
West Virginia West Virginia University NMF 3.5+ GPA Required, Full Tuition +$3,500 exp More Details

The Basics of a Full Ride Scholarship

Scholarships may be the best shot a student has to bypass the crippling debt that most students have to deal with post graduation. Scholarships also allow students to focus fully on the college experience and not worry about finding jobs to finance their education. Full ride scholarships are an excellent way to pay for your education – but these scholarships are also typically extremely difficult to obtain.
Before we get into the details of how you might go about getting a full ride through college, we’re going to explain briefly what a full ride scholarship is.

Each school has their own definition of what a full ride scholarship is – exactly what is included in a ‘full ride’ can differ from school to school. However, in general, a full ride scholarship basically means that your tuition and fees will be paid for in full by a third party. In some cases, this will also cover things like the cost of textbooks, room and board, and it’s also possible that a full ride student will get a few additional perks like having the cost of studying abroad covered as well. Full ride scholarships are also pretty prestigious – it’s a good thing to have on your resume, because typically full rides are only given to students who are truly exceptional in some way.

Requirements for a Full Ride Scholarship

As mentioned earlier, each school has their own requirements with regards to what qualifies you for a full ride. In the case of state universities, in-state requirements for full scholarships may differ from out-of-state requirements.

In many cases, a partial scholarship isn’t enough for college to become affordable. If you’re someone who can’t afford to go to college unless you get a full ride, you should be smart about where you apply. Schools that are less competitive tend to also have lower requirements for their full ride scholarships (both competitive and automatic) – so even if you’re a truly elite student, it may make sense for you to apply to a couple of schools where you’re basically guaranteed a full ride based on your current GPA and SAT or ACT schools.

How to Get A Full Ride Scholarship for Academics

The best way to get a full ride scholarship for your academic work is to keep your GPA as high as possible. The minimum GPA requirement is 3.5 for most full ride scholarships, but if you want to really maximize your chances, you should basically be aiming for the highest GPA possible (e.g a 4.0 GPA). You will also need to do well on either the ACT or SAT (depending on the specific scholarship, eligibility may depend on either the Critical Reading and Math portions only, or all three sections). Additionally, while academics plays a large role in scholarship allocation, being a well-rounded student is also taken into consideration for competitive, non-automatic scholarships. Try to participate in extra-curricular activities to demonstrate that you’re outstanding in every way – not just academically.

How to Get A Full Ride Scholarship for Sports

Getting a full ride scholarship for athletics is no easy feat, especially in the US. This is especially true for football players and basketball players – both these sports are extremely competitive when it comes to scholarships. In general, to get an athletic scholarship, you’ll need to be truly outstanding – we’re talking about students who have the potential to be Olympic or professional level athletes. If you play a popular sport, you’ll probably get scouted from a pretty young age. Students that participate in sports that are less popular should take initiative – reach out to college coaches or other sources of knowledge to find out how you might put yourself in the position to be considered for an athletic scholarship.

How to Get A Full Ride Scholarship on the Basis on Diversity

If you’re part of a minority group (African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian etc), it’s possible you might qualify or a scholarship on the basis of diversity. There are scholarships out there for most minority groups in the US. However, don’t assume that these scholarships are easy to get – they’re usually still extremely competitive, even though the pool of eligible students might be smaller. This will be doubly true for full ride scholarships that have a diversity component attached – full ride scholarships in general are hard to come by. Make sure you know what scholarships you want to apply for well in advance of actually applying to college,

Other Types of Scholarships

At the end of the day, not everyone will be able to net themselves a full ride. However, don’t give up hope – even a $1,000 scholarship can be useful, especially if you get multiple scholarships in this range. Any amount of extra money for school will help relieve some of the financial pressure on you. You should also look into half-ride scholarships – they’re obviously only half as good, but they’re less competitive, just because fewer people are aware that they’re out there. There are a ton of half ride scholarships available, so you should do further research on the topic if a half ride scholarship sounds like it’d make sense for you.

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