samford merit scholarships

samford merit scholarships

Scholarships are based on a combination of the items listed below.

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Grade Point Average.

Grade Point Average. The scholarship will be awarded based on the student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) at the end of the junior year in high school. The GPA will be calculated on the student’s core curriculum courses including English, math, social studies, science and foreign language.

Test Scores.

  • Samford University Merit Scholarships are available to students who score the highest on their ACT or SAT exams.
  • Regional and national scholarships are available to students who show financial need and reside in one of the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi.
  • Scholarships for students of color, international students, those with special talents and more are also available through Samford University.

Interview (if requested).

  • It is important that you prepare for an interview. Dress appropriately and arrive on time.
  • Answer questions clearly and concisely. Do not ramble.
  • Be positive and friendly, especially when asked to describe yourself.
  • Show interest in the college by asking questions about Samford University while demonstrating your understanding of the school’s mission, core values and educational philosophy by discussing why you are a good fit for Samford University.
  • Thank the interviewer at the end of your meeting with them and again in a follow-up note or email.

Activities, Leadership and Service.

Activities, Leadership and Service

The Activities, Leadership and Service section is your opportunity to share relevant activities or experiences that may have impacted you in high school.

If you have been involved in any of the following, please describe your involvement:

  • leadership positions within your school or community organizations
  • community service projects or organizations such as volunteer work at a hospital, church, or other non-profit organization (do not list required service hours for class credit)
  • sports teams/clubs/organizations that you were a member of during high school
  • participation in a fine arts program such as theater, choir, band, dance team (not visual arts)

Please be sure to complete this section very carefully and completely. Remember that all information in this personal statement will be factored into the final decision regarding these scholarships. The Admissions Committee is looking for information about potential students’ academic excellence; character; integrity; conduct; special talents and abilities; work experience (paid); honors received; commendations received from faculty members, coaches and others who can attest to your ability to succeed at Samford University.

Interests and Goals.

It’s important to share your interests and goals with us not just because we want to see them, but because we want to help you achieve them! We know that it takes more than good grades to get where you’re going. Your talents and interests are what shape who you are, so paint a picture for us with your strengths, activities and ambitions.

We already think that you’re pretty awesome. Tell us about your passions, the things that make you, YOU!

Scholarship awards are made for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time undergraduate study, provided that the recipient maintains good academic standing with the university, is making satisfactory progress toward a degree, remains enrolled full-time, and does not register for more than one course in any given summer session.

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