University Merit Scholarships
Upon admission to Mercer, all students are evaluated for eligibility to receive a merit scholarship. University scholarships are funded through endowed and/or restricted scholarship funds and must be applied to tuition costs only unless otherwise indicated.
Additional scholarship competitions are held for admitted students where invited students can compete for additional named merit scholarships which are added to a student’s financial aid package. If a student is awarded a premier, full-tuition, scholarship, the full scholarship will replace all other merit awards.
Merit scholarships are renewable for 4 years (8 semesters) for students enrolled in the Traditional Residential Program on Mercer’s Macon campus. See additional renewal criteria https://undergrad.mercer.edu/mercer-scholarships/
The Partners Scholarship is awarded to eligible students based on financial need and is renewable for a maximum of eight semesters. At any time, the Office of Student Financial Planning may replace the Partners Scholarship with an endowed, named scholarship based on student eligibility matches with donor agreements. Replacement of the Partners Scholarship with an endowed scholarship does not increase a student’s total award package. If an endowment match is unavailable, the student will continue to receive the Partners Scholarship.
Other Talent and Service-based Scholarships
These scholarships are given for specific talent and service
University Scholarship Renewal Information
- To maintain academic scholarships, students must enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester- Fall and Spring (students enrolled in less than 12 hours are not eligible for academic scholarships and must submit an appeal to the Financial Planning Office for approval to receive their merit award).
- The minimum standard for the renewal of merit-based scholarships is a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (on a 4-point scale) for undergraduate studies. Specific scholarships and/or academic programs may require a higher grade point average.
- Cumulative grade point averages and amount of credit hours will be checked at the end of each spring term. A student who fails to meet the requirements listed above is given a provisional period of one year.
- At the end of the provisional period, if the student has maintained an academic load of at least 12 semester hours each term and now has a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0, their scholarship is approved to continue as long as the student maintains the enrollment and GPA requirements listed above.
- If, at the end of the provisional term, a student’s GPA is less than 2.0, the student will be required to meet with the Office for Student Success to create a success plan. Once the student has created a success plan, the student will be eligible for 50% of their original merit award. Continuation of the scholarship will be based on meeting their success plan requirements. The student’s file will also be reviewed for any additional need-based eligibility.
- Students who receive a tuition benefit through their parent’s (or their own) employment at the University may not qualify for any University scholarships or grants.
If a graduating student is approved for less-than-full-time enrollment, any original Mercer funds awarded to the student are pro-rated based on the number of hours enrolled. The proration is based on Mercer’s tuition costs, which are based on a 15-hour enrollment.
For example, a $10,000 scholarship prorated for 8 credit hours would calculate as the following:
$10,000 /15 hours = $666.67 which results in 8 hours X 667 = $5,336