Student Financial Services

2014 Excellence Scholarships

Scholarship Deadline: Monday, December 2, 2013

Presidential Scholarships

Minimum 3.00 GPA on High School Core Curriculum

• 30-36 ACT ……………………..Minimum $6,500/Year -- Up To $8,000/Year

Students with an ACT score of 30 or above may be considered for a Presidential Scholarship. The number of Presidential Scholarship awards will be limited. A student must be accepted into the UNA Honors Program to be eligible for the highest Presidential Scholarship award. For more information, visit www.una.edu/honors  All Honors Program applicants are reviewed individually for Honors Program admission and scholarships.

Academic Scholarships

Minimum 3.00 GPA on High School Core Curriculum

• 29 ACT……………….……………………..$6,500/Year

• 28 ACT…………………..………………... $5,500/Year

• 27 ACT……………………………………….$5,000/Year

• 26 ACT……………………………………….$4,500/Year

• 25 ACT…………………………..…….……$3,500/Year

To be considered for an Academic Scholarship, a student must apply for admission to the University on or before December 2, 2013. With all academic credentials (high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores) being on record, the student will automatically be considered.

Vanguard Scholarships

Minimum 2.75 GPA on High School Core Curriculum

• 24 ACT…………………………………..$2,500/Year

• 23 ACT…………………………………..$2,000/Year

To be considered for an Vanguard Scholarship, a student must apply for admission to the University on or before December 2, 2013. With all academic credentials (high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores) being on record, the student will automatically be considered.

Valedictorian & Salutatorian Scholarships

• $4,200/Year

• Minimum ACT Score of 20

In addition to the required academic credentials, the appropriate high school official must submit a letter documenting the student’s rank as first or second in the graduating class. Home-schooled students are not eligible for the Valedictorian & Salutatorian Scholarship.

National Merit® & National Achievement® Finalists* and Semi-Finalists

Up To $8,000/Year + Books

To be considered for a National Merit® or National Achievement® Scholarship, a student must apply for admission to the University and submit a letter documenting his or her selection by one of these national organizations. Selection as a National Merit® or National Achievement® Finalist* or Semi-Finalist will qualify the student to be considered for a Presidential Scholarship. Participation in the UNA Honors program may be required.

*Board may be added if funding is available

Leadership Scholarships

• Minimum 2.75 GPA on High School Core Curriculum

• Minimum ACT score of 18

• Activity resume required

• Scholarship Awards vary

These competitive scholarships are awarded to students who, based upon a strong record of leadership and volunteerism in high school, have demonstrated the potential to be campus leaders at UNA. In addition to the required academic credentials, a detailed resume of all activities performed during the 9th – 12th grade years must be submitted by December 2, 2013.

Presidential Mentors Academy (PMA)

Student must be an Alabama resident (or reside in one of the sixteen Mississippi and Tennessee counties considered by UNA to be "in-state")

• Minimum 2.75 GPA on High School Core Curriculum

• Minimum ACT score of 18

• Activity resume required

UNA supports opportunities for students whose racial group is underrepresented within its student body. In this spirit, the PMA provides learning experiences for incoming minority freshmen. The program combines an emphasis on academic success with financial assistance for students who qualify for participation. The successful candidate must possess both leadership potential and the potential to succeed in a higher education environment. Eligible students must apply for admission to the University and must submit both an activity résumé of high school activities and a letter of recommendation from a high school principal, counselor, or teacher on or before December 2, 2013. Interviews will be required.

Special Recognition Scholarships

These special designation or special recognition scholarships include, but are not limited to, National Merit finalists or semi-finalists, All Alabama Academic Team, Distinguished Young Women, Gorgas Scholars, Bryant Jordan Scholarship winners, and other recognized academic or leadership organizations. Such students are eligible to be considered on the same basis as other students meeting UNA’s scholarship due date and eligibility criteria. A student may receive the higher of any qualifying UNA Scholarship. A student will not receive more than one Excellence Scholarship.

Scholarship offers of any amount to students who have achieved a special designation or special recognition based on performance in extra-curricular activities or academic competition are not guaranteed. All scholarship awards are subject to change depending on fund availability, budgetary constraints, and the size/quality of the applicant pool. No commitment shall be made by any party on behalf of the University other than authorized officials in the President’s Office or the Director of Student Financial Services. All offers may not be equal in either dollar amount or renewability terms.

Offers for Special Recognition Scholarships:

• Non-qualifying UNA Scholarship Student…………………..$2,000/Year (Academic, Leadership, Valedictorian/Salutatorian)

• Qualifying UNA Scholarship Student……………Original Scholarship + 2,000/Year

• The maximum amount of any such combination of offers will not exceed $8,000/Year.

Special Notes about Excellence Scholarships

• The Excellence Scholarship deadline is December 2, 2013. To be considered for an offer of one of the University’s Excellence Scholarships, an eligible student must apply for admission to the University and submit all required academic credentials (including, but not limited to, high school transcripts, ACT/SAT scores, and activity résumé) by December 2, 2013.

• All scholarship awards are subject to change depending on fund availability, budgetary constraints, and the size/quality of the applicant pool. No commitment should be made by any party on behalf of the University other than authorized officials in the President’s Office, Office of Student Financial Services and/or the Office of Admissions.

• All scholarship offers are time sensitive and must be accepted by the date specified in the scholarship award letter.

• Scholarship awards do not include fees (including non-resident fee) or other charges.

• Excellence scholarships are for incoming freshmen entering UNA in the summer or fall term immediately after graduation from high school.

• The Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) will check grades of all first-year Excellence Scholarship recipients at the end of their first semester. A minimum earned GPA is required of incoming freshmen students in their first semester of the scholarship award. The student may lose the scholarship award for the second semester if the minimum GPA is not achieved. However, the student may regain eligibility for the scholarship in the third semester with a satisfactory academic performance. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of this requirement.

• SFS will refer to the Academic Success Center for advising, counseling, and further orientation all first-year Excellence Scholarship recipients earning less than a 3.00 GPA (2.75 for Leadership and Vanguard, 2.25 for C. N. Martin) in their first semester.

• As a rule, a student may receive no more than one UNA Excellence Scholarship.

• Excellence Scholarships are renewable for seven additional semesters, excluding summer, as long as the renewal criteria are met as stated in the scholarship terms and conditions.

• Only U.S. citizens are eligible for Excellence Scholarships.