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Merit-Based Scholarships

First-Year Students

Academic Scholarships

Providence College’s merit-based scholarships range from approximately $20,000 to $30,000 per year with several levels offered in between. There is no separate application to be considered for a merit-based scholarship.  Scholarships are awarded to approximately 30% of admitted students and are done so solely based off academic performance. Those typically receiving a merit-based scholarship have exhausted the curriculum available at their school and maintained close to an A average (3.8 out of 4.0 unweighted and recalculated GPA). 

The academic performance above is not a guarantee of scholarship, but suggests the minimum type of performance necessary to be a competitive candidate.  While the review for admission is holistic and considers each student’s academic record as well as their extracurricular accomplishments and personal qualities, the scholarship review is solely focused on a student’s academic credentials.  All scholarships are renewable for four years provided students meet the GPA and academic progress requirements.

Roddy Scholarship

Applicants considered for this one scholarship, which covers up to tuition, fees, room and board costs, must aspire to a career in the medical profession. Consideration is based on outstanding academic achievement in high school. No separate application is required to be considered for this award. The Roddy Scholarship is only awarded to first-year students who reside in the United States.

Feinstein Scholarship

Scholarships up to $5,000 are awarded to a select group of students who demonstrate a significant commitment to community service, a proven record of community involvement, and a strong high school academic record. Accepted students who have declared a major in Public and Community Service Studies are invited to apply for this award.

Fine Arts Scholarships

The Providence College community has a great appreciation for the arts with dedicated faculty and top facilities where students can hone and display their skills. Scholarships are offered to students who demonstrate great potential in contributing to the arts on campus. The Sister Gail Himrod Scholarship is offered by the Department of Music for prospective students intending to major in Music, Music Education, or Musical Theatre. Students must audition to be considered for the Sister Gail Himrod Scholarship. The McAlister Scholarship is offered by the Art Department for prospective students intending to major in studio art. While a portfolio is not required for admission to the major, it is required to be considered for the McAlister Scholarship. The Nagle Scholarship is offered by the Department of Theatre, Dance & Film for prospective students intending to major in Theatre. Students must audition and demonstrate excellent performance abilities in theatre to be considered for the Nagle Scholarship. Each department awards five scholarships for the amount of $10,000 per year.

Transfer Students

St. Rose of Lima Transfer Scholarship

Academic-based merit transfer scholarships of $20,000 per year are available to transfer students who have demonstrated superior academic performance in college course work completed previous to enrolling at Providence College. Students who have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in all courses – and have taken a rigorous full-time liberal arts program of study – will be considered for these awards. Please note that a 3.5 cumulative GPA is not a guarantee of a scholarship, but suggests the minimum type of performance necessary to be a competitive candidate. Students must complete a full year of course work before transferring to Providence College to be eligible for consideration of the St. Rose of Lima Transfer Scholarship. The scholarship is renewable for each year of uninterrupted study at Providence College, but will not extend past the expected year of graduation at the time of enrollment.