First-Year Students

Admitted full-time undergraduate day first year students are automatically considered for a renewable merit scholarship. You will be notified at the time of admission of any Dominican academic merit scholarship eligibility. A separate application is not required.

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 First-Year Merit Scholarships

Scholarship Amount GPA Requirement
Trustee Scholarship $24,000 per year 3.85 or greater
Presidential Scholarship $21,000 per year 3.50 - 3.84
Deans Scholarship $19,000 per year 3.20 - 3.49
Dominican Scholarship $17,000 per year 3.00 - 3.19

The above scholarships are awarded to new first-year students admitted for the Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 academic year. Annual scholarship amounts are divided in half between the Fall and Spring semesters. Scholarships are not awarded for the Summer semester.

Scholarship Renewal Policy

Scholarships can be renewed for subsequent years of study with the University. First-Year student scholarships are renewable for three additional academic years after the first year (maximum eligibility of 8 semesters total).  Renewal criteria includes full-time undergraduate enrollment (12-17 units per semester) and maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average as listed below:

  • Trustee Scholarship: minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Presidential Scholarship: minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA
  • Deans Scholarship: minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA
  • Dominican Scholarship: minimum 2.4 cumulative GPA

In addition to meeting the minimum cumulative GPA, to maintain Institutional aid eligibility, students must also meet Federal SAP eligibility.

The following renewable scholarships are also available:

Music Scholarship

  • Limited partial tuition scholarships
  • Must be a music major at Dominican (double majors included!)
  • Audition required
  • Please contact for more information

Coaches Award

  • Limited partial tuition scholarships
  • Please contact coach for more information

Honors Scholarship

  • Limited competitive awards
  • Must be admitted to honors program
  • $2,000 per year
  • Must maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA

Alemany Achievement Award

  • $10,000 per year tuition award
  • Based on academic achievement and other criteria
  • Awarded by the Office of Admissions Micro-Scholarships

Earn micro-scholarships through your everyday achievements in high school. Starting with your 9th grade, you can earn scholarships for:

  • Receiving an A
  • Maintaining a high GPA
  • Having perfect attendance,
  • Participating in extra curricular activities
  • Scoring well on the SAT/ACT

Scholarships you earn will be included on your financial aid award package after you are admitted to the University. Get started by signing up for your account on and begin planning for college on your first day of high school!