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Scholarships and Grants

freshman academic scholarship*

To Apply: Complete the Application for Freshman Admission and Scholarships (or Common Application)
Application Deadline: November 1 to receive maximum scholarship consideration. Complete applications received after November 1 will be considered for scholarship based on available funds.
Award Amounts: Range from $7,000 to $17,000 and vary each academic year based on the quality of the applicant pool
Selection Criteria: Awards are based on the student's academic record, test scores, GPA, high school curriculum, and co-curricular involvement.
Notification: Award letters are sent within the same week of notification of admission to Butler University.
Renewable? Yes, as long as the student maintains the renewal criteria outlined in the scholarship offer.

National Merit finalists who designate Butler University as their sponsor are eligible for an additional award from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for $1000.

departmental scholarship*

To Apply: Complete the Application for Freshman Admission and Scholarships (or Common Application)
Application Deadline: November 1
Award Amounts: Range from $1,000 to $3,000
Selection Criteria: Academic strength and primary major at the time of application in one of the following:

  • College of Business
  • College of Communication
  • College of Education
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Exploratory Studies
  • Engineering Dual Degree Program
  • Pre-law and pre-med programs

Notification: Award letters are sent by mid-March.
Renewable? Yes, as long as the student maintains the renewal criteria outlined in the scholarship offer.

jordan college of the arts audition award*

To Apply: In addition to the Application for Freshman Admission and Scholarship (or the Common Application), the JCA supplemental application and an audition, interview, or artwork submission are required.
Application Deadline: Students are encouraged to apply by November 1 and audition early for best opportunity.
Award Amounts: Vary based on performance ability/interview/submitted work and departmental needs
Selection Criteria: Determined by the department
Notification: Award letters are sent from the auditioning department by mid-March.

Audition awards are only available to students majoring within JCA - School of Music; Departments of Dance, Theatre and Arts Administration; and the Arts Program.

dr. john morton-finney leadership program*

To Apply: Potential recipients are nominated to participate in an on-campus interview selection process. 
Application Deadline: November 1
Award Amounts: Range from $1,000 to $18,000
Selection Criteria: In addition to academic strength, applicants must demonstrate commitment and actions to promote diversity through high school and community activities.
Notification: Award letters are sent from the Office of Financial Aid by mid-March.
Renewable? Yes, as long as the student maintains the renewal criteria outlined in the scholarship offer.

athletic grant in aid

To Apply: Contact the Athletics Department
Award Amounts: Vary based on performance ability and the needs of the team
Selection Criteria: Determined by the coach

Awards are made in 13 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Men's football and women's swimming are non-scholarship programs.

butler university grant*

To Apply: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Application Deadline: March 1 for priority consideration
Award Amounts: Vary based on academic strength and financial aid eligibility as determined by the FAFSA
Notification: Awards are reflected in Butler's offer of financial aid sent beginning mid-March.
Renewable? Awards are not automatically renewed. Student must submit the FAFSA each year to receive consideration.

center for faith and vocation (cfv) freshmen scholars program
*

To Apply: Potential recipients are nominated to participate in an on-campus interview selection process.
Application Deadline: November 1
Selection Criteria: Ideal candidates should have demonstrated interest and participation in one or more of the following: 

  • Service to others or social justice activism
  • Interfaith programs
  • Majoring or minoring in religion
  • Entering a religious vocation, such as ordained ministry, theology or faith-based activism

Notification: Award letters are sent from the Center for Faith and Vocation by mid-March.
Renewable? Yes, as long as the student maintains the renewal criteria outlined in the scholarship offer.

butler legacy award*

To Apply: Complete the Application for Freshman Admission and Scholarships (or Common Application)
Application Deadline: November 1
Award Amount: $1500 per academic year
Selection Criteria: Student must be a lineal descendant of a Butler alum and note the relationship (parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent) on the application for admission.
Notification: Awards are reflected in Butler's offer of financial aid sent beginning mid-March.
Renewable? Yes, as long as the student meets Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

Student will be required to submit a questionnaire to Alumni & Parent Programs for confirmation of the legacy's alumni status.

*Available only to full-time undergraduate students pursuing their first bachelor's degree. Butler gift assistance is for tuition only unless otherwise stated.