Finding money for college or to continue college is a long, tedious process. At Southern University at New Orleans, we intend to do all that we can to see our students through from entry to completion of their respective SUNO degrees. As you conduct your search, please consider the following:
- Scholarships are merit-based aid meaning that the funds are not given, they are earned. The students who get the best results tend to work harder and longer to earn scholarships.
- There are various types of scholarships. Most scholarships are based on academic performance. Others may be based on special talents such as athletics, performing arts, etc. Still others may be special interest scholarships such as community service, military service, based on discipline, etc.
- Search everywhere! SUNO does an annual scholarship application during the spring semester, however, there are many other resources outside of the University. The links on the left have been provided to get you started on your free online search.
- Be prepared to write. Many scholarships require that students write essays. Providers want to know who you are and why you deserve the aid. Be prepared to tell a compelling story and compete for the money!
- Scholarships come in various amounts. Many students make the mistake of looking for funds that come in one lump sum. Other students, who have earned thousands of dollars, have combined small amounts such as $100, $200, $500, and $1,000.
- Learn the terms. Find out whether or not the funds you have earned are one-time or recurring funds. Most importantly, find out what you must do in order to keep those recurring funds coming.
- Do not pay for scholarship searches! While some companies are legitimate there are many others that are scams. Paying for a service that says “You won’t find a deal like this anywhere” or “We’ll do all the work for you” may seem tempting, but students can always conduct free searches as long as they are willing to put in the work.
ANNUAL UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS
The University offers a number of scholarships to full-time students who qualify. Awards are based on prescribed criteria and the availability of funds. Funds are provided through the University budget, endowments, the Southern University at New Orleans Foundation, private groups and organizations, companies and individuals. The scholarship committee receives and reviews all applications prior to making recommendations to the Chancellor for approval.
Below are the criteria for the annual scholarship round-up, but additional criteria may be required for scholarships associated with specific disciplines. Basic criteria include, but are not limited to:
- Applications cannot be picked up or accessed until March 1st every year. A completed application must be submitted by May 15th for scholarships awarded the following academic year.
- For future consideration, you must be a full-time student for two (2) consecutive semesters prior to receiving a scholarship (summer semester[s] not included). “SUNO First” scholarships are awarded by our Admissions Office. Please contact them for more information.
- You must have at least a 2.5 GPA for both the current semester and cumulatively. You MUST be enrolled for two (2) consecutive semesters prior to receiving a scholarship.
- Students will not be considered for the annual University scholarship packet until an “I” (Incomplete) grade is removed.
Incomplete applications or applications not in compliance with University guidelines will not be considered.
A new application must be submitted each year to be considered for scholarship awards. This policy also applies to students who have received scholarship awards in the past. Paper copies can be picked up from the Office of Administration & Finance, Financial Aid, Academic Affairs, Admissions and Student Affairs annually.
The scholarship open application period runs from March 1st through March 15th of each year without exception.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILLING OUT THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
- Fill out the form and provide three letters of reference with original signatures. Copies will not be accepted under any circumstances.
- Return the form to the Office of Administration & Finance (Administration Building 301)
- Please submit your three (3) letters of reference with your application.
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Hazel Pitts at (504) 286-5148.