Undergraduate Merit Scholarship Policies

For students who have been awarded an undergraduate merit scholarship (Presidential Honors, Academic Distinction, Achievement or Transfer Achievement), the following will apply:

  1. The award will only be applied to tuition with the exception of the residential portion of the Presidential Honors and Academic Distinction scholarships.
  2. The student must maintain at least 12 credits per semester. Students with a merit scholarship that is a percentage of their tuition (either 50% of honors or 25% for academic distinction) who drop below full time status during the tuition liability period, receive either 50% or 25% of the tuition for which they are liable. This will be counted as one semester of scholarship eligibility.
  3. The student must meet the required academic cumulative average to maintain the award. The required cumulative averages are:
    • Presidential Honors: 2.75
    • Academic Distinction: 2.50
    • Achievement: 2.25
    • Transfer Achievement: 2.50
  4. For students who are receiving a resident scholarship, the award is for either 50% (Academic Distinction) or 25% (Presidential Honors) of the standard double room rate in Marguerite Hall; or 50% or 25% of the standard quad room rate in the apartments. Students must be full time residents and enrolled in class for 12 or more hours to receive these awards. If the student drops below 12 hours after the add-drop period, and remains in residence on a full time basis, the student will keep the full amount of the resident portion of their scholarship.
  5. The first semester a student does not attain the required cumulative average required by their scholarship he/she will receive notice that they are being placed on scholarship probation.
    • During the one semester probation period the student will continue to receive his/her scholarship.
    • After one semester, if the student does not attain the required cumulative average he/she will not receive the scholarship for that semester, or any future semesters until the required cumulative average is attained.
    • For each semester after the scholarship probation semester that the cumulative average is below the award requirement the scholarship will not be awarded and the student will permanently lose that semester's scholarship award.
  6. For entering freshman students in 4 year programs the award will cover a maximum of 8 consecutive semesters.
  7. For entering freshman students enrolled in 5 year dual degree programs the award will cover a maximum of 10 consecutive semesters. The eligible 5 year dual degree programs include: nursing, physician assistant, occupational therapy, dietetics, and international business (IB).
  8. For entering freshmen students enrolled in a 4+1 year degree program the award will cover a maximum of 10 consecutive semesters. The eligible 4+1 programs are liberal studies-education, adolescence education programs in biology, chemistry, English, history and math, accounting/international business and information technology/international business.
  9. Entering freshmen students enrolled in the college through the Career Discovery Program (CDP) will receive the award for a maximum of 8 or 10 semesters, based on the declared academic major.
  10. A student who changes his/her major from a 4 year program (8 semesters) to a five year program (10 semesters) will have their scholarship changed to a maximum of 10 semesters.
  11. A student who changes their major from a 5 year program (10 semesters) to a 4 year program (8 semesters) will have their scholarship reduced to 8 semesters.
  12. For transfer students who receive the transfer achievement scholarship the length of the award will be based on the number of semesters needed to complete the undergraduate or dual degree program, as determined by the registrar and academic program.
  13. Students decelerating or needing extra time to complete their degree may find that the scholarship award does not cover extra semester's work.
  14. Students who meet the scholarship requirements and take an official leave from the college will be allowed to take up to 2 semesters of official leave without the loss of any of their scholarship. Students called to active duty under the Military Leave of Absence Policy will be processed according to the military leave regulations.
  15. Students who file for a leave of absence after the add-drop time period will incur prorated charges from the college. Scholarship students will be given the option of using their scholarship to help pay off those charges, which will consume that semester's award, or to pay off the charges in some other method, which will "save" the semester's scholarship for future use. Students called to active duty under the Military Leave of Absence Policy will be processed according to the military leave regulations.
  16. Students who withdraw from the college or leave the college without filing for a leave of absence will lose their scholarship.
  17. Students who are eligible for college waivers (GNSH, Family Tuition Waiver, etc.) may also be eligible for a need based D’Youville Grant. 
  18. For Canadian students, the 20% discount/waiver pertains to tuition only (no fees, or room and board) and is applied to your bill AFTER all other D'Youville grants and scholarships are credited to your bill.
  19. Students who receive the 50% RN to BSN waiver are not eligible for any merit scholarships, endowed and restricted scholarships, D’Youville Grant, federal work-study, SEOG or Perkins Loans.
  20. Students who are attending the college on the CICU or any other full tuition exchange program are not eligible for merit scholarships, endowed and restricted scholarships or D'Youville Grant.
  21. Physician assistant students complete their final year between May and December. Thus, their final two semesters are summer and fall. Their merit scholarship will be awarded for these summer and fall semesters. For the resident portion of the award for the summer session; the award would cover 50% or 25% (depending on the type of scholarship) of the total cost of their summer residency. For the fall semester it will cover 50% or 25% of the semester cost for housing, as outlined in #4 above.
  22. Students enrolled in the 6 year doctor of physical therapy (DPT) track who complete the undergraduate portion of their program after 6 semesters will be able to apply the remaining 2 semesters of their merit scholarship to the 4th year of the program, fall and spring. The 4th year of the program must be at least 12 hours per semester to be eligible for the award. The award for this graduate work will be based on the undergraduate tuition rate or the graduate per credit hour rate, whichever is less.
  23. Students who enter the college with the intention of enrolling in the professional pharmacy program will retain their scholarship for the undergraduate portion of their studies, not to exceed 8 semesters. Once accepted into the professional pharmacy program if the student has used 6 or less semester's worth of scholarship they will be entitled to 2 semesters of scholarship at the professional level. The award for these 2 semesters will be based on the undergraduate tuition rate. In the professional level of the pharmacy program merit awards will only apply to the first year (P1) of the program.
  24. Recipients of the Dillon Scholarship will keep their scholarships for 8 or 10 semesters, depending on the program of study.
  25. Dillon Scholarship recipients who later matriculate into the professional pharmacy (Pharm. D.) program are eligible to retain the scholarship for a maximum of 8 consecutive semesters. This award will be disbursed at the prevailing undergraduate tuition rate, including the first four semesters of the professional pharmacy program when students are billed at the professional pharmacy tuition rate.

Last update: July 30, 2014

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