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Academic Merit Scholarships

Trinity University offers many opportunities for financial aid. As students apply to the University, they are automatically considered for our full range of general merit scholarships.

Trinity Scholarships and Financial Aid for First-Year and Transfer Students 2021-22

Trinity delivers a high-impact, unique educational experience made affordable to students and families at every economic level. Trinity’s $1.4 billion endowment places us among the top 40 institutions nationally for endowment per student. The strong fiscal health of Trinity combined with philanthropic alumni support enables us to offer generous merit scholarships and robust financial aid opportunities.  

All qualified entering students are considered for academic merit scholarships, which generally range from $10,000 to full tuition, regardless of the students' financial need. A recalculated core GPA*, standardized test scores (optional) and other criteria are used to determine eligibility. All of Trinity’s merit scholarships and awards are renewable for four years (eight semesters) and require recipients to maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA unless otherwise stated.

* Core GPA is recalculated on an unweighted 4.0 scale using the student's core academic courses (English, math, science, social science and foreign language) completed in high school.

  • Academic merit scholarships are determined based on a combination of the applicant’s recalculated core GPA and SAT or ACT superscore results. For applicants who choose to be considered without test scores, merit scholarships are determined based on the core GPA alongside a holistic review process incorporating other achievements.  
  • Students considering applying Early Decision: We understand that scholarships and financial aid often play a significant role in determining affordability prior to identifying Trinity as a top choice. To assist with this, we can provide families with a clear scholarship and/or financial aid estimate prior to submitting an Early Decision application. To learn more, please contact your assigned admissions representative.

Merit Scholarships - No separate application required

Scholarship Name Description Qualifications

Trinity Tower Scholarship

Annual full-tuition award Applications must be submitted under Early Decision I or Early Action plans (Nov 1). Murchison Scholars and other top candidates are invited to compete for up to 20 full tuition scholarships during Trinity Tower Scholars Day. A full-tuition Tower Scholarship replaces the initial Murchison Scholarship.

Murchison, Trustees', President's or Dean's Scholarships

Annual awards ranging from $18,000 to $30,000 Merit scholarships based on superior academic achievement. A minimum recalculated core GPA of 3.5 is expected to be competitive for these awards.

Trinity Tiger Award

Annual award up to $12,000 Merit scholarship recognizing academic achievement and other accomplishments. Tiger Awards are only available to students who may not qualify for other merit awards.

International Student Scholarship

Annual awards available in varying amounts up to the cost of attendance for selected applicants who are neither US Citizens nor US Permanent Residents. International students are eligible for both merit-based scholarships and need based aid. Merit scholarships are based on superior academic performance. Need-based scholarships are highly competitive and determined by financial information provided from the CSS Profile for International Students or the International Student Financial Aid Application.

Transfer Scholarship

Annual awards ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 Merit scholarship based on academic achievement. Transfer application must be submitted by October 15 (spring enrollment) or April 1 (fall enrollment).

Additional Scholarships - Separate Application or Credentials Required

*Recipients of most awards below may also qualify for a merit scholarship listed above

Scholarship Name Description Qualifications

Semmes Distinguished Scholar Award

Annual full-tuition award + $5,000 research stipend Applications must be submitted under Early Decision I or Early Action plans. Murchison Scholars and other top candidates should submit the Semmes Scholarship application online by November 15 to be considered to be considered. Award recipients must major in a STEM-related field at Trinity. A full tuition Semmes Award replaces the initial merit scholarship.

Baker Duncan Special Talent Scholarship

Annual awards available in varying amounts up to $10,000 for students with special talents in Art, Debate, and Theatre A separate application, portfolio or audition is required for consideration. Recipients must meet participation requirements for music and debate or academic major/minor for art and theatre.

Music Scholarship

Annual awards typically range from $1,500 to $10,000 per year for students with special talent in vocal or instrumental music. Music application and audition are required, continued full time enrollment at Trinity and participation in one or more large ensemble as assigned by the Department of Music.

National Merit Scholarship

Annual award of $2,000 Recipients must be selected as a National Merit Finalist, and designate Trinity University as their first college choice with the National Merit Corporation.

Storer & Tillman Scholarship for Developing Christian Leaders

A need-based annual award of $2,500 for students who demonstrate leadership in selected service study, worship and fellowship opportunities Applications must be submitted under Early Decision I or Early Action plans. The Storer & Tillman Scholarship application must be submitted by November 15. Candidates must submit the FAFSA and CSS Profile by November 1.

Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship

Annual award of $2,000 for transfer students Transfer student recipients must provide proof of Phi Theta Kappa membership at the time of admission.

Financial Aid

In addition to academic merit scholarships, Trinity has a variety of other resources available to assist students and their families in addressing educational costs. To be considered for these additional grants, low-interest loans and campus employment opportunities, please submit the following forms by your corresponding application deadline: 

CSS Profile:

  • Applications available October 1
  • Trinity University School Code: 6831

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

  • Applications available after October 1
  • Trinity University School Code: 003647