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Academic Merit Scholarships for First-Year Students at Trinity

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.

Academic Merit Scholarships and Financial Aid for First-Year Students 2020-21

A top-quality Trinity education is an invaluable investment with benefits that last a lifetime. An investment of this magnitude is not without cost, and we understand that students and their families may need assistance to address these expenses. Toward that end, Trinity offers a comprehensive financial aid program of scholarships, grants, loans, and campus employment opportunities. 

Academic Merit Scholarships

Domestic first-year, full-time undergraduate students admitted to Trinity University’s Class of 2024 who apply by our January 15, 2020, Regular Decision deadline are automatically considered for the scholarship offerings listed below. No additional applications are required. Students who have strong academic preparation, but who do not meet the specific criteria below, will also be considered for scholarships by the Trinity University admissions committee.

Applicants who apply for admission after January 15, 2020, will be considered for merit scholarships on a case-by-case basis by the admissions committee and award amounts may not reflect the levels indicated below.

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Scholarship Name Selection Criteria
Recalculated Core GPA and ACT Composite or SAT EBRW+M
Annual Award Four-Year Award

Trinity Tower Scholarship


To be considered for this award, your application for admission must be submitted under an ED I or EA application plan.

Murchison Scholars and other top applicants will be invited to compete for a full-tuition scholarship at the Trinity Tower Scholars Day competition.


Please see the information below for more details regarding this program.

Full-Tuition Award


Trinity Tower Scholars Day attendees will compete for one of up to 20 full-tuition scholarships.

Murchison Scholarship

4.00 and 31 ACT or 1400 SAT
3.85 and 34 ACT or 1500 SAT
3.75 and 36 ACT or 1600 SAT 
$27,000 $108,000

Trustees' Scholarship

3.90 and 30 ACT or 1340 SAT
3.75 and 32 ACT or 1430 SAT
3.65 and 34 ACT or 1540 SAT
$25,000 $100,000

President's Scholarship

3.90 and 28 ACT or 1310 SAT
3.60 and 30 ACT or 1370 SAT
3.30 and 32 ACT or 1430 SAT
$23,000 $92,000

Dean's Scholarship

4.00 and 26 ACT or 1240 SAT
3.70 and 27 ACT or 1280 SAT
3.40 and 28 ACT or 1310 SAT
$18,000 $72,000

*Awards are determined based on official high school transcript and testing information received by the Office of Admissions at the time of a student’s application.

Core GPAs are 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.

Trinity University does not have a preference for ACT or SAT. Trinity superscores, using the highest test scores submitted for admission and scholarship consideration. For ACT, the highest scores for each subtest will be combined to generate the highest composite score; for SAT, the best Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math subscores will be used to calculate a maximum single score.

Trinity Tower Scholars Day: Full-Tuition Scholarship Competition

The admissions committee will invite Murchison Scholarship recipients and other top students admitted to Trinity University’s Class of 2024 who apply Early Decision I or Early Action by November 1 to compete for up to 20 full-tuition Trinity Tower Scholarships during our Trinity Tower Scholars Day (TTSD) on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

Early Decision II ​and Regular Decision applicants will not be eligible to attend TTSD or compete for a full-tuition scholarship.

Specialized Merit Scholarships

The Semmes Distinguished Scholars in Science Award is a full-tuition scholarship open to Murchison Scholars and other top students interested in majoring in a STEM-related field. In order to be considered for this award, students must: be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and apply for admission to the University under an Early Decision I or Early Action decision plan and submit the Semmes Distinguished Scholars in Science Award Application online by November 1.

The Storer & Tillman Scholarship for Developing Christian Leaders is open to prospective first-year and transfer students, by application, who demonstrate financial need and a commitment to developing their leadership skills in the context of their faith. 

Students who demonstrate exceptional talent in music, art, theatre, or debate, may apply for music scholarships or Baker Duncan Art/Debate/Theatre Scholarships. Awards are available in various amounts up to $10,000.

National Merit Finalists who list Trinity as their first-choice school by May 1, 2020, will be considered for an additional Trinity National Merit Scholarship of $2,000.

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