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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 2019-20

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 2023 who apply by our February 1, 2019 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 February 1, 2019 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 or EA (I or II) 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 
$26,000 $104,000

Trustee's Scholarship

4.00 and 29 ACT or 1340 SAT
3.75 and 31 ACT or 1400 SAT
3.50 and 33 ACT or 1460 SAT
$23,000 $92,000

President's Scholarship

3.85 and 26 ACT or 1240 SAT
3.40 and 28 ACT or 1310 SAT
3.00 and 30 ACT or 1370 SAT
$18,000 $72,000

Dean's Scholarship

3.25 and 26 ACT or 1240 SAT 
$12,500 $50,000

*Awards are determined based on official testing and high school transcript 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 2023 who apply Early Decision (I or II) or Early Action (I or II) by January 1 to compete for up to 20 full-tuition Trinity Tower Scholarships during our Trinity Tower Scholars Day (TTSD) on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

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, by application and interview, to 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, apply for admission to the University by our January 1 Early Decision/Early Action (I or II) deadline, and submit the Semmes Distinguished Scholars in Science Application online by January 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. 

If you demonstrate exceptional talent in art, music, theatre, or debate, we encourage you to apply for Baker Duncan Art/Debate/Music/Theatre Scholarships. Awards are available in various amounts up to $10,000.

If you are a National Merit Finalist who lists Trinity as your first-choice school by May 1, 2019, you 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: 

CSS Profile:

  • Applications available October 1
  • Trinity University School Code: 6831
  • Preferred Filing Date: February 15

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

  • Applications available after October 1
  • Trinity University School Code: 003647
  • Preferred Filing Date: February 15