About Merit Scholarships

Syracuse University offers several merit scholarship awards to international admitted students, all of which recognize academic, personal, and creative achievements. All merit awards are determined at the time of admission and take into account the information presented in a student’s application for admission.

There are three merit scholarships to recognize academic achievement for top students admitted to programs across the University:

  • The Founders’ Scholarship ($20,000 annually)
  • Chancellor’s Scholarship ($15,000 annually)
  • Dean’s Scholarship ($10,000 annually).

A select number of specialized scholarships for superbly accomplished students are also awarded:

  • The Full Tuition 1870 Scholarship ($45,150 annually)
    • The 1870 Scholarship is the highest recognition offered by the Office of Admissions. Named for the year in which the university was founded, prospective recipients are evaluated for academic and creative accomplishments, as well as personal achievement and commitment in community service, demonstrated caring for others, and a global perspective. 1870 Scholars are admitted to the Honors Program.
  • Excellence Scholarship ($30,000 annually)
  • Archbold-Day Scholarship ($25,000 annually)
    • Inspired by the significant campus expansion realized by former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, John D. Archbold, and the fourth Chancellor of Syracuse University, James Roscoe Day, this award recognizes students who show exceptional leadership potential and the promise of changing the world for the better. Archbold-Day scholars are admitted to the Honors Program.
  • Achievement Scholarship ($22,575 annually)
  • Distinguished Art Portfolio Award ($10,000 annually)
  • Distinguished Drama Performance Award ($10,000 annually)
  • Distinguished Music Performance Award ($10,000 annually)
  • Distinguished Architecture Portfolio Award ($10,000 annually)

If you are conditionally admitted pending proof of financial support, the amount needed to demonstrate sufficient funds for the purposes of receiving an I-20 will be the difference between the estimated cost of attendance of $69,942 and the amount of your scholarship(s).

Syracuse University scholarships are tuition-specific and may be combined with other tuition-specific awards (including those outside of Syracuse University), not to exceed the amount of tuition for each year. If you are a Syracuse University Dependent Tuition Benefit (DTB) eligible student receiving less than 100 percent benefit, your SU merit-based scholarship may be combined with your Dependent Tuition Benefit, up to the cost of full tuition.  If you receive 100 percent tuition benefit from the SU DTB program, or receive a Tuition Exchange award, you will receive a merit-based scholarship in name only, as your scholarship is already included in your Tuition Exchange or Dependent Benefit funding.

Information on maintaining your merit scholarship