Distinguished Scholars Award
The Distinguished Scholars Award Program is a merit scholarship for U. S. high school graduates. Eligible scholars will receive an award to cover the cost of tuition minus the sum of Bright Futures, the National Merit® award or other scholarship and awards. The scholarship will cover fees associated with tuition, but minus the postal fee and the orientation fee.
Additionally, for a Florida Bright Futures Academic recipient, the scholarship will provide a $500 book award. The scholarship will provide $3,000 to use toward on-campus room and board equally.
Additionally, for a Florida Bright Futures Medallion recipient, the scholarship will provide $3,000 to use toward on-campus room and board equally.
Additionally, for a National Merit® Scholar, the scholarship will provide a $750 book award, $2,790 to be use toward on-campus room and $2,246 for board who:
• Have received: (a) a National Merit® $2500 Scholarship, (b) a Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship, or (c) a College-sponsored Merit
Scholarship. NOTE: “Special” Corporate Scholarships do not qualify students for the Benacquisto Scholarship.
Additionally, for a National Merit® Finalist, the scholarship will provide a $500 book award, $2,790 to use toward on-campus room and $2,246 for board.
Additionally, for a National Merit Semifinalist, the scholarship will provide $2,790 to use toward on-campus room and $2,246 for board.
Students are eligible to receive the award for a maximum of eight (8) semesters. Students must maintain enrollment in the degree program under which this award was made. Students may not change majors. A student must enroll in fifteen credit hours per semester. Awards are not made during the summer term.
• Earn a standard US high school diploma or its equivalency (unless the student completes a home education program or earns a high school diploma from a non-US high school while living with a parent who is on military or public service assignment away from the US).
• Have 1290 on the redesigned SAT or a 29 on the ACT. Must earn a *650 on the SAT math section or *27 on the ACT Math subject area.
• Have a 3.5 FAMU recalculated GPA.
• Earned a minimum score of 76 on the ALEKS Math exam for Engineering, Physical, Life, Natural and Computer Sciences majors.
• Be a U.S. resident
*Applicable for Engineering, Physical, Life, Natural and Computer Sciences programs
Eligibility for renewal is determined at the end of the second semester or the equivalent of each academic year. For automatic renewal, an award recipient will have:
• earned credit for all hours enrolled by the regular drop/add period each term.
• earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
• maintained the degree program at time of admission.
• validated FAFSA on file in the FAMU Office of Financial Aid prior to March 1.