University Scholarships

The Life-Gets- Better Scholarship Program is a merit scholarship for U. S. high school graduates and thereafter who receive recognition as a National Merit® Scholar or Finalist. Eligible scholars will receive an award to cover the cost of tuition, minus the sum of Florida Bright Futures, the National Merit® award or other scholarships and awards. The scholarship will cover fees associated with tuition, minus the postal fee and the orientation fee. The scholarship will provide $2,790 to use toward university housing and $2,246 to use toward board (university meal plan). The scholarship will provide a $750 book award.

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. Students must enroll in fifteen (15) credit hours per semester. Awards are not made during the summer term.

Scholarship Requirements:
  • 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).
  • Be a 2017 National Merit® Finalist or Scholar.
  • Have 1440 on the redesigned SAT or a 32 on the ACT. Must earn a 700* on the SAT math section or 30* on the ACT Math subject area.
  • Have a 3.5 FAMU recalculated GPA.
  • Be admitted into Engineering, Physical, Life, Natural and Computer Sciences programs.
  • Earn a minimum score of 76 on the ALEKS Math exam.
  • 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.
  • 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 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • maintained the degree program at time of admission.
  • validated FAFSA and it is on file in the FAMU Office of Financial prior to January 1.

Contact Info

209 C. C. Cunningham Center
Tallahassee, FL 32307

P: 850.412.5482
F: 850.561.2674

E: Dedra.ONeal@famu.edu