Distinguished Scholars Award



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 scholarships and awards.  The scholarship will cover fees associated with tuition, minus the postal fee and the $35 orientation fee. 

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.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have a FAMU recalculated grade point average of 4.00 or better (pursuant to F.S. 6.002 and 1003.437)
  • Have a SAT score of at least 1440 (Must earn a *700 on the SAT math section)
  • Have an ACT score of 32 (Must earn a *32 on the ACT math section)
  • 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). 
  • Earned a minimum score of 76 on the ALEKS. 
  • Be a U.S. resident or permanent resident
  • Be college-ready (no remediation or remedial courses)

Eligibility for renewal is determined at the end of each semester.  For automatic renewal, an award recipient must comply with the policies of the University Scholarship program and the bullets below:

  • Enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours each semester.
  • You cannot drop or withdraw from a course(s) after the official university drop and add period has ended (see University Registrar's calendar).
  • Earn a "C" or better in all courses each semester.  If you do not earn a "C" or better in each course, the scholarship will be terminated.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better at the end of each semester.
  • Maintain the academic program at time of admission (you cannot change your major or degree program).
  • Must enroll in degree program required courses each semester (must follow academic map).
  • Validated (submission of verification documents) and completed FAFSA on file in the FAMU Office of Financial prior to January 1.
  • Earn 22 hours of community service at the end of each semester (must be documented in iSTRIKE via the Office of Student Activities)
  • Recipients must participate in scholarship activities (President's Convocation, Scholar's Speaker Series, etc.,).
  • Freshmen are required to visit the office bi-weekly and to participate in study and tutorial sessions.
  • Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are required to visit the office bi-weekly and to participate in study and tutorial sessions.
  • Failure to comply with the above bullets or other policies of the University Scholarship Program will result in the loss (termination) of your scholarship. 
  • Loss of scholarship (termination) will not be reinstated at a later date.

Freshman year only (cumulative grade point average reviewed at the end of the spring semester)

Scholarship awards are limited.  Awards will be made based upon the competitiveness of the current pool of candidates and until funds are exhausted.  Scholarships will not be awarded to candidates that require remedial coursework or developmental education.