Arcadia University Scholarships and Grants

Merit Awards

Note:  All Arcadia merit scholarships apply toward tuition costs only. If another scholarship, award or funding from any outside entity/organization will cover all or part of a student's tuition costs, the merit scholarship will be replaced or reduced.*    For more information, email the Financial Aid Office at

These scholarships and grants are made possible through the generous gifts of alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of Arcadia University. 

The Arcadia University President's Scholarship

This full tuition scholarship* recognizes academic excellence, outstanding leadership and community and volunteer service. A limited number are awarded to the top entering freshmen in the applicant pool each year. High School seniors are considered and evaluated for the award on the basis of their grades, class rank, SAT/ACT scores, and leadership in school and community. There is no separate application for the scholarship and students that apply for full-time admission will be considered. As Arcadia merit awards apply to tuition only, the President's Scholarship replaces any and all other Arcadia awards that students might have received. 

*After the student's freshman year, the amount of the President's Scholarship equals the cost of fall and spring tuition for the recipient's year of entry (i.e.-scholarship does not increase as tuition increases).

Note: The Arcadia University President's Scholarship was formerly named the Landman Scholarship. 

The Arcadia University Distinguished Scholarship

This award recognizes academic excellence, outstanding leadership, and community and volunteer service. Freshman awards go up to $23,000 annually for new students entering in fall of 2014 or spring of 2015. High school seniors are evaluated on the basis of their grades, SAT/ACT scores, types of coursework taken, high school rank and involvement. There is not a separate application for these awards. All students that apply for full-time admission will be considered. 

Transfer applicants who are accepted as full-time students will automatically be reviewed for Distinguished Scholarships. Annual scholarships go up to $17,500 per year for full-time transfer students entering fall 2014 or spring 2015. (Annual scholarships for fll-time transfer students entering Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 go up to $16,500 per year). Transfer students are evaluated on the basis of their cumulative GPA and coursework. Members of Phi Theta Kappa entering the University fall 2014 or spring 2015 are guaranteed a minimum of $15,500 per year ($14,500 for those entering fall 2013 or spring 2014) for full-time undergraduate study provided their cumulative transfer GPA (from all institutions combined) is 3.5 or better and they have earned a minimum of 30 credits. Additionally, completed coursework must be from at least two general academic disciplines, and, the student must have completed full-time course loads at his/her prior institution. Members of Alpha Beta Gamma are guaranteed a minimum of $10,000 per year for fall 2014 or spring 2015 ($9,000 for fall 2013 or spring 2014) for full-time undergraduate study provided their cumulative transfer GPA (from all institutions combined) is 3.0 or better and they have earned a minimum of 30 credits. Note: Students that are members of both Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Beta Gamma will receive one Distinguished Scholarship, which will be the higher of either the PTK or ABG amounts they qualify for (for a potential annual maximum Distinguished Scholarship of $17,500 for fall 2014 or spring 2015; $16,500 for fall 2013 or spring 2014 entering students).

The Distinguished Scholarship is renewable each year provided the student remains a full-time undergraduate in good academic standing. 

The Arcadia University Achievement Award

This award recognizes exceptional participation in school activities, community service, volunteer work or special talents. For fall 2014, Achievement Awards go up to $15,000 per year. Higher level award amounts (those ranging from $8,000-$15,000 for Fall 2014/Spring 2015) also reflect academic achievements or standardized test scores.  Like the Distinguished Scholarship, students are automatically considered for an Achievement Award upon applying to the University. No separate application is necessary. The award is renewable each year provided the student remains a full-time undergraduate in good academic standing. Additionally, prospective Fine Arts majors may receive an Achievement Award based on the quality of their portfolio review and prospective B.F.A. in Acting majors may receive one based on their audition. 

Arcadia University Campus Achievement Award For Returning Students

Full-time undergraduates who have financial need, demonstrated involvement and leadership on campus, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated willingness to take student loans may apply.  Applications can be obtained from the Office of Enrollment Management or online at  Applications for the fall semester are due June 1; applications for the spring semester are due November 1. Awards go up to $3,000 per year. Only current full-time Arcadia University undergraduate students can apply for the Campus Achievement Award for Returning Students.

Alumni Legacy Grant

This $2,000 annual award is automatically given to the dependent children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren of Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College) alumni when they enroll as full-time undergraduates at Arcadia University provided they meet regular admissions criteria and are "dependent" according to federal guidelines. Students must notify the Enrollment Management Office of their intent to use the grant by January 1 for the next fall semester, or by November 1 for the next spring semester. 

Arcadia University Sister Cities Scholarship Program 

Arcadia University is pleased to be actively involved in the Sister Cities Program, which, through the International Vistors’ Council ( links Philadelphia to the world by creating special relationships with ten Sister and Partnership cities, and one "Partners for Peace" city.  The Arcadia University Sister City Scholarship Program provides $15,000 annual academic, merit scholarships to new, entering full-time undergraduate students, first-year or transfer, who are residents of one of Philadelphia’s Sister Cities, as noted below.  Students must be pursuing a first bachelor’s degree and must meet Arcadia’s Undergraduate Admissions Requirements.  The Arcadia University Sister City Scholarship is renewable on the undergraduate level for up to four years, provided the student remains full-time and in good academic standing according to University guidelines.

Philadelphia Sister Cities

  • Florence, Italy
  • Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Turon, Poland
  • Tianjin, China
  • Incheon, Korea
  • Douala, Cameroon
  • Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
  • Kobe, Japan
  • Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Abruzzo, Italy
  • Mosul, Iraq (Partners for Peace)

Apply for admission online at by March 1.  Contact Marci Oster for more information about admissions. 

The Philadelphia Scholar Award 

This award is made to five students each year from among the City of Philadelphia's 21 comprehensive public high schools. Nominations for this award are made by high school officials on the basis of academic success and promise. This $2,000 annual award is renewable.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Scholarship for Mature Women

This award is offered to selected part-time (6-11 credits/semester) and full-time, female undergraduate students 25 years of age or older that apply for the award. To be eligible to apply, students must be first bachelor degree candidates with a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or better who have completed at least 64 credits. Selection is made on the basis of financial need and academic records. Applications can be obtained in the Office of Enrollment Management and are due by June 1 for the following academic year. For more information on the Chartlotte Newcombe Foundation, visit

The Arcadia University Writing Achievement Award

Available to entering, full-time freshmen who have scored in the top tier of Arcadia's accepted student pool on either the ACT or SAT standardized writing sections. This $1,000 annual award is renewable for four years on the undergraduate level to students who remain full-time and in good academic standing.

Need-Based Aid

Arcadia University Grant

This need-based grant is awarded to full-time undergraduate students that qualify, based on the information provided on the FAFSA form. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to be considered for this award. Applicants are encouraged to file the FAFSA by March 1 for the coming fall semester.

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