Georgetown Undergraduate Scholarships
Each year Georgetown University awards several hundred need-based scholarships to eligible undergraduates. Individual awards range in value from $1,000 to more than $60,000 per year, depending on the student’s financial need. In addition to small loan and work-study awards, these scholarships meet 100% of eligible undergraduates’ demonstrated financial need.
A portion of the scholarship assistance Georgetown awards to eligible undergraduates is funded by the generous gifts of University benefactors. Without this support from alumni and friends of the University, Georgetown would not be able to continue to meet the full financial need of all our aid applicants. We would like to extend our gratitude to the many donors who partner with us to help our students achieve their dreams.
Students that receive named scholarships may be asked to submit a Scholarship Impact Statement. These impact statements give students the opportunity to share their accomplishments with scholarship donors. This is optional, and completing it does not affect students’ financial aid package.
By applying for financial aid at Georgetown, students are considered for these scholarships. There is no additional application process.
Named in honor of the year Georgetown was founded, 1789 Scholarships are funded by generous gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of Georgetown who want to help the University enroll and retain the very best students. 1789 Scholarships provide $3,000 per year in loan relief (students receive less loan and more grant aid) and also help fund need-based Georgetown scholarship. Students offered 1789 Scholarships are also admitted into the Georgetown Scholarship Program (GSP).
Candidates for these scholarships are nominated by the GU Office of Undergraduate Admissions based on their admissions applications.
Georgetown University athletic grants-in-aid are awarded by the Department of Athletics on the basis of athletic and academic potential. Many are awarded based on demonstrated financial need for scholarship assistance, and participation in a particular intercollegiate sport. Further information about these opportunities can be obtained by contacting the GU Department of Athletics at (202) 687-2435.
The University’s John Carroll Scholarships are named in honor of Georgetown’s founder, Father John Carroll (1736-1815). Although Fr. Carroll was never president of Georgetown University and never served on its faculty, it is to him that the University owes its existence. Appointed superior of the American Mission by the Pope in 1784, Father Carroll saw the need for the education of the young American Republic’s Catholic citizens and began planning an academy.
The Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to junior or senior students whose core research in the hard sciences could feasibly serve a breakthrough technology or discovery — with the fundamental goal of advancing our country’s global technological competitiveness.
The Alvarez Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established through the generous support of members of the Alvarez family to honor the memory of patriarch Mr. Pedro Antonio Alvarez. The fund provides scholarship awards to undergraduates in the School of Foreign Service who, due to limited financial resources, would otherwise be unable to pursue or undertake non-paying public interest internships or research projects. Information and applications are available from the SFS Dean’s Office.
The Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Scholarship for Peace
This scholarship was established by generous donors to enable international students with financial need, especially those from socially conflicted areas of the world, to receive a Jesuit education at Georgetown. Undergraduate recipients are selected from the pool of international students who have been admitted to the University, on the recommendation of the University admissions committees.
The Steven de Balmaseda Champion Memorial Scholarship for Study Abroad
This scholarship was established in 1986 to help needy undergraduate students who wish to study abroad. Recipients are selected by the GU Office of International Programs. Preference in selection is given to GU undergraduates with financial need who plan to study abroad in non-English speaking European countries.
The Georgetown Environment Initiative Scholarship
This scholarship was established through the Georgetown Environment Initiative with the goal of providing support to the best and brightest students interested in research related to the complex issues of our environment. It is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need for Georgetown scholarship aid and have demonstrated an interest in academic scholarship related to an area of the environment.
The Michael Jurist Memorial Overseas Studies Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Michael Evan Jurist (F’07). It is awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need with a preference in selection for students participating in the Sciences Po Lyon program within the Office of International Programs.
The Sally and Nat Lefkowitz Scholarship
This scholarship was established in honor of Mrs. Pearl Bailey Bellson. It is awarded with preference in selection to a junior or senior student majoring in Theology in the College. Recipients are selected by the Office of Student Financial Services in consultation with the Dean of the College and the Chairman of the Department of Theology.
The Maguire Scholars Program Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Maguire Foundation to provide assistance to undergraduates who demonstrate financial need for Georgetown scholarship aid. Preference in the selection of recipients is given to students from area high schools in Philadelphia who meet the further preferences set forth by the Maguire Foundation. You may apply for this scholarship by submitting the online application.
The E.J. McCarthy Overseas Studies Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded by the GU French Department to undergraduates who wish to study in France during their junior year. Applications for the scholarship, which is awarded based on academic merit and financial need, are available from the GU French Department.
The E.J. McCarthy Tours Summer Study Abroad Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded each year to undergraduates enrolled in the GU-sponsored summer study abroad program in Tours, France. Applications for the scholarship, which is awarded based on academic merit and financial need, are available from the GU French Department.
The Nightline Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1997 to provide financial support each year to a Georgetown undergraduate undertaking a six month Spring semester internship at ABC, Inc. on the “Nightline” program, or if the “Nightline” program ceases, at the ABC News Washington Bureau. The selected intern enrolls for at least three academic credits for completing the supervised internship and tutorial, and some may take an additional course at the discretion of their Dean (for up to a total of six credits). The selected intern also receives the Nightline scholarship. Applications for the internship and scholarship are available from the Georgetown University MBNA Career Center.
The Rev. Daniel Power Memorial Scholarship
The Reverend Daniel Power Memorial Scholarship was established by the brothers and sisters of Alpha Phi Omega National Fraternity in memory of their advisor and brother, Daniel E. Power, S.J. The Power scholarship is an award made annually with preference in selection to needy Juniors and Seniors whose records display the values of community service, leadership, and scholarship held dear by Fr. Power in his own life. A separate application is required and is available from the Volunteer and Public Service Center or the Alpha Phi Omega Office.
The Sultan Qaboos bin-Said Arabic Language and Culture Scholarship
This scholarship fund was created by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin-Said of Oman to provide scholarships to selected Arabic majors. Further information about the program is available from the Office of the Dean of the Georgetown University Faculty of Languages and Linguistics or the GU Arabic Department.
The President Anwar El Sadat Memorial Scholarship
The Anwar El Sadat Scholarship was established to bring needy Egyptian students to Georgetown University to earn an undergraduate degree (in the school of their choosing) provided they return to Egypt upon completion of their degree.
The Tatung Institute of Technology Scholarship
The Tatung Institute of Technology established this scholarship to pay the tuition of a student who is a needy citizen of the Republic of China, who is obliged to return to Taiwan to serve at the Tatung Institute. This scholarship is restricted to students enrolled in the Languages and Linguistics division of the College.
The Kalsi Family Hilltop Presidential Scholarship
This scholarship was donated by Karamji Singh Kalsi (B’90) provide assistance to undergraduates in the McDonough School of Business who demonstrate financial need for Georgetown scholarship aid.
The Peter F. Karches (B’74) Memorial GU Scholarship
This scholarship was donated by Susan A. Karches (C’74) in memory of her late husband, to assist undergraduates who would be the first in their family to attend college or who face significant financial challenges. The scholarships provide support that is intended to help recipients graduate with little or no student debt. The scholarship is awarded to eligible students who demonstrate financial need for GU scholarship aid.
Trustees of the George F. Baker Fund established this scholarship program to help students in Georgetown College who wish to participate in the Baker Scholars Program who demonstrate financial need for grant aid.
The Baker Scholars Program and the Baker Scholarships are designed to attract young men and women trained in the liberal arts to careers in business. Students can apply for the Baker Scholars Program by completing the applications on the College Dean’s website.
Baker Scholars who demonstrate financial need receive scholarship assistance through the program. Baker Scholars can be considered for Baker scholarship awards by completing Georgetown’s standard need-based financial aid applications.
The following endowment funds support incentive and GU Scholarship awards for Baker Scholars:
The Baker Scholars Scholarship Fund. This fund was established by the Trustees of the George F. Baker Fund to provide scholarship awards for students participating in the Baker Scholars program who demonstrate financial need for grant aid. The fund was initiated with a large gift from the Baker Trust in the 1970s and other donors have made supplementary gifts to the fund.
The Royden B. Davis, S.J. GU Scholarship for Baker Scholars. These scholarships were established by MBNA in honor of the Rev. Royden B. Davis, S.J. former Dean of the College, to provide financial assistance to undergraduate liberal arts students in Georgetown College through the George F. Baker Scholars Program.
Matthew & Elizabeth Luckett Financial Aid Fund. This scholarship was donated by Matthew Justin Luckett (C’94) to provide assistance to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need and who are participants in the George F. Baker Scholars Program.
The John and Mary McShain Incentive Scholarship for Baker Scholars. Mary and John McShain demonstrated their loyalty and concern for young people at Georgetown by establishing this endowed scholarship in April 1978. The income from this endowment is to be disbursed annually to deserving and needy undergraduate students in the College through the Baker Scholars Program.
The Charles H. Ross, Jr. Incentive Scholarship for Baker Scholars. This scholarship was established to provide assistance to undergraduate students in the College through the Baker Scholars Program.
Sippel Family Financial Aid Fund. This scholarship was donated by Matthew Sippel (C’86) to provide assistance to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need and who are participants in the George F. Baker Scholars Program.
Joseph R. Zimmel Financial Aid Fund. This scholarship was donated by Joseph R. Zimmel (C’75, P’12, P’15) to provide assistance to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need and who are participants in the George F. Baker Scholars Program.
In recognition of Georgetown University’s numerous important partnerships with the District of Columbia, former University President Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J. established this program to provide need-based awards for students from high schools located in the District of Columbia to study at Georgetown.
The following endowment funds support this program:
The Father Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Scholarship Fund. Father Edward B. Bunn, S.J. was president of Georgetown for 12 years-from 1952 to 1964. Father Bunn’s accomplishments were immense: a ten-year building program was completed; two new schools were added; the student body grew from 4,700 to 7,500. Under Father Bunn, Georgetown moved into the ranks of the nation’s great universities. This scholarship fund was established in his memory by alumni and friends of the University.
The Ellen S. Devine Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund was established in 1971 through a bequest of Ellen S. Devine of Wilmington, Delaware, to provide financial assistance to Georgetown University undergraduates at the discretion of the University President.
The President’s D.C. Scholarship Fund. This endowment fund of discretionary gifts was established by the University President to support the DC Scholarship program.
The Bellarmine and Ignatian Scholarships are awarded to selected GU undergraduates who demonstrate financial need for scholarship assistance.
Candidates for these scholarships are nominated by the GU Office of Undergraduate Admissions based on their exceptionally distinguished high school records.
Bellarmine Scholarships are awarded to eligible students nominated by their Jesuit high school who ranked first in their graduating class.
Ignatian Scholarships are offered to selected eligible students nominated by their Jesuit high school, from the pool of students who ranked in the top 5% of their graduating class and who represent the Ignatian ideals in their personal accomplishments.
If no financial need is demonstrated by a nominee as an entering freshman, the nominee is designated an “honorary” Bellarmine or Ignatian Scholar and receives an honorary one-year non-renewable $1,000 Bellarmine or Ignatian Scholarship award. For others who demonstrate financial need, Bellarmine and Ignatian Scholarships replace the standard loan and work-study portion of their financial aid packages.
Named GU and NHS scholarships are funded by generous gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of Georgetown. These scholarships are given to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need for Georgetown scholarship aid, who meet the additional selection preferences specified by the donors.
The Penner Family Experiences Grant fund was donated by the Penner Family to reduce financial barriers for Georgetown students to allow them to pursue transformative experiences that are extensions of their core university education. Please visit the following link for more information and to apply: https://provost.georgetown.edu/academicaffairs/penneraward/ (new window)