Academic Scholarships

All first-year applicants are automatically considered for academic scholarships. Be sure to also explore and apply for other Duquesne scholarship opportunities. We also offer academic transfer scholarships.

We recognize your achievements with academic scholarship awards up to $27,000 each academic year. These scholarships are awarded based on your GPA and test scores.  If you plan to apply as a test-optional applicant, our admissions team will review your grades and application holistically to determine your academic award.

Award Ranges

The academic scholarship award shown is the maximum for each GPA, SAT or ACT range. 

GPA Range SAT Range ACT Range
Up to $27,000 3.7 - 4.0+ 1300 - 1400+ 28 - 36
Up to $23,000 3.00 - 3.69 1100 - 1290 22 - 27
Up to $18,000  Up to 2.99 Up to 1080 Up to 21
Test-Optional Applicants Up to $27,000

GPA is reviewed on an individual basis.


Test-Optional must be selected on the application.

Duquesne's academic scholarships may be renewed each academic year for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study (except Pharmacy, which is 12 semesters). These ranges are for estimating eligibility. 

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

University Scholarships

Scholarship applications for new first-year students starting in Fall 2025 will open in September 2024. 

Spirit of Community Scholarship

Duquesne University is pleased to offer an exciting program for students passionate about engaging with their community and expanding their understanding of social justice. In addition to a commitment to community engagement, chosen participants will engage in meaningful and challenging conversations with peers around biased, systemic injustice, power, and privilege and their impact on our community and society at large. Apply by January 15

Spirit of Excellence Scholarship

In the spirit of our founding, commitment to excellence, mission of service, and in alignment with University Goals, Duquesne will award exceptional leaders with a full-tuition scholarship for four years. Apply by January 15

STEM Scholars Program

This scholarship is a cooperative program among Duquesne University STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and math) for incoming students. Apply by January 15

Louis B. Mallet Endowed Scholarship

Provides scholarship support for one incoming first-year student who: will enroll in the School of Business, meets academic eligibility, and has financial need (as determined by the FAFSA). Renewable annually for up to eight semesters/four years until the student graduates. Apply by June 30.
Learn more about the Mallet family and their support of Duquesne.

Jeffery S. Kelly Catholic Studies Scholarship

Provides scholarship support for all declared Catholic Studies majors and minors, which is renewable annually for up to eight semesters/four years of study. Catholic Studies welcomes students of all religious faiths and backgrounds to learn more about the Catholic faith and the contributions of Catholicism to world history, and local and global culture.  

Sister Thea Bowman Educational Foundation Scholarship

First envisioned by namesake and co-founder, the famed liturgist, speaker, educator and Black Catholic religious sister Thea Bowman. The foundation has helped fund more than 250 students in higher education at Catholic schools around the country, with support from donors including the Pittsburgh Steelers - owned by the Catholic Rooney family, several of whom are Duquesne University alumni! Learn more and apply!

SAGE Tuition Rewards

Duquesne is a SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards member university. Tuition Reward Points can be earned through your workplace benefits, affiliated financial institutions, health insurance providers, or employer. Accumulated Tuition Rewards Points create scholarships for students and result in guaranteed minimum institutional aid off the price of tuition at member colleges and universities.


Students in high school can earn up to $48,000 to Duquesne University on RaiseMe through micro-scholarships that recognize achievements throughout high school, allowing high school students to start earning money for college before they even apply to college. You can earn up to $12,000 per year, and the amount you earn on RaiseMe from Duquesne will be your guaranteed minimum amount of institutional aid if you are admitted; you may receive even more in your scholarship or financial aid package once we review your completed application for admission. Visit Duquesne on RaiseMe to learn more about micro-scholarship opportunities starting your first year of high school!


Scholarship Resources

These are only a resource to help students find scholarship opportunities and are not associated with the University. Any student awarded scholarships funds from any outside entity or 3rd party organization should have their scholarship funds sent to:

Attn: Cashier’s Office
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (PASFAA) Student Scholarship

The Merle E. and Olive Lee Gilliand Scholarship Program was established to assist current Duquesne University students. Apply by April 29 at 3 p.m.

The PASFAA Scholarship is made possible by the association and generous donations from members. PASFAA will award seven, $1,000 scholarships. Apply by May 15.

The Pittsburgh Foundation

Through the generosity of donors, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County manage one of the most robust foundation-led scholarship programs in the country. Each year, we award nearly $3 million in scholarships from approximately 375 donor-established scholarship funds is a comprehensive database of 3.7 million scholarships worth about $19 million in financial aid. You can search the website's directory without a profile, but you will need to create a profile to find out if you qualify. also provides information about student loans and other resources.


Fastweb is a free scholarship search platform that connects students to 1.5 million scholarships worth more than 3.4 billion. Once you create an account, you can log in to discover matches based on the information you've shared. The site also allows parents to create separate accounts to maximize potential earnings. Fast web can also connect you with one of nearly 10,000 part-time jobs and internships.


Appily has $11 billion worth of scholarship options available. Before you sign up, you can search the directory based on deadlines, location, scholarship amounts and more. Appily also provides resources to help you decide your major and advice for applying for financial aid.