Similar to grants, Scholarships require no repayment and are available as a result of the contributions made by many LMU benefactors who deeply believe in the value of an LMU education. Scholarship eligibility is generally based upon different factors including merit-related criteria, academic achievement, financial need, talent, and/or leadership.
Equal opportunity will be provided for all incoming freshman applicants for scholarship consideration on the basis of their demonstrated academic ability and merit without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability and status with the armed forces unless otherwise stated in the scholarship guidelines.
Applying for Scholarships
Some LMU-sponsored scholarship awards are automatically considered alongside your application for admission. However, a number of scholarships require separate applications by varying specific deadlines. Many scholarships are also available through commercial or other private organizations and can be researched independently by students online.
Review the sections below for more information on LMU-sponsored scholarships.
Academic Scholarships for Freshmen
Loyola Marymount University offers a wide range of academic scholarship programs to recognize and reward the academic accomplishments of our most distinguished entering freshmen. No special application is required for these scholarships. All applicants for admission are automatically considered. Selection is based on academic accomplishment, including GPA, standardized test results, rigor of college prep curriculum and class standing. Additional factors may also be considered for particular scholarships, as indicated below.
Scholarship Eligibility & Requirements
All first-time freshmen are eligible for the scholarships described below. Equal opportunity will be provided for all incoming freshman applicants for scholarship consideration on the basis of their demonstrated academic ability and merit without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, and status with the armed forces unless otherwise stated in the scholarship guidelines.
Full-time enrollment (12-18 units) is required each semester to receive these awards. All awards may be adjusted if you receive additional federal, state, or institutional aid after your scholarship is awarded. All LMU merit-based scholarships are applied to billable costs only; funding is not provided to cover non-LMU expenses. Awards are available for a maximum of eight semesters of enrollment and are not available for summer enrollment or enrollment in a non-LMU study abroad programs.
Annual renewal of these awards is automatic up to 4 years or 8 semesters, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the LMU Merit Scholarship Benefits and Responsibilities.
Here is a summary of our scholarship programs:
Named for Fr. Pedro Arrupe, the long-time Superior General of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) whose vision of Educating Men and Women for Others has become the hallmark of Jesuit education. Arrupe Scholarships are highly competitive and selective, range in value from $12,500 annually to full tuition, and are renewable for four years.
International Students who are considered for the Arrupe award compete with other students educated outside the USA in order to account for the variance in educational systems around the world. Scholarship award amounts may vary from the award amounts for domestic students and there is not a specific minimum award value.
The Trustee Scholarship is LMU’s most prestigious academic scholarship. Trustee Scholars receive scholarship and grant assistance equal to full tuition, room, and board for four years. Ten Trustee Scholarships are offered annually. Selection is extremely competitive and includes an on-campus interview with faculty during our annual Scholars Weekend. Students invited to Scholars Weekend will be notified in late January and early February.
Presidential Scholars are selected from among the very strongest applicants to the University and receive $25,000 annually for four years. In addition, Presidential Scholars are guaranteed admission to the University Honors Program. The Presidential Scholarship also includes a paid summer research opportunity through our Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) and participation in the Office of Career and Professional Development’s Presidential Scholarship Mentorship Program. Housing on campus for all four years is guaranteed to Presidential Scholars, though not required.
Jesuit and Marymount High School Scholarships
In recognition of the values and heritage, LMU shares with the Jesuit and Marymount secondary schools in the United States, one student from each of these high schools will be awarded the Jesuit or Marymount High School Scholarship annually. This scholarship carries a value of $12,500 annually, and is renewable for four years, for a total value of $50,000. In addition to academic accomplishment, selection for this scholarship considers involvement in school and community activities, leadership and service.
Jesuit Community Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded by LMU’s Jesuit community to graduates of Jesuit or other Catholic secondary schools whose contributions to their community through service and leadership warrant special recognition. Approximately 10 Jesuit Community Scholarships are awarded each year. Jesuit Community Scholarship winners receive $10,000 annually for four years, for a total of $40,000.
LMU Achievement Awards
Recognizing students of substantial academic achievement, LMU Achievement Awards beginning at $1,000 and renewable annually for four years will be offered to students based on academic accomplishment.
Academic Scholarships for Transfer Students
Loyola Marymount University offers several academic scholarship programs to recognize and reward the academic accomplishments of our most distinguished entering transfer students. No special application is required for these scholarships. All applicants for admission are automatically considered. Selection is based on academic accomplishment, including GPA. Additional factors may also be considered for particular scholarships, as indicated below.
Scholarship Eligibility & Requirements
All enrolling transfer students are eligible for the scholarships described below. Equal opportunity will be provided for all incoming students for scholarship consideration on the basis of their demonstrated academic ability and merit without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, and status with the armed forces unless otherwise stated in the scholarship guidelines.
Full-time enrollment (12-18 units) is required each semester to receive these awards. All awards may be adjusted if you receive additional federal, state, or institutional aid after your scholarship is awarded. All LMU merit-based scholarships are applied to billable costs only; funding is not provided to cover non-LMU expenses. Awards are available for a maximum of six semesters of enrollment and are not available for summer enrollment or enrollment in a non-LMU study abroad programs.
Annual renewal of these awards is automatic up to 3 years or 6 semesters, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the LMU Merit Scholarship Benefits and Responsibilities.
Here is a summary of our scholarship programs:
LMU Transfer Scholarships
LMU offers a limited number of LMU Transfer Scholarships to students with the most distinguished academic record at their prior institution(s). The LMU Transfer Scholarship is awarded at $5,000 per academic year and is automatically renewed for up to 3 years or 6 semesters of enrollment as long as recipients meet eligibility requirements. Scholarship selection occurs during the admission process, and no separate application is necessary.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships
LMU offers a $2,000 merit scholarship to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members in good standing who are admitted as transfer students and enroll at LMU. This will provide the most deserving students with up to $6,000 over three years to assist with tuition costs. Students will be identified through the LMU admission process. No separate application is necessary.
LMU Athletic Grant-In-Aid
The Athletics Department at Loyola Marymount University offers a wide range of scholarships to eligible student-athletes. The Financial Aid Office will work with the Athletic Department to ensure that scholarships are coordinated with federal, state and other university-funded sources of financial aid you may be eligible to receive. Student-athletes must meet all LMU, West Coast Conference (WCC) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) eligibility requirements in order to receive an athletic scholarship.
In accordance with NCAA regulations, Athletic Grant-In-Aid is designated for student-athletes to assist with college expenses. These awards may be full or partial grants regardless of the student athlete's financial need. Eligibility for Athletic Grant-In-Aid awards is determined by the Athletic Department annually.
The Financial Aid Office is responsible for notifying student-athletes of athletic award renewal, non-renewal, and reductions. A student-athlete who receives a reduction or non-renewal notice may appeal this decision. The Financial Aid Office will work with the student-athlete and the Athletic Department to coordinate the appeals process.
Download a comprehensive resource for student-athletes on LMU Athletic Grant-In-Aid Awarding.
LMU Merit Scholarship Benefits and Responsibilities
Students selected to receive a Loyola Marymount University merit-based scholarship should review the following benefits, expectations, and responsibilities, which pertain to recipients of any of the following LMU awards: the Presidential Scholarship, Arrupe Scholarship, Jesuit and Marymount High School Scholarship, Loyola High School Scholarship, Leavey Family Foundation Scholarship, University Hill Foundation, Jesuit Community Scholarship, LMU Achievement Award, LMU Transfer Scholarship, and the LMU Global Scholarship. Trustee Scholarship recipients are sent a Benefits and Responsibilities Statement specific to that award.
- Loyola Marymount University Freshman merit scholarships are renewable for your 4 consecutive years (eight semesters) at LMU.
- Loyola Marymount University Transfer merit scholarships are renewable for up to 3 consecutive years (six semesters) at LMU.
- Fifty percent of the value of your annual scholarship will be disbursed and credited to your student account each semester.
- Your institutional scholarship does not apply to summer session courses or to non-LMU study abroad programs.
- To maintain eligibility for your scholarship, you must enroll full time (12 units or more) each semester.
- Recipients must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for the Presidential Scholarship, Arrupe Scholarship, Jesuit and Marymount High School Scholarship, the Loyola High School Scholarship, the Jesuit Community Scholarship, the LMU Transfer Scholarship, and the LMU Global Scholarship. The Leavey Family Foundation Scholarship and the University Hill Foundation LMU Scholarship require a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average.
- Notify the Financial Aid Office of any other scholarship offers you receive. (Note: scholarship awards may be adjusted to ensure compliance with all institutional, federal, and state regulations).
In addition to fulfilling these responsibilities, LMU merit scholarship recipients are expected to provide leadership and inspiration to other students. Also, only if asked, scholarship recipients will send a letter of appreciation to the generous donor who made your scholarship possible. In that event, the name and address of your benefactor will be provided to you.
Upon accepting your offer of admission to LMU and then accepting this scholarship through your university PROWL account, you confirm that you understand and accept the benefits and responsibilities of this award. You will have to access your PROWL account upon submitting your commitment deposit to LMU. More details about each scholarship program can be found on the Financial Aid website.
Scholarship Search Engines
Scholarships (or "free money") are an attractive way to pay for college because you don’t need to pay them back. Scholarship awards range from a few dollars to covering the full tuition bill. Scholarships are offered by many organizations, including federal and state governments and private sources, such as employers, individuals, companies, high schools and colleges, religious groups and professional associations. LMU encourages students to seek scholarships from any source.
Scholarship searches should be free; any service that requests money is probably a scam. For more information on scams please go to the Scam Alert web page.
To help you search, we recommend the following online scholarship search services:
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