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Champion Scholarships

DSU Champion ScholarshipsStudents who demonstrate academic excellence should be recognized for their hard work. Scholarships help acknowledge the academic excellence of our students, particularly our champion scholarship program.

 

 

Our Champion Scholarships are awarded at different levels to traditional, incoming freshmen. These scholarship levels are dependent upon an individual’s high school GPA and standardized test scores. If the student continues to meet this high academic standard these awards can be renewed annually for up to four years.

Awards for Champion Scholarships range from $3,000 to $20,000 over the course of four academic years. These Champion Scholarships are funded through annual and endowed funds.

If chosen as a Champion Scholar, your photo may be taken for marketing purposes. Please fill out the hometown news release form

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  • DSU Presidential Champion at $20,000 ($5000 per year)
    • ACT = 32+  or  SAT =1420+ 
    • Minimum 3.0 unweighted cumulative high school GPA 
    • Incoming Freshman

  

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  • DSU Elite Champion at $14,000 ($3,500 per year)
    • ACT = 28-31  or  SAT = 1300-1410
    • Minimum 3.0 unweighted cumulative high school GPA
    • Incoming freshman
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  • DSU Merit Champion at $10,000 ($2,500 per year)
    • ACT = 24-27  or   SAT =1160-1290
    • Minimum 3.0 unweighted cumulative high school GPA

    • Incoming freshman

 

 

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  • DSU Achievement Champion at $6,000 ($1500 per year)
    • ACT < = 23  or  SAT < = 1150  or  No college entrance exam score submitted
    • Minimum 4.0 unweighted cumulative high school GPA
    • Incoming Freshmen
  • DSU Achievement Champion at $4,000 ($1000 per year)
    • ACT < = 23  or  SAT < = 1150  or  no college entrance exam score submitted
    • minimum 3.5-3.99 unweighted cumulative high school GPA
    • Incoming freshman
  • DSU Achievement Champion at $3,000 ($750 per year)
    • ACT = 21-23  or  SAT = 1060-1150
    • Minimum 3.0-3.49 unweighted cumulative high school GPA
    • Incoming freshmen

New Transfers - $1,500 Per Year

Complete the Transfer Champion Scholarship application prior to the semester you plan to enroll at dsu.edu/scholarships

  • 24-36 ACT, or 1160-1600 SAT
  • 3.0 cumulative college unweighted GPA
  • Enroll and complete 12 credit hours per semester since enrollment into post-secondary education.
  • Have completed less than 4 years of post-secondary education.
OR
  • 3.5 cumulative college GPA
  • Minimum of 24 earned college credits
  • Enrolled full-time with no break in enrollment and successful completion of 12 credits per semester
  • Have completed less than 4 years of post-secondary education.

 

Please note, once you have started classes at DSU, you will no longer be eligible to apply for this scholarship. In addition, this scholarship is only available for eight semesters of enrollment, which includes the semesters completed at your other post-secondary institution(s) or college(s).

To maintain eligibility for a DSU Champion Scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a semester basis.
  • Remain a full-time DSU student and successfully complete a minimum of 30 DSU credit hours per academic year (fall, spring, summer). 
  • Maintain continuous undergraduate full-time enrollment through DSU with no break in enrollment (summer is not included)