Scholarships

Samford offers scholarships to student leaders who excel academically and think creatively about how to make the world a better place. Many of our academic departments and programs offer scholarships as well, based on specific talents and interests. Please note that some scholarships are mutually exclusive and may not be paired together. If you are a Transfer student interested in scholarships please visit our Transfer Scholarships page. 

Samford University scholarships are awarded to students who exemplify our Code of Values. At any point in time if our students breach the Code of Values, their scholarship dollars of any variety can be revoked.

*To apply for scholarships, you must have an online Samford account. If you've started your Samford/Common App admission application, you can apply for scholarships using the same login information. If you haven't started an admission application, please log in as a new user.

Dates & Deadlines+

Deadlines and scholarships listed below are specifically for incoming freshman applicants. If you are a transfer applicant interested in scholarships, please contact our Transfer Admission Counselor, Elliott Dansby, at eodansby@samford.edu.

December 1

Presidential and Leadership Scholarship Application

To receive scholarship consideration, your admission application and scholarship application(s) must be completed by the December 1 deadline.

  • Presidential Scholarships are awarded to students who display outstanding academic achievement and involvement in critical leadership roles in school, church and the community. Students who receive this scholarship typically have an ACT score of 30 or higher and a grade point average of 4.0 or higher.
  • Leadership Scholarships recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout their high school years. This scholarship does not use academic indicators in the application process, but requires strong leadership in school, church, and/or community.

December 15

Academic Scholarship Deadline

Academic Scholarships are awarded to students who are distinguished by records of outstanding academic achievement. Students are selected from their admission application to receive these scholarships.

January 1

FAFSA Available

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available for submission. Families must submit the FAFSA in order to be offered financial aid for the upcoming academic year.

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March 1

FAFSA Priority Deadline

In order to maximize your eligibility for financial aid, you must submit the FAFSA by March 1. Aid will be awarded on an as-available basis after this date.

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March 1

Samford Aid Application Deadline

Samford additionally offers freshman applicants the opportunity to qualify for non-merit based scholarships, who complete their admission application by March 1.

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Presidential Scholarship+

Presidential Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshman students who display outstanding academic achievement and involvement in critical leadership roles in school, church and the community. Students who receive this scholarship typically have an ACT score of 30 or higher and a grade point average of 4.0 or higher.

In order to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, students must complete their admission application and scholarship application by December 1. For this scholarship, we will consider a student's best scores from the ACT or SAT, up to the October 24 ACT test date and the November 7 SAT test date.

Presidential Scholarships are awarded in amounts up to $18,500 per year and are renewable for up to four years (or eight semesters), if qualifications are maintained. Due to the nature of this scholarship, it is mutually exclusive with all other scholarships at Samford, with the exception of the Legacy Scholarship and National Merit Scholarship.

Selection for this scholarship involves an on-campus interview with the Scholarship Committee. Students chosen as Presidential Scholars are expected to assist the Office of Admission in student recruitment and become involved in extracurricular activities at Samford. Presidential Scholars must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours at Samford per academic year and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (B) on all coursework at Samford University. Presidential Scholars are required to live on campus each year.

*To apply for this scholarship, you must have an online Samford account. If you've started a Samford/Common App admission application, you can apply for this scholarship using the same login information. If you haven't started an admission application, please log in as a new user.

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University Fellows Scholarship+

University Fellows is Samford's honors college experience. In order to be considered for the program, students must complete their scholarship application by December 1 and have a minimum ACT score of 28 or SAT-I score of 1250 (Math and Critical Reading). For this scholarship, we will consider a student's best scores from the ACT or SAT, up to the October 24 ACT test date and the November 7 SAT test date.

All students admitted to the University Fellows program receive a substantial scholarship that varies in amount, with University Fellows guaranteeing at least $16,000 and averaging at $18,500. Due to the nature of the scholarship, it is mutually exclusive with all other Samford scholarships, with the exception of the Legacy and National Merit Scholarships. Selection for the University Fellows scholarship involves the application process and an on-campus interview. The University Fellows application includes the following components:

  • Demographic information
  • Comprehensive resume
  • 500-750 word essay
  • Academic letter of recommendation from a teacher

*To apply for this scholarship, you must have an online Samford account. If you've started a Samford/Common App admission application, you can apply for this scholarship using the same login information. If you haven't started an admission application, please log in as a new user.

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Academic Scholarship+

Academic Scholarships are awarded to students who are distinguished by records of outstanding academic achievement. Students are selected from their admission application to receive these scholarships. In order to be considered for Academic Scholarships, students must submit their admission application by December 15. For this scholarship, we will consider a student's best scores from the ACT or SAT, up to the October 24 ACT test date and the November 7 SAT test date.

Scholarships are awarded to the students in the top percentage of each class in amounts up to $15,000 per year. The Academic Scholar is expected to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00(B) on all coursework at Samford University. Some scholarships are mutually exclusive and may not be paired with the Academic scholarship.

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Leadership Scholarship+

Leadership Scholarships recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout their high school years. The typical applicant for this scholarship is likely (but not required) to have participated in Governor's School, Boys/Girls State, Eagle Scouts and/or held leadership roles in Student Government Association, Relay for Life or similar organizations. In order to be considered for the Leadership Scholarship, students must complete their admission and scholarship applications by December 1.

The Leadership Scholarship can cover up to $2,000 annually and is renewable for up to four years (or eight semesters), if qualifications are maintained. Recipients of this scholarship are expected to complete a minimum of 13 hours per semester and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 (C) on all course-work at Samford University. Some scholarships are mutually exclusive and may not be paired with the Leadership scholarship.

*To apply for this scholarship, you must have an online Samford account. If you've started a Samford/Common App admission application, you can apply for this scholarship using the same login information. If you haven't started an admission application, please log in as a new user.

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Minister Dependent Scholarship+

Minister Dependent Scholarships are reserved for students who indicate on their admission application that they are dependents of ministers serving a Southern Baptist or Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Church. In order to be considered for the Minister Dependent scholarship, students must complete their admission application by December 15.

It can cover up to $3,450 annually and is renewable for up to four years (or eight semesters) if renewable qualifications are met. The Minister Dependent Scholarship recipient is required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.50(C) on all coursework at Samford University. Some scholarships are mutually exclusive and may not be paired with the Minister Dependent scholarship. Please contact your Admission Counselor for more information.

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National Merit Scholarship+

Samford University sponsors all Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who indicate to National Merit Scholarship Corporation that Samford University is their first choice institution according to the Requirements and Instructions for Semifinalists. For Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, below is a link to that document:

Requirements and Instructions for Semifinalists

The Scholarship can cover up to $2000.00 annually and is renewable for up to four years (or eight semesters), if qualifications are maintained. The National Merit Scholar is expected to be a full-time student (minimum of 12 hours) per academic year. You must remain in good academic and disciplinary standing at the sponsor college and must make normal year-to-year progress toward completion of baccalaureate degree requirements. While honor grades are not required, you have a responsibility to utilize talents fully. Grades or disciplinary violations resulting in suspension or dismissal from college will cause NMSC to cancel the Scholarship.

Legacy Scholarship+

Legacy Scholarships are reserved for students who indicate on their admission application that they have a relative who attended Samford University. In order to be considered for the Legacy Scholarship, students must submit their admission application by March 1.

It can cover up to $1,000 annually and is renewable for up to four years (or eight semesters), if qualifications are maintained. The student is required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 (C) on all course-work at Samford University.

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Department & Program Scholarships+

There are several academic departments and programs on campus that offer scholarships through a separate application process. Some Samford scholarships are mutually exclusive and may not be paired with the departmental scholarships listed below.

*To apply for scholarships, you must have an online Samford account. If you've started your Samford/Common App admission application, you can apply for scholarships using the same login information. If you haven't started an admission application, please log in as a new user.

Scholarship Guidelines+

Academic Scholarship

The Academic Scholarship may be renewed for a maximum of eight semesters, provided you maintain a cumulative 3.0 Samford GPA. The recipient is also expected to complete 30 academic credits per year.

Clark Scholars Program Scholarship

The Clark Scholars Program Scholarship is awarded to students chosen by the Howard College of Arts and Sciences to participate in the Clark Scholars Program. In order to qualify for annual renewal, the student must be taking courses in the Clark Scholars Core and receive recommendation of the faculty representatives in the Clark Scholars Program.

Founders Scholarship

The Founders Scholarship may be renewed for a maximum of eight semesters, provided you maintain a 2.5 GPA.

Global Mission Scholarship

The Global Mission Scholarship is an eight-semester award provided to recipients that meet minimum standards for annual renewal. Recipients are required to maintain a cumulative 3.0 Samford GPA. Additional requirements may be used to determine renewal.

Harry B. Brock, Jr. Scholarship

The Harry B. Brock, Jr. Scholarship may be renewed for students who maintain a 2.5 GPA on coursework attempted at Samford. Students must be a business major.

History Scholarship

The History Scholarship is awarded based upon your academic major and enrollment as a full-time student. It is your responsibility to advise the Office of Financial Aid if you change your major area of study.

Latin American Studies Scholarship

The Latin American Studies Scholarship may be renewed pending eligibility. To be eligible for renewal, scholarship recipients must participate in the LAS Learning Community during the freshman year, earn a C or better in all required courses by the end of the sophomore year and maintain a cumulative Samford GPA of 3.0.

Leadership Scholarship

The Leadership Scholarship may be renewed for a maximum of eight semesters, provided you are enrolled as a full-time student and maintain a cumulative 2.5 Samford GPA.

Legacy Scholarship

The Legacy Scholarship is awarded to entering freshmen who indicate on their application that they have a family relation to at least one former Samford student. The award is renewable for up to eight total semesters of enrollment. A cumulative 2.5 Samford GPA is required for annual renewal.

Minister Dependent Scholarship

The Minister Dependent Scholarship is reserved for students who indicate on their application that they are dependents of ministers serving a Southern Baptist or Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Church. It may be renewed for a maximum of eight semesters for full-time students.

National Merit Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship may be renewed for a maximum of eight semesters, provided you maintain a cumulative 3.0 Samford GPA.

A. Earl Potts Scholarship

The A. Earl Potts Scholarship is awarded through the Samford Awards Committee and is administered through the Alabama Baptist State Convention. If you have not completed an application, you should do so. If you have already submitted an application, your pastor will receive a certificate from the Alabama Baptist State Convention when the application has been approved. You MUST submit the certificate to the Office of Financial Aid in order to receive the scholarship funds.

Preministerial Scholarship

The Preministerial Scholarship is awarded based upon a student’s intention to pursue a full-time Christian vocation upon graduation. In order to receive the funds, the student must interview with the Director of Ministerial Formation. The scholarship may be renewed for a maximum of eight semesters, provided you are enrolled as a full-time student. This award is mutually exclusive. The length of eligibility for transfer students is prorated. For additional information, contact the Office of the Director of Ministerial Formation at (205) 726-2925.

Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is mutually exclusive and may not be combined with other general scholarships, except for National Merit and Legacy Scholarships. Departmental awards may be added in subsequent years. The Scholarship is a four-year or eight-semester scholarship. The scholarship may be renewed for a maximum of eight semesters, provided you are enrolled as a full-time student and maintain a cumulative 3.0 Samford GPA. Presidential Scholars are expected to live on campus for all four years.

University Fellows Scholarship

The University Fellows Scholarship is mutually exclusive and may not be combined with other general scholarships, except for National Merit and Legacy Scholarships. Departmental awards may be added in subsequent years. The Scholarship is a four-year or eight -semester scholarship. Recipients are required to meet all academic requirements associated with participating in the Fellows program and maintain a cumulative 3.0 Samford GPA to meet standards for annual renewal.

University Grant

The University Grant is awarded based upon the results of your FAFSA and demonstrated financial need. If your level of need changes, or if you are awarded any additional Samford University funds, the University Grant may be reduced or cancelled. The University Grant is awarded for a maximum of four consecutive academic years or eight consecutive semesters.

Students receiving scholarships not listed on this page are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours per academic year and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on all coursework at Samford University. Students are also expected to remain in good standing with the University.