Samford merit awards are designed to recognize high achievement in academics, service or community engagement. Recipients embody Samford core values and are valuable contributors to the university community. Students fully admitted to Samford will receive consideration for the awards below. All freshman merit awards are guaranteed for 8 semesters or until notification of degree completion (graduation), whichever comes first. Specified expectations within the scholarship descriptions must be maintained. Transfer scholarships are awarded per semester, for the expected number of semesters remaining to obtain a Samford undergraduate degree. Some scholarships could require additional information. Please read descriptions carefully.
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.
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Freshman Scholarship Timeline
Transfer Scholarship Timeline (Fall)
Transfer Scholarship Timeline (Spring)
Named for Samford University’s first Rhodes Scholar in 1910, applicants considered for this scholarship display a high level of academic achievement. Recipients of the Crosland Scholarship are among an elite group of students chosen for their outstanding scholarly achievements, their character, commitment to others and to the common good.
The average award for a Crosland Scholar is $15,000 and can be combined with other scholarships at Samford including the Davis and Sherman Oak. However, this scholarship cannot be combined with the Marion Scholarship. Competitive freshmen applicants for this scholarship will have an ACT of 26 or higher (SAT of 1240 or higher) and 3.5 minimum GPA. Freshmen applying without a test score will be considered for the Crosland Scholarship using a recalculated, weighted GPA on a 4.0 scale. Competitive transfer applicants have a minimum college GPA of 3.5 and have earned at least 24 credits of undergraduate coursework. No additional application required. Crosland Scholarship recipients are expected to maintain minimum 3.0 GPA on all Samford University course work and uphold Samford’s code of values.
Major Harwell G. Davis was Samford University’s 15th President and one of its most transformational leaders. Best known for his efforts in guiding then Howard College to its current location in Homewood, AL in 1957, Major Davis embodied the strength, care for others and love of God that Samford University is known for. Davis Scholarship recipients are students who have demonstrated outstanding community engagement and service to others throughout their high school years.
For entering freshmen. Additional application required. Davis Scholarship recipients are expected to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA on all Samford University course work and uphold Samford’s code of values. The applicants must be competitive by December 1 of their senior year. The Davis Scholarship is a $2000 annual scholarship.
Founded in 1841 as Howard College in Marion, Alabama, Samford University is now home to more than 5,600 students. During the over 175-year history, Samford and its people have shown strength, perseverance, and dedication to excellence. The Marion Scholarship is awarded to individuals who will continue the tradition of holding steadfast to the values of Samford University while aspiring to make a positive impact in their communities and throughout the world.
The average award for a Marion Scholar is $11,000 and can be combined with other scholarships at Samford including the Davis and Sherman Oak. However, this scholarship cannot be combined with the Crosland Scholarship. Competitive freshmen applicants for this scholarship will have a 3.0 minimum high school GPA and be fully admitted to Samford. Competitive transfer applicants have an average college GPA of 3.0 and have earned at least 24 credits of undergraduate coursework. No additional application required. Marion Scholarship recipients are expected to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA on all Samford University course work and uphold Samford’s code of values.
Elizabeth Sloan Ragland became the first woman to integrate campus housing at Samford. Ragland was a viable part of campus as a leader and student. After graduation, she stepped into a successful career in telecommunications and radio. With a warm heart and bright spirit, she went on to be a woman of impact and influence in her beloved community of Huntsville, AL.
For entering freshmen. Additional application required. The Ragland Scholarship exists to cultivate academic and social support for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) entering Samford. The students, faculty and staff that comprise the Ragland Scholars program aim to empower, foster and promote the leadership and academic excellence of Elizabeth Sloan Ragland. In her memory, Samford seeks to orchestrate an intentional community designed to connect multicultural student leaders with an enhanced Samford experience. Members of the Ragland cohort receive a competitive scholarship award and are selected through a competitive application and interview process.
Sherman Oak Scholarship
The Sherman Oak grew at the heart of Howard College’s East Lake campus. Named for Howard’s beloved first president, the towering tree sheltered generations who built what became Samford University. The new Sherman Oak, progeny of the original tree, still grows in front of Samford Hall – inviting us to remember those who came before us. As Dr. Andrew Westmoreland remarked, “We remember with gratitude all those who paved the way for us - since 1841 until this moment, and give thanks for their lasting influence. We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant.”
The Sherman Oak Scholarship is awarded to students who have had a family member graduate from (or is currently enrolled in) Samford University or Howard College. This information must be provided through your application for admission. Sherman Oak Scholarship recipients are expected to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA on all Samford University course work and uphold Samford’s code of values. The Sherman Oak Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship.
Phi Theta Kappa
Incoming community college students who are members of their institution’s PTK chapter are eligible to receive this award of $2,500, provided they note their membership on their application and provide proof of membership in the form of an invitation letter or email. Recipients of a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship are required to maintain a cumulative 3.0 Samford GPA.
STEM Scholarship Program
If you have completed two years of community college in a science or math-related field you are eligible to complete your bachelor’s degree through Samford University’s STEM Scholars program. The program is supported by the National Science Foundation and designed specifically for academically gifted transfer students who need financial assistance to complete their degrees. Selected students have an average STEM Scholars award of $10,000 annually that can be combined with other merit awards and need-based aid. The application is available to students on their Samford online Application Status Page if they select a STEM major.
Traditional transfer applicants can also compete for Crosland, Marion and Sherman Oak Scholarships. Descriptions of these merit awards and the transfer scholarship timeline can be found above on this webpage. No additional application is required. A traditional transfer applicant is typically age 21 or under.
Need Based Aid
Samford University is dedicated to making education affordable for students through a variety of need-based options. Maximize your eligibility for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15. Aid will be awarded on an as-available basis after this date.
University Grant Award
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.
Competitive Scholars Programs
Samford’s scholars programs are available to incoming freshman and do not provide additional scholarship opportunities. They are, however, designed to provide students with unique learning and experiential opportunities that align with their specific passions. Programs could include stipends for study abroad, undergraduate research experience or service learning projects to assist our communities in Birmingham and throughout the world. Please click on the links below to learn more about any of these exceptional learning opportunities at Samford.
Kenny Morgan Scholarship
The Kenny Morgan Foundation of Birmingham awards a scholarship to high school students who live in the Birmingham area and possess characteristics of scholarship, character, leadership and service.
Minister Dependent Scholarship
Available to any incoming freshman whose parent has been ordained by, and is actively serving in a full-time, paid position in a church, parachurch, or missions organization that teaches the gospel of Jesus Christ and affirms the core values of Samford University. The church or agency where the parent works must provide the principle part of the minister’s income. This award is four-year renewable. Students must apply by December 1 of their senior year.
National Merit Scholarship
Samford University sponsors all entering freshman 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.
The National Merit Scholar must be a full-time student (minimum of 12 hours) per academic year, remain in good academic and disciplinary standing and make normal year-to-year progress toward completion of baccalaureate degree requirements. Grades or disciplinary violations resulting in suspension or dismissal from college will cause NMSC to cancel the Scholarship.
The National Merit Scholarship may be renewed for a maximum of eight semesters, provided you maintain a cumulative 3.0 Samford GPA.
The Ragland Scholars Program is a four-year multicultural cohort experience for leaders amongst our multicultural students. Elizabeth Sloan Ragland became the first woman to integrate campus housing at Samford. Mrs. Ragland was a viable part of campus as a leader and student. The Ragland Scholarship exists to cultivate academic and social support for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) entering Samford. The students, faculty and staff that comprise the Ragland Scholars Program aim to empower, foster and promote the leadership and academic excellence of Mrs. Ragland. In her honor, Samford seeks to orchestrate an intentional community designed to connect multicultural student leaders with an enhanced Samford experience.
Participants of the cohort commit to maintain a 2.0 GPA in Samford coursework and play an active role in furthering diversity initiatives on campus. Students will enroll/participate in IMPACT, Introduction to IMPACT (I2I), Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives Foundations, Cultural Arts (CA) and Cultural Perspectives (CP) courses and, in exchange will be secured with:
- A competitive scholarship award
- Intentional learning communities
- Peer-to-peer mentoring
- Priority class registration
- Multicultural experiential learning opportunities