Scholarships


At Ave Maria University, it has always been our number one mission to provide a quality Catholic education at an affordable price. We offer a number of generous scholarship opportunities for qualified students who meet the requirements.

Scholarship Policies

Scholarship recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Recipients must have submitted all official documents deemed necessary before award will be confirmed.

Please submit only one application form even if you are applying for multiple scholarships.
The Faith & Football Scholarship requires an additional essay. Please complete an additional application for this scholarship.

Athletic Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Athletic Department.

Michigan Scholarship

Amount: $7,000 ($3,500 per semester)

Type: Renewable up to 4 years

Qualifications:

  • Must be a resident of the state of Michigan
  • Student must be a first-time college freshman with a high school GPA of 2.8 (unweighted) or above; and an ACT score of 22 or above, or an SAT score of 1100 or above, who is accepted for admission at Ave Maria University for the upcoming Fall semester
  • Applicant must be a practicing Catholic (endorsement letter from parish)
  • Recipient must maintain a University GPA of 2.5 to keep the scholarship
  • Must complete Ave Maria University’s online scholarship application (www.avemaria.edu/future-students/scholarships)
  • Apply early – a limited number of scholarships will be awarded

Michigan Homeschooled Faith Scholarship

A limited number of scholarships have been made available through the generosity of a donor who wants to applaud the efforts of Catholic Homeschooling families throughout the state of Michigan, and believes that students who have been homeschooled in committed Catholic families will thrive at Ave Maria University.

For the purpose of this scholarship, “homeschooled” means those taught at home and applies to those independently homeschooled as well as those enrolled in national homeschool programs (such as Kolbe Academy, Mother of Divine Grace and Seton Home Study).

Amount: $9,000 ($4500 per semester)

Type: 4 years

Qualifications:

  • Must be a resident of the state of Michigan
  • Student must have been homeschooled during 9th through 12th grade.
  • $9,000 Scholarship (in addition to AMU Institutional Aid)
  • For a duration of 4 years (per individual student) as an undergraduate student
  • Student must be a first-time college freshman with a high school GPA of 2.8 (unweighted) or above; and an ACT score of 22 or above, or an SAT score of 1100 or above, who is accepted for admission at Ave Maria University for the upcoming Fall semester
  • Practicing Catholic – with endorsement letter from Priest or Parish Office
  • Student must maintain a University GPA of 2.5 in order to keep the scholarship
  • Must complete Ave Maria University’s online scholarship application (www.avemaria.edu/future-students/scholarships)
  • Apply early – a limited number of scholarships will be awarded

Important Note: A student may not receive this scholarship in conjunction with the Michigan Scholarship (i.e. a qualifying student may receive one or the other, but not both scholarships.)

Toledo Diocese Scholarship

Amount: $7,000 ($3,500 per semester)

Type: Renewable up to 4 years

Qualifications:

  • Must be a resident of the Diocese of Toledo, OH
  • Student must be a first-time college freshman with a high school GPA of 2.8 (unweighted) or above; and an ACT score of 22 or above, or an SAT score of 1100 or above, who is accepted for admission at Ave Maria University for the upcoming Fall semester
  • Applicant must be a practicing Catholic (endorsement letter from parish)
  • Recipient must maintain a University GPA of 2.5 to keep the scholarship
  • Must complete Ave Maria University’s online scholarship application (www.avemaria.edu/future-students/scholarships)
  • Apply early – a limited number of scholarships will be awarded

Toledo Homeschooled Faith Scholarship

A limited number of scholarships have been made available through the generosity of a donor who wants to applaud the efforts of Catholic Homeschooling families throughout the Toledo area, and believes that students who have been homeschooled in committed Catholic families will thrive at Ave Maria University.

For the purpose of this scholarship, “homeschooled” means those taught at home and applies to those independently homeschooled as well as those enrolled in national homeschool programs (such as Kolbe Academy, Mother of Divine Grace and Seton Home Study).

Amount: $9,000 ($4500 per semester)

Type: 4 years

Qualifications:

  • Must be a resident of the Diocese of Toledo, OH
  • Student must have been homeschooled during 9th through 12th grade.
  • $9,000 Scholarship (in addition to AMU Institutional Aid)
  • For a duration of 4 years (per individual student) as an undergraduate student
  • Student must be a first-time college freshman with a high school GPA of 2.8 (unweighted) or above; and an ACT score of 22 or above, or an SAT score of 1100 or above, who is accepted for admission at Ave Maria University for the upcoming Fall semester
  • Practicing Catholic – with endorsement letter from Priest or Parish Office
  • Student must maintain a University GPA of 2.5 in order to keep the scholarship
  • Must complete Ave Maria University’s online scholarship application (www.avemaria.edu/future-students/scholarships)
  • Apply early – a limited number of scholarships will be awarded

Important Note: A student may not receive this scholarship in conjunction with the Toledo Diocese Scholarship (i.e. a qualifying student may receive one or the other, but not both scholarships.)

Mary Cross Tippmann Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $5,000 per year

Type: 4 years

Qualifications:

  • Recipients must be from the Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend
  • Recipients must be freshmen
  • Recipients must have either graduated from a Catholic high school within the aforementioned boundaries or be a member in good standing with a Catholic parish within the said boundaries.
  • Recipients must complete the online application
  • Recipients must have a high school GPA of at least 2.5

Renewal:

  • To remain eligible, the recipients will be required to maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 and stay on track to graduate in four academic years
  • Recipients must remain in good standing as per the handbook

Leadership Scholarship

Qualifications:

  • Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at Ave Maria University
  • Recipient will be selected based upon one or more factor including financial need (as determined by FAFSA) and academic promise that will allow them to succeed in their pursuit of higher education
  • The total amount of an applicant’s previously awarded institutional aid is taken into consideration when awarding Leadership Scholarships
  • Recipient must demonstrate leadership and service in their community

Faith and Football Scholarship

Ave Maria University is pleased to announce that through the generosity of a donor, a new scholarship is being offered for qualified football players who are committed Catholics.  Since Ave Maria University competes in the NAIA, this new scholarship may be added to any institutional aid that the university already awards to football student-athletes.

Amount: $7000 ($3500 per semester)

Type: Up to 4 years

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 23 ACT or 1130 SAT.
  • Student must be a first-time college freshman with a high school GPA of 2.5 (unweighted) or above, who is accepted for admission at Ave Maria University for the upcoming Fall semester
  • Football qualification determined by AMU head football coach recommendation.
  • Catholic in good standing (with endorsement letter from parish), whose faith animates his life (see essay requirement below).
  • Completion of online application.

Additional Details:

  • Up to ten scholarships of $7,000 per year ($3,500 per semester) will be awarded beginning in January 2018 on a rolling basis.
  • Priority consideration will be given to early applicants.
  • Scholarship will be awarded for a duration of up to four years as an undergraduate student. Recipient must maintain a university GPA of at least 2.5 to keep the scholarship.
  • Application for this scholarship requires writing an essay (of not more than 300 words) which addresses the value that you place on your Catholic faith.  In your essay, please be specific in detailing how your faith animates your daily life.

Important Note: A student may not receive this scholarship in conjunction with the Michigan Scholarship(s). A qualifying student may receive one or the other, but not both scholarships.

National Homeschool Scholarship

For the purpose of this scholarship, “homeschooled” means those taught at home and applies to those independently homeschooled as well as those enrolled in national homeschool programs (such as Kolbe Academy, Mother of Divine Grace and Seton Home Study).

Amount: $7,000 ($3500 per semester)

Type: 4 years

Qualifications:

  • Student must have been homeschooled during 9th through 12th grade.
  • $7,000 Scholarship (in addition to AMU Institutional Aid)
  • For a duration of 4 years (per individual student) as an undergraduate student
  • Student must be a first-time college freshman with a high school GPA of 2.8 (unweighted) or above; and an ACT score of 22 or above, or an SAT score of 1100 or above, who is accepted for admission at Ave Maria University for the upcoming Fall semester
  • Practicing Catholic – with endorsement letter from Priest or Parish Office
  • Student must maintain a University GPA of 2.5 in order to keep the scholarship
  • Must complete Ave Maria University’s online scholarship application (www.avemaria.edu/future-students/scholarships)
  • Apply early – a limited number of scholarships will be awarded

Important Note: A student may not receive this scholarship in conjunction with the Michigan Scholarship (i.e. a qualifying student may receive one or the other, but not both scholarships.)

*This is not a complete list of scholarships. All students that have applied to Ave Maria University are encouraged to complete the Scholarship Application form as numerous award opportunities are available. For more information please discuss options with our Admissions Counselors.