Academic scholarships recognize outstanding academic achievements. Students who have extraordinary academic records and the promise to contribute greatly to the University's rich learning environment are eligible.

Most funding is awarded to students who have demonstrated institutional financial need as determined by our Office of Financial Aid. A limited number of merit scholarships are awarded to students who don't have financial need or don't apply for financial aid. Selected first-year students receive merit scholarships as part of their admissions offer. Please note that our merit scholarships are only awarded at the time of admission. These scholarships are renewable annually as long as the student remains eligible. Financial aid packages include only one type of academic scholarship; we do not award multiple academic scholarships to individual students.

Presidential Fellowships

  • Recipients present superior academic profiles, highlighting a very rigorous curriculum, superior grades and standardized test scores with a commitment to school, civic engagement and scholarly endeavors.
  • Beginning with first-year students admitted for the fall 2018 semester, the amount will be $30,000 per year plus an $1,800 research opportunity. (Please be aware that students who were admitted prior to fall 2018 will still receive $20,000.)
  • Most recipients do have financial need, but we also award to some students who do not have financial need or do not apply for aid.
  • Automatically renewed for second, third and fourth years as long as you maintain satisfactory academic progress and satisfy requirements of the program.
Learn more about Presidential Fellowships

Arts Merit Scholarships

  • Recognizes applicants with extraordinary talents in the arts. Recipients are selected by faculty members through submission of creative samples and auditions. Awards are available in art & art history, creative writing, dance, film/media studies, literature, music and theatre.
  • Range between $2,500 and $20,000 per year.
  • Financial need is not a requirement.
  • Automatically renewed for second, third and fourth years as long as you maintain satisfactory academic progress and satisfy requirements of the program.
Learn about Arts Merit Scholarships

Bucknell Women in Science and Engineering Scholarships (B-WISE):

  • Recognizes high-achieving women applicants in engineering.
  • $20,000 per year.
  • Financial need is not a requirement.
  • Automatically renewed for second, third and fourth years as long as you maintain satisfactory academic progress and satisfy requirements of the program.
Learn More about the B-WISE Scholarship

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Scholarships

  • Recognizes accounting & financial management applicants (emphasis in accounting - CPA track) for outstanding academic performance. Applicants must have competitive test scores and high school grades in a rigorous curriculum, and demonstrate significant leadership and/or service experience.
  • $15,000 per year
  • Automatically renewed for second, third and fourth years as long as you maintain satisfactory academic progress and satisfy requirements of the program.
Learn more about PwC Scholarships

Dean’s Scholarships

  • Recipients present outstanding academic profiles, highlighting a very rigorous curriculum, superior grades and standardized test scores with a commitment to school and civic engagement.
  • $10,000 per year.
  • Most recipients do have financial need, but we also award to some students who do not have financial need or do not apply for aid.
  • Automatically renewed for second, third and fourth years as long as you maintain satisfactory academic progress and satisfy requirements of the program.

FIRST Scholarships

  • Recognizes students who have participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition at least one full season, a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team or have been a mentor for a FIRST Lego League (FLL) team during high school. Applicants must submit a 500 word essay regarding your FIRST experience and your career goals, as well as a letter of recommendation from an adult mentor/coach on your FIRST team.
  • $10,000 per year.
  • Financial need is not a requirement.
  • Automatically renewed for second, third and fourth years as long as you maintain satisfactory academic progress and satisfy requirements of the program.
Learn more about FIRST Scholarships

Mathematics Scholarships

  • Recognizes mathematics applicants for superior academic performance.
  • $10,000 per year.
  • Financial need is not a requirement.
  • Automatically renewed for second, third and fourth years as long as you maintain satisfactory academic progress and satisfy requirements of the program.
Learn more about the Mathematics Scholars Program

Community Engagement Scholarships

  • Recognizes students who have demonstrated involvement with evidence of personal growth in one or more of the following areas: school context, community context, extramural civic learning/participation.
  • $20,000 per year.
  • Financial need is not a requirement.
  • Automatically renewed for second, third and fourth years as long as you satisfy requirements of the program.