Freshmen Scholarships

Merit Scholarships

Academic scholarships are based on your three-year cumulative high school average (freshman through junior year) OR your highest SAT combined score OR ACT composite score of tests taken by May 1.  Academic scholarships range from $7,500 to $16,000 per year and are renewable for four years. If you qualify for an academic scholarship, you will be notified with your admissions decision letter. The following values are for new, incoming freshmen in the 2021 - 2022 school year.

Scholarship Name Minimum SAT Score *   Minimium ACT Score*   High School Average (%) ** Scholarship Amount
Ignatian Scholarship 1300 OR 27 OR 98-100 16,000
Trustee's Scholarship 1250 OR 26 OR 96-97 15,000
Peter Canisius Scholarship 1200 OR 25 OR 93-95 14,000
Magis Scholarship 1150 OR 23 OR 90-92 12,000
Dean's Scholarship 1100 OR 22 OR 87-89 11,000
Benefactor's Scholarship 1050 OR 20 OR 85-86 7,500

Freshman merit scholarships are awarded based on a student's high school average OR standardized test score, whichever is better. Students who choose to apply test optional will be awarded a merit scholarship based on their high school average. 
*Score out of 1600, combined math and verbal sections.
**Cumulative freshman, sophomore and junior year grades.

Students with a high school average or standardized test score that does not fall on this grid are still encouraged to apply for admission. All applicants are reviewed holistically and many factors are considered in determining if a student is admissible. Students who are admissible and do not qualify for a merit scholarship will be reviewed for other institutional and federal aid. 


Specialized Scholarships

In addition to the merit scholarships offered to prospective freshman in the 2021-2022 academic year, Canisius College has continued its commitment to affordable education with scholarship awards for students with special interests:

Scholarship Name Details Deadline Application/More Info
Army ROTC ​Canisius participates in the Army ROTC program which offers scholarships to college-bound students interested in military service   Learn More
MLK Scholarship As one of the 27 Jesuit universities across the country, social justice is an integral part of Canisius College. We are grounded in the Jesuit philosophy of "men and women for others." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was at the forefront of social justice in America and we honor him with our Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship. 1/18/2021 Learn More
Music Scholarship The Fine Arts Department at Canisius College offers scholarships for students entering Canisius in the Fall 2021 semester. $1,500 scholarships are available to incoming freshmen and transfer students. The scholarships are in addition to merit awards and are renewable for four years. 2/15/2021 Learn More
Say Yes Program The Say Yes Scholarship at Canisius College is a mission-based initiative that will help connect our core values as a Jesuit, service-based institution and strengthen our connection to the surrounding Buffalo community. 3/15/2021 Learn More
Studio Art The Fine Arts Department at Canisius College offers scholarships for students entering Canisius in the Fall 2021 semester and planning to minor in Studio Art. $1,500 scholarships are available to incoming freshmen and transfer students. Scholarships are in addition to merit awards and are renewable for 4 years. 2/15/2021 Learn More
Urban Leadership Learning Community (ULLC) Scholarship The program aims to create the next generation of leaders by focusing on students from populations that historically have been denied access to positions of influence and power in the community. 2/15/2021 Learn More
Visit & Apply Grant When you visit Canisius and apply by December 1, you will be eligible for an annual $2,000 grant toward your education. 12/01/2020 Learn More
Alumni Grant $1,000 per year for four years of full-time undergraduate study. Applicant must be the child of a Canisius College alumnus and accepted for admission. No separate application is required.