Freshmen Scholarships

Merit Scholarships

Academic scholarships are based on your three-year cumulative high school average (freshman through junior year) and your highest SAT combined score or ACT composite score of tests taken by May 1.  Academic scholarships range from $6,000 to $15,000 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 2020 - 2021 school year.

"Only one of these factors (SAT, ACT, or High School Average) is used to determine a student’s merit scholarship level. The factor that places them in the highest bracket will determine their scholarship amount

For example: a student that has a 1230 SAT score and a 92% high school average would be awarded the Peter Canisius Scholarship."


For first-year undergraduate applicants applying for Fall 2021 or Spring 2021, Canisius College will not require standardized test scores. Applicants who have taken a standardized test, and feel their score accurately reflects their academic abilities, are encouraged to submit their scores. Application review will not be negatively impacted for applicants who do not submit scores. All applications will be reviewed holistically, taking into consideration all aspects of the student's application.

Specialized Scholarships

In addition to the general scholarships offered to prospective freshman in the 2020-2021 academic year, Canisius College has continued its commitment to affordable education with scholarship awards for students with special interests:

  • Army ROTC
  • Art History Scholarship
  • MLK Scholarship
  • Music Scholarship
  • Say Yes Program
  • Studio Art Scholarship
  • Urban Leadership Learning Community Scholarship
  • Visit & Apply Grant
  • Alumni Grant