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Scholarship funds are often based on a specific skill or ability, a major of study or a separate application. Scholarships do not need to be paid back. Eligibility requirements and amounts awarded vary. Here, you’ll find the information you need to understand the different types of scholarships offered, including university scholarships, school and college scholarships, and scholarships from outside, private sources.

Presidential Scholars Program

Starting with the Fall 2018 entering freshman class, the University’s new Presidential Scholars Program will award high-achieving, New Jersey students with a merit scholarship of a $5,000 for each of their four years of study ($20,000 total), as well as access to special academic and career preparation opportunities such as:

  • Faculty-student research partnerships.
  • Guided career counseling and career development workshops.
  • Access to alumni mentors.
  • Access to internship opportunities.
  • Off-campus activities and retreats.
  • Common academic experiences, like the Common First-Year Book.

To qualify for the Presidential Scholars Program, students must have a 3.5 GPA (on an un-weighted 4.0 scale) and a record of significant rigor in their high school curriculum evidenced by:

  • Additional years of math, beyond Algebra II.
  • Additional years of science, beyond Chemistry.
  • Additional years of world languages, beyond the two consecutive years of the same foreign language required.
  • Honors courses.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses..
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.
  • Courses taken for college credit during high school.

To learn more, visit the Presidential Scholars web page.

National Student Scholarship for Out-of-State Students

Incoming freshmen from out-of-state who enroll for the fall 2019 semester and beyond may be eligible for in-state tuition — a reduction in tuition of nearly $7,800 — if they have an unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students do not need to submit any supplemental information to be considered for in-state tuition; a review of each student’s eligibility will be conducted at the time their application is reviewed.

To learn more, visit the National Student Scholarship web page.

Scholarship Search Engines

The following search engines are not affiliated with Montclair State University although they are legitimate search engines and vet their scholarship postings. Before you begin your scholarship search, please protect yourself by reviewing common scholarship scam information.

Private Scholarships

The following scholarships are not affiliated with Montclair State University. Montclair State University also does not endorse any specific lender or vendor. You do not have to be a borrower from any of the lenders listed here to apply for their scholarships.

Scholarships That Do Not Require FAFSA

To view the full table of information Go to the web page: Scholarships That Do Not Require FAFSA

NJ Scholar Corps

New Jersey students, come home! As our country faces the challenges of rebuilding a devastated economy due to the coronavirus crisis, our state needs help from the 120,000 residents who attend a college or university outside New Jersey.

The New Jersey Scholar Corps program is open to all New Jersey undergraduate students currently studying at an accredited four-year, out-of-state university or college.

If accepted for transfer, Montclair State offers:

  • A streamlined transfer application process
  • Guaranteed acceptance of all credits earned with a grade of C or better at an out-of-state institution
  • Access to Montclair State’s many scholarship and financial aid programs
  • Guaranteed on-campus housing in our residence halls and special-interest housing options
  • The opportunity to participate in NJ Scholar Corps volunteer service activities to help rebuild our state, while gaining valuable hands-on experience as you work towards completing your degree here at home.

To learn more about the NJ Scholar Corps program, get financial aid information,and apply, visit the NJ Scholar Corps web page.

Nursing Education Scholarship Award

The NLN Foundation for Nursing Education offers scholarships of up to $8,000 each year to support the NLN’s mission to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community.

Scholarships awarded to nurses pursuing advanced degrees to advance their career as a full-time nurse educator. The funds are for master’s or doctoral students enrolled in accredited programs who have completed at least a year of their academic program. The NLN Foundation wants to encourage more experienced and ethnically diverse nurses to pursue advanced degrees to prepare for full-time positions as nurse educators.

To learn more, visit the Nursing Education Scholarship web page.

Departmental Scholarships by College
Graduate School Scholarships

Graduate students can find helpful scholarship resources on the Graduate School’s Financing Your Education web page.

NJ Scholarship Programs

The NJ Higher Education Assistance Authority offers several scholarships based on specific eligibility criteria.  Visit their website for details.