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First-Year Student Scholarships

Many students admitted to Gonzaga will receive scholarships on the basis of academic merit. These scholarships are offered by the Office of Admission and are based on numerous factors, including high school grade point average, co-curricular activities and involvement, standardized test scores, and high school teacher/counselor recommendations. These scholarships are renewable as established by the Gonzaga Guarantee.  Detailed information for grants and scholarships would be found on our Grants & Scholarships Webpage.

Gonzaga also offers opportunities for special, merit-based scholarships for first-year students that require a separate application. The application and additional information can be found on the Scholarship Opportunities Webpage. First-year students are also encouraged to use the Outside Scholarship Database to search for additional opportunities.

Continuing Students

Most Gonzaga scholarships for continuing students are offered through the specific departments of study. Continuing students are encouraged to check with their academic advisor or department chair for merit-based scholarship opportunities. These scholarships usually require a separate application. Other opportunities are occasionally listed in Morning Mail when the Financial Aid Office is notified of these opportunities.

Outside Scholarship Opportunities

Outside scholarships, or scholarships not specific to Gonzaga University students, are widely available through many different sources. The Financial Aid Office maintains a scholarship database, which contains scholarships we feel are a good fit for our students. The database is updated when new scholarships become available. Eligibility requirements and application deadlines may change without our knowledge. We advise students to thoroughly research an organization prior to submitting a scholarship application. Any student using the Internet to apply for scholarships should be aware of possible scams. Please be aware that you should never pay for scholarship information.


Other opportunities exist through many organizations within your community, and we encourage you to pursue them whenever possible. Contact your guidance counselor or check with service organizations such as Knights of Columbus, Rotary Club, and Elks Club. Other possible sponsors include employers, parent's employers, trade associations, banks, credit unions, corporations, schools, and churches.

National scholarship search engines provide scholarship information for students as well. Some of these scholarship search websites are listed below. Gonzaga University does not guarantee the accuracy of the information found of the sites listed, and does not take responsibility for any information published therein.