Duquesne University is a private, Catholic institution located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Nearly 10,000 enrolled students attend classes in 43 buildings, making Duquesne one of the larger private schools in the nation. US News and World Report ranked the university 116th in the nation for 2015.
The Duquesne Academic Scholarship program awards grants to students on the basis of test scores, high school grades and extracurricular achievement. The university does not publish award amounts for the Duquense Academic Scholarship, but does suggest that award amounts are flexible. The Laval Award provides students with a $6,500 grant. The college does not publish specific requirements or qualifications for these awards, but does suggest that students may increase their chances by earning higher scores on the SAT or ACT. Academic scholarships are renewable each year provided the student maintains a GPA of at least 2.0. Students are eligible for these scholarships regardless of major or planned course of study.
Duquesne University athletes compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I in 16 different sports. Unlike many other Pennsylvania colleges and universities like Swarthmore and the University of Pennsylvania, Duquense does offer athletic scholarships. Few Duquesne athletes earn full tuition scholarships, but more than half of them receive financial awards for their participation. According to the college, the awards are designed to help student athletes balance their classwork and athletics without needing to get part-time jobs. Scholarships are based on athletic talent, but students must graduate high school with at least a 2.0 GPA in 16 core courses like math, English, and science. Students graduating in 2016 or later will need to earn GPAs higher than 2.3.
Students interested in specific fields of study at Duquense may qualify for endowed scholarships for specific programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The School of Education, for example, offers a scholarship worth 50 percent of tuition and fees to highly qualified incoming students. The school does not define "highly qualified," but the typical Duquense freshman enters colleges with a 3.66 GPA and SAT scores around 560 in verbal and non-verbal reasoning; students competitive for scholarships likely have higher marks. Most departments at Duquesne have a handful of endowed scholarships available to current students. The Henrietta Voyvodich Cello Endowed Scholarship, for instance, benefits exceptional cellists at the university. The William Uricchio Memorial Endowed Scholarship benefits environmental science students. The university does not publish specific award amounts or selection criteria for endowed scholarships.
Pennsylvania State Grant Program
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency administers grants to students across Pennsylvania on the basis of financial need. Even students at private universities like Duquesne are eligible to receive awards, according to the PHEEA. More than 95 percent of students at four-year private colleges from families earning less than $75,000 per year qualify for some form of grant assistance. Awards vary according to specific financial needs and the cost of the tuition, but they typically range from about $2,000 to $4,000 per year. Awards are renewable depending on changes in financial circumstances and the availability of funds from the state government. However, awards are only available to residents of Pennsylvania.