Merit Scholarships and Need-Based Grant Renewal Policy

Merit Scholarships and Need-Based Grants are offered to students as part of the undergraduate admissions process. These awards assume  students will maintain continuous full-time enrollment and are only valid for the number of terms normally required to earn an undergraduate degree. The scholarship amounts are set as part of the admissions process and are not increased during the student's enrollment at NDMU. The University reserves the right to cancel or reduce the scholarship of any student found guilty of disciplinary or honor code violations.


Unless noted on the Award Letter, institutional scholarship funds are applied to tuition charges only. Should a student drop a class AND receive a tuition refund, their scholarship will be proportionally adjusted based on any lowered tuition cost. Scholarships will cancelled for students who choose to enroll on a part-time basis (less than 12 credits in both fall and spring semesters. Winterim courses will not be counted for the spring semester when determining full time status for institutional scholarships.)

Requirements for Scholarship and Grant Renewal

  Credit Requirement Minimum Cumulative GPA Requirement Other Requirements
Academic Achievement Scholarship  Earn a minimum of 12 credits per semester 2.5 throughout her 4 years must remain continuously enrolled at Notre Dame
 Endowed Scholarship   Earn a minimum of 12 credits per semester 2.5 throughout her 4 years must remain continuously enrolled at Notre Dame
 Knott Scholarship  Earn a minimum of 12 credits per semester 3.0 throughout her 4 years must remain continuously enrolled at Notre Dame
 Notre Dame Award  Earn a minimum of 12 credits per semester 2.5 throughout her 4 years must remain continuously enrolled at Notre Dame
 Notre Dame Award for Transfer Students  Earn a minimum of 12 credits per semester 2.5 throughout her 2-3 years must remain continuously enrolled at Notre Dame
Presidential Scholarship  Earn a minimum of 12 credits per semester 2.5 throughout her 4 years must remain continuously enrolled at Notre Dame
 Transfer Scholarship  Earn a minimum of 12 credits per semester 2.5 throughout her 2-3 years must remain continuously enrolled at Notre Dame
Renewal Requirements:

The Office of Financial Aid will review recipient's Cumulative Grade Point Average at the end each academic year to determine their eligibility for continued funding. To have their scholarships automatically renewed, recipients must achieve the requirements for their specific scholarship in the above-listed chart.

Financial Aid Appeals Committee

The Financial Aid Appeals Committee will review the academic records for all students who do not automatically meet the renewal requirements for their scholarship award. Students are placed on a Scholarship Warning after being reviewed at the end of each academic year if they fail to meet their scholarship requirements.


Students will receive written notification if the Committee adjusts or cancels their merit scholarship aid for the upcoming semester. Students have the right to appeal any decision adjusting their merit aid. Appeals must be filed within two weeks of notification that aid eligibility has been adjusted, and it must be made in writing to the Director of Financial Aid.  Appeals are normally based on an unusual situation or condition preventing the student from achieving the published minimum required GPA or required credit amount needed to retain their scholarship(s). Appeals cannot be based on lack of knowledge of the scholarship requirements.


If an Appeal is granted, students will be placed on Scholarship Probation and must agree to a Probation Contract. Students will be contacted by their Academic Advising Counselor to complete their Probation Contract. If terms of the Contract are not met the following semester, the scholarship will be terminated.