Chatham University

Undergraduate Scholarships

Chatham University, in an effort to recognize academic excellence, awards scholarships to deserving incoming full-time students. Many of these scholarships are funded by our various endowed scholarships. To qualify for a Chatham Scholarship, students must complete an admissions application, be granted acceptance to the University, and, in some cases, interview or audition.

In addition, Chatham offers generous need-based financial aid. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine need-based aid. No other forms are required.

Please review Chatham University's merit scholarship policy here »

+ First-Year Students

Merit Scholarship
$3,000-$16,000 annually

Based on academic excellence, students may qualify for a Chatham Merit Scholarship. The scholarship amount will be determined once the student is admitted to the University. You do not need to submit a separate application for this scholarship.

Amount: $3,000-$16,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


Presidential Scholarship
Full Tuition annually

The Presidential Scholarship is an annually renewable scholarship that covers tuition for each academic year, for a total of four years (or 120 credits) of study at Chatham University.

Amount: Tuition annually
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and full-time enrollment. Application deadline: February 1

Online Application


Rachel Carson Scholarship
Full Tuition annually

The Rachel Carson Scholarship is an annually renewable scholarship that covers tuition for each academic year, for a total of four years (or 120 credits) of study at Chatham University.

Amount: Tuition annually
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and full-time enrollment. Application deadline: February 1

Online Application


Heffer Family Scholarship for Women
$10,000 annually

The Heffer Family Scholarship for Women is a $10,000 annually renewable scholarship awarded to female students who have a proven record of academic achievement, leadership capacity, as well as community and co-curricular involvement. Up to two (2) new scholarships are awarded each year. Learn more.

Amount: $10,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.
Application deadline: February 1

Online Application


Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award
$5,000 annually

The Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award will be given to a deserving high school junior from each high school across the United States and internationally who embodies the spirit of Rachel Carson in his or her dedication to sustainability and community development. Eligible students for this award are current high school juniors, in the U.S. and internationally, and must be nominated by a teacher, school counselor or advisor. Learn more.

Amount: $5,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment
Application deadline: June 1

Online Application


Scholarship Interview Days
Up to $3,000 annually

Open only to accepted students, Scholarship Interview Days give students the chance to be rewarded for their outstanding leadership qualities. Students should attend Chatham University's Scholarship Interview Days to qualify for the scholarship. Participation in a scholarship interview day must occur prior to the student's first term at Chatham University. Learn more, including upcoming dates.

Amount: Up to $3,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


Legacy Award
$5,000 annually

Awarded to children, grandchildren, and siblings of Chatham alumni.

Amount: $5,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


Pittsburgh Promise Housing Scholarship
$2,000 annually

The Pittsburgh Promise housing scholarship is good for up to four years for full-time, on-campus Promise Scholars who graduated from high school in 2018 or later.

Amount: $2,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


Minna Kaufmann Ruud Music Scholarship
Up to $3,500 annually

For qualified vocalists who plan to major in music or incorporate music into an interdepartmental major while a student at Chatham. Participation in Chatham Choir is required. To apply for this scholarship, please submit the completed application form. Once we receive your application, you will be contacted to audition. An audition is required.

Amount: Up to $3,500
Renewable: annually with annual audition

Download Application


Instrumental Music Scholarship
Up to $3,500 annually

For qualified instrumentalists who plan to incorporate music as a minor or music into an interdepartmental major while a student at Chatham. Participation in Chatham Music Ensembles is required. To apply for this scholarship, please submit the completed application form. Once your scholarship application is received, you will be contacted to schedule an audition. An audition is required.

Amount: Up to $3,500
Renewable: annually with annual audition

Contact the Office of Admission for Details


Eagle Scout & Girl Scout Gold Awards
Up to $3,000 annually

Offered to Eagle Scout recipients and Girl Scout Gold recipients. Candidates must provide copy of medal and/or badge, proof of membership, and completed Award application.

Amount: Up to $3,000
Renewable: annually based on a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, full-time enrollment, and participation in Chatham's community service activities.
Priority Deadline: March 1

Eagle Scout Award Online Application

Girl Scout Gold Award Online Application


AFS/YFU/Rotary International Scholarship
Up to $2,500 annually

For students who have participated in American Field Service (AFS), Youth for Understanding (YFU), or Rotary abroad programs. To apply for this scholarship, please submit the completed application form, a letter of interest and an essay describing your intercultural experience. There are a limited number of scholarships available.

Amount: Up to $2,500
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.
Priority deadline: March 1

Download Application


Visual Arts Scholarship
Up to $2,000 annually

For students who plan to major in visual arts at Chatham University. Awards are based on assessment of completed visual arts scholarship application. Students must submit portfolio or work on CD (JPEG format), DVD, mini DV, via URL or as a printed image. A limited number of scholarships will be awarded before the March 1 priority deadline. Scholarship applications received after March 1 will be considered only if funds are available.

Amount: Up to $2,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.
Priority deadline: March 1

Download Application


Interior Architecture Scholarship
Up to $2,000 annually

For students who plan to major in interior architecture at Chatham University. Based on completed interior architecture scholarship application. Students must submit portfolio (art or interiors work) or essay on why you want to study interior architecture at Chatham University.

A limited number of scholarships will be awarded before the March 1 priority deadline. Scholarship applications received after March 1 will be considered only if funds are available.

Amount: Up to $2,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.
Priority deadline: March 1

Download Application


Immersive Media (Virtual Design) Scholarship
Up to $2,000 annually

For students who plan to major in Immersive Media at Chatham University. Based on completed Immersive Media scholarship application. Students must submit portfolio (art or design work) or essay on why you want to study Immersive Media at Chatham University.

Application deadline: February 1. Applications received after February 1 will be considered only if funds are available.

Amount: Up to $2,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.
Priority deadline: February 1

Contact the Office of Admission for Details.


Family Tuition Grant
$2,000 annually

Awarded to students who have a sibling currently attending Chatham.

Amount: $2,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.

+ Transfer Students

Merit Scholarship
$3,000-$16,000 annually

Based on academic excellence, students may qualify for a Chatham Transfer Merit Scholarship. The scholarship amount will be determined once the student is admitted to the University. You do not need to submit a separate application for this scholarship.

Amount: $3,000-$16,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


Rachel Carson Scholarship
Full Tuition annually

The Rachel Carson Scholarship is an annually renewable scholarship that covers tuition for each academic year, for a total of four years (or 120 credits) of study at Chatham University.

Amount: Tuition annually
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and full-time enrollment. Application deadline: April 1

Online Application


Scholarship Interview Days
Up to $3,000 annually

For students who display outstanding leadership qualities. Students should attend Chatham University’s Scholarship Interview Days to qualify for the scholarship. Only accepted students are eligible to attend this event. Participation must occur prior to the student's first term at Chatham University. Learn more about Scholarship Interview Days.

Amount: Up to $3,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


Legacy Award
$5,000 annually

Awarded to children, grandchildren, and siblings of Chatham alumni.

Amount: $5,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


Minna Kaufmann Ruud Music Scholarship
Up to $3,500 annually

For qualified vocalists who plan to major in music or incorporate music into an interdepartmental major while a student at Chatham. Participation in Chatham Choir is required. To apply for this scholarship, please submit the completed application form. Once we receive your application, you will be contacted to audition. An audition is required.

Amount: Up to $3,500
Renewable: annually with annual audition

Download Application


Instrumental Music Scholarship
Up to $3,500 annually

For qualified instrumentalists who plan to incorporate music as a minor or music into an interdepartmental major while a student at Chatham. Participation in Chatham Music Ensembles is required. To apply for this scholarship, please submit the completed application form. Once your scholarship application is received, you will be contacted to schedule an audition. An audition is required.

Amount: Up to $3,500
Renewable: annually with annual audition

Contact the Office of Admission for Details


Eagle Scout & Girl Scout Gold Awards
Up to $3,000 annually

Offered to Eagle Scout recipients and Girl Scout Gold recipients. Candidates must provide copy of medal and/or badge, proof of membership, and completed Award application.

Amount: Up to $3,000
Renewable: annually based on a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, full-time enrollment, and participation in Chatham's community service activities.
Priority Deadline: March 1

Eagle Scout Award Online Application

Girl Scout Gold Award Online Application


AFS/YFU/Rotary International Scholarship
Up to $2,500 annually

For students who have participated in American Field Service (AFS), Youth for Understanding (YFU), or Rotary abroad programs. To apply for this scholarship, please submit the completed application form, a letter of interest and an essay describing your intercultural experience. There are a limited number of scholarships available.

Amount: Up to $2,500
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.
Priority deadline: March 1

Download Application


Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Up to $2,000 annually

For transfer students with a cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or higher and membership in Phi Theta Kappa. Students must be Phi Theta Kappa members prior to the start of the term in which they are applying.

Amount: Up to $2,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


Visual Arts Scholarship
Up to $2,000 annually

For students who plan to major in visual arts at Chatham University. Awards are based on assessment of completed visual arts scholarship application. Students must submit portfolio or work on CD (JPEG format), DVD, mini DV, via URL or as a printed image. A limited number of scholarships will be awarded before the March 1 priority deadline. Scholarship applications received after March 1 will be considered only if funds are available.

Amount: Up to $2,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.
Priority deadline: March 1

Download Application


Interior Architecture Scholarship
Up to $2,000 annually

For students who plan to major in interior architecture at Chatham University. Based on completed interior architecture scholarship application. Students must submit portfolio (art or interiors work) or essay on why you want to study interior architecture at Chatham University.

A limited number of scholarships will be awarded before the March 1 priority deadline. Scholarship applications received after March 1 will be considered only if funds are available.

Amount: Up to $2,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.
Priority deadline: March 1

Download Application


Immersive Media (Virtual Design) Scholarship
Up to $2,000 annually

For students who plan to major in Immersive Media at Chatham University. Based on completed Immersive Media scholarship application. Students must submit portfolio (art or design work) or essay on why you want to study Immersive Media at Chatham University.

Application deadline: February 1. Applications received after February 1 will be considered only if funds are available.

Amount: Up to $2,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.
Priority deadline: February 1

Contact the Office of Admission for Details.


Family Tuition Grant
$2,000 annually

Awarded to students who have a sibling currently attending Chatham.

Amount: $2,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.

+ International Students

International Student Merit Scholarship
$6,000-$16,000 annually

Based on academic performance, students may qualify for a Chatham International Student Merit Scholarship. The scholarship amount will be determined once the student is admitted to the University. You do not need to submit a separate application for this scholarship.

Amount: $6,000-$16,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


Presidential Scholarship
Full Tuition annually

The Presidential Scholarship is an annually renewable scholarship that covers tuition for each academic year, for a total of four years (or 120 credits) of study at Chatham University.

Amount: Tuition annually
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and full-time enrollment. Application deadline: February 1

Online Application


Rachel Carson Scholarship
Full tuition annually

The Rachel Carson Scholarship is an annually renewable scholarship that covers tuition for each academic year, for a total of four years (or 120 credits) of study at Chatham University.

Amount: Tuition annually
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.
Application Deadline: February 1

Online Application


Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award
$5,000 annually

The Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award will be given to a deserving high school junior from each high school across the United States and internationally who embodies the spirit of Rachel Carson in his or her dedication to sustainability and community development. Eligible students for this award are current high school juniors, in the U.S. and internationally, and must be nominated by a teacher, school counselor or advisor. Learn more.

Amount: $5,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment
Application deadline: June 1

Online Application



Scholarship Interview Days
Up to $3,000 annually

For students who display outstanding leadership qualities. Students should attend Chatham University’s Scholarship Interview Days to qualify for the scholarship. Only accepted students are eligible to attend this event. Participation must occur prior to the student's first term at Chatham University. Learn more about Scholarship Interview Days.

Amount: Up to $3,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


Legacy Award
$5,000 annually

Awarded to children, grandchildren, and siblings of Chatham alumni.

Amount: $5,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.


Instrumental Music Scholarship
Up to $3,500 annually

For qualified instrumentalists who plan to incorporate music as a minor or music into an interdepartmental major while a student at Chatham. Participation in Chatham Music Ensembles is required. To apply for this scholarship, please submit the completed application form. Once your scholarship application is received, you will be contacted to schedule an audition. An audition is required.

Amount: Up to $3,500
Renewable: annually with annual audition

Contact the Office of Admission for Details


Visual Arts Scholarship
Up to $2,000 annually

For students who plan to major in visual arts at Chatham University. Awards are based on assessment of completed visual arts scholarship application. Students must submit portfolio or work on CD (JPEG format), DVD, mini DV, via URL or as a printed image. A limited number of scholarships will be awarded before the March 1 priority deadline. Scholarship applications received after March 1 will be considered only if funds are available.

Amount: Up to $2,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.
Priority deadline: March 1

Download Application


Interior Architecture Scholarship
Up to $2,000 annually

For students who plan to major in interior architecture at Chatham University. Based on completed interior architecture scholarship application. Students must submit portfolio (art or interiors work) or essay on why you want to study interior architecture at Chatham University.

A limited number of scholarships will be awarded before the March 1 priority deadline. Scholarship applications received after March 1 will be considered only if funds are available.

Amount: Up to $2,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.
Priority deadline: March 1

Download Application


Immersive Media (Virtual Design) Scholarship
Up to $2,000 annually

For students who plan to major in Immersive Media at Chatham University. Based on completed Immersive Media scholarship application. Students must submit portfolio (art or design work) or essay on why you want to study Immersive Media at Chatham University.

Application deadline: February 1. Applications received after February 1 will be considered only if funds are available.

Amount: Up to $2,000
Renewable: annually based on cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and full-time enrollment.
Priority deadline: February 1

Contact the Office of Admission for Details.