Scholarships and Grants for Day Undergraduate Students

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NDNU Merit Scholarships for Full time Undergraduate Day Freshmen and Transfer Students

Notre Dame de Namur University recognizes your outstanding accomplishments. Whether these achievements are related to academics, athletics, the arts or community service, we offer a scholarship for which you might qualify. All of our merit scholarships are non-need based and require admission to NDNU for initial consideration.

Ralston Presidential and Provost Scholarships: $26,000/$16,000 renewable for up to four years

The Ralston and Provost Scholarships are competitive awards. The following provisions/requirements should be considered:

  • Apply for admission by December 1
  • Freshmen—minimum 3.8 academic GPA; 600 on each SAT section, including writing
  • Transfers—minimum 3.6 in 30 or more transferable units
  • Strong consideration for demonstrated leadership and community service experience
  • Presidential Scholarship includes a $2,000 work award and internship with NDNU president, vice president or dean
  • Housing residency requirement for both scholarships during the entire undergraduate degree
  • Awards are renewable for up to four years total

Belmont Scholarship: up to $17,000 (freshmen) or $12,000 (transfers) per year

Belmont scholarships are based on an academic index based on your high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores if you are entering NDNU directly from high school or your transfer college GPA if you are entering as a transfer student. There is no additional application requirement beyond admission to NDNU. These awards are renewable for up to four years total.

Athletics Scholarships – amounts vary

NDNU competes at the Division II level in the Pac West Conference in 11 men’s and women’s sports. To receive an athletics scholarship you must be a recruited athlete. Individual coaches make the decisions regarding the awarding of these scholarships. More information regarding NDNU Athletics.

Emerging Talent Scholarships

These awards are designed to recognize the special skills and achievements of entering NDNU students in areas of Art,  Musical Performance or Creative Writing. Please see the requirements below to be considered for the Emerging Talent Scholarship:

  • Apply for admission by February 1; awards announced in March
  • Students must audition or submit a portfolio by February 1, depending on the award
  • Requires active participation in chosen major/area under the direction of the department chair
  • San Mateo County Fair Literary Contest Award – open to all NDNU students regardless of major. The winning student will receive a $5,000 Emerging Talent Scholarship.
  • More information on the Emerging Talent Scholarship page

Catholic Schools Scholarships: up to $4,000 per year

Notre Dame de Namur University has been offering higher education opportunities in the Catholic tradition for over 150 years in the Bay area. To honor that tradition, NDNU awards Catholic Scholarships of up to $4000 per year to qualifying students. Below is the process for consideration for the NDNU Catholic Scholarship:

  • Must attend and be nominated by a guidance counselor at a Catholic high school
  • Student must demonstrate a commitment to service and academic excellence
  • Financial need may be considered
  • Each high school can nominate no more than two candidates
  • Scholarships are competitive and limited

For counselors looking to nominate candidates, please complete the Catholic Scholarship Nomination Form 2016


Grants, unlike merit scholarships, are based on need. Need is determined by the results of the FAFSA using the EFC (Expected Family Contribution).

NDNU Grant – Amounts vary

Notre Dame de Namur University offers both on-campus and off-campus NDNU Grants for both freshmen and transfer students. Important considerations in awarding the NDNU Grant include the other forms of grants and scholarships you are already receiving, whether you will be living in an NDNU residence hall and your FAFSA calculated EFC.

Federal Pell Grant – up to $5920 for the 2017-2018 award year

The Pell Grant is awarded by the federal government based on financial need as measured by your EFC. Pell Grant amounts can vary from one year to the next depending on your EFC.

Federal SEOG Grant – Up to $1000 per year

The SEOG Grant is awarded by NDNU using funds provided by the federal government as part of the campus based award system. These awards are given to the students demonstrating the highest need.

Cal Grant – amount varies

The Cal Grant is awarded by the State of California. Consideration for the Cal Grant is based on California residency status, high school or transfer GPA, and family income and assets. Undocumented students may qualify through the provisions of the California Dream Act.

Cal Grants are administrated by the California Student Aid Commission. It is a good idea to learn as much about Cal Grants as possible through the CSAC for WebGrants for Students: We recommend that you create an account for this purpose.

Recipients of the Cal B Access Grant have options regarding the disbursement of their Access funds. Read NDNU’s Cal B Access Grant Disbursement Policy.

Outside Scholarships and Grants

Outside scholarships can be a great supplement to your financial aid package from NDNU. It can be a bit daunting when you first begin looking for these scholarships so we have organized some key links to help you get started with your search. Below are some general outside scholarship search sites and also some specific categories of scholarships that might pertain to you. Learn more about outside scholarships.