Furman's Merit-based Scholarships are highly competitive awards which aim to recognize those students who show the potential and promise to make an impact in Furman's community.

Apply for any of our Merit-based Scholarships through Furman's online scholarship application unless otherwise noted in the scholarship description below. Please note that you must submit your Common Application before gaining access to Furman’s scholarship applications. Upon submitting your Common Application, you will receive a confirmation email with your account login information. Use this to log in to the Status Checker so that you may view the online scholarship applications.

Application deadline is January 20, and Merit-based Scholarship notification occurs in early April.

Herman W. Lay Scholarships

  • Full tuition, weighted average room costs, board, and student fees

Awarded to up to four incoming students each year who have displayed exceptional academic achievement and distinctive personal accomplishment. Learn more about the selection process for this scholarship.

James B. Duke Scholarships

  • Full tuition

Awarded to up to ten incoming students each year who have displayed exceptional academic achievement and distinctive personal accomplishment. Learn more about the selection process for this scholarship.

John D. Hollingsworth Scholarships

  • Renewable $25,000 scholarship
  • Study away stipend up to $2,000
  • Up to $3,000 stipend for a summer internship or research experience
  • Participation in the Public Leadership Seminars, which connect students with government and civic leaders

Awarded to up to twenty incoming students from South Carolina who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and a strong commitment to their communities. Hollingsworth scholarships may not be combined with other Furman scholarships. Learn more about the selection process for this scholarship.

Charles H. Townes Scholarships

  • Renewable $25,000 scholarship
  • Study away stipend of up to $2,000
  • Up to $3,000 stipend for a summer internship or research experience
  • Participation in the Public Leadership Seminars, which connect students with government and civic leaders

Awarded to up to ten incoming students outside of South Carolina who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and a strong commitment to their communities. Townes scholarships may not be combined with other Furman scholarships. Learn more about the selection process for this scholarship.

Alden Pre-Engineering Scholarships

  • Full tuition

Awarded to one freshmen enrolling in the three-year pre-engineering program. Alden scholarships may not be combined with other Furman scholarships

Alden Transfer Scholarship

The Alden Transfer Scholarship is a full tuition, two-year scholarship for transfer students. 

Art Scholarships

Scholarships awarded on the basis of portfolio submissions and the attendance of one of our portfolio review days held on December 6 and January 24. Art scholarships may not be combined with other Furman scholarships. Learn more about the selection process.

Chemistry Scholarships

  • Up to $4,000

For students planning a career in the chemical industry or planning to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry. 

Furman Teacher Education Scholarships

Renewable scholarships awarded to entering freshmen who indicate teaching as a career goal. Teacher education scholarships may not be combined with other Furman scholarships.

Herman and Francis Hipp Scholarships

  • Up to $8,000

Renewable scholarships awarded to intended business administration, economics, and computer science majors.

Merit-based Legacy Scholarships

  • $25,000

Awarded to up to five to incoming students who have indicated on the application supplement that a parent, grandparent or sibling attended Furman University. Applicant must complete a Furman Admission Network (FAN) interview. Merit-based legacy scholarships may not be combined with other Furman scholarships (effective with Fall 2015 entering class).

Mock Trial Scholarships

Renewable scholarships awarded to entering freshmen with a passion for and commitment to the Mock Trial activity and a desire to participate in Furman's Mock Trial program. Mock trial scholarships may not be combined with other Furman scholarships.

Music Scholarships

Scholarships awarded on the basis of auditions held on January 16-17 and February 13-14. Learn more about the selection process.

ROTC Scholarships

  • Up to full tuition and fees
  • Monthly stipend during the academic year

Available to selected students for up to four years. ROTC scholarships may not be combined with other Furman scholarships.

Sustainability Science Scholarships

Renewable scholarships awarded to entering freshmen with a commitment to sustainability and a desire to major in sustainability science. Sustainability scholarships may not be combined with other Furman scholarships.

Theatre Arts Scholarships

Renewable scholarships awarded to entering freshmen with a commitment to theatre arts and a desire to major in theatre arts at Furman. All applicants must apply for this scholarship online, as well as participate in a theatre arts audition. Auditions are held on January 31 and February 21. Theatre arts scholarships cannot be combined with other Furman scholarships. Learn more about the selection process.

Wylie Mathematics Scholarships

  • Up to $15,000 a year

Renewable scholarships awarded to entering freshmen with outstanding mathematical ability and a combined SAT score of at least 1350. 

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