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Academic Scholarships and Grants

UIW is committed to rewarding the academic accomplishments of first-time freshmen and transfer students. Academic scholarships and grants are merit-based forms of financial aid. You must meet the criteria indicated below to be eligible for an academic scholarship or grant at UIW. Your transcripts and ACT and/or SAT scores will be evaluated to determine eligibility. No additional scholarship application is needed. As these scholarships and grants are merit-based, financial need is not a criterion.

Merit-Based Awards (Effective Fall, 2014)

The University of the Incarnate Word recognizes the academic achievement of freshman and transfer applicants by offering merit-based aid. Academic transcripts and ACT and/or SAT scores are evaluated during the admissions process, at which time eligibility for merit award is determined. Although UIW has a rolling admissions policy, we encourage applicants to complete the admissions process as soon as possible.

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A freshman applicant is defined as a first-time freshman or transfer student with fewer than 24 hours of college credit. High school transcripts and SAT and/or ACT scores are used to determine merit awards.


Presidential Scholarship
$12, 000 (per year)
The average profile of a presidential scholar consists of a high school GPA of 3.88, along with an ACT composite score of 26 and/or SAT score (critical reading & math) of 1214.

Deans Scholarship
$10,000 (per year)

The average profile of a deans’ scholar consists of a high school GPA of 3.73, along with an ACT score of 23 and/or SAT score (critical reading & math) of 1082.

Distinguished Scholar Award
$10,000 (per year)

The average profile of a distinguished scholar consists of a high school GPA of 3.55, along with an ACT score of 20 and/or SAT score (critical reading & math) of 956.

Achievement Award
$8,000 (per year)

The average profile of an achievement award recipient consists of a high school GPA of 3.27, along with an ACT score of 18 and/or SAT score (critical reading & math) of 879.

Award amounts listed are per year. Awards are renewable up to four years provided the student maintains full-time enrollment and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Second-degree seeking, non-degree seeking, re-admit, and part-time students, as well as students transferring from UIW evening or online courses are not eligible for these awards. Merit awards are subject to change. These awards do not include room, board, laptop, books, or other fees.

Scholarships (Effective Fall, 2014)

Athletic Scholarships
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, UIW offers athletic scholarships in a number of men’s and women’s sports. UIW adheres to NCAA eligibility guidelines and scholarship offers are given at the discretion of the head coach. If you are interested in the UIW athletic program, contact the Athletic Office at (210) 829-2722.

Catholic High School Scholarship
UIW offers an additional $2,000 award for any freshman student graduating from a Catholic high school.

McCracken Alumni Referral Scholarship
For fist-time freshman and transfer students who are nominated by a graduate of UIW. Award is $1,000 for first year only. Interested Alumni should complete the nomination form online and forward to the Alumni Office.

Performing Arts Scholarships
UIW has a long tradition in the performing arts and recognizes students with extraordinary talents in the areas of art, dance, theater, and music. Scholarships of varying amounts are available on a limited basis. Students must contact the designated department for information on auditions and performance dates.





Mr. Miguel Cortinas

(210) 829-3861

Marching Band

Mr. William Gokelman

(210) 829-3855


Dr. Robert Ball

(210) 829-3804


Mr. William Gokelman

(210) 829-3855

Phi Theta Kappa
Each Phi Theta Kappa member from an accredited 2-year institution will be awarded $2,000 for their membership. The recipient must be a current member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, must has a cumulative GPA of 3.45 or higher, and must provide proof of membership. For more information, please call the Office of Admissions at (210) 829-6005.

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