The University of the Incarnate Word offers a number of scholarships to first degree seeking undergraduate students. All merit based scholarships are renewable for up to four years as long as a minimum grade point average of 3.0 is maintained. All awards are given at the time of admission.

Freshmen Applicants

Students applying to the University for the first time directly from high school are eligible. Awards are given based on high school grades and SAT or ACT test scores. The awards range from $5,000 - $20,000 per year (effective Fall 2020).

Transfer Applicants

Any student that is applying with a minimum of 24 degree seeking credits is considered a transfer student. All transfer students are automatically eligible for an academic scholarship based on their cumulative grade point average. These awards range from $10,000 - $15,000 (effective Fall 2020).

Catholic High School Award

Any student applying as a freshman and graduated from a Catholic High School is eligible for a $2,000 award.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Any student transferring from a U.S. based college/university that is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society will receive an additional $2,000 award.

Alamo Colleges Scholarship

Transfer students pursuing their first bachelor's degree, with the most recent 24 credit hours from Alamo Colleges, and who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher will receive an additional $2,000 award.

Central/South American Scholarship

Any student that is applying to UIW from within their home country in the regions of Central and South American will receive a 20% tuition discount. Only students applying to UIW from within their home country and independently of a recruiting agent are eligible.

South Pacific Scholarship

Any student applying to UIW from within their home country of Indonesia, Philippines or Vietnam will receive a 20% tuition discount. Only students applying to UIW from within their home country and independently of a recruiting agent are eligible.

Endowed Scholarship

Applicants must be either returning UIW students who have earned a minimum 3.6 cumulative grade point average or high school students who meet the academic scholarship criteria established by the UIW Admissions Office. Application deadline is in March each year.

Sister School Alumni

Students who have received a bachelor's degree from one of UIW's sister school partners will receive a 15% tuition discount towards a master's degree at UIW. This award does not apply to students who are part of special programs, cohorts and/or recruited by third parties.

The University of the Incarnate Word is pleased to offer prospective first-time in college international students the #YouAreWelcomeHereScholarship. 

Beginning in Fall 2020, UIW will offer two annual, renewable scholarships that cover 50% of the tuition to selected international first-time in college students dedicated to advancing intercultural learning and understanding at UIW. 


The #YAWH scholarship is open to applicants who meet the criteria listed below. 

  • Be a First-TIme in College international student who is admitted to University of the Incarnate Word for the Fall 2020 semester.
  • Graduation from a secondary school outside of the United States. 
  • Demonstrated interest and initiative in promoting intercultural learning and exchange (as evidenced in the essay). 
  • Completion of a YAWH scholarship application and a 500 - 1000 word essay or a two-to-five minute video answering the following prompt, "Tell us about your leadership skills in your school or community, and how you plan to continue applying your leadership skills at the school you are applying to?" 

An international student is an individual who holds citizenship in a country outside of the United States and who does not also possess U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. 

This scholarship is NOT stackable with others offered by University of the Incarnate Word.

Deadline for scholarship application

May 1, 2020 via email to 

Renewal criteria

All continuing #YAWH Scholarship recipients must be enrolled full-time during the fall and spring semesters while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0.  The scholarship is renewable for up to fours years based on continuous enrollment at UIW.