Honors College Scholarship

Honors College Scholarship awards are offered at the time of admission to the Honors College and are not increased in value from the offer made at the time of admission. The amount of your scholarship is provided in your financial aid package, and you must submit the Admissions Enrollment Contract by May 1, or by the deadline specified in your Towson University admissions letter, in order to receive the scholarship offered.The Honors College scholarship is renewable for the period specified in your scholarship letter if you satisfy all conditions, listed in the next section.

Most incoming fall freshmen and transfer students will receive an Honors College Scholarship in the amount of $1,250. Students joining the Honors College in the spring term are not eligible for the Honors College Scholarship.

Honors College Scholarship awards receipients are identified by the Honors College, and the disbursement of awards is overseen by the Financial Aid Office. If you have any questions regarding your scholarship disbursement, posting dates, or maintaining eligibility, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Honors Scholarship eligibility

Identifying Scholarship Recipients

All Honors College Scholarship awards are determined at a student's time of entry to the Honors College. Some students do not receive Honors College Scholarships, based on their term of entry to the Honors College and to TU. Admitted students who receive an Honors College Scholarship will have a paragraph in their decision letter listing the award, amount, and length of eligibility. If you are an admitted student and your decision letter does not mention an Honors College Scholarship term and amount, you are not eligible for that award.

Honors College Scholarship Conditions

This section outlines the eligibility criteria for Honors College Scholarships. These criteria are slightly different than the criteria for remaining in the Honors College program.

Scholarship Award Conditions

  • These scholarships may be used only for full-time fall and spring enrollment at TU (at least 12 units per semester).
  • Your annual award amount will be evenly split into fall and spring disbursements.
  • Your total combined financial aid including these awards and all of your other aid from all sources (government, TU, and private) can't exceed your TU Cost of Attendance budget. If your total aid exceeds this limit, the Financial Aid Office must usually reduce your loans, these awards, and/or other aid until your total aid falls within this limit. Your other aid programs may have similar or additional total aid restrictions.  
  • You can use these funds only toward enrollment at TU for your first Bachelor’s Degree (including most approved study abroad programs if you remain officially enrolled at TU).
For new fall admits
  • These funds cannot be applied to your nonrefundable $300 enrollment fee.
  • You must enroll at TU for the fall term listed on your letter. If you defer enrollment to another term, your offer(s) will be canceled. If you reapply for admission for next fall, you may compete with other applicants for new scholarship offers.

Scholarship Renewal Conditions

  • For freshman recipients, awards may be received for a maximum of 8 consecutive semesters. For transfer students, see the maximum number of semesters listed on your original Honors Scholarship letter.
  • You must enroll full-time (at least 12 units) for every consecutive fall and spring semester.
  • Earned Units: To meet your renewal requirements, you must earn at least 24 units per academic year (fall through spring), but to complete your degree in four years, you should complete at least 30 units per year.
  • GPA Requirements: Students with freshman, sophomore, or junior class standing at TU must maintain a 3.0 overall cumulative GPA.  Students with senior class standing (90 earned units as of the end of a fall or spring semester) must maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA.
  • Honors College Status: To remain eligible for Honors College Scholarships, you must also remain eligible to enroll in Honors College courses as outlined by the Honors College Requirements, which include additional GPA requirements for all courses taken to fulfill Honors College credit.

Note:  To graduate as an Honors College student with the distinction of University Scholar, you must complete your degree with a 3.3 cumulative GPA and a cumulative 3.0 GPA in all courses taken to fulfill Honors College credit.

Scholarship Renewal Review

The Financial Aid Office, Scholarship Unit reviews renewal conditions twice per year in January and June based on your academic record at that time. If you fail to meet any of the Renewal Conditions above, your awards will be canceled, unless you meet the probation conditions outlined below.

(The Financial Aid Office also reserves the right to waive cancellation or probation based on unique circumstances.)

Scholarship Probation Conditions

If you earn less than 24 units during an academic year, you are eligible for automatic probation, if:

  • This is the first time that you violated the 24 units requirement, and
  • You earned at least 12 credit units in either the fall or spring semester of that academic year.

Once your award is placed on probation, if you ever earn less than 12 units again for any fall semester or less than 24 units per academic year (Fall through Spring), your award will be canceled.

Freshman who fail to meet their GPA requirements at the end of the fall semester of their first academic year are also eligible for automatic probation to receive their awards for the spring semester of their freshman year.

Scholarship Cancellation Appeals

If your scholarship is canceled for any reason, you may appeal if you have extenuating circumstances or have met the GPA and earned unit requirements based on grade changes or additional grades or earned units from summer classes at the end of the academic year.

To appeal, send an email from your TU email account to the Scholarship Appeals Committee at .  Explain your circumstances and attach any relevant documentation. 

Scholarship Appeal Deadlines

Submit your appeal by the semester deadlines listed in your cancellation notice.

change in Renewal Conditions

These renewal conditions apply to all current scholarship recipients for renewals for the Spring 2020 semester and beyond.  These revised conditions require a slightly lower GPA than previous scholarship conditions.

The Cynthia R. Kalodner Honors College Service Learning Scholarship

The Cynthia R. Kalodner Honors College Service Learning Scholarship is a $1,000 award designed to provide scholarship support for an Honors student involved in service activity either inside the Honors College curriculum or in another substantive way.

Applicants for the scholarship must meet the following criteria of eligibility:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate student
  • Be enrolled in the Honors College
  • Have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or above
  • Be involved in service-learning activity

Special consideration will be given to students undertaking a service-learning course or project that involves additional expense for the student, such as when a project occurs in another country. In addition, and especially when applicants may be working on the same project, the scholarship committee may consider the level of the student’s commitment to the project and ability to articulate its purposes, and the record of the applicant in the Honors College. Please see the scholarship application form for a definition of service-learning.

The Cynthia R. Kalodner Honors College Service Learning Scholarship is not being offered for the 2019-20 academic year.

Honors College Study Abroad Scholarship

The Honors College offers a limited number of scholarships for Honors students going abroad each term. For the fall and spring terms, two scholarships in the amount of $300 are awarded to students. For the summer and minimester terms, three awards in the amount of $200 are awarded.

To be considered for an Honors College Study Abroad Award, students must submit their Honors Elective Form to the Honors College by November 1 (for minimester and spring study abroad) or April 1 (for summer and fall study abroad).

Preference for Honors College Study Abroad Scholarships is given to students who have demonstrated their active participation and service in the Honors College. Study Abroad Scholarship amounts may change based on number of applicants for a given term.


Towson University Scholarships

Scholarships are available to entering undergraduates and current students through various sources. Scholarships are awarded based on merit, financial need or sometimes a combination of merit and need. Carefully review the deadlines and requirements when you apply for a scholarship. Most need-based grants and some scholarships, particularly awards from the state of Maryland, require applicants to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA.

Scholarships for Entering Undergraduate Students Only

Scholarships for All New and Current Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Scholarships and Awards for Current Undergraduate and Graduate Students only