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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
If you earn less than 24 units during an academic year, you are eligible for automatic probation, if:
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.
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 scholarship AT_TOWSON. Explain your circumstances and attach any relevant documentation.
Submit your appeal by the semester deadlines listed in your cancellation notice.
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 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.
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.