Northeastern University provides highly selective scholarship programs aimed at rewarding and recognizing outstanding academic achievement. All applicants who apply on time are considered for these scholarships and no additional applications are necessary. Please note that scholarship consideration is separate from the financial aid application process. International students are eligible for merit scholarship consideration, but Northeastern does not offer need-based assistance to international students.

National Merit Finalist and National Recognition Program Scholarships

Award: A scholarship for admitted freshman applicants who are designated National Merit Finalists or College Board National Recognition Program Scholars. National African American Recognition Scholars, National Hispanic Recognition Scholars, National Indigenous Recognition Scholars, or National Rural and Small Town Recognition Scholars must have been identified as such by the College Board or submit documentation to Northeastern to be eligible for the scholarship. National Merit Finalists must rank Northeastern as their school of choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to be eligible for the scholarship. Recipients who maintain normal progress toward a degree, with the minimum 3.000 grade-point average, may renew the award for the full eight-semester program.

Eligibility: Admitted freshman applicants who have been designated National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation or students who are National African American Recognition Scholars, National Hispanic Recognition Scholars, National Indigenous Recognition Scholars, or National Rural and Small Town Recognition Scholars are eligible for a National Recognition Program Scholarship. 

Merit Scholarships

Awards: In addition to its generous need-based financial aid program, Northeastern University awards merit scholarships, including the prestigious Dean’s Scholarship, to select students. Recipients are awarded between $10,000 and $28,000 annually. All fall freshman applicants who apply for undergraduate admission to Northeastern no later than the Regular Decision deadline of January 1 are considered. Recipients who maintain normal progress toward a degree, with a minimum grade-point average of 3.000, may renew these awards.

Northeastern Honors Program

Each year, the admissions office selects a group of students to join the University Honors Program at Northeastern University. Those invited into the Honors Program are among our most highly accomplished admitted students. There is no separate application process for the Honors Program, and students are considered at all decision deadlines. Decisions are rendered based on the undergraduate admissions application submitted to the university. The invitation to join the University Honors Program is included in the official admission letter. Visit the University Honors Program for additional details regarding scholarships and grants for Honors Program students.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships
(Transfer Students Only)

Award: A grant recognizing high levels of academic achievement in the beginning years of college. Recipients who maintain normal progress toward a degree, with a minimum grade-point average of 3.000, may renew the award.

Eligibility: Applicants for fall transfer admission who have earned a 3.500 grade-point average in 32 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours or units of college-level coursework. For eligibility, you must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident enrolling directly from a two-year institution of higher education.

Ujima Global Leaders Program

The Ujima Global Leaders Program is a scholarship program focused on developing leaders for tomorrow’s diverse and complex world. Ujima Global Leaders from all academic disciplines will work collaboratively to develop intercultural competence and awareness by engaging with communities on campus, throughout Boston and the world. Working with staff and faculty, Ujima Global Leaders may choose to make an impact based on their interests and goals via community service involvement, experiential opportunities, and research and global experiences. Committed to excellence, academic achievement, service, and diversity, Ujima Global Leaders will be prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow. The Ujima Global Leaders Program seeks to enroll academically talented first-year students with demonstrated leadership skills, community involvement, and/or an interest in issues related to serving underrepresented and underserved populations. Recipients receive a scholarship called the Ujima Global Leadership Award, and those with demonstrated financial need will have their full need met. 

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions if you have any questions about the application process. For more information, consult the admissions website.