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Academic Elite Scholarships for 2016-2017

To be considered for the Academic Elite Scholarships, a student must be accepted as a member of the University Fellows Experience. The student must maintain membership in the UFE to continue holding an Academic Elite Scholarship. Complete information on the UFE can be found on the University Fellows website.

There are typically eight of these scholarships offered each year. The pool of eligible applicants ranges from 900 to 1,000 students.

Academic Elite Scholarship recipients typically receive:

  • $8,500 per year for 4 years
  • The value of tuition in-state or out-of-state for 4 years
  • One year of on-campus housing at regular room rate* (based on assignment by Housing and Residential Communities)
  • Technology Enrichment

Eligibility for the University Fellows Experience

A student with an ACT score of 32 or an SAT score of 1400 (critical reading and math scores only) and a high school GPA of 3.8 who is accepted into UA will be eligible to complete the University Fellows Experience application. Applicants must first complete the Honors College application, and then must complete the UFE application. The general UFE application deadline is December 15.

A student eligible for the Honors College (ACT of 28 or SAT of 1250 and high school GPA of 3.5) may be nominated for consideration by a high school representative or a UA faculty member if he/she does not meet the general requirements for UFE consideration. The online nomination form (including the student's full contact information and letter of recommendation) must be completed by a high school representative or UA faculty member. The deadline for nominations is December 1.

In the UFE selection process, the candidate's academic, extracurricular, service, and leadership achievements will weigh more heavily than grades and test scores.

* Regular room rate is defined as the largest room option in a particular dorm. Example: Riverside, Lakeside and Ridgecrest have four-person suites. The cost associated with the four person suite would be the value of the housing scholarship in this circumstance. If you live in an alternative dorm where double room occupancy is the largest available option, then the cost associated with the double room would be the value of the housing scholarship.