Academic Elite Scholarships for 2017-2018

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 a total of 8 academic elite scholars named each year. The pool of eligible applicants typically exceeds 1,000 students.

Seven Academic Elite Scholarship recipients will receive:

  • $8,500 per year for 4 years (or 8 semesters)
  • 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

The top Academic Elite Scholarship recipient will receive:

  • $15,000 per year for 4 years
  • The value of tuition (in-state or out-of-state) for 4 years (or 8 semesters)
  • One year of on-campus housing at regular room rate* (based on assignment by Housing and Residential Communities)
  • Technology Enrichment
  • $5,000 Study Abroad Stipend (to be used after at least one academic year is completed)

Eligibility for the University Fellows Experience

A student with an ACT score of 32 or an old SAT score of 1400 (critical reading and math scores only) or new SAT score of 1450 (evidence-based reading and writing plus math) 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 old SAT score of 1250 [critical reading and math scores only] or new SAT score of 1310 [evidence-based reading and writing plus math] and a 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 9.

The UFE selection committee will consider the candidate's record of impact in their community, leadership achievements, extracurricular activities, and the candidate's essays much more heavily than grades and test scores.  The UFE seeks students who ultimately will make a difference throughout their lives.

* 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.