St. Ambrose University offers guaranteed merit scholarships

by Grace

If you are interested in a guaranteed merit scholarship and if a midwestern location is appealing, you might want to investigate St. Ambrose University.  Unlike many other guaranteed scholarships, the St. Ambrose awards seem to preferentially value grades over test scores.

St. Ambrose is a private institution in Davenport, Iowa with an undergraduate enrollment of 2,752.  It ranked 40 on the US News Regional Universities (Midwest) list.

A full listing of all scholarships can be found at their website, but here are the guaranteed awards.

  • Ambrose Scholar: Full tuition (on campus residents only). May be offset by state and/or federal aid if eligible. To qualify the student must score 30 or above on the ACT and straight A’s for the first 7 semesters in high school, and maintain a 3.25 GPA while at St. Ambrose. For high school students only. A limited number of these scholarships are available in the 2013-14 academic year. [10 are awarded each year according to one source.]
  • Honors Scholar: $17,000 (on campus residents only). To qualify students must score 28 or above on the ACT and receive a 3.9 GPA or above in high school (on an unweighted 4.0 scale) and must maintain a 3.25 GPA while at St. Ambrose. For high school students only.
  • Presidential Scholar: $14,000 (on campus residents only). To qualify the student must score a 26 or above on the ACT and receive a 3.8 GPA or above in high school (on an unweighted 4.0 scale), and must maintain a 3.25 GPA while at St. Ambrose. For high school students only.

With a COA of about $37,000, the estimated yearly net COA after accounting for guaranteed merit scholarships and assuming no need-based financial aid would be:

    • Ambrose Scholar:  $13,000
    • Honors Scholar:  $20,000
    • Presidential Scholar:  $23,000

St. Ambrose is located in the Quad Cities area, less than 200 miles from Chicago.  It offers an honors program with the  opportunity to work with a faculty member to develop a research project or scholarly activity.  The three most popular majors are business, psychology and education.  With 57% of its students living in campus housing, five new residence halls have been built and another remodeled since 2000.

Since it has a rolling admissions policy with applications accepted as early as September, St. Ambrose could be a safety school for some students who may learn of their acceptance in the early fall of their senior year.

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