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We’re committed to making your academic adventure as affordable as possible. Each year, St. Lawrence University awards more than $70 million worth of gift aid — that is, financial assistance that does not have to be repaid, such as scholarships and grants.

Academic Merit Scholarships

When you apply to St. Lawrence University, you will automatically be considered for one of our academic merit scholarships based on your entire admissions application. This includes your academic record such as courses taken, grades earned, letters of recommendation, and standardized test scores (if submitted), as well as co-curricular activities, the essay, and an interview (if applicable). Competition varies each year depending on the applicant pool.

Your merit scholarship will remain constant each year for four years, provided you maintain the required minimum cumulative grade point average.

Augsbury/North Country Scholarship

The Augsbury/North Country Scholarship (ANCS) was established in 1974 and recognizes academic and extracurricular leaders among designated North Country and Canadian high school students. Students can be nominated by their high school or nominate themselves. Recipients will receive a scholarship between $20,000-$35,000 for each of their four years at St. Lawrence ($80,000-$140,000 total).

Learn more about the Augsbury/North Country Scholarship

High-achieving and engaged students may also be considered and selected for one of the following awards.

Award Type Amount Eligibility & Requirements

Kirk Douglas Scholarship

Full tuition and fees

By invitation only, the Kirk Douglas Scholarship is for students from under-represented and low-income backgrounds who show ambition and potential to contribute to diversity within the campus community.

Trustee Scholarship

Full tuition 

Awarded to the top first-year students. Based on academic excellence, character, and leadership.

Dean's Incentive Award*


Provided to students who demonstrate promise for being successful in their college work, regardless of need or course history; award is renewable in the same amount each year with satisfactory academic progress.

*Students receiving tuition benefits or scholarships are not eligible for this award.

Specialty Scholarships

St. Lawrence University also offers domestic students a range of scholarship opportunities based on career and extracurricular interests, leadership, service, and other factors.


Please note: St. Lawrence does not “stack” scholarships. You can be awarded only one merit or specialty scholarship. If you qualify for both a merit and specialty scholarship or for multiple specialty scholarships, the scholarship with the highest monetary value will be awarded to you.


Please note that applications for all Specialty Scholarships are now closed for the current application cycle. They will reopen in August 2024.

The Environmental Scholars Program recognizes domestic first-year students who have a strong commitment to some aspect of sustainability, conservation, climate change, or a related topic and have completed activities and/or academic work that demonstrates that interest. 

The award is for $140,000, or $35,000 per year for up to four years or eight semesters.

The Admissions Committee will gather information from your Common Application or St. Lawrence Application, so please provide all aspects of your environmental work and advocacy within the application. 

Deadline: Please submit all required scholarship application materials at the same time that you submit your Common Application or St. Lawrence Application for admission.

The Presidential Diversity Scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated impactful leadership, service, or activism in building or supporting diversity within their community. This $140,000 scholarship ($35,000 per year) is awarded for up to four years or eight semesters.

In addition to submitting a Common Application or St. Lawrence Application, students interested in the Presidential Diversity Scholarship must either:

You also have the option of submitting a resume or second essay outlining your past experiences, current roles, and future goals in terms of their work in diversity building/awareness. You may also choose to let your application “speak for itself," trusting that the Admissions Committee will recognize your accomplishments in your selected area(s).

Deadline: Please submit all required scholarship application materials at the same time that you submit your Common Application or St. Lawrence Application for admission.

Learn More About the Presidential Diversity Scholarship

The Vilas Scholarship, named in honor of successful Wall Street financier Homer A. Vilas (Class of 1913), supports students interested in entrepreneurship or a career in business. The selected scholars are awarded up to $140,000, or $35,000 per year for up to four years or eight semesters. 

Deadline: Please submit all required scholarship application materials at the same time that you submit your Common Application or St. Lawrence Application for admission.

Learn More About the Vilas Scholarship

Additional Award Opportunities and Resources

In addition to our academic merit and specialty scholarships, there are a number of other resources you might consider looking into depending on your interests and eligibility. 

Designed for high school juniors, the Book Award Scholarship program honors students who have distinguished themselves in their commitment to community service. 

Students must be nominated by a high school teacher or counselor; recipients receive a select book, plus a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 each year for four years) to attend St. Lawrence University.

Available directly from the U.S. Army or the U.S. Air Force, Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships typically cover full tuition and provide a stipend and book allowance. Additionally, ROTC students may receive a St. Lawrence grant or scholarship to cover room and board. 

Athletic scholarships at St. Lawrence University are available only for men and women’s ice hockey.

Under NCAA rules, athletic scholarships are strictly prohibited for Division III athletes; additionally, athletic involvement must not be a consideration for merit scholarships or need-based financial aid.

Outside of what’s available to you as an incoming St. Lawrence student, you may also wish to seek opportunities with local, community-based, or corporate- and foundation-supported scholarship programs. 

Requirements, application processes, and deadlines will vary greatly between programs. Be sure to plan ahead! To get started: 

Lastly, we caution all families to thoroughly research any agency that claims they can find and guarantee you outside financial aid awards for a fee. Find out if the service is legitimate by contacting a member of our Financial Aid team or calling a consumer agency such as the Better Business Bureau.

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