Academic Achievement Award

General Information
Academic Achievement Awards are merit scholarships awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Admission to incoming freshmen applicants.

The scholarship is renewable for four years (five years for Architecture students) provided the student maintains a 2.700 cumulative grade point average and continuous enrollment in a full-time undergraduate division (enrolled for at least 12 credit hours).

If a Academic Achievement Award recipient receives a Faculty-Staff Tuition Waiver, a Reserve Office Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship, and/or any other Tulane Merit Scholarship, the Academic Achievement Award will be cancelled in lieu of the other funding. The exceptions to this policy are for receipt of a Valedictorian Scholarship, a National Merit Scholarship and/or Tulane Need-Based Scholarship, which may be received in addition to the Academic Achievement Award.

The funding for the Academic Achievement Award, as well as for many of Tulane's scholarships, is made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, and recipients may be requested to acknowledge the donor with a brief thank-you letter.

Application Procedure
Students must submit an application for admission to the Office of Undergraduate Admission by November 1 for Early Action or January 15 for Regular Decision to be considered for this scholarship. Scholarship recipients are notified when they receive their acceptance for admission.

General Renewal Conditions
The award is guaranteed at the same amount awarded to the student as an entering freshman for four years of undergraduate study (or five years, in the case of Architecture students) provided the student maintains a 2.700 cumulative grade point average and continuous full-time enrollment. Any "incomplete" grades must be resolved before eligibility for continuation of the scholarship can be determined. Students suspended from the university for honor or
disciplinary violations will forfeit all remaining portions of any university merit scholarship they have been offered.

The scholarship is not applicable to summer semesters and is not applicable for students who are not charged full-time undergraduate division tuition at the standard rate.

Seniors in their last semester before graduation who are not required to take a full load in order to graduate (and of course who are being charged undergraduate tuition at the standard full-time undergraduate division rate) may still receive a portion of the tuition scholarship, but the amount will be adjusted on a pro-rated basis by the reduction in undergraduate tuition from the full-time rate.

The scholarship for other students who enroll in or drop to less than full-time will be reduced proportionally to the reduction in tuition (if any) from the standard full-time rate and then the scholarship will be permanently cancelled; scholarship renewal guidelines require that students maintain continuous full-time enrollment. A student with extenuating circumstances may appeal the loss of scholarship aid. For more information about the appeal process, please click here.

Students who take an approved leave of absence may regain their scholarship upon their return provided they continue to meet all academic, enrollment, and housing conditions and submit documentation verifying the approved leave of absence. Acceptable documentation is either a copy of their college's approved leave of absence form or a letter from their academic dean's office confirming the terms and length of the student's approved leave of absence. 

Page last modified on August 21, 2012.

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