Scholarships & Grants

Chatham University, in an effort to recognize academic excellence, awards scholarships to deserving incoming full-time students. We also provide income-based grants.

There’s a scholarship for that.

Have you performed well academically? Do you have a passion for sustainability or leadership? Are into performing music or singing? Do you have a family member who attended Chatham? These are just a few of the things that Chatham rewards with scholarships.

Receive up to $25K per year toward your tuition through a merit scholarship.

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Two different scholarships offer a full-tuition scholarship for four years.

99% of students receive scholarship or need-based aid to help lower costs. 


How to Qualify for a Scholarship

To qualify for a Chatham Scholarship, students must complete an admissions application, be granted acceptance to the University, and, in some cases, interview or audition.

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Chatham Scholarships

Below you'll find information about scholarships, including eligibility, amount, renewability, and more. All undergraduate scholarships require full-time enrollment, are renewable for up to four years (or 120 credits) of study at Chatham University and have a minimum GPA requirement that must be met each year. 

Primary Scholarships

Title

Amount

Eligibility

Details

Merit Scholarship

$17,000 to $25,000 Annually

First-Year students

Transfer students

International students

Based on academic excellence, students may qualify for a Chatham Merit Scholarship. The scholarship amount will be determined once the student is admitted to the University. You do not need to submit a separate application for this scholarship.

Academic Scholarship Days

Up to $2,000 Annually

First-Year students

Transfer students

International students

Open only to accepted students, Academic Scholarship Days give students the chance to be rewarded for their outstanding leadership qualities. Students should attend Chatham University's Academic Scholarship Days to qualify for the scholarship. Participation in an Academic Scholarship Day must occur prior to the student's first term at Chatham University.

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Presidential Scholarship

Full Tuition Annually

First-Year students

First-Year International students

3.8 cumulative GPA required and attendance at a Scholarship Interview Day.

The Presidential Scholarship is an annually renewable scholarship that covers tuition for each academic year, for a total of four years (or 120 credits) of study at Chatham University.  Presidential Scholarship Application required before attendance at Scholarship Interview Day.

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Rachel Carson Scholarship

Full Tuition Annually

First-Year students

First-Year International students

3.5 cumulative GPA required and attendance at a Scholarship Interview Day.

The Rachel Carson Scholarship is an annually renewable scholarship that covers tuition for each academic year, for a total of four years (or 120 credits) of study at Chatham University.  Rachel Carson Scholarship Application required before attendance at Scholarship Interview Day.

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Title

Amount

Eligibility

Details

FAFSA Completion Grant

$1,000 Annually

First-Year students

Grant of $1,000 available to new undergraduate students each year a valid FAFSA is completed. Online undergraduate programs excluded.

Departmental Academic Scholarship

Up to $5,000 Annually

First-Year students

Transfer students

International students

Attendance at a Scholarship Interview Day required.

The Departmental Academic Scholarship is an annually renewable scholarship, for a total of four years (or 120 credits) of study at Chatham University.

Heffer Family Scholarship for Women

$10,000 Annually

First-Year students 

3.5 cumulative GPA and attendance at a Scholarship Interview Day required.

The Heffer Family Scholarship for Women is a $10,000 annually renewable scholarship awarded to female students who have a proven record of academic achievement, leadership capacity, as well as community and co-curricular involvement. Up to two (2) new scholarships are awarded each year. Heffer Family Scholarship for Women Application required before attendance at Scholarship Interview Day.

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Karen Lake Scholarship

$10,000 Annually

First-Year students 

3.5 cumulative GPA and attendance at a Scholarship Interview Day required.

The Karen Lake Scholarship is an annually renewing scholarship open to students who have at least a 3.5 GPA. Asian, Latino, African, and Native American students, students with high academic promise, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Karen Lake Scholarship applications are required before attendance at Scholarship Interview Day.

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Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award

$5,000 Annually

First Year students

International students

The Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award will be given to a deserving high school junior from each high school across the United States and internationally who embodies the spirit of Rachel Carson in his or her dedication to sustainability and community development. Eligible students for this award are current high school juniors, in the U.S. and internationally, and must be nominated by a teacher, school counselor or advisor. Priority deadline: June 1.

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Legacy Award

$5,000 Annually

First-Year students

Transfer students

International students

Awarded to children, grandchildren, and siblings of Chatham alumni.

Minna Kaufmann Ruud Music Scholarship

Up to $3,500 Annually

First-Year students

Transfer students

 

For qualified vocalists who plan to major in music or incorporate music into an interdepartmental major while a student at Chatham. Participation in Chatham Choir is required. To apply for this scholarship, please submit the completed application form. Once we receive your application, you will be contacted to audition. An audition is required. Renewable annually with annual audition. Priority deadline: February 6.

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Instrumental Music Scholarship

Up to $3,500 Annually 

First-Year students

Transfer students

International students

 

Qualified instrumentalists who receive an Instrumental Music Scholarship are encouraged to incorporate music as a minor or music into an interdepartmental major while a student at Chatham. Participation in Chatham Music Ensembles is required. To apply for this scholarship, please submit the completed application form. Once your scholarship application is received, you will be contacted to schedule an audition. An audition is required. Renewable annually with annual audition. Priority deadline: February 6.

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Family Tuition Grant

$2,000 Annually 

First-Year students

Transfer students

Awarded to students who have a sibling currently attending Chatham.

Pittsburgh Promise Housing Scholarship

$2,000 Annually

First-Year students

The Pittsburgh Promise housing scholarship is good for up to four years for full-time, on-campus Promise Scholars who graduated from high school in 2018 or later. 


Need-based Financial Aid

In addition to merit scholarships, Chatham offers generous need-based financial aid. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine need-based aid. No other forms are required.


 

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Complete Your FAFSA Today

Filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is what triggers your eligibility for grants and loans from the federal government, state government, and schools (including Chatham). It's an incredibly important part of getting financial aid. 

Complete Your FAFSA : Checkerboard 2 - Complete Your FAFSA Today
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Pittsburgh Promise

Chatham is a preferred partner of the Pittsburgh Promise. Visit the Pittsburgh Promise website to determine scholarship eligibility and to apply.

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Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Chatham recognizes that life learning may provide a knowledge base equivalent to college-level learning outcomes. And we believe that knowledge should be rewarded with an opportunity to work toward a degree faster and at a reduced cost.

Learn About PLA : Checkerboard 5 - Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
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Support for Scholarships

Each year, Chatham provides millions of dollars in scholarships to deserving students, including scholarships funded by Chatham’s generous donors. These scholarships help make recipients’ dreams a reality, and they, in turn, help to make Chatham the dynamic place that it is.

View Donor-Funded Scholarships : Checkerboard 7 - Support for Scholarships
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Contact Us

If you have questions about financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid located at Braun Hall on the Shadyside Campus.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: 412-365-2781
Fax: 412-365-1871
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