In addition to state, federal and private funding sources, Mercyhurst offers scholarships to incoming students based on academic merit, financial need and athletic and artistic performance to help you meet tuition costs. Unless otherwise noted, all Mercyhurst University financial aid is automatically renewable for four years of study. Some scholarships do include enrollment and grade requirements for renewal. Most incoming freshmen and transfer students are eligible for the following awards:

Sr. Carolyn Herrmann Scholarships ($18-25,000)

These are awarded to applicants who demonstrate a high degree of academic ability. Named for one of Mercyhurst's transformational presidents, Herrmann scholarships are among our most prestigious awards, ranging to more than $20,000 for some students. High school GPA, SAT or ACT test scores, class rank, and high school coursework are considered in evaluating a student’s qualifications for this scholarship.  If a student qualifies for other merit-related scholarships (e.g. art, dance, music, band), his or her Herrmann Scholarship may be reduced. This scholarship is renewable for four years of study.  Herrmann Scholarships may be reduced if a student's GPA falls below 3.0; a student forfeits the award in full if his or her GPA falls below 2.5.

University Awards ($12-18,000)

These are awarded to students who demonstrate academic promise and the potential to positively contribute to the university's community.  This scholarship is renewable for four years of study, provided a student maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Mercyhurst Grants ($500+)

These are awarded on a need-basis to first-year students who need additional support to afford the higher costs of the freshman year (e.g. meal plan and housing requirements).  These awards are reduced by one-third each year and are renewable for up to four years of study. 

President's Grants ($500+)

These are awarded to students who show strong potential as a Mercyhurst University student, but are unable to afford the cost of tuition. These scholarships are central to our mission of ensuring that Mercyhurst remains an accessible choice for students. Admissions counselors award these scholarships on behalf of President Kathleen A. Getz. Completion of the FAFSA is required to be considered for this scholarship.

Athletic Scholarships

These are awarded by coaches to students who demonstrate substantial athletic prowess and potential. Applicants being actively recruited by an athletic team should discuss financial aid with the coach. Students must meet NCAA eligibility requirements to qualify for athletic aid. Note: only merit awards can be combined with an athletic scholarship.

Performance Scholarships

These are awarded by department faculty to music and dance applicants who demonstrate exceptional skill. These awards go to exceptional dance (ballet-focused) and music (vocal or instrumental) students. In addition to completing their application, students must also audition to be eligible for these awards.  If a student qualifies for other merit-related scholarships (e.g. art, academic), his or her Performance Scholarship may be reduced.

Erie Diocese and Sisters of Mercy Heritage Awards (up to $1,000)

These awards are available to students enrolling from a Catholic high school (Diocese award) or Mercy-sponsored, co-sponsored, or affiliated high school (Sisters award).

Alumni Legacy Scholarships (up to $1,000)

These awards are available to applicants who are dependents of a Mercyhurst alumnus or alumna. You must note this on your application for Mercyhurst to verify in order to qualify for this scholarship.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award Scholarships

These awards are available for students who attended and completed the Western PA RYLA Conference and applied to Mercyhurst by March 1. In addition to applying, applicants should also submit a copy of their RYLA completion certificate to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. You must have at least a 3.5 cumulative high school GPA at the time of admissions.

Additional information about aid and scholarships, including awarding criteria, can be found in our Course Catalog.

Supplemental Scholarships

Incoming Mercyhurst students and current Mercyhurst students who have completed at least one semester of coursework may apply for supplemental scholarships, which are funded by the generous support of Mercyhurst donors, using the Supplemental Scholarship Application, which is due January 1. Each scholarship ranges in value from $250 to $5,000, depending on the donor's wishes. Please review the criteria for each scholarship below before completing your application.

Incoming Student Scholarships

Alfred Gino Scholarship
The Alfred Gino Scholarship was established in December 1993 for students of Italian heritage who exhibit financial need and are academically qualified. The fund is endowed by Mr. Alfred Gino, whose desire is to help students have an opportunity to receive a college education. 

Class of 1977 Scholarship
The Class of 1977 Scholarship was established in 1987 by the Class of 1977 to honor an academically qualified and financially needy student who exemplifies the true meaning of Carpe Diem. 

Daniel K. Lynch Scholarship
The Daniel K. Lynch Scholarship is intended to benefit students whose parents or grandparents have an affiliation with the trucking, logistics, or supply industry. 

Guy Mancini Memorial Scholarship
The Guy Mancini Memorial Scholarship was established in the fall of 1991 by the United Steelworkers of America, District Twenty, in memory of Guy Mancini, and will be awarded to academically qualified sons and daughters of AFL-CIO members of Erie County. 

John F. Kennedy Scholarship
The John F. Kennedy Scholarship was established in memory of John F. Kennedy. This scholarship will be awarded to a student of Irish heritage. 

Kelly Salvo Morey Endowed Scholarship
The Kelly Salvo Morey Endowed Scholarship, funded through the KSM Breast Cancer Fund, memorializes Kelly Salvo Morey, who was married to Jeff Morey, '90. Kelly died March 22, 2000. This scholarship is intended to help students who come from families where a member has cancer now or had cancer in the past. Knowing the financial burden a family endures in the fight against the disease, Jeff Morey directed that this scholarship help students who might otherwise have no opportunity to get into college. 

LP Scholarship for Foreign Students
The LP Scholarship for Foreign Students is intended to benefit foreign students whose parents or grandparents have an affiliation with the trucking, logistics, or supply industry. 

Presque Isle Lifeguard Association Scholarship
The Presque Isle Lifeguard Association Scholarship is intended to provide financial support for current or former Presque Isle lifeguards that have completed at least one entire lifeguard season, while maintaining a clear performance record, arriving on time to all scheduled shifts, and fully participating in PILA activities and requirements.

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Scholarship
The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Scholarship is available for full-time undergraduate students who are relatives of living or deceased Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Relatives include parents, sisters or brothers, nieces or nephews, and grand-nieces or grand-nephews.

Sr. Mary John Brown Scholarship Fund for Music
The Sr. Mary John Brown Scholarship Fund for Music was established by Barbara Stone Pery '57 in memory of her aunt, Sr. Mary John Brown. The intent of this scholarship is to help a needy music student with the purchase of books and occasional fees. 

William & Martha Wurst Hilbert Endowed Scholarship
The William & Martha Wurst Hilbert Endowed Scholarship was established during the Preserving the Legacy capital campaign by Mr. and Mrs. William Hilbert. This scholarship will be awarded to incoming freshman, but they must achieve a 3.0 GPA at the end of their first year to preserve their award for the following years. First preference will be given to sons or daughters of PHB, Red Dog Industries, or Anson Mold and Manufacturing employees. Once that applicant pool is exhausted, the scholarship award will be open to any qualified student from Erie County or the Diocese of Erie. 

Current Student Scholarships

Class of 2019 Endowed Scholarship
The Class of 2019 Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to assist a student in their junior or senior year who is living their dream through an internship or fieldwork, by offsetting the cost of tuition that goes toward the credits applied to their internship. Curtis Zimmerman, Welcome Week speaker, taught us the proper response to “How are you?” He reminds us that going to college is a privilege that very few people in the world get. We are all literally living the dream of so many people. This scholarship was named with this idea in mind. For many Mercyhurst students, internships and fieldwork are a major way that they live the dream. Internships and fieldwork are often mandatory and essential for getting a dream job. 

Class of 2020 Endowed Scholarship
The Class of 2020 Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to someone who is actively involved in the Mercyhurst community and has fought hard or is currently fighting hard to be here. Everyone in the Class of 2020 knew who Mike Folga was or had heard of his name and the impact he had on the Mercyhurst community. Mike Folga continued to serve his Mercyhurst community while undergoing his transformational battle with cancer. He or she will be someone who overcame or continues to fight his or her struggles to be defined as an illness, financial, etc. This scholarship aims to support any Mercyhurst student who has faced or is currently facing a transformational battle. 

Class of 2021 Endowed Scholarship
The Class of 2021 Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior who is an example of an outstanding teammate, whether on the field or in life that has overcome adversity and exhibits positive energy no matter the situation or obstacles they face. 

Sr. Lisa Mary Class of 2018 Scholarship
The Sr. Lisa Mary Class of 2018 Scholarship will be awarded to a senior who is a true embodiment of the core values established by The Sisters of Mercy, consistent with Mercyhurst's mission statement. The Sisters have always had an enterprising attitude and do what they need to do and this scholarship will be awarded to a senior who also demonstrates this attitude, as well as an appreciation for the legacy and tradition established by the Sisters. The student will also have an appreciation for the dignity of work that the Sisters of Mercy exemplify and be able to show how its mission has shaped him/her into the person he/she strives to be and is today.

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Office of Student Financial Services
Mercyhurst University
501 East 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546
Phone: 814-824-2288