In addition to competitive scholarships, all students are eligible and will be considered for merit scholarships on a rolling basis. Students are also encouraged to file the FAFSA starting October 1 for additional financial aid opportunity.
To view a full list of private scholarships and grants, please visit our Private Scholarship Options page.
St. Ignatius Scholarship
The St. Ignatius scholarship is awarded annually to incoming first-year students with exceptional academic achievement and outstanding leadership involvement in their community and/or school. No additional application is required, although finalists may be asked to complete a brief interview with the scholarship committee.
Xavier Community-Engaged Fellowship
This four-year scholarship is awarded annually to incoming first-year students who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership or initiative in the area of community engagement or service through their school, community or church, and who have shown high academic achievement. The Community-Engaged Fellows are involved in a host of diverse, hands-on community opportunities throughout the Cincinnati region drawing upon principles of social justice, community building, and public policy. They are guided by faculty and community engagement professionals on campus and in the field.
The Fall 2022 Community-Engaged Fellowship was valued at $30,000 per year and awarded to eight incoming first-year students.
The Community-Engaged Fellowship is tuition restricted and will replace any previous Xavier merit scholarship offer.
Before accessing scholarship and honors applications you must submit your application for admission to Xavier, either through the Common Application or the Xavier application. Upon submission of your application for admission you will receive an email with log-in credentials (including temporary password/PIN) that will allow you to access scholarship applications, honors applications, and your personal application status page. The email has the subject line “Your Application to Xavier University”.
Miguel Pro Scholarship
Miguel Pro, S.J., was a Mexican priest who was martyred by the Mexican government in 1927 for his practice and teaching of the Catholic faith. This scholarship is awarded annually to students who are committed to the promotion of diversity in our society and who demonstrate leadership in the classroom, on campus and in the greater community. No additional application is required.
Francis X. Weninger Scholarship
Francis Xavier Weninger, S.J., was the founder of St. Ann Parish in 1865. St. Ann's was the first Catholic Church and school with a ministry committed to Cincinnati's black community. This scholarship is awarded annually to Ohio residents with demonstrated financial need (FAFSA submission strongly encouraged), exceptional academic achievement, and outstanding leadership involvement in their community and/or school. No additional application is required.
Weninger Scholars are invited to participate in leadership, academic, and community-building activities throughout the year.
The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to students from the Evanston, Avondale, and Norwood neighborhoods.
Edgecliff Alumni Awards
The Edgecliff Scholars Award provides scholarships to incoming first-year and transfer students who have been accepted for admission to Xavier University and are Edgecliff alumni relatives (children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren). Scholarship amounts vary from year to year. Selection is made by the Edgecliff Scholars Committee in conjunction with the Office of Alumni and the Office of Student Financial Services. The scholarship award is renewable for up to four years so long as the student stays in good academic standing with the University. No additional application required.
Indiana Alumni Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Xavier University Alumni residing in the State of Indiana. A limited number of scholarships are awarded each year to incoming first-year students who are residents of Indiana. The amount of the award varies and is a non-renewable, one year scholarship. Selection is made by the scholarship committee in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations, Office of Student Financial Services and Office of Admission based on academic criteria and financial need. No additional application required.
Legacy ScholarshipThe Legacy Scholarship is funded by donations from the State of Ohio Collegiate License Plate Program. Incoming first-year students who are lineal descendants (children or grandchildren) of Xavier University graduates are considered. A limited number of scholarships are awarded each year. The scholarship can be renewed for up to 4 years so long as the student remains in good academic standing with the University. The amount awarded each year varies. Selection will be made by the Legacy Scholarship Committee. No additional application required
Choose Ohio First Scholarship
This scholarship, funded in partnership with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, is awarded annually to incoming first-year students majoring in STEM fields. Students must be Ohio residents. Special consideration is given to students with demonstrated financial need and to those traditionally underrepresented in STEM.
The Williams Scholarship is awarded annually in the amount of $3,000 to four incoming first-year students. The recipients must declare a major in the Williams College of Business, be in good academic standing, and fulfill service requirements to the College. This scholarship is renewable for four years. No additional application required.