All students from underrepresented groups who apply for admission by December 15 are automatically reviewed for Pitt diversity awards. These awards range from partial tuition to full scholarships.

Scholarship Details

Awards can be used for four years/eight semesters, provided the recipient maintains a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.


Criteria for scholarship consideration include grade point average, consistency of grades, strength of high school curriculum, SAT/ACT scores, class rank (if applicable). Quality of short answer responses submitted as part of the admissions application and extracurricular activities are also considered.


Admitted freshmen from underrepresented groups are reviewed for academically competitive scholarships. The Cathedral of Learning Achievement Scholarship ranges from $5,000 to $10,000 to $15,000. The Cathedral of Learning Prestige Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship.

In addition, Pitt also awards full scholarships that cover tuition, mandatory fees, and room/board. They also include a one-time $500 book award and a $2,000 scholarship to be used for undergraduate research or study abroad. The full scholarships include named awards for incoming freshmen from underrepresented groups admitted to the following schools:

  • Donald Henderson Scholarship: Swanson School of Engineering
  • Helen Faison Scholarship: Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
  • Robert Lavelle Scholarship: College of Business Administration
  • Adena Davis Scholarship: School of Nursing

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Meet Casey Rayburg
Bioengineering, Senior
Donald Henderson Scholar
Pittsburgh, PA

Growing up in Pittsburgh, I was drawn to Pitt because I was impressed by the professors, research opportunities, and the co-op program. Since starting here, I have had multiple opportunities to develop my skills as an engineer. Through the Donald Henderson Scholarship, I was able to fund part of my freshman and sophomore years researching with Sanjeev Shroff, PhD, exploring the usefulness of a transgenic animal model in studying cardiac fibrosis. I have completed a pharmaceutical manufacturing co-op at Johnson & Johnson, presented at the National Biomedical Engineering Society Conference, and currently serve as Technical Outreach Community Help (TORCH) Chair through Pitt’s chapter of the National Society for Black Engineers. As an upperclassman, I now work as an ambassador for prospective students visiting the Swanson School and I am actively involved in the Pitt EXCEL program. The opportunities available through Pitt, the City of Pittsburgh, and the Donald Henderson Scholarship are amazing.

External Diversity Scholarships