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.
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
Meet Casey Rayburg
Donald Henderson Scholar
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
- Affordable Colleges Online: Expert-driven guide to higher education and financial aid for Hispanic students.
- American Institute of CPAs Scholarships for Minority Accounting Students: Awards outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession.
- A Better Chance: An organization for students of color which compiles a list of college scholarships.
- Black Excel Scholarship List: List of 25 Scholarships Gateways.
- BlackStudents.com: Designed to help African American students find the latest scholarships and grants that are being given away by non-profit organizations, government agencies, and major corporations.
- Central Scholarship: Coordinates the efforts of a group of organizations, agencies, and scholarship endowment funds that provide scholarships to Jewish students in Greater Pittsburgh.
- Chicana / Latina Foundation: Scholarships for Latina college students
- Congressional Black Caucus Foundation: Multiple scholarships for minority student in Congressional Black Caucus districts.
- Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc.: Provide critical financial assistance that will increase graduation rates among Latino students in post-secondary education.
- Hispanics and Latinos College Scholarships: Scholarship listing for Hispanics and Latinos.
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund: Provides scholarships to Latino students, as well as related support services.
- Indian Health Service: Provides scholarship support to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native health professions students.
- Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships: Scholarships for minority high school students to attend the college of their choice.
- La United Latina Foundation: Financially supports scholars with demonstrated academic excellence and inspired civic action in the Latino community.
- League of United Latin American Citizens: Scholarships for Hispanic students.
- LittleAfrica.com: A list of sources for financial aid for African Americans students.
- Microsoft Scholarship Program: Minority scholarships for applicants with an interest in computer science.
- MoneyGeek for Black Students: Scholarships and Financial Resources
- MoneyGeek for Hispanic Students: Scholarships and Financial Resources
- National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering: Scholarship and program support for underrepresented minority students who plan to enroll in engineering.
- National Association of Black Journalists Scholarships: NABJ awards scholarships annually to deserving students interested in pursuing careers in journalism.
- National Black Police Association: Alphonso Deal Scholarship Award.
- National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.
- National Society of Black Engineers: Scholarship and award opportunities to our pre-college, collegiate undergraduate, graduate student, and technical professional members.
- Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education (PBCOHE): Scholarhsips for Pennsylvania students.
- Ron Brown Scholar Program: Awards scholarships to academically talented, highly motivated African-American high school seniors who have demonstrated financial need, social commitment, and leadership potential.
- Society of Actuaries: Diversity Scholarships for students pursuing actuarial science.
- United Negro College Fund: UNCF is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization and manages various scholarship programs.
- Upakar: Scholarships for Indian-American students.