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 Some Current Scholars
Neuroscience, Spanish Minor, Senior
Helen Faison Scholar
With the location, reputation, and resources at Pitt — it felt like a no-brainer to come here. Since I’ve started at Pitt, I have had access to so much. In the summer following my freshman year, I studied abroad in Spain through the Pitt in Alcalá program. I have also been working on research in the Pitt Learning Research and Development Center since my sophomore year. I have had an awesome experience following the research in that lab over the course of two and half years, and now this semester I am working on my own independent project looking at correlations between memory and verbal IQ. I also completed a summer research internship in the Pediatric Nephrology Department at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital after my sophomore and junior years. I got to do further independent research and present a poster on my own projects through these internships. I am also a student tour guide with the Pitt Pathfinders, a member of the Premedical Organization for Minority Students, and the Education Chair for Global Medical Brigades. Beyond these amazing opportunities, at Pitt you also have all the resources of the city at your disposal without feeling like you are on a city campus. We get a classic campus environment in Oakland (with greenspaces and gorgeous buildings) — but we are just a short bus ride away from everything Pittsburgh has to offer.
Biomedical Engineering, Sophomore
Cathedral of Learning Prestige Scholar
I was drawn to Pitt by the EXCEL program, which is a support program in the school of engineering for diversity students. When I visited Pitt in my senior year, I met one of the leaders of the EXCEL program and I could tell the community there was close-knit, almost like a family. I remain involved in EXCEL now that I am here, working as a student mentor. This last summer, I did research on storing tissue samples for the long term with the McGowan Research Institute for Regenerative Medicine. I am also involved in the National Society for Black Engineers and Design Hub. In Design Hub, we are paired up with professors and doctors at UPMC and are asked to create a device that will make their work better. There is so much available at Pitt, everyone can find something to match their interests. It’s a very inclusive community, you will never be made to feel like you can’t fit here.
Adena Davis Scholar
When I was searching for the perfect college, I knew I wanted to experience something new and go to a place with lots of opportunity. The more I looked at Pitt the more I saw that. Pitt offers me the resources to try a ton of different things without sacrificing my main priority, which is to be in a great nursing program. At Pitt, I got to start clinical experiences in my sophomore year, which means I’m already on my third semester now. I am now at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Magee-Womens Hospital, getting very diverse experiences in each place. I’m also part of the Nursing Student Association. Last summer I studied abroad, learning about comparative healthcare in Austria. Pitt Nursing offers a really dynamic environment. Even when it’s finals season and everyone is stressed, you can tell that everyone is still excited to be here. It’s amazing to be around like-minded people who have committed their career path to helping others, who all want to be the best they can be, and who are supportive of each other. Pitt Nursing is a very collaborative environment, you can bounce ideas off each other and we’re all directed towards a common goal. There is so much opportunity at Pitt to go wherever we want and do whatever we want to do.
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
- Community for Accredited Online Schools: Scholarships and Financial Aid for Hispanic 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.