Academic Scholarships

Competitively awarded, Pitt merit scholarships are based on a combination of outstanding academic achievement, holistic factors provided in a candidate’s personal statement or Common Application essay, and potential for scholarly contributions to the University of Pittsburgh community.  Incoming first-year students who complete and submit an application for admission and all required materials by December 1 are automatically considered for University of Pittsburgh academic scholarships.


Incoming first-year students are considered for University of Pittsburgh academic scholarships. Continuing students are encouraged to seek potential scholarship funding through the University’s scholarship database, PittFund$Me.  In addition to meeting the December 1 completed application deadline, the following criteria also apply:

  • Submission of a personal statement or the Common Application essay is required for scholarship consideration.
  • Some scholarships require participation in an interview prior to selection and/or may have additional requirements (see scholarship types below).
  • Students admitted for the spring semester are not eligible for scholarship consideration.
  • Detailed guidelines and requirements governing academic scholarships can be found here.
Scholarship Opportunities

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University Scholarships
Chancellor's Scholarship
International Freshmen Scholarships
Tuition Exchange
Transfer Scholarships
PA Resident Scholarships

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Nordenberg Scholars Program
Stamps Scholarship

Outside Scholarships

In addition to University of Pittsburgh academic scholarships, you may be eligible for non-University of Pittsburgh scholarships. For non-University of Pittsburgh scholarship opportunities, check out these websites:

PLEASE NOTE: If you receive scholarship funds that are not awarded by the University of Pittsburgh, be sure to report these funds to our office by completing the Information Update Form for your campus.

Please instruct the organization awarding your scholarship to include your full name and seven-digit student ID number on the scholarship check, and mail it to:

  • University of Pittsburgh
    Student Payment Center
    139 University Place
    G-9 Thackeray Hall
    Pittsburgh PA  15260

Learn more about the process for 529 and College Savings Plan payments.