Davenport’s here to help you secure financial aid for college

Whether you’re seeking college freshman scholarships or other forms of financial aid for college, Davenport is here for you.

If you’re like most students, receiving financial aid for college is vital to funding your education. At Davenport, more than 95% of our students receive some form of financial aid and scholarships. In fact, 91% of our students receive a scholarship or gift aid each year, which, unlike student loans, these funds do not have to be repaid. We award more than $15 million every year in DU scholarships, Michigan merit scholarships and Foundation scholarships. That includes the full-tuition Ford Scholarship in memory of late President Gerald Ford, who briefly taught and coached at Davenport. 

If you need help navigating DU financial aid for college, reach out to our financial aid counseling team at financialaid@davenport.edu or by calling toll free at 866.774.0004.

$15M+
Davenport awards more than $15 million in scholarships annually
95%+
Over 95% of Davenport students receive financial aid for college

Explore Davenport Scholarships

Click below based on what type of student you are: 

Incoming freshman

Name of Scholarship Award Qualifications Requirements Renewal Requirements
Gerald R. Ford Memorial Scholarship The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, books, fees, a study abroad experience, on-campus housing and meal plans 3.75 GPA with a 1430 SAT or 31 ACT 
  • Recent high school graduate
  • Competitive essay (Due January 15)
  • Minimum enrollment of 15 credit hours per fall and winter semesters required; optional minimum of 6 credits for spring/summer semester.
3.60+ GPA
Martin Luther King Inherit the Dream Scholarship Up to full tuition 2.0 GPA  Application requirements Maintain Standards of Academic Progress
Si Se Puede Cesar E. Chavez Scholarship Up to full tuition 2.0 GPA Application requirements Maintain Standards of Academic Progress
University President $10,000/yr Max 

$10,000

Per semester:  Full-time $5,000, 3/4 time $3,750, half-time $2,500

3.90+ GPA or

1400 SAT & 3.5 GPA or

30 ACT & 3.5 GPA

Limited to only five (5) recent high school graduates per academic year

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Maintain Standards of Academic Progress
Excellence $8,000/yr Max

$8,000

Per semester:  Full-time $4,000, 3/4 time $3,000, half-time $2,000

3.50+ GPA or

3.0 GPA with 1140 SAT or 3.0 with 23 ACT or

BPA, DECA, HOSA, or Skills USA national top 10 finisher + 3.00 overall GPA

Recent high school graduate Maintain Standards of Academic Progress
Achievement $6,500/yr Max

$6,500

Per semester:  Full-time $3,250, 3/4 time $2,438, half-time $1,625

3.0 to 3.4999 GPA or

2.5 GPA with 1070 SAT or

2.5 with 21 ACT or

BPA, DECA, HOSA, or Skills USA state competition participant + 2.5 overall GPA

Recent high school graduate Maintain Standards of Academic Progress
Signature $5,000/yr Max

$5,000 

Per semester:  Full-time $2,500, 3/4 time $1,875, half-time $1,250

Admitted but with an overall GPA less than 3.0

Recent high school graduate Maintain Standards of Academic Progress

 

*The best option will be awarded to you based on qualifications.

Incoming transfer student

Name of Scholarship Award Qualifications Requirements Renewal Requirements
Titanium $6,000/yr Max

$6,000

Per semester:  Full-time $3,000, 3/4 time $2,250, no other enrollment yields an award 

3.75 GPA or

BPA, DECA, HOSA, or Skills USA national top 10 finisher + 3.00 overall GPA

New transfer undergraduate student

Transfer in a minimum of 15 college-level credits

Maintain Standards of Academic Progress
Transfer Student Grant

20% discount off tuition

Be admitted to Davenport as a transfer student AND do not qualify for the Titanium scholarship or a tuition grant

New transfer undergraduate student

Transfer in a minimum of 15 college-level credits

Maintain Standards of Academic Progress
Partner Tuition Grants Varies based on the partnership agreement Partner employee New transfer undergraduate student Varies

 

*The best option will be awarded to you based on qualifications.

Adult student (no prior college experience)

Name of Scholarship Award Qualifications Requirements Renewal Requirements
Titanium
$6,000/yr Max 

$6,000

3.75+ High School GPA or

3.0+ GPA with a 28 ACT or 1320 SAT

New adult student Maintain Standards of Academic Progress
Platinum
$4,000/yr Max

$4,000

3.5+ High School GPA or

3.0+ GPA with a 23 ACT or 1140 SAT

New adult student Maintain Standards of Academic Progress
Gold
$3,000/yr Max

$3,000

3.2+ High School GPA or

3.0+ GPA with a 21 ACT or 1070 SAT

New adult student Maintain Standards of Academic Progress

Silver
$2,000/yr Max

$2,000 

 

2.8+ High School GPA or

2.0+ GPA with a 21 ACT or 1070 SAT or

Qualifying test score (Accuplacer) or

GED of 530+

New adult student Maintain Standards of Academic Progress

Partner Tuition Grants

Varies based on the partnership agreement

 

Partner employee

New adult student Varies

 

*The best option will be awarded to you based on qualifications.

Graduate Students

Name of Scholarship Award Qualifications Requirements Renewal Requirements
Medallion $2,000/yr Max

$2,000

Per semester:  Full-time $1,000, half-time $500

3.8 GPA New Graduate student 3.50 GPA
Scholars $1,500/yr Max

$1,500

Per semester:  Full-time $750, half-time $375

3.5 GPA New Graduate student 3.20 GPA
Graduate $1,000/yr Max

$1,000

Per semester:  Full-time $500, half-time $250

3.0 GPA New Graduate student

3.00 GPA

Partner Tuition Grants

Varies based on the partnership agreement

Partner employee New Graduate student Varies

Additional scholarship opportunities and resources

DU Foundation Scholarships

Davenport University awards scholarships funded by private donations to the Davenport University Foundation. These scholarships are awarded based on campus location you attend and/or special requirements established by the donors.

You are invited to apply, and we hope you will. Once you've submitted the application and you meet the criteria, you will be considered for our Davenport University Foundation scholarships. If you are selected to receive one of our Davenport University Foundation awards, we will notify you! 

Applications will be accepted throughout the academic year; however, scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to students enrolled half-time or more. Continuing students must have a minimum CGPA of 2.8. Primary consideration will be given to the earliest applicants meeting the scholarship criteria.

  • Instructions
    • Complete the FAFSA if you have not yet done so (DU FAFSA code: 002249). Data from the FAFSA is used in the awarding process for various scholarships.
    • Submit your online foundation application
      • Make sure you read each question carefully and complete all areas of the application. 
      • Completing this application does not guarantee scholarship funds.
      • Some of the Foundation Scholarships require essays. To see the essay requirements and how to apply click here.

Outside and Community Scholarships

Davenport University has pulled together a list of outside and community scholarships. The scholarships are listed as categorical and general scholarships. To see what you may qualify for visit davenport.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/outside

Scholarship Search Engines

There are many scholarship search engines available for students to use. These search engines can pinpoint scholarships based on your particular major, interests, where you live and other demographics. The links provided are some of the most popular and useful search engines.

Helpful hints for online searches

  • Do not pay for a scholarship search. The search options Davenport lists are free searches; however, we encourage students and parents to read carefully all the information.
  • Do not pay to apply for a scholarship. Do not pay for any kind of "processing" fee. Scholarships offered from legitimate sources do not require any fees.
  • Set up a separate email account through yahoo, google, hotmail or some other service. Use this separate email just for your scholarship searches. Some scholarship searches do send out advertisements, and using an email account separate from your personal account will better protect your personal account from unwanted emails.
  • Research scholarships beyond just what the search engines provide.
  • Be very careful about providing confidential information. You should never have to submit your social security number or anything similar to that. If in doubt, contact your Davenport financial aid counselor.

Next steps

  • If you haven't done so already, apply now to Davenport.
    • Apply early for the best scholarship opportunities.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Davenport's FAFSA code: 002249. 
  • Discover other financial aid options.

Additional resources

Talk to a financial aid counselor