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Which public universities award the most merit scholarships?

January 16, 2019

If you are applying to college, then you may be wondering which public colleges and universities award merit-based scholarships to the most students.  Merit-based scholarships, unlike need-based financial aid, are awarded to students based on academic or other merit rather than demonstrated financial need.  The percentage of students who receive merit-based financial aid can vary dramatically by school, but in general, private colleges award more merit-based aid than public institutions.  (Merit scholarships are also awarded by other entities such as churches and community organizations.) Only two schools in the entire country (neither of them public) offer merit-based aid to 100 percent of students, while some colleges award merit scholarships to as little as one percent of the student population.  Especially if you do not qualify for substantial need-based financial aid, it is important to prioritize schools that offer the most merit-based assistance.


Here we present the public colleges and universities that offered merit-based financial aid to at least fifty percent of students for the 2017-18 school year:


Public Colleges & Universities that Award the Most Merit Scholarships

Institution Name

Location

Percent of Students Awarded Merit Scholarships

University of Central Missouri

Missouri

85%

Michigan Technological University

Michigan

78%

Truman State University

Missouri

78%

University of Kentucky

Kentucky

72%

Georgia State University

Georgia

69%

University of South Carolina

South Carolina

69%

Clemson University

South Carolina

66%

Mississippi University for Women

Mississippi

64%

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado

62%

University of Idaho

Idaho

61%

Tennessee Technological University

Tennessee

61%

Glenville State College

West Virginia

61%

SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

New York

59%

Temple University

Pennsylvania

58%

Iowa State University of Science & Technology

Iowa

56%

Western Kentucky University

Kentucky

56%

Lincoln University

Pennsylvania

56%

Southwest Minnesota State University

Minnesota

54%

Keene State College

New Hampshire

54%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

North Carolina

53%

University of South Dakota

South Dakota

53%

Northern Arizona University

Arizona

51%

Ball State University

Indiana

51%

University of Wyoming

Wyoming

51%


Curious which public colleges and universities award the least number of merit scholarships?  Find out here.  We've also got the scoop on which private colleges award the most merit scholarships.   If you are applying to schools close to home, then find out which schools in the Northeast award the most merit scholarships, which schools in the South award the most merit scholarships, which schools in the Midwest award the most merit scholarships, or which schools in the West award the most merit scholarships.  Then get going on applying for merit-based aid!  As the old sayings go, “time is of the essence” and “may the best 'man' win.”