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Undergraduate Scholarships

As an undergraduate or transfer student, you may be eligible for a scholarship under several award programs.

You are automatically considered for merit scholarships during the admission process! For full consideration, please ensure that your FAFSA has been filed.

Iona University awards merit-based scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students on the basis of their high school or college (in the case of transfer students) test scores and academic ability.

These scholarships are determined by the admissions office at the time of acceptance to the University. You are eligible to receive the offered merit scholarship for four years, or eight semesters of full-time study, as long as you maintain the renewal criteria.

You may only receive one merit-based scholarship.

President’s Scholarship, Heritage Scholarship, Gael Scholarship & Iona Merit Award

  • Award Criteria
    • Available to entering freshman students who have earned outstanding academic records.
      Students in the accelerated nursing degree program apply for the Health Professions Scholarship.
  • Amount
    • Range from $12,000 - $25,000
  • Renewal Criteria
    • Maintenance of a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and remain in good academic standing

Transfer Scholarship & Iona Celtic Scholarship

  • Award Criteria
    • Available to entering transfer students who have earned outstanding academic records.
      Students in the accelerated nursing degree program apply for the Health Professions Scholarship.
  • Amount
    • Range from $10,000 - $18,000
  • Renewal Criteria
    • Maintenance of a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and remain in good academic standing

Health Professions Scholarship

  • Award Criteria
    • Available to entering Accelerated Degree Nursing Students.
  • Amount
    • $3,000 per academic year, may vary by Cohort
  • Renewal Criteria
    • Maintenance of a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and remain in good academic standing

 

Brother Daly Alumni Award

  • Award Criteria
    • Student must have a parent that is a graduate of Iona University.
  • Amount
    • $1,000
  • Renewal Criteria
    • Maintenance of a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0

Sibling Award

  • Award Criteria
    • Siblings must be concurrently enrolled as full-time Iona undergraduate students,
  • Amount
    • $1,500
  • Renewal Criteria
    • Maintenance of a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0

Iona University grants athletic awards on a competitive basis to outstanding athletes. Refer to your athletic contract and coaches for specific requirements.

Receipt of an Athletics award could affect your eligibility for merit- or need-based grants.

Founders Grant

The Founders Grant is a need-based grant awarded by the University. Eligibility for this grant is determined by the information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the student’s estimated cost of attendance (living in the University Residence Halls, commuting from home and/or taking online classes). Awards are subject to revision and/or cancellation based on your actual enrollment, residence status, verification of income and asset information, or receipt of additional Iona-funded or external awards.

Students in the accelerated nursing degree program apply for the Health Professions Scholarship. See Merit Awards > Health Professions Scholarship.

Iona University participates in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs GI program. By enrolling in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program and providing additional scholarships that are matched by the government, Iona is able to offer full tuition to 50 qualifying veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

  • Amount
    • Up to full-tuition based on student’s GI Bill eligibility.
  • Renewal Criteria
    • Maintenance of a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

More on Yellow Ribbon Program

The Iona University Gael Service Grant awards recipients with a one-time, $1,000 grant ($500 per semester) for their first year at Iona University.

Recipients are placed in social-justice themed cohorts (affordable housing, environmental concerns, food insecurity, etc.) with other Gael Service Grant recipients during their first year. These cohorts meet throughout the semester to reflect on their service experiences.  

Grant Requirements

  • Available to incoming freshman students who are interested in community service. 
  • $1,000 for freshman year only 
  • Complete 30 hours of community service in an Iona University approved program during their freshman year (15 hours per semester)  
  • At least 15 hours must be completed in the fall by December 1 
  • At least 15 hours must be completed in the spring by May 1  
  • Recipients who do not complete 15 hours of service in the fall semester will not have the Gael Service Grant renewed in the spring semester. 
  • Commit to attend ongoing reflections with their cohorts throughout their first year. 
  • For first-year students only; Non-renewable in subsequent years 

Possible Service Opportunities for Gael Service Grant Recipients

  • Available to incoming freshman students who are interested in community service. 
  • $1,000 for freshman year only 
  • Complete 30 hours of community service in an Iona University approved program during their freshman year (15 hours per semester)  
  • At least 15 hours must be completed in the fall by December 1 
  • At least 15 hours must be completed in the spring by May 1  
  • Recipients who do not complete 15 hours of service in the fall semester will not have the Gael Service Grant renewed in the spring semester. 
  • Commit to attend ongoing reflections with their cohorts throughout their first year. 
  • For first-year students only; Non-renewable in subsequent years 

Graduate Awards

As a graduate student, you may be eligible for a scholarship under several award programs.

Awards are generally determined upon acceptance into a graduate program based on your cumulative GPA from your undergraduate degree-granting institution or employment affiliation.

You may only receive one merit-based scholarship.

  • Award Criteria
    • Available to entering matriculated graduate students who have earned outstanding academic records.
  • Amount
    • $500 per 3 credit course, ranging from $5,000 to $10,500 over the course of degree pursuit depending on program length.
  • Renewal Criteria
    • Maintenance of a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Award Criteria
    • Awarded to entering students who completed an undergraduate degree at Iona University and are matriculated in a graduate program at Iona University.
  • Amount
    • 10% tuition discount, ranging from $3,447 - $9,376 over the course of degree pursuit depending on program length.
  • Renewal Criteria
    • Maintenance of a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Award Criteria
    • Available for all entering students who are active first responder personnel and enroll either in a master’s degree or certificate program in criminal justice or a certificate program in forensic criminology at Iona University. The scholarship is available for all active first responders in the fields of law enforcement, fire safety, military and positions of emergency services personnel, civil air patrol senior members, corrections, probation, parole officers, and mid-administrators.
  • Amount
    • 30% tuition discount, Certificate only, up to $4,060. Degree program: $11,160 over the course of degree pursuit depending on program length.
  • Renewal Criteria
    • Recipients must provide proof of current employment from their agency no later than September 2 for the fall semester and January 2 for the spring semester. The deadline for the summer is the second day of classes.
  • Award Criteria
    • Available to entering matriculated graduate students who are employed by the Rockland County Government. This Scholarship is $500 per three-credit course.
  • Amount
    • $500 per 3 credit course, ranging from $5,000 to $10,500 over the course of degree pursuit depending on program length.
  • Renewal Criteria
    • Recipients must provide proof of current employment from their agency no later than September 2 for the fall semester and January 2 for the spring semester. The deadline for the summer is the second day of classes.
    • Maintenance of a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Award Criteria
    • Available to entering matriculated graduate students who are employed by the Westchester County Government.
  • Amount
    • $500 per three-credit course, ranging from $5,000 to $10,500 over the course of degree pursuit depending on program length.
  • Renewal Criteria
    • Recipients must provide proof of current employment from their agency no later than September 2 for the fall semester and January 2 for the spring semester. The deadline for the summer is the second day of classes.
    • Maintenance of a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Award Criteria
    • Full-time teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors employed by Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the Archdiocese of New York and neighboring dioceses, as well as members of the clergy, may receive a tuition scholarship equal to one-third of graduate tuition for a maximum of six credits per term.
    • This award is not available to part-time employees or visiting students.
    • Interested students should email sfs@iona.edu requesting the Archdiocesan Scholarship for Graduate Studies application form which must be returned no later than September 2 for the fall term, October 15 for the winter term and January 2 for the spring term. The deadline for the summer is the second day of classes.
    • You may be required to provide updated proof of full-time employment depending upon the date of your original application.
  • Amount
    • 33% tuition discount on up to 6 credits, ranging from approximately $11,000 to $24,000 over the course of degree pursuit depending on program length.
  • Renewal Criteria
    • Maintenance of a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Submit the Archdiocesan Scholarship for Graduate Studies application form by the stated deadline each term. The completed form must be submitted no later than September 2 for the fall term, October 15 for the winter term and January 2 for the spring term. The deadline for the summer is the second day of classes.

Iona University participates in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs GI program. By enrolling in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program and providing additional scholarships that are matched by the government, Iona is able to offer full tuition to 50 qualifying veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

  • Amount
    • Up to full-tuition based on student’s GI Bill eligibility.
  • Renewal Criteria
    • Maintenance of a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

More on Yellow Ribbon Program

  • Award Criteria
    • Assistantships provide tuition scholarships and/or wages and require an average of 20 hours of work per week. Please contact your Dean's office for details.
  • Amount
    • Tuition awards vary by Department resources.
  • Renewal Criteria
    • Maintenance of a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

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