Academic Scholarships for First-Year Students

Non-need based scholarships are awarded to extraordinary applicants. To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must have submitted a complete application. Eligibility is based on a variety of accomplishments such as exceptional SAT or ACT scores, grade point average, volunteer and community involvement, extra-curricular accomplishments and class rank. Students are automatically considered for these scholarships after they have been accepted.

Students are eligible for the scholarship for four years of undergraduate study (eight semesters), as long as the student maintains a 3.0 grade point average or higher while in attendance at Manhattan College (unless otherwise stated). In addition, all Manhattan College scholarships require a minimum enrollment of 12 credits. Awards are subject to change if a student’s residency status changes while attending Manhattan College.

Transfer Student Scholarship Guidelines can be found here.

Presidential Scholarships

Presidential Scholarships are awarded to highly qualified students in the top 15% of the Manhattan College applicant pool. As a Presidential Scholar, you are invited to join the Honors Enrichment Program.

Dean’s Awards

Dean's Awards are granted to those in the top 25% of the Manhattan College applicant pool who have outstanding extracurricular accomplishments throughout high school.

Chancellor’s Awards

Chancellor’s Awards will be awarded at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee. These are awarded to students with high academic performance, leadership ability and extracurricular involvement. 

Provost Awards

The College sets aside a limited amount of funds for students who demonstrate strong academic promise, leadership skills, outstanding community service, a special talent, or other personal strengths and accomplishments. These awards are granted for achievement, not financial need. Recipients are selected by the admission committee. Students must maintain good academic standing (2.0 grade point average) to remain eligible.

Special Talent Awards

Special Talent Awards are scholarships offered to students who have demonstrated exceptional talents and/or leadership in their high school or community. During the spring, all accepted students will be provided information regarding the awards and the application process. Due to the competitive nature of these scholarships, interested students will have to interview or submit additional materials beyond their application. Once awarded, these scholarships are offered for four years as long as the student maintains academic eligibility, in addition to the specific conditions of their scholarship.

Lasallian Leadership Award

Named after Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Brother of the Christian Schools, this scholarship is awarded to a select number of accepted students from Lasallian high schools who have demonstrated significant leadership and excelled in the area of service, both in their high school and community, and wish to continue in that spirit of service at Manhattan College.

  • Recipients of this award are expected to become leaders on campus who work with the Lasallian Leadership group and other College Lasallian organizations. They must also complete service projects each semester.
  • Students who are interested in applying for this award must be accepted into Manhattan College as freshmen for Fall 2016 by February 15.
  • Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a member of their Lasallian institution regarding their commitment to service and complete a 250-word essay that answers the question: Manhattan College is a Lasallian institution. What does that mean to you? Applicants must also provide a list of clubs and service organizations that show involvement and leadership roles held during high school.
  • Application materials should be emailed to the Lasallian Leadership Committee at, or they can be mailed to Manhattan College Admissions (Attn: Lasallian Leadership) at 4513 Manhattan College Parkway Riverdale, NY 10471 by March 18, 2016. Emailing all materials is preferred.
  • Applicants must also interview with a Lasallian Leaders team member as part of the selection process. All application materials must be received prior to interviewing. Please confirm that all materials have been received before the interview.
  • To schedule an interview, applicants may contact Brother Michael Shubnell, FSC, at (718) 862-7960 or
  • For additional information, please see the Lasallian Leadership Scholarship Program brochure.

Athletic Scholarships

For students recruited to participate on one of Manhattan College’s Division I athletic teams, there is the possibility of an athletic scholarship.

  • These students must be deemed admissible by our traditional academic standards.
  • Athletic scholarships and their amounts are determined exclusively by the Athletic department.
  • These scholarships are renewable, subject to a student remaining academically eligible, and in accordance with specific conditions determined by the Athletic department.


Performing Arts Scholarship

The Performing Arts Scholarship is available to talented students who have been accepted into the freshman class and demonstrate exceptional ability in the area of instrumental or vocal music. Auditions are required to be considered for a Performing Arts Scholarship. Students who have strength in performing arts and would like to continue their involvement during their college career are encouraged to apply for this award. To learn more about the ways you can get involved with performing arts at Manhattan College, please see our list of ensembles

Consideration and Continued Eligibility Criteria:

  • Students must be able to read music and have experience in choir, orchestral, band or chamber music settings.
  • Students who are interested in applying for this award must be accepted to Manhattan College as freshmen for Fall 2015 by February 16. 
  • Students must appear for a live audition conducted by a panel of performing arts faculty. Recorded music will not be considered. Auditions will be held on Accepted Students Days, or at another time scheduled with the coordinator for performing arts.
  • Scholarship awards are contingent upon students enrolling in a minimum of two (2) Performing Arts ensembles. Awards are dispensed each semester, and are renewable upon satisfactory evaluation by the ensemble director and the coordinator for performing arts. Criteria such as punctuality, attendance, leadership skills and progressive musical development, as well as remaining in good academic standing are critical to successful evaluation.
  • The award is $2,000 per year and will renew annually each year (for a maximum of four years) granted the student maintains satisfactory participation in the college ensembles. 
  • The award will be reviewed each semester by the Director of Performing Arts.   

Audition Guidelines:

  • Students must prepare two musical selections of contrasting styles and/or periods.
  • Instrumental students will be required to play a two octave major and minor scale chosen by the panel.
  • Vocalists should be prepared to sing one of the music selections in a language other than English.
  • Both vocalists and instrumentalists will be given a short selection to sight-read.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bauer at or (718) 862-7254.


Quadrangle Scholarship

The Quadrangle Scholarship, named after Manhattan College’s weekly student newspaper, The Quadrangle, is awarded to a select number of accepted students who have experience working for their high school’s newspaper, yearbook, or literary magazine and wish to continue that interest at Manhattan College by writing for, editing, producing, and managing The Quadrangle.

  • Recipients of this award are required to take three one-credit classes during their first three semesters on campus and contribute regularly as a reporter, newswriter, and editorial staff member of The Quadrangle.
  • Each scholarship of $2,500 per semester is renewable at the end of every semester pending the student’s performance.
  • Students who are interested in applying for this award must be accepted to Manhattan College as freshmen for Fall 2016 by March 1.
  • Accepted applicants must submit a letter outlining their skills and qualifications with no more than two samples of their work to Thom Gencarelli of the Communication department at Submissions must be received by Monday, March 21, 2016.
  • Finalists will be asked to interview during Manhattan College’s Accepted Students Days, which are being held on March 30, April 13 and April 20, 2016.
  • See additional details about the scholarship here