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Merit Scholarships

At Bridgewater State University, you will find one of the most affordable four-year degrees in all of New England. In recognition of our students' outstanding academic achievements, we have expanded our merit scholarship offerings for newly admitted students. We are here to help you become a future BSU Bear!

Tsongas Scholarship

In-state tuition and fees (approx. $11,000+/year)

  • Recognizes Massachusetts residents for highest academic achievement
  • Provides in-state tuition and fees for up to four years
  • Scholarship is for four consecutive years of full-time enrollment ($44,000+ value)
  • Requirements: 4.50+ recalculated high school GPA, Massachusetts resident, and full-time status
  • Number to award: Limit 5 per year

Presidential Merit Scholarship

$11,000/year

  • Recognizes high academic achievement
  • Provides $11,000 a year ($5,500/semester) towards overall cost of attendance
  • Scholarship is for four consecutive years of full-time enrollment ($44,000 value)
  • Requirements: 4.50+ recalculated high school GPA, full-time status and not a recipient of the Tsongas Scholarship
  • Number to award: unlimited

Recognition of Scholastic Excellence (ROSE) Merit Scholarship

$11,000/year

  • Recognizes academic achievement, leadership and diversity
  • Provides $11,000 a year ($5,500/semester) towards overall cost of attendance
  • Scholarship is for four consecutive years of full-time enrollment ($44,000 value)
  • Requirements: 4.00+ recalculated high school GPA, underrepresented community, full-time status and not a recipient of the Tsongas or Presidential Scholarship
  • Number to award: unlimited

Crimson Merit Scholarship

$5,000/year

  • Available exclusively to Massachusetts residents
  • Provides $5,000 a year ($2,500/semester) towards overall cost of attendance
  • Scholarship is for four consecutive years of full-time enrollment ($20,000 value)
  • Requirements: 3.70+ recalculated high school GPA, Massachusetts resident, full-time status and not a recipient of the Tsongas, Presidential or ROSE Scholarship
  • Number to award: unlimited

Horace Mann Merit Scholarship

$5,000/year

  • Available exclusively to non-Massachusetts residents
  • Provides $5,000 a year ($2,500/semester) towards overall cost of attendance
  • Scholarship is for four consecutive years of full-time enrollment ($20,000 value)
  • Requirements: Non-Massachusetts resident, full-time status and not a recipient of the Presidential, ROSE or New England Regional (NER) Scholarship
  • Number to award: unlimited
  • With this $5,000 scholarship, the cost of tuition, fees, housing and meals for non-Massachusetts residents to attend BSU is approximately $25,000 — nearly the same or in some cases less than the cost of attending an in-state college

Bear Merit Scholarship

$3,000/year

  • Available exclusively to Massachusetts residents
  • Provides $3,000 a year ($1,500/semester) towards overall cost of attendance
  • Scholarship is for four consecutive years of full-time enrollment ($12,000 value)
  • Requirements: 3.40-3.69 recalculated high school GPA, Massachusetts resident, full-time status
  • Number to award: unlimited

Thanks to the generosity of donors and the Bridgewater State University Foundation, over $1 million in annual funding supports BSU students in a variety of majors as well as students participating in paid internships, study abroad and undergraduate research.

To learn more, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at admission@bridgew.edu or 508.531.1237.