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Merit Scholarships for Newly Admitted Students

Student honors recipients

Bridgewater State University offers a number of merit-based scholarships to students at the time of admission, recognizing outstanding academic achievement and leadership potential.

Horace Mann Scholarships

  • Available exclusively to out-of-state students
  • Provides $5,000 a year, consisting of $3,000 for tuition and fees and a $2,000 housing allowance for those living in a BSU residence hall
  • 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

Presidential Scholarship

  • Recognizes academic excellence
  • Covers tuition and fees at in-state rates for up to four years
  • Five annual recipients automatically enrolled in BSU’s Honors Program

Recognition of Scholastic Excellence (ROSE) Scholarship

  • Recognizes academic achievement, leadership and diversity
  • Covers tuition and fees at in-state rates for up to four years
  • Five students receive the ROSE Scholarship annually

Tsongas Scholarship

  • Rewards Massachusetts students for high academic achievement
  • Covers all in-state tuition and fees for up to four years
  • Five students receive the Tsongas Scholarship annually

Thanks to the generosity of donors and the Bridgewater State University Foundation, nearly $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 or (508) 531-1237.

BSU Supports Students

Bridgewater awards $27.5 million in federal, state and university funds each year, including more than $600,000 in endowed scholarships for upperclassmen. For more information about available scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Office at or 508.531.1341