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Returning & Transfer Students

Academic school Year 2022 - 23 Scholarship

Application period opens: November 8, 2021 to February 28, 2022

Delaware State University Foundation scholarships have been made possible by a generous commitment from donors. The Delaware State University Foundation supports students who have demonstrated a commitment to completing their education and have met various criteria as specified by our donors and scholarship awarding committee.

Returning / current DSU students and transfer students who wish to be considered for a Delaware State University Privately Funded Scholarship should review the information below.

Scholarship Application

  1. PLEASE READ:  Applying for a scholarship does not mean you will automatically be awarded a scholarship but your application will be reviewed for consideration by the scholarship committee. 
  2. You must be enrolled to apply.
  3. You can apply online at beginning November 8, 2021. Applications can be completed at https://desu.scholarshipuniverse.com/
  4. If you have a problem with completing the application, please send an email to dsufoundation [at] desu.edu. Include your name, D100# and DSU student email address.
  5. Please list your Delaware State University email on your application. Notification of award status will be sent via email to your DSU student email account by mid May.

Scholarships will be  awarded as follow (see below):

  1. Availability of Scholarship Funds
  2. The Donor’s guidelines


  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 1 semester at DSU to be considered for a returning student scholarship.
  • Must have a FAFSA Application on file.
  • Must have a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA., unless stated otherwise.
  • Must be a full-time student at DSU, unless stated otherwise

Award Information

  • Scholarships are disbursed evenly between the Fall and Spring semester of each academic year.
  • Scholarships may only be used to cover direct educational expenses billed by the University (tuition, fees, housing, meal plans, and book vouchers).
  • All scholarships funds that exceed direct educational expenses will be reduced and refunded to the donor.
  • Students who are awarded a scholarship, must send a thank you letter to the Office of Development via email at dsufoundation [at] desu.edu.

Alumni Legacy Scholarship

For the Alumni Legacy Scholarship, additional information is required:

  • Submit three letters of recommendation.
    • One letter of recommendation should be from an alumna/alumnus of Delaware State University.
    • Letters of recommendation should be submitted no later than January 31st to:
      The Alumni Legacy Scholarship Committee
      Delaware State University
      2nd Floor Administration Building
      1200 North DuPont Highway
      Dover, DE, 19901
      or via email to: dsufoundation [at] desu.edu.
  • Applicants must be the alumni legacy. You must have a parent or grandparent who is an alum of DSU to be eligible for this scholarship.

  • A 250-word essay is required that describes what receiving Alumni Legacy Scholarship support means to you and why you are requesting such support. Each applicant must include in their essay the name of the parent or grandparent who is an Alum of DSU. Applications will not be considered if this information is not included.

  • Also explain why you should be selected for a scholarship.

  • If you have a particular financial need, include a paragraph about this topic

REENTRY Scholarships

Osher Reentry and Crankstart Reentry Scholarships offer tuition assistance to non-traditional students enrolled at DSU. Non-traditional students are students who:

  • Nontraditional typically defines a student, minimum age 25, who is beginning or resuming his/her college education.
  • Have experienced a gap in their education of at least five years since completing high school
  •  Are starting or resuming studies toward their first baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Enrollment is a pre-condition of receiving an award.

Please visit Osher/Crankstart Reentry Scholarships for additional information on eligibility


List of Scholarships - Students only need to fill out one application.

Special thanks to all of our donors for making these scholarships possible.

  1. Accounting & Finance Scholarship 
  2. African School Society Endowed Scholarship 
  3. AgFirst Farm Credit Bank Scholarship
  4. Agriculture DuPont Grant Scholarship 
  5. Airway Science DRBA Retention Scholarship 
  6. AKA General Scholarship - Zeta Omega, Epsilon Iota Omega, Sigma Zeta Omega  Chapters
  7. Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship 
  8. Alumni Scholarship Campaign 
  9. Amos, Kent & Carmen Endowed Scholarship
  10. Anheuser Busch “Budweiser First Generation” Scholarship
  11. Arsht Cannon Fund Scholarships
  12. Art Department Scholarships 
  13. Arthur Bragg Memorial Scholarship 
  14. Arts Center Gallery Scholarship Fund 
  15. AstraZeneca Endowed Scholarship 
  16. Athletics Boosters Endowed Scholarship 
  17. Athletics Endowed Scholarship 
  18. Atkins, Charles W. Scholarship 
  19. Band Scholarship 
  20. Bank of America Endowed Scholarship 
  21. Barbara W. Dorsey Endowed Scholarship
  22. Basketball Scholarship Fund
  23. Bell Atlantic Endowed Scholarship Fund 
  24. Beneficial Bank Endowed Scholarship 
  25. Bennie & Shirley Smith Endowed Scholarship
  26. Bernie L. Wilkins Scholarship
  27. Breonna Taylor Memorial Scholarship
  28. Canaan Baptist Church Scholarship
  29. Cathleen Trigg-Jones Scholarship
  30. Charles C. and Virginia L. Carson Endowed Scholarship
  31. Chemistry Scholarships 
  32. Class of 1947 Scholarship
  33. Class of 1948/1949 Scholarship 
  34. Class of 1952 Scholarship
  35. Class of 1957 Scholarship
  36. Class of 1961 Culture of Giving Fund
  37. Class of 1962 Scholarship
  38. Class of 1964 Scholarship
  39. Class of 1965 Endowed Scholarship Fund
  40. Class of 1967 Scholarship
  41. Class of 1969 Scholarship
  42. Class of 1970 Scholarship
  43. Class of 1972 Scholarship
  44. Class of 1973 Scholarship
  45. Class of 1975 Scholarship
  46. Class of 1977 Scholarship
  47. Class of 1978 Scholarship
  48. Class of 1981 Scholarship
  49. Class of 1987 Scholarship
  50. Class of 1992 Scholarship
  51. Class of 1997 Scholarship
  52. Class of 2002 Scholarship
  53. Class of 2007 Book Scholarship
  54. Class of 2007 Scholarship
  55. Class of 2008 Scholarship
  56. Class of 2011 Scholarship
  57. Class of 2012 Book Scholarship
  58. Class of 2013 Book Scholarship
  59. College of Agriculture and Related Sciences Scholarships
  60. College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Scholarship  
  61. Comprehensive Learning Center Scholarship 
  62. Catherine N. Cook  Scholarship 
  63. Crankstart Re-entry Scholarship
  64. Daniel T. Covington Scholarship Fund
  65. Mabel Dawson Nursing Scholarships 
  66. DC.MD.VA Alumni Facebook Group Book Scholarship
  67. DE State Lab. H.S. Book Fund - Class of  ‘47 Endowed Scholarship  
  68. Dean’s Scholarships - College of Business
  69. Charles Debnam Grad. Scholarship in Social Work 
  70. Vermell Delauder Scholarship 
  71. William B. DeLauder Endowed Scholarship 
  72. Delaware BioScience Endowed Scholarship
  73. Delaware State Grange - Agriculture Scholarship
  74. Delaware State University Trustee Scholarship Program
  75. Delmarva Power Endowed Scholarship Fund  
  76. Delta Sigma Theta Endowed Scholarship 
  77. Dennis J. Savage Memorial Scholarship
  78. Department  of Biology Scholarship
  79. Department of Education Scholarships 
  80. Department of Management Scholarship
  81. Department of Physics Scholarship 
  82. Dr. Norman Dill Memorial Endowed Scholarship 
  83. Francis A. DiMondi, Sr. Memorial Scholarship 
  84. Donald Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund
  85. Dr. Berlin & Dr. Reba R. Hollingsworth Endowed Scholarship
  86. Dr. Clorice Thomas-Haysbert Memorial Scholarship
  87. Dr. Daniel E. Coons Endowed Scholarship
  88. Dr. Derrick E. Nelson Memorial Scholarship
  89. Dr. Donald A. & Delores F.  Blakey Endowed Scholarship 
  90. Dr. Donald T. L. Byrd Endowed Scholarship
  91. Dr. Fatma Helmy Memorial Endowed Book Scholarship
  92. Dr. Jose and Zona Saez Endowed Scholarship
  93. Dr. Jose E. Valentini Memorial Scholarship
  94. Dr. K. Bernard Chase and Audrey Skrine Chase Endowed Scholarship
  95. Dr. Kenneth Bell Endowed Scholarship
  96. Dr. Norman Dill Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  97. Dr. Rahmanda Salamatu Campbell dba The Reading Clinic Scholarship
  98. Drew Book Scholarship
  99. DSC Legends Athletics Endowed Scholarship
  100. DSUAA DC Chapter (Alice S. Coverdale Scholarship) 
  101. DSUAA Delaware Valley Chapter Scholarship 
  102. DSUAA Metropolitan New York Chapter (Lambe/Singler Scholarship)  
  103. DSUAA New Castle County Scholarship Fund 
  104. DSUAA Philadelphia Chapter Scholarship
  105. DSUAA-Kent County Chapter Scholarships 
  106. Dupont Institute Education
  107. DuPont Scholarship - STEM
  108. ECHS Scholarship Fund
  109. Edward T. Crawford Endowed Scholarship
  110. Edwin M.  Burke Memorial Scholarship 
  111. Elbert N. Carvel Scholarship 
  112. English Dept. Scholarships 
  113. Ernest Talbert, Sr. Endowed Scholarship
  114. Walter Evans Memorial Scholarship 
  115. Fatima Edwards Book Scholarship
  116. First State Constitutional Scholarship
  117. Football Scholarship Fund
  118. Frank and Linda Chick Endowed Scholarship 
  119. Frederick J. Franklin Memorial Endowed Scholarship 
  120. Fred McKenzie Scholarship
  121. Frederick and Chestene Coverdale Memorial Scholarship
  122. Friends Forever, LLC Scholarship Award
  123. Generation III Scholarship Fund 
  124. George Washington Scholarship
  125. George Floyd Memorial Scholarship
  126. William A. Gibbs Memorial Scholarship 
  127. Gilbert H.”Slew”Jackson, Jr. & Ruth T. Jackson Athletic End
  128. Harry Godt, Jr. Nursing Memorial Scholarship 
  129. Gospel Choir Scholarship Fund 
  130. William Granville, Jr. Scholarship 
  131. Barbara Guliani Scholarship for Non-traditional Students 
  132. Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship Inc., Foundation Scholarship
  133. Gwendolyn Braxton Endowed Scholarship 
  134. H & B Services Scholarship
  135. Hach Scientific Foundation Scholarship 
  136. Hortense M. Priest Memorial Scholarship
  137. Major Hairston Endowed Scholarship 
  138. Halvin T. and Pauline E. Blocksom Endowed Scholarship
  139. Harriet R. Williams Memorial Scholarship 
  140. Harrison H. Short and Aleatha H. Short Scholarship
  141. Health & Human Performance Scholarship 
  142. HER Scholarship - Speer Trust 
  143. Hercules Endowed Scholarship Fund 
  144. Historic Preservation Scholarship Fund 
  145. History, Political Science & Philosophy Scholarship Fund 
  146. Holland, Wilmer, Lofland Endowed Scholarship
  147. Horace Foundation Endowed Criminal Justice Scholarship
  148. Hospitality & Tourism Management Endowed Scholarship
  149. Hunter Memorial Scholarship 
  150. I.G. Burton & Co. Endowed Scholarship
  151. Inez O. Means Endowed Scholarship
  152. International China Fund Scholarship
  153. J.P. Morgan Delaware Scholarship 
  154. James Frank and Mary J. Marshall Endowed Scholarship
  155. James Scott King Scholarship
  156. Jane Waters Bickham Endowed Scholarship
  157. Jason, William C. Scholarship 
  158. Jethro Williams Memorial Scholarship
  159. Joel & Arlene Coppadge Endowed Scholarship
  160. John A. Bernard Memorial Scholarship 
  161. John and Sherri Ridgeway Endowed Scholarship
  162. John Taylor Endowed Scholarship 
  163. Journalism Scholarship 
  164. Justin Hackley Memorial Fund
  165. Kailyn Lowry Scholarship
  166. Kappa Convergence
  167. James Scott King Endowed Scholarship 
  168. Kutz, Milton & Hattie Foundation Scholarship 
  169. Law Studies Program Award
  170. Lois R. Billings Memorial Scholarship Endowment 
  171. Longhorn Rose Ranch Hunt Club Scholarship 
  172. Love Jones General Scholarship
  173. Luther and Mary Ida Vandross Scholarship Fund
  174. Machen, Ronald & Ethel Endowed Scholarship 
  175. MARC Program  Scholarships 
  176. Marion E. Gibbs Endowed Scholarship
  177. Mass Communications Scholarships 
  178. Math & Computer Science Scholarship
  179. Maurice and Laverne Thomason Scholarship Fund
  180. MBNA America Scholarship 
  181. McDowell Family Scholarship Fund
  182. Michael Ingram II Endowed Scholarship Fund
  183. Michael J. Feeney Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  184. Minnie Hill Scholarship
  185. Mishoe Family Endowed Scholarship
  186. Mkombozi (Blakey) Scholarship Fund
  187. Molock, Guy & Inez Endowed Scholarship 
  188. John T. Moor & Lucille Endowed Scholarship 
  189. Morrill Act Scholarship
  190. Laverne Mosely Memorial Scholarship 
  191. Mr. and Mrs. Chester and Ramona Hart Scholarship Endowment
  192. Mrs. Marstella Harvey Endowed Scholarship
  193. Mrs. Stell Harvey Memorial Scholarship
  194. Ned W. Brown Jr. Endowed Scholarship
  195. Norman Oliver Book Scholarship
  196. Omega Psi Phi - Psi Epsilon Chapter Endowed Scholarship 
  197. Omega Psi Phi (Arthur E. Bragg)  Endowed Scholarsh 
  198. Osher Reentry Scholarship Program Endowment
  199. Outten, E. Stuart Endowed Scholarship 
  200. Dorothy Parler Memorial Scholarship 
  201. Peggy Cuffee Brinkley Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  202. Phillip E. and Deborah Scott Endowed Scholarship
  203. President’s Scholarship Ball Book Scholarship Account
  204. John R. Price Memorial Scholarship 
  205. Queens NY College Fund Scholarship
  206. Rebecca Twilley Gates Memorial Scholarship
  207. Reginald D. Harris Scholarship
  208. Rehoboth Beach Young People’s Assoc. Endowed Scholarship 
  209. Reverend Floreta W. Nickerson Scholarship
  210. Reverend Tommie L. Brown Memorial Endowed Book Scholarship
  211. Robert A. Young Memorial Scholarship
  212. Robert and Cecelia S. Vanderhost Endowed  Scholarship
  213. Robert Michael Hassell Sr. Endowed Scholarship
  214. Ronald T. Neal Memorial Scholarship
  215. Ruth Helen Washington Scholarship Award
  216. R. Town Services Book Scholarship
  217. Andrew Saxton Memorial Scholarship 
  218. Annie Ruth Saxton Memorial Scholarship 
  219. Scholarships for International Students 
  220. Annie R. Semple Scholarship 
  221. Shalita Middleton Memorial Scholarship
  222. SICO, The Foundation Scholarship 
  223. John Sims Endowed Scholarship 
  224. Social Work Scholarships 
  225. Donald L. Steenhagen Memorial Scholarship 
  226. Strada Scholarship Fund
  227. Student Government Association Endowed Scholarship
  228. Student Remembrance Memorial Scholarship - New Jersey 
  229. Sussex County Alumni Chapter Scholarship
  230. Arnold & Peggy Swygert - History & Political Science Scholarship 
  231. Arnold & Peggy Swygert- Social Work Scholarship 
  232. Tanya A. Haman Memorial Scholarship
  233. The Dr. Jose and Zona Saez Endowed Scholarship 
  234. The Draper Family Endowed Scholarship
  235. The Dream.US Scholarship
  236. The Greater Detroit Michigan Alumni Scholarship Fund
  237. The Groove Phi Groove Endowed Scholarship Fund
  238. The Hardin T. And Gladys T. Watkins Endowed Scholarship 
  239. The Jerome H. Pinkett Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  240. The Joseph H. Pinkett, Sr. and Leona M. Pinkett Endowment
  241. The Mary J Marshal Memorial Scholarship Endowment
  242. The Stanley Fund Scholarships
  243. The Steven R. Ewing Endowed Scholarship
  244. The Wellington D. Swindall Book Scholarship Fund Endowed
  245. The Wilbert L. “Bunny” Miller Endowed Scholarship
  246. Thompson Hospitality Scholarship
  247. Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships
  248. Toyota Scholarship Fund
  249. Valerie Lyons Memorial Scholarship Award
  250. Edith P. Vincent Wellness Scholarship 
  251. Virginia & Edward Dennis Endowed Scholarship 
  252. Visual & Performing Arts Scholarships 
  253. W. DeEdwin Hursey Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  254. Elissa Walker Endowed Scholarship  
  255. Richard Walker Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  256. Charles Waples Scholarship in Math & Computer Science 
  257. Cora E. Warren Memorial Scholarship  
  258. Ulysses Washington Scholarship 
  259. Ramier Abdula Waters Memorial Scholarship 
  260. Wells Fargo Foundation Retention Scholarship
  261. William C. Jason Library Book Fund 
  262. William G. Conner Endowed Scholarship
  263. William J. & Reverend Shirley M. Smith, Sr. End. Scholarship
  264. Rev. J.H. Williams Memorial Endowed Scholarship 
  265. Clarence E. Wilson Scholarship 
  266. Floretta Nickerson Wilson Memorial Scholarship 
  267. Wine Psi Phi Fraternity & Beta Phi Burgundy Sorority Endowed
  268. Women’s Basketball Scholarships 


For questions or concerns, please send an email to dsufoundation [at] desu.edu.

Please note that Federal and University financial assistance is available only to U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents. Also, please be aware that scholarships, policies, guidelines, and criteria are subject to change without prior notification.


Will scholarships cover the full cost of my education at DSU?

Delaware State University is committed to making higher education accessible, as demonstrated by our reasonable tuition for in-state and out-of-state students and in our variety of scholarships, financial aid programs, and financing plans. While we strive to make a University education affordable, virtually all students will have a combination of student and family contributions and student/parent loans in addition to any grants or scholarships awarded.

I am a high school senior looking to come to DSU in the fall. May I apply for these scholarships?

The Office of Admissions offers scholarships to incoming, first-time freshmen. The Returning and Transfer Student Scholarships are only available to returning students or those students transferring to Delaware State University from other institutions.

I have applied for admission to DSU as a transfer student, but when I try to complete the application, I get an error message indicating I am not a student. Why?

Only a transfer student whose application has been accepted by the Office of Admissions may complete the scholarship application. If your application is incomplete or has not been finalized, you may not apply.

What is the user ID and password for the application?

The user ID is your Delaware State University student ID# and the password is the PIN you use to access Student Services. If you are a transfer student and do not know your student ID# or PIN, please contact the Office of Records and Registration.

The list of available scholarships does not indicate how much each is worth. How do I know which ones to select if I don’t know how much they are worth?

The scholarships come from various sources such as endowments and private donations and the award amounts are often left to the discretion of the Scholarship Committee based upon the number of applicants, availability of funds, and overall merit and financial need of the applicants. The average scholarship recipient received a total of $2,000 in 2010–11.

When should I expect to get a refund check from my scholarships?

Scholarships may only be used to cover direct educational expenses billed by the University (tuition, fees, housing, meal plans and book vouchers). All scholarship funds that exceed direct educational expenses will be reduced. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Why do I have to complete a FAFSA?

The Privately Funded scholarships and the Alumni Legacy scholarship are awarded based upon both financial need and merit. Recipients are not required to have a high need, but some amount of need is necessary. Please do not assume your financial need is not low enough! Complete the scholarship application anyway. Students with very low need may be awarded scholarships as well as those students with high need.

I have a very high GPA. Why wasn’t I awarded any scholarships?

Make sure to read all of the eligibility requirements. Remember, you must have a valid FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid. If your Student Aid Report does not contain an EFC, then your FAFSA is not valid. Also, you must have some amount of financial need. Also, many scholarships have specific eligibility requirements aside from GPA that you may not meet.

Are the scholarships open to graduate students?

Scholarships are generally only available to undergraduate students unless otherwise specified in the criteria.

I am a transfer student. How will you know my GPA?

The Scholarship Committee obtains transfer student GPAs from the Office of Admissions.

I made a mistake on my application! How can I fix it?

Please review your application for accuracy before submitting it. All applications are final once they have been submitted.