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Returning & Transfer Students

Academic school Year 2021 - 22 Scholarship

Application period opens: October 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021

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: https://desu.awardspring.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.

Scholarships awarding for school year 2021- 2022 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 by the beginning of the 2020-21 school year or be entering as a transfer student.
  • Must complete a 2021-22 FAFSA Application.
  • 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. Canaan Baptist Church Scholarship
  28. Cathleen Trigg-Jones Scholarship
  29. Charles C. and Virginia L. Carson Endowed Scholarship
  30. Chemistry Scholarships 
  31. Class of 1947 Scholarship
  32. Class of 1948/1949 Scholarship 
  33. Class of 1952 Scholarship
  34. Class of 1957 Scholarship
  35. Class of 1961 Culture of Giving Fund
  36. Class of 1962 Scholarship
  37. Class of 1964 Scholarship
  38. Class of 1965 Endowed Scholarship Fund
  39. Class of 1967 Scholarship
  40. Class of 1969 Scholarship
  41. Class of 1970 Scholarship
  42. Class of 1972 Scholarship
  43. Class of 1973 Scholarship
  44. Class of 1975 Scholarship
  45. Class of 1977 Scholarship
  46. Class of 1978 Scholarship
  47. Class of 1981 Scholarship
  48. Class of 1987 Scholarship
  49. Class of 1992 Scholarship
  50. Class of 1997 Scholarship
  51. Class of 2002 Scholarship
  52. Class of 2007 Book Scholarship
  53. Class of 2007 Scholarship
  54. Class of 2008 Scholarship
  55. Class of 2011 Scholarship
  56. Class of 2012 Book Scholarship
  57. Class of 2013 Book Scholarship
  58. College of Agriculture and Related Sciences Scholarships
  59. College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Scholarship  
  60. Comprehensive Learning Center Scholarship 
  61. Catherine N. Cook  Scholarship 
  62. Crankstart Re-entry Scholarship
  63. Daniel T. Covington Scholarship Fund
  64. Mabel Dawson Nursing Scholarships 
  65. DC.MD.VA Alumni Facebook Group Book Scholarship
  66. DE State Lab. H.S. Book Fund - Class of  ‘47 Endowed Scholarship  
  67. Dean’s Scholarships - College of Business
  68. Charles Debnam Grad. Scholarship in Social Work 
  69. Vermell Delauder Scholarship 
  70. William B. DeLauder Endowed Scholarship 
  71. Delaware BioScience Endowed Scholarship
  72. Delaware State Grange - Agriculture Scholarship
  73. Delaware State University Trustee Scholarship Program
  74. Delmarva Power Endowed Scholarship Fund  
  75. Delta Sigma Theta Endowed Scholarship 
  76. Dennis J. Savage Memorial Scholarship
  77. Department  of Biology Scholarship
  78. Department of Education Scholarships 
  79. Department of Management Scholarship
  80. Department of Physics Scholarship 
  81. Dr. Norman Dill Memorial Endowed Scholarship 
  82. Francis A. DiMondi, Sr. Memorial Scholarship 
  83. Donald Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund
  84. Dr. Berlin & Dr. Reba R. Hollingsworth Endowed Scholarship
  85. Dr. Clorice Thomas-Haysbert Memorial Scholarship
  86. Dr. Daniel E. Coons Endowed Scholarship
  87. Dr. Derrick E. Nelson Memorial Scholarship
  88. Dr. Donald A. & Delores F.  Blakey Endowed Scholarship 
  89. Dr. Donald T. L. Byrd Endowed Scholarship
  90. Dr. Fatma Helmy Memorial Endowed Book Scholarship
  91. Dr. Jose and Zona Saez Endowed Scholarship
  92. Dr. Jose E. Valentini Memorial Scholarship
  93. Dr. K. Bernard Chase and Audrey Skrine Chase Endowed Scholarship
  94. Dr. Kenneth Bell Endowed Scholarship
  95. Dr. Norman Dill Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  96. Dr. Rahmanda Salamatu Campbell dba The Reading Clinic Scholarship
  97. Drew Book Scholarship
  98. DSC Legends Athletics Endowed Scholarship
  99. DSUAA DC Chapter (Alice S. Coverdale Scholarship) 
  100. DSUAA Delaware Valley Chapter Scholarship 
  101. DSUAA Metropolitan New York Chapter (Lambe/Singler Scholarship)  
  102. DSUAA New Castle County Scholarship Fund 
  103. DSUAA Philadelphia Chapter Scholarship
  104. DSUAA-Kent County Chapter Scholarships 
  105. Dupont Institute Education
  106. DuPont Scholarship - STEM
  107. ECHS Scholarship Fund
  108. Edward T. Crawford Endowed Scholarship
  109. Edwin M.  Burke Memorial Scholarship 
  110. Elbert N. Carvel Scholarship 
  111. English Dept. Scholarships 
  112. Ernest Talbert, Sr. Endowed Scholarship
  113. Walter Evans Memorial Scholarship 
  114. Fatima Edwards Book Scholarship
  115. First State Constitutional Scholarship
  116. Football Scholarship Fund
  117. Frank and Linda Chick Endowed Scholarship 
  118. Frederick J. Franklin Memorial Endowed Scholarship 
  119. Fred McKenzie Scholarship
  120. Frederick and Chestene Coverdale Memorial Scholarship
  121. Friends Forever, LLC Scholarship Award
  122. Generation III Scholarship Fund 
  123. George Washington Scholarship
  124. William A. Gibbs Memorial Scholarship 
  125. Gilbert H.”Slew”Jackson, Jr. & Ruth T. Jackson Athletic End
  126. Harry Godt, Jr. Nursing Memorial Scholarship 
  127. Gospel Choir Scholarship Fund 
  128. William Granville, Jr. Scholarship 
  129. Barbara Guliani Scholarship for Non-traditional Students 
  130. Gwendolyn Braxton Endowed Scholarship 
  131. H & B Services Scholarship
  132. Hach Scientific Foundation Scholarship 
  133. Hortense M. Priest Memorial Scholarship
  134. Major Hairston Endowed Scholarship 
  135. Halvin T. and Pauline E. Blocksom Endowed Scholarship
  136. Harriet R. Williams Memorial Scholarship 
  137. Harrison H. Short and Aleatha H. Short Scholarship
  138. Health & Human Performance Scholarship 
  139. HER Scholarship - Speer Trust 
  140. Hercules Endowed Scholarship Fund 
  141. Historic Preservation Scholarship Fund 
  142. History, Political Science & Philosophy Scholarship Fund 
  143. Holland, Wilmer, Lofland Endowed Scholarship
  144. Horace Foundation Endowed Criminal Justice Scholarship
  145. Hospitality & Tourism Management Endowed Scholarship
  146. Hunter Memorial Scholarship 
  147. I.G. Burton & Co. Endowed Scholarship
  148. Inez O. Means Endowed Scholarship
  149. International China Fund Scholarship
  150. J.P. Morgan Delaware Scholarship 
  151. James Frank and Mary J. Marshall Endowed Scholarship
  152. James Scott King Scholarship
  153. Jane Waters Bickham Endowed Scholarship
  154. Jason, William C. Scholarship 
  155. Jethro Williams Memorial Scholarship
  156. Joel & Arlene Coppadge Endowed Scholarship
  157. John A. Bernard Memorial Scholarship 
  158. John and Sherri Ridgeway Endowed Scholarship
  159. John Taylor Endowed Scholarship 
  160. Journalism Scholarship 
  161. Justin Hackley Memorial Fund
  162. Kailyn Lowry Scholarship
  163. Kappa Convergence
  164. James Scott King Endowed Scholarship 
  165. Kutz, Milton & Hattie Foundation Scholarship 
  166. Law Studies Program Award
  167. Lois R. Billings Memorial Scholarship Endowment 
  168. Longhorn Rose Ranch Hunt Club Scholarship 
  169. Love Jones General Scholarship
  170. Luther and Mary Ida Vandross Scholarship Fund
  171. Machen, Ronald & Ethel Endowed Scholarship 
  172. MARC Program  Scholarships 
  173. Marion E. Gibbs Endowed Scholarship
  174. Mass Communications Scholarships 
  175. Math & Computer Science Scholarship
  176. Maurice and Laverne Thomason Scholarship Fund
  177. MBNA America Scholarship 
  178. McDowell Family Scholarship Fund
  179. Michael Ingram II Endowed Scholarship Fund
  180. Michael J. Feeney Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  181. Minnie Hill Scholarship
  182. Mishoe Family Endowed Scholarship
  183. Mkombozi (Blakey) Scholarship Fund
  184. Molock, Guy & Inez Endowed Scholarship 
  185. John T. Moor & Lucille Endowed Scholarship 
  186. Morrill Act Scholarship
  187. Laverne Mosely Memorial Scholarship 
  188. Mr. and Mrs. Chester and Ramona Hart Scholarship Endowment
  189. Mrs. Marstella Harvey Endowed Scholarship
  190. Mrs. Stell Harvey Memorial Scholarship
  191. Ned W. Brown Jr. Endowed Scholarship
  192. Norman Oliver Book Scholarship
  193. Omega Psi Phi - Psi Epsilon Chapter Endowed Scholarship 
  194. Omega Psi Phi (Arthur E. Bragg)  Endowed Scholarsh 
  195. Osher Reentry Scholarship Program Endowment
  196. Outten, E. Stuart Endowed Scholarship 
  197. Dorothy Parler Memorial Scholarship 
  198. Peggy Cuffee Brinkley Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  199. Phillip E. and Deborah Scott Endowed Scholarship
  200. President’s Scholarship Ball Book Scholarship Account
  201. John R. Price Memorial Scholarship 
  202. Queens NY College Fund Scholarship
  203. Rebecca Twilley Gates Memorial Scholarship
  204. Reginald D. Harris Scholarship
  205. Rehoboth Beach Young People’s Assoc. Endowed Scholarship 
  206. Reverend Floreta W. Nickerson Scholarship
  207. Reverend Tommie L. Brown Memorial Endowed Book Scholarship
  208. Robert A. Young Memorial Scholarship
  209. Robert and Cecelia S. Vanderhost Endowed  Scholarship
  210. Robert Michael Hassell Sr. Endowed Scholarship
  211. Ronald T. Neal Memorial Scholarship
  212. Ruth Helen Washington Scholarship Award
  213. R. Town Services Book Scholarship
  214. Andrew Saxton Memorial Scholarship 
  215. Annie Ruth Saxton Memorial Scholarship 
  216. Scholarships for International Students 
  217. Annie R. Semple Scholarship 
  218. Shalita Middleton Memorial Scholarship
  219. SICO, The Foundation Scholarship 
  220. John Sims Endowed Scholarship 
  221. Social Work Scholarships 
  222. Donald L. Steenhagen Memorial Scholarship 
  223. Strada Scholarship Fund
  224. Student Government Association Endowed Scholarship
  225. Student Remembrance Memorial Scholarship - New Jersey 
  226. Sussex County Alumni Chapter Scholarship
  227. Arnold & Peggy Swygert - History & Political Science Scholarship 
  228. Arnold & Peggy Swygert- Social Work Scholarship 
  229. Tanya A. Haman Memorial Scholarship
  230. The Dr. Jose and Zona Saez Endowed Scholarship 
  231. The Draper Family Endowed Scholarship
  232. The Dream.US Scholarship
  233. The Greater Detroit Michigan Alumni Scholarship Fund
  234. The Groove Phi Groove Endowed Scholarship Fund
  235. The Hardin T. And Gladys T. Watkins Endowed Scholarship 
  236. The Jerome H. Pinkett Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  237. The Joseph H. Pinkett, Sr. and Leona M. Pinkett Endowment
  238. The Mary J Marshal Memorial Scholarship Endowment
  239. The Stanley Fund Scholarships
  240. The Steven R. Ewing Endowed Scholarship
  241. The Wellington D. Swindall Book Scholarship Fund Endowed
  242. The Wilbert L. “Bunny” Miller Endowed Scholarship
  243. Thompson Hospitality Scholarship
  244. Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships
  245. Toyota Scholarship Fund
  246. Valerie Lyons Memorial Scholarship Award
  247. Edith P. Vincent Wellness Scholarship 
  248. Virginia & Edward Dennis Endowed Scholarship 
  249. Visual & Performing Arts Scholarships 
  250. W. DeEdwin Hursey Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  251. Elissa Walker Endowed Scholarship  
  252. Richard Walker Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  253. Charles Waples Scholarship in Math & Computer Science 
  254. Cora E. Warren Memorial Scholarship  
  255. Ulysses Washington Scholarship 
  256. Ramier Abdula Waters Memorial Scholarship 
  257. Wells Fargo Foundation Retention Scholarship
  258. William C. Jason Library Book Fund 
  259. William G. Conner Endowed Scholarship
  260. William J. & Reverend Shirley M. Smith, Sr. End. Scholarship
  261. Rev. J.H. Williams Memorial Endowed Scholarship 
  262. Clarence E. Wilson Scholarship 
  263. Floretta Nickerson Wilson Memorial Scholarship 
  264. Wine Psi Phi Fraternity & Beta Phi Burgundy Sorority Endowed
  265. 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.