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Returning & Transfer Students

Academic school Year 2020 - 21 Scholarship

Application period opens:  January 13, 2020 to March 31, 2020

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 Scholarships 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 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 2020- 2021 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 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 March 29, 2019 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.
  • A 250-word essay is required that describes what receiving Alumni Legacy Scholarship support means to you and why you are requesting such support.

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

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

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

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

  1. AgFirst Farm Credit Bank Scholarship
  2. Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship
  3. Amos, Kent & Carmen Endowed Scholarship
  4. Athletic Boosters Endowed Scholarship
  5. Bank of America Endowed Scholarship (Nations Bank)
  6. Bell Atlantic Endowed Scholarship
  7. Beneficial Bank Endowed Scholarship
  8. Bennie & Shirley Smith Endowed Scholarship
  9. Bernie L. Wilikins Juneteenth Scholarship
  10. Blakey, Dr. Donald A. & Delores Endowed Scholarship
  11. Bragg, Arthur Memorial Scholarship
  12. Braxton, Gwendolyn Endowed Scholarship
  13. Brown, Reverend Tommie L. Memorial  Book Scholarship
  14. Burke, Edwin M. Memorial Scholarship
  15. Bush, Valerie Endowed Scholarship
  16. Canaan Baptist Church Scholarship (must submit a letter from Church)
  17. Carvel, Elbert N. Scholarship
  18. Catherine N. Cook  Scholarship
  19. Cathleen Trigg-Jones Scholarship
  20. Class of 1965 Endowed Scholarship
  21. Crankstart Re-Entry Scholarship
  22. Cuff, Blanche Russ Endowed Scholarship
  23. Darnerien McCants Endowed Scholarship
  24. Dawson, Mabel Nursing Scholarship
  25. DeLauder, William B. Endowed Scholarship
  26. Delaware State University Trustee Scholarship 
  27. Delmarva Power Endowed Scholarship
  28. Dennis, Virginia & Edward Endowed Scholarship
  29. Dill, Norman Memorial Scholarship
  30. Dr. Berlin & Dr. Reba R. Hollingsworth Endowed Scholarship
  31. Dr. Clorice Thomas-Haysbert Memorial Scholarship
  32. Dr. Daniel E. Coons Endowed Scholarship
  33. Dr. Donald A. Parks Endowed Scholarship
  34. Dr. Fatma Helmy Memorial Endowed Book Scholarship
  35. Dr. Gustav A. Ofosu Scholarship
  36. Dr. K. Bernard Chase and Audrey Skrine Chase Endowed Scholarship
  37. Dr. Kenneth Bell Endowed Scholarship
  38. Dr. Norman Dill Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  39. Dr. Ulysses S. Washington Endowed Scholarship
  40. Draper Communications Endowed Scholarship
  41. DSC Legends Athletic Scholarship
  42. DSUAA Kent County Alumni Chapter Scholarship
  43. DSUAA New Castle County Alumni Chapter Scholarship
  44. DSUAA Sussex County Alumni Chapter Scholarship
  45. Edward T. Crawford Endowed Scholarship
  46. Ernest Talbert, Sr. Endowed Scholarship
  47. Evans, Walter Memorial Scholarship
  48. First State Constitutional Scholarship
  49. Frank and Linda Chick Endowed Scholarship 
  50. Franklin, Frederick J. Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  51. Fred McKenzie Scholarship
  52. Frederick Coverdale Memorial Scholarship Fund
  53. George Washington Scholarship
  54. Gilbert H.”Slew”Jackson, JR. & Ruth T. Jackson Athletic
  55. Gilliam, James Jr. Endowed Scholarship
  56. Godt, Jr., Harry Nursing Memorial Scholarship
  57. Hairston, Major Endowed Scholarship
  58. Halvin T. and Pauline E. Blocksom Endowed Scholarship
  59. Hardin T. and Gladys T. Watkins Endowed Scholarship
  60. Harrison H. Short and Aleatha H. Short Scholarship
  61. Hercules Endowed Scholarship
  62. Holland, Wilmer, Lofland Endowed Scholarship
  63. Horace Foundation Endowed Criminal Justice Scholarship
  64. Hospitality & Tourism Management Endowed Scholarship
  65. Hunter Memorial Scholarship
  66. Inez O. Means Endowed Scholarship
  67. James Frank and Mary J. Marshall Endowed Scholarship
  68. James Scott King Scholarship
  69. Jane Waters Bickham Endowed Scholarship
  70. Jason, William C. Memorial Scholarship
  71. John and Sherri Ridgeway Endowed Scholarship
  72. John R. Price Memorial Scholarship
  73. Kailyn Lowry Scholarship
  74. King, James Scott Scholarship 
  75. Kutz, Milton & Hattie Foundation Scholarship
  76. Larry F. Potts Memorial Scholarship Endowment 
  77. Lois R. Billings Memorial Scholarship Endowment
  78. Machen, Ronald & Ethel Endowed Scholarship
  79. Marion E. Gibbs Endowed Scholarship
  80. Maurice and Laverne Thomason Scholarship 
  81. Mayo, Lillian Spencer Endowed Scholarship
  82. McDowell Family Scholarship
  83. Michael Ingram II Endowed Scholarship
  84. Mishoe Family Endowed Scholarship
  85. Mkombozi (Blakey) Scholarship Fund
  86. Molock, Guy & Inez Endowed Scholarship
  87. Moor, John T., Sr. & Lucille Endowed Scholarship
  88. Mr. and Mrs. Chester and Ramona Hart Endow Scholarship
  89. Ned W. Brown Jr. Endowed Scholarship
  90. Norman Oliver Scholarship Fund
  91. Osher Reentry Scholarships Program Endowment
  92. Outten, E. Stuart Endowed Scholarship
  93. Peggy Cuffee Brinkley Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  94. Phillip E. and Deborah Scott Endowed Scholarship
  95. President Ball Scholarship
  96. Reginald D. Harris Scholarship
  97. Rehoboth Beach Young People’s Assoc. Endowed Scholarship
  98. Reverend Floreta W. Nickerson Scholarship
  99. Reverend Tommie L. Brown Memorial Endowed Book Scholarship
  100. Robert A. Young Memorial Scholarship
  101. Robert and Cecelia S. Vanderhost Endowed  Scholarship
  102. Robert Michael Hassell Sr. Endowed Scholarship
  103. Ruth Helen Washington Scholarship Award
  104. Saxton, Andrew Memorial Scholarship
  105. Saxton, Annie Ruth Memorial Scholarship Fund
  106. Semple, Anne Scholarship
  107. Sims, John Endowed Scholarship
  108. Student Government Association Endowed Scholarship
  109. Swygert, Arnold & Peggy - History & Political Science Scholarship
  110. Swygert, Arnold & Peggy - Social Work Scholarship
  111. The Groove Phi Groove Endowed Scholarship  
  112. The Jerome H. Pinkett Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  113. The Stanley Fund Scholarship 
  114. The Steven R. Ewing Endowed Scholarship
  115. The Terance Hoover Endowed Scholarship  
  116. The Wellington D. Swindall Book Scholarship Fund Endowed
  117. Tri-State Association I.B.P.O.E. Endowed Scholarship
  118. Valerie Lyons Memorial Scholarship Award
  119. W. DeEdwin Hursey Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  120. Walker, Elissa H. Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  121. Walker, Richard Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  122. Waples, Charles Scholarship in Chemistry
  123. Waples, Charles Scholarship in Math & Computer Science
  124. Warren, Cora E. Memorial Scholarship
  125. Washington, Ulysses Scholarship
  126. Waters, Floyd Endowed Scholarship
  127. Williams, Harriet R. Memorial Scholarship Fund
  128. William J. & Reverend Shirley M. Smith, Sr. Scholarship Fund
  129. Williams, Rev. J. H. Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  130. Wilson, Clarence E. Scholarship
  131. Zeneca (ICI Americas) Endowed Scholarship


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.