Named Scholarships

How do these students become JU Dolphins?

JU StudentsThe Total Cost per year for a residential student at JU is $52,490.

This includes:

  • tuition
  • books
  • room
  • transportation
  • board
  • personal expenses

To recruit and retain the brightest students and make these figures manageable for future students and their families throughout their four years without saddling them with enormous debt upon graduation, University Advancement invites investment in scholarship dollars!

Studies show that students who are able to engage with their peers and get involved in a campus club or activity will be more likely to succeed. We want to ensure JU students have the time to be students and participate in campus life programming on top of their coursework. Students who take a full load of classes and work multiple jobs are not able to maximize their JU experience. The solution:

Scholarships ⇒ Student Loans ⇒ Part-time Work ⇒ Parent Loan

Marine StudentStudent A is a Florida resident who comes from a family of 4 including his mother, father, and twin sister. He is a bright student with a promising future and brings a High School Core GPA of 3.0-3.19. His family has an adjusted gross income of $30,000 classifying him as high-need, especially with two college-aged students. He knows that even after maximizing all grants, scholarships, and student loans he would still have a balance of $24,540 as a residential student. In order to bring his estimated family contribution to zero, he would have to consider some combination of taking out a private loan, a parent PLUS loan, or a payment plan.

Fine Arts StudentStudent B is from Maryland and is interested in studying Marine Science at JU. She is an only child and her family has an adjusted gross income of $160,000. She knows that even after receiving a $10,000 annual JU scholarship and taking out $5,500 in student loans - her family would still be responsible for $33,460 each year. This would have to be made up through some combination of private bank loans, parent PLUS loans, payment plans or student employment.

The answer is you!

Your support of our Named Scholarship Program can help fill the gap for students who dream to become JU Dolphins.

How You Can Help

JU StudentsJU’s freshmen enrollment (2016-17) was up more than 10 percent, and JU continues to see an increase in the academic quality of our entering students. The overall freshmen GPA was 3.43. Last year, JU spent nearly $28 million on financial aid.

Named scholarships bridge the gap and take “need” out of the conversation, removing financial barriers to allow students whose academic pursuits align with JU to attend and succeed.

Investment in the Named Scholarship Program allows us to take institutional aid and stretch it further to attract and retain our aspirational students. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, need, and diversity.

Your named scholarship can bear your family name, or the name of a favorite professor or loved one and would be awarded to an incoming freshman student for Fall 2019*. Scholarships begin with commitments of $5,000 per year for 4 years. You will be matched with an incoming freshman and the investment will assist the student with a named scholarship. A relationship between you, the donor and your student will be established and continue throughout the four years.

JU’s strategic plan includes growing its enrollment, and named scholarships help JU meet the need of an increasing pool of bright, talented students who wish to benefit from the transformative nature of a JU education, but require scholarship aid to make it possible.

*Agreements finalized by June 30, 2019 will begin funding a Fall 2019 scholarship.

For more information on how you can help, contact the Office of University Advancement at or (904) 256-7045.