Merit Scholarships

The following is a list of all merit scholarship opportunities offered by Brandeis to undergraduate students. Consult your merit scholarship notification letter for the expiration policy that applies to your particular award.

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Brandeis-Sponsored Merit Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to the most academically outstanding students in our pool. The top admitted students will be offered a Dean, Trustee, Presidential, or Justice Brandeis Scholarship, awards ranging from $10,500 to $17,500 annually. These scholarships recognize the potential impact of a student’s contributions in the classroom here at Brandeis.

Students do not need to apply for merit funding. All applicants, regardless of application method, will be considered during the admissions review period. Recipients will be notified of their awards shortly after the admission decision release date. All merit offers are final, and will be determined based on a holistic evaluation of academic accomplishments. If you have any questions about the merit scholarship process, please contact Rebecca Simons, Associate Director, at rsimons@brandeis.edu.

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Brandeis-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship

This scholarship is available to entering first-year students who have attained National Merit Finalist status and have designated Brandeis as their first choice through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Recipients of this scholarship are chosen by the NMSC. The amount of this scholarship ranges from $500 to $2,000, based on financial need.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to entering first-year students on the basis of academic performance and extracurricular participation in secondary school, outstanding community involvement and demonstrated financial need.

There is no application for this scholarship beyond the admission application and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. (Please note that the FAFSA and parent and student taxes will also be required upon payment of the deposit.)

The amount of this scholarship is equal to the student's calculated institutional financial need, based on the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, the FAFSA and student and parent tax returns, and is renewable for up to eight semesters of study at Brandeis.

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Giumette Academic Achievement Award

The Giumette Academic Achievement Award (GAAA) was developed by the Office of Students and Enrollment, in conjunction with the Student Union and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, as a way to recognize currently enrolled sophomores who have distinguished themselves in their course of study at Brandeis. Formerly known as the Brandeis Academic Achievement Award, the award was renamed in 2015 in honor of Peter Giumette, who served as the Dean of Student Financial Services for over 20 years and who had a deep commitment to increasing access to educational opportunities for first-generation and low-income students.

The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding scholarship and academic achievement as evidenced by grades, faculty recommendations, and personal accomplishment. A maximum of five awards in the amount of $5,000 per semester will be conferred for the junior and senior years. Recipients will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff.

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Fannie Penikoff Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to one outstanding entering first-year student from the Chicago area. This scholarship was created through a gift from the Fannie Penikoff Charitable Trust to the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

There is no application for this scholarship beyond the admission application and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

The amount of this scholarship is equal to full tuition and is renewable for up to eight continuous semesters of study at Brandeis, beginning with the semester in which the recipient was initially offered admission.

Recipients of this scholarship will be required to provide information about their campus activities to the Office of Donor Relations at Brandeis at least once each year and will also be required to write a letter of thanks to Ms. Donna Kahan, who oversees the Fannie Penikoff Fund at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, that details the recipient’s campus involvement

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Stroum Family Waltham Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to four top graduating seniors from Waltham High School in Massachusetts.

There is no application for this scholarship beyond the admission application and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

The amount of this scholarship is renewable for up to eight semesters of study at Brandeis.