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Donor Funded Scholarships FAQ

AcademicWorks provides a streamlined approach for students to apply for donor funded scholarships at UD. The application process is simplified because we match information you provide on the general application with information we already have from your student record (ex. major, hometown, cumulative GPA). This allows us to automatically match students to our donor funded scholarships and removes the need for students to complete individual applications. Through AcademicWorks, you can see the status of your donor funded scholarships and submit your words of appreciation to be shared with your donor electronically.

The general application is required of all students who wish to be considered for scholarships awarded within AcademicWorks. Potential applicants are asked to provide some general information about themselves that is commonly asked by our donors, and lastly, agree to certain expectations that come with receiving a scholarship. Information from both your official student record at UD along with completion of the general application allows for full consideration of our donor funded scholarships.

All of our opportunities within the system are considered "Auto-Match", which means the student simply needs to complete the General Application to automatically be considered for opportunities that they are qualified for. This reduces the need for you to apply for multiple opportunities, simplifying the process for you to be considered for scholarships.

If you are selected to receive a donor-funded scholarship, you will receive an email with information pertaining to the scholarship. Most donor-funded scholarships are awarded in May/June after completion of the spring academic term. You will be notified each spring to complete a new application for the upcoming academic year.

Through the generosity of donors, all students will be considered for scholarship opportunities. Donors have various requests and requirements that we must consider when awarding scholarships. The majority of scholarships are designated for undergraduate students and most are awarded based on financial need, so we encourage you to complete the FAFSA for full consideration.

If you are selected for a scholarship, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the "Thank You" to your donor. Sharing your gratitude with donors makes a difference and reinforces their commitment to the University of Dayton.

The Office of Financial Aid welcomes your questions and we have regular office hours walk in Monday - Friday 10am-4:30pm in St. Mary's Hall, or by phone 1-800-427-5029 Monday - Wednesday 10am-12pm and 1-4:30pm. Additional phone hours are available Thursday and Friday 1-4:30pm. You may also reach us by email at