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Donor Funded Scholarships

Donor Funded Scholarship Opportunities

The University of Dayton awards numerous scholarships each academic year to our returning students through the fundraising efforts of the University and the generosity of private donors. 

One first-year student who grew up in the Dayton area aspired to attend the University of Dayton but anticipated financial struggles. Thanks to donor support for local students, a quality education in his hometown — and the full UD experience — is now possible thanks to the Schuerman Family Scholarship. Bill Schuerman, who set up the scholarship with his wife, Ann, knows that living on campus is important.

"The learning that takes place outside the classroom plays a major educational role as young people strive to establish independence and autonomy, develop emotional stability, clarify values, find intimacy, consider career choices and learn to live in communities that are often far different and more diverse than the ones they grew up in," Bill said.

Donor funded scholarships are a key part of our nationally recognized tuition transparency plan. These scholarships are a part of over 180 million dollars awarded to students annually. The University of Dayton awards numerous scholarships each academic year to our students through the fundraising efforts of the University and the generosity of private donors. Scholarship award amounts vary and are awarded based on several factors including, but not limited to, demonstrated academic success, donor-stipulated criteria and financial need based on the FAFSA.

Our Forever Flyer Grant is funded through university funds and endowments established by generous alumni and friends of the university. The Forever Flyer Grant is originally awarded to act as a “placeholder” until we are notified of the amounts we are able to award for each of the named scholarship funds. The Forever Flyer Grant may be adjusted when a student is selected to receive a specific donor funded scholarship.

For consideration, visit AcademicWorks to complete a general application. 

Next Steps
1) Sign in to the AcademicWorks Portal
Sign In to the portal with your University of Dayton username and password (This tool is not yet mobile friendly, so be sure to use your desktop PC or laptop to complete your application).
2) Complete the General Application

After completion, verify that your application status shows as “submitted.”

You are able to make edits or check on the status of your application by logging back into the system at any time.

After you complete your general application, you’re done!

3) Automatically Match with Eligible Opportunities

Completed applications are automatically matched with scholarship opportunities for which you are eligible. You will only receive notification if you are awarded a scholarship and the notification will be sent to your university email address.

Most donor-funded scholarships are awarded in May/June after completion of the spring academic term.

You will be notified to complete a new general application for each academic year.

Donor Funded Opportunities 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.

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 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.

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, 8:30am - 4:30pm in St. Mary’s Hall

By phone: Monday – Friday, 8:30am - 12pm and 1 - 4:30pm at 1-800-427-5029

You may also reach us by email at


Flyer Student Services

St. Mary's Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1600