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Donor-Funded Scholarships

Donor-Funded Scholarships: From One Flyer to Another

The University of Dayton is committed to providing a quality education that is accessible and affordable, and our private donors are vital to this commitment. As a result of their generosity, we offer additional scholarship options to students which are part of the $200 million awarded to students annually. 

Our support is from longtime friends of the University and alumni who are eager for students to have same opportunities they experienced during their time here.  And all our donors have one thing in common: their love for UD and its community. Their support and response to fundraising efforts like our annual giving day, 1Day1Dayton, makes our nationally recognized tuition transparency plan possible. 

One example of a donor-funded scholarship is the Schuerman Family Scholarship, which helps local students attend UD and live on campus. Bill and Ann Schuerman are two donors out of many making an impact in students’ lives by providing support for life-changing experiences at home and around the world.

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 Schuerman

Numerous scholarships are awarded each academic year to our students and amounts do vary. Scholarships 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, funded through university funds and endowments established by donors, 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.

To apply for consideration, follow the instructions below. Frequently Asked Questions about donor-funded opportunities can be found here

1) Sign in to the AcademicWorks Portal

Use your University of Dayton username and password to log in (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.