Fisk University offers merit-based scholarships to help academically talented students cover the cost of their education as University resources permit. In addition to a competitive academic record, students interested in merit-based awards should also present a record of demonstrated leadership and community service.

Scholarships are not guaranteed and there is no separate application. Students are evaluated on the strength of their admission application in comparison against the applicant pool. Priority scholarship consideration occurs during the Early Action cycles. 

Only students with complete admission files will be considered for scholarship opportunities.

Erastus Milo Cravath Presidential Scholarship

Covers: Full tuition, fees, room & board, and books (up to $1,000)
To Renew: Recipient must earn a minimum of 12-16 credit hours per semester.

Ella Sheperd Moore Provost Scholarship

Covers: Full tuition
To Renew: Recipient must earn a minimum of 12-16 credit hours per semester.

Fisk Outstanding Scholars and Leaders Award

Covers: Ranges from $5,000 to $15,000
To Renew: Recipient must earn a minimum of 12-16 credit hours per semester.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship (Transfer Students)

Award: $12,000
To Renew: Recipient must earn a minimum of 12-16 credit hours per semester.

Fisk Performance Award for Music Majors

Requirements: Audition and Music Department recommendation
Award Amount: Varies
To Renew: Please contact the Music Department

Legacy Scholarship 

Legacy Scholarships will be exclusively awarded to direct descendants (parents and grandparents) of Fisk University graduates. The financial awards to Legacy students will vary and are not guaranteed.  Legacy awards will not exceed $5000.00 in an academic year.  

Endowed and Annual Scholarships

Please review the following information regarding Endowed and Annual Named Scholarships and the Refund Policy:

Application for Annual and Endowed Scholarships

All students who are officially enrolled for the 2019-2020 Academic year are eligible to apply. The deadline for submitting your completed application is May 31st, 2020.

Applications must be submitted electronically. Incomplete applications or applications submitted after the May 31st deadline will not be considered.

There are a limited number of Endowed and Annual Named scholarships available for incoming and returning students.  For consideration, students must complete a Scholarship Application and must reapply annually.  For information on these scholarships, please contact Ms. Sheila Smith, Director of Planned Giving and Scholarships, Division of Institutional Advancement.

Refund Policy: Any student receiving an Endowed and/or Annual Named scholarship who is eligible to receive a refund from any source will have that refund reduced by the amount of the Endowed and/or Annual scholarship award without exception.

Additional Information:

Need-based aid is awarded on a case by case basis. Consideration will be given at the beginning of the Spring semester to applicants that have been accepted to the university.

All students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This is done online at There is no firm deadline but families are strongly encouraged to file by February 15. The Fisk code is 003490. This code must be used in order for our Office of Student Financial Aid to receive your information and create a financial aid award. Financial aid awards are distributed electronically and typically received by families in late spring.