UAB awards merit scholarships for a wide range of academic achievements. Current high school seniors who apply to UAB with test scores or as test-optional will be considered for merit scholarships. Students must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or onshore students on select visa types to receive a merit scholarship.

Scholarship Deadline: Apply for Admission by May 1, 2024


Current high school seniors admitted with test scores are automatically considered for ACT- and GPA-based merit scholarships. February ACT or March SAT scores taken in their senior year will be the final scores considered for automatic merit scholarship review.

ScholarshipTest ScoreGPAAnnual Amount
Presidential Elite Scholarship 36 ACT or
1570-1600 SAT
4.0 or higher $27,000
Presidential Scholarship 36 ACT or
1570-1600 SAT
3.5-3.99 $21,000
Presidential Scholarship 32-35 ACT or
1420-1560 SAT
3.5 or higher $21,000
Provost Scholarship 27-31 ACT or
1260–1410 SAT
3.5 or higher $16,000
Provost Scholarship 30-36 ACT or
1360-1600 SAT
3.0-3.49 $16,000
Green & Gold Scholarship 24–26 ACT
or 1160–1250 SAT
3.5 or higher $9,000
Green & Gold Scholarship 27–29 ACT
or 1260-1350 SAT
3.0-3.49 $9,000
Blazer Scholarship 22–23 ACT or
1100–1150 SAT
3.5 or higher $7,000
Blazer Scholarship 24-26 ACT
or 1160–1250 SAT
3.0-3.49 $7,000


Current high school seniors admitted without test scores are considered for scholarships based on information provided in the admission application and supporting documentation. Students must have a 3.25 minimum GPA to be eligible for scholarship consideration.

Test-Optional Scholarships $7,000-$21,000

While the university cannot advise applicants on whether or not to apply with test scores, students can compare their test scores to these fall 2022 averages of incoming freshmen: 26.5 ACT and 3.79 GPA. Applicants with scores at or above the averages typically have more scholarship opportunities when applying with a test score. Review UAB’s test-optional policy for more information.


UAB is a destination for academically talented students, and we are proud to recognize and award multiple national and international scholars. National scholarships are stackable on any merit awards, but students are eligible to receive only one of the awards below. View more details on how to claim National Scholarships at UAB.

  • National Merit Finalist - $4,000 per year
  • National Hispanic Scholar - $2,500 per year
  • National African American Scholar - $2,500 per year
  • National Indigenous Scholar - $2,500 per year
  • National Rural/Small-Town Scholar - $2,500 per year
  • IB Diploma Holder - $2,500 per year
  • IB Candidate - $1,000 per year


UAB offers departmental, performance, and more scholarship opportunities to admitted and current students. Students interested in these scholarships should complete the BSMART Scholarship Application in the Blazer Scholarship Management and Resource Tool (BSMART). Completing the application submits student information to multiple departments and units on campus for scholarship consideration. Students can complete the BSMART Scholarship Application beginning August 1. View more details about applying for additional UAB scholarships.

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