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BE 1 OF 10: Full-Tuition Trustee Scholarships

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Rider’s Trustee Scholarships provide FULL TUITION for four years, with a total value of over $175,000.

To be considered for the Fall 2020 Trustee Scholarship, you must apply for admission through Early Action and submit a Trustee Scholarship Essay by November 15, 2019.

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trustee scholarship academic qualifications

To apply for the Trustee Scholarship, you must apply for Early Action admission to Rider's Lawrenceville Campus by November 15* and meet the following academic qualifications:

- Hold a 3.5 cumulative high school GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale)

- Score 1310 on the SAT or 28 on the ACT. (Note: Applicants for the Trustee Scholarship are not eligible to apply for test-optional admission.)

- A 400-word Trustee Scholarship essay. All eligible essays must be submitted through this website by November 15:

*Important Notice for Audition-Based Applicants:

  • Applicants to audition-based programs (excluding Musical Theatre) may apply through Early Action and are eligible to apply for the Trustee Scholarship, provided they attend an audition in December.
  • Applicants to the Musical Theatre program cannot apply through Early Action but are eligible to apply for the Trustee Scholarship, provided they apply for admission by November 1 and attend an audition in December.

Submit Your Trustee Scholarship Application

Once we have reviewed all essays, we will select our Trustee Scholarship semi-finalists. Semi-finalists will be invited to Rider for an on-campus Interview Day on Saturday, February 1, 2020. You will be notified by January 3, 2020. If selected as a semi-finalist, attendance at the on-campus Interview Day is required. 

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You may be notified of your acceptance to Rider before we review your Trustee Scholarship essay. Included in your acceptance packet will be a letter alerting you to any scholarships for which you qualify. If you are awarded the Trustee Scholarship, it will replace all other Rider-funded grants and scholarships awarded.