HBCU Spotlight – Xavier University of Louisiana

XulasealHistorically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have served a vital and transformative role in the history of America. Many of this country’s most prominent civil rights activists, politicians, actors, scientists, scholars, and public figures attended or taught at HBCUs, and for students of all backgrounds who want to connect with and be inspired by this history, HBCUs can provide an excellent education and a sense of pride in the extraordinary accomplishments of the many students who have gone before them.

There is, however, another potential benefit of attending an HBCU. Many of the top HBCUs offer generous merit-based scholarships to students who have met certain GPA and test score requirements. In this series, we have profiled some of the top HBCUs in the country to show you the kinds of opportunities that exist at these historic institutions.

St. Katherine Drexel, founder of Xavier University.

Xavier University

Located in New Orleans, Xavier University is certainly one of the few (perhaps the only?) universities in the world to be founded by a bona fide saint canonized by the Catholic church. Xavier was founded in 1915 by heiress, philanthropist, missionary, racial equality advocate, nun, and, since the year 2000, saint, Katherine Drexel. Since then Xavier has become one of the most renowned HBCUs, and has produced many notable alumni, including four star general Bernard Randolph, United States Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, Miss Louisiana 2004 Candice Stewart, United States Secretary of Labor Alexis Hermann, and opera singer Anabelle Bernard. Xavier is also known for its pre-medical program and for placing undergraduates in medical schools.

There are many scholarships available to Xavier’s students, including some that pay for the full cost of attendance. To find out more visit: http://www.xula.edu/admissions/scholarships.php

Scholarship High School GPA SAT (CR + Math)/ACT Scores OtherRequirements Award
Board of Trustees 3.8 1250/28 Required renewal GPA of 3.3. Full tuition, room/board, $1000 for books
President’s Scholarship 3.8 1170/26 Demonstrated leadership and community involvement. Required renewal GPA of 3.3. Full tuition, room/board, $500 for books
St. Katherine Drexel Scholarship NA NA Must be valedictorian or salutatorian at a Catholic high school. Required renewal GPA of 3.3. Full tuition
Norman C. Francis Scholarship NA` NA Valedictorians or Salutatorians from public high schools in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. Required renewal GPA of 3.3. Full tuition
University Scholarships 3.3 1050/23 Required renewal GPA of 3.3. Not listed
Departmental Scholarships Varies by department Varies by department Varies by department Varies by department
Recognition Scholarships NA NA Must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 after two consecutive semesters. Required renewal GPA of 3.3. $3,000 to $5,000



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