Undergraduate Student Scholarships
Institutional Grants and Scholarships Overview
Institutional grants and scholarships are available for students who apply and meet specific requirements. Union offers assistance based on merit (academics and leadership),
financial need (determined by FAFSA results), and eligibility based awards (monies available to students who meet specific individual scholarship guidelines).
Over 90 percent of the students attending Union receive some form of institutional assistance to attend. Be sure to apply early due to limited funding.
Questions concerning institutional funding can be directed to the Office of Student Financial Planning at
email@example.com, or (731) 661-5015.
To apply for any of the following, all students follow the appropriate steps in
How to Apply for Scholarships and Financial Assistance. Completing the
FAFSA is not a requirement for these Institutional Grants and Scholarships.
Scholars of Excellence Program
A separate Scholars of Excellence Application is required.
To qualify, students must satisfy the following two criteria.
- Minimum 31 ACT score OR Minimum 1360 SAT score (combined critical reading and math).
- Top 15% class rank OR a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
All applicants who meet the requirements for Scholars of Excellence will receive an annual academic award
of $12,000. Those participating in the on-campus competition weekend in February will compete
for one of the higher awards listed below.
Students achieving finalist or semi-finalist status with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation,
finalist or semi-finalist status with National Achievement, or scholar status or honorable mention with the National Hispanic Recognition Program
will be deemed eligible for Scholars of Excellence competition in recognition of this significant accomplishment.
- National Merit Scholarships - National Merit Finalists are automatically eligible for the Dean Scholars Award, and National Merit Semi-Finalists are automatically eligible for the University Scholars Award. National Merit Scholars are welcome to compete for a greater Scholars Award.
- National Achievement Scholarships - National Achievement Finalists are automatically eligible for the Dean Scholars Award, and National Achievement Semi-Finalists are automatically eligible for the University Scholars Award. National Achievement Scholars are welcome to compete for a greater Scholars Award.
- National Hispanic Scholarships - National Hispanic Scholars are automatically eligible for the Dean Scholars Award, and those achieving National Hispanic Honorable Mention are automatically eligible for the University Scholars Award. Both are welcome to compete for a greater Scholars Award.
- Presidential Scholars Award* - At least one applicant will be chosen each year to receive a full tuition, room and board scholarship. This scholarship includes required fees incurred and covers up to 128 undergraduate credit hours** taken at Union University, including courses taken in Winter and Summer terms. Room and board charges will be covered for a maximum of eight regular semesters in the Fall and Spring and four additional terms (January, June and July). Students must maintain a Cumulative 3.25 grade point average to retain this scholarship. Recipients of the Presidential Scholarship will be required to perform leadership services for the University up to 50 hours per semester.
- Provost Scholars Award* - Recipients will receive a full-tuition scholarship for Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer semesters. This scholarship is based on the actual tuition charges incurred and will cover up to 128 undergraduate credit hours** taken at Union University. Students must maintain a Cumulative 3.25 grade point average to retain this scholarship.
- Dean Scholars Award - Recipients will receive a 75% tuition scholarship for Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer semesters. This scholarship is based on the actual tuition charges incurred and will cover up to 128 undergraduate credit hours** taken at Union University. Students must maintain a Cumulative 3.25 grade point average to retain this scholarship.
- University Scholars Award - Recipients will receive a 50% tuition scholarship for Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer semesters. This scholarship is based on the actual tuition charges incurred and will cover up to 128 undergraduate credit hours** taken at Union University. Students must maintain a Cumulative 3.0 grade point average to retain this scholarship.
For more information regarding the Scholars of Excellence scholarships, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at
800-33-UNION. A separate Scholars of Excellence Application is required.
*Students qualifying for full-tuition or greater are ineligible to work on campus and will be unable to stack additional
Union awards, with limited exceptions. No student will be awarded beyond the cost of attendance through a combination of institutional and non-institutional sources. Contact Student Financial Planning for further information.
**This award is for up to 128 undergraduate credit hours, or until a bachelor's degree is completed, whichever comes first. Awards may possibly be extended, on a case by case basis,
subject to approval from the Assistant Vice President for Student Financial Planning, when the student is enrolled in a degree program requiring more than 128 credit hours for completion.
- Academic Scholarship - Awards are made based upon ACT/SAT scores, High School GPA, and High School Class Rank. Recipients are expected to maintain
a cumulative Union University GPA of 3.0 to retain this scholarship. Amount of award varies ($8,000 maximum).
- Fine Arts Scholarship - Students planning to major in voice, keyboard, or instrumental music, may audition as required by the Department of Music. There are also scholarships available in art, theater, and communications. Contact the appropriate department for requirements in these areas.
- Debate Scholarship - Students selected to be on the Debate Team may receive up to $4,000 in additional aid. Students are selected based on interviews, ACT/SAT scores, and essays. No previous experience is required! For information regarding the Debate Team, visit the team's website or contact Dr. Web Drake at firstname.lastname@example.org or 731-661-5961.
- Leadership Scholarship - Available to students who have held positions of leadership in clubs and organizations in school, church and community. A limited number of awards are available.
- Transfer Academic Scholarship - Transfer students who have the equivalent of 24 semester hours and at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible for this scholarship. Amounts range from $3,000 to $6,000 annually depending on GPA.
Renewal is based on a cumulative Union University GPA of 3.0. Transfer Academic is awarded for a maximum of 4 semesters.
- Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship - Students who have achieved academic success at a two year community college and are continuing in a traditional undergraduate program at Union University may apply for these competitive scholarships.
Separate application required.
A limited number are awarded up to $2,500 annually. Renewal based on a cumulative Union University GPA of 3.0. Phi Theta Kappa is awarded for a maximum of 4 semesters.
- Athletic Scholarship - Scholarships are available in men's and women's basketball, men's baseball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's golf,
women's softball, volleyball, and men's and women's cross country. Contact the Athletic Department or the individual coach in each sport.
- Cheerleading Scholarships - Students may compete for a cheerleading scholarship in early fall of each academic year.
These scholarships are available for both male and female students. Please contact Union's Cheerleading Coach, Tina Giddens, at 731.661.5299 or email@example.com.
- African American Scholarships - Applications for these competitive scholarships are available.
A limited number are awarded up to $2,000 annually. The required application has a priority deadline of February 15th.
- Minority Scholarships - Applications for these competitive scholarships are available.
A limited number are awarded up to $2,000 annually. The required application has a priority deadline of February 15th.
- Servant Leadership Award (SLA) - Various service opportunities are available on campus to help students pay a part of their education. Students awarded a SLA will work a set number of hours each semester to complete the requirements for this award. Students are awarded based on scholarship merit and financial need.
- Academic Achievement Scholarship - The Academic Achievement Scholarship is for students who excel academically while enrolled at Union University in a traditional undergraduate program, but who did not receive an academic scholarship when they started as a freshman or freshman transfer student. This award is for the junior and senior years only.
- International Student Scholarship - International students may be eligible for at least $4,000 in annual scholarship assistance.
- Tennessee Scholars Award - These awards are for first time college students who have completed the Tennessee Scholars graduation requirements.
A limited number of awards are available for up to $1500 annually.
The required application, which requires verification by a high school representative, has a priority deadline of February 15th. Separate application required.
- Alumni Legacy Award - A student whose parent or grandparent has completed at least 48 credit hours at Union University may be eligible for annual award up to $1,000.
- Institutional Endowed Scholarships - Scholarships are available through the generosity of individuals who have supported Union University through the years. These scholarships have eligibility guidelines established by the donors, and the award amounts vary. No additional application is required; recipients will be notified if awarded endowed scholarships. Listing of Endowed Scholarships.
- Church and Vocational Ministry Scholarship (CVMS) - Students committed to full-time Christian ministry and who are members of a Southern Baptist
church may apply for an annual scholarship up to $1,000. A separate application is required.
- Christian Educator's Dependent Awards - These are awarded to the child or spouse of an eligible, full-time employee of an accredited Christian elementary or secondary school. Dependents of Southern Baptist schools located in Tennessee may be eligible for up to $4,000 annually and dependents of non-Tennessee SBC schools may be eligible for up to $2,000 annually. Evangelical non-SBC school dependents may be eligible for up to $1,800 annually.
- Minister's Dependent Award - These are awarded to the child or spouse of an eligible ordained full-time minister. Dependents of Southern Baptist ministers residing in Tennessee may be eligible for up to $4,000 annually, and dependents of non-Tennessee resident SBC ministers may be eligible for up to $2,000 annually. Evangelical non-SBC minister dependents may be eligible for up to $1,800 annually.
- Tennessee Baptist Convention (TBC) Award - - Union awards up to $2,000 annually to full-time students who have been members of a Tennessee Baptist Convention church for the previous
12 months. Certification from the church is necessary. A separate application is required.
- Multi-Student Award - - If more than one dependent member of an immediate family is enrolled at Union as a full-time student in a traditional undergraduate program, each student may be eligible for an annual award up to $1,000.
- Church Endowed Scholarships - This scholarship is available to students from Southern Baptist churches which participate in this program. Award amounts for these scholarships vary. Listing of Church-Endowed Scholarships.
- SBC Seminary Dependent Award - Dependents of full-time faculty and professional ministerial staff of Southern Baptist Convention seminaries are eligible to apply. This award generally does not stack with any other Union aid. Please contact Student Financial Planning with questions.
- Missionary Dependent Award - Dependents of full-time missionaries of the International Mission Board or the North American Mission Board receive one-half tuition for fall and spring terms. This award generally does not stack with any other Union aid. Please contact Student Financial Planning with questions. Dependents of full-time evangelical missionaries (not affiliated with the SBC) are eligible for $1,500 per year in addition to any other Union aid for which they qualify. Please note: Missionary dependents in either category who attend winter or summer terms will receive six total hours of free tuition per fiscal year.
- Lifeway Dependent Award - Dependents of full-time administrators and full-time professional ministerial staff of Lifeway are eligible to apply. This award generally does not stack with any other Union aid. Please contact Student Financial Planning with questions.
- Awana Citation Achiever Award - This award is up to $1,000 per year for those achieving this status from Awana Clubs International. A copy of an eligibility notification letter is required.
- Union University Grant - Students exhibiting financial need will be automatically considered for this grant. Generally these are awarded upon review of the FAFSA results, beginning in March. Award amounts vary based on the applicant's demonstrated level of financial need. Because Union grant funding is limited, students who apply early will be given priority.
Union University participates in the following reciprocal tuition waiver programs: Tuition Exchange, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities. In addition to specific guidelines and policies related to each program, the following institutional guidelines apply. Please contact the university liaison, Mr. Rich Grimm, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions:
- Students must apply for federal, and if applicable, state aid, which may be applied to the cost of room, board and required fees. Outside aid restricted to tuition will reduce the amount of the Union grant.
- If a student receives a tuition waiver, and receives additional grant or scholarship aid in excess of the cost of room, board and required fees, the tuition waiver will be reduced by the amount of the excess.
- Students receiving tuition waivers must maintain at least a 2.0 CGPA and must be in good standing with the university.
- Students receiving tuition waivers may not receive any additional Union University financial assistance.
- Awards are only available to students beginning at Union in a fall semester; application should be made by Dec. 1 of the preceding year.
- Before a student's request for a tuition waiver may be considered, he/she must meet minimum admission standards and be accepted for admission to the university.
- Tuition waivers will be extended for eight consecutive semesters, and may include up to two short terms. If a student fails to maintain enrollment for consecutive semesters, the tuition waiver may be forfeited.
- Tuition waivers apply to the semester bundled rate only, or to the hourly rate in the short terms, and may not be applied to the cost of overloads.
- When applications for waivers exceed space available, Union University officials reserve the right to choose individuals they determine best fit the mission and purpose of the institution.
- Students awarded tuition waivers will be asked to confirm their acceptance of the waiver in writing, and will be required to submit a $100 deposit, which will be applied to the first semester required fees. This deposit is in addition to required housing and enrollment deposits.
- Under certain circumstances, tuition waivers may be applied to the cost of one semester abroad experience. Details are available through the university liaison.
- Tuition waivers apply only to a student's first traditional undergraduate degree.
- Failure to remain in good standing in all areas of the University may result in forfeiture of a tuition waiver.
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