ACU Scholarships  


2014-15 Freshman Merit Scholarships  

To recognize students holistically, ACU considers academic achievements in the classroom as well as on standardized tests. Merit-based awards range from $3,000 per year to $14,000 per year. Best yet, ACU will notify you of your scholarship award with your acceptance letter to the university. If you have not completed your application or been admitted to ACU, we encourage you to use our freshman net cost calculator to estimate the academic scholarship amount for which you may qualify.

We are updating our scholarship information for incoming freshmen for Fall 2014. In the meantime, we encourage you to use our freshman net cost calculator to estimate the academic scholarship amount for which you may qualify. The calculator's estimation will be based on last year's scholarship amounts and will likely differ from the academic scholarship you are offered in the weeks and months ahead.

National Merit Finalist/Semifinalist Award 

Who Must be named a National Merit Finalist or Semifinalist, an undergraduate and entering ACU as a new, first-time student.
How Much Guarantee of 100 percent tuition when coordinated with federal, state and other institutional grants.
How Long Nine consecutive long semesters or your graduation, whichever comes first.
How to Apply Provide National Merit Certificate and meet the scholarship requirements stated here.
Deadline March 1
Other National Merit Finalists and Semifinalists are required to list ACU as first choice with the National Merit Corporation.  Minimum GPA to maintain scholarship is 3.20.

National Merit Commended Award

Who Must be named National Merit Commended, and undergraduate and entering ACU as a new, first-time student.
How Much $2,000 per academic year.
How Long Nine consecutive long semesters or your graduation, whichever comes first.
How to Apply Provide National Merit Certificate to the admissions office.
Deadline March 1
Other A minimum 3.20 GPA required for renewal.

National Hispanic Recognition Award

Who Must be named a National Hispanic Recognition Award recipient, an undergraduate and entering ACU as a new, first-time student
How Much Finalists and Semi-Finalists will receive $6,000 per year; Commended will receive $2,000 per year
How Long Nine consecutive long semesters or your graduation, whichever comes first.
How to Apply Provide National Hispanic Recognition Award Certificate to the admissions office.
Deadline March 1
Other A minimum 2.5 GPA required for renewal and needs to complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FASFA)

Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship

ACU’s valedictorian/salutatorian scholarship is available to new first time entering freshman students only who ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in their high school class. Please submit an official transcript indicating your class rank by June 1 to be awarded this one-year, $1,000 scholarship.

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Transfer Merit Awards  

Who Undergraduate only, transferring to ACU with high academic standing
How Much

Based on cumulative GPA from all previous colleges.

  • 3.50 to 4.00 GPA = $8,000 per year - Transfer Merit I
  • 3.00 to 3.49 GPA = $6,000 per year - Transfer Merit II
  • 2.5 to 2.99 GPA = $4,000 per year - Transfer Merit III
How Long This award is valid for up to three annual block tuition plans while pursuing first undergraduate degree
How to Receive Must be an admitted student. Must provide an official transcript of all classes prior to ACU.
Deadline First day of class for entering semester.
Other

Minimum GPA to maintain scholarship is:

  • Level I - 3.20
  • Level II - 3.00
  • Level III - 2.50

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Departmental Scholarships for New Students  

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

ACU’s Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department offers more than 10 scholarships, including Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Endowed Scholarship, Ex-Aggie Endowed Scholarship, S.N. Allen Memorial Endowed Scholarship, F.M. Churchill Endowed Scholarship, T.W. Colby Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Dewey Davis Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Orvall & Christy Grimm Family Endowed Scholarship, Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation Scholarship (for students interested in pre-veterinary medicine), Robert E. Malone Memorial Endowed Scholarship (for students majoring in range and agronomy), W.S. Taylor Endowed Scholarship, Guy E. Steen Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Virgil G. (Bud) Money Memorial Endowed Scholarship, and Dean & Dorothy Moberly Scholarship. 

Deadline to be announced

School of Information Technology

The School of Information Technology and Computing awards scholarships in varying amounts (typically $1,000 to $4,000 per year for a maximum of eight semesters with a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0) to a select number of incoming freshman and transfer students each year. All students who have been accepted to ACU and indicated an intended major in one of the following areas are welcome to apply: Computer Science, Information Technology, Digital Entertainment Technology, Information Systems, Computer Science and Math with Teacher Certification.

Please note, the selection process includes a thorough review of all scholarship application items. Application items and essay should demonstrate your interest, talent and commitment to the field of technology or computing. Candidates receive higher award consideration for high GPA, class rank and test scores; and financial need may be considered. 

Teacher Education

The Department of Teacher Education will award five scholarships of $1,000 each. These scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis to qualifying freshmen applicants. This scholarship is renewable for the sophomore year provided a minimum GPA of 3.2 is maintained and recipient remains in a major that leads toward a teacher certification.

To qualify, students must have a minimum composite score of 24 on the ACT or a minimum composite score of 1090 on the SAT. Qualified applicants who are interested should submit a brief autobiography of one to two pages in length.

In your autobiography please address the following:

1. Your commitment to teaching in a public or private school setting 
2. Your commitment to Christian principles 
3. Your potential as a teacher leader in education 
4. Your previous experiences working with children (VBS, camps, volunteer work, etc) 
5. Your financial need

In addition to your autobiography, please include names and current phone contact information for two references.

Applications should be submitted by February 1. Awards will be made by March 1. Please submit a Word document by attachment in an email to Francille Vesel: veself@acu.edu

Note: Students who change their degree from a teaching major will no longer be qualified or eligible to receive any scholarship money from Teacher Education.

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Departmental Scholarships for Current Students  

Some scholarships are awarded by academic departments in addition to those awarded by ACU Student Financial Services. Contact your department to learn more about potential scholarship opportunities. Below are a few departmental scholarships that are available online:

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Multicultural Scholarships for New Students  

The following list of scholarships includes information for those scholarships that have published information for the academic year.

Cultures of ACU scholarship

  • Twenty scholarships available
Description
 
Competitive scholarship that provides an award for students of any ethnicity who demonstrate a diverse perspective and experience that can be used to promote a culture of diversity in ACU.
Amount Valued at up to $2,500 per year ($10,000 for 4 years)
How to Apply Complete and submit the application.
Contact your admissions counselor for more info.
Deadline March 1
Other Students must be admitted to apply for this scholarship. An essay will be required.

HLC/ACU Partnership Scholarship

  • Three scholarships available
Description Provides an award for Hispanic students currently attending a school in the Region 14 Education Center system (Abilene and surrounding areas). Recipients are selected by the Hispanic Leadership Council Scholarship Committee of Abilene.
Amount This award will combine with federal, state and institutional aid not to exceed full tuition.
How to Apply Complete and submit the application.
Contact your admissions counselor for more info.
Deadline March 30
Other Students must be admitted to apply for this scholarship.

Southwestern Christian College Award

Description Provides an award to undergraduates with an Associate Degree from Southwestern Christian College and who demonstrate the desire and ability to excel academically.
Amount Valued at up to $8,000 per year ($32,000 for 4 years)
How to Apply Complete and submit the Cultures of ACU application.
Contact your admissions counselor.
Deadline March 1
Other Student must meet ACU admissions standards for transfer students and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

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Other ACU Scholarships and Grants  

The following ACU scholarships and grants are available in limited quantities. Please click on each scholarship for additional details and application information.

ACU Grant  

To recognize students holistically, ACU considers academic achievements in the classroom as well as on standardized tests.  Merit-based awards range from $3,000 per year to $14,000 per year.  Best yet, ACU will notify you of your scholarship award with your acceptance letter to the university.  If you have not completed your application or been admitted to ACU, we encourage you to use our freshman net cost calculator to estimate the academic scholarship amount for which you may qualify.

In addition to any merit-based scholarship awarded, grants are provided to students that demonstrate unmet financial need after all other resources available to pay for college are considered. To be considered for an ACU Grant a student must complete the FAFSA each year. Based on the information provided, ACU Grants are awarded to make an ACU education as affordable as possible. 

Athletics Scholarships  

Who Determined by NCAA and coach.
How Much Amount varies and ranges from $1,000 per year to full tuition.
How Long Renewed based on various factors.
How to Apply Contact coach in respective sport. For more information, view sports recruiting and questionnaires.
Deadline No deadline

Christian Academies Scholarship   

Who All undergraduate students. Must be a dependent child of a full-time employee of a Christian school that is a National Christian Schools Association member.
How Much Guarantee of $6,000 of tuition for employees' children, $12,000 of tuition for the children of the superintendent, CEO or principal when coordinated with federal, state and other institutional grants.
How Long Up to eight long semesters while pursuing first undergraduate degree.
How to Apply Please contact Admissions or Student Financial Services for more information.
Deadline February 1
Other Employee must be employed for 12 months prior to date of ACU enrollment. Student must be under age 25.

Christian Colleges Scholarship   

Who All undergraduate students. Must be a dependent child of a full-time employee of an ACU sister college participating in the reciprocal tuition discount program.
How Much Guarantee of 50 percent tuition when coordinated with all other gift aid from federal, state, and institutional sources.
How Long Up to eight long semesters while pursuing first undergraduate degree.
How to Apply Please contact Admissions or Student Financial Services for application form.
Deadline March 1
Other Employee must be employed for 12 months prior to date of ACU enrollment. Student must be under age 25. Contact Admissions or Student Financial Services for list of participating schools.

Church Match Scholarship   

Who Students must receive a matching scholarship from their church congregation and be enrolled full time (12 hours per semester for undergraduate students and 9 hours per semester for graduate students). The congregation must send the scholarship check with the completed application.
How Much The maximum amount eligible for the matching scholarship from ACU is $500 per student per academic year.
How Long For fall and spring semesters only.
How to Apply Congregation must send a scholarship check with the completed Church Match Scholarship form.
Deadline Submit application with check between June 1 and Sept. 1 for fall semester, or Dec. 1 and Feb. 1 for spring semester.

Missionary Children   

Who Must be a child of full-time Church of Christ missionary currently in a foreign field. Must be sponsored by a U.S. Church of Christ. This scholarship is available to undergraduate students only.
How Much Guarantee of 75 percent of tuition when coordinated with all other gift aid from federal, state, and institutional sources.
How Long Up to eight long semesters while pursuing first undergraduate degree.
How to Apply Contact Admissions or Student Financial Services for application form.
Deadline March 1
Other Recipients must reside in university-owned housing or University Park Apartments and must earn at least 12 hours each semester. Minimum GPA to maintain scholarship is 2.50.

Scouting Scholarship  

ACU’s Scouting Scholarship is reserved for incoming freshmen with backgrounds as a BSA Eagle Scout, BSA Venturing Silver Awardee, BSA Sea Scouting Quartermaster Awardee, GSUSA Gold Awardee, or an American Heritage Girls Stars and Stripes Awardee. This annually renewable award is valued at $1,000. Apply online for this scholarship.

The deadline to apply for a Scouting Scholarship is March 1, 2015.

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