Scholarship Opportunities

You may be eligible for scholarships made for incoming students just like you. Scholarships like grants are educational awards that you do not have to pay back. Browse the table below to discover scholarships that you may be eligible to apply. Scholarship opportunities are also available through undergraduate departments to new and current students.

There may be outside opportunities to earn scholarships that are not provided directly by the university. The main sources of these scholarships are churches, organizations, clubs, trusts and foundations. We encourage you to actively pursue these sources of assistance and turn awards in to the Financial Aid Office.

Freshman Merit Scholarships

When determining merit-based scholarships, ACU considers high school GPA, class rank and ACT/SAT test scores. These awards range from $6,500 per year to $15,000 per year.

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 Eight consecutive long semesters (4 Annual Block) or your first undergraduate degree, 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 Eight consecutive long semesters (4 Annual Block) or your first undergraduate degree, 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 National Merit Commended, and 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 Eight consecutive long semesters (4 Annual Block) or your first undergraduate degree, 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)

 

National Achievement Scholarship
Who Must be named a Semifinalist or Finalist by the National Achievement Program, an undergraduate and entering ACU as a new, first-time student.
How Much Total of 100% tuition when coordinated with federal, state and other institutional grants.
How Long Eight consecutive long semesters (4 Annual Block) or your first undergraduate degree, whichever comes first.
How to Apply Provide National Achievement Program certificate or letter
Deadline March 1
Other A minimum 3.20 GPA required for renewal.

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.

Transfer Merit Awards

Click here to learn more about ACU transfer scholarships.

Transfer Merit Awards
Who Undergraduate only, transferring to ACU with high academic standing
How Much Based on cumulative GPA from all previous colleges.
  • 3.30 to 4.00 GPA = $12,000 per year - Transfer Merit I
  • 2.85 to 3.29 GPA = $8,000 per year - Transfer Merit II
  • 2.30 to 2.84 GPA = $7,000 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 Apply 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
Departmental Scholarships for New Students

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.

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. 

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
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.

Twenty scholarships available

HLC/ACU Partnership Scholarship
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.

Three scholarships available

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 for more info.
Deadline March 31
Other Student must meet ACU admissions standards for transfer students and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
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

The ACU Grant program is designed to help students with additional need. In order to be considered, students must complete the FAFSA annually.

Athletics Scholarships
Who Determined by NCAA and coach.
How Much Amount varies up to full grant in AID.
How Long Renewed based on various factors.
Contact your admissions counselor for more info.
How To Apply Contact coach in respective sport. For more information, visit www.acusports.edu.
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 $6,000 for employees' children, $12,000 for the children of the superintendent, CEO or principal.
How Long Up to eight long semesters (4 Annual Blocks) 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 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.
Contact your admissions counselor for more info.
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 (4 Annual Blocks) 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.

Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships, also known as “private scholarships” or “third party scholarships,” are educational awards not provided directly by ACU. The main sources of these scholarships are churches, organizations, clubs, trusts and foundations. We encourage you to actively pursue these sources of assistance and turn awards in to the Financial Aid Office.

Tips for Applying for Scholarships
  • Choose a scholarship organization that you feel passionately about or one that has a purpose statement or vision you share.
  • Provide specific responses to questions with good, elaborate examples that will make your essay or video stand out rather than generic remarks and clichés.
  • Be witty, creative, and sincere. Remember that some of these organizations will be reading hundreds of applications so be sure to let your unique personality shine through!
  • Proofread, proofread, proofread! Ask an English teacher and/or friends and family to critique your essay. They can help you brainstorm, get your creative juices flowing, and catch simple grammatical/punctuation errors you may have missed.
Tips for Avoiding Scholarship Scams

As families struggle to obtain the funds they need to pay for a college education, it is easy to fall victim to scholarship scams. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) advises caution when you see the following lines:

  • "The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back."
  • "You can't get this information anywhere else."
  • "I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship."
  • "We'll do all the work."
  • "The scholarship will cost some money."
  • "You've been selected by a 'national foundation' to receive a scholarship" or
  • "You're a finalist" in a contest you never entered.
Guides to Avoiding Scholarship Scams:

Common Scholarship Scams
Warning Signs of a Scholarship Scam
How to Avoid and Protect Yourself from Scholarship Scams
How to Report Scams
Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act of 2000