Scholarship Opportunities at ACU

ACU offers over $33 million in scholarships to incoming students each year. 

To maximize your scholarship offerings, students are encouraged to apply for admission before November 1 and for scholarships by December 1. For scholarship consideration for the 2022 and 2023 academic year, you must be admitted to ACU.

December 1 – Early Scholarship Deadline
March 1 – Regular Scholarship Deadline

In addition to scholarships, ACU encourages you to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to qualify for additional financial aid. FAFSA submission is required for some scholarships and is noted in the description.

ACU offers over $33 million in scholarships to incoming students each year. 

To maximize your scholarship offerings, students are encouraged to apply for admission before November 1 and for scholarships by December 1. For scholarship consideration for the 2022 and 2023 academic year, you must be admitted to ACU.

December 1 – Early Scholarship Deadline
March 1 – Regular Scholarship Deadline

In addition to scholarships, ACU encourages you to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to qualify for additional financial aid. FAFSA submission is required for some scholarships and is noted in the description.

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Merit-Based Scholarships

All students admitted to ACU are considered for scholarships based on your application for admission. Awards range up to $20,000 per year and are determined by the following:

  • ACT/SAT/CLT Superscore*
  • Core GPA
  • Overall Class Rank**

*Students who choose to apply test-optional are considered for scholarships. However, the Presidential Scholarship is not awarded without a test score.

**If your school does not provide class rank, your core GPA will be factored twice.

Award Name
Annual Amount
GPA Renewal Requirement
Royce L. Money Chancellor’s Award $19,000    3.0
John C. Stevens Award $17,000    3.0
A.B. Barret Award $16,000    2.5
Dean’s Award $13,000    2.5
University Award $10,000    2.5

ACU Academic Scholarships

Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT and are African American, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous or attend school in a rural area or small town, may be invited by the College Board to apply for academic recognition as part of the College Board National Recognition Programs

ACU awards an additional scholarship — up to $6,000 per year for four years — to students recognized through College Board programs. This scholarship may be used in addition to other ACU scholarships and grants up to the cost of full tuition but cannot be applied toward room and board expenses.

Provide your College Board National Recognition Program Certificate to your admissions counselor to receive this scholarship. Students must be admitted to ACU and have submitted the FAFSA.

 

The Honors Fellow Scholarship is one of ACU’s highest honors. To be considered, recipients must be named a Presidential Scholar and be admitted to the Honors College. The Honors Fellow Scholarship amount varies and combines with other scholarships received. 

Apply to the ACU Honors College by December 1 or March 1.

A student’s application for admission, application for the Honors College, recommendations, test scores and high school transcript are considered when selecting recipients of this scholarship.

 

All National Merit Finalists and Semi-Finalists are guaranteed full tuition, when coordinated with federal, state and institutional grants, to attend ACU. Additionally, these students are provided a $1,500 stipend per year to help cover the costs of room, board and/or books.

National Merit Commended Scholars are awarded a $2,000 scholarship per year that stacks with their other merit-based awards.

No application is required; however, you must submit the FAFSA. Provide a copy of your National Merit Certificate to your admissions counselor to receive this scholarship.

 

The Presidential Scholarship is awarded to students demonstrating a high level of involvement in extracurricular activities, have a history in leadership positions, participate in faith-based settings and excel academically.

The Presidential is valued at $4,000 per year and is awarded in addition to other academic scholarships. 

A student’s application for admission, test scores and high school transcript are considered when selecting recipients of this scholarship.

ACU offers graduating valedictorians and salutatorians a one-time $1,000 scholarship in addition to their merit-based award. Submit your official final high school transcript to receive this scholarship.

Program-Specific Scholarships

Students majoring in bible and ministry or ministry and vocation are eligible to apply for the Bible, Missions and Ministry scholarship. Students must be admitted to ACU and have submitted the FAFSA to apply.

Apply for the Bible, Missions and Ministry Scholarship.

The Department of Communication and Sociology awards scholarships to select incoming freshmen who declare a major in communication or sociology. Students must also enroll in at least three hours of their major each semester. Students must be admitted to ACU to apply.

Apply for the Communication & Sociology Scholarship.

The Engineering & Physics (E&P) Experiential Learning Award is offered to incoming freshmen interested in a student leadership role within the department to help lead experiential learning opportunities. Students serve in many ways, including as student panelists, activity facilitators, event coordinators, guest speakers, tour guides, student liaisons, outreach event participants and other positions for the E&P Department.

Scholarship applicants must declare a major in either engineering or physics. Students must be admitted to ACU and have submitted the FAFSA to apply.

Apply for the Engineering & Physics Experiential Learning Award.

Scholarships in vocal and instrumental music are available to qualified music and non-music majors and require an audition. For questions regarding music scholarships, please contact Laura Dickson at laura.dickson@acu.edu.

The School of Information Technology and Computing awards scholarships to a select number of incoming freshmen and transfer students each year. Scholarship applicants must declare a major in computer science, computer science/math teaching, digital entertainment technology (DET) or information systems. Students must be admitted to ACU to apply.

Apply for the SITC Scholarship.

ACU General Scholarships

ACU is a member of the NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference. Athletic scholarships vary in amount and are determined by the NCAA and head coach of each sport. To inquire about availability, complete a prospect questionnaire for your sport of interest.

All students participating in the Big Purple Marching Band and remaining in good academic and behavioral standing with the University receive a scholarship award for the fall semester. An audition is not required for this scholarship. 

Learn more about the Big Purple Marching Band Scholarship.

All dependent children of full-time employees at Church of Christ universities are guaranteed a minimum of 50% discounted tuition when coordinated with other institutional aid. Students must have submitted the FAFSA to apply.

Contact your admissions counselor for more information.

 

ACU matches church gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $500 per year. Complete our church match form and submit it with payment to Student Financial Services.

All first-time, incoming students are invited to apply for ACU’s Cultures of ACU Award and Community Servant-Leader Award. Recipients must demonstrate leadership skills as well as a passion for diversity and equality.

Cultures of ACU Award
Recipients are expected to enhance the academic, social and spiritual environment around them by sharing their unique cultural backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

Community Servant-Leader Award 
Recipients are expected to be servant-minded students who demonstrate strong leadership potential, the ability to succeed academically and the desire to promote a multicultural society.

The application opens October 1 with priority consideration given to applications received by December 1. Students who complete this application are considered for each of these scholarship opportunities. Recipients of either award must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA at ACU, attend weekly meetings and fulfill a community service commitment each semester to receive the award each year. Students must be admitted to ACU to apply. 

Apply for the Cultures of ACU/Community Servant-Leader Award.

Children of full-time Church of Christ supported missionaries serving internationally are guaranteed 75% discounted tuition when combined with all other gift aid from federal, state and institutional sources. Students must have submitted the FAFSA to apply.

Complete the Missionary Dependent form and submit it to Wildcat Central.

All dependent children of full-time employees of National Christian School Association (NCSA) member schools are eligible to apply for this scholarship, valued at $5,000 per year for up to four years. Students must be admitted to ACU and have submitted the FAFSA to apply.

Apply for the NCSA and Christian School Partners Faculty/Staff Scholarship.

Students who graduate from a Christian school partner or a National Christian School Association (NCSA) member school are eligible to apply for this scholarship, valued at $1,000 per year for up to four years. Students must be admitted to ACU to apply.

Apply for the NSCA and Christian School Partner Scholarship.

First-time, incoming freshman students, who are dependent children of full-time Church of Christ ministers, can apply for this endowed scholarship created by Bob and Kay Onstead. This scholarship is renewable annually for up to four years. Students must be admitted to ACU and have submitted the FAFSA to apply.

Apply for the Onstead Scholarship.

ACU offers a $1,000 scholarship for students who have obtained any of the following achievements through the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts USA: Eagle Scout, Venturing Silver, Sea Scouting Quartermaster, Gold Award or the American Heritage Girls Stars and Stripes.

This scholarship is renewable annually for up to four years. Students must be admitted to ACU to apply.

Apply for the Scouting Scholarship and upload your scouting certificate.

ACU participates in the Tuition Exchange (TE) and the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) programs. These are tuition benefit exchange programs between ACU and partner institutions. Students must be admitted to ACU and have submitted the FAFSA to apply.

Contact your admissions counselor for more information. 

 

If you plan to use a VA benefit, or if you are a dependent of a servicemember who plans to transfer their benefit to you, begin exploring your benefit options on our Veterans Affairs web page. 

Benefits eligibility questions are fundamentally the responsibility of the Veterans Administration. Questions about qualifications, amounts of benefit and months of eligibility may be directed to the VA website or by calling 1-888-442-4551.

Regional or Location-Based Scholarships

The Nellie Snyder and Mildred O. Nation Endowed Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to ACU students from the Texas Panhandle. Applicants must be a resident of a zip code starting with the following numbers: 790xx, 791xx, 792xx, 793xx or 794xx. Students must be admitted to ACU and have submitted the FAFSA to apply.

 

The Rio Grande Valley Scholarship is awarded to outstanding students from the Texas Rio Grande Valley area. Students must be admitted to ACU and have submitted the FAFSA to apply.

 

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