Scholarships

Exploring your financial resources for an AU education

Scholarships are a type of gift aid that you don’t need to repay. AU has many scholarships available based on a variety of criteria and some require an application or a few additional steps to be awarded. The best way for your family to discover if there are additional funds that you qualify for is to set up a scholarship profile. Your profile in our scholarship manager will flag any additional scholarships that you may qualify for based on your talents, program of interest, service, leadership, diversity, and more.

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Maximize your financial aid opportunities:

Merit Scholarships

All incoming traditional undergraduate and transfer students are considered for merit scholarships. These academic-based scholarships are awarded to incoming students only and renewable each academic year based on GPA and Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Traditional Undergraduate

Edwards Scholarship (GPA> 3.75): $16,000/year
Nicholson Scholarship (GPA 3.50-3.74): $14,000/year
Reardon Scholarship (GPA 3.25-3.49): $11,000/year
Morrison Award (GPA 2.75-3.24):  $9,000/year
Raven Award (GPA < 2.74): $6,000/year

Transfer Students

Edwards Transfer Merit Scholarship (GPA> 3.75): $16,000/year
Nicholson Transfer Merit Scholarship (GPA 3.5-3.74): $14,000/year
Reardon Transfer Merit Scholarship (GPA 3.25-3.49): $11,000/year
Morrison Transfer Merit Scholarship (GPA 3.0-3.24): $9,000/year
Raven Transfer Award (GPA < 2.9): $6,000/year

Calculate your Merit Scholarship Amount

Incoming Freshmen: The calculation for your merit scholarship is based on either your GPA* or a calculation of your GPA and test scores (whichever gives the student the highest benefit).
Transfer students: The calculation for your merit scholarship is based on your college GPA.

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Institutional Scholarships

Scholarships are available based on a variety of criteria including academic achievement, financial need, high school attended, and program of study. Admitted students should create a scholarship profile to apply for additional institutional scholarships in our scholarship manager. There are over 500 endowed scholarships available, which are specific funds made available by private donors. A few examples of available scholarships are listed below.

Alumni Council Scholarship

This scholarship is a competitive scholarship available to two full-time undergraduate students who are entering Anderson University as a freshman whose parent or legal guardian is an alumnus of AU.* This scholarship is renewable and stackable for the three years following freshman year. The student must maintain a 3.0 GPA for automatic renewal. Assistance is not available for graduate study.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

  • Must have a GPA ≥ 3.0 on an unweighted 4.0 scale.
  • Must have application/essays submitted by Jan. 1 of their senior year – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB. 1
  • Must be an incoming freshman, who is a child of one or more alumni of Anderson University. Transfers are ineligible.

Scholarship recipient(s) will be chosen by the Alumni Council based upon the following:

  • Legacy student (parent/guardian is an AU alum)
  • Two short essays (responding to questions posed on application)
  • Activity/Involvement in service and leadership activities
  • The student(s) who the Alumni Council deems would most benefit from the AU experience and would serve as an active member of the campus community.

*Children of Alumni Council members can be eligible, however, the council member who is the parent of applicant(s) must remove him/herself from involvement and voting.

BPA Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

  • Only first-time freshmen are eligible.
  • $1,000/year for 4 years broken down into $500/semester.
  • Must maintain a 2.5 GPA to remain eligible.
  • A letter must be received from the BPA high school advisor verifying the student advanced to and competed in the state competition.

 

Center for Leadership Development (CLD) Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

This is a full-tuition scholarship (renewable over four years; combines with merit scholarship).

  • Must be an existing member of the Center for Leadership Development prior to applying for the scholarship.
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA.
  • Must meet additional qualifications as listed on the scholarship application.

Scholarship deadline: Nov. 21

Scholarship decision: Feb. 19

Christian High School Scholarship

Paired with a merit scholarship, eligible recipients will receive $22,000+ in scholarships, annually, toward the cost of attendance.

This scholarship is eligible to students graduating from a Christian high school.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

  • Must be a 2020 graduate.
  • Must have a 3.0 high school GPA (maintain 3.0 GPA for renewal).
  • Must complete a FAFSA, prior to April 15, 2020.
  • Must live on campus.

Contact your financial aid counselor to see if your school qualifies.

Church of God Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

  • Students must be actively involved in a Church of God (Anderson, Ind.) congregation.
  • Students must be recommended by their pastor.

Learn more.

Church of God Minister’s Scholarship

This a $1,000 scholarship awarded to children of Church of God (Anderson, Ind.) ministers.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

  • Students must attend full time and maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Parents must be active in church service and must provide proof of pastorship via business card, church website, or a listing in CHOG Yearbook.
Cybersecurity Scholarship

This is a competitive $2,500 scholarship, renewable over four years (total amount of $10,000). Available to two recipients.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

  • Must be admitted as a first-time student to Anderson University.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must demonstrate community involvement through church, school, or other organizations.
  • Must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Must major in cybersecurity.

Application Deadline: April 1.

DECA Scholarship

This is a scholarship of $1,000 per year for four years broken down into $500 per semester.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

  • Must be a first-time freshman student.
  • Must maintain a 2.5 GPA to remain eligible.
  • A letter must be received from the DECA high school advisor verifying the student advanced to and competed in the state competition.

 

Falls School of Business Scholarships

Dickmann Scholarship

This scholarship is available to current students who are residents of Madison County and enrolled full-time in the Falls School of Business.

McCardwell Scholarship

This scholarship is available for incoming students as well as juniors.

Myers Autoworld Award

This scholarship is available for women from Madison County who are majoring in business and have reached at least their junior year.

Hispanic/Latino Scholarship

This is a scholarship of $2,500 per year, renewable over four years.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

  • Application, essay, and interview are required.
    • Describe your faith experience.
    • Describe your academic experience. Why do you do want to be at Anderson University?
  • Must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Students must agree to speak and inspire future students at a Hispanic/Latino Scholarship Dinner.
  • To be eligible, the students must be at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino.  Hispanic/Latino is an ethnic, not a racial category.
  • Per the National Hispanic Recognition Program, the student must have ancestors from at least one of these countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, or Venezuela.
Honors Program Scholarship

This is a competitive scholarship of $500, renewable over four years. 

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

  • Must qualify for Edwards Scholarship.
  • Transfer students ineligible.

Learn more about the Honors Program.

Kothari Scholarship

Dr. Shanu & Margaret Kothari Endowed Scholarship Fund

This is a $1,000 scholarship.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

  • Must be an incoming freshman student.
  • Must be enrolled at Anderson University and pursuing a pre-med degree.
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must be accepted to Anderson University.
  • Scholarship application due February 1.
Legacy Scholarship

This is a $1,000 scholarship, renewable over four years.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

  • Must have a GPA ≥ 2.5 on an unweighted 4.0 scale.
  • Must be a full-time incoming student (includes transfers), whose parent or legal guardian is a graduate of Anderson University. This does not apply to graduate study.
Madison County Scholarship

Paired with a merit scholarship, eligible recipients will receive $22,000+ in scholarships, annually, toward the cost of attendance.

This scholarship is eligible to students who reside in or graduate from a high school in Madison County, Indiana.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

  • Must be a 2020 graduate of a Madison County high school or reside in Madison County.
  • Must have a 3.0 high school GPA (maintain 3.0 GPA for renewal).
  • Must complete a FAFSA, prior to April 15, 2020.
  • Must live on campus.
Matching Church Scholarship

This is scholarship can be up to $1,500 per student.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

  • Application submission preferred by April 1.
  • Awarded to match scholarships given by your church.
  • Students must be verified each year by the local church scholarship committee and meet established deadlines.

Call toll free (800) 421-1025, or contact Jennifer Steiner at (765) 641-4057 or jlsteiner@anderson.edu

Learn more about the Matching Church Scholarship.

Download a copy of the Enrollment Form [PDF] and/or Annual Student Award Form [PDF] .

Dr. James Earl Massey Intercultural Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is named in honor of a true servant of God, Dr. James Earl Massey. This scholarship recognizes students who have achieved academic success and have demonstrated a strong commitment to leadership and bridging cultural divides in their home communities. It is designed to expand diversity within the student leadership team at Anderson University.

This is a competitive scholarship, typically ranging from $2,000 – $4,000.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

  • Available to first-time students (including first-time transfer students) with a minimum high school GPA of 2.75.
  • Must meet the additional qualifications as listed.
  • Must be admitted to Anderson University.
  • Must submit a FAFSA.
  • Annual review process required for renewing the scholarship for up to an additional three years.
  • For additional information, contact Admissions at info@anderson.edu or  (800) 428-6414.
Madison County NAACP Scholarship

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) scholarship is renewable over four years to incoming freshmen who have demonstrated leadership potential through participation in community service, extracurricular activities, or other activities that reflect leadership abilities or commitment to serving others.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen and Madison County resident.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale, and must maintain a 2.5 GPA.
  • Must remain enrolled full time at Anderson University.
  • Must make satisfactory academic progress toward graduation.
  • Must be in good standing with Student Life.
  • Must not be on any probation lists.
Mayor of Anderson Honorary Scholarship

This is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship for students who have demonstrated respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship through participation in community service, extracurricular activities, or other activities that reflect character or commitment to serving others.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

  • Must be admitted as a first-time student to Anderson University.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen and Anderson resident.
  • Must graduate from Anderson High School or Anderson Preparatory Academy.
National Association of the Church of God Scholarship

This is a full-tuition scholarship, renewable over four years. Combines with merit-based scholarship.

Preference is given to early applicants beginning on February 1.

Scholarship Deadline: Rolling deadline. Application period begins Oct. 1 and continues until March 1.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

  • Must be an existing member of the National Association of the Church of God prior to applying for the scholarship.
  • Must meet additional qualifications as listed on the scholarship application.
  • Must be admitted to Anderson University.
  • Must submit a FAFSA.
  • Annual review process required for renewing the scholarship for up to an additional three years.

View a list of participating churches before submitting an application.

 

Ontario Systems Computer Science Scholarship

The Ontario Systems Computer Science Scholarship is a competitive scholarship totaling $10,000 during a student’s time at AU.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

  • Must be admitted as a first-time student to Anderson University.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must demonstrate community involvement through church, school, or other organizations.
  • Must submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Must major in computer science (BS or BA).

This scholarship is renewable so long as the student maintains a 3.0 or better GPA on a 4.0 scale and continues to major in computer science.

Application Deadline: April 1

Phi Theta Kappa

This is a $2,000 renewable scholarship for transfer students only.

All transfer students are eligible to receive Phi Theta Kappa in addition to Transfer Scholarship Awards.

President’s Academic Scholarship

This scholarship can be up to $5,000, renewable over four years. Combines with the $16,000 Edwards Scholarship.

The application is by invitation only, for freshman students.

*Not all scholarships may be combined. Contact your financial aid counselor for more information.

External Scholarships & Funds

Best Colleges.com – Financial Aid for Minority Students

College Affordability for Minority Students

College Scholarships.org

FastWEB Set up a personalized profile that will match your specific skills, abilities, and interests to fastWEB’s database of over 400,000 scholarships.

FinAid!

Graduate Tutor  GraduateTutor.com’s Scholarship Directory has $1.6 million worth of scholarships and is quickly growing. It is a free scholarship directory and requires no registration. Students can search for scholarships in multiple ways including keywords, courses, deadline, who it is open to, and the scholarship amount.