Grants and Scholarships

No matter who you are, there’s probably a scholarship out there with your name on it. Check out some of the most popular options.

You may qualify for more scholarships than you think. And beginning in 2014, our incoming Freshmen will be eligible to FULLY renew certain scholarships for up to four years if they maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. That makes investing in the Southern experience more affordable than ever.

—indicates a renewing scholarship for incoming 2014 freshman.

Freshman Academic Scholarship

So you have a respectable GPA and a solid ACT/SAT test score? Great! You’re eligible for the Freshman Academic Scholarship

Freshman Criteria

If you’ve graduated from high school within the past nine months, or taken no more than 10 semester hours of college credit, and will be taking a full-time load (12 or more hours), this scholarship will automatically be awarded once transcripts and test scores are received. Even better in Fall 2014, this scholarship renews at 100 percent each year if you maintain a 3.0 GPA and full-time student status.

Here's how to calculate:

Step One: Multiply your high school GPY by 1,000. _____points (maximum 4,000 points)

Step Two: Multiply your ACT* test score by 100. _____points

Step Three: Add all points from Step One and Two _____points

Use the total from Step 3 to find your award:

4,800-5,700—$2,000 Honors Scholarship
5,701-6,600—$4,000 Dean's Scholarship
6,601-7,300—$6,000 Presidential Scholarships
7,301 and higher Full Tuition Scholarship

Freshman State Scholarship Replacement

If your state of residence is in the Southern Union of Seventh-day Adventists and you would lose your state scholarship by choosing to attend Southern, you may qualify for $3,000 your freshman year. The home address on your undergraduate application will be used to determine your state of residence. Students who receive employer tuition assistance are not eligible for this scholarship.

New for Fall 2014, incoming Freshmen will be eligible to renew this scholarship for up to four years if they maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

Freshman Leadership Scholarship

Students who have served in specific positions during their senior year may qualify for a $2,500 freshman leadership scholarship. Talk to your Enrollment Counselor to see if you qualify.

New for Fall 2014, incoming Freshmen will be eligible to renew this scholarship for up to four years if they maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

Freshman Lightbearer Scholarship

Did you graduate from a public high school, home school, or private high school not run by an Adventist organization? If you attended for two or more years, you may qualify for a $2,000 freshman bridge scholarship provided to encourage giving Adventist education a try.

New for Fall 2014, incoming Freshmen will be eligible to renew this scholarship for up to four years if they maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

National Merit Scholarship

Taking the PSAT test your junior year of high school is the first step for entering the National Merit Program. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation notifies students qualifying as semi-finalists or PSAT commended scholars. The list is also sent to United States colleges and universities.

Scholarships for students qualifying as semi-finalists and for PSAT commended scholar placement are determined based on the FLASH and STAR guidelines for freshmen and transfer/returning students.

The semi-finalist may advance to finalist status by taking the SAT during the senior year and by meeting other requirements outlined by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

If you’re a National Merit finalist, you’ll receive a full-tuition scholarship for four years if you maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

Performance Scholarships

Each year, performance scholarships are awarded by Gym-Masters, Destiny Drama Company, and the School of Music (for the orchestra, wind symphony, and choirs). Some performance scholarships are by audition only. The scholarships may be renewable each year you’re in college as long as you continue participating in the performing group. For more information, call the School of Music at 423.236.2880, the Gym-Masters director at 423.236.2673, or the Destiny Drama Company coordinator at 423.236.2787.

Student Missionary/Task Force Scholarship

If you choose to serve an academic year as a student missionary or task force worker, you’ll receive a $1,500 scholarship upon returning to Southern. For more information, call the Chaplain's Office at 423.236.2787.

Summer Ministries Scholarships

Spend your summer working in ministry, either as a literature evangelist or at an Adventist conference-sponsored summer camp, and you’ll be rewarded with a scholarship when you return to Southern.

Literature Evangelism Scholarship

Summer earnings are matched 50 percent, with a scholarship cap of $2,000.

Summer Camp Scholarship

$160 per full week worked, with a scholarship cap of $1,920 (Your camp director must submit the number of weeks you will work based on your camp contract to Enrollment Services.)

At the end of each summer, Southern will verify with your employing organization that you met your contractual obligations. If you participate in multiple summer ministries, you’re eligible to receive only one of the summer ministry scholarships—whichever is larger.

Departmental Grant

The Departmental Grant includes funds that have been provided to Southern from various friends and donors of the university. At the beginning of the fall semester recipients will be notified of the donor that has made a particular departmental grant possible. For more information please contact your student finance counselor.

Transfer Academic Scholarship

A student transferring to Southern with more than 10 hours of college credit and taking 12 or more undergraduate hours at Southern can qualify for a scholarship based on grade point average.


Level GPA Amount
Bronze Circle 3.40-3.59 $1,000
Silver Circle 3.60-3.79 $2,000
Gold Circle 3.80+ $3,000

Endowment Fund Scholarships

Southern Adventist University is blessed with a growing endowment fund created by donors interested in helping students like you achieve your educational goals.

Eligibility for scholarships from the Southern endowment fund is determined by filling out the FAFSA, which uses a nationally recognized formula to determine a family's ability to pay for college.

Southern Scholars Honors Program Scholarships

Are you an academically motivated student who wants to take your college experience to the next level through rigorous course work? Consider enrolling in the Southern Scholars Honors Program. Students who participate in Southern Scholars are eligible for scholarships of $1,500, $2,500 and $3,500 during their 2nd, 3rd and 4th years respectively. For more information, call Mark Peach at 423.236.2743 or email him at

NHRP (for Hispanic students)

Finalists are awarded a full tuition scholarship following the same terms and conditions as the National Merit Full Tuition Scholarship. Learn more at the NHRP website.

NASP (for African American students)

Finalists are awarded a full tuition scholarship following the same terms and conditions as the National Merit Full Tuition Scholarship. National Achievement Scholarship Program (NASP) scholarships are determined by PSAT scores. Learn more at the NASP website.

Other Scholarship Sources

You may qualify for scholarships from national and community organizations like the YMCA and Rotary Club, from your parent's employers, or even from your local church. Check out resources in your hometown by contacting the public library, the local Chamber of Commerce, and your pastor. You can also access scholarship and financial aid information online at There are several searchable databases of more than 180,000 private scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans.

Scholarship Guidelines

  • Southern Adventist University scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted.
  • Scholarships are divided and distributed equally over the fall and winter semesters and are not applicable for summer sessions.
  • Scholarships and awards cannot exceed costs for tuition (for 12 to 16 hours), general fees, room rent, and a capped amount for books and food. Outside grants and subsidies are applied before Southern scholarships and awards.
  • Scholarships listed here are available for full-time students taking 12 or more hours each semester at Southern's Collegedale campus.
  • Southern reserves the right to change or amend any of the scholarship policies at any time.