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Merit Awards

Freshmen Awards

Freshmen Awards are renewable with qualifying GPA and you must be enrolled full-time.  To see what your award is just enter your information below.

Cumulative GPA
SAT Critical Reading & Math ACT Composite
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Your scholarship is:  

 

Southwestern Award of Excellence+

 

$32,000

$8,000/yr

 

 

(score 91-100)

 

Trustee Award+

 

$28,000

$7,000/yr

 

 

(score 85-90)

 

Presidential Award+

 

$24,000

$6,000/yr

 

 

(score 80-84)

 

Academic Dean Award+

 

$16,000

$4,000/yr

 

 

(score 70-79)

 

Achievement Award+

 

$12,000

$3,000/yr

 

 

(score 60-69)

 

+Includes an additional $1,000 credited to tuition costs if the student lives in the residence hall. 

Please see the Online Catalog for more details

 

Leadership Scholarships

Award

Student Association President

$4,000

$1000/yr

Senior Class President

$4,000

$1000/yr

Senior Class Valedictorian

$4,000

$1000/yr

Student Association Vice President

$4,000$1000/yr

Yearbook Editor

$4,000

$1000/yr

Newspaper Editor

$4,000

$1000/yr

Senior or Junior Class officer

$4,000

$1000/yr

Student Association officer

$4,000

$1000/yr

Pathfinder Team Leadership Training Certificate (TLTC)

$2000

$500/yr

Leadership scholarships are awarded only to incoming freshmen and are renewable for up to four years.

These scholarships are awarded in addition to any Southwestern academic scholarship for which the student qualifies. If a student has held more than one office, only one scholarship will be given.

 

Southwestern Scholars Award

Students who achieve a 34 composite on the ACT qualify for 100% tuition.

Students who score 132 or higher on all skill components of the ACT qualify for 100% tuition.

Students who score 1490 on SAT critical reading and math qualify for 100% tuition.

This scholarship is renewable if the student maintains a 3.5 cumulative GPA and enrolls for 12 or more hours each semester.  This scholarship, along with all other Southwestern scholarships, cannot exceed tuition. Students who qualify for both the Freshman Award and the Southwestern Scholars Award receive the higher of the two.

Transfer Student Scholarships

A transfer student with at least 24 cumulative college credits from other colleges may qualify for one of the following scholarships:

  • $4,000 if cumulative GPA from prior colleges is 3.75+
  • $3,000 if cumulative GPA from prior colleges is 3.50-3.74
  • $2,000 if cumulative GPA from prior colleges is 3.00-3.49
  • $1,500 if cumulative GPA from prior colleges is 2.75-2.99

All official transcripts from previously attended colleges must be on file with Southwestern before this scholarship will be awarded.  To receive this scholarship, a student must be enrolled for 12 or more credit hours each semester.  This scholarship is renewable for two years for students transferring 24-55 credits, and one year for students transferring 56-89 credits.  The scholarship is not renewable for students transferring 90+ credits.  This scholarship is renewable only for students who are in a good scholastic standing, who maintain a commendable citizenship record.

Honors Scholarship

Honors Scholarships are given to students who are enrolled in the honors program and whose grade classification is above the freshman level:

Sophomore  

$500

Junior

$1,000

Senior

$2,000

The final $1,000 of the senior award is given only after the student has completed his or her senior thesis.

National Merit Finalists and Semi-Finalists

Finalists - 100% tuition

Semi-Finalists - 50% tuition

This scholarship is renewable if the student maintains a 3.5 cumulative GPA and enrolls for 12 or more hours each semester. Transfer students who were recognized by the National Merit organization as a Semi-finalist or Finalist and who have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA are also eligible for this award. This scholarship, along with all other Southwestern scholarships, cannot exceed tuition. Likewise, credit balances from Southwestern scholarships and resources other than loans will result in a reduction of this scholarship.

National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) Scholarship

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.

National Achievement Scholarship Program (NASP) Scholarship

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.

Music Scholarships

Talented students may audition for music scholarships at Southwestern. Awards are given to top performers who represent Southwestern in ensembles, continue to educate themselves through private study, give back to the community in performance and maintain good academic standards. Awards range from $500 to $4000.

General Scholarships

Canadian Scholarship

Canadian citizens residing within Canada are eligible for a $2,000 Scholarship per year.

Family Discounts

Three or more students from the same family, each taking at least 12 hours of coursework, will receive a 10% discount on tuition.  Two students from the same family, each taking at least 12 hours, will receive a 5% discount on tuition.  When students marry, they are no longer eligible for this special discount as a member of their parent’s household. Married couples, taking at least 12 hours of coursework each, may receive the 5% discount on tuition.

Student Missionary & Task Force Worker Scholarship

$1,200

Southwestern awards scholarships to students who successfully complete a full term of service no shorter than 8 months in an approved student missionary or task force program.  These awards are divided over the two semesters of the school year immediately following the return of the student missionary or task force worker.

Summer Ministries Scholarship

Up to $2,000

Southwestern students who work in a summer ministries program (such as at a summer camp or as a literature evangelist) will receive a scholarship worth 75% of whatever portion of their net earnings they apply to their account: maximum award $2,000.  The student’s earnings are applied to the fall semester and the Southwestern match is applied to the spring semester. 

Summer Work Scholarship

Students who pay rent for campus housing during the summer, work a certain number of hours at a campus job, and place at least 80% of their earnings on their student account, may be eligible for a scholarship the following year. Applications are available at Student Financial Services.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Award

$3,735 per semester

Students who take 12 or more credit hours of English as a Second Language coursework in a semester are eligible for this award.  No other Southwestern scholarships are available to ESL students during that semester.

Lab School Graduate Scholarship

50% of tuition

Students who teach for one of the University’s lab schools (schools in districts who have a contract with the Education Department for student teaching) will receive a 50% tuition discount for graduate classes taken on campus.  Distance learning classes will be assessed an additional fee.

Post-Baccalaureate Student Scholarship

50% of tuition

Post-baccalaureate students receive a 50% tuition discount for undergraduate courses.  This does not include classes in nursing, student teaching, ESL, independent study, distance learning, private lesson fees or laboratory charges.  Students receiving the PBS discount do not qualify for other Southwestern Scholarships.

Need-Based Scholarships

3-Way Match Scholarship

A 3-Way Scholarship allows a student’s family, church or a concerned person, and Southwestern Adventist University scholarship funds to assist with payment of the Southwestern student account.  It is the responsibility of the student to obtain a commitment from two different sources. Thus, contributions of $500 each from two different sources may be matched by $500 from the university.  While $500 is the maximum award, smaller 3-Way donations can also be matched.

Callicott Scholarship

The Callicott Scholarship is available to students who may need assistance after federal, state, and institutional aid.  Applicants must be working, placing earnings on their accounts, have applied for federal/state grants and loans for which they are eligible, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0.  This scholarship is awarded late in the semester.

Southwestern Union Educational Endowment Scholarship

The Southwestern Union Educational Endowment Scholarship is given only to Seventh-day Adventist students who are actively involved in ministry within the Southwestern Union Conference territory. Applications may be obtained through the Student Finance Office. A limited number of these scholarships are available, and applicants will be individually evaluated as to eligibility. Yearly awards range from $300-$1,000.

 

Further information regarding scholarship details

SU Grant

Eligibility for this grant is determined by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is for non-Texas residents whose Expected Family Contribution is between zero and $18,185. SU grants are from $1500 to $3200.

Tuition Assistance Resources

External Scholarship Blog

SWAU Financial Services: This blog has been created to assist our students begin their search for additional funds to help with tuition cost. Click here to learn more.