Cost & Aid - Grants and Scholarships

2020-2021 Grants and Scholarships

Scholarships are free money, typically connected to performance, be it academic, leadership or some other area. Check out our scholarship and grant offerings to help you calculate how much money your academic achievements will get you.

These scholarships and grants apply only to new students entering Greenville University's traditional, on-campus program during the current academic year. Institutional scholarships are available only to full-time students (enrolled for 12 or more credit hours per semester.)

Available Grants & Scholarships

Merit Based Scholarships

About Merit Based Scholarships

  1. Merit Scholarships cannot be stacked or combined with other GU merit based financial aid offerings
  2. The student can choose to accept or reject a scholarship based on receiving a larger scholarship like the McAllaster or Panther Preferred.
  3. The student must apply and be accepted through the regular admissions process.
  4. Some merit scholarships may require the student to live on campus.
  5. Students who make satisfactory academic progress and maintain good standing at GU may renew their scholarship.
  6. The student must be a degree-seeking student.
  7. The student must be enrolled full-time (minimum of 12 credit hours per semester).
  8. The combined total of GU scholarships, grants and other tuition related awards, such as MAP, may not exceed the cost of tuition.
  Amount Who's Eligible?  

Boyer Scholarship

Three-fourths of tuition per year First-time freshman National Merit Semifinalist or Finalist +
Who's Eligible:
First-time freshman National Merit Semifinalist or Finalist
Description: Renewed annually by staying in good standing with Greenville University and maintaining a 3.0 GPA. A Boyer Scholarship student must also maintain residency in campus housing. Confirm eligibility with the Admissions Office. Renewed annually provided the student remains in good standing and satisfies the scholarship requirements.

McAllaster Honors Scholarship

$20,500 per year For freshmen and transfers. Requirements: 3.3 GPA and must maintain residency in campus housing. Renewable annually. +
Who's Eligible:
For freshmen and transfers. Requirements: 3.3 GPA and must maintain residency in campus housing. Renewable annually.
Description: This scholarship program nurtures excellent students who are especially gifted to serve God and neighbor through the work of Christian learning and research.

Mosaic Diversity Scholarship

$20,500 per year For incoming freshmen. Requirements: 3.0 GPA and must maintain residency on campus. +
Who's Eligible:
For incoming freshmen. Requirements: 3.0 GPA and must maintain residency on campus.
Description: This program is for leaders who display exemplary academics and an eagerness to promote a diverse and inclusive culture on Greenville University’s campus. Renewable annually.

Panther Preferred

Up to $19,500 For freshmen and transfers. Requirements: must maintain residency on campus, remain in good academic and disciplinary standing per student handbook, participate successfully in the Intro to Experience First and Experience First Capstone courses, and fulfill service and campus experience requirements. Renewable annually. +
Who's Eligible:
For freshmen and transfers. Requirements: must maintain residency on campus, remain in good academic and disciplinary standing per student handbook, participate successfully in the Intro to Experience First and Experience First Capstone courses, and fulfill service and campus experience requirements. Renewable annually.
Description: This scholarship is for students who seek to display the ideals of character and service. Students who are accepted into this scholarship will also be required to participate in character and service events and programming on GU's campus.

Women in Leadership Scholarship

$19,500 Female freshmen and transfer students. Requirements: must maintain residency on campus. Renewable annually. +
Who's Eligible:
Female freshmen and transfer students. Requirements: must maintain residency on campus. Renewable annually.
Description: Greenville University has a rich heritage of empowering women for leadership. Sponsored by President Suzanne Davis, the Women in Leadership Scholarship is for those incoming female students (traditional freshman or transfer) who have had experience in leadership in their schools, communities, and churches, and desire to further their leadership development and experience at Greenville University. Greenville University will support the recipients with character-building and service-leadership programming, and awardees will meet on a regular basis for mentorship with President Suzanne Davis.

Children of Free Methodist Pastor

$19,000 Freshmen and transfers. Requirements: must maintain residency on campus, and we must receive confirmation from your Free Methodist pastor. +
Who's Eligible:
Freshmen and transfers. Requirements: must maintain residency on campus, and we must receive confirmation from your Free Methodist pastor.
Description: To apply for this scholarship, you must be a child of a conference pastor. Renewable annually.

Engineering Honors Scholarship

$20,500 per year First-time freshmen accepted into the Greenville University Engineering Program with an ACT score of 29 or higher (SAT equivalent) and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Students must remain an Engineering major to qualify and must maintain residency in campus housing. +
Who's Eligible:
First-time freshmen accepted into the Greenville University Engineering Program with an ACT score of 29 or higher (SAT equivalent) and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Students must remain an Engineering major to qualify and must maintain residency in campus housing.
Description: For engineering majors.

Free Methodist Affiliated Student

$17,500 For freshmen and transfers. Requirements: must maintain residency on campus, and we must receive confirmation from your Free Methodist pastor. +
Who's Eligible:
For freshmen and transfers. Requirements: must maintain residency on campus, and we must receive confirmation from your Free Methodist pastor.
Description: This scholarship is for students who are currently affiliated with a Free Methodist church as attested by their pastor. Students should have completed FM Church preparatory membership class or equivalent. Renewable annually.

Transfer Scholar

$15,500 per year Transfer students with a cumulative college GPA of 3.75+/4.0 +
Who's Eligible:
Transfer students with a cumulative college GPA of 3.75+/4.0
Description: Awarded to first-time transfer students and is renewed annually by staying in good standing with Greenville University. To apply, submit official college transcripts with your admission application to the Admissions Office. The Admissions Office will confirm your eligibility for this scholarship.

Trustee's Scholarship

$15,500 per year First-time freshmen with a cumulative GPA and ACT score in the following ranges: 4.0 GPA and 28 ACT or 3.5 GPA and 33 ACT. +
Who's Eligible:
First-time freshmen with a cumulative GPA and ACT score in the following ranges: 4.0 GPA and 28 ACT or 3.5 GPA and 33 ACT.
Description: Awarded to first-time Freshmen and is renewed annually by staying in good standing with Greenville University. To apply, submit official college transcripts with your admission application to the Admissions Office. The Admissions Office will confirm your eligibility for this scholarship.

President's Scholarship

$14,000 per year First-time freshmen students with a cumulative GPA and ACT score in the following ranges: 4.0 GPA and 25 ACT or 3.5 GPA and 28 ACT or 3.0 GPA and 33 ACT. +
Who's Eligible:
First-time freshmen students with a cumulative GPA and ACT score in the following ranges: 4.0 GPA and 25 ACT or 3.5 GPA and 28 ACT or 3.0 GPA and 33 ACT.
Description: Awarded to first-time Freshmen and is renewed annually by staying in good standing with Greenville University. To apply, submit official college transcripts with your admission application to the Admissions Office. The Admissions Office will confirm your eligibility for this scholarship.

Transfer Merit Award

$14,000 per year Transfer students with a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 to 4.0/4.0 +
Who's Eligible:
Transfer students with a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 to 4.0/4.0
Description: Awarded to first-time transfer students and is renewed annually by staying in good standing with Greenville University. To apply, submit official college transcripts with your admission application to the Admissions Office. The Admissions Office will confirm your eligibility for this scholarship.

Dean's Scholarship

$12,000 per year First-time freshmen students with a cumulative GPA and ACT scores in the following ranges: 4.0 GPA and 21 ACT or 3.5 GPA and 23 ACT or 3.0 GPA and 26 ACT. +
Who's Eligible:
First-time freshmen students with a cumulative GPA and ACT scores in the following ranges: 4.0 GPA and 21 ACT or 3.5 GPA and 23 ACT or 3.0 GPA and 26 ACT.
Description: Awarded to first-time Freshmen and is renewed annually by staying in good standing with Greenville University. To apply, submit official college transcripts with your admission application to the Admissions Office. The Admissions Office will confirm your eligibility for this scholarship.

Transfer Honor Scholarship

$12,000 per year Transfer students with a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 to 3.48/4.0 +
Who's Eligible:
Transfer students with a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 to 3.48/4.0
Description: Awarded to first-time transfer students and is renewed annually by staying in good standing with Greenville University. To apply, submit official college transcripts with your admission application to the Admissions Office. The Admissions Office will confirm your eligibility for this scholarship.

Legacy- Plus Choir Scholarship

$12,500 per year Admission to Greenville University with 2.5 GPA. Submission of a resume and overview of musical experience. Completion of an annual choral audition. Enrollment and successful participation in GU choral ensemble each semester on campus. +
Who's Eligible:
Admission to Greenville University with 2.5 GPA. Submission of a resume and overview of musical experience. Completion of an annual choral audition. Enrollment and successful participation in GU choral ensemble each semester on campus.
Description: Renewed Annually provided the student remains in good standing.

Recognition Award

Up to $8,000 per year First-time freshmen students with a cumulative GPA and ACT scores in the following ranges: 3.0 GPA and 19 ACT or 2.5 GPA and 24 ACT and who do not qualify for a Greenville College Merit Scholarship. +
Who's Eligible:
First-time freshmen students with a cumulative GPA and ACT scores in the following ranges: 3.0 GPA and 19 ACT or 2.5 GPA and 24 ACT and who do not qualify for a Greenville College Merit Scholarship.
Description: Renew annually by staying in good standing with Greenville University and maintaining a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Available to students not eligible for other merit scholarships.

Transfer Achievement Award

Up to $8,000 per year Transfer students with a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 to 2.99/4.0 +
Who's Eligible:
Transfer students with a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 to 2.99/4.0
Description: Awarded to first-time transfer students not eligible for other transfer merit scholarships and is renewed annually by staying in good standing with Greenville University. To apply, submit official college transcripts with your admission application to the Admissions Office. The Admissions Office will confirm your eligibility for this scholarship.

Phi Theta Kapa

Up to $18,000 For transfer students. Requirements: proof of participation in PTK for a minimum of one semester. · $15,000 for Off-Campus Students · $18,000 for On-Campus Students +
Who's Eligible:
For transfer students. Requirements: proof of participation in PTK for a minimum of one semester. · $15,000 for Off-Campus Students · $18,000 for On-Campus Students
Description: Transfer students only. Phi Theta Kapa participation.

Departmental

  Amount Who's Eligible?  

Bass Fishing Award

$500-$2,000 per year New Students are selected based on skill, ability, attitude and acceptance to Greenville University. Award has limited funding, inquire early. +
Who's Eligible:
New Students are selected based on skill, ability, attitude and acceptance to Greenville University. Award has limited funding, inquire early.
Description: The Bass Fishing Team expects Fishermen to abide by the GU Bass Fishing Constitution, Guidelines & GU Student Handbook. Students must be enrolled full-time to be considered for continuation of the award. Both criteria listed above and financial need are taken into consideration when determining award amount. Visit the Bass Fishing website .

ESports Scholarship

$500 - $2,000 per year The GU Esports scholarship is a non-NCAA award offered to students for both Esports competition and streaming and renewed at the discretion of the Esports Coordinator. New Students are selected based on skill, versatility, attitude and acceptance to Greenville University. +
Who's Eligible:
The GU Esports scholarship is a non-NCAA award offered to students for both Esports competition and streaming and renewed at the discretion of the Esports Coordinator. New Students are selected based on skill, versatility, attitude and acceptance to Greenville University.
Description: The Esports program expects gamers to abide by the GU Gaming Constitution, Guidelines, and GU Student Handbook. Students must be enrolled full-time to be considered for continuation of the award. Award has limited funding, inquire early. Both, the criteria listed above and financial need, are taken into consideration when determining award amount. Visit the Esports website.

GU Choral Scholarships

$500 - $2,000 per year GU Choral Scholarships are offered to students who participate for credit in Greenville University Choir during the fall and spring semesters. +
Who's Eligible:
GU Choral Scholarships are offered to students who participate for credit in Greenville University Choir during the fall and spring semesters.
Description: Renewed annually at the discretion of the choir director. Scholarship selection is based on in-person or videotaped audition. Award has limited funding, inquire early. Click here to learn more about music auditions

GU Spirit Scholarship

$500-$2,000 per year The GU Spirit Scholarship is a non-NCAA scholarship offered to accepted cheerleading and/or dance athletes in the Greenville University Spirit Program at the Spirit Program Coordinator’s discretion, and is based on: skill, availability, academics, and attitude. +
Who's Eligible:
The GU Spirit Scholarship is a non-NCAA scholarship offered to accepted cheerleading and/or dance athletes in the Greenville University Spirit Program at the Spirit Program Coordinator’s discretion, and is based on: skill, availability, academics, and attitude.
Description: Funding is limited so inquire early. Both criteria above and financial need are taken into consideration when determining award amount. For more information, visit the cheer web-site here .

Marching and Pep Band Award

$500-$2,000 per year The Marching and Pep Band Award is available to students who participate for credit in Marching Band during the Fall Semester and Pep Band during the Spring Semester. Scholarship selection is based on in-person or videotaped audition. +
Who's Eligible:
The Marching and Pep Band Award is available to students who participate for credit in Marching Band during the Fall Semester and Pep Band during the Spring Semester. Scholarship selection is based on in-person or videotaped audition.
Description: Renewed annually at the discretion of the band director. Award has limited funding, inquire early. Click here to learn more about music auditions.

Men's Volleyball

$500-$2,000 per year +
Who's Eligible:
Description:

Music Ensemble Award

$500-$2,000 per year This scholarship is for non-music majors who enroll each semester in Chamber Orchestra, Chorale (Freshmen and Sophomores only), College Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Fusion Ensemble, or Worship Arts Ensemble (Pursuit). +
Who's Eligible:
This scholarship is for non-music majors who enroll each semester in Chamber Orchestra, Chorale (Freshmen and Sophomores only), College Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Fusion Ensemble, or Worship Arts Ensemble (Pursuit).
Description: The Music Ensemble Award is renewed annually at the discretion of the specific ensemble director. Award selection is based on an in-person or videotaped audition. Click here to learn more about music auditions.

Legacy

  Amount Who's Eligible?  

Greenville University Legacy Scholarship

$19,000 per year For freshmen and transfers. Requirements: must maintain residency on campus and must be a child or grandchild of a GU alum. Discuss your eligibility for this scholarship with your admissions counselor. +
Who's Eligible:
For freshmen and transfers. Requirements: must maintain residency on campus and must be a child or grandchild of a GU alum. Discuss your eligibility for this scholarship with your admissions counselor.
Description: As a child or grandchild of a Greenville University Alumni, we believe you are uniquely positioned to join a great line of Greenville University graduates.

Need Based Scholarships

  Amount Who's Eligible?  

Greenville University Endowed Scholarships

Amount Varies Awarded to students with financial need after other sources of aid have been applied. +
Who's Eligible:
Awarded to students with financial need after other sources of aid have been applied.
Description: FAFSA filing required. The University preferred FAFSA filing deadline is Dec 1. File the FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct 1 for the best benefit.

Greenville University Scholarship

Amount varies Student must file FAFSA and demonstrate need. If the student does not maintain campus residency, this scholarship may be prorated. +
Who's Eligible:
Student must file FAFSA and demonstrate need. If the student does not maintain campus residency, this scholarship may be prorated.
Description: FAFSA filing required. The University preferred FAFSA filing deadline is Dec 1. File the FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct 1 for the best benefit.

International Student Scholarship

Up to $10,000 per year International students who show financial need. +
Who's Eligible:
International students who show financial need.
Description: Renewed annually by staying in good standing with Greenville University and maintaining a 2.5 GPA. To apply, complete the declaration of finances form available from the Office of Admissions.

Zero EFC

Free Tuition +
Who's Eligible:
Description: To qualify for free tuition you must be an Illinois resident, have a zero EFC after filing your FAFSA (verification required), qualify for the MAP Grant, submit the FAFSA before the MAP Grand deadline, still have eligibility for the Pell Grant, have a minimum of 18 on the ACT, and have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5 (or 2.6 as a transfer)

Matching

  Amount Who's Eligible?  

Camp Match Scholarship Program

Amount Varies GU will match up to $1000 of the wages a student earns from working at a Christian Camp. +
Who's Eligible:
GU will match up to $1000 of the wages a student earns from working at a Christian Camp.
Description: The camp must make a check or money order payable to Greenville University with the student’s name noted on the memo line. Scholarship funds received from the camp will be applied to the student’s fall semester charges, and the university will apply the matching award against the student’s spring semester charges.

Church Partnership Scholarship Program

Amount Varies Ask your church representative to submit the Church Partnership Application. Applications must be received before March 1st prior to enrollment. GU will match up to $1,000 of support received from the church. View the Church Partnership Brochure for more information. +
Who's Eligible:
Ask your church representative to submit the Church Partnership Application. Applications must be received before March 1st prior to enrollment. GU will match up to $1,000 of support received from the church. View the Church Partnership Brochure for more information.
Description: Scholarship funds received from the church will be applied to the student’s fall semester charges, and the university will apply the matching award against the student’s spring semester charges. Checks must be received prior to September 1. Matching funds for applications received after March 1 will depend on fund availability and the award amounts may be reduced or unavailable.

Federal Grants

  Amount Who's Eligible?  

Federal Pell Grant

Up to $6,195 per year Eligibility based on Federal Requirements. Click here for more information . +
Who's Eligible:
Eligibility based on Federal Requirements. Click here for more information .
Description: FAFSA filing required. The University preferred FAFSA filing deadline is Dec 1. File the FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct 1 for the best benefit.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Up to $2,000 per year Full-time, Pell-eligible students with extreme financial need. +
Who's Eligible:
Full-time, Pell-eligible students with extreme financial need.
Description: FAFSA filing required. The University preferred FAFSA filing deadline is Dec 1. File the FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct 1 for the best benefit.

Illinois State Grants

  Amount Who's Eligible?  

ISAC MAP Grant

Up to $4,869 per year Students must be residents of the State of IL. Eligibility is based on State Requirements. Click here for more information about Map Grant eligibility. +
Who's Eligible:
Students must be residents of the State of IL. Eligibility is based on State Requirements. Click here for more information about Map Grant eligibility.
Description: FAFSA filing required - University preferred FAFSA filing deadline is Dec 1. Official MAP Grant deadline is determined by the State of Illinois. File the FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct 1.