Undergraduate Scholarships

First-time Freshmen

The student's highest ACT/SAT score determines which academic scholarships they are eligible to receive. Additional ACT/SAT scores will not be used for scholarship determination beyond the first day of class in the student's freshman year.

ACT Composite SAT CR + M Annual Award
32+ 1410-1600 $12,000 Presidential Scholarship
30-31 1320-1400 $11,000 Presidential Scholarship
28-29 1240-1310 $9,000 Provost Scholarship
26-27 1170-1230 $8,000 Provost Scholarship
24-25 1090-1160 $7,000 Dean's Scholarship
22-23 1020-1080 $6,000 Dean's Scholarship
19-21 900-1010 $4,000 Bison Achievement Award

National Merit Finalist Scholarship
Each academic year, ten National Merit finalists are selected to receive a scholarship covering tuition, room, board, and the general student fee only (no books). Confirmation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is required. If you receive one of these scholarships, you must maintain a GPA of 3.25 or above. For Tennessee residents, the HOPE Scholarship is considered part of the award. Students choosing to forfeit the HOPE Scholarship will have the National Merit Award reduced by the same value as the HOPE. The National Merit Finalist Scholarship, like all other institutional aid, follows the Lipscomb Direct Cost Policy: Non-institutional gift aid such as Title IV funds, state grants, and outside scholarships will be applied to the student account first, and institutional aid is always applied last. This means that institutional aid will be adjusted to prevent over-awarding and cover only eligible charges as per scholarship requirements (i.e. books and other fees, such as Global Learning and Nursing fees, will not be covered by the scholarship).

Students not chosen to receive one of these 10 awards will be given a full tuition scholarship (room and board not included). This scholarship is not stackable with any other institutional aid except the $1,000 Vision Award. Other non-institutional aid can be combined, but no other scholarships from Lipscomb University. Recipients must live on campus and maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA. 

National Merit Semi-Finalist Scholarship
This annually renewable award National Merit Semi-Finalists will receive a full tuition scholarship. Confirmation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is required. If you receive one of these scholarships, you must maintain a GPA of 3.25 or above and live on campus. This scholarship is not stackable with any other institutional aid (except the Vision Award).

Trustee Scholarship
This prestigious full-tuition scholarship is awarded to five test-score eligible freshmen who are selected through an application and interview process. To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, you must have scored a 30 or higher on the ACT or 1320 or better on the SAT. If you receive this scholarship, you’ll need to live on campus and maintain a GPA of 3.25 or above. This scholarship is not stackable with any other institutional aid (except the Vision Award).

Presidential Scholarship
Presidential Scholars are recognized for their outstanding academic achievements with a $44,000 - $48,000 scholarship. Your application for admission will serve as your application for the Presidential Scholarship. Presidential Scholars will also be invited to attend Presidential Weekend, and will be awarded an additional $1,500 study abroad scholarship at this special event. To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, you must have scored a 30 or higher on the ACT or 1320 or better on the SAT. If you receive this scholarship, you must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above.

State Scholarships
All out-of-state residents are awarded a renewable scholarship and, depending on your test scores and state, you may qualify for an additional $1,000 - $5,000. State Scholarships cannot be combined with a Trustee, National Merit Finalist, or National Merit Semi-Finalist Scholarship. Any students receiving a scholarship above $1,000 must live on campus and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Scout Award
This annually renewable award equals $2,500 per student and is available to incoming freshmen who have received the Eagle Scout Award, Venturing Silver Award, Sea Scouting Quartermaster Award, GSUSA Gold Award, or American Heritage Girls Stars and Stripes Award. Written proof of the award is required. The funds will be applied to room & board charges only, up to a maximum of eight semesters. The student must live on-campus and maintain a 3.0 GPA to be eligible. All applications for the Scout Award must be submitted prior to freshman year enrollment.

Vision award
Students who file the FAFSA and have demonstrated strong leadership in their vision and determination to pursue a college education may qualify to receive an annually renewable $1,000 Vision Award. Prospective students who meet at least three of the criteria below may apply:

  • Is the first generation in the family to attend college (foreign or domestic)
  • Grew up in a single-parent household
  • Attended a public high school
  • Is a member of an ethnic group that is under-represented at Lipscomb

Students must also be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident and be eligible to file the FAFSA (a FAFSA submission is required for all applications). Interested students who meet the criteria should contact their Admissions Counselor to complete an application. This scholarship is awarded to first-time freshman only; transfer students are not eligible. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA.  
Vision Award Application

International Student Scholarship
Most international freshmen and transfer students who live on campus and are enrolled for 12 hours or more are eligible for international student scholarships. These are uniquely awarded for international first-time Freshmen and transfers. These cannot be combined with other scholarships, and students must maintain a 2.0 GPA each year. Please contact the International Admissions Counselor, Rachel Stowe, at rachel.stowe@lipscomb.edu or 615.966.6070 to learn more.

Employment-Based Scholarships
Lipscomb University offers tuition awards to undergraduate students whose parent is employed full-time (self-employed/paid minister as defined by the IRS in Publication 517 and working at least 40 hours per week) in certain Christian works that are associated with the Churches of Christ.  Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative Lipscomb GPA, live on campus each semester, enroll full time (12+ hours) each semester, file a FAFSA each year, and provide employment verification annually to the Lipscomb Financial Aid Office.

These awards are available to children who are less than 25 years of age and are considered dependent for federal income tax purposes.  Married children are not eligible.  These awards are subject to all GPA and probation restrictions as described in the Lipscomb University Undergraduate Catalog and are available only for the customary duration of an academic program. The scholarships are available to children whose parents are employed in the following full-time roles: 

  • Church of Christ Minister
  • Church of Christ Youth Minister
  • Church of Christ Missionaries—must be living full time in a foreign country, working at least 40 hours per week

There are two scholarship levels: $11,000 per year (limited to 15 students. Priority is given to students who have been admitted to the university and have returned a completed employment verification form to the Financial Aid Office by March 1 each year) and $5,000 per year (awarded to all other students). These scholarships can be stacked with other gift aid, not to exceed the cost of full-tuition. 

Scholarships of $5,500 are awarded to students whose parent is employed full-time (40 hours per week) by a member school of the National Christian School Association (K-12). This award is stackable only with academic and state scholarships. When combined with all other gift aid, the amount is not to exceed full tuition. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA, live on campus each semester, be enrolled full time (12+ hours), file a FAFSA each year, and provide employment verification annually to the Financial Aid Office.

Students who have a parent working full-time (40 hours per week) at a member school of the National Christian School Association at the university level can receive a 50% tuition grant. The tuition grant in combination with an academic scholarship may not exceed 50% of tuition. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA, live on campus each semester, be enrolled full time (12+ hours), file a FAFSA each year, and provide employment verification annually to the Financial Aid Office.

National Christian School Association Directory

Church Match Program
Lipscomb University will match any amount up to $500 (per year) that a Church of Christ contributes to a first-time freshman's education at Lipscomb.

CCCU (Counsel of Christian Colleges and Universities) Tuition Exchange Program
Lipscomb University participates in the CCCU Tuition Exchange Program. For more information and an application, please visit the CCCU website for more information. Mail all applications to Lipscomb University, directed to the attention of Tiffany Summers.

Continuing Students

Lipscomb students can renew the scholarships they receive at entry. However, superior academic performance at Lipscomb does not allow for an increase in the award. You must retain a cumulative 3.0 to renew your scholarships. All Lipscomb University academic scholarships are valid up to 126 attempted hours. From time to time, exceptions to the 126 hour rule will be made for students who have unusual or extenuating circumstances, so students will need to contact the Financial Aid Office when they approach 126 hours.

Regular Undergraduate students who do not enter with an Academic Scholarship may be awarded according to the transfer scale after earning at least 24 hours at Lipscomb. When aid has been lost due to cumulative GPA and/or other probation issues, it can be reinstated once the student raises their GPA or resolves their probation issues.

**Lipscomb's Direct Cost Policy could result in a change in scholarship amount for some students. Please review our policy and contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions.