Undergraduate Scholarships

First-time Freshmen

These scholarships apply to incoming Fall 2015 freshmen only.

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
30+ 1330-1600 $13,000- Presidential Scholarship
28-29 1250-1320 $11,000
24-27 1090-1240 $10,000
22-23 1020-1080 $8,000
19-21 920-1010 $6,000

Lipscomb Scholarship for national merit finalist
Each academic year, students who were selected as National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation are selected to receive a Lipscomb scholarship covering tuition 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. This 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). Other non-institutional aid can be combined, but no other scholarships from Lipscomb. Recipients must live on campus and maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA.

Lipscomb Scholarship for national merit semi-finalist
This annually renewable award is for students who were selected by the National Merit Corporation as 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).

Lipscomb Scholarship for national achievement award (African American)
This award requires documentation from the National Merit Corporation. Finalists who live on-campus will receive $3,000. Finalists who live off-campus will receive $1,500. Semi-Finalists who live on-campus will receive $2,000. Semi-Finalists who live off-campus students will receive $1,000. The award may be stacked with all other gift aid, not to exceed full tuition. If all gift aid exceeds full tuition, the award will be adjusted to meet the awarding rule. 

Lipscomb Scholarship for national hispanic scholars
This award requires documentation from the National Merit Corporation. Finalists who live on-campus will receive $3,000. Finalists who live off-campus will receive $1,500. Semi-Finalists who live on-campus will receive $2,000. Semi-Finalists who live off-campus students will receive $1,000. The award may be stacked with all other gift aid, not to exceed full tuition. If all gift aid exceeds full tuition, the award will be adjusted to meet the awarding rule.

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. 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 Add-On Scholarships (for out-of-state residents only)
Out-of-state residents are awarded a renewable scholarship based on their ACT score. When entering Lipscomb with an ACT of 28 and above ;the student receives a $3,000 award. When entering Lipscomb with an ACT of 27 and below, the student receives a $1,500 award. Any student receiving a state add-on scholarship must live on campus and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA. Excludes: Trustees, National Merit Finalist, National Merit Semi-Finalists, Lipscomb Academy Valedictorian Scholarship and athletes whose combined Lipscomb aid is full tuition and above.

Scout Award
Incoming Freshmen (only) who have received the Eagle Scout Award, Venturing Silver Award, Sea Scouting Quartermaster Award, GSUSA Gold Award, Ambassador Award, or American Heritage Girls Stars and Stripes Award are awarded $2,500 per year. Proof of scouting award is required. Recipients must live on-campus and maintain a 3.0 GPA. The Scout Award is renewable up to maximum of eight semesters. Deadline for application is prior to freshman year enrollment.

Vision Award (first-time freshmen only; not available to transfer students; required to file FAFSA)
First-time Freshmen only, entering fall 2010 and beyond, who demonstrate strong leadership in their vision and determination to pursue a college education. Prospective students who meet at least three of the following criteria will be awarded an annual scholarship of $1,000. To qualify, a student must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident eligible to file a FAFSA. This award requires a cumulative 2.0 GPA for renewal.

  • Is the first generation in the family to attend college
  • Has grown up in a single parent household
  • Attended a public metropolitan high school
  • Is a member * of a racial or ethnic minority group that is under-represented at Lipscomb University. (* At least one parent is considered a full minority)

Vision Award Application

Athletic Scholarship
Any athlete that receives $12,000 or more in athletic scholarship is required to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

International Student Award: New Undergraduate Freshmen and Transfers- Fall 2011 and Beyond
Incoming international students receive a 50 percent (ISA50) tuition discount if the student lives on-campus each semester and maintains a 2.0 cumulative GPA. If the student lives off-campus, a 33 percent (ISA3) tuition discount is provided. A cumulative 2.0 GPA is required to maintain the award. International scholarship is not stackable with any other institutional aid, including but not limited to, athletic and the children of missionary discount (FMC50), (FMCST). If the athletic award is higher, the student may forgo the discount. However, students must decide upon entry their choice of award. Student may not take Athletic scholarship one year and International award next year.

International students are awarded based as an on-campus student. Awards will be lowered if the student moves off campus.

Head of School Grant, formerly known as NCSA grant (Member School of National Christian School Association)
Student must graduate from an NCSA Member School (listed in current directory)

  1. $5,000 award per year for on-campus students.
  2. $2,500 award per year for off-campus students.
  3. Children of Lipscomb employees are not eligible for this scholarship.
  4. Recipients of Trustee, National Merit Finalists/Semi-Finalists, Lipscomb Academy Valedictorian Scholarship and Athletes whose combined Lipscomb aid is full tuition and above are not eligible.
  5. Awarded during packaging process, no application required.
  6. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 required for renewal.
  7. NCSA Grant in combination with all other gift aid may not exceed full tuition.
  8. Letter of recommendation required from the Headmaster of the NCSA school. Contact admissions for letter requirements.

Employment-Based Scholarships for Children of Ministers in the Church of Christ
Lipscomb University offers scholarships 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 ministerial positions that are associated with the Church 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. Students must be seeking a first degree—second degree students are not eligible. These awards are subject to all GPA and probation restrictions as described in the Lipscomb 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. If all gift aid exceeds full tuition, the grant will be reduced to meet the awarding rule.

Application for Employment-Based Scholarship for Children of Ministers in the Church of Christ

Employment-Based Scholarship for National Christian School Association (K-12)
Scholarships of $1,000 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 grant is available to students who are enrolled full- time in Undergraduate studies, who are less than 25 years old, and who are considered dependent for federal income tax purposes. Married children are not eligible. Students must be seeking a first degree; second degree students are not eligible. This grant is subject to GPA and probation restrictions as described in the current Undergraduate Catalog and is available only for the customary duration of an academic program. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0. This grant may be stacked with all other gift aid, not to exceed full tuition. If all gift aid exceeds full tuition, the grant will be reduced to meet the awarding rule. Children of Lipscomb employees are not eligible. Recipients of the Trustee Scholarship, National Merit Finalists/Semi-Finalist Scholarship, Lipscomb Academy Valedictorian Scholarship and Athletes whose combined Lipscomb aid is full tuition and above are not eligible.

Students are required to enroll as a full-time student (12 or more hours) and file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each academic year. 

Application for NCSA (K-12) Scholarship

Employment-Based Scholarship for National Christian School Association (University Level)
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. This grant is available to students who are enrolled full-time in Undergraduate studies, who are less than 25 years old, and who are considered dependent for federal income tax purposes. Married children are not eligible. Students must be seeking a first degree; second degree students are not eligible. This grant is subject to GPA and probation restrictions as described in the Undergraduate catalog. The grant, in combination with all other institutional aid, may not exceed 50% of tuition. The student account will be adjusted to meet the awarding rule. If institutional aid is higher, the student may choose to forfeit the grant. Children of Lipscomb employees are not eligible.The student 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.

Application for NCSA University Scholarship

Parents, to verify that your employer is a member of the National Christian School Association, please visit the 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 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.

Department Scholarships

  • Art Department Scholarship: Amount varies, application and portfolio due by mid-March. Application details are online at art.lipscomb.edu.
  • Religious Service Scholarship: Amount varies. Not typically awarded to freshmen. Application details are online at bible.lipscomb.edu.
  • Engineering Scholarship: Amount varies, deadline is mid-March, Requires two recommendations and a personal statement as well. Application is available online.
  • Music Scholarship: Amounts up to $1,000 per semester. To be eligible, applicants must pass grade eight exam of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and provide documentation.
  • Music Audition Scholarship: Amounts up to $3,000 per semester. Apply and schedule an audition at music.lipscomb.edu. Last auditions are late February each year.
  • Acting Scholarship: For acting and general theatre auditions, please prepare two contrasting 60 second monologues. No vocal audition or dance call will be required for this audition. Contact Mike Fernandez at mike.fernandez@lipscomb.edu to learn more and schedule an audition.
  • Theatre Design and Technology Scholarship: For design and technology / management auditions, please prepare a portfolio, four copies of your resume, and your audition will involve an interview. Contact MIke Fernandez at mike.fernandez@lipscomb.edu to learn more and schedule an interview

Financial aid award packaging is based on current information. Changes to the FAFSA, moving off-campus and additional gift aid (Lipscomb scholarships, outside scholarships, state and/or federal grants) may result in adjustment of institutional aid, including memorial scholarship awards.

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.