Lipscomb offers scholarships that recognize, among other areas, academic accomplishment, service involvement and leadership capability.
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. If you withdraw from the university or drop below full-time enrollment after the start of the semester and receive a refund of tuition (full or partial), all institutional aid will be removed whether paid or unpaid.
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.
To be considered for many scholarships provided by the institution, you need to file the FAFSA.
The Trustee Scholarship is a full-tuition award given each year to 10 incoming freshmen who are high achieving students. The application process includes an online application, video, essay and interview, if selected. Get further application information and meet the current Trustee Scholars.
Incoming freshmen who have received the Eagle Scout Award, Venturing Silver Award, Sea Scouting Quartermaster Award, Trail Life Freedom 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.
Incoming international students who are first time freshmen or first time transfers may be considered for an International Student Scholarship.
International students have the opportunity to receive a partial scholarship. Upon admission to the University, the Admissions Counselor will send the scholarship application to the student. The scholarship is awarded to full-time students who have a compelling test score and have submitted all required information for admission.
International students are also allowed to apply for the Trustee Scholarship if they meet the criteria required above.
The International Student Scholarship can only be used with outside scholarships.
If you graduated from an NCSA Member School (listed in current directory), you are automatically eligible for the Head of School Grant with a letter of recommendation from your school headmaster.
$5,000 award per year for on-campus students.
$2,500 award per year for off-campus students.
Children of Lipscomb employees are not eligible for this scholarship. 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. NCSA Grant in combination with all other gift aid may not exceed full tuition.
The Pionero Scholars Program is an academic merit scholarship in the College of Education. This scholarship is for students who are interested in majoring in Education and becoming teachers. Each year six $10,000 scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen or transfer students who graduated from Metro Nashville Public high schools. In order to qualify, students must be Hispanic or from another underrepresented minority student group, and score a 22 or higher on the ACT. There is a separate scholarship application and interview process. For more information, visit: http://www.lipscomb.edu/education/pionero-scholars-program
Art Department Scholarship: Amount varies, application and portfolio due by Dec. 1st.. Application details are online at lipscomb.edu/art.
Religious Service Scholarship: Amount varies. Application details are online at lipscomb.edu/bible.
Engineering Scholarship: Amount varies (typically $500 - $3,000), deadline is early January. Requires two recommendations and a personal statement as well. Application is available through your Bison Portal.
Music Scholarship: 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: Apply and schedule an audition at lipscomb.edu/music. 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. For more information and audition dates go to lipscomb.edu/theater.
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. For more information and audition dates go to lipscomb.edu/theater.
Some institutional awards require recipients to live on-campus each semester to remain eligible. If you have one or more of these awards, there will be a message on your financial aid award, under "Accept Award Offer" tab in myLipscomb, indicating the on-campus requirement. You must secure on-campus housing and meal plan for the scholarship to remain in place and pay to your account. If you move off-campus, the award may be affected.
Students with the following awards have an on-campus requirement:
Lipscomb Academy Valedictorian Scholarship
All Out of State Add-On Scholarships, except the $1,000 award
All Employment-Based Scholarship, except the NCSA (K-12) Employee Grant
There are several awards which carry an award value for both on-campus and off-campus. This means if you live off-campus, the award will be reduced to meet the off-campus award value. Awards are subject to the Direct Cost Policy of the university. Awards will be adjusted to prevent an over-award of institutional aid. The awards are as follows:
Head of School Grant
Latino Achiever's Grant
International Student Awards
National Achievement Award: Finalist and Semi-Finalist
National Hispanic Scholars: Finalist and Semi-Finalist
Lipscomb awards an annual scholarship to each student who transfers 12 or more credit hours from another four-year university or community college. To be eligible for the Lipscomb Pathways Scholarship, students must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative college GPA and be enrolling full-time for each semester they receive the scholarship. This scholarship is for students seeking their first bachelor degree only. Students must also have a minimum 2.0 GPA upon entry. This scholarship cannot be applied to summer classes.
Scholarships range from $9,000 ($4,500 per semester) to $18,000 per year ($9,000 per semester) for the duration that the student is enrolled.
This scholarship is stackable with the Tennessee HOPE scholarship and the Phi Theta Kappa Award. It cannot be combined with other Lipscomb institutional aid. Children of Lipscomb employees are not eligible.
Students who provide official documentation of membership from Phi Theta Kappa or the National Society of Leadership and Success upon entering Lipscomb University will receive a $2,500 annual (fall/spring) scholarship. This award can be combined with the Transfer Pathways Scholarship. Students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA at Lipscomb each semester for renewal. This scholarship is for students seeking their first bachelor degree only. Children of Lipscomb employees and Lipscomb Online students are not eligible.
Other restrictions may apply to any of these scholarships listed above. To apply and to receive additional information about transferring and these above awards, please contact the Office of Admissions. Applications and selection of recipients will be handled through the Office of Admissions.
Tennessee residents who received the HOPE Scholarship at their previous school must notify TSAC to transfer the HOPE scholarship to Lipscomb.
We encourage you to search for and pursue as many scholarship resources as you can to ensure you receive the maximum amount of financial aid for which you qualify. Online scholarship searches are free. You should never be required to pay for an outside scholarship search.
Outside scholarships can affect your institutional aid. If you are receiving an outside scholarship, please email a confirmation letter to email@example.com. All outside scholarship checks can be mailed to:
Attn: Financial Aid
1 University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
One of the first steps for incoming freshmen will be to talk to your high school guidance counselor. He/she will receive scholarship information from most scholarship organizations, especially local organizations. This is an excellent resource to find criteria on applying for and receiving aid from organizations near your hometown, as well as others.
Tennessee residents who graduate from high school in the state are eligible to apply for a HOPE Scholarship. To receive the award, students must have been a Tennessee resident for at least one year prior to September 1. For eligibility requirements and award amounts, see the official scholarship website.
A FAFSA must also be submitted to qualify for this award.
If you did not list Lipscomb University as the first school on your FAFSA for the current award year, you will need to complete the Change of Institution Request form and submit it to the state of Tennessee per instructions on the form.
In order to maintain the HOPE scholarship, you must be continuously enrolled in school. If you will not be continuously enrolled (excluding the summer term) for any reason, please contact our office.
Questions regarding the HOPE Scholarship as it applies to Lipscomb University should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.
Any assistantships, tuition discounts, and scholarships for graduate students are awarded by the individual graduate departments. Please contact your graduate department for more information about these scholarships.
Remember all students must file a FAFSA in order to be eligible for Federal Aid.
No aid, including scholarships, is available for students who do not seek a degree, licensure, or certification.
Students who were initially enrolled at Lipscomb as first-time freshmen but have been away from Lipscomb for more than one semester:
The initial-entry scholarship will not be offered if the student's intention was to withdraw from Lipscomb and enroll in another school for a semester or more as a regular student (not a visiting student). Students taking less than full-time summer classes while at home for summer break are excluded from this policy. As a general rule, leaving Lipscomb in the fall or spring term to enroll in another college or university will result in transfer student status upon return.
Students away from Lipscomb for more that one semester will be awarded at the transfer scholarship scale, based on the most recent Lipscomb GPA.
Second Degree Students
No institutional aid is available for students seeking a second bachelor's degree. You may, however, qualify for federal aid.
Both Lipscomb Academic Scholarships and the HOPE Scholarship are prorated based on the number of hours the student is enrolled in:
1-5 Hours: 0%
6-8 Hours: 50%
9-11 Hours: 75%
12+ Hours: 100%
Receiving scholarship money during the summer does not deduct from the amount received during the normal academic year. However, the hours taken during the summer will contribute to the attempted hours total, and Lipscomb scholarships are only guaranteed to 126 attempted hours.
For discounted travel courses during the summer, no institutional aid is available. These hours may not be counted toward the 6-hour minimum requirement for Lipscomb academic scholarships.
Summer 2023 all undergraduate online-asynchronous courses are offered at a discounted$500 per credit hour rate. *Institutional scholarships and Employee Tuition Discounts will not apply to this discounted rate.