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Transfer Scholarships

We have several unique scholarship options for transfer students to ensure that an excellent education is within financial reach, whether you’re coming from a community college or from another four-year university.

If you have enrolled full-time at another college or university for at least one full semester after high school, then we consider you a transfer student, which makes you eligible for our transfer scholarships based on your final cumulative college grade point average. Many of the transfer scholarships that we offer are stackable.

At the end of each semester you spend at Lipscomb, you’ll be eligible to renew the transfer scholarships you’ve been awarded—as long as you still meet our criteria. Check below to see our scholarship options and GPA requirements for each.

Students who previously attended Lipscomb University are considered returning students and do not qualify for transfer scholarships.

Lipscomb Pathways Scholarship

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. 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 $17,500 per year ($8,750 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. You must submit a FAFSA to be eligible. This scholarship is for students seeking their first bachelor degree only.

Phi Theta Kappa & National Society of Leadership and Success Scholarships

Lipscomb University will award transfer students who are active members of Phi Theta Kappa or the National Society of Leadership and Success a $2,500 annual scholarship upon enrollment. Proof of Membership is required. Students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA at Lipscomb each semester for renewal. Children of Lipscomb employees are not eligible. The scholarship is for traditional incoming undergraduate transfer students seeking their first bachelor degree only. Current undergraduate students and students in our adult degree/online programs are ineligible. 

Transfer Trustee Scholarship

This scholarship is closed for 2022.

Lipscomb University will award eight full-tuition scholarships to students who transfer to Lipscomb from a community college.

A 3.5 cumulative GPA is required upon entry to qualify, and the student must be enrolled full time in Lipscomb's traditional undergraduate program. Students must have thirty or more earned community college hours that are transferable to Lipscomb.

This award does not combine with any other Lipscomb institutional aid, but can be awarded in addition to Tennessee HOPE scholarship for on-campus students. If the student is eligible for the Tennessee HOPE scholarship and is living off-campus, HOPE will be included as a part of the full-tuition scholarship. Direct costs policies also apply. 

The scholarship requires a cumulative 3.25 GPA at Lipscomb each semester, beginning with the first semester for renewal.

Materials required to apply for this scholarship include:

  • Application
  • Essay
    • A general assertion is that what we value can be determined by what we are willing to sacrifice. Famed French essayist and critic, Charles Du Bos, stated, "The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become."

      Today, staying focused and committed to educational pursuits involves a great deal of time, resilience and effort. Share a few examples of what you are temporarily sacrificing to reach your greater goal. Additionally, describe if/how completing a four-year degree at Lipscomb could help meet that goal.

      Compose an essay (1,500 words maximum, double-spaced, 12 pt font) that thoughtfully answers the prompt.

      The essay will be evaluated by the Department of English and the Office of Admissions. Please do not put your name, date or other identifying information on the essay document.

  • Two recommendations from non-family members; at least one recommendation must come from a staff or faculty member at your community college.
  • Resume
  • Professional headshot

This scholarship is for students seeking their first bachelor degree only.

Lipscomb Noyce Scholars Program

The Lipscomb Noyce Scholars Program provides scholarships to support talented STEM majors in their pursuit to become middle and high school math and science teachers. The goal of this program is to develop highly qualified STEM teachers who are committed to teaching in high-need school districts for a period of time upon graduation.

Noyce Scholars 

Noyce Scholars receive:

  • Up to $16,500 per year in scholarships during their junior and senior years
  • Professional development opportunities in STEM education and culturally responsive teaching
  • Support for passing teaching licensure exams
  • Mentoring throughout their training and during their first years of teaching