Scholarships are forms of financial aid which do not have to be repaid. Typically, scholarships are awarded upon the basis of academic success, though at times financial need is considered as well. Below are our scholarships for undergraduate students.
The Presidential Scholarship is a highly selective, limited scholarship available to incoming freshmen. In order to be considered, a student must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.8, a SAT score of 1200 (Math and Critical Reading), and be admitted no later than February 1. Scholastic and community activities are also considered in the evaluation process. This scholarship may be renewed annually for four years as long as students maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and are enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per semester. Students cannot receive both a Presidential Scholarship and an Academic Scholarship. Consideration is based upon a student's application for admission to the university; no additional application is required to apply.
The Academic Scholarship is available to incoming freshmen and transfer students. For incoming freshmen, eligibility is based upon their high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores. For incoming transfer students, eligibility is determined by the student's cumulative GPA. The scholarship may be renewed annually for a total of four years. To remain eligible, recipients are required to maintain full-time enrollment as an undergraduate student and a GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). In addition, recipients must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements as defined by the Office of Financial Aid and listed in the undergraduate catalog. No additional application is required to apply; eligibility is determined based upon a student's application for admission to the university.
The Conservatory Scholarship is available to students pursuing a degree within the Shenandoah Conservatory. The scholarship is awarded based upon a student's application for admission, their audition and the needs of the conservatory. The Conservatory Talent Award may be renewed annually for a total of four years. Recipients are required to maintain full-time enrollment as an undergraduate student, maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), and meet the requirements as set by the Conservatory to keep the award. This scholarship is awarded in place of the Academic Scholarship.
Shenandoah University offers a scholarship to full-time undergraduate students who are residents of Virginia and have been members in good standing of the Virginia Conference United Methodist Church for at least one year. Membership standing must be certified by their minister. This award is automatically renewed for up to four years for eligible students. Applications for the Virginia Conference United Methodist Scholarship are due May 31.
Ministerial Grants are available to dependent children and spouses of Virginia Conference United Methodist ministers. Students must be a resident of Virginia and enrolled full-time to qualify. Recipients may receive the award for a maximum of four years. Ministerial Grant recipients are not eligible for other forms of SU aid. Applications for the Virginia Conference Ministerial Grant are due May 31.
Shenandoah University participates in the tuition exchanges programs of The Tuition Exchange and the Council of Independent Colleges. These not-for-profit reciprocal scholarship programs make it possible for the undergraduate dependents of faculty and staff at participating colleges and universities to apply for full tuition scholarships at partner institutions. For incoming freshmen only, students are selected based upon their high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores. This scholarship may be renewed annually for a total of four years . To remain eligible, recipients are required to maintain full-time enrollment as an undergraduate student and a GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). In addition, recipients must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements as defined by the Office of Financial Aid and listed in the undergraduate catalog. Eligibility for tuition exchange must certified annually by the tuition exchange liaison of their parent's institution. No additional application is required to apply. Recipients will be notified in March.
Students are strongly encouraged to pursue scholarships from outside the university. Your home community and the Internet can be great potential sources for a scholarship. Also, do not stop applying for scholarships once you have been enrolled at Shenandoah University. Outside scholarship opportunities will continue to become available throughout the academic career.
If you receive scholarships from outside of Shenandoah University, please make our office aware by submitting the Declaration of Outside Grants and Scholarships Form.
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Throughout the year, the Office of Financial Aid receives outside scholarship information and posts it on a display board next to the Business Office in Wilkins Hall. The board is updated regularly, so be sure to check frequently throughout the academic year.