Scholarships – Asbury University
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Asbury University is committed to offering the support and resources students need in order to be successful. That begins with scholarships and financial aid. We know that paying for college may seem like a daunting task for you and your family, but we’ve taken steps toward making Asbury University an affordable reality for you.

Take a look below at the kind of scholarships and aid that are available to you and what you can expect from Asbury.

Merit Scholarship Award for incoming freshman and transfer students

Because every high school calculates GPAs differently, when you apply to Asbury University, your transcript and GPA will go through a recalculation process in which we translate your school’s GPA to an Asbury 4-point scale. This way, we ensure that every new student gets the best possible aid.

You are then guaranteed a yearly scholarship based on your recalculated GPA — and that’s before you even apply for financial aid!

GPA Scholarship
3.9+* $15,000
3.7 – 3.89      $12,000
3.4 – 3.69 $11,000
3.0 – 3.39 $9,000

* Students in this category will be invited to Scholarship Competition held in February prior to the year the student plans to enroll. All attendees will compete for multiple scholarships at this competition. Students who attend and participate in the competition, but who do not win one of the Hughes or Morrison scholarships, will receive a $2000 scholarship to be stacked on top of their GPA scholarship award, not to exceed 100 percent of tuition.

AP, IB, and Honors classes are weighted in our recalculation.

See scholarship information for transfer students with 30+ credits.

Next, typical students are eligible for additional scholarships and aid

Typically, students qualify for scholarships and additional aid through a variety of means at Asbury. The merit/GPA scholarship is just the first step. Learn about other scholarships and need-based aid opportunities below.

All scholarships that require a separate application have a deadline of January 15 (unless otherwise indicated) of the year you plan to enroll at Asbury, and will be awarded by early March.

Asbury University Honors Program

The Asbury University Honors Program invites students to join a community of scholars engaged in a themed enrichment experience which gives particular focus to the concept of human dignity and the ethical implications that follow. This intellectual and moral exploration is anchored within the rich perspective of historic, orthodox Christianity. Academic scholarships and financial support for a research project experience as well as a travel stipend are available. The deadline to apply for Asbury’s Honors Program is February 1 of the year you plan to enroll at Asbury.

Academic Scholarships

▾ SEARCH Scholarship Competition

Students who qualify for the guaranteed starting scholarship of $15,000 are invited to participate in the annual SEARCH Scholarship Competition, where they will compete for one of four (4) John Wesley Hughes scholarships, equal to 100% of tuition, or one of twenty (20) Henry Clay Morrison scholarships, equal to 65% of tuition.

John Wesley Hughes Scholarships
Four full-tuition scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis to new students who qualify for and compete in the SEARCH Scholarship Competition, which is by invitation only and occurs on campus in early spring prior to intended enrollment. This award is renewed for up to four years or eight semesters provided the recipient maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.60 at Asbury University. No other Asbury gift aid is stackable with this scholarship.

Henry Clay Morrison Scholarships
Twenty 65% tuition scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis to new students who qualify for and compete in the SEARCH Scholarship Competition, which is by invitation only and occurs on campus in early spring prior to intended enrollment. This award is renewed for up to four years or eight semesters provided the recipient maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.60 at Asbury University. Other Asbury gift aid is stackable with this scholarship, up to 100 percent of annual tuition.

SEARCH Scholarship Competition Bonus
Students who attend and participate in the competition, but who do not win one of the Hughes or Morrison scholarships, will receive a $2000 scholarship to be stacked on top of their GPA scholarship award, not to exceed 100 percent of tuition.

 

▾ National Merit/Francis Asbury Scholarships

Scholarships equal to 75% of tuition will be awarded to National Merit semifinalists entering their freshman year during the fall semester, who graduated from high school the previous spring. This award is renewed for up to four years or eight semesters provided the recipient maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.50 at Asbury University.

Recipients of National Merit/Francis Asbury scholarships will be invited to the SEARCH Scholarship Competition (see above) to compete for one of four (4) John Wesley Hughes scholarships. Contact your admissions counselor for more detailed information.

▾ Kentucky Governor’s Scholarships

Alumni of Kentucky Governor's Programs automatically qualify for Asbury's top guaranteed academic merit scholarship amount of $15,000 (regardless of GPA) and are invited to participate in SEARCH Scholarship Competition (see above). This award is given to students who graduated from a Kentucky high school and who completed the Governor’s Scholars Program, the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs, or the Governor’s School for the Arts.

No application required.

▾ Rogers Scholars Award

Rogers Scholars alumni automatically qualify for Asbury's top guaranteed academic merit scholarship amount of $15,000 (regardless of GPA) and are invited to participate in SEARCH Scholarship Competition (see above). This award is given to students who successfully completed the Rogers Scholars program during the summer between their sophomore and junior year in high school.

No application required.

Multicultural and International Scholarships

▾ Multicultural and Minority Scholarships

Jose Velazquez Scholarships, awarded to Hispanic-American Students — up to $2,500
Multicultural Scholarship, awarded to other U.S. ethnic students — up to $2,500

No application required.

The purpose of these scholarships is to provide multicultural and minority students the opportunity of an education at Asbury University, and to provide and maintain an awareness of the value the University places on ethnic diversity and its attention to multicultural concerns on campus.

These scholarships may be renewed for up to four years or eight semesters (excluding summer) provided the student maintains Satisfactory Academic Progress at Asbury University.

▾ International Student Scholarship

Each year the Scholarship Committee will select new international applicants to receive partial scholarships. Selection is based on academic standing, an essay written by the student and other information available to the committee. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide qualified international students the opportunity of an education at Asbury University and to maintain awareness of international concerns through the presence of students from other countries on campus.

The deadline for application submission is January 1 of the year in which the student intends to enroll. This scholarship may be renewed for up to four years or eight semesters (excluding summer) provided the student maintains satisfactory academic progress. This scholarship is only available to persons who are not citizens of the USA or Canada. Please contact the Admissions Office for more detailed information.

Institutional Grants and Application Scholarships

▾ Asbury's Kentucky Pell Promise Tuition Guarantee

Asbury is committed to making Christian higher education possible for Kentucky students who desire a private, Christian college degree, regardless of their economic situation. Visit this page for full details.

▾ Out of State and Border State Scholarships

Out of State Scholarship - Asbury offers a $2,000 a year scholarship for any student who does not reside in Kentucky. This scholarship is awarded on top of all other financial aid, with the exception of the J. W. Hughes Scholarship, not to exceed 100 percent of annual tuition.

Border State Scholarship - In addition to the Out of State Scholarship, Asbury offers a $1,000 scholarship to students from the following Kentucky border states: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. May not exceed 100 percent of tuition.

No application required.

▾ Asbury University Alumni Scholarship Award

Asbury offers two five percent of tuition awards annually to entering freshmen who are direct descendants of an Asbury University alumnus. This is a one-time award and is, therefore, not renewable. This scholarship is awarded on top of all other financial aid, with the exception of the J. W. Hughes Scholarship, not to exceed 100 percent of tuition. The deadline to apply is January 15 of the year the student intends to enroll. 

Asbury University Alumni Scholarship Application

▾ Alumni Recognition Scholarship

Asbury awards a $1,500 per year scholarship to new students whose parent is an alumnus of Asbury University. This scholarship is awarded on top of all other financial aid, with the exception of the J. W. Hughes Scholarship, not to exceed 100 percent of tuition.

▾ JPL Indian Springs Scholarship

The JPL Indian Springs Scholarship of $2,500-3,500 per year is available to one new, incoming student in the traditional, residential undergraduate program who is actively involved in the Indian Springs Camp Meeting. To apply for the scholarship, you must first apply for admission to the University and be admitted, and then fill out the scholarship application. This scholarship is awarded on top of all other financial aid, with the exception of the J. W. Hughes Scholarship, not to exceed 100 percent of tuition. If you have questions about Asbury’s process to apply for admission, please contact the Admissions Office at (859) 858-5000. The deadline to apply is January 15 of the year the student intends to enroll.

▾ The Salvation Army Scholarship

Scholarships of $2,500 per year ($10,000 total over four years) are available for new, incoming students in the traditional, residential undergraduate program who are actively involved in The Salvation Army. The student must submit a letter of recommendation from the Corps Officer regarding his/her participation in the Army. The student must be accepted in good standing to be considered for this award. This scholarship is awarded on top of all other financial aid, with the exception of the J. W. Hughes Scholarships, not to exceed 100 percent of tuition. The deadline to submit recommendation letter is January 15 of the year the student intends to enroll.

▾ Christian Ministry Scholarship

A Christian Ministry Scholarship of $1,000 per year has been established for traditional undergraduate students who have at least one parent working in paid, full-time Christian Ministry. This scholarship is awarded on top of all other financial aid, with the exception of the J. W. Hughes Scholarship, not to exceed 100 percent of tuition.

▾ Church Match Grant

Asbury University will match donations - up to $1,000 per year - from the scholarship funds of churches and para–church organizations designated for students. This grant is awarded on top of all other financial aid, with the exception of the J. W. Hughes Scholarship, not to exceed 100 percent of tuition.

▾ Multiple Family Waiver

Students who have a sibling enrolled at Asbury University as a traditional undergraduate student are eligible to receive a four percent of tuition award. Students with two or more siblings enrolled at Asbury receive a five percent of tuition award. These funds are awarded on top of all other financial aid, with the exception of the J. W. Hughes Scholarship, not to exceed 100 percent of tuition.

▾ Summit Scholarship

The Asbury University Summit Ministries Scholarship is available for new, incoming, traditional undergraduate students who successfully completed a Summit Student Conference or Asbury University Summit Camp before their senior year of high school.

To qualify for this award, students must be accepted to Asbury University and must submit the scholarship form and documentation of attendance before the deadline on February 21 of the year they plan to enroll. The scholarship is worth $2,500 each year and is renewable for four years as long as the student remains in good standing at Asbury. This scholarship is awarded on top of all other financial aid, with the exception of the J. W. Hughes Scholarship, not to exceed 100 percent of tuition.

▾ Youth Becoming Leaders Scholarship

A scholarship worth $1,000 per year is available for new, incoming, traditional undergraduate students who successfully complete the Youth Becoming Leaders Program prior to the start of their senior high school year, and accompanying service requirements prior to the start of their first year at Asbury. This scholarship is renewable for four years as long as the student remains in good standing at Asbury. This scholarship is awarded on top of all other financial aid, with the exception of the J. W. Hughes Scholarship, not to exceed 100 percent of tuition. The deadline to submit information to Admissions is January 15 of the year you plan to attend. 

No application required.

Major-Specific/Endowed Scholarships

▾ Music Performance Scholarships

Audition Required

Music Performance Scholarships will be awarded at the sole discretion of the Music Department to students who exhibit outstanding musical performance ability. A major or minor in music is preferred but not required in order to audition. Students must meet Asbury University admission requirements to be considered. The Music Department makes the final selections based on auditions. To maintain this scholarship, students must meet the minimum cumulative GPA required for graduation and fulfill performance requirements. This scholarship is awarded on top of all other financial aid, with the exception of the J. W. Hughes Scholarship, not to exceed 100 percent of tuition.

Find out more about the Music Auditions & Scholarships.

▾ Worship Arts Performance Scholarships

Audition Required

Worship Arts Performance Scholarships will be awarded at the sole discretion of the Worship Arts Program. A major or minor in Worship Arts is preferred but not required in order to audition. Students must meet Asbury University admission requirements to be considered. The Worship Arts Program makes the final selections based on auditions. To maintain this scholarship, students must meet the minimum cumulative GPA required for graduation and fulfill performance requirements. This scholarship is awarded on top of all other financial aid, with the exception of the J. W. Hughes Scholarship, not to exceed 100 percent of tuition. The deadline to audition is February 15 of the year you plan to enroll.

Request a Worship Arts Performance Scholarship audition.

▾ Dayton School of Business Endowed Scholarship

Application Required

This scholarship for new students is designed to support Christian men and women interested in advancing the cause of Christ in the fields of Accounting, Business Management, Finance, Marketing, and Sports Management. A $10,000  Business Scholars Program Scholarship will be awarded to 1-2 student(s) per year and can be renewed annually. This scholarship is competitive and non-need based. Students must be accepted by the University, declare a major in the Dayton School of Business, and have achieved a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. Candidates with higher academic qualifications and evidence of involvement in business or leadership-related areas will be given priority. This scholarship is awarded on top of all other financial aid, with the exception of the J. W. Hughes Scholarship, not to exceed 100 percent of tuition. For consideration, please complete the scholarship application using your AU application login credentials. The deadline to apply is January 15 of the year you plan to attend Asbury.

▾ Windgate Art & Design Scholarships

Asbury University Art & Design Department is proud to announce a scholarship designed to support talented Art students to achieve their highest potential in Studio Art (painting, sculpture, photography, etc.), Graphic Design, Art History, Pre-Art Therapy and Art Education.

Windgate Scholars will be selected from among applicants to receive a minimum $4,000 award. Scholarships are for new students – both freshmen and transfers – and are annually renewable. They are merit-based rather than need-based, and can be added (“stacked”) on top of other financial aid packages, not to exceed 100% of tuition.

Candidates must declare a Major in Art, Art P–12, or Pre-Art Therapy, and carry a minimum test score of 24 ACT/1110 SAT and a 3.0 GPA or higher. Candidates with higher academic qualifications and evidence of promise in art or related areas will be given priority.

Windgate Art Scholars will be expected to:

  • Participate in the Art & Design Department and serve in various leadership roles during their four years, as directed by department faculty
  • Maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA
  • Maintain an Art, Art P–12 or Pre-Art Therapy major
  • Maintain good standing at Asbury University

Complete the Windgate Art & Design Scholarship application by January 15 of the year you intend to enroll.