Grants and Scholarships

You may qualify for more scholarships than you think. Incoming freshmen will be eligible to FULLY renew certain scholarships for up to four years if they maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. That makes investing in the Southern experience more affordable than ever.

  —indicates a renewing scholarship for incoming freshmen.

Freshman Academic Scholarship

So you have a respectable GPA and a solid ACT/SAT test score? Great! You’re eligible for the Freshman Academic Scholarship.

Freshman Criteria

If you’ve graduated from high school within the past nine months, or taken no more than 10 semester hours of college credit, and will be taking a full-time load (12 or more hours), this scholarship will automatically be awarded once transcripts and test scores are received. The Freshman Academic scholarship renews at 100 percent each year if you maintain a 3.0 GPA and full-time student status. 

  • Step 1: Multiply your high school GPA by 1,000
  • Step 2: Multiply your ACT* test score by 100
  • Step 3: Add all points from Step 1 and 2
Points (From Step 3) Scholarship 4 Year Total Awarded Per Year
4,800 - 5,700 Honors $8,000 $2,000
5,701 - 6,600 Dean $16,000 $4,000
6,601 - 7,300 Presidential $24,000 $6,000
7,301 and higher Full Tuition  Over $80,000 Tuition for 12-16
Credit hours

*Call the Admissions office at 1.800.SOUTHERN for help converting an SAT score to an ACT Score for calculating this scholarship.

Freshmen State Scholarship Replacement 

If your state of residence is in the Southern Union of Seventh-day Adventists and you would lose your state scholarship by choosing to attend Southern, you may qualify for $12,000 over four years (awarded $3,000 per year). The home address on your undergraduate application will be used to determine your state of residence. Students who receive employer tuition assistance are not eligible for this scholarship. 

Incoming freshmen will be eligible to renew this scholarship for up to four years if they maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and full-time student status.

Freshman Leadership Scholarship

Students who have served in specific positions during their senior year may qualify for a $10,000 freshman leadership scholarship (awarded $2,500 over four years). Talk to your Enrollment Counselor to see if you qualify.

Incoming freshmen will be eligible to renew this scholarship for up to four years if they maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and full-time student status.

Freshman Lightbearer Scholarship

Did you graduate from a public high school, home school, or private high school not run by an Adventist organization? If you attended for two or more years, you may qualify for an $8,000 freshman bridge scholarship (awarded $2,000 over four years) provided to encourage giving Adventist education a try.

Incoming freshmen will be eligible to renew this scholarship for up to four years if they maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and full-time student status.

National Merit Scholarship

Taking the PSAT test your junior year of high school is the first step for entering the National Merit Program. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation notifies students qualifying as semi-finalists or PSAT commended scholars. The list is also sent to United States colleges and universities.

Scholarships for students qualifying as semi-finalists and for PSAT commended scholar placement are determined based on the FLASH and STAR guidelines for freshmen and transfer/returning students.

The semi-finalist may advance to finalist status by taking the SAT during the senior year and by meeting other requirements outlined by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

If you’re a National Merit finalist, you’ll receive a full-tuition scholarship for four years if you maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

Performance Scholarships

Each year, performance scholarships are awarded by Gym-Masters, and the School of Music (for the orchestra, wind symphony, and choirs). Some performance scholarships are by audition only. The scholarships may be renewable each year you’re in college as long as you continue participating in the performing group. For more information, call the School of Music at 423.236.2880, or the Gym-Masters director at 423.236.2673.

Student Missionary/Task Force Scholarship

If you choose to serve as a student missionary or task force worker for an academic year, you’ll receive a $1,500 scholarship upon returning to Southern. For more information, call the Chaplain's Office at 423.236.2787.

Summer Ministries Scholarships

Spend your summer working in ministry, either as a literature evangelist or at an Adventist conference-sponsored summer camp, and you’ll be rewarded with a scholarship when you return to Southern.

Literature Evangelism Scholarship

Summer earnings are matched 50 percent, with a scholarship cap of $2,000.

Summer Camp Scholarship

You will receive $170 per full week worked, with a scholarship cap of $2,000 (Your camp director must submit the number of weeks you will work based on your camp contract to Enrollment Services.)

At the end of each summer, Southern will contact your employing organization to verify that you met your contractual obligations. If you participate in multiple summer ministries, you’re eligible to receive only one of the summer ministry scholarships—whichever is larger.

Departmental Grant

The Departmental Grant includes funds that have been provided to Southern from various friends and donors of the university. At the beginning of the fall semester recipients will be notified of the donor that has made a particular departmental grant possible. 

Transfer Academic Scholarship

The Transfer Academic Scholarship is awarded to those students who have earned more than 10 hours of college credit and will be taking a full-time load (12 or more undergraduate hours) through the duration of the scholarship. This scholarship is based on a combination of the student’s ACT* score and cumulative college GPA. This scholarship will automatically be awarded once all college transcripts and test scores are received.

Transfer students can receive this scholarship each year by maintaining the combined point total from their cumulative GPA and ACT score. The cumulative GPA is determined after their first semester at Southern and then yearly after the fall semester. Southern does not round up numbers for this scholarship.


Yearly Amount

Bronze Scholarship


Silver Scholarship


Gold Scholarship


* Transfer students who do not have an ACT score can qualify for a scholarship based on their cumulative GPA only. 



Bronze Circle

$1,000 with maintenance of 3.00-3.39 GPA

Silver Circle

$2,000 with maintenance of 3.40-3.79 GPA

Gold Circle

$3,000 with maintenance of 3.80 and above GPA

Endowment Fund Scholarships

Southern Adventist University is blessed with a growing endowment fund created by donors interested in helping students like you achieve your educational goals.

Eligibility for scholarships from the Southern endowment fund is determined by filling out the FAFSA, which uses a nationally recognized formula to determine a family's financial need. The Student Finance Office will automatically award this scholarship and contact you if you are eligible. 

Southern Scholars Honors Program Scholarships

Are you an academically motivated student who wants to take your college experience to the next level through rigorous course work? Consider enrolling in the Southern Scholars Honors Program. Students who participate in Southern Scholars are eligible for scholarships of $1,500, $2,500 and $3,500 during their 2nd, 3rd and 4th years respectively. For more information, call Mark Peach at 423.236.2743 or email him at

NHRP (for Hispanic Students)

Finalists are awarded a full tuition scholarship following the same terms and conditions as the National Merit Full Tuition Scholarship. Learn more at the NHRP website.

NASP (for African American Students)

Finalists are awarded a full tuition scholarship following the same terms and conditions as the National Merit Full Tuition Scholarship. National Achievement Scholarship Program (NASP) scholarships are determined by PSAT scores. Learn more at the NASP website.

Other Scholarship Sources

You may qualify for scholarships from national and community organizations like the YMCA and Rotary Club, from your parent's employers, or even from your local church. Check out resources in your hometown by contacting the public library, the local Chamber of Commerce, and your pastor. You can also access scholarship and financial aid information online at There are several searchable databases of more than 180,000 private scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans.


  • Southern Adventist University scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted.
  • Scholarships are divided and distributed equally over the fall and winter semesters and are not applicable for summer sessions.
  • Scholarships and awards cannot exceed costs for tuition (for 12 to 16 hours), general fees, room rent, and a capped amount for books and food. Outside grants and subsidies are applied before Southern scholarships and awards.
  • Scholarships listed here are available for full-time students taking 12 or more hours each semester at Southern's Collegedale campus.
  • Southern reserves the right to change or amend any of the scholarship policies at any time.