Cumberland University

Scholarships

Leadership Scholarships are awarded to new incoming freshmen based upon their leadership potential, involvement in school activities, and community service. Three letters of recommendation from guidance counselors, faculty members, administrators, teachers, or community leaders are required, along with an essay highlighting your leadership qualities. Applicants must have a minimum of a 22 on the A.C.T. and a 3.25 cumulative G.P.A. to be considered. Amount: 15 scholarships up to $2,000 each. Restrictions: Maintain a 3.00 cumulative G.P.A. and continues leadership qualities and participation on campus are required. Deadline: April 1st.

Ernest L. Stockton Jr. Grants are awarded to students who hold a university parallel degree from an accredited two year college with a minimum 2.50 cumulative G.P.A. Amount: Up to $3,400. Restrictions: Full-time student status plus maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA on courses taken at Cumberland University . Ernest L. Stockton, Jr., received the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1939 and the Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) in 1958 from Cumberland University . He served as the institution's 18th President from 1958-1982.

Private & Endowment Scholarships – Cumberland University also awards various private and endowed scholarships which have specific requirements for eligibility. These awards have been donated by families, businesses, and civic organizations. A listing of these scholarships can be found in the catalog and on the website. Deadline for applications to be submitted to the Student Financial Services Office is April 1st. View more information about endowed scholarships.

Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarships may be awarded to any valedictorian or salutatorian who is a graduate of an accredited high school and who has a minimum of twenty-four (24) on the ACT and a minimum of 3.50 cumulative G.P.A. Amount: Up to $7,500. Restrictions: Full-time student status, plus maintain a 3.50 cumulative G.P.A.

Trustee Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen in the top five percent (5%) of their graduating class and who have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher  and a minimum 30 composite on the ACT or a 1330 on the SAT critical reading and mathematics combined score. Trustee Scholarship recipients are eligible for a scholarship up to full-tuition.  Restrictions: Full-time student status, maintain a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA.

Presidential Award Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen who have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher and between a 27-29 composite on the ACT or 1210-1320 on the SAT critical reading and mathematics combined score. Presidential Award recipients may be eligible for a scholarship up to $16,000.  Restrictions: Full-time student status, maintain a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA.

Community College Educational Advancement Award(CCEAA) for Academic Excellence are awarded to transfer students who hold a University parallel associate degree from a Tennessee Board of Regents Institution and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. CCEAA for Academic Excellence recipients may be eligible for a scholarship up to $13,000. Restrictions: Full-time student status, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA based on award level. Students who are enrolled in the Nursing Program are not eligible for this award.

Institutional scholarships and grants are awarded on an academic year basis. Cumberland University defines an academic year as 32 weeks consisting of a fall and spring semester. Institutional aid is only available during the academic year. Students wishing to enroll in classes during a summer semester should check with the Student Financial Services office to determining eligibility for any federal or state financial aid including student loans.