Institutional Scholarships and Grants

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 Financial Aid Office to determining eligibility for any federal or state financial aid including student loans.

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Cumberland (CU) Promise Scholarships

Amount per year: Up to $16,000

Restrictions: Full-time student status, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA based on award level.

The Cumberland Promise Scholarships are awarded to students who hold a University parallel associate degree from a regionally accredited institution and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

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Ernest L. Stockton Jr. Grants

Amount per year: 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. Grants are awarded to students who hold a university parallel degree from an accredited two year or four year university with a minimum 2.50 cumulative G.P.A.

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Phoenix Promise

Restrictions: -Only available to rising sophomore or junior students at Cumberland, including transfer students. -Only available for Tennessee residents. -Not available to nursing majors, athletes or fine arts performing students.

The Phoenix Promise is a last-dollar scholarship, which means that after considering all funding and grants a student is eligible for, the Phoenix Promise covers the remaining balance of tuition and access fees. This means that eligible students will pay little or no costs out-of-pocket for tuition and access fees.

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Presidential Award Scholarships

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 1280-1380 on the SAT critical reading and mathematics combined score.

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Private and Endowment Scholarships

Cumberland University also awards various private and endowed scholarships which have specific requirements for eligibility.

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Trustee Scholarships

Restrictions: Full-time student status, maintain a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA at the end of each academic year.

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 1390 on the SAT critical reading and mathematics combined score.

Endowed Scholarships

Cumberland University 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. The deadline for applications to be submitted to the Financial Aid Office is April 1st.

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A.C. Wharton Family Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a Wilson County, Tennessee student majoring in business who needs financial support to attend college and who has been accepted as an entering freshman.

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Adonai Foundation Inc. Endowed Scholarship

Mr. and Mrs. Y. M. Chu established this scholarship in 2010 in honor of Dr. Ernest L. Stockton, president of Cumberland University from 1958 to 1983.

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Alma and Fannie Baird Scholarship

The late Senator William D. Baird, BA, LL.B (1930, 1931) established this scholarship in memory of his mother, Fannie Baird, and wife, Alma Counts Baird.

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Amy Jo Grissim Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a full-time education major or to a student pursuing a pre-medical academic area of focus.

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Arah George Bradley King Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1990 by Judge and Mrs. Rodney V. Ahles in memory of Mrs. Ahles’ sister.

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Audrah Dee Endowed Scholarship

Established by Ms. Karen Hardin in honor of her daughter, this scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior student majoring in Special Education.

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Bascom and Alice Cooksey, Sr. Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student from Wilson County, Tennessee with a minimum entering ACT score of 20 or a high school GPA of 2.5 or if enrolled in Cumberland or as a transfer student shall have a GPA of 2.5 based on a 4.0 scale.

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Benny Gamboa Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to an incoming freshman soccer player.

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Betty Smallwood Endowed Fund

Mrs. Brenda Callis established this scholarship in memory of her dear friend Mrs. Betty Smallwood.

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