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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Dallas Floyd Memorial Scholarship

Recipient shall be a full-time Cumberland student in need of financial assistance with a minimum 3.0 GPA who has displayed a balanced and well-rounded academic and extracurricular educational experience.

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David Alexander McCandless Scholarship

Restrictions: Recipient must not be involved in varsity athletics

This scholarship is to be awarded to a Cumberland junior or senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher who is majoring in a Liberal Arts discipline or in Education.

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Digitar, Inc./Dixie Taylor Endowed Nursing Scholarship

The award is made to a Wilson or Trousdale County high school graduate who must be a full-time student in the Cumberland University Nursing Program.

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Dr. H. Bert Coble Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student in any music discipline and who has a high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and with a minimum ACT of 20 or an equivalent SAT score.

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Dr. Thomas Richard Puryear Endowment

A Wilson County native, Dr. Thomas Richard Puryear grew up on a farm under depressed economic conditions.

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Earl F. and Allie Coe Baker Endowed Scholarship

Mrs. Allie Coe Baker established this scholarship through her estate to assist students from Watertown High School (Tennessee) to further their education.

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Earl Young Barbour Memorial Scholarship

Restrictions: recipient must be a returning member of the football squad and must be recommended by the head football coach and athletic director.

Recipient must be the highest academically ranked football player at the University from either Wilson or Putnam County, Tennessee with a GPA of at least 2.80.

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Edward L. and Aileen O. Jennings Scholarship

This award is given to an undergraduate student at Cumberland University who is worthy of assistance and is unable to obtain financial assistance otherwise.

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Effie Holloway Sloan Scholarship

This award is given to a resident of Wilson County, Tennessee who is a junior or senior at Cumberland University majoring in education and who plans to teach at the elementary or secondary level.