Scholarships – Undergraduate

Scholarships – Undergraduate

Lincoln Christian University offers and awards a number of scholarships to qualified students – some competitive and some automatic upon application and acceptance. The object of these awards vary depending upon the particular scholarship, but generally include academic as well as character and spiritual maturity criteria. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed and submitted to LCU prior to consideration for financial aid.

Below is a list of the various undergraduate scholarships available, including applications where required.

Academic Awards

No application necessary – academic awards are automatically offered on a rolling basis during the application process. All academic awards are annual if a student maintains at least a 2.75 GPA.

Freshman Academic Scholarships

  • Award amounts range from $1,000 to $6,500
  • Based on high school GPA through junior year (or above) and SAT, ACT, or CLT scores
  • Full-time, on-campus enrollment required

Transfer Academic Scholarships

  • Award amounts range from $1,000 to $4,000
  • Based on college GPA with more than 24 college credit hours
  • Full-time, on-campus enrollment required

Red Lions Community Award

No application necessary.

  • A need-based scholarship awarded to admitted students who demonstrate financial need after the application of all other awards
  • Determined by the Enrollment Services staff

Church Matching Scholarship

  • LCU will match any tuition-only scholarship given by a church to a specific student, up to $500/year for a full-time student and up to $250/year for a part-time student
  • Deadline for Church Matching Scholarship Intent Form is June 15
  • More information on the Church Matching Scholarship policy (click here)
  • Church Matching Intent Form (click here)

Christian Worker Scholarship

  • Open to dependent students whose parent(s) are involved in full-time Christian ministry (any denomination)
  • $1,000 annual award toward full-time enrollment (student lives on campus) or…
  • $500 annual award toward full-time enrollment (student lives off campus)
  • Verification of work in the Christian service field may be requested
  • Christian Worker Scholarship Application (click here)

National Merit Recognition Programs

  • Awarded to National Merit, National Achievement, and National Hispanic Scholar Semi-Finalists and Finalists who enroll at LCU
  • Guaranteed minimum award of $6,000
  • Full-time, on-campus enrollment required
  • Must register for classes by June 15 to be eligible

International Scholarship

No application necessary – international awards are automatically offered on a rolling basis during the application process and are annual awards if a student remains in good standing. 

  • Awarded to students from countries other than the U.S. on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, financial need, and mission
  • Up to 10 percent of tuition
  • Must be enrolled full-time and live in on-campus housing
  • Must be in good standing with SEVIS with a current F-1 student visa or other non-immigrant status

Government Grants

Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is available to students with financial need. This grant is awarded based on a formula established by the Federal Government based on family financial information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The FSEOG is for students with exceptional need who also have received the Federal Pell Grant. Funds for FSEOG are very limited.

Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP)
Illinois residents are considered for this need-based grant, which applies only to tuition and fees (room and board not included). The application deadline for MAP varies from year to year due to funding. Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after filing begins in October for enrollment the following year. Click HERE for further information.

Endowed Scholarship Gifts

Endowed scholarships are money gifted by donors and given specific scholarship criteria. Used mostly to help returning students, the Endowed Scholarship Application is made available to the student body each January.

Endowed Scholarship Application (click here)

The following scholarships are available to non-traditional (defined as at least 23 years old and/or married, or place-bound) undergraduate students:

Buy Three, Get 50% Scholarship

  • Take three online classes and get the fourth online class 50 percent off.
  • Estimated annual award for the 2018-2019 school year is $1,320 ($660 per semester)
  • Must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester
  • 50 percent tuition-only discount will be applied at the end of the semester, when all the classes for the term have been completed

Servant Leader Scholarship

  • Awarded to new online students enrolling in an undergraduate program
  • $1,000 annual award toward full-time enrollment (at least 12 hours each semester)
  • $500 annual award toward half-time enrollment (at least six hours each semester)
  • Must demonstrate servant leadership such as volunteering as a Sunday School teacher, youth leader, tutoring at-risk youth, etc.

First time online students, find the application for the two above scholarships (click here).

60+ Grant

  • Students 60 years of age or older pursuing an undergraduate degree will receive a $100 grant for each credit hour taken
  • Applies to full-time or part-time enrollment