Undergraduate Student Scholarships | Cincinnati Christian University

Undergraduate Student Scholarships

All CCU scholarships, grants, and awards are non-transferable, have no cash value, and must be used in successive semesters upon enrollment. The combination of CCU scholarships with other tuition-restricted grants and scholarships may not exceed the cost of tuition. Recipients who decide not to enroll in the term specified on their admissions application will forfeit all scholarship awards. Financial need may be considered in the awarding of some CCU scholarships and will be evaluated using the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

President’s Scholarship

Award Amount: Up to $2,250 per semester, applied to tuition only
For new, full-time students who demonstrate exceptional scholarship achievement, Christian character, and leadership ability. Also available for transfer students who have completed at least two semesters of study and have achieved a minimum college cumulative GPA of 3.67. Criteria/requirements include: – Minimum 3.5 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale – Minimum 27 ACT/1840 SAT (new SAT 1310) composite score – Renewable if full-time and 3.3 GPA maintained

Dean’s Scholarship

Award Amount: Up to $1,250 per semester, applied to tuition only
For new full-time students who demonstrate excellent scholarship achievement, Christian character and leadership ability. Also available for transfer students who have completed at least two semesters of study and have achieved a minimum college cumulative GPA of 3.3. Criteria/requirements include:

  • Minimum 3.2 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum 24 ACT/1630 SAT (new SAT 1180) composite score
  • Renewable if full-time and 3.0 GPA maintained
Bluegrass Award

Award Amount: Up to $1,250 per semester, applied to tuition only
For new full-time students who are residents of Kentucky and have earned a Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES). Also available for new transfer students who have completed at least 24 hours of previous college work at another institution, have achieved a minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.5, and have earned a KEES award. Criteria/requirements include:

  • Official documentation of KEES award eligibility
  • Annual award matches KEES award eligibility, up to $1,250 per semester (8 semesters)
  • Renewable if full-time and 2.5 GPA maintained
Bridge Academy Scholarship

Award Amount: Up to $1,500 per semester, applied to tuition only
For new full-time students who have completed 6 hours of dual-enrollment college credit at CCU. Criteria/requirements include:

  • Renewable if full-time and 2.5 GPA maintained
  • May be combined with other CCU scholarships, grants, and awards up to a maximum of $3,000 per semester
Christian Education Scholarship

Award Amount: Up to $1,500 per semester, applied to tuition only
For new full-time students who graduated from a Christian secondary school. Criteria/requirements include:

  • Renewable if full-time and 2.5 GPA maintained
  • May be combined with other CCU scholarships, grants, and awards up to a maximum of $3,000 per semester
Christian Ministry Dependent Award

Award Amount: Up to $1,500 per semester, applied to tuition only For new full-time students who are dependents of full-time ministers or missionaries. Criteria/requirements include:

  • Submit Christian Ministry Dependent Award Application
  • Must be classified as a dependent student according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Renewable if full-time and 2.5 GPA maintained
  • Christian Ministry Dependent Award Application must be submitted annually for renewal of award
  • May be combined with other CCU scholarships, grants, and awards up to a maximum of $3,000 per semester
  • May not be used in combination with the CCU Missionary Grant
Legacy Award

Award Amount: Up to $1,500 per semester, applied to tuition only
For new full-time students who are children or grandchildren of CCU alumni. Criteria/requirements include:

  • Submit Legacy Award Application
  • Limited to one Legacy Award per student
  • Renewable if full-time and 2.5 GPA maintained
  • May be combined with other CCU scholarships, grants, and awards up to a maximum of $3,000 per semester
  • May not be used in combination with CCU Alumni Referral Award
National Honor Society Scholarship

Award Amount: Up to $500 per semester, applied to tuition only
For new full-time students who are members of National Honor Society. Criteria/requirements include:

  • Provide letter from NHS Chapter Sponsor or high school guidance counselor verifying NHS membership
  • Renewable if full-time and 2.5 GPA maintained
  • May be combined with other CCU scholarships, grants, and awards up to a maximum of $3,000 per semester
Missionary Grant

Award Amount: Up to $3,930 per semester, applied to room and board charges
For new full-time students whose parents currently are serving as full-time resident missionaries on a foreign or domestic mission field. Criteria/requirements include:

  • Must be classified as a dependent student according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Must submit an annual letter verifying missionary status by March 1
  • Must apply for federal and state aid by submitting a FAFSA to the Federal Student Aid Processing Center prior to March 1
  • Must have an EFC of 0 based on the FAFSA results
  • Award to be applied to room and board charges for a maximum of eight semesters. The award amount is based on the cost of a double room and a standard meal plan and may be adjusted annually based changes to room and board charges.
  • Renewable if full-time and 2.67 GPA maintained
  • Students receiving full-tuition scholarships are not eligible for the Missionary Grant
  • The combination of the Missionary Grant with other restricted scholarships/grants is not to exceed the cost of the student’s tuition, room and board.
Undergraduate International Scholarship

Award Amount: Up to full tuition
For new, full-time international students who are seeking to prepare for involvement in some form of ministry and committed to returning to their home countries upon completion of undergraduate studies at CCU. Criteria/requirements include:

  • An essay explaining why the individual should be considered for the scholarship, including vocational goals and financial situation
  • A reference from a recognized, national (home country) church leader who knows the student well
  • A reference from a resident missionary in student’s home country, if available.
  • Documentation of secured sponsorship to guarantee payment of all non-tuition expenses and fees, or proof of sufficient funds to cover these expenses
  • Award will cover full tuition for a bachelor’s degree; no more than 150 credit hours
  • Renewable if full-time and 2.00 cumulative GPA is maintained
  • Recipients are not eligible for any other undergraduate tuition scholarship, awards or discounts, except Contest Awards
Family Grant

Award Amount: Up to $1,500 per semester to be applied to eligible tuition charges
This Grant is applicable when more than one dependent student from within a family unit is enrolled as an undergraduate student at CCU. The Grant also applies when a married couple or a parent and dependent child are enrolled as undergraduate students at CCU. Dependency is based on the FAFSA definition. Criteria/ requirements include:

  • Each family member must be accepted into an undergraduate degree program and attending full-time.
  • The Family Grant Application must be submitted for each term for which the Grant is to be awarded.
  • The Family Grant cannot be used in combination with any Partner Church Scholarships.
Contest Awards

It is possible to accumulate financial assistance for a CCU education through the following contests and competitions: Bible Bowl, Preaching, and Music. These scholarships are divided equally over eight semesters and must be used on a consecutive semester basis, immediately upon graduation from high school.