70th Anniversary Scholarship

In honor of LCU's 70th Anniversary this scholarship will be awarded to all new first year, on-campus students enrolling full-time starting in the Fall 2014 term.

  • Award amount: $700/first year
  • May be combined with other awards

Academic Scholarships

Freshman Academic Scholarship

Annual award amounts range from $1,000 to $6,000.

  • Based on current high school GPA (thru at least the junior year) and/or SAT/ACT scores
  • Student's admitted on probation or provisional basis are not eligible
  • Renewable based on 2.75 cumulative college GPA
  • Award notification begins October 15
High School GPA (on a 4.0 Scale) Award Amount
3.9 or higher $3,000
3.6 to 3.89 $2,000
3.1 to 3.59 $1,000
ACT Composite Score or SAT (Critical Reading + Math) Score Award Amount
29 ACT or 1300 SAT $3,000
27 ACT or 1220 SAT $2,000
21 ACT or 990 SAT $1,000

Combine GPA and Score award amounts for a total academic award.

Trustee's Scholarship $5,000 to $6,000
President's Scholarship $3,000 to $4,000
Dean's Scholarship $1,000 to $2,000

Example 1: Bob has a high school GPA of a 3.6 on a 4.0 Scale and an ACT composite of 24. Bob's academic award would be:

GPA Award Amount $2,000
ACT Award Amount $1,000
Total Award Amount $3,000 (President's Scholarship)

Example 2: Kate has a high school GPA of 2.8 and an ACT composite of 21. Kate's academic award would be:

GPA Award Amount $0
ACT Award Amount $1,000
Total Award Amount $1,000 (Dean's Scholarship)
Transfer Academic Scholarship

Annual award amounts range from $1,000 to $6,000.

  • Based on college GPA on a 4.0 scale with more than 24 post high school credit hours
  • Students who have attended multiple colleges will have their GPA's combined
  • Students with less than 24 credit hours will be reviewed based on both high school and college work.
  • Renewable based on 2.75 cumulative college GPA
  • Award notification begins October 15
College GPA Award Amount
3.9 - 4.0 $6,000
3.75 - 3.89 $5,000
3.6 - 3.74 $4,000
3.45 - 3.59 $3,000
3.3 - 3.44 $2,000
3.1 or better $1,000
Trustee's Scholarship $5,000 to $6,000
President's Scholarship $3,000 to $4,000
Dean's Scholarship $1,000 to $2,000

Example 1: Luke has a college GPA (with 30 credit hours of work) of a 3.6. Luke's transfer academic award would be $4,000 (President's Scholarship).

Example 2: Casey attended two colleges. He received a 3.2 GPA at College A based on 12 credit hours of work, and a 3.0 GPA at College B based on 12 credit hours of work. Casey's combined recalculated GPA is a 3.15. Casey's transfer academic award would be $1,000 (Dean's Scholarship).

National Merit Recognition Programs

Awarded to National Merit, National Achievement, and National Hispanic Scholar Semi-Finalists and Finalists who designate LCU.

  • Guaranteed minimum award of $6,000
  • Full-time, on-campus enrollment required
  • Must register for classes by June 15 to be eligible
Worship Ministry Departmental Scholarship

Awarded to 7 new students pursuing a BA in Worship Ministry.

  • Awards range from $250 to $2,500
  • Participation in scholarship day required
  • Renewable based on cumulative college GPA and continued progress in the BA in Worship Ministry program
  • Full-time enrollment and on-campus residency required
Youth Ministry Departmental Scholarship

Awarded to 7 new students pursuing a BA in Youth Ministry.

  • Awards range from $250-2,500
  • Participation in scholarship day required
  • Renewable based on cumulative college GPA and continued progress in the BA in Youth Ministry program
  • Full-time enrollment and on-campus residency required
Business Departmental Scholarship

Awarded to 7 new students pursuing a BA in Business Administration.

  • Awards range from $250-2,500
  • Participation in scholarship day required
  • Renewable based on cumulative college GPA and continued progress in the BA in Business Administration program
  • Full-time enrollment and on-campus residency required
Psychology Departmental Scholarship

Awarded to 7 new students pursuing a BA in Psychology.

  • Awards range from $250-2,500
  • Participation in scholarship day required
  • Renewable based on cumulative college GPA and continued progress in the BA in Psychology program
  • Full-time enrollment and on-campus residency required
Preaching Ministry Departmental Scholarship

Awarded to 7 new students pursuing a BA in Preaching Ministry.

  • Awards range from $250-2,500
  • Participation in scholarship day required
  • Renewable based on cumulative college GPA and continued progress in the BA in Preaching Ministry program
  • Full-time enrollment and on-campus residency required
Athletic Scholarship

Awarded by the LCU athletic department to full-time students based on athletic talent, leadership potential, and ability.

  • Awards range from $250 to $5,000; renewable
  • Other rules and qualifications may apply
Church Matching Scholarship

LCU will match dollar-for-dollar any scholarship given by a church to a specific student, up to the award limit listed below.

  • LCU will match up to $750 for a full-time student
  • LCU will match up to $375 for a part-time student
  • Deadline for Church Matching Scholarship application is June 15

Click here for more information. Click here for the Church Matching Scholarship intent form.

Restoration Movement Scholarship

Open to students whose home church is affiliated with the Restoration Movement.

  • $500 annual award towards full-time enrollment. On-campus residency required
  • $250 annual award towards off-campus/full-time enrollment
  • Red Lions Community Scholarship

    Open to continuing sophomore, junior, and senior students pursuing full-time, on-campus enrollment.

    • $1,000 award
    • Award given to continuing students who demonstrate financial need
    Out of State Scholarship

    Students who are not residents of the State of Illinois and demonstrate financial need may apply for an Out-of-State Scholarship.

    • Up to $2,500 annual award, based on out of state residency
    • Students must enroll full-time and reside in on-campus housing
    • Priority application deadline of March 1
    International Scholarship

    Awarded to students from countries other than the U.S. on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, financial need, and mission.

    • Up to 10% of tuition; Renewable
    • Must be full time and reside in on-campus housing
    • Must be in good standing with SEVIS with a current F-1 student visa or other non-immigrant status

    Alumni and friends of Lincoln Christian University have established scholarships for full-time students who have at least a 2.0 GPA. Scholarship decisions are made on the basis of academic achievement, Christian character, commitment to ministry, and financial need.

    • Application deadline is March 15
    • Scholarship application coming soon.

    In addition to funds awarded by Lincoln Christian University, scholarships are available from a wide variety of sources. While seeking these scholarships can be a time consuming process, successful scholarship searches can help reduce your reliance on student loans or even be the final piece in affording an LCU education. We encourage you to begin researching scholarship possibilities twelve to fifteen months before you plan to enroll at LCU.

    • In addition to national scholarship competitions, don't forget to seek out scholarships offered in your community by foundations, religious organizations, and civic groups, such as the American Legion, Elks, or Kiwanis.
    • Check with your employers or companies you do business with. Some companies have scholarship programs to help pay the cost of post-secondary education for employees or their children or offer outside community awards.
    • Your public library and high school guidance counseling office can be excellent sources of information on state and private sources of aid.

    Please note that scholarships or grants received outside of federal, state, or institutional aid must be reported to the Financial Aid Office. Outside/private scholarships will be applied toward tuition costs. Adjustments may be made to your financial aid package and/or institutional awards if the additional assistance causes you to receive more financial aid then you are eligible to receive. (see Maximum Award Policy).

    There are also multiple free scholarship searches on the Internet. Click here for a good starting point.

    Listed below are a few of the awards that we would recommend checking into if you meet the criteria.

    Alexander Christian Foundation (ACF)

    The Alexander Christian Foundation's purpose is to encourage young people to go into full-time Christian service. Florida, Indiana (www.acfindiana.org), Iowa (acfofiwoa@q.com), and Oregon are a few states this foundation operates in.

    AmeriCorps

    The AmeriCorps program provides full-time educational awards in return for work in community service. You can work before, during, or after your postsecondary education, and you can use the funds either to pay current educational expenses or to repay federal student loans. For more information on this program, please call 800.942.2677.

    Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois

    Must meet income guidelines and reside in Logan, Dewitt, Mason, Menard, Fulton, or Piatt counties. For information call the Community Action corporate office in Lincoln at 217.732.2159 or send a request for information to 1800 Fifth Street, Lincoln, IL 62656.

    State of Illinois Scholarships

    The State of Illinois offers scholarship programs in areas such as teaching. For more information, visit the Illinois Student Assistance Commission at http://isac.org.

    Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund

    Talbots Scholarship awards are based primarily on financial need and previous achievements for women who earned their high school diploma or GED at least 10 years ago. Applications are available on their website beginning in mid-October and due at the beginning of January.

    Two Award Policy

    Students who are eligible to receive more than two institutional grants or scholarships will only receive the two largest dollar awards. There are some institutional aid programs that are an exception to the two award policy. These include the Church Matching Scholarship, the LCU College Grant, the 70th Anniversary Scholarship, and the Endowed Scholarship program.

    Maximum Award Policy

    In no case will a student receive more in grant and scholarship assistance than full-time tuition costs. Grant and scholarship assistance used to pay tuition costs include institutional, private, federal, and state programs. Federal Pell Grant funds may be permitted to be used for room and board as well as other indirect costs such as books, supplies, and miscellaneous expenses. Private scholarships that are not designated as tuition only awards may be used towards room and board costs at the discretion of the Director of Financial Aid.

    For more information on the programs listed above including eligibility requirements, application information, deadlines, and scholarship details, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 217.732.3168 or 888.522.5228 or by email at finaid@lincolnchristian.edu.

    Undergraduate Programs

    Hargrove Undergraduate Scholarship

    Take three classes - get the fourth class 50% off!

    • Estimated annual award for 2014-2015 is $1,257 ($628.50/semester)
    • Must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester
    • 50% 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 students enrolling part-time in an undergraduate program in the Hargrove School of Adult & Graduate Studies.

    • Award $400 annually
    • Part-time students only
    Early Childhood Scholarship

    Students pursuing an AAS degree in Early Childhood Education will receive a $150 scholarship for each credit hour taken.

    International Scholarship

    Awarded to students from countries other than the U.S. on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, financial need, and mission.

    • Up to 10% of tuition; renewable
    • Must enroll full-time in an on-campus program and be in good standing with SEVIS with a current F-1 student visa or other non-immigrant status
    • Students in an online program living in their home country may also be eligible
    • Recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA each term to renew award

    Alumni and friends of Lincoln Christian University have established scholarships for full-time students who have at least a 2.0 GPA. Scholarship decisions are made on the basis of academic achievement, Christian character, commitment to ministry, and financial need.

    • Application deadline is March 15
    • Scholarship application coming soon

    In addition to funds awarded by Lincoln Christian University, scholarships are available from a wide variety of sources. While seeking these scholarships can be a time consuming process, successful scholarship searches can help reduce your reliance on student loans or even be the final piece in affording an LCU education. We encourage you to begin researching scholarship possibilities twelve to fifteen months before you plan to enroll at LCU.

    • In addition to national scholarship competitions, don't forget to seek out scholarships offered in your community by foundations, religious organizations, and civic groups, such as the American Legion, Elks, or Kiwanis.
    • Check with your employers or companies you do business with. Some companies have scholarship programs to help pay the cost of post-secondary education for employees or offer outside community awards.
    • Your public library can be excellent sources of information on state and private sources of aid.

    Please note that scholarships or grants received outside of federal, state, or institutional aid must be reported to the Financial Aid Office. Outside/private scholarships will be applied toward tuition costs. Adjustments may be made to your financial aid package and/or institutional awards if the additional assistance causes you to receive more financial aid than you are eligible to receive. (see Maximum Award Policy).

    There are also multiple free scholarship searches on the Internet. Click here for a good starting point.

    Listed below are a few of the awards that we would recommend checking into if you meet the criteria.

    Alexander Christian Foundation (ACF)

    The Alexander Christian Foundation's purpose is to encourage young people to go into full-time Christian service. Florida, Indiana (www.acfindiana.org), Iowa (acfofiowa@q.com), and Oregon are a few states this foundation operates in.

    AmeriCorps

    The AmeriCorps program provides full-time educational awards in return for work in community service. You can work before, during, or after your postsecondary education, and you can use the funds either to pay current educational expenses or to repay federal student loans. For more information on this program, call 800.942.2677.

    Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois

    Must meet income guidelines and reside in Logan, Dewitt, Mason, Menard, Fulton, or Piatt counties. For information call the Community Action corporate office in Lincoln at 217.732.2159 or send a request for information to 1800 Fifth Street, Lincoln, IL 62656.

    State of Illinois Scholarships

    The State of Illinois offers scholarship programs in areas such as teaching. For more information, visit the Illinois Student Assistance Commission at http://isac.org

    Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund

    Talbots Scholarship awards are based primarily on financial need and previous achievements for women who earned their high school diploma or GED at least 10 years ago. Applications are available on their website beginning in mid-October and due at the beginning of January.

    Adult & Graduate Studies Award Policy

    Institutional grants and scholarships are designed to assist all Adult & Graduate Studies students. It is LCU's policy that students can only receive one institutional award (the highest of which they are selected and/or qualified for). The Endowed Scholarship Program is the exception to this award policy and may be combined with other institutional awards.

    Maximum Award Policy

    In no case will a student receive more in grant and scholarship assistance than full-time tuition costs. Grant and scholarship assistance used to pay tuition costs include institutional, private, federal, and state programs. Federal Pell Grant funds may be permitted to be used for room and board as well as other indirect costs such as books, supplies, and miscellaneous expenses. Private scholarships that are not designated as tuition only awards may be used towards room and board costs at the discretion of the Director of Financial Aid.

    For more information on the programs listed above including eligibility requirements, application information, deadlines, and scholarship details, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 217.732.3168 or 888.522.5228 or by email at finaid@lincolnchristian.edu.

    Graduate Programs

    Not-for-Profit Employee Scholarship

    Awarded to full-time employees of not-for-profit companies as termed by the U.S. government.

    • 10% tuition award
    • Must enroll full-time (6 hours each semester)
    • Recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA each term to renew award
    LCU Graduate Award

    Awarded to students who have received undergraduate, graduate, and/or seminary degree(s) from LCU, LCCS, or LBI.

    • 15% tuition award
    • Must enroll full-time (6 hours each semester)
    • Recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA each term to renew award
    International Scholarship

    Awarded to students with citizenship from countries other than the U.S., residing overseas, enrolled in an online graduate program of study, based on academic achievement, leadership, financial need, and mission.

    • Up to 10% of tuition
    • Must enroll full-time (6 hours each semester)
    • Recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA each term to renew award

    Alumni and friends of Lincoln Christian University have established scholarships for LCU students who have at least a 2.0 GPA. Scholarship decisions are made on the basis of academic achievement, Christian character, commitment to ministry, and financial need.

    • The application for endowed scholarship program is due by March 15
    • Other restrictions may apply

    Federal loan programs are available to students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens and meet the eligibility requirements as dictated by the federal government. Federal loan programs include the William D. Ford Loan Program and the Perkins Loan Program. To be considered for these programs, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and designate LCU.

    In addition to funds awarded by Lincoln Christian University, scholarships are available from a wide variety of sources. While seeking these scholarships can be a time consuming process, successful scholarship searches can help reduce your reliance on student loans or even be the final piece in affording an LCU education. We encourage you to begin researching scholarship possibilities before you plan to enroll at LCU.

    • In addition to national scholarship competitions, don't forget to seek out scholarships offered in your community by foundations, religious organizations, and civic groups, such as the American Legion, Elks, or Kiwanis.
    • Check with your employers or companies you do business with. Some companies have scholarship programs to help pay the cost of post-secondary education for employees or offer outside community awards.
    • Your public library can be excellent sources of information on state and private sources of aid.

    Please note that scholarships or grants received outside of federal, state, or institutional aid must be reported to the Financial Aid Office. Outside/private scholarships will be applied toward tuition costs. Adjustments may be made to your financial aid package and/or institutional awards if the additional assistance causes you to receive more financial aid that you are eligible to receive. (see Maximum Award Policy).

    Adult & Graduate Studies Award Policy

    Institutional grants and scholarships are designed to assist all Adult & Graduate Studies students. It is LCU's policy that students can only receive one institutional award (the highest of which they are selected and/or qualified for). The Endowed Scholarship Program is an exception to this award policy and may be combined with other institutional awards.

    Maximum Award Policy

    In no case will a student receive more in grant and scholarship assistance than full-time tuition costs. Grant and scholarship assistance used to pay tuition costs include institutional, private, federal, and state programs. Any outside/private scholarships will be applied toward tuition costs. Private scholarships that are not designated as tuition only awards may be used towards room and board costs at the discretion of the Director of Financial Aid.

    For more information on the programs listed above including eligibility requirements, application information, deadlines, and scholarship details, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 217.732.3168 or 888.522.5228 or by email at finaid@lincolnchristian.edu.

    Academic Awards

    Restoration Scholarship

    Awarded to 3 first-time, full-time Master of Divinity students based on academic ability (minimum of 3.5 GPA required), spiritual maturity, leadership ministry potential, and active membership in a church affiliated with the Restoration Movement.

    • Tuition scholarship of 12 credit hours annually
    • Recipients must register for 9 credit hours each semester to be eligible
    • Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA each term to renew award
    • A separate application is required and is due by March 15
    • Recipients must register for classes before June 15
    President's Scholarship

    Awarded to 4 first-time, full-time Lincoln Christian Seminary students based on academic ability (minimum of 3.5 GPA required), spiritual maturity, and leadership ministry potential.

    • Tuition scholarship of 9 credit hours annually
    • Recipients must register for 9 credit hours each semester to be eligible
    • Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA each term to renew award
    • A separate application is required and is due by March 15
    • Recipients must register for classes before June 15
    Provost's Scholarship

    Awarded to a limited number of first-time, full-time Seminary students based on academic ability (minimum of 3.0 GPA required), spiritual maturity, and leadership ministry potential.

    • Tuition scholarship of 3 credit hours annually
    • Recipients must register for 6 credit hours each semester to be eligible
    • Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA each term to renew award
    • A separate application is required; priority consideration given to applications submitted before March 15
    • Recipients must register for classes before June 15
    Dean's Scholarship

    Awarded to 5 full-time students who have graduated from a sister Bible college. Awards based on academic ability (minimum of 3.0 GPA required), spiritual maturity, and leadership ministry potential.

    • Tuition scholarship of 6 credit hours annually
    • Recipients must register for 9 credit hours each semester to be eligible
    • Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA each term to renew award
    • Students will be nominated by their home institution
    • Priority consideration given to applications submitted before March 15
    • Recipients must register for classes before June 15

    Other Scholarships & Awards

    LCU Graduate Award

    Awarded to students who have received undergraduate, graduate, and/or seminary degree(s) from LCU, LCCS, or LBI.

    • 15% tuition award
    • Must enroll full-time (9 credit hours each semester)
    • Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA each term to renew award
    Servant Leader Scholarship

    Awarded to first-year students enrolling in Lincoln Christian Seminary.

    • Students enrolling in 6-8 credit hours each semester will receive a $250 award/$125 each semester
    • Students enrolling in 9-11 credit hours each semester will receive a $500 award/$250 each semester
    • Students enrolling in 12 or more credit hours each semester will receive a $750 award/$375 each semester
    • Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA each term to renew award
    Church Matching Scholarship

    LCU will match dollar-for-dollar up to the award limit listed below any scholarship given by a church to a specific Lincoln Christian Seminary student, up to the award limit listed below.

    • LCU will match up to $250 per semester/$500 annually for a full-time Seminary student
    • Deadline for Church Matching Scholarship application is June 15

    Click here for more information. Click here for the Church Matching Scholarship intent form.

    Doctor of Ministry Award

    Awarded to all students pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree at Lincoln Christian Seminary.

    • Lincoln Christian Seminary graduates receive a 10% tuition discount
    • All others receive a 5% tuition discount
    • Must be enrolled full-time in the DMin program
    • LCU graduates who need to achieve MDiv. equivalency will receive a 15% tuition discount for up to 12 credit hours of classes provided they are enrolled full-time
    • Part-time and non-LCU MDiv. equivalency students are eligible to receive the Servant Leader Award if they enroll full-time
    • Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA each term to renew the award
    International Scholarship

    Awarded to students from countries other than the U.S. on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, financial need, and mission.

    • Up to 10% of tuition
    • Must enroll full-time and be in good standing with SEVIS
    • Must be in good standing with SEVIS with a current F-1 student visa or other non-immigrant status
    • Recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA each term to renew award

    Alumni and friends of Lincoln Christian University have established scholarships for full-time students who have at least a 2.0 GPA. Scholarship decisions are made on the basis of academic achievement, Christian character, commitment to ministry, and financial need.

    • Application deadline is March 15

    Federal loan programs are available to students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens and meet the eligibility requirements as dictated by the federal government. Federal loan programs include the William D. Ford Loan Program and the Perkins Loan Program. To be considered for these programs, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and designate LCU.

    Seminary Award Policy

    Institutional grants and scholarships are designed to assist all Seminary students. It is LCU's policy that Seminary students can only receive one institutional award (the highest of which they are selected and/or qualified for). The Church Matching Scholarship and the Endowed Scholarship Program are exceptions to this award policy and may be combined with other institutional awards.

    Maximum Award Policy

    In no case will a student receive more in grant and scholarship assistance than full-time tuition costs. Grant and scholarship assistance used to pay tuition costs include institutional, private, federal, and state programs. Any outside/private scholarships will be applied toward tuition costs. Private scholarships that are not designated as tuition only awards may be used towards room and board costs at the discretion of the Director of Financial Aid. Awards are limited to the total number of credit hours required for the specified degree.

    Outside/Private Scholarships

    Scholarships or grants received outside of federal, state, or institutional aid must be reported to the Financial Aid Office. Adjustments may be made to your financial aid package and institutional awards if the additional assistance causes you to receive more financial aid than actual tuition costs (see above).

    For more information on the institutional, federal, and state programs listed above including eligibility requirements, application information, deadlines, and scholarship details, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 217.732.3168 or 888.522.5228 or by email at finaid@lincolnchristian.edu.