Academic Scholarships

Freshman Academic Scholarship

Annual award amounts range from $500 to $7,000.

  • 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 better $2,000
3.7 or better $1,500
3.5 or better $1,000
3.3 or better $750
3.1 or better $500
ACT Composite Score or SAT (Critical Reading + Math) ScoreAward Amount
36 ACT or 2380 SAT $4,000
34 ACT or 2220 SAT $3,500
32 ACT or 2080 SAT $3,000
30 ACT or 1980 SAT $2,500
28 ACT or 1860 SAT $2,000
26 ACT or 1740 SAT $1,500
24 ACT or 1740 SAT $1,000

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

Trustee's Scholarship $4,000 or more
President's Scholarship $2,500 to $3,750
Dean's Scholarship $500 to $2250

Example: 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 $1,000
ACT Award Amount $1,000
Total Award Amount $2,000 (Dean's Scholarship)
Transfer Academic Scholarship

Annual award amounts range from $1,000 to $4,000.

  • 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 GPAAward Amount
3.8 or better $4,000
3.6 or better $3,000
3.4 or better $2,000
3.1 or better $1,000
Trustee's Scholarship $4,000
President's Scholarship $3,000
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 $3,000 (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 $4,000
  • Full-time, on-campus enrollment required
  • Must register for classes by June 15 to be eligible
Athletic Scholarship

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

  • Awards range from $500 to $4,000; 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 $400 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
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.

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, 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

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 $400 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
Servant Leader Scholarship

Awarded to new online students enrolling part-time in an undergraduate program in the Hargrove School of Adult & Graduate Studies.

  • $1,000 annual award towards full-time enrollment: 12 hours each semester
  • $500 annual award towards half-time enrollment: 6 hours each semester
  • Must demonstrate servant leadership, such as volunteer Sunday School teacher, youth leader, tutoring at-risk youth, etc.
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.

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

Dean's Scholarship

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

  • Tuition scholarship of 3 credit hours annually — 1.5 hours each semester for Lincoln campus; 1 hour each semester for online or extension site
  • Recipients must register for 6 credit hours each semester to be eligible
  • Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA each term to renew award
  • Applicants for the Dean’s Scholarship need to submit a 250-300 word essay describing why they desire a graduate education and their ministry goals; if the applicant has submitted an essay for the Restoration or President’s Scholarship, it is not necessary to write a separate essay for the Dean’s Scholarship
Servant Leader Scholarship

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

  • $500 annual award
  • Must be enrolled in 6 hours or more each semester; disbursed over two semesters
  • Recipients must maintain a 3.0 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 15% 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
  • Applicants need to submit a 500-1,000 word essay describing why they desire a Master of Divinity education, their theological beliefs, ministry goals and their dedication to Restoration principals.
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
  • Applicants for the President’s Scholarship need to submit a 250-300 word essay describing why they desire a seminary education and their ministry goals; if the applicant has submitted an essay for the Restoration Scholarship, it is not necessary to write a separate essay for the President’s Scholarship
Dean's Scholarship

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

  • Tuition scholarship of 3 credit hours annually — 1.5 hours each semester for Lincoln campus; 1 hour each semester for online or extension site
  • Recipients must register for 6 credit hours each semester to be eligible
  • Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA each term to renew award
  • Applicants for the Dean’s Scholarship need to submit a 250-300 word essay describing why they desire a graduate education and their ministry goals; if the applicant has submitted an essay for the Restoration or President’s Scholarship, it is not necessary to write a separate essay for the Dean’s Scholarship

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 in 6 hours or more each semester
  • Recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA each term to renew award
Servant Leader Scholarship

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

  • $500 annual award
  • Must be enrolled in 6 hours or more each semester; disbursed over two semesters
  • Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA each term to renew award
Doctor of Ministry Award

Awarded to 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
  • 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 15% 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
Loftis Foundation Apologetics Scholarship

Awarded to a limited number of highly qualified candidates who are pusuing a specialization in Philosophy and Apologetics in their graduate degree program (MA or MDiv). Priority is given to candidates with financial need, demonstrated academic ability, and passion and potential for using apologetics in their personal lives, church or parachurch professions, volunteer ministries, or future education.

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.