Facts to help you focus your scholarship search

Scholarships are known as gift aid because they generally don’t have to be repaid. If you’re looking for ways to pay for a degree or certificate, consider scholarships and grants first. Not only will scholarships save you money, but they will look great in the “awards” area of your academic or work résumé.

What kinds of scholarships are available?

There are two basic types of scholarships: Institutional scholarships and External scholarships.

Institutional scholarships, awarded by the university, are often based on grades, need, community or church involvement, and even musical talent. Our university awards scholarships for SAT/ACT test scores.

NOTE: Our institutional scholarships are available to students taking on-campus classes only. Contact the university for more information about institutional scholarships we have available.

External scholarships are provided by companies, foundations, service groups, and other organizations in the private sector. Availability and amounts awarded can vary greatly, depending on the provider. The monetary award may be payable to you or the school, depending on the terms and conditions for the scholarship. Eligibility is often dependent on many different factors like demographics, academic achievement or artistic ability. See below for more information on eligibility.

NOTE: If you receive a private scholarship, your school may reduce the financial aid you are eligible to receive to avoid an over-award. Be sure to report scholarships on your FAFSA.

Who is eligible?

There are many unique scholarships offered by our school and other sources who want to invest in your higher education— you may be surprised by what you find! Many scholarships are merit based as determined by your academic achievement to determine eligibility. Others are awarded based on many different factors, including:

  • Cultural background
  • Professional interest, e.g., business, legal, etc.
  • Religious affiliation
  • Artistic or musical talent
  • Hobbies
  • Essays
  • Geographic location
  • And more!

Distance Education and SWAU online students are not eligible for Institutional Scholarships, but you may certainly look through this blog for scholarships that may apply to you!

Where can I find scholarships?

If you’re looking for scholarships, consider these sources as you conduct your search:

  • Your parents’ employers
  • Local civic organizations such as the Rotary or Lion’s Club
  • High school honors organizations


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