International Student Scholarships

Your call to join the community at ACU comes with a financial obligation, and we are here to ensure you don’t go about it alone. International students studying at ACU have access to unique scholarship opportunities in addition to the many unique subject- and experience-based scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Your call to join the community at ACU comes with a financial obligation, and we are here to ensure you don’t go about it alone. International students studying at ACU have access to unique scholarship opportunities in addition to the many unique subject- and experience-based scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students.

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Scholarships for International Undergraduate Students

A rewarding part of joining the ACU family begins with the President’s International Scholarship, a four-year, $22,000 award guaranteed for international undergraduate students. If you choose to live on campus, you are eligible for the Wildcat Housing Grant, valued at $3,000 per year for up to two years. You could also be eligible for one of more than a dozen competitive scholarships based on your leadership experience, extracurricular activities and program of study.

Scholarships for International Graduate Students

Each graduate program at ACU offers unique scholarships targeted to the skills and outcomes most valuable for your career. When you apply for a graduate scholarship, you will be able to demonstrate your experience, expertise and aspirations for the program and for your future. Additional outside, privately funded scholarships are available within your field by professional organizations and accrediting bodies.

ACU Academic Scholarships

The Honors Fellow Scholarship is one of ACU’s highest honors. To be considered, recipients must be named a Presidential Scholar and be admitted to the Honors College. The Honors Fellow Scholarship amount varies and combines with other scholarships received. 

Apply to the ACU Honors College by December 1 or March 1.

A student’s application for admission, application for the Honors College, recommendations, test scores and high school transcript are considered when selecting recipients of this scholarship.

 

All National Merit Finalists and Semi-Finalists are guaranteed full tuition, when coordinated with federal, state and institutional grants, to attend ACU. Additionally, these students are provided a $1,500 stipend per year to help cover the costs of room, board and/or books.

National Merit Commended Scholars are awarded a $2,000 scholarship per year that stacks with their other merit-based awards.

No application is required; however, you must submit the FAFSA. Provide a copy of your National Merit Certificate to your admissions counselor to receive this scholarship.

 

Program-Specific Scholarships

Students majoring in bible and ministry or ministry and vocation are eligible to apply for the Bible, Missions and Ministry scholarship. Students must be admitted to ACU and have submitted the FAFSA to apply.

Apply for the Bible, Missions and Ministry Scholarship.

ACU’s College of Business Administration (COBA) offers an AACSB-accredited business education within a Christian environment to equip you to integrate faith and leadership in your career in the marketplace. Students majoring in marketing, management, information systems, accounting or finance are eligible to apply.

Students must be admitted to ACU to apply.

Apply for the College of Business Administration Scholarship 

The Department of Communication and Sociology awards scholarships to select incoming freshmen who declare a major in communication or sociology. Students must also enroll in at least three hours of their major each semester. Students must be admitted to ACU to apply.

Apply for the Communication & Sociology Scholarship.

The Engineering & Physics (E&P) Experiential Learning Award is offered to incoming freshmen interested in a student leadership role within the department to help lead experiential learning opportunities. Students serve in many ways, including as student panelists, activity facilitators, event coordinators, guest speakers, tour guides, student liaisons, outreach event participants and other positions for the E&P Department.

Scholarship applicants must declare a major in either engineering or physics. Students must be admitted to ACU and have submitted the FAFSA to apply.

Apply for the Engineering & Physics Experiential Learning Award.

Scholarships in vocal and instrumental music are available to qualified music and non-music majors and require an audition. For questions regarding music scholarships, please contact Laura Dickson at laura.dickson@acu.edu.

The School of Information Technology and Computing awards scholarships to a select number of incoming freshmen and transfer students each year. Scholarship applicants must declare a major in computer science, computer science/math teaching, digital entertainment technology (DET) or information systems. Students must be admitted to ACU to apply.

Apply for the SITC Scholarship.

ACU General Scholarships

ACU is a member of the NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference. Athletic scholarships vary in amount and are determined by the NCAA and head coach of each sport. To inquire about availability, complete a prospect questionnaire for your sport of interest.

All students participating in the Big Purple Marching Band and remaining in good academic and behavioral standing with the University receive a scholarship award for the fall semester. An audition is not required for this scholarship. 

Learn more about the Big Purple Marching Band Scholarship.

ACU matches church gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $500 per year. Complete our church match form and submit it with payment to Student Financial Services.

All first-time, incoming students are invited to apply to ACU’s Community Servant Leader and Cultures of ACU Award.  Recipients of these awards are invited to join the LYNAY community as part of the Center for Building Community at ACU.  LYNAY’s purpose is bold but simple: to build a world of better communities by fostering, inspiring and encouraging a new generation of community servant-leaders, who work together to promote active leadership and service to our world in hopes of building stronger, more engaged and loving communities.  

Community Servant-Leader Award
Recipients are expected to be servant-minded students who demonstrate strong leadership potential, the ability to succeed academically and the desire to build a stronger and more engaged society.

Cultures of ACU Award
Recipients are expected to enhance the academic, social and spiritual environment around them by sharing their unique cultural backgrounds, experiences and perspectives in order to promote a community of diversity and equality.

The application for these awards opens October 1 with priority consideration given to applications received by December 1. Students who complete this application are considered for each of these scholarship opportunities. Recipients of either award must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA at ACU, attend weekly meetings and fulfill a community service commitment each semester. Students must be admitted to ACU and submit the FAFSA to apply.

Children of full-time Church of Christ supported missionaries serving internationally are guaranteed 75% discounted tuition when combined with all other gift aid from federal, state and institutional sources. Students must have submitted the FAFSA to apply.

Complete the Missionary Dependent form and submit it to Wildcat Central.

First-time, incoming freshman students, who are dependent children of full-time Church of Christ ministers, can apply for this endowed scholarship created by Bob and Kay Onstead. This scholarship is renewable annually for up to four years. Students must be admitted to ACU and have submitted the FAFSA to apply.

Apply for the Onstead Scholarship.

Students who graduate from a Christian school partner or a National Christian School Association (NCSA) member school are eligible to apply for this scholarship, valued at $1,000 per year for up to four years. Students must be admitted to ACU to apply.

Apply for the NSCA and Christian School Partner Scholarship.