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253 PLU Bound Full Tuition Scholarship

PLU offers a scholarship for students who are College Bound eligible, attend a high school in the 253 area code or Pierce County, and have a 3.70 or better weighted cumulative GPA. Students who qualify will be awarded full tuition for their four years at PLU through a combination of federal, state, PLU grants and scholarships, and the College Bound Scholarship.


  • College Bound Scholarship eligible
  • Attend a Washington high school within the 253 area code or Pierce County
  • 3.70 or higher weighted cumulative GPA (if your high school does not weight GPAs, PLU will do so when you apply)
  • Entering PLU as a first-year student

Applying: Submit the FREE application to PLU and note that you are College Bound eligible. You must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), found at, include PLU’s FAFSA school code, 003785 OR complete the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA), found at

253 PLU Bound Benefits:

  • Full tuition for 4 years at PLU is guaranteed to be covered by a combination of PLU, federal, state and College Bound scholarship and grant.
  • Additional financial aid in the form of work study and loans may be applied to room, meals, books, and other expenses.

To maintain the 253 PLU Bound Scholarship:

  • Student must remain College Bound eligible.
  • Student must maintain satisfactory academic progress at PLU.

Frequently Asked Questions:

PLU grants special status to IB, AP, Cambridge, pre-IB, pre-AP, Honors and Advanced courses. If the high school does not weight GPAs, PLU will weight grades in these courses when calculating an admission GPA in order to benefit those students who have challenged themselves and undertaken a rigorous high school curriculum.

For example, four weighted courses taken in the freshman, sophomore, and/or junior years will bring a 3.6 GPA up to a 3.7 GPA.

Find contact information for each PLU Admission Counselor here.

High SchoolCityPLU Admission Counselor
Annie Wright SchoolTacomaDave Gunovich
Auburn Adventist AcademyAuburnCassandra Brazell
Auburn High SchoolAuburnCassandra Brazell
Auburn Mountainview High SchoolAuburnCassandra Brazell
Auburn Riverside High SchoolAuburnCassandra Brazell
Bellarmine Preparatory SchoolTacomaDave Gunovich
Bethel Baptist SchoolSpanawayTevon Stephens-Brown
Bethel High SchoolSpanawayTevon Stephens-Brown
Bonney Lake High SchoolBonney LakeMelody Ferguson
Cascade Christian High SchoolPuyallupJulian Franco
Challenger High SchoolSpanawayTevon Stephens-Brown
Charles Wright AcademyTacomaDave Gunovich
Chief Leschi SchoolPuyallupTevon Stephens-Brown
Christian Faith SchoolFederal WayJulian Franco
Clover Park High SchoolLakewoodTevon Stephens-Brown
Covenant High SchoolTacomaDave Gunovich
Curtis High SchoolUniversity PlaceTevon Stephens-Brown
Decatur High SchoolFederal WayJulian Franco
Eatonville High SchoolEatonvilleMelody Ferguson
EB Walker High SchoolPuyallupJulian Franco
Emerald Ridge High SchoolPuyallupJulian Franco
Evergreen Lutheran High SchoolTacomaDave Gunovich
Federal Way High SchoolFederal WayJulian Franco
Fife High SchoolFifeJulian Franco
Franklin Pierce High SchoolParklandTevon Stephens-Brown
Gates Secondary SchoolParklandTevon Stephens-Brown
Gig Harbor High SchoolGig HarborMelody Ferguson
Graham-Kapowsin High SchoolGrahamTevon Stephens-Brown
Harrison Preparatory SchoolLakewoodTevon Stephens-Brown
Harry S. Truman High SchoolFederal WayJulian Franco
Henderson Bay High SchoolGig HarborMelody Ferguson
Henry Foss High SchoolTacomaTevon Stephens-Brown
Internet AcademyFederal WayJulian Franco
Kent Phoenix AcademyKentCassandra Brazell
Kent View Christian High SchoolAuburnCassandra Brazell
Kentlake High SchoolKentCassandra Brazell
Kent-Meridian High SchoolKentCassandra Brazell
Kentridge High SchoolKentCassandra Brazell
Kentwood High SchoolCovingtonCassandra Brazell
Lakes High SchoolLakewoodTevon Stephens-Brown
Life Christian SchoolTacomaDave Gunovich
Lincoln High SchoolTacomaTevon Stephens-Brown
Mount Rainier Lutheran High SchoolTacomaDave Gunovich
Mount Tahoma High SchoolTacomaTevon Stephens-Brown
Muckleshoot Tribal SchoolAuburnCassandra Brazell
Oakland Alternative High SchoolTacomaTevon Stephens-Brown
Orting High SchoolOrtingMelody Ferguson
Peninsula High SchoolGig HarborMelody Ferguson
Puyallup High SchoolPuyallupJulian Franco
Rogers High SchoolPuyallupJulian Franco
Science and Math Institute (SAMI)TacomaTevon Stephens-Brown
Spanaway Lake High SchoolSpanawayTevon Stephens-Brown
Stadium High SchoolTacomaTevon Stephens-Brown
Steilacoom High SchoolSteilacoomTevon Stephens-Brown
Sumner High SchoolSumnerMelody Ferguson
Tacoma Baptist High SchoolTacomaDave Gunovich
Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA)TacomaTevon Stephens-Brown
TAF AcademyFederal WayJulian Franco
Thomas Jefferson High SchoolFederal WayJulian Franco
Todd Beamer High SchoolFederal WayJulian Franco
Washington High SchoolParklandTevon Stephens-Brown
West Auburn High SchoolAuburnCassandra Brazell
White River High SchoolBuckleyMelody Ferguson
Woodrow Wilson High SchoolTacomaTevon Stephens-Brown

Not sure if you’re eligible for or a recipient of the College Bound Scholarship? Visit or talk to your high school guidance counselor.

To maintain satisfactory academic progress at PLU, students must:

  • Maintain a semester and cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • Successfully complete 67%, of the credits for which they registered each semester.

For further details, please read through the PLU Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

You could still qualify for a PLU academic merit scholarship! Typically, students with a 3.5 or higher weighted GPA and average ACT or SAT test scores will receive an academic merit scholarship at PLU, which start at $15,000 per year. AND, you can still use your College Bound Scholarship at PLU, worth up $12,000 per year. Find more information about other scholarship opportunities here.

97% of PLU students qualify for some kind of financial aid and our average 2015-16 financial aid offer was $32,037. Find more information about financial aid here.

Please contact the Office of Admission at 800-274-6758 or with any additional questions about the 253 PLU Bound Scholarship or applying to PLU.