First-Year Scholarship Opportunities

PLU offers a number of merit scholarships to recognize academic achievement, talent, leadership, and service, as well as the promise of continued success in these areas as a PLU student.  Please see the following scholarship programs and consider applying today.

Academic Merit Scholarships - $9,000-$21,000

Eligibility: All first-year applicants are considered for Academic Merit Scholarships.

Amount: $9,000-$21,000 per year, renewable for an additional three years of undergraduate study.

Number: Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, primarily high school GPA and SAT or ACT test scores.

Awarding: Students are notified of the range of merit scholarship they can expect upon admission to the university.  Scholarship amounts along with other aid sources will be included in a Financial Aid Offer.

Application: Students must complete the PLU application for admission.  No other application is required.

President's Scholarships - $22,000

Eligibility: High school seniors who have demonstrated significant leadership and service, and have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.8 (weighted), or scored 1250 or higher on the SAT (critical reading and math scores only), or scored 28 or higher on the ACT.

Amount: $22,000 per year, renewable for an additional three years of undergraduate study.

Number: 120 President's Scholars are selected each year, from an applicant pool of over 600.

Awarding: Students selected for the President's Scholarship will be notified in mid-January, and invited to the PLU campus for a faculty interview to compete for the Harstad Founder's and Regents' Scholarships on February 8, 2014.

*Please note: The President's Scholarship will replace any academic merit scholarship previously awarded.

Application: Students must complete the Presidential Scholarships application in addition to all admission application materials by December 1.

Harstad Founder's Scholarships - $27,000

Eligibility: Students who have been selected for the President's Scholarship only.

Amount: $27,000 per year, renewable for an additional three years of undergraduate study.

Number: 10 Harstad Founder's Scholars are selected from the 120 President's Scholars after an on-campus competitive faculty interview process.

Awarding: Students are notified within two weeks after the interview process on February 8, 2014.

*Please note: The Harstad Founder's Scholarship will replace the previously awarded President's Scholarship.

Application: Students must complete the Presidential Scholarships application in addition to all admission application materials by December 1.

Regents' Scholarships - Full Tuition

Eligibility: Students who have been selected for the President's Scholarship only.

Amount: Full tuition, renewable for an additional three years of undergraduate study.

Number: 5 Regents' Scholars are selected from the 120 President's Scholars after an on-campus competitive faculty interview process.

Awarding: Students are notified within two weeks after the interview process on February 8, 2014.

*Please note: The Regents' Scholarship will replace the previously awarded President's Scholarship.

Application: Students must complete the Presidential Scholarships application in addition to all admission application materials by December 1.

Artistic Achievement Awards - $1,000-$12,000

Eligibility: Exceptional ability in the fields of art & design, dance, forensics (speech & debate), music, and theatre (acting & technical).  Students are eligible to apply and audition for awards in multiple fields.

Amount: $1,000-$12,00 per year, renewable for up to an additional three years of undergraduate study.  Artistic achievement scholarships are generally not additive to academic merit scholarships, but the two will be combined to ensure students receive the maximum amount of total merit scholarship for which they are eligible.

Number: Varies for each department.

Awarding: Varies for each department.

Application: Students must complete a Scholarship Contact Form for each field of interest. Deadlines for applications vary, but may be as early as January 15, 2014.  All deadlines are absolute.  For more information, visit the School of Arts and Communication website.

Act Six Scholarship - Full Tuition plus Full Need

Eligibility: PLU partners with Act Six to select high school seniors from the Tacoma-Seattle area who are passionate about their communities, eager to foster intercultural relationships, committed to service and leadership, and want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home.

Amount: Full tuition. Scholars with need beyond tuition will receive additional grant and work study to fully meet that need.

Number: PLU selects a cadre of seven Act Six Scholars each year.

Awarding: Students who have been selected by Act Six to be semi-finalists will be invited to campus in January to interview with faculty and administration.  Seven Act Six finalists will be selected and notified within three weeks of the interview process.

Application: Students must complete the Act Six Scholarship application, found at www.actsix.org, by the October deadline.  The scholarship application will also serve as the admission application to PLU.

Rieke Leadership Award - up to $3,500

Eligibility: Students of any ethnic background who demonstrate interest and leadership in promoting racial and ethnic diversity, and social justice.

Amount: Up to $3500 per year, renewable for up to an additional three years of undergraduate study.

Number: Varies.

Awarding: Recipients will be awarded and notified by PLU's Diversity Center.

Application: Students must complete a Rieke Scholarship application, which can be found on the PLU Diversity Center website, by March 1, 2014.

PLU Matching Scholarship (PLUMS) - up to $1,000

Eligibility: Students receiving scholarships of $100 or more from any church congregation.

Amount: PLU matches a church scholarship, dollar for dollar, up to $1,000 per year.

Number: Dependent upon number of applicants.

Awarding: PLUMS is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Only funds received by October 1, 2014, will be matched.

Application: A PLU Matching Scholarship application must be completed by the student and the awarding church by August 15, 2014.