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Scholarships

First-Year Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, we award more than $61 million in PLU-funded scholarships and grants. Our scholarships recognize your academic achievement, talent, leadership, and service, as well as your potential to continue all of those things as a Lute.
Take a look below to see the scholarships for which you could be eligible and should apply for!

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

Amount: $6,000-$28,000 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.

Awarding: Students are notified of the range of academic 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.

Eligibility: High school seniors who have demonstrated significant leadership and service, and have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.8 (weighted), or scored 1310 or higher on the SAT (math and evidence-based reading and writing only), or scored 28 or higher on the ACT.

Amount: $33,000 per year, renewable for an additional three years of undergraduate study.

Number: 125 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 February 21-22, 2020.

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

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

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

Amount: $38,000 per year, renewable for an additional three years of undergraduate study.

Number: 10 Harstad Founder’s Scholars are selected from the 125 President’s Scholars after an on-campus competitive faculty interview process.

Awarding: Students are notified within two weeks after the interview process  February 21-22, 2020.

*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.

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 125 President’s Scholars after an on-campus competitive faculty interview process.

Awarding: Students are notified within two weeks after the interview process February 21-22, 2020.

*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.

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-$7,500 per year, renewable for up to an additional three years of undergraduate study. These awards will be in addition to any merit scholarships students receive.

Number: Varies for each department.

Awarding: Varies for each department.

Application: Students must complete a Scholarship Contact Form for each field of interest. Students must complete applications for scholarships by February 14, 2020. For those interested in early auditions for music and/or theatre, the scholarship application deadline for early auditions is January 10, 2020. For more information, visit the School of Arts and Communication website.

Eligibility: Any incoming first-year student for the 2020-2021 academic year who lives on campus.

Amount: $3,500 per year toward tuition costs, renewable for every year while living on campus.

Please note that students who have tuition fully covered through other scholarships (i.e. Regents’ Scholarship, Act Six, 253 PLU Bound, tuition exchange, etc.) cannot receive the PLU Housing Grant.

Number: Unlimited.

Awarding: Students who indicate they will be living on campus will automatically receive the PLU Housing Grant. The grant is renewable for up to an additional three years of undergraduate study as long as the student continues to live in on-campus housing.

Eligibility: Students must be College Bound Scholarship eligible, attend a Washington state high school, and have a 3.3 or higher weighted cumulative GPA. Visit plu.edu/253 for further details.

Amount: Full tuition, from a combination of PLU, federal, state, and College Bound scholarship and grant. 253 PLU Bound Scholars will also receive an additional $1,000 books scholarship.

Number: Unlimited.

Awarding: If the student fulfills all eligibility requirements, the 253 PLU Bound Scholarship is guaranteed. The scholarship is renewable for up to an additional three years of undergraduate study as long as the student remains College Bound eligible and maintains satisfactory academic progress while at PLU.

Application: Students must complete the PLU application and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or (if an undocumented Washington state resident) the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) to determine College Bound scholarship eligibility.

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 November deadline.  The scholarship application will also serve as the admission application to PLU.

Eligibility: Students must demonstrate academic potential and have a 3.2 minimum GPA, be interested in pursuing a STEM degree (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics, or Dual Degree Engineering), and demonstrate financial need via submission of the FAFSA.

Amount: Up to $7,000 per year, funded through the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) S-STEM Program.

Application: Students must complete the STEM Scholars Program application, found at www.plu.edu/nsci/s-stem-grant, by the March 1, 2020 deadline.

Eligibility: Students who have attended an official Admission-sponsored on-campus visit between June 1-May 1 of their senior year of high school will automatically be awarded our Visit Scholarship.

Official Admission-sponsored on-campus visits include individual visits scheduled with the PLU Office of Admission, as well as Admission visit events, i.e. Fall Preview Day, Lute Life Day, Spring Preview Day, Lute OverKnight, Summer Lute Life Day, etc.

See www.plu.edu/visitscholarship for further details.

Amount: $1,000 per year

Eligibility: Students who have been confirmed in any ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) congregation. Students and the pastor from their congregation must also complete and submit the online Confirmation Scholarship Form. If you prefer to print and complete a paper copy of the form, you can find it here.

Amount: $1,500 per year.

Eligibility: Students who have been referred by a PLU alumnus through our Alumni Referral Scholarship Form by December 1 of the student’s senior year of high school will receive the Alumni Referral Scholarship.

Find more information and FAQs on the Alumni Referral Scholarship webpage.

Please note: Students whose parents attended PLU cannot receive the Alumni Referral Scholarship, but will instead be awarded our $1,000 per year Legacy Scholarship. More information can be found on the Alumni Referral Scholarship webpage.

Amount: $1,000 per year

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, 2020, will be matched.

Application: A PLU Matching Scholarship application must be completed by the student and the awarding church by August 15, 2020.

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

Amount: Up to $3,500 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, 2020.

Eligibility: Click here for further information.

Amount: Up to full tuition plus room and board, book allowance and living stipend.

Awarding & Application: Please contact the Army ROTC Career Counselor at rotc@plu.edu or 253-535-8740 to ask for step-by-step instructions on how to apply for the ROTC Scholarship.

Eligibility: Qualified veterans or their dependents. For further information, please visit www.plu.edu/yellowribbon.

Amount: Full tuition

Awarding & Application: Please contact PLU’s Veterans Benefits Coordinator Neshell Henkel Chabot at 253-535-7161 or henkelnd@plu.edu for details on applying.