Transfer Scholarship Opportunities
PLU has a long-standing tradition of welcoming transfer students to campus. Additionally the University recognizes the academic accomplishments of transfer students working toward their first bachelor’s degree with a number of merit scholarships. Please see the following scholarship programs and consider applying today.
Eligibility: All full-time transfer applicants are considered for PLU Academic Scholarships.
Amount: Awards range in value between $13,000 and $17,000 (renewable for undergraduate study only).
Number: All full-time transfer applicants are considered for PLU Academic Scholarships.
Awarding: Students are notified of their PLU Academic Scholarships via the Financial Aid package.
Application: Students must complete the PLU application for admission. No other application is required.
Eligibility: All full-time transfer applicants (including international students) working toward their first bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.5 cumulative college-level transferable GPA. Please note: you must first apply for general admission to PLU to be considered for the Provost Transfer Scholarship.
Amount: $22,000 per year (renewable for undergraduate study only toward a first bachelor’s degree)
Number: Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and need to students in each of the seven PLU academic divisions. Academic divisions include Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Business, Education and Kinesiology, Fine Arts and Communications, and Nursing.
Awarding: Deadline for students entering Fall Semester is March 1 and November 1 for students entering Spring Semester. Provost scholarships will replace all other PLU merit based aid.
Application: Students entering PLU for spring semester should complete the Spring Provost Scholarship Application. Students applying for a fall semester start should complete the Fall Provost Scholarship Application.
Eligibility: Transfer applicants intending to major in Business with a minimum 3.3 cumulative college-level transferable GPA and progress toward a Direct Transfer Associates (DTA) degree to be completed before enrolling at PLU.
Amount: $22,000 per year
Number: 5 scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.
Awarding: Deadline for students entering fall semester is April 1. Saugen Business Scholarships will replace all other PLU merit based aid.
Application: Eligible students must complete the Saugen Business Scholarship Application.
Eligibility: Students must be College Bound Scholarship eligible, and have a 3.3 or higher weighted cumulative college-level GPA. Visit plu.edu/transfer/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.
Awarding: If the student fulfills all eligibility requirements, the 253 PLU Bound Scholarship is guaranteed. The scholarship is renewable for as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress while at PLU and remains College Bound eligible or graduates from PLU, whichever comes first.
Application: Students must complete the PLU application, note College Bound Scholarship eligibility, and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).
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: Transfer students who complete a transfer degree from a community college in Washington (AA-DTA & AS-T), Oregon (AAOT), or California (AA-T & AS-T) prior to enrolling at PLU.
*For incoming Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 students only
Amount: $3,000 per year renewable for undergraduate study only.
Awarding: Transfer Degree Scholarships may be awarded in addition to an academic scholarship.
Application: Proof of degree must be submitted (as part of a final transcript).
Eligibility: Transfer students who are active members of Phi Theta Kappa at the time of application.
Amount: $2,000 per year renewable for undergraduate study only (stackable with all merit scholarships except Provost & Saugen scholarships).
*This amount applies to incoming Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 students only
Number: Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.
Awarding: Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships may be awarded in addition to an academic scholarship.
Application: Students must indicate PTK membership on the PLU application for admission. No other application is required.
Eligibility: Students who apply to transfer by March 1 for a fall semester start.
Awarding: This is a one-time scholarship.
Application: Apply to transfer to PLU by March 1, 2020 for a Fall Semester 2020 start.
Eligibility: Students who have attended an official Admission-sponsored on-campus visit between June 1-December 1, 2019 prior to enrolling for a 2020 spring semester start, or between June 1, 2019-July 1, 2020 prior to enrolling for a 2020 fall semester start 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 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.
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: Students who have been confirmed in any ELCA (Evangelical 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 for the following Fall Semester start, and October 1 for the following Spring Semester start will receive the 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.