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 working towards their first bachelor’s degree (including international transfer students) are considered for PLU Academic Scholarships.

Amount: Awards range in value between $12,000 and $26,000 (renewable for undergraduate study only).

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

Eligibility: Exceptional ability in the fields of art & design, dance, 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.

Application: Students must complete a Scholarship Contact Form for each field of interest. Students must complete applications for scholarships by February 17, 2022. For more information, visit the School of Arts and Communication website.

Eligibility: Transfer students who are active members of Phi Theta Kappa at the time of application.

Amount: $1,500 per year for Fall 2022 students.

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: Qualified veterans or their dependents. For further information, please visit

Amount: Full tuition

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

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 21, 2022.

Eligibility: Students who have been confirmed in any ELCA (Evangelical Church of America) congregation. A church official (i.e. pastor, youth pastor or leader, church secretary/administrator, etc.) 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, 2022, will be matched.

Application: A PLU Matching Scholarship application must be completed by the student and the awarding church by August 15, 2022.

Eligibility: Students who are dependents of PLU alumni (this includes step-parents)

Amount: $1,000 per year

Eligibility: Students who are dependents of clergy, from any religious denomination

Amount: $1,000 per year

Eligibility: Students who have attended an official Admission-sponsored on-campus visit the six months prior to enrolling for a spring semester start, or the year prior (ending on July 1) to enrolling for a fall semester start will automatically be awarded our Visit Scholarship.


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