Scholarships

Trevecca Nazarene University annually offers scholarships to students who have exhibited outstanding scholastic achievement and who are pursuing their first academic degree. Annual awards are distributed in two equal payments. A student may receive only one academic scholarship per semester. Institutional scholarships at Trevecca can be applied only to fees, tuition, room, meal plan, and books and can never generate a credit balance. Institutional scholarships require a minimum load of twelve hours each semester and will usually not be awarded beyond eight full-time semesters. No institutional scholarships will be given for external academic programming in which no tuition is paid to Trevecca.

All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for Institutional scholarships at Trevecca.

Academic Scholarships

Trevecca Nazarene University awards annual scholarships in recognition of a student’s academic achievement prior to enrollment at TNU. Awards are determined at the time a freshman or transfer enters Trevecca and will establish the maximum academic award for that student during his/her time at the University. A student must qualify as an incoming freshman or transfer in order to receive an academic scholarship. The table below names the scholarships and amounts, and it lists the requirements for freshmen and transfers.  If you would like to submit your test score in order to qualify for an academic scholarship (or a higher level of academic scholarship), we will accept test scores through the April national test date.  We will not award academic scholarship increases for tests completed after the April national test date.

Academic Scholarship Freshman ACT Composite Score Freshman SAT (CR+M) Combined Score Scholarship Amounts GPA Required for Renewal
Strickland* 32+ 1400+
HS GPA 3.0+
$8,500

3.0 for freshmen

Speicher 29-31 1280-1390
HS GPA 3.0+
$6,000

3.0 for freshmen

Person 25-28 1140-1270
HS GPA 3.0+
$4,500

3.0 for freshmen

Childers 23-24 1050-1130
HS GPA 3.5+
$3,000 3.0

*Incoming first-time freshmen who score 29 and above on the ACT or 1280 and above on the SAT (Critical Reading + Math), as well as a cumulative HS GPA of 3.5+, will be eligible to compete for one of the two full-tuition scholarships available each year. Interested students can download an application. The McClurkan application deadline is January 20th, and should be postmarked no later than that date. Applications should be sent to the Office of Admissions. On-campus interviews will be held February 17th with selection announcement on or before February 28th.

 

Transfer Academic Scholarship Requirement Scholarship Amounts GPA Required for Renewal
Chilton  GPA 3.7+ $8,500

3.3 GPA

Holmes  GPA 3.5 $6,000

3.3 GPA

Welch GPA 3.3 $4,500

3.3 GPA

 

The academic scholarship awarded to an incoming freshman or transfer student will be renewed in the fall semester of each academic year provided that the student maintains a minimum cumulative GPA. These scholarships require that a student takes a minimum load of twelve hours each semester, and these scholarships will usually not be awarded beyond eight full-time semesters. Students who fail to maintain the required renewal GPA will forfeit their academic scholarship for the coming school year. Students who lose their original award level due to their GPA may regain their award level in future academic years if they raise their cumulative GPA to the required level.

Transfer students who are enrolling in the spring or fall semester in pursuit of their first undergraduate degree may be eligible for one of the academic scholarships. The student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 and have at least two full-time semesters (defined as at least 12 transferable credit hours per semester) prior to enrolling at Trevecca. The awards for transfer students are recommended by the Office of Admissions upon receipt of all final official transcripts (Students who are transferring in less than 24 transferable credit hours will be eligible for academic scholarships based on their ACT/SAT scores). To be considered for need-based or endowed scholarships, students should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid as early as possible. The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov (Trevecca’s code is 003526).

The new academic scholarships have been named in honor of past administrators and faculty whose lives had a significant impact on the Trevecca story.

Academic Scholarship FAQs:

 

How do I know if I qualify for the Academic Scholarship?

First you need to complete the application process. Trevecca will send you a letter notifying you whether or not you have met our admission standards. When we notify you that you're officially an admitted student, and your academic achievement meets the academic scholarship requirements listed above, Trevecca will automatically award the academic scholarship level for which you qualify, and record that information in your Financial Aid records. (See the chart above for the specific scholarship level that coordinates to your test score.) 

Also, your academic scholarship will be listed on the Financial Aid Award Letter you will receive from the Office of Financial Aid. For more information about when you should expect to receive your award letter, please refer to the Financial Aid Timeline.

What if I increase my test score?

Trevecca will honor your highest overall test score (Critical Reading + Math for SAT). We do not super score.  We will allow you to retest in order to qualify for an Academic Scholarship or to qualify for a higher scholarship. 

Note to Tennessee Residents: While Trevecca allows students to submit additional test scores to achieve higher levels of Trevecca Academic Scholarship, the Tennessee State Department of Education has separate requirements for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship.  Contact the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program (TELS) for specific information about the TN HOPE Scholarship requirements, including authorized test locations and national test dates. If you have specific questions, beyond the general qualification guidelines for the TN HOPE Scholarship, please contact TELS directly.

Institutional Scholarships

Leadership Scholarship

Leadership Scholarship is awarded to first-time, traditional undergraduate students by the Admissions Office.  Leadership Scholarships are based on leadership/service-related involvements, achievements, and academic success. (Minimum 2.0 HS GPA required.) The Leadership Scholarship is renewable for up to four years as long as the student maintains full-time enrollment at Trevecca. The Admissions Scholarship Committee meets on a regular basis to award the Leadership Scholarship.  When a student receives notification from Trevecca that he/she has been officially admitted to the University, the student may expect to receive a letter (within 1 month, usually sooner) notifying the student whether he or she received a Leadership Scholarship.

Endowed Scholarships

Available for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors, the number and the actual amount of each of the endowed scholarships awarded are based on available funds. Endowed scholarships are awarded based on full-time enrollment. Scholarship applications are available in February of each year, and awards are made in April for the next academic year. It is important to apply early and prior to the deadline in order to be considered for one of these scholarships, which is Trevecca informs incoming students about the Endowed Scholarships in advance of their Freshman year.  This allows students to plan ahead to submit the application in February of their Freshman year.

Departmental Awards

Based on a selection process by interview, audition and/or election, a limited number of awards are made annually to Music, Dramatic arts, Public Relations, Student Government, Darda (Yearbook) and TrevEchoes( Newspaper) Editors, and Residential Advisors. Contact department head or director for more information or to apply.  Click here for contact information. (Note: Click on the tab to sort the Employee Directory "By Discipline".)

Athletic Grants

Grants for intercollegiate athletics are awarded to students based on athletic ability and skill. Applications for this type of assistance should be made directly to the Athletic Department.

Student Government

Awards are made to officers of the student government and the editors of student publications.

Nazarene Youth International Grants-In-Aid

Nazarene Youth International Grants-In-Aid Funds are provided by some districts and/or district N.Y.I. organizations of the Southeast Educational Zone to assist needy and qualified students who attend Trevecca from their respective districts. Conditions under which these grants are awarded may be obtained by corresponding with the student’s district superintendent or N.Y.I. president.

Nazarene Church Matching Scholarship

An undergraduate student who is enrolled at Trevecca full-time may be eligible for a Nazarene Church Matching Scholarship. In order to participate, the student's local Church of the Nazarene must be located within the Trevecca Educational Region, and must have paid 100% of the assigned educational budget for the assembly year closing the summer prior to enrollment. For eligible students, the local church will send (to Trevecca) a church check in the amount of up to $500 per student, identifying the student(s) to receive the funds. Trevecca will match the funds from the local church 2-to-1 (up to $1,000) to yield a Nazarene Church Matching Scholarship in the amount of up to $1,500. This scholarship is available once per academic year for up to four years and is credited in the semester that the funds are received from the local church. 

* Note: Nazarene churches located outside the Trevecca Region and/or Nazarene churches with unpaid educational budgets are eligible to participate in the Church Matching Scholarship (below.)

Church Matching Scholarship

An undergraduate student who is enrolled at Trevecca full time may be eligible for a Church Matching Scholarship. The student's local church will send to Trevecca a church check in the amount of up to $500 per student, identifying the student(s) to receive the funds. Trevecca will match the funds from the local church with up to $500 to yield a Church Matching Scholarship of up to $1,000. This scholarship is available once per academic year for up to four years and is credited in the semester that the funds are received from the local church.

The intent of the Church Matching Scholarship program is to provide a new form of financial award for students. Awardable monies in this program must be derived from sources that are "detached and of disinterested generosity”. Please note that gifts by parents are not acceptable during any year the contributor's child is a recipient of a Church Matching Scholarship. The program is not intended to match money that would have been provided previously through other channels.

PK/MK Scholarships

An award of $6,000 annually ($3,000 per semester) for up to eight semesters of undergraduate classes through age 23 will be granted to children of pastors, evangelists, and missionaries. MKs also receive free housing. (Meal Plan not included.) Recipients of the PK/MK Scholarship must be Nazarenes and must take a full academic load (minimum of twelve hours). Pastors, associates/staff members, and evangelists must be full-time or the largest part of their service must be given to the church. Missionaries must be in full-time service in the Church of the Nazarene anywhere around the world.

If you have specific questions about scholarships, please contact Randy Kinder, New Student Financial Aid Counselor, at 615-248-1324.

Tennessee Lottery Scholarship Program

The TELS scholarship program is available to Tennessee residents who have graduated from a Tennessee high school. To qualify a student must:

  • Enroll in one of Tennessee’s public college, universities, or private colleges.
  • Enroll within 16 months of high school graduation or completion of a home school or GED program.
  • Home school students must have been enrolled as a homeschool student in a TN homeschool program for a minimum of two (2) years immediately preceding graduation. The student must achieve a 21 Composite score or above, on a national test date for the ACT test or a 980 (math plus critical reading scores only) or above, on a national test date for the SAT test for HOPE Scholarship consideration. The student does not need to submit a grade point average as this is not a consideration.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Tennessee HOPE Scholarship: $4000

Must meet the above criteria and also have an ACT of 21 or unweighted minimum high school GPA of 3.0.

Aspire Award: $1500

This scholarship is a supplement to the HOPE Scholarship for those students whose parent’s adjusted gross income is less than $36,000. Must meet the above HOPE criteria.

General Assembly Merit Scholarship: $1000

This award is a supplement to the HOPE Scholarship. A student must have a minimum of a 3.75 high school GPA and at least a 29 on the ACT. Home school students must complete at least 12 college credit hours with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Note to Tennessee Residents: The Tennessee State Department of Education has detailed requirements for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship. If you have specific questions, beyond the general qualification guidelines for the TN HOPE Scholarship, please contact the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program (TELS) for specific information about the TN HOPE Scholarship requirements, including authorized test locations and national test dates.

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