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Scholarships and Grants

Institutional Scholarships and Grants

Gardner-Webb University offers the following Institutional Scholarships and Grants:


Trustee ScholarshipDean's Scholarship
Presidential ScholarshipAchievement Scholarship
Provost ScholarshipOpportunity Grant

Scholarship and Grant award amounts range from $4,000 to $15,000 depending on the student’s academic profile and whether the student is an on campus resident or off campus commuter. In order to determine the amount of institutional scholarship or grant you are eligible to receive, you must first apply and be accepted to Gardner-Webb. Your award amount will be included in your acceptance letter from the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Institutional scholarships require a student to be enrolled full time (12 hours or more) and maintain a grade point average in accordance with the institution’s Scholarship Maintenance Policy.

Competitive Honors Scholarships

An Honors Competition is held in late January to determine the recipients of the following scholarship:

Academic Fellows - Value full tuition $26,690 (5 recipients)

Honors Scholarship - $2,000 (50 recipients)  

Applicant must reside on campus, be enrolled full time and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5.

Scholarships are awarded for a maximum of eight semesters.  Scholarships do not cover costs for additional credits taken, summer school charges or other program costs such as GEM.

*Outside sources of federal and state aid such as Pell, NC Need Based Scholarship, could reduce the value of the Academic Fellows Scholarship.


Performance Based Scholarships

Athletic Scholarships are awarded by each individual coach and shared with the Financial Planning Office. Gardner-Webb University (GWU) offers scholarships for the following sports: men and women’s basketball, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, men’s baseball, football and wrestling and women’s softball and volleyball. Any questions concerning eligibility for a scholarship should be directed to the coach of the sport of interest.

Honors Music Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s performance from an on campus audition. The Music faculty selects recipients and shares them with the Financial Planning Office. Scholarships are renewed based on performance throughout the academic year.

Marching Band Scholarships are awarded by the band director and shared with the Financial Planning Office. The award amount is $1000 and is based on participation in the band.

Other Scholarships

The scholarships mentioned below have a separate application process are awarded based on specific criteria but can be on top of other academic scholarships. If you have further questions regarding these scholarships, please contact your admissions counselor.

Baptist Leadership Scholarship is awarded to selected students who are members of North Carolina Baptist churches cooperating with the NC Baptist State Convention. The funds are awarded and provided by the NCBSC.  A separate online application must be completed prior to April 1 (must reapply each year).

Board of Minister’s Scholarship is awarded by a member of the Board of Ministers. The application must be submitted by May 1 to the Financial Planning Office. The award amount is $250 per year.

Christian Service Organization is awarded to those students preparing for full time Christian vocational service.  The application must be completed as well as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Award amounts vary from $1000 - $3000 depending upon the students demonstrated financial need as determined by the results of the (FAFSA).

Church Matching Scholarship is awarded to those students submitting the application on or before May 1. GWU will match a scholarship from a Southern Baptist Church up to $2500*.*(If GWU aid exceeds $10,000 the scholarship will not be matched).

Minister’s Dependent Scholarship is awarded to a dependent student of a full time minister of a SBC or CBF Church or an ordained, full time employee of a Baptist State Convention or agency. The application deadline is May 1, and the award amount is $1000.

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First-Time Travel Grant  A $500 one-time travel grant will be available for high school seniors who visit GWU on or after July 1st, 2014. The grant does not apply to Dawg Days or other already scheduled events on campus and applies only to the first personal visit made during a student's senior year. The one-time grant will be part of the student's financial aid award package.


Scholarship Maintenance

Scholarship Maintenance is reviewed at the end of each academic year. All scholarships require full time enrollment, and the award amount is based on housing status.If you choose to move off campus, please contact the Financial Planning Office to determine how your scholarship/other awards will be affected.


The GPA requirement for each scholarship is listed below. If your institutional GPA is below the required minimum, you will be placed on Scholarship Probation for the fall semester. You will be eligible to receive your scholarship while on probation, however, if at the end of the fall term you have not achieved the required GPA your scholarship will be rescinded for the spring semester.


Presidential Fellows, Academic Fellows and University Fellows* must maintain an institutional grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 at the end of each academic year, reside on-campus, and be enrolled full time.

Trustee Scholarship 3.2
Presidential Scholarship 3.0
Provost Scholarship 3.0
Dean's Scholarship 2.8
Achievement Scholarship 2.8
Gardner-Webb Scholarship 2.8
Great Choice Scholarships* 2.8


Please note: Nursing students must remain in good standing in the Nursing program in lieu of the above stated GPAs to retain scholarship funds.


* Great Choice Scholarships (Gardner, Elliott, Cantrell) requires on campus residency. If a student chooses to move off campus, scholarship eligibility will be forfeited.


You may appeal the loss of your scholarship by writing a letter to the Associate Director of Financial Planning. It is important to remember that extenuating circumstances must be fully documented. Please contact the Financial Planning Office if you have any questions concerning the appeal process.