Gardner-Webb Expands Church-Matching and Minister’s Dependent Scholarships for Traditional Undergraduate Students

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New Programs Offered to Traditional Undergraduate Students from all Christian Churches

A photo of people gathered inside Dover ChapelBOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Gardner-Webb University values its partnerships with churches to prepare graduates for lives of service to God and humanity. To enhance this relationship, GWU has announced a substantial expansion of its Church-Matching and Minister’s Dependent scholarship programs.

Matching scholarships will now be offered to traditional undergraduate students, who receive a scholarship from any Christian church. “Moving forward, Gardner-Webb is going to be much more intentional about strengthening its ties to churches, both near and far,” offered GWU President Dr. William M. Downs. “Those churches have historically been productive pipelines for new students coming to GWU, and we are delighted to offer significantly increased scholarship incentives to help prospective students choose to study with us.”

In addition to expanding the program to members of all churches, the amount of the matching scholarship has also increased. To those traditional undergraduate students submitting the application on or before May 1, Gardner-Webb will match a scholarship from a Christian church—dollar for dollar—up to the cost of tuition. The Church-Matching Scholarship will stack on top of other institutional aid.

The University is also increasing scholarships offered to minister’s dependents. The Minister’s Dependent Scholarship is offered to any dependent traditional undergraduate student of a full-time minister of a Christian church or an ordained, full time employee of a Christian church or church-related agency. Previously awarded at $1,000, the scholarship will now be $5,500. The application deadline is May 1, and the Minister’s Dependent Scholarship will also stack on top of other institutional aid up to the cost of tuition.

“Throughout our rich Baptist heritage, Gardner-Webb has always valued our relationship with the Christian church,” said Aaron Hinton, GWU director of Advancement for Christian Service and Foundations. “We believe these scholarships demonstrate our desire and commitment to support students and strengthen partnerships with churches. Gardner-Webb will continue to be a place where Christian compassion meets academic excellence and Christ’s teachings guide all that we do.”

Learn more about the scholarships here or contact Aaron Hinton at 704-406-4101 or

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