Resources to finance your education.

Scholarships can be a helpful resource in paying for your education. Invest in your future by exploring institutional and external scholarships that could lower your out-of-pocket school costs.

Cornerstone University offers three university-awarded scholarships that empower you to finance your education as a PGS student.

Single Mother Scholarship

The Single Mother Scholarship provides resources for students to grow in their personal and professional goals as they continue to be positive examples for their children. It provides each recipient $1,000 annually and can be renewed as long as the student's full-time status remains unchanged and scholarship funds are available.

To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria as a single mother:

  • Support at least one child under the age of 18.
  • File with marital status of single, separated or divorced and demonstrate financial need when completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Pursue an associate or bachelor's degree.
  • Be a new or returning PGS student who has not attended in the past year.
  • Submit a completed scholarship application.

This scholarship has been awarded to the max amount of recipients for 2019. Check back in the spring/summer of 2020 to see if additional funding is available!

Ed.D. Diversity Scholarship

The Doctor of Education Diversity Scholarship is available to minority applicants who have been accepted into the Ed.D. program. Designed to empower leaders from various backgrounds and organizations, this financial support is intended to promote human flourishing and allow greater opportunities for all to advance as influencers. This scholarship provides two Ed.D. students with a $7,000 tuition discount applied on a per course basis throughout the program.

To apply, complete the Ed.D. Diversity Scholarship application and be accepted into the doctoral program by April 1. You must complete all information on the application to be considered for the award.

Mel Trotter Scholarship

In partnership with Mel Trotter Ministries (MTM), this scholarship provides five nominated and selected individuals with additional financial support as they complete a specialized associate degree program and commit to making a change that matters.

Mel Trotter guests who are referred by Mel Trotter staff are eligible for the scholarship. This scholarship is only for current Mel Trotter Ministries guests or those who have graduated from the MTM program within the last 12 months. For more information, contact your Mel Trotter case advocate.

External Scholarships

In addition to institutional scholarships, there are several other resources and websites available to you to discover even more scholarship and grant opportunities. Please note that Cornerstone is not affiliated with any of the following resources.

AASPA Leon Bradley Scholarship

The AASPA Leon Bradley Scholarship from the American Association of School Personnel Administrators is for minorities and persons of color who intend to enter school leadership fields.

American Association on Health and Disability

The American Association on Health and Disability Frederick J Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability is an opportunity for undergraduate or graduate students with a disability pursuing studies related to health and disability. Applicants must be a US citizen or resident and complete application requirements, including documented disability verification.


The ATHENA award is a Grand Rapids program that strives to support women grow as leaders and influencers in the community. The Grand Rapids Chamber ATHENA Eileen Devries Scholarship is an opportunity for women over the age of 30 who are pursuing a college education to receive support in their endeavors.

PNC Education Scholarship

The PNC Education Scholarship is a random drawing for eligible students. To be considered, you must complete a series of questions regarding your financial literacy.

Additional Scholarship and Grant Resources