Scholarships & Grants

 

Below are links to applications for various scholarship opportunities within Cornerstone University. To be eligible for need-based university gift aid program, a student must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The student must be enrolled full-time as a degree seeking student in a traditional undergraduate program to receive institutional aid. A FAFSA is not required for merit aid (e.g. academic or athletic awards). Students who have earned a Bachelor's degree do not qualify for institutional aid or PELL.

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  Academic Awards and Grants

Freshman Academic Scholarships and Grants

Based on high school GPA and ACT or SAT composite scores. For the SAT, the composite is the sum of a test's critical reading or verbal score and math score. Information below reflects 2015-2016 scholarship amounts.

Scholarship

*Outstanding Scholar Award
President's Scholarship
Chancellor's Scholarship
Dean's Scholarship
Partners for Success Grant
Cornerstone University Assistance 

Yearly Award

$12,000
$11,000
$10,000
$9,000
$8,000
$6,500 

4 Year Amount

$48,000
$44,000
$40,000
$36,000
$32,000
$26,000 

*Must maintain a 3.5 college GPA

Transfer Academic Award Scholarships

For students transferring in over 24 credits, scholarships are based on college GPA.

Scholarship

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Chancellor's Scholarship
Dean's Scholarship
Partners for Success 

Yearly Award

$9,500
$8,500
$7,500
$6,500 

4 Year Amount

$38,000
$34,000
$30,000
$26,000 

Find out which academic award you qualify for by using our Net Price Calculator.  

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  Pastor's Scholarship Program Fall 2015

The Pastor's Scholarship Program is a nomination based new student scholarship program. Pastors and Youth Pastors may nominate an incoming freshman or transfer student who they think meet the criteria of the scholarship program:

  • Have demonstrated spiritual maturity
  • Have the capacity to contribute to a "spiritually contagious" environment at Cornerstone
  • Exhibit strong academic credentials
  • Have participated actively within their church and community
  • Desire to be influencers in the world for Christ

The following qualifications must be met in order for a student to be eligible for the Pastor's Scholarship:

  • Each student must be nominated by a pastor or youth pastor currently on staff within a church. Access the nomination form by clicking here. Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 15, 2014.
  • Nominated students must be accepted for admission for the fall 2015 semester no later than January 15, 2015. Additionally, in order to be considered for the scholarship, students must have met or exceeded at least one of the following academic criteria:
    • 3.4 high school G.P.A or 3.2 college G.P.A
    • 25 composite ACT score or 1700 SAT score
  • All nominees must be eligible to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete the form no later than March 1, 2015. Additionally, all students must submit the Nominated Student Resume form by March 1, 2015. Forms will be emailed to students once they are nominated. 

Pastor's Scholarship Quick Facts
Pastor's Scholarship Nomination Form


  Global Scholarship Program (Missionary Kids)

The Global Scholarship Program is a nomination based new student scholarship program for missionary kids.  Mission organization leaders may nominate an incoming freshman or transfer student who they think meet the criteria of the scholarship program. (Student’s family must be in active ministry outside of the United States. If family is currently on furlough, the nomination will still be accepted).

The Global Scholarship committee members reviewing nominations will be awarding students who:

  • Have demonstrated spiritual maturity
  • Have the capacity to contribute to a “spiritually contagious” environment at Cornerstone
  • Exhibit strong academic credentials
  • Have participated actively within their church and community
  • Desire to be influencers in the world for Christ

The following qualifications must be met in order for a student to be eligible for the Global Scholarship:

  • Each student must be nominated no later than Monday, February 2, 2015 by 5:00pm. 
  • Nominated students must be accepted for admission for the fall 2014 semester no later than Monday, March 2, 2015.  Additionally, in order to be considered for the scholarship, students must have met or exceeded at least one of the following academic criteria:
    • 3.4 high school G.P.A or 3.2 college G.P.A
    • 25 composite ACT score or 1700 SAT score
  • All nominees must be eligible to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete the form no later than March 9, 2015.  Additionally, all students must submit the Nominated Student Resume form by March 9, 2015.  Forms will be emailed to students once they are nominated. 

Nomination Form: To be filled out and submitted by a mission organization leader
Global Scholarship Quick Facts

Student Resume


   Urban Scholarship

The Urban Scholarship is a nomination based new student scholarship program primarily for African American or Hispanic students from diverse, urban backgrounds. Scholarship amounts range from $500-$2,500 per year.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Student must meet the Cornerstone University admissions academic requirements (2.5 high school G.P.A, 19 ACT/1350 SAT) and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Student must display strong leadership potential and clear spiritual commitment to excel in the Cornerstone campus community. Involvement must include, but is not limited to, the Cornerstone University Multicultural Organization.
  • Student must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year by March 1.
  • Student must maintain a Cumulative 2.0 grade point average in college in order to retain the scholarship each year.
  • Student must live on campus in traditional housing for all four years of enrollment at CU. (Scholarship may be applied towards room and board expenses.)

Nomination Form: To be filled out and submitted, along with a letter of recommendation, by March 23, 2015.
Student Resume: To be filled out and submitted by the nominee (student) by March 23, 2015.


 

Federal and State Grants 

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants is a need-based grant awarded only to undergraduate students who are pursuing their first bachelors degree. (In some cases, however, a student enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Federal Pell Grant.) You are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant if you are incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution or are subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for a forcible or non-forcible sexual offense.   

  • Amounts can change yearly. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $5,645 for the 2013–14 award year 
 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG Program provides need-based grants to help low-income undergraduate students finance the costs of postsecondary education. When making FSEOG awards, the institution must give priority to those students with “exceptional need” (those with the lowest Expected Family Contributions, or EFCs, at the institution) and those who are also Federal Pell Grant recipients. Students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of the application process for an FSEOG. The FAFSA can be completed on the Web at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. For more information on FAFSA and the student aid award process, see the entry for the Federal Pell Grant Program.

Federal TEACH Grant

The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $3,712 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.

As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach

  • in a high-need field 
  • at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families 
  • for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant.
Each year that you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign an Agreement to Serve on the TEACH Grant website. The agreement explains the terms and conditions for receiving a TEACH Grant. By signing the Agreement to Serve, you agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge that if you do not fulfill the service obligation described in the agreement, the TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a loan that you must repay.
 
IMPORTANT: If you do not complete your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education, withinterest charged from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed (paid to you or on your behalf). 

To receive a TEACH Grant, you must:

  • Meet the basic eligibility criteria for the federal student aid programs.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSASM).
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, or graduate student at a school that participates in the TEACH Grant Program. 
  • Be enrolled in a TEACH-Grant-eligible program.
  • Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on one or more portions of a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25). For specific information about the academic requirements, talk to the financial aid office at your college or career school.
  • Receive TEACH Grant counseling that explains the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant service obligation. You must complete counseling each year that you receive a TEACH Grant.
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve.

Michigan Tuition Grant

The Michigan Tuition Grant program is available to undergraduate Michigan residents with financial need who plan to attend or are attending independent, degree-granting Michigan postsecondary institutions. Applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to May 1 preceding Fall enrollment. Students are encouraged to file their FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Paper forms are available from the Federal Student Aid Information Center by calling 1-800-4-FEDAID or a printable version can be accessed on the Web site www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov. Students must file a renewal FAFSA every year to determine possible continued program eligibility. Students are responsible for notifying the Student Scholarships and Grants (SSG) of a change in their college choice.


  Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Athletic Scholarships

Cornerstone University is part of the NAIA and offers 15 varsity-level sports teams with athletic scholarships. Contact the athletics department at 616.222.1425 to arrange a meeting with a coach.

International Student Grant

These scholarships are available to international students who have financial need and are not eligible to receive assistance through the federal student aid programs. Eligibility is determined by the associate dean of admissions and the director of student financial services based on a student's financial situation. The maximum amount is $3,000.

Multicultural Scholarship

This award is available to students who are part of a recognized minority group and who meet specific institutionally determined need requirements.

Music Scholarship

Awarded based on audition. Contact the Fine Arts Division to arrange an audition at 616.222.1545. Non-music majors are also encouraged to apply for these scholarships.

Outstanding Scholar Award

This scholarship recognizes National Merit scholarship finalists. It is available to first-time enrollees and transfer students who enroll at Cornerstone by the beginning of the third semester after the student graduates from high school. Recipients are eligible to receive the award for up to ten semesters at Cornerstone University by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5. After a student has earned a degree, he or she is no longer eligible to receive the award. The finalist award may be used to cover summer courses and J-term courses through the summer following the tenth semester of enrollment. Finalists will receive $12,000 in institutional aid. Total institutional aid, Michigan Tuition Grant and Competitive Scholarship for recipients of either award may not exceed total tuition. The award may not be used for off-campus programs such as CCCU programs.

  Grants 

Cornerstone Need Grant 

These funds are available to students meeting specific need criteria based on a student's estimated family contribution, academics, residency plans and other gift aid. The amount of the award is determined based on the same criteria.

Cornerstone University Ministry Major Grant

This grant is provided to Michigan residents who are ineligible for Michigan Competitive Scholarship or Michigan Tuition Grant funds due to their enrollment in a Christian Ministry major. Students must have attained junior or senior status and otherwise demonstrate eligibility for the MTG or MCS to be eligible for this grant. The amount of the grant is one-half of the state grant eligibility for the year

Out-of-State Grant

This award is available to first-time students who are not residents of the state of Michigan who do not receive other academic aid. The maximum amount for this scholarship is $1000 and is renewable as long as the student maintains residency out of state.

Resident Need Grant

Awarded to students living in university residence halls who demonstrate financial need. These funds are available to students meeting specific need criteria based on a student's EFC, academics, residency plans, and other gift aid. The amount of the award is determined based on the same criteria.

  Endowed and Restricted Scholarships 

  • 2015-2016 Institutional Scholarship Application (No Longer Available)
  • Endowed Scholarship List
  • Due the first Monday in February

 Cornerstone University annually awards several scholarships funded by generous friends of the university. A scholarship committee in consultation with members of the faculty awards most of the scholarships in April of each year based upon the individual criteria for each scholarship. Application for scholarships is made on the Institutional Scholarship Application which is due the first Monday of February each year.

To view a printable list of scholarship descriptions, amounts and individual requirements click here.
The Institutional Scholarship Application will be made available in December (Due the first Monday in February).


Other Scholarships

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Featured Scholarships

Aaron Swartz Scholarship
Vandelay Webb sponsors this scholarship in which the applicant should explore where the boundaries of free speech lie in the digital age through a 1,000 to 2,000 word essay.

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program
The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution.

"Advice to Your High School Self" Scholarship
Take a online survey and you'll be eligible to compete for the Campus Discovery $2,500 Scholarship.

Albertson & Davidson
Alberston & Davidson, LLP is offering a $2,500 annual scholarship to a current or prospective college student.

Anthony Castelli Attorney's Veteran's College Scholarship
An annual scholarship awarded to a current military veteran or honorably discharged veteran or parent, sibling, child or grandchild of a current or honorably discharged veteran. 

ATHENA Scholarship
To help deserving women over the age of 30 in the Grand Rapids and the Lakeshore area complete their dream of a college degree. Grand Rapids Scholarship  |  Lakeshore Scholarship | Download the ATHENA scholarship application

Athnet Sports Recruiting Scholarship
$1,000 athletic scholarship offered to a current or future college student.

B. Davis Scholarship
This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post secondary institution.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
This Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.

Blaze Wifi Scholarship for Rural Students
For college-bound HS seniors and students enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate level degree program at a college or university located in the United States.

BigSun Scholarship
The successful applicant will be currently involved in athletics in some capacity, either for their school or for their community.

CEO of Tomorrow Scholarship
Available for students interested in business leadership and/or entrepreneurship.

Charter One TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship
Tell us what you do to help others and you could win one of 10 $5,000 TruFit Good Citizen Scholarships!

Christian Community Credit Union "Scholarships for Success"

Members of Christian Community Credit Union with a Checking / Debit Card Account (newly-opened or existing). Students must attending a college, university, or seminary.

College Prowler "No Essay" Scholarship
For US students currently enrolled in college.

Create-A-Greeting-Card $10,000 Scholarship Contest
Submit photo, artwork or computer graphic to create a greeting card.

Drive to Learn Scholarship
Applicants must be enrolled full time and write a 750-1000 word essay on one of four topics. Student could receive a $1,000 scholarship.

DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship
The DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship will award five scholarships of $500 each.

Fostering Futures Scholarship
The Fostering Futures Scholarship provides eligible foster youth with scholarship funds for tuition, fees, room/board, books, and supplies/equipment required for enrollment.  Fostering Futures Scholarship is available to students on a first-come, first served basis.

Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship
For Meijer Full and Part-time team members and children of Meijer team members who have been employed for at least one year.

GIVA, INC. $1,000 Corporate Scholarship
All eligible students will be required to compose a thoughtful essay between 500 – 1,000 words answering the question: “How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals and why?” Award winners are required to perform some community service volunteer work.

Global English Editing Scholarship
The Global English Editing Scholarship Program awards one $1,500 scholarship each year to a student in the U.S. who intends to make a positive contribution to the country's future.

Goodwin & Scieszka Innovation Scholarship
The 2015 Goodwin & Scieszka Innovation Scholarship awards one first place award of $1,000 and two runner-up awards of $500 each.

Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) Scholarship
Recognizes deserving students who have achieved a high level of academic achievement and are a part-time employee or dependent of a full-time employee of a business that is a member of the MRA.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
Awarded to students of Hispanic heritage.

James Madison Foundation Scholarship
Awarded to students who are US citizens or nationals that are currently or plan to be a teacher of American history, American government or social studies at a secondary school level (grades 7-12).

Levin Firm Scholarship
The Levin Firm is offering a $1,000 scholarship to individuals who are currently attending or planning on attending college or graduate school next semester. 

Lowell Rotary Foundation
Scholarships to graduating seniors who live in the Lowell Area School District or attend Lowell High School.

The Max McElhaney Memorial Educational Scholarship

Sponsored by Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, the Max McElhaney Memorial Educational Scholarship has been established to honor the life and love of Rocky’s Uncle Max and to award $2,500 to an undergraduate student, enrolled in a 4-year program at a public or private college or university majoring in either History or Education. 

Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children Student Leadership Scholarship Award
Awarded to a student with a minimum of 60 credit hours, a GPA or 2.75 or higher and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in the field of early childhood development/education.

Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship
Offering annual scholarships for college students who were victims of car accidents earlier in their lives and who have overcome their injuries.

Moverscorp.com Scholarship
Share your moving stories for a chance to win $500 scholarship from Movers Corp!

National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.
Several scholarships are available to African-American females of all ages.

National Federation of the Blind
Available to students who are legally blind.

National Italian American Foundation Scholarship
Category I: Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. Category II: Students from any ethnic background majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or a related field who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements.

New Look Laser Tattoo Removal Semiannual Scholarship
A merit-based scholarships for students pursuing higher education with an emphasis in one of the following fields: nursing, medicine, natural or applied sciences, or engineering.

Nursing Education Scholarship
Available to applicants who are applying to a medical related field or who are currently pursuing further education in the fields of nursing and medicine.

Olshan Healthy Homes Scholarship
The scholarship, for the sum of $1,000, is open to students pursuing a degree from an accredited university. The scholarship is granted for a year at a time, but winners may reapply on an annual basis.

Reed Tech Scholarship

Offering a $1,000 scholarship to students who are studying or are planning to study a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) major at a U.S. university or college.

Rosamond P. Haeberle Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Michigan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Awarded to female students who have served on active duty for a minimum of 6 continuous months.

Security Choice Scholarship
Students must write a 1,000 word essay from one of two prompts and be enrolled in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university or in an accredited graduate school program.

Senior Care Innovation Scholarship
The annual scholarship award is for five (5) students enrolled in an associate's degree, bachelor's degree or graduate level program in the fields of gerontology, long term care administration, social work, medicine, nursing, or sociology at an accredited 2-year college or 4-year university.

Southland Electrical Supply Scholarship Program

Students who studying or planning to study in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) major or a related field or trade are invited to take part in our essay competition.

Student Leadership Scholarship

$1000 scholarship for student majoring in early childhood development with 60 credits or more.

Sussle $1,000 Scholarship

Just contribute knowledge about stuff you already know.

Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program
Thermo Fisher Scientific is offering our future science scholars an opportunity to win $10,000 in scholarship funding.

U.S. Bank Scholarship
U.S. Bank will award forty $1,000 scholarships through a random drawing process. Undergraduate students attending an eligible four-year college or university participating in the U.S. Bank No Fee Education Loan Program are eligible to apply.

White Cane Scholarship
Awarded to legally blind students.

Wholesale Halloween Costumes $500 Scholarship Award
The Wholesale Halloween Costumes Scholarship is offered to part time and full time college students. One applicant will be selected to receive a $500 scholarship award. Our goal is to contribute to higher education and learning by offering the winning student financial assistance to help cover the expenses of tuition and books.

Zumper Apartment Scholarship 
Zumper is looking for outstanding students who have helped their classmates or community in a tremendous way. Maybe you started a club that raised $10,000 for charity, or championed recycling and sustainable practices across campus. Whatever it is, they'd love to hear about it!