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Institutional Scholarships

Cornerstone University annually awards several scholarships funded and endowed by generous friends of the university. In consultation with faculty members, a scholarship committee awards most of the scholarships in April of each year based upon the criteria for each scholarship.

Descriptions of endowed scholarships are available below. Be sure to check for both general institutional scholarships and those available within your major/department.

The application for the 2022-23 year is closed. Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of their award status in late spring or early summer. The 2023-24 application will be available during Dec. 1, 2022, to March 1, 2023.

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Bible, Religion & Ministry Scholarships

Bertha Dewey Stock Memorial Scholarship

The Bertha Dewey Stock Memorial Scholarship assists married students seeking full-time ministry careers. Applicants must have completed 58 credits, demonstrate financial need and upload a summary describing their future plans for full-time ministry.

Esther Gilbertson Scholarship

The Esther Gilbertson Scholarship assists returning ministry major students who are preparing for full-time Christian ministry and have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must upload a summary describing their future plans for full-time ministry.

Kent and Hazel Hager Endowment

The Kent and Hazel Hager Endowment assists students preparing for full-time Christian work. Applicants must have completed 58 credits, maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA and upload a summary describing their future plans for full-time ministry.

Robert and Ruth Lanting Student Endowment

The Robert and Ruth Lanting Student Endowment aids undergraduate students who are interested in Christian ministry or missions work and demonstrate financial need. Applicants must upload a summary describing their plans for full-time ministry or missions work.

Bernie and Marge Mollema Multicultural Ministry Scholarship

The Bernie and Marge Mollema Multicultural Ministry Scholarship assists students planning to enter full-time multicultural ministry; preference is given to those planning a ministry to the Hispanic culture. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and upload a summary describing their future plans for full-time multicultural ministry, being sure to include what culture they plan to minister to.

Lukas Squires Memorial Scholarship

The Lukas Squires Memorial Scholarship assists undergraduates with a desire to work with youth, such as youth ministry; preference is given to those who have overcome personal hardship and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Applicants must upload a typed letter detailing the personal hardship they have overcome and a summary describing their future plan for full-time ministry.

Brian Wright Memorial Scholarship

The Brian Wright Memorial Scholarship assists an undergraduate student who is preparing for full-time ministry. Preference is given to those who plan to attend seminary. Applicants must have 58 credits completed and upload a summary about why they feel called to ministry.

Business Scholarships

C. John Miller Business Leadership Scholarship

The C. John Miller Business Leadership Scholarship assists returning students who have demonstrated exceptional potential for leadership in business. Applicants must be a business major, have completed 30 credits and maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Farm Bureau Scholarship

The Farm Bureau Insurance Scholarship provides support for returning junior and senior Cornerstone University Enactus participants who demonstrate deep commitment to an Enactus project or are on the leadership team and maintain a 3.0 GPA. The scholarship recipient should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Active involvement in the CU Business Division.
  • Engaged in one of the Enactus projects or leadership team.
  • Involved in athletics at Cornerstone.
  • Is the family member of a Farm Bureau agent.

Upon application, applicants must explain their history and current involvement with Enactus, the Business Division or CU athletics, including any leadership responsibilities, competition involvement and/or significant volunteer roles. In your explanation, please demonstrate how your involvement exemplifies the core values of Cornerstone, including an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to character.

Lawrence J. Bos Scholarship

The Lawrence J. Bos Scholarship assists a finance, economics or accounting student who participates in an extra-curricular or co-curricular activity. Applicants must have completed 60 credits and maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA in their major.

Stewart-Woodward Accounting Scholarship

The Stewart-Woodward Accounting Scholarship assists an accounting major who models a consistent commitment to a biblical lifestyle and exhibits a well-rounded knowledge of accounting. Applicants must have completed 58 credits.

Communication & Media Studies Scholarships

Edward R. Powell Family Scholarship

The Edward R. Powell Family Scholarship recognizes outstanding students majoring in Communication & Media Studies as they prepare for various occupations or ministries in the public sphere. Recipients will have a burden to be “salt and light” in the secular workplace as described in Matthew 5:13-16 and must have 60 completed credits. Applicants must upload a summary describing their career plans and how they hope to be a Christian witness in the workplace.

LE Cardinal Scholarship

The LE Cardinal Scholarship assists a qualified strategic communication major, communication studies major or broadcast communication major. Applicants must write a one-page essay concerning the LORD’s work in their life and how it relates to future dreams and goals.

Computer Science, Engineering & Mathematics Scholarships

Contractors Engineering Scholarship

The Contractors Engineering Scholarship assists a student in the engineering program who has completed at least 58 credits, maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA and participated in some type of extracurricular or co-curricular activity at Cornerstone.

Humanities Scholarships

Dorothy L. Sayers Promising Young Writers Scholarship Fund

The Dorothy L. Sayers Promising Young Writers Scholarship Fund is established to encourage young undergraduate writers in their endeavor to develop the skills for writing-connected careers. Candidates for the award must be an undergraduate English major or English writing minor. Applicants must demonstrate the desire to write as a vocation. Financial need is not a prerequisite but will be considered in the selection process.

Dr. Raymond Bartholomew Scholarship

The Dr. Raymond Bartholomew Scholarship provides financial assistance to juniors or seniors pursuing careers in publishing or professional writing; students must have a minimum 3.7 GPA. Applicants must upload a summary describing how they plan to pursue writing as a profession and what they hope to accomplish through their writing.

TESOL Scholarship

The TESOL Scholarship assists a student that has a TESOL minor, completed at least 58 credits and maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Science & Kinesiology Scholarships

Gloria Baker Kinesiology Award

The Gloria Baker Kinesiology Award assists students who demonstrate the qualities necessary to become successful in the field of physical education or exercise science; students must be a physical education or exercise science major, have completed 58+ credits and have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must:

  • Upload a summary describing how they would characterize their walk with the LORD and what they are currently doing to help their relationship with Him grow.
  • Upload a summary describing how they would define “whole person wellness” and what they are currently doing to enhance their personal wellness.
  • Upload a summary describing what activities they have participated in within the last two years to enhance their professional development.

Music Scholarships

Ernest and Yvonne Rogers Scholarship

The Ernest and Yvonne Rogers Scholarship assists music majors who demonstrate exceptional instrumental and/or vocal ability. Applicants must have completed 26 credits, maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA and be actively involved in a church music ministry. Applicants should upload a summary that describes how they are currently involved in their church’s music ministry, including the name and location of their church.

Margaret Ward Music Scholarship

The Margaret Ward Music Scholarship assists undergraduate students who are majoring in music with an emphasis in piano or voice, maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need.

Meryl Welch Musical Arts Endowment

The Meryl Welch Musical Arts Endowment assists students in their commitment to exhibit excellence in the field of music. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the musical arts, and priority is given to those with a concentration in piano.

Social Science Scholarships

Howard and Mary Simms Memorial Scholarship

The Howard and Mary Simms Memorial Scholarship assists students majoring in social work who have demonstrated growth and intentional work in several arenas. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, and preference is given to minorities.

Teacher Education Scholarships

Ginger Coburn Memorial Scholarship

The Ginger Coburn Memorial Scholarship assists female teacher education students who demonstrate financial need, have completed 60+ credits and maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA. Priority is given to students from Alpena County, Mich., and applicants must indicate their county of residence.

Ethel M. Collins Children’s Education Scholarship

The Ethel M. Collins Children’s Education Scholarship assists students who are preparing to minister to children through a teaching career; students should be seeking an education major, have completed 26 credits, maintained a minimum 2.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Applicants must upload a summary describing how they plan to use their teaching career as a ministry.

Catherine Ross Wirtz Elementary Education Scholarship

The Catherine Ross Wirtz Elementary Education Scholarship assists undergraduate students who are endeavoring to become elementary or middle school teachers, have a record of service to the LORD and mankind, seeking an education major and have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA; financial need is also considered. Applicants must be accepted into the teacher education program and upload a summary describing their record of service to the LORD and mankind as well as the grade level they plan to teach.

Additional Institutional Scholarships

Amanda and Michael Nielsen Children’s Ministry Scholarship

The Amanda and Michael Nielsen Children’s Ministry Scholarship assists undergraduate students who are pursuing a career in children’s ministry or students serving in summer camps; students must have earned 30 credits and be currently involved in children’s ministry. Applicants must upload a description of how they are currently involved in a children’s ministry. If you are pursuing a career in children’s ministry after graduation or served in a summer camp, include a description of your future plans or a description of your ministry.

Belden Brick and Supply Architectural and Masonry Scholarship

The Belden Brick and Supply Architectural and Masonry Scholarship assists students whose parents or grandparents are associated with the architectural, masonry, home building or landscape professions; students should have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 or college GPA of 2.5. Applicants must list the name and relationship of parent or grandparent associated with a building trades career, including name, relationship employer and their years of involvement.

Bronkema Family Women’s Scholarship

The Bronkema Family Women’s Scholarship provides financial assistance to a female undergraduate student from a broken home or who is facing difficult family issues; the student should have a minimum 2.35 GPA. Applicants must upload a short essay about what the LORD has taught them through their family situation.

Covenant Christian Scholarship

The Covenant Christian Scholarship will provide financial support for a graduate of Covenant Christian School in Walker, Michigan. Applicants must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need.

Dakota Gonzales Memorial Scholarship

The Dakota Gonzales Memorial Scholarship assists students who reside in inner-city areas and demonstrate financial need; students must be a CU Empowered recipient to be considered. Applicants must upload a short essay about how the LORD has been working in your life lately. In addition, describe your involvement in the Multicultural Student Organization and what it means to be a CU Empowered student, including your city and state of residence.

Deanna Scholarship

The Deanna Scholarship assists students who were raised by a single parent with an economical challenge. Applicants must upload a short essay about how the LORD has used their single parent to teach them and bring them to where they are today.

Minnesota Regional Scholarship

The Minnesota Regional Scholarship assists a student from the state of Minnesota; students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA or higher in their major or from high school and participate in an extracurricular or co-curricular activity at CU or in high school.

Nepal Student Scholarship

The Nepal Student Scholarship assists students from Nepal who demonstrate financial need, maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA and have a desire to study in a student-focused learning community where Jesus Christ is central.

Pat Irwin “Jabez” Scholarship Fund

The Pat Irwin “Jabez” Scholarship Fund assists students who reside in inner-city areas and demonstrate financial need. Applicants must list their city and state of residence.

Paul Gordon Family Endowed Scholarship

The Paul Gordon Family Endowed Scholarship awards three scholarships per year—one to a student whose parents are in ministry, one to a ministry major and one to a business major. Financial need is considered and a minimum 3.0 GPA is required. All applicants must upload a letter of recommendation from a professor, pastor or community leader attesting to their personal character and their affirmation of the Christian faith.

  • Ministry Majors: Upload a summary describing your involvement in global, local, collegiate or church communities. Please describe what led you to pursue a degree in ministry.
  • Business Majors: Upload a summary describing how you hope to integrate your faith into the business workplace.

Renee K. Spaanstra Memorial Scholarship

The Renee K. Spaanstra Memorial Scholarship assists undergraduate single parents with dependent children or students who face extraordinary family and financial challenges; students must have completed 26 credits. Applicants must upload a typed letter detailing their extraordinary family circumstances.

Request Foods Scholarship

The Request Foods Scholarship assists students who are children of Request Foods employees. Applicants must provide proof of employment for their parent.

Rev. Joseph Balbach Scholarship

The Rev. Joseph Balbach Scholarship assists Bible or music majors who have a passion for others, demonstrate financial need and have good academic standing.

Samuel L. Westerman Scholarship

The Samuel L. Westerman Scholarship assists students actively involved in volunteer service and/or church-related work; students must have completed 60 credits and maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must upload a summary describing how you are actively involved in volunteer service and/or church-related work.

Wendell K. Babcock/GRSBM Scholarship

The Wendell K. Babcock/GRSBM Scholarship assists children and grandchildren of GRSBM alumni who demonstrate financial need. Applicants must list the name of their parent or grandparent that is a GRSBM alumnus.

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