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At Cornerstone University, we are supported by a network of alumni and friends who are devoted to supporting future Golden Eagles. All of our undergraduate scholarships are funded by generous partners of CU. They see a Christian education as something that should be achievable and affordable, and something that is vital to our changing world. Scholarships are available based on merit, need and academic division.

Academic Awards

For the 2023-24 academic year, academic awards are based on GPA only.

The amounts below are reflected for the 2023-24 academic year. The net price calculator is in the process of being updated for the 2023-24 academic year. Contact the Admissions Office for more details regarding your potential award.

First-Year Student Scholarship Levels

We believe in the value of an education centered on Christ. It’s a unique investment and one that we take seriously, which is why we offer opportunities to help you reduce the cost of college.

Determine your first-year student award based on the chart below. Transfer students with less than 24 college credits will be awarded a first-year student award.

GPA Scholarship Scholarship Amount
3.93 & above President’s Scholarship $12,000 per year
3.57-3.92 Chancellor’s Scholarship $10,000 per year
3.25-3.56 Dean’s Scholarship $8,500 per year
2.72-3.24 Partners for Success Award $6,500 per year
2.50-2.71 Cornerstone University Assistance $2,000 per year

Transfer Student Scholarship Levels

We understand you’re invested in earning a college degree. We’re here to provide assistance so that you pay the least amount of money to attain your degree. These scholarships are awarded to transfer students with 24 or more completed college credits.

Determine your transfer student award based on the chart below.

GPA Scholarship Scholarship Amount
3.5 & above Chancellor’s Scholarship $8,000 per year
3.0-3.49 Dean’s Scholarship $6,000 per year
2.5-2.99 Partners for Success Award $4,000 per year
2.0-2.49 Cornerstone University Assistance $2,000 per year

Use our net price calculator to explore your potential cost.

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Pastor's Scholarship

The Pastor’s Scholarship is awarded to students who have shown exceptional Christian leadership through ministry involvement. This scholarship award is valued at $1,000 per year.

This scholarship is for new incoming students who will begin in the fall 2023 semester. To qualify, you must have a high school or college GPA of 3.0 or higher and be recommended by a pastor or youth pastor. Recommendations are based on demonstrations of your spiritual maturity, strong academic credentials, church and community participation and desire to influence the world for Christ.

Students must live on Cornerstone’s campus in order to receive this award.

Deadline extended! The application submission deadline for students is Dec. 10. Pastor or youth pastor recommendations must be received by Dec. 15.

Apply for the Pastor’s Scholarship

Please note this is a combined application form with the Kingdom Scholars program. If you are interested in both the Pastor’s Scholarship and Kingdom Scholars, please indicate your interest by applying for both at the same time, submitting the combined application form only once.

Kingdom Scholars Program

As part of the Kingdom Scholars program, you will have the opportunity to further develop your cross-cultural knowledge and leadership skills to support Cornerstone’s campus community with passion and grace.

This scholarship is for new incoming students who will begin in the fall 2023 semester. Candidates must have a GPA of 3.4 or higher, complete the required application and file the FAFSA. Admitted international students are not required to file the FAFSA for scholarship consideration. Select applicants will be chosen to participate in interviews before final acceptance into the scholarship program.

Students must live on Cornerstone’s campus in order to receive this award.

Deadline extended! The application deadline is Dec. 10.

Apply for Kingdom Scholars

Please note this is a combined application form with the Pastor’s Scholarship. If you are interested in both the Pastor’s Scholarship and Kingdom Scholars, please indicate your interest by applying for both at the same time, submitting the combined application form only once.

Global Scholarship

The Global Scholarship is awarded to U.S. citizen or international missionary kids whose families are serving overseas. This scholarship award is valued at $1,000 per year.

Application deadline: Feb. 1

This scholarship is for new incoming students who will begin in the fall 2023 semester. Students who maintain a 3.0 high school or college GPA are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be accepted for admission for the upcoming fall semester no later than Feb. 5.

Students must live on Cornerstone’s campus in order to receive this award.

In addition to your own application, you must be recommended by your mission director, dorm parent, teacher or coach. Recommendations are based on demonstrations of your spiritual maturity, strong academic credentials, church and community participation and desire to influence the world for Christ. The deadline for recommendations is Feb. 15 by 5 p.m.

2023-2024 academic year scholarship application coming soon!

Music Scholarship

Music scholarships are awarded to students with advanced skills in music; non-music majors are also encouraged to apply. Scholarship award values range from $500 to $8,000 per year.

Scholarship applicants are required to be accepted to Cornerstone and complete an audition in person or by submitting a video recording. View more details.

Music majors are required to register for an in-person Music Major Scholarship Day through the application form to be considered for program acceptance and scholarship consideration. Please complete the application for your audition one week prior to your desired audition date. Possible audition dates:

  • Friday, Feb. 17, 2023
  • Friday, March 24, 2023
  • Friday, April 21, 2023

Non-music majors must submit a video recording at the time of their application. Applications for non-music majors are due by April 21, 2023.

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Winter Short Story Scholarship Contest

Creative writing is a valuable skill and form of self-expression. This winter the Humanities Division of Cornerstone University invites you to explore your creativity during our Short Story Scholarship Contest for the chance to win up to $1,000 to attend Cornerstone.

Details for the 2023-2024 academic year coming soon.

This scholarship contest is designed for incoming CU freshman and transfer students who have applied, been accepted or deposited to Cornerstone for fall 2023.

Athletic Scholarships

CU offers 19 varsity sports as well as JV options to student-athletes. Athletic scholarships are awarded to outstanding athletes. Scholarship award values range from $500 per year to full tuition.

If you are a student-athlete interested in athletic scholarship opportunities, complete a recruitment form.

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Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Members of Phi Theta Kappa may qualify for a $1,000 scholarship from Cornerstone University. To see if you qualify, complete the scholarship form below.

Please Note: This scholarship is only available for transfer students.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship Application

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship Recommendation

Institutional Scholarships

Cornerstone 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.

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External Scholarships

Additional external scholarships are also available outside of Cornerstone. Consider applying for external funding awarded by businesses and organizations.

Organization Scholarship Amount Application Deadline
Calvin Rosser Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship $500 October 31, 2022
Shelving.com Shelving Inc. Business Scholarship up to $3,000 August 5, 2022
Nitro Nitro Scholarship $2,000 October 31, 2022
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December 31, 2022
Burress Injury Law Underdog Scholarship $2,500 – $5,000
Spring ’23 Scholarship!
December 6, 2023
American Red Cross Red Cross Collegiate Leadership Program $2,000 December 16, 2022
Incfile Young Entrepreneur Scholarship Grant $2,500 December 31, 2022 March 31, 2023
Law Offices of Daniel Kim Law Offices of Daniel Kim Scholarship $5,000 December 31, 2022
Dylan Sidoo Tech Entrepreneurs Scholarship $1,000 January 15, 2023
Francis Santa Business Student Scholarship $1,000 January 15, 2023
Addictions.com Addictions.com Scholarship $250 – $2,500 January 31, 2023
Discover Discover Scholarships $5,000 Monthly until 1/31/23
True Eye Experts True Eye Experts College Scholarship $1,000 March 31, 2023
Dr. Samuel Bride Scholarship for Future Doctors $1,000 April 15, 2023
Sallie Mae and Thurgood Marshall College Fund Completing the Dream Scholarship $2,500 (260 awards!!) May 31, 2023
White Law PLLC Paying It Forward Scholarship $2,500 June 15, 2023

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