Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2015-2016 PDF

Merit Scholarships

Freshman Awards

A freshman student may qualify for one award from this category. To receive this award, a student must be enrolled for 12 or more credit hours each semester.  Scholarships are disbursed over two semesters in an academic year.

Southwestern Award of Excellence $8,000
Academic Dean Award $7,000
Trustee $6,000
Presidential $4,000
Achievement $3,000

These awards include an additional $1,000 credited to tuition costs if the student lives in the residence hall. These awards are determined through a combination of the senior mid-year high school cumulative GPA + SAT/ACT scores.

The GPA is multiplied by 12.5. The ACT is multiplied by 1.4 or the SAT (combined Math and Reading scores) is divided by 32. The sum of the GPA and test calculation give a score that determines the award:  Southwestern Award of Excellence 91-100; Academic Dean Award 85-90; Trustee Award 80-84; Presidential Award 70-79; Achievement Award 60-69. 

Students can receive a renewal scholarship for three years provided they meet these criteria.  Students must have at least one semester during consecutive fall and spring semesters with the following GPA's:

  • 3.5 or greater for the Southwestern Award of Excellence; Academic Dean Award
  • 3.25 or greater for the Trustee Award
  • 3.0 or greater for the Presidential Award
  • 2.5 or greater for the Achievement Award

Students increase their renewal scholarship up to the Trustee Award level by improving their GPA.  The scholarship increases to the next higher scholarship level when the student:

  1. Reaches the minimum GPA requirement of a higher scholarship during consecutive fall and spring semesters in a single academic year, and
  2. Completes 12 or more hours of course work each of these two semesters.

Likewise, if a student has consecutive fall and spring semesters in an academic year below the expected minimum, the student will drop to the next lower scholarship.

Students who begin attending Southwestern in their first year of college but do not earn a scholarship for their freshman year, have a second chance for a scholarship based on their college GPA following the guidelines stated above.

A break in residency to attend another college or university may affect the renewal of these scholarships.

Leadership Scholarships 

These scholarships are for one year and applicable only for incoming freshmen at Southwestern and are over and above any Southwestern academic scholarship for which the student qualifies for. If a student has held more than one office, only one scholarship can be awarded and will be given for the highest office held.

Student Association President $2,500  
Senior Class President  $2,500  
Senior Class Valedictorian $2,500  
Student Association Vice President  $2,000  
Yearbook Editor $2,000  
Newspaper Editor $2,000  
Senior or Junior class officer $1,000  
Student Association officer $1,000  
Pathfinder Team Leadership Training Certificate (TLTC)   $1,000  
Pathfinder Counselor in training (CIT) $1,000  


Honors Scholarship

Honors Scholarships are given to students who are enrolled in the Honors Program and whose grade classification is above the freshman level: 

Sophomore $500
Junior $1,000
Senior $2,000

The final $1000 of the senior award is given only after the student has completed his/her senior thesis.

Southwestern Scholars

Southwestern Scholars Award - includes all Southwestern Scholarships

$19,296 (Full tuition) awarded to students who achieve the level of

  • Finalist in the National Merit or National Achievement Programs
  • Semifinalists are awarded $9,420 (Half tuition)
  • National Hispanic Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program
  • 99.5 percentile on the ACT or SAT (an ACT composite of 34 or a combined SAT verbal and math score of 1550). Test scores must be from a single national test date.

This scholarship is renewable if the student maintains a 3.5 cumulative GPA and enrolls for 12 or more hours each semester. Transfer students who were recognized by the National Merit organization as a Semi-finalist or Finalist and who have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA are also eligible for this award. This scholarship, along with all other Southwestern scholarships, cannot exceed tuition.  Likewise, credit balances from Southwestern scholarships and resources other than loans will result in a reduction of this scholarship.  Students who qualify for both the Freshman Award and the Southwestern Scholars Awards, receive the higher of the two.

Transfer Scholarship

A transfer student, pursuing a first baccalaureate degree, with at least 24 cumulative college credits from other colleges may qualify for one of the following scholarships:

  • $4,000 if cumulative GPA from prior colleges is 3.75+
  • $3,000 if cumulative GPA from prior colleges is 3.50-3.74
  • $2,000 if cumulative GPA from prior colleges is 3.00-3.49
  • $1,500 if cumulative GPA from prior colleges is 2.75-2.99

All official transcripts from all previously attended colleges must be on file with Southwestern before this scholarship will be awarded. To receive this scholarship, a student must be enrolled for 12 or more credit hours each semester. This scholarship is renewable for two years for students transferring 24-55 credits, and one year for students transferring 56-89 credits. The scholarship is not renewable for students transferring 90+ credits. This scholarship is renewable only for students who are in a good academic standing, who maintain a commendable citizenship record.


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