Competitive Scholarships

School can be very expensive. At Graceland, several scholarships have been established to help with these costs. The following competitive scholarships are based on a combination of GPA, essay, references, high school activities, athletics and community service.

You can apply for as many scholarships as you feel you may qualify. Among the premier scholarships you may only be awarded one plus the honors scholarship, but you may apply for as many as you wish. You could receive more than one non premier (other competitive scholarships) in addition to the premier and/or honors. Review the following, and submit applications for the scholarships for which you feel you qualify. Please note that honors, as mentioned here, is distinct from prestigious honors. Both are listed in the descriptions below.

 

Premier Scholarships

If you qualify for more than one of these premier scholarships, you will receive only the scholarship with the highest monetary value.*

For the link to the application materials, click on the name of the scholarship.

Wallace B. Smith

  • Award amounts vary from $1,000 to $3,000
  • Entering senior year in high school
  • Participating in Spectacular
  • Applying for admission to Graceland University

This scholarship is designed to recognize Community of Christ youth and youth who are church friends who have displayed leadership abilities.
Nine grants will be awarded.

InSpire Scholarship

  • Award amounts vary from $1,000 to $2,000
  • Entering senior year in high school
  • Participating in Spectacular
  • Students must meet Graceland’s admission requirements

This scholarship is  intended for students who are passionate about the mission of Community of Christ and are committed to continuing that interest while pursuing their education at Graceland University.

Ackerley Computer Science and Technology Scholarship

  • Award amounts vary up to $6,000
  • Minimum high school GPA 3.5 and ACT 26 (math and composite)
  • Enroll full time and declare CSIT major
  • Willing to participate in all CSIT activities

Wildermuth Asian - Technology Endowed Scholarship

  • Award amounts vary from $1,000 to $3,000
  • Citizen from an Asian/Pacific Rim country
  • TOEFL score of 500 (paper) or 61 (Internet)
  • Grade equivalent of 3.0 GPA in high school
  • Enroll full time and declare CSIT major
  • Willing to participate in all CSIT activities

*Exceptions are the Ackerley, Wildermuth, Scholar and Honors Program Scholarship, which may be given in addition to one other premier scholarship.

Totals of all Graceland scholarships may not exceed the cost of tuition.

Other competitive scholarships you may apply for include:

 

Alumni Endowed Scholarship

  • Award amounts vary
  • Be a direct descendant of Graceland alumni
  • Apply for admission to Graceland or be a current student
  • Submit application on or before March 1
  • Live in a residence hall on campus, unless residing with parents or legal guardian, are married or are living in the Kansas City area while enrolled in the clinical nursing program

Diversity Scholarship
Award amount: $1,000

  • Students who are committed to issues of diversity, social justice, equal opportunity, civil rights and nondiscrimination.
  • Current Graceland students are encouraged to apply.
  • Scholarship winners may reapply each year for a maximum of five years.
  • Financial need is not a requirement.

Submit a letter of application and a two-page typed essay to Julie.Breshears@graceland.edu no later than Dec. 1 for the following academic year.
Include:

  • applicant's name
  • ID number
  • the name of the scholarship for which the student is applying.
  1. The two-page essay should address the applicant’s interest in issues of diversity, social justice, equal opportunity, civil rights and nondiscrimination on the basis of (including but not limited to) race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.
  2. The applicant is encouraged to address any activities, events or organizations in which they have participated that reflect their interest in these areas.
  3. The essay must be submitted in an electronic format.
  4. The essay will be identified only by the applicant’s ID number when it is evaluated. 

Evelyn Phinney Make a Difference Scholarship
Award amounts vary.  
Established to encourage and advance the cause of human rights. Current Graceland students are encouraged to apply.
Applicant must:

  1. Demonstrate a strong sense of personal civic responsibility, a sincere interest in promoting social justice and high academic achievement.
  2. Graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class.
  3. Maintain a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  4. Maintain a reputation of good moral character.
  5. Demonstrate a sound work ethic through part-time employment.
  6. Demonstrate financial need.


The one- to three-page essay should describe the applicant's interest in human rights. An answer to one of the following topics should be submitted:  

  1. As you look back on your life and look ahead to how you will invest it, which experiences and individuals have helped you develop a personal passion for protecting the human rights of all? Explain the impact of each experience and/or individual in your life.
  2. Scholar Roland Bainton once said, “Civilization is always only one generation away from barbarism.” How do you think your generation can ensure that barbarism in the interrelations of people and groups will not prevail?
  3. You live in a nation whose citizens are among the wealthiest one percent of the world’s people. Discuss your core beliefs about the responsibility of this nation for the rest of the globe. Include your understanding or your personal responsibility.
  4. Research and discuss one situation either internationally or nationally that you believe reflects an unacceptable infringement or oppression of human rights. Identify what specific rights you see being subverted, providing examples, and what you believe should be done to stop these violations.
  5. As you muse about your future, what are your greatest dreams for how you might invest your life? How do these dreams include working to make the world a gentler, less violent place?

Worthington Scholarship

  • Award amount: $1,000
  • Graceland students interested in political science
  • Scholarship winners must reapply each year.
  • Financial need is not a requirement.
  • Submit a letter of application and a one- to two-page typed essay to myfinancials@graceland.edu by Dec. 1 for the following academic year.
  • The letter of application should include the applicant's name, ID number and the name of the scholarship for which the student is applying.
  • The essay should address the applicant’s political interests and why he/she is applying for the scholarship. The essay must be submitted in electronic format.
  • The essay will be identified only by the applicant’s ID number when it is evaluated.

Cochran Scholarship
Award amounts vary
Criteria for candidates include:

  1.    a quality volleyball player
  2.    a genuine interest in Graceland
  3.    application for admission
  4.    high school senior the following fall

Nomination forms are available during Spectacular at the Central Sports Desk.

Carver Scholarship
Roy J Carver Charitable Trust Scholarship is awarded to the applicant who best exemplifies the industriousness shown by Roy J Carver. Applications are accepted from Oct. 1 to April 1.
Eligibility Requirement include:

  1.    Being accepted or enrolled full-time at Graceland University
  2.    Being a U.S. citizen and an Iowa resident, Iowa high school graduate, or resident of the state for at least five consecutive years immediately prior to application
  3.    Entering junior year (60 semester hours) of the award year
  4.    Maintaining a 2.80 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  5.    Demonstrating a financial need by filing a FAFSA by March 1 of the award year

Applicants will be required to submit an essay (limited to 500 words) explaining the barriers you have overcome to pursue your education, and provide the email addresses of two professionals (other than family members) willing to submit electronic letters of support on your behalf. All applicants should be notified of the outcome of the application by June 1 of each award year.