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.

Prestigious Honors Scholarship
Up to full tuition
Entering freshman
Minimum GPA of 3.75
Minimum ACT/SAT composite score:
ACT - 27; SAT - 1210
Join the Honors Program and remain in good standing.
Candidates meeting the evaluation criteria will be invited to campus for an interview on Academic Honors Day.

 

Scholar Award
Award amount $1,000
Entering freshman or transfer student
Minimum GPA of 3.25
Minimum ACT/SAT composite score:
ACT - 21;  SAT - 980
Candidates meeting the evaluation criteria will be invited to campus to participate in Academic Honors Day.

 

Wallace B. Smith
Award amounts vary from $1,000 up 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 a vision for the future direction of Community of Christ.
Nine grants will be awarded.

 

Vision Scholarship
Award amounts vary from $2,000 up to $5,000
Entering senior year in high school.
Participating in Spectacular.
Applying for admission to Graceland University.
Three scholarships will be awarded to both male and female applicants.

 

Honors Program Scholarship
Students in the Honors Program, who have a grade point average of 3.75 to 4.00, will have an Honors Scholarship up to $1,000 added to their financial aid packages. Please consult with your financial aid advisor or with the Director of the Honors Program for details and deadlines. To establish eligibility you must apply, be accepted and be active in the Honors Program.

 

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 up 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 a Graceland alumnus.
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 non-discrimination.
Current Graceland students are encouraged to apply. Scholarship winners may reapply each year for a maximum of five (5) 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 December 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 two page essay should address the applicant’s interest in issues of diversity, social justice, equal opportunity, civil rights and non-discrimination on the basis of (including but not limited to) race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. The applicant is encouraged to address any activities, events or organizations in which she/he has participated that reflect her/his interest in these areas. The essay must be submitted in an electronic format. 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 demonstrate a strong sense of personal civic responsibility and a sincere interest in promoting social justice. Demonstrate high academic achievement. Graduate in the top 10% of their high school graduating class. Maintain a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 or higher. Maintain a reputation of good moral character.  Demonstrate a sound work ethic through part time employment. Demonstrate financial need.
The 1-3 page essay should describe the applicant's interest in human rights. An answer to one of the following topics should be submitted.  
a.
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.
b. 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?
c. You live in a nation whose citizens are among the wealthiest 1% 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.
d. 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.
e. 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 1-2 page typed essay to Julie.Breshears@graceland.edu by December 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 an electronic format. T essay will be identified only by the applicant’s ID number when it is evaluated.

 

Athletic Training Scholarship
Students who enter Graceland and who designate Athletic Training as their major may have $1,000.00 of their Graceland University Grant identified as an Athletic Training Scholarship, with the approval of the Athletic Training faculty. Upon acceptance into the Athletic Training Program, students may have an Athletic Training Scholarship added to their financial aid package in an amount up to $2,000.00.  Please consult with your Athletic Training academic advisor for details and deadlines.

 

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.