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Scholarships

Graceland University believes in the shared responsibility of family, government and the institution for facilitating a student’s attendance at the college or university that best meets his or her intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical and social needs.

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Effective November 14, 2020, ACT & SAT test scores are permanently optional for undergraduate Admissions. Please contact your Admissions Counselor with any questions.

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Merit Scholarships

Graceland University recognizes the hard work and dedication displayed in high scholastic achievement through their Academic Merit Scholarships.

That hard work, your grades, and ACT or SAT test scores may qualify you for Graceland University’s academic scholarships and awards. See which scholarship you may qualify for by using the handy Academic Merit Award calculator located on the right side of this page.

You may receive only one of these awards.

TRUSTEE’S
$16,500 per year / $66,000 over four years

PRESIDENT’S
$14,500 per year / $58,000 over four years

DEAN’S
$12,500 per year / $50,000 over four years

GRACELAND
$10,500 per year / $42,000 over four years

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Graceland University is committed to meeting a percentage of every student’s need based on their academic preparation and the results of the FAFSA. To establish eligibility, complete your Graceland application with all requested documentation and file your FAFSA. The Founders Scholarship will supplement other gift aid until the student’s percentage of need, as calculated, has been met. The founding families of Graceland wanted to ensure a private education was accessible to all, so a need-based award was established.

Graceland University offers a Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship for students transferring from a two-year college to Graceland’s Lamoni campus or Graceland’s Independence Nursing Program.

To be eligible you must be a member of the Phi Theta Kappa society. Students may qualify for up to $1,000. Awards are dependent on grade point average as well as the applicant’s ability to meet the following qualifications:

  • Completion of at least 24 semester hours from an accredited institution
  • A GPA of at least 3.50
  • Current membership in Phi Theta Kappa
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Enroll as a full-time student

The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is only available to our traditional face-to-face programs (Lamoni campus and Independence campus Nursing).

For more information, contact Graceland Admissions at 866.472.2352.

Faith-Based Aid

This scholarship is available to Graceland University Lamoni campus students who are members of Community of Christ, enrolled full time and make satisfactory academic progress as outlined in the Graceland University catalog.

This scholarship is a commitment from the University that all members of Community of Christ will receive total institutional aid at a minimum of 50 percent cost of tuition for up to four years of full-time enrollment. Community of Christ membership is defined by a member designation in the World Church database.

Any increases in tuition will result in a recalculation of the Study and Faith Scholarship, and adjustments will be made to the student’s benefit. Students receiving a combination of academic merit, premier or performance scholarships may not see a Study and Faith Scholarship in their financial aid award letter if the total institutional aid is already at or above 50 percent cost of tuition

This grant is for non-Community of Christ Lamoni campus students.

  • Graceland University will provide matching funds up to $500 per year.
  • Funds donated must be by an authorized denomination or church jurisdiction.
  • The student or family may contribute to those funds but may not be the majority contributor.

Graceland University strives to provide genuine spiritual growth to students from all faith communities. The lives of our students are enriched by the religious diversity of our campus. To support this enrichment, Graceland provides the Faith Commitment Grant to non-Community of Christ members. Congregations or church jurisdictions of all denominations are encouraged to support their youth. To assist, Graceland will match the faith contribution up to $500 per academic year. The grant must be from funds authorized and generated by a congregation or jurisdiction. Some examples of fund sources are memorial funds, youth fundraisers and special offerings. Families of the student may participate by giving to the fund if they are not the major contributor and if the church has complete discretion to determine the recipient as well as the timing and amount of the award.

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Check with your financial advisor for more information.

  • Award amounts vary from $1,000 to $3,000
  • Entering senior year in high school
  • Participation 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.

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  • Award amounts vary from $1,000 to $2,000
  • Entering senior year in high school
  • Participation 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.

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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 may 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 scholarship. 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.*

  • Up to full tuition
  • Entering freshman
  • Minimum GPA of 3.75
  • Minimum ACT/SAT composite score: ACT: 27, SAT: 1280 (in leu of test scores, the applicant may instead answer one of two 250 word Alternative to Testing questions on the Honors Application)
  • Remain in good standing

Join the Honors Program. Candidates meeting the evaluation criteria will be invited to campus for an interview on Academic Honors Day.

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  • Award amount: $1,000
  • Entering freshman or transfer student
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Minimum ACT/SAT composite score: ACT: 21, SAT: 1060 (optional)

Candidates meeting the evaluation criteria will be invited to campus to participate in Academic Honors Day.

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

This scholarship is designed to recognize Community of Christ youth and youth who are church friends that have displayed leadership abilities.

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  • Award amounts vary from $1,000 to $2,000.
  • Entering senior year in high school
  • Participation 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.

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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 package. 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
  • Be active in the Honors Program
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  • Award amounts vary up to $8,000.
  • 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
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  • 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
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*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

  • 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
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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 admissions@graceland.edu no later than Nov. 3 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.
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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?

Submit your one to two-page typed essay to admissions@graceland.edu.

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  • 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 admissions@graceland.edu by Nov. 3 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.
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Award amounts vary
Criteria for candidates include:

  •    a quality volleyball player
  •    a genuine interest in Graceland
  •    application for admission
  •    high school senior the following fall

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

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:

  •    Being accepted or enrolled full-time at Graceland University
  •    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
  •    Entering junior year (60 semester hours) of the award year
  •    Maintaining a 2.80 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  •    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.

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Performance Scholarships

Performance Scholarships require an audition in person or by video; a portfolio review is required for Art, and a digital submission is perfectly acceptable. Choose the scholarships you wish to audition for, and submit the application(s) and required references by the deadline for consideration. Students can only receive scholarships in two areas.

Download the application or submit online via this form.

Art Performance Scholarship Application

Graceland offers scholarships in art to those students committed to majoring in the art curriculum. Awards are available for students in the areas of painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, mixed media, and graphic design. These scholarships go to talented and promising young artists whose academic qualifications and demonstrated artistic abilities indicate that they could make a significant contribution to the art program of the University.

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SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY A PORTFOLIO REVIEW IS REQUIRED. Five (5) to ten (10) pieces of your best work should be presented in person if you are coming to campus, or uploaded here by May 1, prior to the academic year you wish to attend. Photograph or scan your works at a high resolution, cropping and saving them as JPEG or PDF files before uploading. To schedule an on-campus portfolio review contact the Graceland Admissions Office, or go to: http://www.graceland.edu/admissions/visit-campus.
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    Written Essay

    Please address the following: • The assignment (if there was one – or let us know if it was a self-directed project) • Choice of materials • Process of creation • Compositional decisions • Conceptual decisions • Challenges you might have had during the process • How you knew it was complete • Successes you see in the work, and if there is anything you might change.

    TO BE ELIGIBLE EACH SEMESTER, all students must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA. Additionally, Art majors must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all art courses, must be enrolled in at least 1 art course each year to maintain scholarship, and enter at least 1 work in the annual juried exhibition each spring.

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    Download the application or submit online via this form.

    Music Performance Scholarship Application

    Graceland University offers performance scholarships to talented and promising young musicians whose academic qualifications and demonstrated musical abilities indicate that they could make a significant contribution to the music program of the University. The amount of these awards is determined by several factors including student ability, financial need and specific needs within each ensemble.
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    MUSIC BACKGROUND

    CHORAL-VOCAL

    INSTRUMENTAL

    If you play piano or organ, are you interested in accompanying as a work-study position?

    ELIGIBILITY

    To be eligible each semester, all students must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA. Additionally, Music majors must maintain a 3.0 GPA in music courses. Wind & Percussion students: You must enroll in Symphonic Band as your primary ensemble and accept additional assignments in either Jazz Band or Orchestra as assigned. String students: You must enroll in Orchestra and perform in Chamber Ensemble (string quartet, piano trio, etc.) each semester as assigned. Piano students: You must enroll in piano lessons/studio class and provide up to 25 hours of prepared accompanying for the Music Department each semester. Organ students: You must enroll in organ lessons. Organ students must play the equivalent of half of a noon organ recital OR play for a worship service each semester which will entail playing prelude, hymns, postlude, accompaniment or soloists, and other service music as needed. Organists will present themselves for campus worship of the Community of Christ congregation Sunday mornings in the Cheville Chapel. Vocal students: You must enroll and perform in one or two choral ensembles as assigned and accept additional choir assignments as needed. Drumline: You must enroll and perform in the Drumline as your primary ensemble and accept additional assignments as needed.
    APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS(Required)
    1. An audition is required. On-campus auditions are preferred, but a high quality audio or video recording will be accepted if you live too far from campus to make a personal audition practical. Audition recordings should be received by the Graceland Admissions Office by May 1, prior to the academic year you wish to attend. Applicants submitting materials early have a better opportunity for scholarship funds.

    2. Send letter of recommendation from your school music instructor or your private teacher. Please list their names and addresses.

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    3. Submit Application for Admission online at www.graceland.edu/apply.

    4. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

    AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS: INSTRUMENTALISTS

    Your auditioning may include at least two solo works, one of which must be an etude or study written expressly for your instrument. When choosing your pieces make sure they demonstrate your technical and musical abilities in both (1) slow, sustained melodic lines that indicate quality of tone, phrasing and intonation, and (2) brisk tempi that indicate your technical fluency and articulation. The total length of your audition materials should be approximately 10 minutes.

    AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS: VOCALISTS

    Your audition must include at least two solo works of contrasting nature demonstrating good diction, flexibility, accurate pitch, pleasing tone quality, knowledge of breath control and a concept of phrasing. The total length of your audition materials should be approximately 10 minutes. Repertoire from musical theatre is acceptable. Acapella audition recordings are not acceptable.

    AUDITION ARRANGEMENTS

    To schedule an audition, contact the Graceland Admissions Office at 866.472.2352. Remember to have this application completed and your letter of recommendation by the time of your audition. We would prefer to receive these at least one week prior to your audition.

    ACCOMPANIST

    If you are unable to bring your own accompanist, you must send a copy of your accompaniment music to the Graceland Admissions Office TWO WEEKS prior to your audition date. Taped accompaniments are not acceptable.

    AUDITION SELECTIONS

    List the pieces you will include in your audition.

    PLEASE RETURN TO:

    Admissions Office, Graceland University, 1 University Place, Lamoni, Iowa 50140 If you have questions, please contact 866.472.2352 (866.GRACELAND), 641.784.5196, admissions@graceland.edu or 641.784.5480 (fax).

    Download the application or submit online via this form.

    Theatre Production Scholarship Application

    Graceland University offers Theatre Production Scholarships to talented and promising young performers, designers and technicians whose academic qualifications and demonstrated theatrical abilities indicate that they could make a significant contribution to the theatre program of the university. The amount of these awards is determined by several factors including student ability, financial need and specific needs within the theatre department.

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    THEATRE EXPERIENCE

    Please give the following information for community and/or school productions in which you have participated (or attach resume).

    RELATED EXPERIENCE

    Music: Vocal range

    DESIRED EXPERIENCE

    ELIGIBILITY

    Recipients of a Theatre Production Scholarship must do the following: - Enroll in THTR2350 Theatre Production Studies each semester - Attend a Theatre Orientation Meeting at the beginning of every semester - Participate in at least one theatre production per semester, with a minimum of 40 hours per year - Maintain a 2.5 GPA

    APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

    1. An audition or interview is required. Auditions are generally offered to students who have experience in performance. On-campus auditions are preferable, but a high-quality video is acceptable. Please bring (or send) a resume of your theatrical experience and a headshot if you have one. Your audition will be a memorized monologue, two-three minutes in length, from a play or musical. At the beginning of your audition, state your name, the name of the character you are portraying, the name of the play and the playwright's name. Choose material that will showcase your abilities.

    INTERVIEWS

    Interviews are generally offered to students who have experience in design and/or technical areas. On-campus interviews are preferable, but phone interviews are acceptable. Please bring (or send) a resume of your theatrical experience. If possible, you should also submit a portfolio of your work. The portfolio may include prompt book materials, drawings, renderings, light/sound/props plots, photographs of your work and any other appropriate materials. Portfolios may also be presented online or on CD.
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    *All application materials should be received by the Admissions Office by May 1 prior to the academic year you wish to attend. To schedule an audition/interview, contact the Admissions Office. This application must be completed and your letter of recommendation received no later than one week before the time of your audition/interview.

    2. Along with this application form, submit a letter of recommendation from a theatre director/instructor.

    Name of theatre director/instructor

    3. Submit Application for Admission online at www.graceland.edu/apply.

    4. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

    STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

    Student work assignments may be available in the theatre department as faculty assistants and production assistants. Complete the Graceland Student Work Application and notify the Chairperson of the Division of Visual and Performing Arts of your interest.

    PLEASE RETURN TO:

    Admissions Office, Graceland University, 1 University Place, Lamoni, Iowa 50140 If you have questions, please contact 866.472.2352 (866.GRACELAND), 641.784.5196, admissions@graceland.edu or 641.784.5480 (fax).
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