Academic Scholarships

Academic Scholarships are awarded upon admission and range from $3,000 to $18,000. Academic Scholarships are renewable for up to four years for incoming freshman and up to three years for transfer students, providing the student meets the GPA requirements for renewal. If the renewal GPA is not achieved, student’s academic award may be lowered to the appropriate level. In order to qualify for the highest levels of academic scholarship, students must be admitted on or before March 2nd. See Policies & Procedures for full renewable GPA criteria.

Incoming Freshman Academic Scholarships

All scholarships require full-time status while enrolled at Vanguard. Initially, scholarships are awarded by Undergraduate Admissions based on a combination of unweighted GPA calculated from high school grades earned during the Sophomore year through the first semester of the Senior year, class rank and test scores.

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Incoming Transfer Scholarships: Academic Lion Scholarship

Initial award is determined by Undergraduate Admissions and is based on completion of at least 24 transfer college units by the end of the Fall semester and unweighted GPA. Full-time status while enrolled at Vanguard is required.

Graduate Academic Scholarship

This tuition discount is for Graduate Education, Psychology, and Religion students who demonstrate the following cumulative GPA during their undergraduate studies:

3.50-3.74- 10% Discount (Silver Award)

3.75-4.00- 15% Discount (Gold Award)

National Merit Finalist Scholarship

Awards up to 100% of tuition are available to full-time undergraduate students selected as National Merit Finalists and entering VUSC as first-time freshmen. Awards are renewable for up to four years based on having and maintaining a 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Talent Scholarships

Talent scholarships include but are not limited to those awarded by: Athletics, Forensics, Music, and Theatre. These Scholarships vary depending on each department’s guidelines.

Athletic Scholarship

Available to students involved in the Intercollegiate Athletic Program at Vanguard University. Awards will vary and are determined by the Athletic Department. Awards are for one year at a time and are renewable upon the recommendation of the athletic coach and Athletic Department. Recipients of Athletic Scholarships are not eligible to receive Vanguard Need Grants. Athletics scholarships may only be applied to direct costs. These include tuition and on-campus room and board. These do not include: health insurance, books, transportation, off-campus or with-parent living expenses. Awards will be coordinated with other financial aid.

Forensics Scholarship

Available to students involved in the Forensics Program. Awards will vary and are determined by the Forensics Department. Awards are for one year at a time and are renewable upon the recommendation of the Forensics Department.

Music Scholarship

Available to students involved in the Music Program. Awards will vary and are determined by the Music Department. Awards are for one year at a time and are renewable upon the recommendation of the Music Department.

Theatre Scholarship

Available to students involved in the Theatre Department. Awards will vary and are determined by the Theatre Department. Awards are for one year at a time and are renewable upon the recommendation of the Theatre Department.

AG Emerging Leader Scholarship

This award of $1500 is available to full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate superior involvement and leadership in their church, community, and/or high school.  Preference is given to students who receive superior rating at the AG National Fine Arts Festival or National Bible Quiz Finals.  A copy of the award certificate should be submitted to Undergraduate Admissions.  To be eligible, students must apply by an early action admission application deadline and have a Cal Grant GPA of 3.0.  The scholarship may be renewed for up to three years based on maintaining the 3.0 renewal GPA.

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship

This program, which is federally funded and state-administered, is designed to recognize exceptionally able high school seniors who show promise of continued excellence in postsecondary education. The Department awards funds to state education agencies (SEAs), which make scholarship awards to eligible applicants. Students receive scholarships for college expenses.

This program was not funded in 2013, 2012, or 2011. In 2011 the Continuing Appropriations Act eliminated awards for scholarship support to students under this program. It is unlikely that is will be funded in 2014-2015. Students are urged to investigate other opportunities available for grants, loans, and scholarships by visiting or

ROTC Scholarship

Whether you’re a high school student gearing up for college or already attending a college or university, Army ROTC has a scholarship for you. ROTC scholarships are awarded based on a student’s merit and grades, not financial need. ROTC Scholarships website

And they’re offered in the following forms:

  • Two-, three-, and four-year scholarship options based on the time remaining to complete your degree
  • Full-tuition scholarships
  • Options for room and board in place of tuition, if you qualify
  • Additional allowances for books and fees

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Army ROTC scholarships provide monthly living allowances for each school year. You can earn different amounts depending on your level in the Army ROTC curriculum.

  • 1st year, $300/month
  • 2nd year, $350/month
  • 3rd year, $450/month
  • 4th year, $500/month

This allowance is also available to all non-scholarship cadets enrolled in the Army ROTC Advanced Course (3rd and 4th years).

Visit Other Assistance for information on GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon awards.

Ministry Dependent Scholarship

For Traditional Undergraduate and Graduate Religion students who are ordained or licensed full-time ministry by a recognized denomination, as well as the dependents of those in full time ministry who are ordained or licensed by a recognized denomination. Students must supply a copy of the ordination card as well as a letter from their church stating that they are employed full-time. Please note this letter must be completed by someone other than the applicant (i.e. Senior Pastor, Board Member, etc.)

Outside Scholarships (Private Scholarships)

There are various outside scholarships available. We encourage students to start searching for outside scholarships as early as possible in their college application process, as many awarding committees award scholarships a year or more ahead. There are a variety of links available below. Remember to be careful when applying for scholarships and that any application which requires a fee, is likely fraudulent.