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Merit-Based Awards 

57% of Student Receive a Merit Award
71 students received transfer scholarships in 2017-2018




PLNU merit awards, based on GPA and test scores, are available to freshmen and transfer students who are high achievers in the classroom, and range from $12,000 to full tuition awards.

Merit scholarships are awarded to students who have a minimum of a 3.7 cumulative, weighted grade point average and a 1200 SAT or 25 ACT composite. Students who are above these minimum eligibility scores will be informed of their scholarship award by the admissions office at PLNU.

PLNU Incoming Freshmen Merit Scholarships

2019–20 Academic Year

Award Minimum Weighted GPA Minimum Score Amount Per Year
Honor's Scholarship Competitive scholarship (awarded by the Office of Admissions) All President's Scholars considered Full tuition
President's Scholarship 4.0 1430 SAT or 32 ACT $18,000
Trustee's Scholarship 3.8 1300 SAT or 28 ACT $15,000
Provost's Scholarship 3.7 1200 SAT or 25 ACT $12,000
Bresee Academic Grant* 3.5 – 3.69 1300 SAT or 28 ACT $10,000
Bresee Academic Grant* 3.8 1030 – 1190 SAT or 20 – 24 ACT $10,000

*The Bresee Academic Grants require demonstrated, unmet financial need, as determined by the FAFSA. To be considered for these awards, students must file the FAFSA before the federal deadline. There is no established need requirement in the Provost's, Trustee's, President's and University Honors Scholarships. Students cannot qualify for a Bresee Academic Grant in addition to an academic scholarship.

Please note: All GPA minimums are based on a 4.0 unweighted/5.0 weighted scale. If your school weights courses at a higher level, they're recalculated and evaluated at PLNU to ensure students are viewed on a level playing field.

PLNU Transfer** Merit Scholarships

2019–20 Academic Year

Award Minimum Weighted GPA Amount Per Year
Transfer Merit A Between 3.3 and 3.59 $6,000
Transfer Merit B 3.6 or higher $8,000

**For transfer students who have completed 16 or more units at another college or university. Transfer students who will have completed fewer than 16 units at another college or university at the time they enroll at PLNU are not eligible for transfer merit aid. However, incoming freshmen merit aid (with the same requirements) is available.

Read more about merit-based awards.

Performance-Based Awards

52 students received performance-based scholarships

Performance-based awards include athletic, music, theatre, and forensics scholarships. Performance awards may be combined with academic and science honors scholarships.

Students are expected to contact the applicable department to apply for the involvement scholarships mentioned above.

Athletic Scholarships

Students should contact the intercollegiate athletic department at (619) 849-2265.
For students who live on campus, athletic scholarships can only be used to help pay tuition, mandatory and other fees, and on-campus room and board.
Apply as a prospective athlete.

Debate Scholarships

Students should contact the forensics coach in the Department of Communication & Theatre at (619) 849-2391. Learn more about Speech and Debate.

Music Scholarships

Students should contact the department assistant in the Department of Music at (619) 849-2445. Learn more about Music scholarships.

Theatre Scholarships

Students should contact the department chair in the Department of Communication & Theatre at (619) 849-2248. Learn more about Salomon Theatre.

Read more detail about performance-based awards.

Diversity Leadership Scholarship

PLNU's Office of Multicultural & International Student Services offers scholarships to support students of diversity who will contribute to the PLNU community as leaders. Learn more about the Diversity Leadership Scholarship.

Endowed Awards 

Once you’re a PLNU student, you will have the opportunity to apply for additional scholarships. PLNU offers approximately 300 endowed scholarship opportunities, made available through various PLNU departments, offices, and alumni. You can also earn stipends by being involved on campus (like being a resident assistant or serving on ASB), you can earn scholarships through your major, and more!

Looking for forms, documents, or want to talk to someone about financial aid?

Visit the Office of Student Financial Services

Outside Scholarships

We also maintain a scholarship database where you can research outside scholarships that have been made known to PLNU through other students, organizations, and businesses. You can apply to as many of these scholarships as you’d like. Just make sure you report any outside scholarship received to the Student Financial Services office so we can apply it to your package.

Explore Outside Scholarship Database