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Merit-Based Awards 

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




PLNU Incoming Freshmen Merit Scholarships

Fall 2021 freshmen merit scholarship criteria are currently being re-evaluated. Please check back here later for updates!

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 Studies 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 Studies 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