Scholarships

Make all those high school accomplishments count. Check out our scholarship offerings for class of 2014 incoming freshmen and transfers at Spring Arbor University. The list below includes scholarships through Spring Arbor University, as well as the federal government and state government. To learn more about the financial aid offered at the state level, visit the Michigan student financial aid website. Learn about federal student aid from the U.S. Department of Education by visiting www.studentaid.ed.gov.

Freshman SAU Scholarships

Freshman SAU Scholarships

These scholarships are available for freshmen students who are starting on campus.

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

  • Eligibility: National Merit or Achievement Scholarship Semifinalist; must enter SAU same year as high school graduation
  • Value: 60 percent of standard full-time tuition (students must be full-time and overload credits are not covered)
  • Renewal policy: Renewed annually with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 (as measured at the end of an academic year)
  • Applying: Submit confirmation of National Merit Semifinalist status

Trustee Scholarship

  • Eligibility: 13 points based on Academic Scholarship Table
  • Value: $48,000 ($12,000 per year)
  • Renewal policy: Maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 (as measured at the end of an academic year)
  • Applying: No application required

Presidential Scholarship

  • Eligibility: 11-12 points based on Academic Scholarship Table
  • Value: $40,000 ($10,000 per year)
  • Renewal policy: Maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 (as measured at the end of an academic year)
  • Applying: No application required

Provost Scholarship

  • Eligibility: 5-10 points based on Academic Scholarship Table
  • Value: $30,000 ($7,500 per year)
  • Renewal policy: Maintain a GPA of at least 3.3 (as measured at the end of an academic year)
  • Applying: No application required

Faculty Scholarship

  • Eligibility: 1-4 points based on Academic Scholarship Table
  • Value: $16,000 ($4,000 per year)
  • Renewal policy: Maintain a GPA of at least 3.2 (as measured at the end of an academic year)
  • Applying: No application required

E.P. Hart Honors Program Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Must be a Presidential or Trustee Scholar and accepted into the E.P. Hart Honors Program.
  • Value: $500
  • Applying: Complete the application by January 31, available at the E.P. Hart Honors Program Scholarship page
  • Renewal policy: Renewed annually with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.6 (as measured at the end of an academic year)

Multicultural Leadership Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Must be an American minority new student with a demonstrated interest in the advancement of minorities in American society
  • Value: $12,000 ($3,000 per year) (one awarded per year)
  • Applying: Must be admitted to SAU and complete the MLS application and essay by Feb. 15 (Download application)
  • Renewal policy: Renewable; maintain involvement in the Multicultural Student Organization
  • All applicants for the MLS who are not selected will receive the SAU Diversity Grant ($1,500 per year)

Art Scholarships

  • Eligibility: New freshman art major
  • Value: Varies
  • Applying: Submit portfolio and application; contact SAU’s Art Department
  • Renewal policy: Renewable

Music Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Music major, minor or participant in an SAU musical ensemble
  • Value: Varies
  • Applying: Auditions are available only on specified dates. Contact the Music Department to schedule an audition.
  • Renewal policy: Renewable

Endowed and Annually Funded Scholarships/Grants

Endowed funds primarily serve as additional support for students who are currently enrolled on the main campus of SAU

  • Eligibility: Each scholarship has specific requirements
  • Value: Varies, depending on funding
  • Applying: Submit SAU Supplemental Aid Application by Feb. 15
  • Renewal policy: Renewable with annual application

Private Donors and Lenders

Financial aid from private parties usually takes the form of scholarships and grants that businesses, organizations or donors established to honor local students. Be it the Rotary or Lions Club, an area bank or hospital, or a wealthy citizen, you can be eligible for these by entering a certain field of study, attending a certain college or university, participating in certain extracurricular activities or graduating with a certain GPA. Loans might come from a bank or relative.

Transfer SAU Scholarships

Transfer SAU Scholarships

These  scholarships are available for transfer students.

Deans Scholarship

This is our highest transfer student academic scholarship, for those who have excelled in their previous college work. Read below about the value, renewal policy and eligibility requirements for receiving the Deans Scholarship.

  • Eligibility: Cumulative grade point average of 3.50-4.00
  • Value: $7,500 per year
  • Renewal policy: Renewed annually with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3 (as measured at the end of an academic year)
  • Applying: No application required

Merit Scholarship

This transfer student academic scholarship recognizes those who have performed admirably in their previous college work. Read below about the value, renewal policy and eligibility requirements for receiving the Merit Scholarship.

  • Eligibility: Cumulative grade point average of 3.00-3.49
  • Value: $5,000 per year
  • Renewal policy: Renewed annually with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (as measured at the end of an academic year)
  • Applying: No application required

Multicultural Leadership Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Must be an American minority new student with a demonstrated interest in the advancement of minorities in American society
  • Value: $12,000 ($3,000 per year) (one awarded per year)
  • Applying: Must be admitted to SAU and complete the MLS application and essay by Feb. 15 (Download application)
  • Renewal policy: Renewable; maintain involvement in the Multicultural Student Organization
  • All applicants for the MLS who are not selected will receive the SAU Diversity Grant ($1,500 per year)

Music Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Music major, minor or participant in an SAU musical ensemble
  • Value: Varies
  • Applying: Auditions are available only on specified dates. Contact the Music Department to schedule an audition.
  • Renewal policy: Renewable

Endowed and Annually Funded Scholarships/Grants

Endowed funds primarily serve as additional support for students who are currently enrolled on the main campus of SAU

  • Eligibility: Each scholarship has specific requirements
  • Value: Varies, depending on funding
  • Applying: Submit SAU Supplemental Aid Application by Feb. 15
  • Renewal policy: Renewable with annual application

Private Donors and Lenders

Financial aid from private parties usually takes the form of scholarships and grants that businesses, organizations or donors established to honor local students. Be it the Rotary or Lions Club, an area bank or hospital, or a wealthy citizen, you can be eligible for these by entering a certain field of study, attending a certain college or university, participating in certain extracurricular activities or graduating with a certain GPA. Loans might come from a bank or relative.

State Scholarship

State Scholarship

Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS)

  • Eligibility: Michigan resident; ACT combined sub-scores of 90 or higher and demonstrate need; MCS replaces MTG
  • Value: $1,512 maximum
  • Applying: File FAFSA by Michigan deadline
  • Renewal policy: Submit FAFSA annually by Michigan deadline

Work Study

Work Study

Spring Arbor University utilizes many avenues to help students find work while attending SAU. Because of the demand for employment opportunities, it is important for students to follow the employment hiring guidelines and check in with the student employment office to learn of new job openings. To find out more about becoming a student worker at SAU, visit the student employment section of our human resources site.