These scholarships are available for freshmen students who are starting on campus. They are renewable each subsequent year, based on eligibility.
Multicultural Leadership Scholarship – $3,000 per year
You’re eligible if you’re an American minority student demonstrating interest in advancement of minorities in American society, and admitted to SAU with completed MLS application and essay by Feb. 15. Apply
E.P. Hart Honors Program Scholarship – $1,000 per year
You’re eligible with a high school of GPA: 3.6 or comp ACT of 26 or SAT equivalent and accepted into the Honors program. You must maintain a GPA of at least 3.6 and annual honors participation standards. Apply
Art Scholarships – Award amount varies
You’re eligible if you’re a new freshman studio art major, and submit a portfolio and application to the SAU Art Department. Please contact your admission rep to arrange your portfolio review.
Music Scholarship – Award amount varies
You’re eligible if you’re a music major, minor or participant in SAU musical ensemble, and audition with the SAU Music Department by January.
Athletic Scholarship – Award amount varies*
Your eligibility is considered based on your leadership, academic standing, sportsmanship, respect for authority, competitive spirit and athletic ability. This scholarship precludes all other forms of SAU aid other than academic scholarships. Apply
Free Methodist Ministerial/Missionary Scholarship $1,000
You may be eligible for this scholarship if at least one of your parents or guardians is a Free Methodist pastor or missionary. Call 517.750.2900 (ext. 2900) or talk to your admissions representative for details.
Grants are renewable each year, based on eligibility.
Free Methodist Church Matching Grant – Maximum of $2,000 per year, matched dollar-for-dollar.
You’re eligible as a Free Methodist student whose home church provides a scholarship on your behalf. Contact the SAU Office of Financial Aid for the appropriate form — 517.750.2900 (ext. 2900) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAU Grant – Amount Varies
You’re eligible if you demonstrate a significant level of unmet need based on the FAFSA information. Award amount varies based on unmet need. Apply through submission of FAFSA.
Student Statesmanship Institute (SSI) Cobb Scholarship – $5,000 per year
You’re eligible if you have been involved with the Student Statesmanship Institute (SSI) and plan on majoring in social studies, political science or history and/or are planning on pursuing a career in public service following graduation. Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, unweighted, or an ACT score of 25 (or an SAT score of 1200-1230). The recipient may retain the scholarship in subsequent years by maintaining a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.7. Apply by submitting this form with an essay of 1,000 words or less, describing how your studies at SAU will prepare you for a future career in public service. Candidates must also complete the FAFSA. Deadline for submission is August 1, 2021.
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.
NOTES: Students who participate in a non-SAU semester-long, off-campus study program will forfeit all institutional aid for that semester. To replace a portion of the forfeited aid, students may apply for aid from a Spring Arbor University external studies fund. Details on the fund and an application are available from the Cross Cultural Studies Office.
*Due to athletic scholarship agreement conditions, these are the only institutional scholarships available for students receiving an athletic scholarship.