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Scholarships & Financial Aid

Here are the basics that you need to know about Scholarships before deciding whether this is a Financial Assistance option you would like to pursue:

  • Scholarships don't have to be repaid.
  • Student must meet certain criteria and deadlines.
  • Scholarships are available to undergraduate students only.

This page provides information about CBU Scholarships and State Scholarships.

CBU MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

CBU offers academic scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 annually based on a student’s academic success in his or her high school and college (if applicable). There is no separate application necessary for the CBU Merit Based Scholarships. Students are considered for scholarship upon completing an application to the University—this includes submitting all transcripts and scores. Starred (*) scholarships are event-based, and participation is by invitation. Scholarships and awards vary depending on cumulative high school GPA and ACT or SAT test scores.

Eligibility: All full-time, traditional, undergraduate freshmen
Application Process: These scholarships are awarded once a student is accepted for admission. 
Renewable Criteria: Remain a full-time student residing on campus with the required grade point average listed for the specific scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP ACT HS GPA 3.75 and above
Trustee Scholarship* 28-36 Full Tuition
Pascal Fellowship* Math 30-36 Full Tuition
Leadership Scholarship* 21-36 Full Tuition
Presidential Scholarship 30-36 $18,000
Lasallian Scholarship 28-29 $17,000
Maurelian Scholarship 25-27 $16,000
Deans' Scholarship 23-24 $15,000
University Scholarship 22 $12,000

 

Note: Admitted students who do not meet the above criteria may still be considered for other merit scholarships. 


Catholic Award  

Amount: $1,000, renewable annually
Eligibility: All full-time, traditional, undergraduate freshmen
Criteria: Graduation from a Catholic high school
Application Process: No additional application is required.


Engineering Award

CBU awards academic awards to high achieving engineering majors. 

Amount: $2,000 
Eligibility: All full-time, traditional, undergraduate freshmen majoring in engineering
Criteria: A minimum of a 23 ACT composite and a 23 ACT Math score with 3.0 GPA. 
Application Process: No additional application is required.  


Phi Theta Kappa

Amount: $2,000, renewable annually
Eligibility: 
New traditional day transfer applicants who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society
Criteria: Acceptance to the University. Students must show proof of membership and maintain good standing while a student at CBU.
This is awarded only to incoming traditional day students.


COMPETITIVE SCHOLARSHIP EVENTS

CBU Trustee Scholarship

The Trustee Scholarship is the most prestigious academic scholarship available at CBU. This merit-based scholarship benefits outstanding students for academic performance. Amount: Scholarship covers full tuition and fees, and it replaces all other CBU scholarships and grants awarded.

Participation Scholarship: $2,000, renewable annually
Eligibility: All full-time undergraduate freshmen living in campus housing
Criteria: A minimum ACT of 28 or SAT of 1300 (CR+M) 
Application Process: Applicants must participate fully in one Trustee Scholarship Interview Day. Applicants must be accepted to the University before they will be eligible for a scholarship interview. APPLY HERE
Event Dates: January 11, 2020 and February 15, 2020

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The Leadership Scholarship Program (LSP)

The Leadership Scholarship Program is a leadership based scholarship awarded to two students each year for outstanding leadership and service in their community. Recipients of this scholarship will receive support from Student Life in developing a New Student Organization that can have a lasting impact on the University. 

Amount: Scholarship covers full tuition and fees, and it replaces all other CBU scholarships and grants awarded.
Participation Scholarship: $1,500, renewable annually
Eligibility: All full-time undergraduate freshmen living in campus housing 
Criteria: A minimum ACT of 21 or SAT of 1060 (CR+M) 
Application Process: Applicants must participate fully in one of the LSP events. Applicants must be accepted to the University before they will be eligible to participate. APPLY HERE
Event Dates: January 18, 2020; February 1, 2020; February 22, 2020

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Pascal Fellowship in Computer Science and Mathematics sponsored by FedEx

The Pascal Fellowship in Computer Science and Mathematics sponsored by FedEx is a unique program that awards students each year with scholarships as well as internship opportunities.

Amount: Beginning in the 2016-17 academic year, new awardees annually will receive full four-year scholarships to CBU, offsetting all tuition and fees. 
Participation Scholarship: $2,000, renewable annually
Eligibility: Students must major in Computer Science but may double major in any other field.
Criteria: Preference will be given to students from the region with a 30 or higher Math ACT and a minimum GPA of 3.5. CBU will solicit applications and accept students into the program on a competitive basis.
Application Process: Apply Here
Event Date: February 15, 2020

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Engage Scholarship

The CBU Engage Scholarship is a competitive scholarship event designed for students who plan to become involved at CBU. Participants will be required to present ideas on what club they would like to see at CBU and how they will work to be the leader in developing the new student club. Students who attend will also have the opportunity to take a campus tour, interview with a current student, and talk with representatives from our student clubs.  

Eligibility: All incoming full-time undergraduate freshmen 
Award: Enter a drawing for $5,000 
Participation Scholarship: $1,000, renewable annually
Criteria: 
Must be accepted to CBU
Application Process: Application required. Applicants must participate fully in the Engage Scholarship Event. Applicants must be accepted to the University before they will be eligible to participate.  Apply Here
Event Date: March 28, 2020


TheDream.US

We are proud to be a Partner College of TheDream.US. TheDream.US is the nation's largest college access and success program for DREAMers. CBU welcomes DREAMers, who are able to attend our University using the scholarship funds provided by TheDream.US. We are committed to DREAMers’ success. CBU participates in the Opportunity and National Scholarship. The Opportunity Scholarship is for students who live in targeted, locked-out states where they cannot get in-state tuition. The National Scholarship is for Tennessee residents. Eligibility is based on where you live. 

How to Apply
Applications are submitted through TheDream.US.

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Gadomski Triangle Scholarship

Annually, CBU and Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity provide a number of Triangle Scholarship Awards for high school seniors who have applied and been accepted to CBU. The awards are designed to encourage academic excellence, foster leadership skills, and enhance the personal development of deserving students in pursuit of their college degrees. Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity invites your application for consideration. Established by his father, Richard T. Gadomski, this award remembers Gregory Raymond Gadomski, who was initiated as the 70th member of the Pi-Epsilon chapter of TKE on November 20, 1982. As an undergraduate, Greg was an active member of his chapter, serving as a Big Brother to another member, serving on Chapter committees, and planning the Chapter’s annual formal. Greg is remembered by those who knew him as "a kind soul and a good friend" and as being the type of person who was "never ever boring." Greg was recognized by CBU as the recipient of the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award in 1995. This scholarship is given in memory of Greg's love for TKE and CBU. It will recognize one or more incoming students who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in all areas of involvement. 

Amount: Awards vary from year to year depending on the applicant pool and availability of funds. Awards can range from $500 to $1,000. All awards are made possible through contributions to the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity-Gregory Raymond Gadomski Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund. 
Application Process: Students must be accepted to CBU to be eligible to apply.  
Deadline: The application needs to be received or postmarked by TBD. 

Apply Here

STATE SCHOLARSHIPS

TENNESSEE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP (TELS)

TELS recipients may transfer without a break in enrollment from an eligible postsecondary institution to CBU and remain eligible. Students must transfer the TELS award through the Student Financial Aid Portal prior to the transfer dates indicated below by institution type. A transfer request will not be accepted by a phone call from the student. For complete transfer information please visit www.tn.gov/collegepays/article/tennessee-hope-scholarship.

Transfer dates for two-year and four-year institutions are as follows:

  • Fall Semester: September 1
  • Spring/Summer Semester: February 1

Please complete and submit the Verification Opt-Out Form if you wish to only receive the Hope Scholarship. Submitting this form waives the verification requirement for financial aid. By signing and submitting this form, students will not receive any Federal or State Financial Aid except for the Hope Scholarship and/or Hope Merit Supplement. 

  • HOPE Scholarship Award Information and Information on maintaining HOPE 
  • Information on appealing or regaining your Tennessee HOPE Scholarship 
  • Change of Enrollment Status: If a student drops from full-time to part-time within a semester without prior approval, they may lose TELS eligibility. A student should submit a TELS Request for Change of Enrollment Status to the Financial Assistance Office for approval before dropping to part-time. If a student fails to obtain prior approval, or if request for prior approval is denied and the student drops to part-time anyway, the TELS award for that semester will be prorated and the student will not be eligible for TELS in any subsequent semester.
  • Request for Leave of Absence: Students who do not maintain continuous enrollment, defined as enrollment in both fall and spring semesters of an academic year, may lose TELS eligibility. Exceptions may be made if a student is granted a Leave of Absence for certain documented medical or personal reasons. A student must submit the TELS Leave of Absence Request to the Financial Aid Office to obtain approval.

Tennessee HOPE Scholarship: Non-traditional Component.  The non-traditional student must be a Tennessee resident, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and be enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution. In addition, the student must:

  • Be age 25 or older, as an entering freshman in an eligible postsecondary institution or not have been enrolled for at least two (2) years after last attending any postsecondary institution and now be enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution
  • Must have parent’s or independent student’s and spouse’s adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less on IRS tax form
  • Be continuously enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution in the fall and spring semesters and maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 after 12 attempted semester hours or required GPA at subsequent benchmark

If you believe you meet these requirements, please submit the Non-Traditional HOPE Scholarship Request Form to the CBU Financial Assistance Office. Are you a Hope Scholarship recipient and thinking about taking Summer classes at another institution? Students may choose to take classes at another institution and still receive their HOPE Scholarship from CBU, if otherwise eligible. Visit the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation website for information on HOPE scholarship programs, application procedures, and deadlines.


TENNESSEE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP FOR HOME SCHOOL STUDENTS
  1. A student who is completing high school in a Tennessee home school program meeting the requirements of §49-6-3050. For one (1) year immediately preceding completion of high school as a home school student, such student shall have been a student in a home school associated with a church-related school as defined by §49-50-801; or
  2. A student who is completing high school in a Tennessee home school program meeting the requirements of §49-6-3050. For one (1) year immediately preceding completion of high school as an independent home school student whose parent or guardian has given notice to the local director of a Tennessee school district under § 49-6-3050(b)(1) of intent to conduct a home school.

For complete information, visit https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/article/tennessee-hope-scholarship-for-home-school-and-category-iv-v-vi-non-public.


ASPIRE AWARD (Application)
Students must meet the following requirements:

  • Meet Tennessee HOPE Scholarship requirements AND
  • Must have parents’ or independent student’s and spouse’s adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less on IRS tax form

For students who first received HOPE in fall 2009 through summer 2015
Four-Year Institutions: Up to $750 per semester as a supplement to the HOPE Scholarship; including summer

For entering freshmen beginning with fall 2015 and thereafter
Four-Year Institutions: Up to $750 per semester as a supplement to the HOPE Scholarship; including summer


TENNESSEE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP (NONTRADITIONAL)

Nontraditional students must meet the following requirements:

  • Apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available at www.fafsa.gov. Applications must be received by September 1st for fall semester, February 1st for spring and summer semesters. Early application is recommended.
  • Have been a Tennessee resident for one year by September 1 of the application date. For students beginning spring and summer terms, residency determined by February 1 as of application date
  • Be age 25 or older and: 
    • Be an entering freshman in an eligible postsecondary institution; or 
    • Have not been enrolled for at least two (2) years after last attending any postsecondary institution and is now enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution 
  • Must have student’s and spouse’s adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less on IRS tax form 
  • Be continuously enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution in the fall and spring semesters and maintain satisfactory academic progress 
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 after 12 attempted semester hours or required GPA at subsequent benchmark. (Attempted hours and college grades prior to re-enrollment at an eligible postsecondary institution after at least a two year break in enrollment are not considered.) 
  • Enroll in one of the Tennessee public colleges, universities, or private colleges. Click Here for listing. 
  • A non-traditional student shall not be eligible for the Aspire Award or the General Assembly Merit Scholarship.
 
AWARD AMOUNTS FOR THE NONTRADITIONAL HOPE SCHOLARSHIP

For entering freshmen beginning with Fall 2015 and thereafter 

Four-Year Institutions and two-year institutions with on-campus housing: Up to $1,750 per full-time enrollment semester as a freshmen and sophomore; then up to $2,250 per full-time enrollment semester as a junior and senior

Two-Year Institutions: Up to $1,500 per full-time enrollment semester as a freshman and sophomore

  • Award amounts mentioned above are available for summer enrollment
  • Class status is determined by the postsecondary institutions 

For students who first received HOPE in Fall 2009 through Summer 2016 

Four-Year Institutions and two-year institutions with on-campus housing: Up to $2,000 per full-time enrollment semester; including summer


GENERAL ASSEMBLY MERIT SCHOLARSHIP (GAMS)

Students must meet the following requirements:

  • Students graduating from a Tennessee public school or category 1, 2, 3 private school must have a minimum 3.75  GPA* AND 29 ACT (or concordant equivalent score on the SAT), exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests
  • ACT/SAT exams must be taken on a national test date or state test date and prior to the first day of college enrollment after high school graduation. The ACT Residual test is not accepted
  • Students graduating from Homeschool programs (and non-category I, II, & III Schools), in addition to meeting the HOPE scholarship requirements, and during the course of a homeschool program, must meet the minimum academic requirements to qualify for the General Assembly Merit Scholarship. Click here for more details on how to qualify.


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