Scholarships & Financial Aid

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.
  • Available to undergraduate students only

This page provides information about CBU Scholarships and State Scholarships.

CBU MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

CBU offers academic scholarships ranging from $9,000 to $15,000 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—this includes submitting all transcripts and scores. Starred (*) scholarships are event-based and participation is by invitation.

Scholarship Amount Renewable Criteria
Presidential Scholarship $14,000-$15,000 2.75 GPA
Lasallian Scholarship $13,000-$14,000 2.75 GPA
Maurelian Scholarship $12,000-$13,000 2.75 GPA
Deans Scholarship $11,000-$12,000 2.75 GPA
University Scholarship $10,000-$11,000 2.00 GPA
Rozier Scholarship  $9,000 2.00 GPA

 

 

 

 



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Eligibility: All full-time traditional undergraduate freshmen.

Scholarships and awards vary depending on cumulative high school GPA and admission test score of the ACT or SAT.

ACT HS GPA 3.00-3.74 HS GPA 3.75 and above
28+ $14,000 $15,000
26-27 $13,000 $14,000
23-25 $12,000 $13,000
22 $11,000 $12,000
21 $10,000 $11,000

 

 

 

 

 

Scholarship Events

Scholarship   Scholarship Amount Renewable Criteria       Event Dates
Trustee Scholarship*  Full Tuition and Fees 2.75 GPA  December 3, 2016
January 28, 2017                 

Leadership Scholarship*
 
 Full Tuition and Fees 2.75 GPA  January 21, 2017
February 4, 2017
February 18, 2017
 
Pascal Fellowship in Computer Science and Mathematics sponsored by FedEx
 Full Tuition and Fees
(See program details for additional awards)
 2.75 GPA December 3, 2016
January 28, 2017

Engage Scholarship
$20,000  2.75 GPA  March 25, 2017 
Latino Student Success Scholarship  Approx. $28,000 total package Good standing  February 25, 2017 
Latino Achievement Award $5,000  Good standing  February 25, 2017

*Admitted students who do not meet the above criteria may still be considered for other merit scholarships. 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 above for the specific scholarship


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.
Eligibility: All full-time undergraduate freshmen living in campus housing
Criteria: A minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.6 and ACT of 28 or SAT of 1210 (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 interview.
Renewable Criteria: Remain a full-time student residing on campus in good standing with a 2.75 college cumulative GPA 


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 his or her 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.
Eligibility: All full-time undergraduate freshmen living in campus housing
Criteria: A minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 and ACT of 21 or SAT of 980 (CR+M) 
Application Process: Applicants must participate fully in the LSP. Applicants must be accepted to the university before they will be eligible to participate.
Renewable Criteria:  1.) Remain a full-time student residing on campus in good standing with a 2.75 college cumulative GPA. 2.)Develop a new student group with the support of Student Life. 


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. Students must major in Computer Science but may double major in any other field. 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. Beginning in the 2016-17 academic year, new awardees annually will receive full four-year scholarships to CBU, offsetting all tuition and fees. 


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 
Criteria: 
A minimum high school cumulative GPA of 2.75 and ACT of 21 or SAT of 980 (CR+M)
Application Process: Application required. Applicants must participate fully in Engage. Applicants must be accepted to the university before they will be eligible to participate. 
Renewable Criteria: Remain a full-time student residing on campus in good standing with a 2.75 college cumulative GPA. 


Latino Scholarships

CBU recognizes the importance of supporting Latino students in their dreams of not only going to college but graduating from college.   A joint competition is offered for students to compete for either the Latino Achievement Scholarship (LAS) or the Latino Student Success (LSS) Scholarship.  The Latino Achievement Scholarship (LAS) is for Latino students who are FAFSA eligible.  The Latino Achievement Scholarship (LAS), which is an additional $3,000 scholarship, will be awarded to two students.  The Latino Student Success Scholarship (LSS) is for Latino students living in Memphis who are not FAFSA eligible.  

Thanks to the generosity of a CBU Donor, 20 students will be selected to receive the LSS Scholarship which is a financial package that consists of a combination of scholarships and a $5,000 interest-free loan. This total package pays approximately $28,000 toward tuition and fees.  


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. 
Application Process: No additional application is required.  
Renewable Criteria: Remain a full-time student in good standing.


Phi Theta Kappa

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


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:  You need to have already been accepted to CBU to be eligible to apply. 
Deadline: The application needs to be received or postmarked by TBD. 
Renewable Criteria: Triangle scholarships are one-time awards applied toward CBU tuition and fees.


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/mon_college/lottery_scholars.htm.

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: If a student does not maintain continuous enrollment, defined as enrollment in both fall and spring semesters of an academic year, they may lose TELS eligibility. Exceptions may be made if the 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 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 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
General Assembly Merit Scholarship (GAMS) (Application)

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 weighted* GPA AND 29 ACT (1280 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 be enrolled in at least four (4) college-level courses totaling at least twelve (12) semester hours and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Such courses shall meet or be equivalent to courses meeting the minimum degree requirements of the TN Board of Regents, other than the minimum degree requirements pertaining to physical education. The student must achieve a 29 Composite score or above, on a national test date for the ACT test or a 1280 (math plus critical reading scores only) or above, on a national test date or state test date for the SAT test for GAMS consideration.

For students who first received the HOPE Scholarship in Fall 2009 and thereafter Award amount – Up to $1,500 supplement to the HOPE Scholarship. The award is divided equally between fall, spring and summer semesters. Awards to part-time students are prorated.

*Weighted grade point average means a grade point average on a 4.0 scale calculated with additional internal quality points awarded for advanced placement, honors or other similar courses according to the Uniform Grading Policy adopted by the State Board of Education.


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 weighted* GPA AND 29 ACT (1280 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 be enrolled in at least four (4) college-level courses totaling at least twelve (12) semester hours and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Such courses shall meet or be equivalent to courses meeting the minimum degree requirements of the TN Board of Regents, other than the minimum degree requirements pertaining to physical education. The student must achieve a 29 Composite score or above, on a national test date for the ACT test or a 1280 (math plus critical reading scores only) or above, on a national test date or state test date for the SAT test for GAMS consideration. 

For students who first received the HOPE Scholarship in fall 2009 and thereafter 
Award amount – Up to $1,500 supplement to the HOPE Scholarship. The award is divided equally between fall, spring and summer semesters. Awards to part-time students are prorated.

*Weighted grade point average means a grade point average on a 4.0 scale calculated with additional internal quality points awarded for advanced placement, honors or other similar courses according to the Uniform Grading Policy adopted by the State Board of Education.


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