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Merit scholarships (Now 100% renewable!)

Union’s merit scholarships for freshmen are 100% renewable for three additional years. Students must maintain a college GPA of 2.25 or above, be enrolled at Union College for at least 12 credit hours and meet FAFSA deadlines for full scholarship or grant.

These scholarships are awarded based on high school grade point average and ACT test scores, but there is something for everybody. 


Freshman academic awards

Scholarships and Grants High school requirements Renewable award Four-year total
Board of Trustees Scholar* GPA 3.9 and
ACT 33 (SAT 1500)
FULL TUITION! $85,000+
Presidential Scholar* GPA 3.75 and
ACT 29 (SAT 1360)
$13,000 $52,000
Academic Excellence Scholarship GPA 3.5 and
ACT 27 (SAT 1290)
$11,000 $44,000
Academic Honors Scholarship GPA 3.25 and
ACT 23 (SAT 1140)
$9,000 $36,000
Academic Merit Scholarship GPA 3.0 OR
ACT 20 (SAT 1030)
$7,000 $28,000
College Achievement Grant** Admission Criteria $6,000 $24,000
College Opportunity Grant** Admission Criteria $5,000 $20,000


*International students must fullfil GPA and testing criteria to be eligible. Board of Trustees and Presidental Scholarships require a college 3.5 GPA to renew every year, otherwise the scholarship will be reduced to the Academic Excellence Scholarship. 

**Students qualify for one scholarship or one grant. 


Merit awards for transfer students

A transfer student is a new student with at least 24 hours of attempted class credit. Scholarships are awarded based on college GPA and renewed based on class standing. To keep the scholarship, the student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or above and is enrolled in at least 12 credit hours at Union College.


Scholarships and Grant Transfer requirements Amount
Transfer Excellence Scholarship Cumulative GPA 3.75 $7,000
Transfer Honors Scholarship Cumulative GPA 3.5 $5,000
Transfer Merit Scholarship Cumulative GPA 3.25 $3,500
Transfer Achievement Scholarship Cumulative GPA 3.0 $2,500
Transer Opportunity Grant Admission Criteria $1,500


Summer ministries matching scholarships

Union College offers matching scholarships to students who work at any Seventh-day Adventist summer camp or literature evangelism programs in North America. Scholarship recipients must submit a summer earnings statement to the Student Financial Services office to validate eligibility.

Summer camp: Union will match 100% of summer camp earnings applied to the student's account up $1,500. 

Literature evangelism: Union will match 100% of earnings applied to a student's account up to $1,500.


Student missions and task force scholarships

To show our support for students who choose to take a year out of their education to volunteer around the world or within North America, Union offers a $2,000 scholarship upon your return to Union College.

To qualify, you must volunteer through one of the programs affiliated with Union College.


Baccalaureate bonus

Union College provides an amazing program of half-tuition rates to graduates from accredited colleges or universities who wish to obtain a second degree or take additional undergraduate classes. (Learn more.)




Union College reserves the right to make changes to any provision or requirement at any time with particular reference to admission, registration, tuition and fees, financial aid and scholarship programs.