Scholarships and Grants

Institutional Scholarships and Grants

Gardner-Webb University offers the following Institutional Scholarships and Grants:


Trustee ScholarshipDean's Scholarship
Presidential ScholarshipAchievement Scholarship
Provost ScholarshipOpportunity Grant

Scholarship and Grant award amounts range from $5,000 to $18,000 depending on the student’s academic profile and whether the student is an on campus resident or off campus commuter. In order to determine the amount of institutional scholarship or grant you are eligible to receive, you must first apply and be accepted to Gardner-Webb. Your award amount will be included in your acceptance letter from the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Institutional scholarships require a student to be enrolled full time (12 hours or more) and maintain a grade point average in accordance with the institution’s Scholarship Maintenance Policy.

Tucker Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength Scholarship

The Tucker Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student who exemplifies the attributes highlighted in Mark 12:30. Each year, a full-ride scholarship will be awarded to one student who stands apart from other applicants by the depth of his/her character, faith, and service-driven life. The recipient will be required to demonstrate how he/she can thrive in the challenges of Garner-Webb's academic environment and graduate prepared to live out the university's motto making a difference for God and humanity.

Learn more about the Tucker Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength Scholarship.

Ignite Excellence Scholarships

The Ignite Excellence Scholarship interviews serve as an opportunity for qualified students to compete for our most competitive academic scholarships. Held in February, these interviews are comprised of three parts designed to help the selection committee determine the candidates that exemplify academic excellence. After being accepted to the university, students with a minimum GPA of 3.75, along with an ACT score of 25 or higher, or a composite SAT score of 1200 on the two-part (evidence based reading/writing and math) will be extended the opportunity to apply for the scholarship. The application deadline is December 1. After all applications have been received, candidates will be notified of their interview date.

Below is a list of scholarships that students will compete for during the interview process:

Ignite Excellence Comprehensive Scholarship (named Presidential Fellows) - Value full tuition, room and board $41,610

Ignite Excellence Full Tuition Scholarships (named Academic Fellows) - Value full tuition $31,220 (4 recipients)

Honors Scholarship - $3,000 (50 recipients)  

Ignite Excellence Participation Award- $2,000

Applicant must reside on campus, be enrolled full time and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5.

Scholarships are awarded for a maximum of eight semesters.  Scholarships do not cover costs for additional credits taken, summer school charges or other program costs such as GEM.

*Outside sources of federal and state aid such as Pell, NC Need Based Scholarship, could reduce the value of the Academic Fellows and Presidential Fellows Scholarship.

Performance-Based Scholarships

Athletic Scholarships are awarded by each individual coach and shared with the Financial Planning Office. Gardner-Webb University (GWU) offers scholarships for the following sports: men and women’s basketball, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, men’s baseball, football and wrestling and women’s softball and volleyball. Any questions concerning eligibility for a scholarship should be directed to the coach of the sport of interest.

Honors Music Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s performance from an on campus audition. The Music faculty selects recipients and shares them with the Financial Planning Office. Scholarships are renewed based on performance throughout the academic year.

Marching Band Scholarships are awarded by the band director and shared with the Financial Planning Office. The award amount is $1000 and is based on participation in the band.

Other Scholarships

The scholarships mentioned below have a separate application process are awarded based on specific criteria but can be on top of other academic scholarships. If you have further questions regarding these scholarships, please contact your admissions counselor.

The Luther Butler Scholarship for NC Baptist Students is awarded to selected students who are members of North Carolina Baptist churches cooperating with the NC Baptist State Convention. The funds are awarded and approved through the NC Baptist Foundation. A separate online application must be completed prior to February 15th. (Must reapply each year).

Ministers Advisory Council Scholarship is awarded by a member of the Board of Ministers. The application must be submitted by May 1 to the Financial Planning Office. The award amount is $250 per year.

Christian Service Organization is awarded to those students preparing for full-time Christian vocational service.  The application must be completed as well as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Award amounts vary from $500 - up to 30% of tuition depending upon the student's demonstrated financial need as determined by the results of the (FAFSA).

Church Matching Scholarship is awarded to those students submitting the application on or before May 1. GWU will match a scholarship from a Southern Baptist Church up to $2500*.*(If GWU aid exceeds $10,000 the scholarship will not be matched). Micro-Scholarships Gardner-Webb University partners with, a program supported by the Gates Foundation to offer micro-scholarships that recognize your individual academic and extracurricular achievement, beginning in the 9th grade. You can accumulate up to $12,000 in micro-scholarships per year, which will already be included in your GWU financial aid award. Learn more about Raise.Me here.

Minister’s Dependent Scholarship is awarded to a dependent student of a full time minister of a SBC or CBF Church or an ordained, full time employee of a Baptist State Convention or agency. The application deadline is May 1, and the award amount is $1000.

SAGE Scholar LogoTuition Rewards® Scholarships To help make a high-quality college education financially accessible to more families, Gardner-Webb University is an active participant and member in the “Tuition Rewards” scholarship program, sponsored by SAGE Scholars. The unique program operates like a frequent flyer rewards program - but for college tuition! 

By investing or saving with participating banks, credit unions, 529 Plans and other financial institutions, family members can earn “points” (similar to frequent flyer miles) to provide family members with guaranteed minimum scholarships at a national consortium of participating independent colleges, including Gardner-Webb University. The points can be redeemed for up to $29,145, spread evenly over four undergraduate years, starting with the freshman year.

The Tuition Rewards program is coordinated nationally by the independent organization, SAGE Scholars. SAGE stands for Savings And Growth for Education (SAGE). The Tuition Rewards scholarships are provided regardless of the income or assets of the Student or the Student’s family.

The Sponsors of participating students must transfer Tuition Rewards Points to their students at any time prior to the August 31st of the year that 12th grade starts. After that date, a student's Tuition Rewards point value cannot be changed.

The Sponsor must submit the Student's Tuition Rewards statement to Gardner-Webb University at the time the Student applies for admission. This is done by the Sponsor by logging onto the "Account Statement" page at and forwarding the information to Gardner-Webb University roughly concurrent with the Student’s application to Gardner-Webb. Statements submitted after Gardner-Webb has prepared a financial aid package for the student may invalidate use of Tuition Rewards.

If the prospective Student does not attend Gardner-Webb University or another Tuition Rewards participating college, the Sponsor may recover and re-use assigned Reward Points if done within three years of the sStudent’s high school graduation.

Scholarship Maintenance

Scholarship Maintenance is reviewed at the end of each academic year. All scholarships require full time enrollment, and the award amount is based on housing status. If you choose to move off campus, please contact the Financial Planning Office to determine how your scholarship/other awards will be affected.

The GPA requirement for each scholarship is listed below. If your institutional GPA is below the required minimum, you will be placed on Scholarship Probation for the fall semester. You will be eligible to receive your scholarship while on probation, however, if at the end of the fall term you have not achieved the required GPA your scholarship will be rescinded for the spring semester.

Presidential Fellows, Academic Fellows and University Fellows* must maintain an institutional grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 at the end of each academic year, reside on-campus, and be enrolled full time.

Trustee Scholarship 3.2
Presidential Scholarship 3.0
Provost Scholarship 3.0
Dean's Scholarship 2.8
Achievement Scholarship 2.8
Gardner-Webb Scholarship 2.8


Please note: Nursing students must remain in good standing in the Nursing program in lieu of the above stated GPAs to retain scholarship funds.


You may appeal the loss of your scholarship by writing a letter to the Associate Director of Financial Planning. It is important to remember that extenuating circumstances must be fully documented. Please contact the Financial Planning Office if you have any questions concerning the appeal process.