WBU ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

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2020-2021 Williams Baptist University Financial Aid

Williams Baptist University offers a variety of scholarships related to merit, athletics, performing arts, region, church affiliation, and previous Williams affiliation. We will also accept all external scholarships to support our students as they pursue future academic excellence. The FAFSA will determine opportunities for additional grants, work-study eligibility, and student loans.

CHECK OUT EACH TAB BELOW FOR SPECIFIC SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION!

*New Scholarships to begin in Fall 2020

First-Time Freshman Scholarships

All first-time freshman scholarships are automatically assigned following acceptance into Williams Baptist University. Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s ACT score. If you have any further questions please contact our Admissions office at (870)-759-4120).

 

University Grant (ACT 17-18): $20,000 4-year value!

Dean’s Scholarship (ACT 19-21): $32,000 4-year value! ($8,000 per year)

President’s Scholarship (ACT 22-26): $40,000 4-year value! ($10,000 per year)

Founder’s Scholarship (ACT 27 and above): $48,000 4-year value! ($12,000 per year)

* If you have already applied for admission, then you are done applying for your academic scholarship!

Transfer Scholarships

Transfer scholarships are based on the student’s cumulative college GPA at the time of acceptance to Williams.

Transfer Grant (College GPA 2.5-2.99): $3,000 per year

Excellence Scholarship (College GPA 3.0-3.49): $6,000 per year

Summit Scholarship (College GPA 3.5 or higher): $8,000 per year

Phi Theta Kappa

$1,000 per year

Designated to full-time students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa

Must enroll immediately after attending a two-year college

Athletic Scholarships

Available for both men and women in WBUs competitive athletic programs

Scholarship amounts vary and are awarded by the Head Coach

http://www.wbueagles.com/

Williams Singers Scholarships

$2,000 per year

Awarded to students with musical abilities who become members of the Williams Singers

Awarded on an audition basis upon the recommendation of the music faculty

Can be stacked with academic scholarships

https://williamsbu.edu/singers

Contact the Music Department at 1-870-759-4159 or bmagee@williamsbu.edu for an audition

 

Music Talentship

$3,000 per year

Awarded to 3 full-time students majoring in music and exhibiting outstanding musical abilities

Can be stacked with other academic and/or institutional scholarships

https://williamsbu.edu/singers/

Contact the Music Department at 1-870-759-4159 or bmagee@williamsbu.edu for an audition

 

Music Accompanying Scholarship

$4,000 per year

Awarded to a student majoring in music who demonstrates exceptional skill in keyboard accompanying

Can be stacked with other academic and/or institutional scholarships

Contact the Music Department at 1-870-759-4159 or bmagee@williamsbu.edu for an audition

 

Concert Band

Scholarship amounts vary

Awarded on an audition basis upon the recommendation of the band director

Can be stacked with academic scholarships

https://williamsbu.edu/band/

Contact the Band Director at 1-870-759-4205 or bmassey@williamsbu.edu for an audition

 

Worship Band

$2,000 per year

Awarded on an audition basis upon the recommendation of the director of the worship band

https://williamsbu.edu/worship-team/

Can be stacked with academic scholarships

Contact the Director of Campus Ministries at 870-759-4114 or slane@williamsbu.edu for an audition

 

Art Scholarships

$2,000 per year

Awarded by the Williams Baptist Art Department to freshmen who are Art Education or BA Art Majors

Awarded by presenting an art portfolio to the Chair of the Art Department

Can be stacked with other academic and/or institutional scholarships

Contact the Art Department at 870-759-4159 or bmagee@williamsbu.edu

Legacy Scholarship

*New Scholarships to begin in Fall 2020

$1,000 per year and can be stacked with academic scholarships

Awarded to students who have at least one parent who attended Williams

SBC Ministerial Dependent

*New Scholarships to begin in Fall 2020

50% tuition OR $1,000 per year stacked with an academic scholarship whichever is greater

Designated to dependent children of Southern Baptist ministers

Must be enrolled full-time at the University and must be financially dependent on their parent

The parent must be employed as a minister in a Southern Baptist Church or employed as a denominational employee of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention or a retired or deceased Southern Baptist minister or employed as an Associational missionary

Missionary Dependent Scholarship

Valued at 50% of tuition and general fees and is renewable based on continuation of the MK School Allowance-Post Secondary from the IMB and satisfactory academic progress at Williams

Available to dependent children of Southern Baptist missionaries

Must be eligible for the MK School Allowance-Post Secondary from the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and meet WBU’s admissions standards

Must be enrolled full-time at the University and must be financially dependent on their parent

A parent must be employed by the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention

A student receiving a Missionary Dependent Scholarship may NOT receive Athletic, Academic, or Transfer scholarships funded by the University

Church-Matching (Fall Deadline: September 15 and Spring Deadline: January 30)

Williams will match contributions up to $3500 per year from the student’s church

Checks received after the deadline will NOT be matched

According to the IRS guidelines, contributions for this scholarship must be from the church and cannot represent designated gifts from an individual for a particular student

Forms are available in the Financial Aid Office and can be downloaded in the Financial Aid section (Printable Forms) of the Williams website https://williamsbu.edu/financial-aid/church-match/

 

Acteens Scholarship

Worth varying amounts for four years

Designated to students who have completed a level of MissionsQuest

Notify the Financial Aid Office at 870-759-4112 upon completing the MissionsQuest levels

 

Baptist Associational Scholarship

$500 per year and is offered for one year only

Designated to Baptist students who are nominated by Directors of Associational Missions

The Director of Missions (DOM) of each Arkansas Baptist Association is encouraged to recommend one high school senior from their association for the scholarship

Students selected must enroll full-time at Williams for the semester following their selection

WBU will need a letter of recommendation from the DOM; no application is required

Pastoral Ministry Scholarship

Provided in large part by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention

The full-time student must have made a public commitment of a call to pastoral or preaching ministry, youth ministry, or church planting ministry in a Southern Baptist church.

The church must respond by granting the student a “license to the gospel ministry”.

The church must recommend the student for participation in the scholarship program.

Students are responsible for securing a sponsoring Southern Baptist church that will contribute $125.00 per semester to the student’s scholarship program to demonstrate that the church believes in the student enough to invest in them.

The church contribution is in addition to and shall be added to the total scholarship amount provided by the ABSC. Applications are incomplete until money is received by the ABSC.

The church’s contribution should be made by check payable to the “Arkansas Baptist State Convention” and sent to: Financial Aid Office, Box 3734, Walnut Ridge, AR,72476. A notation should accompany the check indicating the student’s name, the semester covered (Fall or Spring), and the name and address of the sponsoring church. 

First-time scholarship recipients shall attend the Ministry Leadership Development Retreat within the first two years of receiving the scholarship.

The applicant must be an undergraduate student seeking a bachelor’s degree with a declared major in Christian studies.

The Chair of the Department of Christian Ministries at Williams Baptist University may recommend up to ten other ministry students each semester who may not meet some of the qualifications and requirements listed in Section II to the Executive Director of the ABSC.

Exceptions to these qualifications may be considered by the Executive Director of the ABSC.

A ministerial student, enrolled full-time, is eligible for a $1125 ministerial loan-scholarship per semester if a sponsoring church contributes $125 per semester.

If the ministerial student is employed by a church the convention will award $2125 ministerial loan-scholarship per semester if a sponsoring church contributes $125 per semester.

Additional information is available at: http://www.abf.org/scholarships/

Lawrence County Scholarship

$1,000 per year

Designated to high school seniors who graduate from one of the 4 schools in Lawrence County

One scholarship awarded per high school every year

Awards determined by the Financial Aid Office

Minority Educators Scholarship (Deadline: June 15)

Supplements other financial aid for books, fees, or other needs related to costs associated with a major in education at Williams 

Must have at least a 2.5 GPA and plan to complete a major in education at Williams 

Must be recommended as one having potential for life success as a classroom teacher and one with moral integrity suitable for Williams Teacher Education Program’s view of a professional educator

Must demonstrate maturity and a desire to become an effective classroom teacher who personifies a professional educator

Must exhibit a willingness to make a time commitment to all 36 aspects of the education requirements of his/her specific degree program, both in and out of the classroom.

Applications and more information are available in the Williams Financial Aid Office, Box 3734, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

Family and Child Scholarship

Awarded to single students from the Arkansas Baptist Family and Child Care Services

Assures the recipient of a full tuition, fees, resident hall semi-private room and board award through a combination of federal, state, and private funds

The Family and Child Care Agency provides books and a personal expenses allowance

Must maintain a 2.0 GPA.

Link to the application

Student Ambassador Scholarship

Designated by the Office of Institutional Advancement

Students serve as campus hosts