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Scholarships from Biola

At Biola, we seek to make our unique, Christ-centered education more affordable for you and your family. That is why we’ve expanded our 2019–20 scholarships for both freshmen and transfer students. Academic scholarships — which are merit-based awards that do not need to be repaid — range from $6,000 to $20,000.

View 2018-19 Scholarships

Freshman Academic Scholarship

Amount for 2019–20 School Year
  • President's — $20,000
  • Provost's — $18,500
  • Dean's — $17,000
  • Eagle's — $14,000
  • Founder's Grant — $6,000

Calculate your Academic Scholarship

Enter your GPA and at least one test score:

Unweighted High School GPA

Math + Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

Application

No separate application required. The Office of Admissions will award this scholarship to eligible students upon acceptance into Biola University.

Deadline

May 1 — Updated GPA and SAT/ACT scores are due by this date

Eligibility

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Eligibility is based on the student’s unweighted final high school GPA and scores received on the SAT or ACT.
  • Continuous, full-time enrollment is expected to receive the full scholarship amount. If you choose to enroll as a part-time student, your scholarship will be prorated based on your total credit count (9–11 credits will receive 75% of the scholarship and 6–8 credits will receive 50% of the scholarship).
Renewable Status

Yes, this scholarship is renewable annually (when a minimum GPA is maintained).

Transfer Heritage Academic Scholarship

Amount for 2019-20 School Year

$7,000–$13,000 per year

Scholarship College GPA Award Amount
William Blackstone Transfer Academic Scholarship 3.5+ $13,000
Anna Horton Transfer Academic Scholarship 3.0 – 3.49 $12,000
Lyman Stewart Transfer Academic Scholarship 2.75 – 2.99 $11,000
6th & Hope Transfer Academic Scholarship 2.5 – 2.74 $7,000
Application

No separate application required. The Office of Admissions will award this scholarship to eligible students upon acceptance into Biola University.

Deadline

Students must review the following deadlines:

  • July 1 — Transfer students entering Biola for the fall semester must ensure that their most up-to-date transcripts are in the possession of Biola’s Office of Admissions no later than this date.
  • December 15 — Transfer students entering Biola for the spring semester must ensure that their most up-to-date transcripts are in the possession of Biola’s Office of Admissions no later than this date.
Eligibility

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Students are eligible for this scholarship if they are transferring 15 or more credits (based on a college transcript).
  • If the student is transferring 14 credits or less, they are only eligible for the Freshman Academic Scholarship based on the student's high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores.
  • Continuous, full-time enrollment is expected to receive the full scholarship amount. If you choose to enroll as a part-time student, your scholarship will be prorated based on your total credit count (9–11 credits will receive 75% of the scholarship and 6–8 credits will receive 50% of the scholarship).
Renewable Status

Yes, this scholarship is renewable annually (when a minimum GPA is maintained).

Alumni Dependent Scholarship

Amount for 2019–20 School Year

$1,000 per year

Application

No separate application required. The eligible student should indicate "alumni" on the parent section of the Biola University Application for Admission. The Office of Admissions automatically awards the Alumni Dependent Scholarship at the time the eligible student is admitted to Biola University.

Deadline

No deadline. Priority given to early applicants.

Eligibility

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The student is eligible if he/she is the dependent of someone who has completed 30 credits of coursework at Biola University (including Talbot School of Theology, Rosemead School of Psychology, the Cook School of Intercultural Studies, School of Education or Crowell School of Business) at the time the student enters Biola.
  • Teaching credential students (without an accompanying master’s degree) are not eligible.
Renewable Status

Yes, this scholarship is renewable annually.

Church Matching Scholarship

Amount for 2019–20 School Year

Up to $1,300 per year (split between fall and spring semesters)

Application

Students must review the following application guidelines:

  1. Completed FAFSA (Biola listed)
  2. Complete the Church Matching Scholarship application
  3. Church sponsorship check should be written out to Biola University and attached to the Church Matching Scholarship Application
Deadline

Students should review the following deadlines:

  • October 2 — Full-year or fall-only students
  • March 1 — Spring-only students
Eligibility

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Student must be enrolled at least half-time
  • Student must be enrolled in a traditional degree program.
  • Student must demonstrate financial need based on FAFSA information.
  • Student must receive financial sponsorship from a church.
  • Special programs are not eligible. 
  • Please see the included instructions on the first page of the application for a list of all ineligible programs.

Renewable Status

No, this scholarship is not renewable. Student must reapply annually based on financial need and additional church sponsorship.

FirstGen Scholars Program Scholarship

Amount for 2019–20 School Year

$3,000 per year

Application

Students must review the following application guidelines:

  1. Complete the FAFSA (with Biola listed) or the California Dream Act application (if you are an AB 540 student)
  2. Submit the FirstGen Scholarships Program scholarship application
Deadline

Students must review the following application guidelines:

  • February 1, 2019 — Freshmen applicants
  • March 1, 2019 — Transfer applicants
Eligibility

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Any incoming student who is a first generation college student (i.e., neither parent completed a bachelor’s degree)
  • Demonstrate need verified by the Office of Financial Aid
  • Stated commitment to participate in the FirstGen Scholars Program at Biola University
Renewable Status

Yes, this scholarship is renewable annually (with active participation in the FirstGen Scholars program).

Departmental Scholarships

Departmental scholarships are available for the following programs: Athletics, Music, Art, Science, Intercultural Studies, Journalism, Public Relations and Communications (forensics and theater). For information regarding specific departments, contact the Office of Admissions.

Amount for 2019–20 School Year

Varies

Application

Contact the appropriate department.

Deadline

Contact the appropriate department.

Eligibility

The student is eligible on the basis of his/her achievement or potential in a certain field. Some department scholarships also require that students demonstrate financial need.

Renewable Status

Contact the appropriate department.

LEAD Scholarship

(Leaders Engaging and Advancing Diversity)

Amount for 2019–20 School Year

$2,000–$6,000 per year

Application

Students must review the following application guidelines:

  1. Complete and submit your Biola University application and turn in all required documents (e.g. transcripts, test scores, etc.)
  2. Complete and submit your LEAD Scholarship application
  3. Finalists may be asked to submit additional materials before being awarded the scholarship
Deadline

Students must review the following deadlines:

  • February 1, 2019 — Freshmen applicants 
  • March 1, 2019 — Transfer applicants
Eligibility

Students must review the following eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or above, and/or cumulative transfer GPA of 2.5 or higher. 
  • Students of any ethnic or racial background are welcome to apply.
  • Students should be curious, empathetic and willing to engage honestly in challenging discussions. Being a part of LEAD is a significant commitment and honor. The LEAD Scholars Program seeks applicants who are passionate about diversity, committed to growing with their cohort and willing to invest what they learn into the greater Biola community.
Renewable Status

Annually renewable with active participation in the LEAD Scholars program.

International Student Grants

International Students (Non-U.S. citizens) please refer to our Financial Aid for International Students page for more information on scholarships for international students.

TELACU Scholarship

Amount for 2019–20 School Year

$3,000 total, which includes:

  • $1,000 TELACU Scholarship
  • $2,000 matching scholarship from Biola University
    • Biola is currently able to award the matching scholarship for a maximum of ten TELACU students per year. Biola's matching scholarship will be awarded to the first ten TELACU scholarship recipients, determined by TELACU
Application

Students must review the following application guidelines:

  1. Complete the FAFSA (with Biola listed)
  2. Complete the TELACU Scholarship Application
Deadline

March 25, 2019 (by 5 p.m.)

Eligibility

Students must review the following eligibility requirements:

  • Student must be a first generation college student
  • Student must be from a low to moderate income family
  • Student must have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Student must have demonstrated need based on FAFSA information
  • Student must be enrolled full-time for the entire academic year
Renewable Status

No, this scholarship is not renewable. Students must reapply each year through TELACU.

Ahmanson Veterans Scholarship

The Ahmanson Veterans Scholarship was generously donated by The Ahmanson Foundation in an effort to support veterans who are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. Funds are applicable to tuition, Collegium membership, and the Biola Counseling Center.

Amount for 2019–20 School Year

Up to $3,000 per year (for undergraduate students)

Application

Students must review the following application guidelines:

  1. Complete the FAFSA (with Biola listed)
  2. Provide a current Certificate of Eligibility to military.benefits@biola.edu
  3. Log into the Scholarship Portal
    • Complete the General Application
    • Search for and complete the “Ahmanson Veterans Scholarship” form
Deadline

Funds will be awarded first-come, first-serve throughout summer.

Eligibility

Students must review the following eligibility requirements:

  • Student veterans with current Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits are eligible to apply.
  • Student is eligible if he or she has demonstrated financial need and is at least a half-time student.
Renewable Status

No, this scholarship is not renewable. Students must reapply annually based on financial need and availability of funds.