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Scholarships from Biola: Current Year (2018–19)

Review the information below to see scholarships for the 2018–19 school year. At Biola, we seek to make our unique, Christ-centered education more affordable for you and your family. That is why we’ve just significantly expanded our 2018–19 scholarships for both freshmen and transfer students. Academic scholarships — which are merit-based awards that do not need to be repaid — range from $5,000 to $12,000.

View 2019-20 Scholarships

Freshman Academic Scholarship

Amount for 2018–19 School Year
  • President's — $19,000
  • Provost's — $17,000
  • Dean's — $16,000
  • Eagle's — $13,000
  • Founder's Grant — $5,000

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).
Renewal

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

Transfer Heritage Academic Scholarship

Amount for 2018–19 School Year

$6,000–$12,000 per year

Scholarship College GPA Award Amount
William Blackstone Transfer Academic Scholarship 3.5+ $12,000
Anna Horton Transfer Academic Scholarship 3.0 – 3.49 $11,000
Lyman Stewart Transfer Academic Scholarship 2.75 – 2.99 $10,000
6th & Hope Transfer Academic Scholarship 2.5 – 2.74 $6,000
Application

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

Deadline

Updated college transcripts are due at the end of the student's spring semester. Transfer students entering Biola for the fall semester must ensure that their most up-to-date transcripts are in the possession of the Biola Admissions Office no later than July 1. Transfer students entering Biola for the spring semester must ensure that their most up-to-date transcripts are in the possession of the Biola Admissions Office no later than January 15.

Eligibility
  • The student is eligible if he/she is transferring 15 or more credits, based on a college transcript. 
  • If the student is transferring 14 credits or less, he/she is only eligible for the traditional academic scholarship based on the student's high school transcript.
Renewal

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

Alumni Dependent Scholarship

Amount for 2018–19 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
  • 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 or the Cook School of Intercultural Studies) at the time the student enters Biola. 
  • Teaching credential students are not eligible.
Renewable Status

Yes, this scholarship is renewable annually.

Church Matching Scholarship

Amount for 2018–19 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
  • October 2 — Full-year or fall-only students
  • March 1 — Spring-only students.
Eligibility
  • The student is eligible if he/she has demonstrated financial need and is least a half-time student
  • To qualify, the eligible student must receive financial sponsorship from a church
  • English Language Program students should contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional eligibility details
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 2018–19 School Year

$2,500 per year

Application

The application for the FirstGen Scholars Program Scholarship is closed for 2018–19.

You have the option to mail your application to the following address:

  • Office of Undergraduate Admission
    Attn: FirstGen Scholars Program Administrator
    13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, CA 90639
Deadline
  • Freshmen Applicants: February 15, 2018
  • Transfer Applicants: April 1, 2018 (date subject to change)
Eligibility
  • Any incoming student who is a first generation college student (i.e., neither parent completed a bachelor’s degree)
  • Must file the FAFSA or the California Dream Act application and must demonstrate need verified by Biola's Financial Aid Office.
  • 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).

Funding

Biola University

Note: The Office of Admissions awards the FirstGen Scholars Program scholarship. The department of Student Enrichment & Intercultural Development (SEID) oversees the FirstGen Scholars Program. The FAFSA or California Dream Act application must be filed in order for your scholarship application to be considered. Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have any questions.

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 2018–19 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 2018–19 School Year

$2,000–$6,000 per year

Eligibility

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. Students should be curious, empathetic and willing to engage honestly in challenging discussions. Being a part of LEAD is a significant commitment and honor.

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.

Application

The scholarship is now closed for the 2018–19 school year. If you have any questions regarding the LEAD Scholars Program, please contact multiethnic.outreach@biola.edu.

Deadline
  • January 15: For all freshmen applicants.
  • April 1: For all transfer applicants

Note: In addition to completing the LEAD Scholarship application, you must also complete your undergraduate application and turn in all required documents (transcripts, test scores, etc.).

Renewable Status

More information on the LEAD Scholars Program page.

Funding

Biola University

Note: The LEAD Committee awards applicants. The office of Student Enrichment & Intercultural Development (SEID) oversees 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 2018–19 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

The deadline for the 2018–2019 application has passed.

Eligibility
  • First generation college students
  • Be from a low-income family
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Demonstrated need based on FAFSA information
  • California Applicants: Be a permanent resident of an under-served community within the counties of Los Angeles, Orange or San Bernardino, such as East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, Baldwin Park, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Huntington Park, City of Los Angeles, Montebello, Ontario, Pico Rivera, Pomona, South Gate, Santa Ana, and San Bernardino. 
  • Texas Applicants: Be a permanent resident of San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Edinburg, or Rio Grande City. 
  • Illinois Applicants: Be a permanent resident of the Greater Chicagoland Area. 
  • New York Applicants: Be a permanent resident of the state of New York.
Renewable Status

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

Ahmanson Veterans Scholarship

Amount for 2018–19 School Year

Undergrad: Up to $3,000 per year

Application

The application window has closed for the 2018–19 school year. Applicants must have completed a FAFSA and provide a current Certificate of Eligibility to be considered.

Deadline

Funds were awarded first-come, first-serve throughout summer 2018.

Eligibility

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

Renewal

Non-renewable. Student must reapply annually based on financial need and availability of funds.

Funding

Ahmanson Foundation

NOTE: GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at benefits.va.gov/gibill.