Scholarships For Continuing Students
Gifts from alumni and friends of Southwestern enable the University to offer scholarships to students demonstrating financial need. In cases where financial need is established, any scholarship assistance based on merit or talent will be counted toward meeting that need. Continuing students applying for need-based aid must remember to submit a FAFSA by March 1 of each year.
United Methodist Scholarships
A number of both need and merit based scholarships are available through a variety of Methodist organizations. Each award has its own eligibility requirements and deadlines, so be sure to contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions.
Southwestern University United Methodist Scholarships
Application deadline: May 1
General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) Scholarships
Application deadline: March 5
United Methodist Higher Education Foundation
Application deadline: March 1
Study Abroad Scholarships
Southwestern maintains two scholarship funds: the Lokey Scholarship for Study Abroad and the Kahler Scholarship. The Lokey Scholarship is reserved for summer study abroad programs. Awards range from $200 - $500 and are made on the basis of academic merit and financial need. The Kahler Scholarship provides awards for semester and year-long study abroad. These awards are made primarily on the basis of financial need. Kahler awards typically range from $1,000 - $3,500. Contact the Office of Intercultural Learning for application information.
Amount: $3,000 for one year
Application Deadline March 4
For this scholarship, preference will be given to students who have completed at least two years of full-time enrollment, are pre-ministerial students, and/or who have demonstrated interest in activities or occupations which promote peace and justice locally, nationally or globally. Furthermore, preference may be given to students who are members of the United Methodist Church.
Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Scholarships
Amount: Variable, up to $5,000 per semester for four semesters ($20,000 total)
The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Scholarships at Southwestern University are available for current sophomores (who will be juniors in the fall of 2013). Four new Sumners Scholars will be named for the 2013-2014 year. Students who are pursuing a pre-law path, and/or students majoring in political science, history, or education (elementary or secondary Social Studies focus) are eligible to apply. To maintain the scholarship, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in a qualified major at the conclusion of each semester, carry at least 12 semester hours, and remain in “good standing” with the University. Eligible students should be U.S. citizens, full-time students, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Contact Dr. Alicia Moore (Education, ext. 1975, Mood 224), or Dr.Carina Evans (English, ext. 1962, Mood 208) with any questions.
Kemper Scholars Program
Amount: from $3,000 - $8,000 per year, based on need
Additional summer project grants from $2,000 to $6,000
Application deadline: January 11
Candidates for this scholarship program must be in their first year of enrollment at Southwestern with an interest in exploring careers in administration or and/or Business. Unusually mature students with broad interests and a record of academic achievement, extracurricular activity, community service, and leadership ability are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will have a commitment to the liberal arts and will maintain at least a 3.00 grade point average.
Kemper Scholars are required to participate in paid program of work for a major non-profit organization in Chicago during the summer following their sophomore year. In addition, each Kemper Scholar will participate in a summer independent project or internship in the summer following their junior year.
Applications for the Kemper Scholars Program are available in the Center for Academic Success located on the third floor of the Cullen Building. Questions can be directed to the Center for Academic Success at extension 1286 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about the Kemper Scholars Program can be found at www.jskemper.org.
Amount: Variable, up to $10,000
Application deadline: May 2
Candidates for this scholarship must be pursuing a course of study in preparation for medical school, with the intent of enrolling in a medical school after graduation from Southwestern. Candidates must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA in their Southwestern coursework.
Amount: Up to $10,000 per year
Application Deadline: May 1
Pre-Ministerial Scholarships are available for students who plan to enter full-time ministry and participation in the Southwestern Pre-Ministry Connection organized by the University Chaplain. Candidates should speak with the University Chaplain prior to submitting a Pre-Ministerial Scholarship application.
Amount: Up to $6,000
Application deadline: May 1
Candidates for this scholarship must be pursuing a course of study in preparation for medical school, with the intent of enrolling in medical school after graduation from Southwestern. Candidates must have at least a 3.7 cumulative GPA in their Southwestern coursework.