Scholarships and Grants

Federal Grants

A grant is a need-based award that does not have to be paid back. Federal Pell Grants are available to undergraduate students and provide a foundation to which other forms of financial aid may be added. To determine if you are eligible, the U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the information you report on the FAFSA. The maximum Pell Grant awarded for 2015-2016 is estimated to be $5,775.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are awarded to undergraduate students who have exceptional financial need and receive Pell Grants in that award year. The average FSEOG award at Lincoln Memorial University is $600-$1,200 per year.

State Grants and Scholarships

The Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA) is awarded to Tennessee residents with an Expected Family Contribution of $2,100 or less. The maximum TSAA award is $4,000, and the TSAA is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (Hope Scholarship) is available to Tennessee residents with a minumum 21 ACT, 980 SAT or 3.0 final high school GPA. For additional information and rules and regulations governing the lottery scholarship program, please visit the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship website.

The Tennessee General Assembly Merit Scholarship (GAMS)- This is a supplement to the HOPE Scholarship; students must be HOPE eligible, Minimum 29 ACT (Composite)/1280 SAT (Math + Critical Reading ONLY) on a national or state test date AND 3.75 final weighted GPA for entering freshman graduating from eligible public or category 1, 2 or 3 private high schools. Please se TSAC website for further information about Homeschooled students.

The Tennessee Aspire Award- This is a supplement to the HOPE Scholarship; students must be HOPE eligible. Students may receive either Aspire Award of GAMS, but not both. Parents or independent student's (and spouse's) adjusted gross income must be $36,000 or less on IRS tax form.

Please go to the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation's website to find out more about the deadlines for these an other grants and scholarships.

View a list of outside scholarship opportunities here.

View listing of Annual and Endowed Scholarships here.

LMU Scholarships

Lincoln Memorial University believes students who have exhibited academic excellence should be rewarded for their achievements. For this reason, we have established an academic scholarship program dedicated to recognizing and supporting the continued success of outstanding students.

General Academic Scholarship Eligibility Chart – 2015-16 - PDF

Eligibility Chart – New Students

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Eligibility Chart – Transfer Students

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In order to apply for need-based financial aid, there is only one application to fill out: Apply after January 1 (LMU School Code - 003502).

March 1 is the priority date for scholarship consideration. All students who have been accepted to LMU prior to this date will be considered for academic awards. All scholarships are renewable for three additional years provided the student maintains a cumulative 2.7 GPA.

NOTE: All academic awards must be applied toward tuition, books, fees, room and board expenses. All other financial aid including federal, state, outside scholarships and institutional grants will be credited to the student's account first, with the academic award picking up the balance of the student's institutional aid eligibility. No cash refunds will be made.

Academic award recipients are expected to take an active part in student life by becoming involved in at least one of the University's recognized student organizations (for which you are not receiving scholarship money) each semester. Recipients are also required to do 10 hours of campus/community service each semester.

Diversity Grant is available for undergraduate students who live on-campus, based upon the student’s qualities that make Lincoln Memorial University a more diverse student body.  Other criteria when considering students for the Diversity Grant will be grade point average, activities, leadership qualities, etc.  The grant will equal $3,000 per student for 2015-2016 to be used toward on-campus tuition, room and board expenses (after application of other aid).  U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens must complete a 2015-2016 FAFSA form in order to qualify for the Diversity Grant.  All recipients must maintain a 2.7 cumulative grade point average and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress in order for the award to be renewed annually.  No application is necessary for renewal of the Diversity Grant. The application for this grant program can be printed here.

The Lincoln Grant is a need based grant based on the FAFSA results that full-time students may qualify to receive. Students that still have unmet need after federal, state and an academic scholarship may be eligible to receive this grant. The amount awarded to students is determined by their need. The FAFSA must be completed each year in order to be considered for the Lincoln Grant.

The Legacy Scholarship is given to students who have had immediate family members attend and graduate from LMU. This award is typically $1000 for the year or $500 for the semester.

The Special Exceptions Grant is awarded to students after review of the Professional Judgment Form or some other type of appeal. This grant is awarded on an individual basis and the amount can vary, given the student's situation. This grant must be approved by the Executive Director of Financial Aid and Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services to be awarded.

Athletic Awards are awarded through the specific athletic teams.