Lincoln Memorial University

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 award for 2017-2018 is $5,920.

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, rules and regulations, please visit the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship section of the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) 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 see the 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 or 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 and other grants and scholarships.

LMU Scholarships

Each year, Lincoln Memorial University awards incoming students with Academic Excellence Awards (Scholarships). Academic Excellence Awards are awarded to freshmen based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores (do not include writing scores). These Awards help make LMU an affordable choice. The amounts listed are yearly amounts, which are divided between the Fall and Spring semesters.


 2017-2018 Academic Excellence Awards

Award Amount

Avg. High School GPA

Avg. ACT Score

$11,000 or Full Tuition*















 *Limited number of full tuition scholarships available


Academic Excellence Awards are awarded to incoming transfer students based on their college GPA. For 2017-2018, these awards range from $2,000 to $7,000 an academic year.


In order to apply for need-based financial aid, there is only one application to fill out: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA is also be required for those who are awarded an Academic Excellence Award.  Apply after October 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 2.0 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 complete 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 2017-2018 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 FAFSA form in order to qualify for the Diversity Grant.  All recipients must maintain a 2.0 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 awarded 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 $1,000 for the year or $500 for the semester.

Athletic Awards are awarded through each specific athletic team.


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