Scholarships and grants

We believe nothing should ever stand in the way of the person you were meant to become. All Bluffton students receive one or more of the following Bluffton scholarships and grants. 

First-year students may be eligible to receive one of the following awards:

For students entering Bluffton fall 2023

Scholarship competitions

Presidential Scholarship Competition  PSC scholarship tout 2018
Students with a 3.5 GPA (or higher) and a 24 ACT/1160 SAT (or higher) automatically qualify to participate in the annual Presidential Scholarship Competition on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, or Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023,. You may also qualify for participation with a 3.75 GPA with no test scores required. Students attending these events compete for one of two full-tuition Presidential scholarships.

This scholarship is renewable all four years, if student maintains a cumulative 3.0 GPA, making it valued at more than $138,800 over four years.   >>> more information


Academic scholarships and grants

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship
    This prestigious $20,000 award (valued at $80,000 for four years) is given to high-achieving students who have distinguished academic records and accomplishments, based on GPA at the time of admittance. 
  • Academic Honors with Distinction Scholarship
    This $18,000 annual scholarship (valued at $72,000 for four years) is awarded to new students with high academic standing who have proven themselves in the classroom and beyond. It is awarded based on high school GPA at the time of admittance. This scholarship is renewable all four years if student maintains a cumulative 3.0 GPA.
  • Trustees Scholarship
    This $16,000 annual scholarship (valued at $64,000 for four years) is named in honor of Bluffton University's trustees who actively invest their time and resources into Bluffton students. Awarded to strong students based on high school GPA at the time of admittance. This scholarship is renewable all four years if student maintains a cumulative 2.5 GPA.
  • Centennial Scholarship
    This $14,000 annual scholarship (valued at $56,000 for four years) is named in recognition of the 100+ years of education that Bluffton University has provided students in preparing them to impact the global community. Awarded to new students based on high school GPA at the time of admittance. This scholarship is renewable all four years if student maintains a cumulative 2.3 GPA.
  • Founders Grant
    A $12,000 award (valued at $48,000 for four years) is given to new students who seek to continue discovering their academic potential.

 
ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Music major/ensemble scholarships
Art major scholarship
Science scholarship
  • Lehman-Huber-Zehrbach Scholarship
    A full tuition scholarship is awarded to one nursing major with preference given to female nursing students from India.
  • Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship 
    A $4,000 scholarship (valued at $16,000 for four years) is awarded to a top student in a science, technology or math field. Recipients must be Ohio residents.  
    More about the Knowlton Memorial Scholarship
  • Choose Ohio First Grant
    Up to four renewable, stackable grants of $3,000 are awarded to eligible first-year and transfer students. Eligible students are Ohio residents and a female or ethnic minority in STEM, or male in nursing. Must be applied and accepted to Bluffton University by Dec. 1.
    More about Choose Ohio First Grant
  • Natural & Applied Sciences Division (NASD) Scholarship 
    Math, nutrition and dietetics, biology, chemistry, pre-medicine, medical lab sciences, pre-engineering, pre-physical therapy and physics majors with a minimum 26 ACT/1240 SAT may apply for $3,000 departmental scholarships which are renewable for four years. 
    More about the Natural & Applied Sciences Division Scholarship
  • Music Major Scholarship 
    A scholarship starting at $2,000 is awarded to new Bluffton students majoring in music based on an audition. 
    More about the Music Major Scholarship
  • Music Ensemble Scholarship
    A $1,000 award (valued at $4,000 for four years) is awarded to new Bluffton students, not majoring in music, based on an audition. 
    More about the Music Ensemble Scholarship
  • Art Major Scholarship
    A scholarship starting at $1,000 is awarded to new Bluffton students whose art portfolios are highly rated by Bluffton University art faculty. Portfolios must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2023, for consideration.
    More about the Art Major Scholarship

Additional opportunities

  • Mennonite Student Grant
    A $5,000 award (valued at $20,000 for four years) for new students who are members of any Mennonite church congregation.
  • Alumni Grant
    A $1,000 award is given to students whose parents, grandparents or siblings are part of Bluffton University's 15,300+ alumni.
  • Community Enrichment Grant
    A $1,000 award (valued at $4,000 for four years) for new students from underrepresented backgrounds who participate in Project H.O.M.E — a campus mentoring program. Contact the admissions office for an application for Project H.O.M.E.
  • Out-of-State Grant
    A $1,000 award (valued at $4,000 for four years) for new, out-of-state students to help off-set travel costs.
  • Bluffton Award
    The Bluffton Award is offered to select residential students who file the FAFSA but who do not qualify for need-based grants. The award amount varies and is automatically renewable for three additional years.
  • Church Matching Grant
    Matches grants from a Christian church to a student who is a member of their congregation. The program must comply with IRS regulations.  Church matching grant information >
  • Learn and Earn program
    Students may work in a campus job to help finance their college education by working eight hours each week. Learn and Earn >
Need-based support
  • Bluffton Opportunity Grant
    Awarded to students based on completion of the FAFSA form. This award can be added to the above awards. This grant is awarded based on need as determined by the FAFSA. Amounts vary.

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