Grants & Scholarships

EMU offers merit-based scholarships to students with outstanding academic achievement. In recent years, EMU has offered close to $1 million in academic merit scholarships to first-year classes. Academic scholarships are based on a students three-year cumulative high school average (freshman through junior year) and the highest SAT combined score or ACT composite score of tests taken by January of the senior year. Academic scholarships range from $10,000 to $17,000 per year and are renewable for four years depending on academic performance.

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Federal Pell Grant

Awarded to students with exceptional financial need. The amount of the award is determined annually by the U.S. Department of Education based on information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). See Federal Pell Grant Information.

Federal Need-Based Grant

Awarded to students with exceptional financial need. The amount of the award is determined by EMU based on the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Funds are limited.

More information on the retention of federal grants can be found at Satisfactory Academic Progress


Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG)

Awarded to Virginia residents regardless of financial need. The amount of the award is determined annually by the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia. In 2016-17 students will receive up to $3,200. A VTAG application must be filed by July 31. Students who remain continuously enrolled full-time are not required to re-apply each year. Students who do not stay continuously enrolled may need to reapply.

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Specialized Scholarships

The following academic departments offer
scholarships for students in their program:

  • Music
  • Business and economics
  • Language and literature
  • Bible and religion


AHANA Student Grant

Eastern Mennonite University offers this grant to AHANA (Americans of African, Hispanic, Asian and Native American descent). Admitted students must have a cumulative high school or transfer GPA of 2.5 or above and show financial need as determined by the FAFSA.

Departmental Grants

Several academic departments offer scholarships for students in their program. These include music, business and economics, language and literature.

Local Hispanic Grant

Awarded to local Latino students with financial need from Augusta, Page, Rockingham and Shenandoah counties of Virginia. More information is available from the Financial Assistance Office or Multicultural Programs Office.

Honors Scholars

A limited number of first-year students are awarded Honors Scholarships. These major grants are renewable for three additional years. Honors Scholarships are highly selective and are awarded on the basis of academic performance in high school, SAT or ACT scores and demonstrated leadership potential. The Honors Program involves a mentoring relationship with a professor, as well as honors courses. Students who apply for admission by November 1 and meet minimum academic criteria will be invited to apply for the Honors Program .

Academic Scholarships

Awarded to students based on high school GPA, SAT scores, ACT scores, or previous college GPA. A separate application for academic scholarships is not required. Students who qualify for an academic scholarship will be notified with their admissions decision letter.

Students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA (3.0 for Honors Scholarship) at EMU to continue receiving the scholarship. Lost scholarships may not be regained. Academic scholarships are limited to 8 semesters of full-time career enrollment at EMU and at any prior higher education institutions. More information on the retention of academic scholarships can be found at Satisfactory Academic Progress

Endowed scholarships

Most of these scholarships follow specific guidelines established by the endowment fund. Criteria include such items as GPA, major, place of residence, level of financial need, and demonstrated abilities. The Financial Assistance Office works closely with appropriate academic departments in selecting recipients each year.

Alumni Dependent Grant

An award of $1000 to students who have a parent(s) who is an alumnus of EMU. The grant is only awarded for the first year of attendance. Students who are first-time attenders in the spring semester will be awarded $500.

Tuition Discounts

For dependents of faculty and staff at Mennonite colleges, universities, high schools, and elementary schools. Certain restrictions apply. Contact the financial assistance office for a list of participating schools or for more information.

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Outside agency

Church Grants

Help can come from anywhere! Jonathan Keener, a senior music student, received an unexpected scholarship from Sallie Mae Campus Solutions toward graduate studies in music after a performance in Washington, D.C. Read more …

Students who receive tuition assistance grants that originate from a congregation, a church conference, or a group of churches who have pooled resources for the purpose of providing tuition assistance grants are eligible to receive a matching grant. March 1 is the “preferred response date” for churches to inform EMU of their intent to send funds for students.

Undergraduate students attending EMU may receive matching grants of up to $1,000 for the first $1000 received, and a 1:4 match for amounts over $1000.

Adult Degree Completion Program students are also eligible for church matching grants (limited to $1000/year).

Outside scholarships

High school guidance counselors maintain extensive files of local scholarship opportunities.

Students are encouraged to begin the research and application process early in their senior year of high school. A national scholarship database is also available at

Contact the financial assistance office if you have additional questions.

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