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Scholarships

We know you've been working hard to get to this point, and that matters to us. That's why approximately 96 percent of our undergraduate students receive financial aid, with approximately $60 million awarded annually.

Whether you've earned an academic scholarship or qualify for need-based grants, we're working to help make Harding affordable for every student.

Academic Scholarships

National Merit Semifinalist
Awarded to incoming freshmen who are selected as Semifinalists in the National Merit or National Achievement scholarship program and have selected Harding University as their first-choice university with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  The award for this scholarship is full undergraduate tuition.

National Merit Finalist
Awarded to incoming freshmen who are selected as Finalists in the National Merit scholarship program and have selected Harding University as their first-choice university with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The award for this scholarship is full undergraduate tuition, technology fee, room and board.

Trustee Scholarship
Awarded to a large number of incoming freshmen, as determined by an admission interview. All applicants with a minimum composite score of 31 on the ACT or 1420 (combined Evidence-Based Reading, Writing and Math) on the SAT are invited to interview for this scholarship. Official (sent directly from ACT or The College Board) minimum qualifying test scores must be received in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at least one week prior to when the scholarship interviews end in early spring. The award amount is full tuition.

Academic Achievement Scholarship
Awarded to freshman applicants with a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 and an ACT composite score of 22 or higher or an SAT total score of 1100 (combined Evidence-Based Reading, Writing and Math) or higher. Students may retake the ACT and/or SAT through June of their senior year in hope of a higher score and, therefore, larger scholarship amount. Award amounts range from $4,000 to $11,500 per year.

Transfer Student Scholarship
Awarded to transferring students (transferring 14 hours or more) with a GPA of 2.5 or greater. Award amounts range from $3,000 to $5,000 per year.

All academic scholarships are valid for a maximum of four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate education. Recipients must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 hours) each semester.

Need-Based Grants

Students with financial need may qualify for one or both of the following grants, for a combined grant amount of up to $6,000 in the freshman year.

Harding Grant/President's Endowed
Students with remaining financial need (after all other free money is awarded) and who are  eligible for the Federal Pell Grant may qualify for a Harding Grant/President’s Endowed scholarship.  The first year award amount ranges from $500 to $3,000.  At the end of the first year of school, assuming the student continues to be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and earns at least a 2.5 GPA, the student will be awarded $2,000 per year for the three remaining years of school.  

Harding Grant/Stephens
Students with remaining financial need (after all other free money is awarded), even if NOT eligible for the need-based Federal Pell Grant, may qualify for a Harding Grant/Stephens’ Endowed scholarship.  The first year award amount ranges from $500 to $3,000.  At the end of the first year of school, assuming the student continues to demonstrate some financial need and earns at least a 3.0 GPA, the student will be awarded $2,000 per year for the three remaining years of school.

These programs apply to students admitted on or after Fall 2016.

Tuition Discounts*

Christian College Employee Discount
Awarded to unmarried dependents of full-time Christian college employees. The college must be affiliated with the Churches of Christ. One parent must have been employed there full-time at least one year prior to receiving the discount. Award amount is 50% tuition discount. Discount may not be combined with other institutional scholarships.
Tuition Discount Request Form

Christian Ministers Discount
Awarded to unmarried dependents of full-time Church of Christ ministers (pulpit, youth, worship, etc.). One parent must have been employed full-time as a minister at least one year prior to receiving the discount. Award amount is 25% tuition discount. Discount may be combined with other institutional scholarships but may not exceed full tuition. Graduate students are not eligible.
Tuition Discount Request Form

Christian Missionary Discount
Awarded to unmarried dependents of missionaries serving and living outside the United States, sponsored by Churches of Christ. Parent missionaries must have been serving full-time at least one year prior to receiving the discount. Award amount is 25% tuition discount. Discount may be combined with other institutional scholarships but may not exceed full tuition.
Tuition Discount Request Form

Christian School (K-12) Discount
Awarded to unmarried dependents of full-time Christian school (K-12) employees. The school must be affiliated with the Churches of Christ, a member of the National Christian School Association (NCSA) and must serve students through grade 12. One parent must have been employed there full-time at least one year prior to receiving the discount. Award amount is 25% tuition discount. Discount may be combined with other institutional scholarships but may not exceed full tuition.
Tuition Discount Request Form

Orphan Discount
Awarded to children who have lost both parents through death and remained a ward of the state until age 18 (evidenced by court documentation), or to any resident of a church of Christ affiliated Christian children's home who have been legally and permanently separated from both parents (as certified by an administrator of the children's home). Award amount: 50% tuition.

Tuition Exchange Discounts
Harding University is a member of Tuition Exchange and offers a 100% tuition discount to qualified children of faculty and staff employed at another Tuition Exchange college or university. Awardees must be first-time college freshmen. Award may not be combined with academic scholarships or exceed full tuition. To view a list of participating universities, log on to tuitionexchange.org.

* All discounts are valid for a maximum of four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate education. Recipients must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 hours) each semester.

Other Scholarships

Engineering Scholarships
Three scholarships are available for incoming freshmen planning to major in engineering at Harding University. The scholarships are funded by the Crews Family Endowment for Engineering, which is an endowment set up by a very generous family of an engineering alumnus to help students start their engineering careers at Harding. Download 2017 application pdf

Restricted/Endowed
A limited amount of funds are available based on restricted criteria, such as awards to benefit students from certain regions of the country. Should an applicant match the restricted criteria established by a donor, the applicant will be contacted and invited to apply for restricted/endowed funding.

Internet and Local Scholarship Resources
Our Web site, www.harding.edu/finaid, provides a link to an abundance of information on national scholarships. In addition, your local high school guidance counselor will have information on scholarships available in your home community.

Legacy Scholarship
Members of the Class of ‘72 have established an endowed fund for the purpose of providing one or more scholarships each year for incoming freshmen who are descendants of former Harding students. Download 2018 application pdf

Scouting Scholarship
Awarded to selected full-time students (minimum of 12 hours) who have earned the rank of Eagle (Boy Scouts of America), Silver Award (Venturing), Quartermaster Award (Sea Scouts), Gold Award (Girl Scouts of the USA), or the Stars and Stripes Award (American Heritage Girls). Beginning with the fall 2012 semester, selected incoming freshmen (first time in college) will receive $1,000 per year (awarded at $500 per semester) toward undergraduate tuition for up to four (4) years. Interested students should send a copy of a certificate or pocket card indicating the award earned to the Assistant VP for Enrollment Management. Once the scholarship has been awarded, recipient must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 at Harding. This scholarship also requires continued service to and annual verification letter from a local (Central Arkansas) pack, troop or District Council for renewal. Total Harding funded scholarships may not exceed full tuition.

The Members of Churches of Christ for Scouting (MCCS) also offer scholarships to entering college freshmen. For more information and an application, visit the MCCS website www.goodservant.org and click on “MCCS scholarship.” Applications are due by March 15.