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Financial Aid

Scholarships For Continuing Students

Need-Based Scholarships

Gifts from alumni and friends of Southwestern enable the University to offer scholarships to students demonstrating financial need. In cases where financial need is established, any scholarship assistance based on merit or talent will be counted toward meeting that need. Continuing students applying for need-based aid must remember to submit a FAFSA by March 1 of each year. 

United Methodist Scholarships

A number of both need and merit based scholarships are available through a variety of Methodist organizations. Each award has its own eligibility requirements and deadlines, so be sure to contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions.

Southwestern University United Methodist Scholarships

Students who are awarded any of these scholarships and who also receive need-based financial aid will have this scholarship incorporated into their need-based financial aid package in accordance with federal and state regulations and university policy. These are competitive scholarships and the recipients will be selected from the pool of applicants for the scholarship. We anticipate that the pool of applicants will exceed the number of available scholarships. All applicants will be notified of their final status in writing by June 30th.

Amount: Variable
Application deadline: May 1

General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) Scholarships

An online scholarship application must be submitted directly to GBHEM in order to be considered for the J.A. Knowles Memorial Scholarship and the United Methodist Scholarship, which were formerly awarded through the Southwestern University United Methodist Scholarship Application.

Amount: Variable
Application deadline: March 5

J. A. Knowles Memorial Scholarship – $500 to $5,000 for one year

Candidates must be a full-time degree seeking student at Southwestern, and must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Applicants must file a FAFSA and demonstrate financial need. Requires a minimum gpa of 2.5 to be considered. Funds are not restricted to students who are United Methodist.

United Methodist Scholarship – $500 to $5,000 for one year

Candidates must be a full-time degree seeking student at Southwestern, and must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Requires a minimum gpa of 2.5 to be considered. Applicants must be an active, full member of the United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to application.  

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation

Amount: Variable
Application deadline: March 1 

Study Abroad Scholarships

Southwestern maintains two scholarship funds: the Lokey Scholarship for Study Abroad and the Kahler Scholarship. The Lokey Scholarship is reserved for summer study abroad programs. Awards range from $200 - $500 and are made on the basis of academic merit and financial need. The Kahler Scholarship provides awards for semester and year-long study abroad. These awards are made primarily on the basis of financial need. Kahler awards typically range from $1,000 - $3,500. Contact the Office of Intercultural Learning for application information.

J. Charles Merrill Peace and Justice Scholarship
Amount: $3,000 for one year
Application Deadline March 4

For this scholarship, preference will be given to students who have completed at least two years of full-time enrollment, are pre-ministerial students, and/or who have demonstrated interest in activities or occupations which promote peace and justice locally, nationally or globally. Furthermore, preference may be given to students who are members of the United Methodist Church.

Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Scholarships

Amount: Variable, up to $5,000 per semester for four semesters ($20,000 total)

The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Scholarships at Southwestern University are available for current sophomores (who will be juniors in the fall of 2013).  Four new Sumners Scholars will be named for the 2013-2014 year.  Students who are pursuing a pre-law path, and/or students majoring in political science, history, or education (elementary or secondary Social Studies focus) are eligible to apply.  To maintain the scholarship, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in a qualified major at the conclusion of each semester, carry at least 12 semester hours, and remain in “good standing” with the University. Eligible students should be U.S. citizens, full-time students, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Contact Dr. Alicia Moore (Education, ext. 1975, Mood 224), or Dr.Carina Evans (English, ext. 1962, Mood 208) with any questions.

Kemper Scholars Program

Amount:  from $3,000 - $8,000 per year, based on need
Additional summer project grants from $2,000 to $6,000
Application deadline:  January 11

Candidates for this scholarship program must be in their first year of enrollment at Southwestern with an interest in exploring careers in administration or and/or Business.  Unusually mature students with broad interests and a record of academic achievement, extracurricular activity, community service, and leadership ability are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will have a commitment to the liberal arts and will maintain at least a 3.00 grade point average.

Kemper Scholars are required to participate in paid program of work for a major non-profit organization in Chicago during the summer following their sophomore year.  In addition, each Kemper Scholar will participate in a summer independent project or internship in the summer following their junior year.

Applications for the Kemper Scholars Program are available in the Center for Academic Success located on the third floor of the Cullen Building.  Questions can be directed to the Center for Academic Success at extension 1286 or at

More information about the Kemper Scholars Program can be found at


Candidates for these scholarships must be pursuing a course of study in preparation for medical school, with the intent of enrolling in medical school after graduation from Southwestern University. Students planning to enroll in dental school are ineligible for these scholarships. Completed applications must be submitted directly to Dr. Kerry Bruns.

M.D. Anderson Pre-Med Scholarship

Amount: Variable, up to $4,000
Application deadline: May 1

Candidates must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA in their Southwestern coursework. Awarded on the basis of merit and not financial need.

Turner Caldwell Scholarship

Amount: Variable, up to $10,000
Application deadline: May 1

Candidates must have at least a 3.7 cumulative GPA in their Southwestern coursework and must be entering their senior year. Awarded on the basis of merit and not financial need.


Pre-Ministerial Scholarship
Amount:  Up to $10,000 per year
Application Deadline:  May 1

Pre-Ministerial Scholarships are available for students who plan to enter full-time ministry and participation in the Southwestern Pre-Ministry Connection organized by the University Chaplain.  Candidates should speak with the University Chaplain prior to submitting a Pre-Ministerial Scholarship application.