NNU First-Time Freshman Scholarships
Prior to being awarded scholarships from NNU, you must apply and be accepted for admission to the University. If you have not applied to NNU, we encourage you to apply online. Your application for admission is your application for scholarships at NNU.
The 2018-2019 Academic Scholarship is given to incoming freshmen who display excellence in academic achievement. This scholarship is determined based upon a student's cumulative GPA and highest ACT or SAT score (both GPA and a test score are required to receive this award). This scholarship must be applied to tuition costs.
Renewal is based upon maintaining an NNU cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, consult the Office of Financial Aid for more details.
2018-2019 Academic Scholarships are awarded based on the following criteria:
$13,000 - Dean's Scholarship
$11,000 - Wesley Scholarship
$10,000 - Riley Scholarship
Did you know?
According to The Project on Student Debt, the average Boise State University student graduated with $27,024 in debt in 2014. That same year, the average NNU student graduated with $27,657 in debt. That's only a 2% difference!
NNU also uses "Super Scoring" to help increase your academic scholarship. If you've taken the SAT or ACT multiple times, we will also use your best individual test sections to create a composite "Super Score."
Students who demonstrate financial need could be eligible for a need-based grant. These grants are based on a percentage of need as determined by the FAFSA, and amount of aid already provided to the student either from outside sources or from institutional aid such as those listed on this page.
Pastor and Missionary Kid Grants
A reduction of tuition is available for dependent children age 24 or younger of active, full-time pastors, chaplains, evangelists or missionaries whose primary income is from this vocation. The PK/MK Grant must be applied to tuition costs and is subject to receipt of additional documentation and approval by NNU.
Serving the Church of the Nazarene - 25% reduction of tuition
Serving Other Denominations - 10% reduction of tuition
Serving Mission Aviation Fellowship -
- MAF Missionary - 25% reduction of tuition
- Local MAF Staff that raises their own support - 15% reduction of tuition
- Local MAF Staff that do not raise their own support - 10% reduction of tuition
NNU's Trustees' Church Matching Scholarships
NNU offers matches to some awards for eligible students who fit specific criteria as detailed below. Sponsorship by many churches require regular attendance or participation in youth groups. We strongly recommend you check with your church regarding sponsorship requirements, necessary applications, and submission timelines.
Trustee Matching Scholarship: A full-time student whose local church awards funds for his or her use in paying University costs will be eligible to receive matching funds on the church's annual $350 contribution. This match is up to 7:1 ($2,450 annually) from Nazarene churches in the Northwest Educational Region, and up to 4:1 ($1,400 annually) for Nazarene churches outside the Northwest Educational Region.
The following local non-Nazarene churches receive up to a 4:1 match:
- Capital Christian Center
- Boise Calvary Chapel
- Cole Community Church
- Crossroads Community Church
- Eagle Christian Church
- All Treasure Valley Friends Churches
All other churches receive a 1:1 match (a $350 annual contribution from a church on your behalf will be matched with a $350 additional scholarship from NNU).
NNU will match a church award of $175 for fall and spring semesters each school year, until work is completed on the first bachelor's degree for a traditional full-time undergraduate student. This scholarship must be applied to tuition costs.
NYI and Regional Main Event scholarships*: Awards given to students in recognition of excellence in various areas of talent as well as quizzing competitions within the district (NYI) and/or Region (Main Event) each year. NYI awards can be won at a local or national (Q or NYC) level.
The student should present a copy of each award to the NNU Financial Aid Office so that the scholarship(s) can be included as part of the students overall financial aid offer. Students must be accepted for admission and be full-time undergraduate, degree seeking, currently enrolled students at NNU in order to receive these awards. Any other conditions for use appear on the certificate.
*The NYI and NYC/Q scholarships contain specific directions for the student to follow in order to request that the NYI portion of the funds be sent to NNU (this usually requires a written request from the student to someone within the NYI organization). Once these funds are received, NNU will match these scholarships on a 1:1 basis (up to $500 per academic year). Regional Main Event scholarships are awarded at face value.
Christian Education Partner High Schools
Students who attended a Christian Education Partner high school and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible for this scholarship. Students are awarded an NNU annual scholarship of $4,000 ($2,000 if living off-campus) for up to four years dependent on the years the student attended the high school. One year of attendance at the high school equals one year of NNU Christian Education Partner High School Scholarship. To find out if your Christian High School participates in this program, use our Net Price Calculator or call the Office of Financial Aid at (208) 467-8638.
ROTC Housing Scholarship
Students actively participating in the ROTC program, who live on campus, are eligible for a housing scholarship. This scholarship covers room only. In addition, a meal plan would need to be purchased. This scholarship requires enrollment in grade-level appropriate Military Science courses and approval of the military advisor after the first year.
Department Specific Scholarships
The Engineering Excellence Scholarship is a $3,000 Engineering Excellence add-on to the NNU $14,000 President’s Scholarship for a total of $17,000. It is renewable for up to four years with a qualifying GPA. Please visit the Engineering Department webpage for application.
Ministerial scholarships are available through the School of Theology and Christian Ministries. These scholarships are available to students at NNU with a major and minor in the School of Theology and Christian Ministries and is a member of the Church of the Nazarene. Please visit the School of Theology and Christian Ministries webpage for more information.
Music scholarships are available for both major and non-major students, and are dependent upon an audition. Please visit the Department of Music's scholarship webpage for more information.
Community Scholarships Awarded By NNU
NNU is proud to support our community and churches through other scholarships offered at events such as the Harvest Classic, various auctions to help with fundraising for schools and churches, scholarship recognition programs, and many others. Students must be accepted for admission and be full-time, traditional undergraduate, degree seeking, currently enrolled students at NNU in order to receive these awards. Any other conditions for use appear on the certificate.