Come visit Pacific Union College!

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With Thanksgiving and Christmas break quickly approaching, soon high school seniors across the country will be flocking to college campuses to start figuring out where they want to be attending next fall. If you’ve never been to Pacific Union College, here are a few reasons why you it’s worth adding us to your list of colleges to visit! You can come during one of our College Days events or on your own for a personalized experience.

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During your visit to PUC, you will:

  • Tour the campus with a student ambassador
  • Meet with a professor in your major of interest
  • Sit in on a college class*
  • Discuss scholarships and financial aid options with a financial counselor
  • Talk with your enrollment counselor about next steps
  • Worship with our campus community*
  • Attend social activities with other students*
  • Stay in a residence hall and eat in our Dining Commons
  • Experience the nearby town of St. Helena and Pier 39 in San Francisco*

*Available during all College Days events OR weekday visits by request (if possible)

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The next College Days event is scheduled for January 31- February 2, 2016, and there will be another April 10-12, 2016. If you aren’t able to make it to either of those events, or if you would like to visit on your own, scheduled campus visits are offered Monday through Thursday at 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, and 2 PM.

To request a visit to PUC, or to register for College Days, go to We look forward to hosting you!

We’re Not Waiting on the World to Change

REVO 2.2

By Trent Broeckel

On Friday, October 30th, Pacific Union College’s student-led philanthropic group REVO kicked off its fundraising campaign with a vespers and launch party. Short for revolution, REVO is based on the idea students will not wait for the world to change and together, will become a movement for positive change.

This year, REVO is partnering with a fair trade business called Freeset, located in Sonagacchi, one of Asia’s largest red light districts in Kolkata, India. Women at Freeset are offered a chance to change their lives and are taught skills like making clothing, bags, and other merchandise. All profits from Freeset go directly to these women, providing them with salary, health insurance, and retirement plans. REVO’s goal for this quarter is to raise $10,023 which is the exact amount necessary to employ 27 woman at Freeset.

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This past summer, seven PUC students were led by professors Alisa Jacobo and Cristian Cruz to work side by side with women at Freeset in Kolkata. REVO’s president and PUC senior communication major Evelyn Marquez was one of those who saw the global issue in Kolkata first hand. “They didn’t have a choice, but Freeset created the opportunity for them to have one,” Marquez explained, “A choice to experience freedom.”

The REVO team has organized and presented a $10 challenge to PUC students in hopes of reaching their goal for fall quarter. If every student at PUC participates in the challenge, REVO could raise far more than their goal. College students stereotypically do not have much money, though Marquez argues accepting the $10 challenge is not taxing. “We can sacrifice one trip to Giugni’s with our friends to give someone a lifetime of freedom. I met a girl named Daali in Kolkata. Her monthly food budget before starting work at Freeset was $10. A small donation can really go a long way.”

Christopher Lawrence, senior accounting major and REVO’s vice president, expresses, “Helping people is one thing but offering them the option of a completely better life is something I believe God wants us to do as Christians.”

Marquez, Jacobo, and senior intercultural communication major Pascale Pean shared their summer experiences in Kolkata at REVO’s vespers. Afterwards, the Student Association provided samosas and mango lassi. During the course of REVO’s opening weekend, with the support from both the Student Association and Enactus (non-profit business club), REVO has already raised around $1,000 in donations. This marks a fantastic start for the campaign, but more work needs to be done.

If you would like to learn more about REVO and the opportunity to change the future of women at risk of being trafficked, please visit

If you feel compelled to help, you can donate at (tax deductable).

10 More Scholarships to Apply for This Fall

There's still time to beat Cash Cat and get free money for college!

There’s still time to beat Cash Cat and get free money for college!

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This blog post is a follow up to last week’s “10 Scholarships to Apply for This Fall” post, so if you missed that one, make sure to take a look at it for another helpful list of scholarships to apply for this fall season. Also, don’t forget to check out PUC’s scholarships, many of which are due March 2! Our Maxwell Scholar Program now offers full tuition to five students!

Without further ado, here are 10 more unique scholarships available to high school seniors with upcoming application deadlines.

1. The MoolahSPOT $1,000 Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2015
Award amount: $1,000

Presented by, this essay contest asks you to respond to one of the following questions, in 400 words or less:

  • Why do you deserve to win this scholarship?
  • What is your academic or career goal?
  • Describe what is most important to you and why
  • Or, you can write an essay on any topic of your choice

2. Unigo’s $10K Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2015
Award amount: $10,000

For such a big scholarship, the requirements for this one are pretty simple: In 250 words or less, write a response to the question “What’s the biggest challenge facing college students today and how can it be addressed?”

3. Unigo’s 10 Things You Love About You Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2015
Award amount: $1,500

Another relatively simple scholarship, this one asks you to write 10 reasons why you should be awarded the scholarship, in 250 words or less.

4. Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Deadline: January 13, 2016
Award amount: Varies

Sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program annually awards scholarships to 1,000 minority students who have demonstrated leadership skills by participating in extracurricular activities and community service. Students must be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American and have a minimum unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.3.

5. Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships
Deadline: January 20, 2016
Award amount: Varies

The Ronald McDonald House Charities has four different scholarship opportunities for students:

  • RMHC/Scholars: All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin
  • RMHC/Asia: Applicant must have at least one parent of Asian-Pacific heritage
  • RMHC/African-American Future Achievers: Applicant must have at least one parent of African American or Black Caribbean heritage
  • RMHC/HACER: Applicant must have at least one parent of Hispanic/Latino heritage

Typically winners are awarded a minimum of $1,000.

6. Hollister Co. Anti-Bullying Scholarship Program
Deadline: February 1, 2016
Award amount: $2,500 (renewable up to $7,500)

Sadly, it’s estimated over three million students are victims of bullying every year. This scholarship hopes to help put an end to that. Students who have experienced bullying or have participated in anti-bullying efforts at their school or within their community are encouraged to apply.

7. Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: February 15, 2016
Award amount: $28,000

The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides college scholarships of up to $28,000 over four years to minority students who show “leadership potential and dedication to community service” and also demonstrate financial need. Typically 60 students are awarded each year.

8. Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship
Deadline: February 20, 2016
Award amount: $10,000

To apply for this scholarship, you need to have shown “shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle.” Two runners-up will receive $5,000 each.

9. Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest
Deadline: February 25, 2016
Award amount: $10,000

Calling all artists! It’s worth taking the time to apply for this scholarship. The contest is to design the front of a greeting card and the winning entry will actually be made and sold as a real greeting card, which would be a pretty cool thing to add to your portfolio.

10. “No Essay” Scholarship
Deadline: Monthly
Award amount: $2,000

This scholarship is essentially a random drawing every month. Scholarships don’t get any easier!

10 Scholarships to Apply for This Fall

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Don’t let Cash Cat steal your college cash!

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The fall is prime time for high school seniors to start applying for scholarships to help pay for college. If you haven’t already started your scholarship search, now’s the time! Below are 10 unique scholarships available to high school seniors that have upcoming application deadlines based on leadership experience, artistic abilities, volunteer service, athletic performance, and more. Even if you don’t have an amazing GPA, there’s no need to be discouraged – there are plenty of scholarships you may be eligible for!

Also, if you haven’t already done so, check out PUC’s scholarships, many of which are due March 2! Our Maxwell Scholar Program now offers full tuition to five students!

1. Adopt a Veteran Scholarship
Deadline: November 15, 2015
Award amount: $5,000

This scholarship encourages students to befriend a veteran, and write a 1,500 word about their experience as well as their feelings about Veterans Day and veterans. Three winners will receive $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 scholarships.

2. Youth Noise Scholarship
Deadline: November 21, 2015
Award amount: $1,000

For the Youth Noise Scholarship, you can create a video (up to 5 minutes long) explaining how your vision on the future, and why education is the key.

3. The Defining Theme of Our Age Essay Contest
Deadline: November 30, 2015
Award amount: $1,500

Offered by the Fountain Magazine, this contest asks students to write a 1,500-2,500 word essay on the topic of “How do you think history will record the 21st century?”

4. Card Against Humanity’s Science Ambassador Scholarship
Deadline: December 1, 2015
Award amount: 100% tuition

Funded by Cards Against Humanity, this scholarship is open to women seeking an undergraduate degree in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). You must submit a three minute video explaining a scientific topic you’re passionate about.

5. #FortonFleek Scholarship
Deadline: December 1, 2015
Award amount: $1,000

This is one of the coolest scholarships I’ve ever heard of. All you need to do is build a fort out of sheets or blankets, use the hashtag #FortOnFleek and tag @DormBedding on your post on Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win.

6. Look Twice, Save a Life Scholarship
Deadline: December 1, 2015
Award amount: $1,000

This is a great scholarship for any student with a motorcycle-driving parent or other relative! Put together a video, essay, or artwork that encourages other students to focus on looking twice for motorcycles.

7. The Christopher Reeve Service Award
Deadline: December 15, 2015
Award amount: $1,000

Presented in honor of Christopher Reeve, this award is given to a student who has shown courage, compassion, and caring in serving their community. You must have significant volunteer experience, and be nominated by someone who is not your relative.

8. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Scholarship
Deadline: December 17, 2015
Award amount: $25,000

The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program awards student athletes who have demonstrated excellence not just on their sports team, but also in school and in their community. Two essays are required, as well as references. Twenty winners are chosen to receive the scholarship; the grand prize is $25,000 while the remaining awards are $20,000.

9. Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship
Deadline: December 21, 2015
Award amount: $850

The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship is open to students interested in the environment and conservation. To apply, you need to conduct an environmental stewardship project, and write an essay about the project that includes photos.

10. CollegeWeekLive Monthly $1,000 Scholarship
Deadline: Monthly
Award amount: $1,000

The requirements for this monthly scholarship drawing are simple! Sign up for CollegeWeekLive, research at least five colleges while you’re logged in, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win $1,000.

Your Future at PUC Can Start Today

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The fall is prime college application time for high school seniors. The average student applies to nine colleges, and if you haven’t already started looking at potential schools for next fall, now’s the time – and why not start with Pacific Union College! Our online application is free and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Here are three reasons why you should consider applying to PUC now.

1. Our application process is simple.

We try not to make things too complicated for you. If you will be attending college for the first time, all it takes to complete your application is sending in your transcripts and one reference. Visit our Admissions website for more details about our admissions process, including information for transfer and international students.

2. Don’t miss out on scholarships!

In order to apply for several of PUC’s scholarships, you need to be an accepted student for the upcoming fall quarter. Our scholarship deadline is March 2nd, and we don’t want you to miss out on free money. Make sure you’re accepted by then so you can apply.

3. Be at the top of the list for classes and your dorm assignment.

Once you’re an accepted student, there are several important steps you need to take to complete the process of becoming a PUC student, but you can start with paying your $200 enrollment fee. There are several benefits to paying this fee as early as possible, including:

  • Early-bird class selection: Class registration for Fall 2016 starts April 4, but you won’t be able to register for classes with your Enrollment Counselor until the fee is paid.
  • Priority housing: Paying your fee puts you in line to receive your dorm room assignment. The sooner you pay your fee, the higher up on the list you’ll be! (If you haven’t yet, fill out your housing reservation form.)
  • Pay your fee before May 1 and we will put $100 of it towards your Fall 2016 tuition bill.

There’s never been a better time to apply to PUC – start today!

Important Updates to PUC Scholarships

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Are you tired of cats having more scholarship money than you?

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Who wouldn’t be interested in getting free money for college? PUC offers a wide variety of merit- and need-based financial aid and scholarships to incoming freshmen. For the 2016-2017 year, we’re announcing several changes to some of our scholarships – and even a brand new scholarship! For a full list of what we offer, including transfer student scholarships, visit

Maxwell Scholar Program
Deadline: March 2, 2016

We’re excited to announce a big change to our Maxwell Scholar Program! This year, it is a full tuition scholarship (worth approximately $112,000!), awarded to five students and renewable with a 3.5 GPA. PUC’s most prestigious scholarship is based on a combination of academic success, leadership experience, and a commitment to Christian service. You can find a full list of requirements at (Please note, this scholarship may not be combined with any other PUC scholarships, awards, or discounts.) We encourage you to apply if you meet the requirements!

President’s and Dean’s Scholarships
Application: None
Deadline: None, information must be submitted to receive award

Our President’s and Dean’s scholarship requirements remain the same, though the award amounts for both scholarships have increased. These scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen and are based on unweighted cumulative GPA or test scores. Both are renewable with a 3.0 GPA.

President’s Scholarship
3.75-4.0 GPA or 29+ ACT/1900+ SAT
$12,000 per year / 4-Year total: $48,000

Dean’s Scholarship
3.5-3.74 GPA OR 26+ ACT/1700+ SAT
$10,000 per year / 4-Year total: $40,000

Legacy Scholarship
Deadline: None, information must be submitted to receive award

Our Legacy Scholarship is a brand new scholarship given in appreciation of our alumni. It recognizes families who have made a PUC education part of their family tradition. The scholarship is offered to encourage the pioneer spirit in children of PUC alumni. Legacy students receive an automatic renewable $1,500 scholarship if their biological parent or legal guardian attended PUC (for a minimum of one quarter).

Mostert Christian Leaders Scholarship
Deadline: March 2, 2016

The amount for our Mostert Christian Leaders Scholarship has increased to $3,000 per year. This renewable scholarship is awarded to 25 incoming freshmen who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their schools, churches, or communities.

There’s so much more!
PUC offers many other scholarships and grants based on academic performance, PSAT scores, Christian service and missionary experience, athletic ability, artistic performance, and more. Find out what you may qualify for by contacting our Student Finance office at 800.862.7080 option 1.

A Student’s Perspective on Transferring to PUC

Choosing a college is a big decision but deciding you need a change and transferring to a different college may be even bigger! While it can be an incredibly daunting thought, you’re not alone. Each quarter PUC has many students transfer in, and our college staff is happy to help students throughout the process.

Below, Abigail Daniliuc, a biology pre-dentistry student who transferred from CSU Sacramento, shares her experience about transitioning to PUC.

What made you decide to transfer to PUC?

I came to PUC because I wanted to be in a Christian environment, experience living in a dorm, and complete my upper division science classes in a smaller classroom setting where professors were accessible not only during their office hours, but also after hours, like on the weekends. I enjoy the close knit family I have created here at PUC that fosters not only my spiritual growth through gatherings like department pre-vespers but academic growth as well. We are likeminded and have the common goal of going to dental school, preferably at Loma Linda. The scenery here at PUC is also relaxing and I love being surrounded by mountains and vineyards.

How was the transfer process for you?

I was lucky enough to have Dr. Wyrick from the department of biology and Mrs. Igdaly Patel in the Enrollment Services office help me during the transfer process. I decided to come to PUC last minute during the holidays and was able to communicate with them both effortlessly. They gave me suggestions in regards to what classes I should take, what clubs to be apart of, and what dorm would be better suited for me to live in. I feel blessed because of how accessible the faculty and staff are here at PUC.

What advice would you give someone considering transferring to PUC?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions because everyone is very kind and will help you with whatever they can. I wish I visited during Transfer Day because I could have experienced PUC firsthand. However, I had a private tour of the campus before I transferred here and that helped me to feel more comfortable once I began.

So far, what’s been your favorite part about being a student at PUC?

It’s my third quarter at PUC and I’m reminded the mornings are my favorite here. I live in McReynold’s Hall and love how quiet it is. I also love walking to class in the morning and seeing the campus from a bird’s eye view. Lastly, I really enjoy my classes, mainly because of the small class sizes and Christ-centered environment. We always pray before we start lectures and before taking tests. It helps to set my intention for the day and keeps me grounded and aware that me transferring to PUC was meant to happen. I hope you can tell I’m very happy to be here!

Editor’s note: If you’re interested in coming to one of our Transfer Days events to see whether you would like to transfer to PUC, we invite you to register online. We currently have one scheduled for November 6, 2015 and another for February 19, 2016.