PUC Announces Additional Financial Aid Opportunities With Two New Scholarships

Since 1882, Pacific Union College has been charged with an important mission: providing an excellent Seventh-day Adventist education that prepares students for successful careers and service to both God and others.

We are committed to working together with you and your family to make a high-quality  Adventist college experience possible.

Did you know:

  • Last year, the college awarded over $30 million in financial aid to 1,250 students
  • The average financial aid award per student is approximately $22,483
  • 100% of students qualify for financial aid
  • Most PUC scholarships renew for four years

This year, we are thrilled to introduce two exciting new scholarships, along with updates to many existing ones. See everything PUC offers at puc.edu/scholarships.

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Scholarship ($1,500)

In recognition of community college students who wish to earn a baccalaureate degree from a four-year institution, PUC is proud to offer the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Scholarship. It is awarded to transfer students who are graduating from a California community college with an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or an Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T). Requirements:

  • Obtain an ADT in an accepted program (see list)
  • Meet PUC’s admissions requirements
  • Submit official transcripts with the posted ADT degree from a California community college

Out-of-State Scholarship ($1,500-$4,000)

To reward students who choose to adventure outside of their home state, PUC presents the Out-of-State Scholarship. A student whose residential address is outside of California will receive an automatic award of $1,500. Requirements and qualifications:

  • Have residency in a state outside of California
  • For students who meet the qualifications for a Cal Grant and would receive one if they were a state resident, up to $4,000 may be awarded

Certain qualifications and restrictions may apply; contact the Student Financial Services office for more information. Award is given freshman year only.

To learn more about financial aid at PUC, visit puc.edu/scholarships. You can also call (800) 862-7080, option 1 or email studentfinance@puc.edu to get connected with a PUC financial aid counselor and learn about the aid opportunities available to you.

Five Tips for Finding Money to Pay for College

Does thinking about how you’re going to pay for college make you feel overwhelmed? This blog post is for you!

When looking at potential colleges, seeing the overall cost probably makes you want to give up. It’s completely understandable, but keep in mind nobody pays that sticker price. This is where grants, scholarships, and loans come in.

Scholarships can substantially lower the price families pay for a college education, and the great part about them is it’s money you don’t have to pay back. PUC offers many scholarships that can help, but the reality is we can’t always provide as much financial aid as some students and families might need. Don’t worry, though! It’s estimated there is close to $50 billion in grants and scholarship money available in just the United States alone, so if you haven’t already, now is the time to start your scholarship search.

Start Looking Online

A lot of students worry they won’t receive any scholarships if they don’t have a 4.0 GPA. This simply isn’t true! Scholarships aren’t just for students with a high GPA. There are non-academic scholarships available based on your major of interest, leadership involvement, extracurricular activities, community service, and more. There are even some fun scholarships, such as the Create-a-Greeting Card scholarship (worth $10,000), for which applicants submit a design for a greeting card; the Vegetarian Resource Group scholarship (worth $10,000), for which applicants need to have demonstrated “compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle”; and the Tall Clubs International, Inc. scholarship (worth $1,000), which is available to male applicants at least 6’2” and female applicants at least  5’10” and who write an essay on the subject of “What Being Tall Means to Me.” Perhaps the most famous college scholarship is the Stuck at Prom scholarship (worth $10,000), for which students compete by making outfits entirely out of Duck brand duct tape to wear to prom.

These sites are a great starting point for your college scholarship search:

  • Fastweb: Fastweb is considered to be the premier scholarship website with over 1.5 million scholarships worth over $3 billion.
  • Niche: This website lists over 3.2 million scholarships and also allows you to create a profile to be personally matched to scholarships you may be eligible for.
  • Unigo: This website lists over 3.6 million scholarships.

Also, check out our extensive list of scholarship sites at puc.edu/outsidescholarships.

Think Locally Too

Take a look around your community for scholarship opportunitiesyou might be surprised at what you find in your area. Your local Rotary Club or Kiwanis International Club may offer college scholarships, as could your chamber of commerce. Other businesses and community groups could provide college scholarships as well. Your high school guidance counselor may also have ideas of where you can look nearby for scholarships. One big advantage of applying for local scholarships is there’s far less competition for them than there are for state or national scholarshipsyou have a greater chance at receiving them! Remember to check with your church too.

Write One Good Essay

Obviously, you’re going to need to write more than just one essay when applying for scholarships, but you can probably use certain parts of an essay more than once. Have the basicsyour career goals, personal statement, and academic career thus farperfected, as you will likely use that information repeatedly. These essays could determine whether or not you’re awarded a great deal of money, so it’s worth spending time on them to make sure you present yourself well.

Put the Time In

The internet can be both a blessing and a curse. There’s a wealth of information available right at your fingertips, but there are also countless distractions that can quickly take you down a rabbit hole. Before you know it, you’ve spent two hours taking BuzzFeed quizzes and not doing what you intended to do. Treat applying for college scholarships as though it was your job try spending an hour each day or at least several hours a week searching and applying for scholarships. The time you put in could make all the difference in receiving thousands of dollars!

Don’t Forget About the FAFSA

One of the most important things you can do is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is a form you will submit each year that determines your eligibility for student financial aid. Starting October 1, 2018, you can submit your FAFSA and have your information sent to the 10 colleges you’re interested in. Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible since some aid is awarded on a first-come, first served basis. To have your FAFSA sent to PUC, make sure you include PUC’s school codeit’s 001258.

Filling out the FAFSA also potentially qualifies you for a Pell Grant, which is a subsidy from the U.S. federal government, and is something you don’t have to pay back. Amounts can change each year, but for the 2018-2019 award year, the maximum Pell Grant award is $6,095.

According to a study by NerdWallet, in 2014 U.S. high school graduates left a whopping $2.9 billion in free federal grant money on the table just by not completing the FAFSA, which made them ineligible for a Pell Grant. In our great state of California, over 100,000 seniors could have potentially qualified for Pell Grants if they had filed their FAFSA, but as a result, they lost $396,401,205. Are you seeing how critical it can be for you to take the time to fill out the FAFSA yet?

There’s a lot to keep track of when applying for scholarships and other financial aid. At PUC, we have a team of financial aid counselors ready to help if you have questions about scholarships and how to make college affordable for your family. Call (800) 862-7080, option 1 or email studentfinance@puc.edu to get connected with a counselor today.

PUC Offers Exciting New Scholarship Opportunities

Pacific Union College is proud to announce two new scholarship opportunities available to students entering Fall 2018; the STEM Scholarship and the Campus Impact Scholarship. Recognizing the financial difficulties families face when planning for college, PUC has strengthened its commitment to make a Seventh-day Adventist liberal arts education accessible and affordable to all admitted students.

PUC’s new STEM Scholarship recognizes first-time freshmen who have obtained a strong understanding of and competence in advanced mathematics and science during high school. Recipients must have completed three years of college preparatory laboratory courses (biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy & physiology) and three years of college preparatory math courses (intermediate/advanced algebra, pre-calculus, calculus, geometry, and statistics) to receive the $1,000 renewable award. (Please see scholarship guidelines for specific requirements and details.)

The Campus Impact Scholarship is a $1,000 renewable scholarship available to students who are invited to participate in PUC’s orchestra, wind ensemble, iCantori, or octet, or are selected for specific roles in campus ministries or CONNECT outreach. These awards are renewable upon continued participation in the specific programs.

In addition, amounts for many existing scholarships have been increased, including the President’s and Dean’s Scholarships for both transfer and first-year students. These scholarships are automatically received by qualifying incoming students, based upon GPA and/or test scores.

Other scholarship changes include transfer student eligibility for the Legacy Scholarship, a renewable $1,500 scholarship awarded to students with a parent or legal guardian who attended a minimum of two years or graduated from PUC.

The qualifications for the Mostert Christian Leader Scholarship have changed as well, which now awards a maximum of $2,000 to incoming freshmen who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their schools, churches, or communities during their junior and/or senior years of high school. This includes student association officers, junior and senior class officers, and athletic team captain. Award applies to freshman year only.

“Making college affordable has never been more important. As a parent of two college-bound daughters, I personally understand the financial challenges families are facing,” said Jennifer Tyner, vice president of enrollment management and marketing. “PUC is working very hard to make an Adventist college education possible and creating more opportunities for students to succeed in their professional goals.”

Last year, PUC awarded students over $40 million in financial aid. To learn more about all of PUC’s scholarship opportunities, application criteria, and to apply, visit puc.edu/scholarships or call (800) 862-7080, option 1.

10 Scholarships to Apply for This Spring

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Have so much scholarship money you can chew on it.

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Seniors, if you’re still looking for ways to help pay your college tuition this fall, this blog post is for you. Here is a list of 10 scholarships open to high school seniors with application deadlines this spring—and even a few into the summer, for those of you who need a little extra time!

1. Project Yellow Light
Deadline: April 1, 2017
Award amount: Varies

In honor of Hunter Garner, who was killed in a car accident, this scholarship asks students to create a 25 or 55 second video to encourage teens not to drive distracted. The winner receives a $5,000 scholarship, while the second place winner receives $2,000. Third place gets you $1,000.

2. The Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest
Deadline: April 5, 2017
Award amount: $1,000

This fun contest asks contestants to come up with a clever promposal idea incorporating Duck Tape, and then posting a photo or video of it to social media with the hashtag #DuckTapePromposal.

3. The American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship
Deadline: April 7, 2017
Award amount: $2,000

Taking an 8-question multiple choice test after reading an essay from the American Fire Sprinkler Association could earn you $2,000. For every question you answer correctly, you will receive one entry into a drawing for one of 10 $2,000 scholarships.

4. Unigo’s All About Education Scholarship
Deadline: April 30, 2017
Award amount: $3,000

This scholarship asks you to write a short essay (250 words or less) in response to the question “How will a $3,000 scholarship for education make a difference in your life?”

5. The Sports Unlimited Scholarship
Deadline: April 25, 2017
Award amount: $1,000

Write an essay between 500 and 1,000 words about how to improve a piece of gear or equipment currently used in a sport for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.

6. The Momentrix College Scholarship
Deadline: May 19, 2017
Award amount: $2,500

For this scholarship, you write an essay of 2,000 characters or less (approximately 400 words) about how the work you put in ahead of time helped you overcome adversity and achieve a goal. The essays will be put online for visitors to vote for their favorite essay. There are first, second, and third place prizes of $2,500, $1,000, and $500, respectively.

7. The Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarship
Deadline: May 31, 2017
Award amount: $1,000

This scholarship awards five winners $1,000 each, as well as gives each winner’s school a $500 grant and Krylon supplies. To apply, you must submit a portfolio, an artistic statement, a letter of reference, and your transcripts.

8. Unigo’s Do Over Scholarship
Deadline: June 30, 2017
Award amount: $1,500

This scholarship asks you to write a short essay (250 words or less) in response to the question “If you could get one ‘do-over’ in life, what would it be and why?”

9. The Harold G. Henderson Haiku Contest
Deadline: July 31, 2017
Award amount: Varies

If you have a way with words, this scholarship may be for you. Created in memory of Harold G. Henderson, the cofounder the Haiku Society of America, applicants must submit five unpublished haikus. The winner receives $150, and their haiku will be published in the Frogpond magazine and on the Haiku Society of America’s website. Second prize receives $100 and third prize $50.

10. Unigo’s Flavor of the Month Scholarship
Deadline: July 31, 2017
Award amount: $1,500

Another short essay scholarship, this one asks you to write in 250 words or less a response to the question “ If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why?”

10 Scholarships to Apply for This Winter

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This could be you.

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This is the second post in what will be a series throughout the school year featuring outside scholarships for high school seniors. If you missed the first post, “15 Scholarships to Apply for This Fall,” many of those scholarship deadlines are still open so be sure to take a look!

Below are 10 scholarships that have application deadlines within the next several months. Don’t forget to check out PUC’s scholarships, many of which are due March 2, 2017!

1. DoSomething.org’s Take Back the Shelves Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2017
Award amount: $5,000

To apply for this scholarship, applicants need to sign up for facts about tobacco and resources for how to get pharmacies to stop selling and advertising tobacco, as well as create an illustration about what should be advertised in place of tobacco products. Artwork can be shared on social media using the hashtag #TakeBackTheShelves.

2. Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships
Deadline: January 18, 2017
Award amount: $1,000

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.

3. Hollister Co Anti-Bullying Scholarship Program
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Award amount: $2,500 (renewable up to $7,500)

This scholarship is awarded to students who have academically persevered while experiencing bullying as well as for students who have led anti-bullying efforts in their schools and communities.

4. Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships
Deadline: February 15, 2017
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.

5. Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship
Deadline: February 20, 2017
Award amount: $10,000

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

6. Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge
Deadline: February 23, 2017
Award amount: $15,000

For this scholarship, applicants need to create a video (up to 60 seconds in length) encouraging other teen drives to drive safely. The grand prize winner receives $15,000 and then works with a professional film crew to reshoot their entry into a PSA to be aired on TV. There are eight other monetary awards for runners-up.

7. Unigo’s Sweet and Simple Scholarship
Deadline: February 28, 2017
Award amount: $1,500

Applicants are asked to respond to the following writing prompt: “Not every gift has to be expensive or extravagant. In fact, sometimes it’s the sweet and simple things that make a real difference in our lives. Think back and tell us about something you received as a gift and why it meant so much to you.” Entries must be 250 words or less.

8. Frame My Future 2017 Contest
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Award amount: $1,000

Applicants can submit a collage, drawing, graphic design piece, painting, photograph, poem, or another creative entry expressing what they hope to achieve in both their personal and professional life after graduating from college. Five winners receive $1,000, and the grand prize winner also receives an additional $1,000 to be given to their college.

9. Create-a-Greeting-Card Contest
Deadline: March 2, 2017
Award amount: $10,000

Calling all artists! It’s worth taking the time to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must submit a design for the front of a greeting card and the winning entry will be made and sold as a real greeting card.

10. Unigo’s Superpower Scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Award amount: $2,500

How many of us have daydreamed about what we would do if we had a superpower? The possibilities are endless. This short essay contest asks applicants to answer the question “Which superhero or villain would you want to change places with for a day and why?” Entries must be 250 words or less.

Keep an eye out for our next outside scholarship post with scholarships that have application deadlines this spring!

Editor’s note: The information provided on this post is for informational purposes only. Pacific Union College makes no claims regarding the accuracy, currentness, or validity of the information provided here and will not be liable for any errors.

15 Scholarships to Apply for This Fall

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Don’t let Cash Cat steal your college cash!

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High school juniors and seniors, if you haven’t already started your college scholarship search, the time is now! Below are 15 unique scholarships with application deadlines within the next three months, based on things such as leadership experience, artistic abilities, volunteer service, athletic performance, and more. Even if you don’t have an amazing GPA, don’t be discouraged–there are plenty of scholarships you may be eligible for!

Also, be sure to check out PUC’s scholarships, many of which are due March 2, 2017!

1. The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship
Deadline: November 15, 2016
Award amount: $20,000

This scholarship is given in recognition of students for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. The scholarship is awarded to 150 winners each year.

2. The Youth Noise Scholarship Program
Deadline: November 21, 2016
Award amount: $1,000

For this scholarship, students can create a 2-5 minute video explaining how new ideas can shape the world and why education is the key to helping create a brighter future.

3. Unigo’s Education Matters Scholarship
Deadline: November 30, 2016
Award amount: $5,000

These days, there’s a lot in the news about whether or not college is worth it. Spoiler alert: It is. This scholarship asks students to write a short essay in response to the question of “What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn’t matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?”

4. The Sallie Mae $5,000 Plan for College Sweepstakes 
Deadline: November 30, 2016
Award amount: $5,000

This random drawing selects one winner, chosen December 1, 2016.

5. Niche.com “No Essay” College Scholarship
Deadline: November 30, 2016
Award amount: $2,000

This random drawing selects one scholarship winner per month.

6. The Look Twice, Save a Life Scholarship
Deadline: December 1, 2016
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 encouraging other students to look twice for motorcycles when behind the wheel.

7. Cards Against Humanity’s Science Ambassador Scholarship
Deadline: December 11, 2016
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.

8. The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Scholarship
Deadline: December 16, 2016
Award amount: $25,000

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

9. The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2016
Award amount: $1,750

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. DoSomething.org’s Senior Story Swap Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2016
Award amount: $5,000

This scholarship encourages students to go out into their community and connect with older adults. Sign up to receive facts on isolation among older Americans and tips on how to have the best one-on-one interaction possible to be entered into the scholarship contest.

11. The Fountain Essay Contest 2016
Deadline: December 31, 2016
Award amount: $1,000

Offered by the Fountain Magazine, this contest asks students to write a 1,500-2,500 word essay on the issues facing today’s immigrants.

12. The MoolahSPOT $1,000 Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2016
Award amount: $1,000

Presented by MoolahSPOT.com, 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

13. Unigo’s Top Ten List Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2016
Award amount: $1,500

A relatively simple scholarship, this one asks students to write 10 reasons why you should win the scholarship, in 250 words or less.

14. Unigo’s $10k Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2016
Award amount: $10,000

Another short essay contest, students must respond to the question of “Is college worth it for you?” in only 250 words or less.

15. The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
Deadline: January 5, 2017
Award amount: $40,000

This prestigious scholarship is given in honor of our nation’s 40th president to students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship at school, at work, and within their local community.

Editor’s note: The information provided on this post is for informational purposes only. Pacific Union College makes no claims regarding the accuracy, currentness, or validity of the information provided here and will not be liable for any errors.

We Want You to be a Leader at PUC!

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We’re looking for leaders at Pacific Union College – is that you? PUC has two scholarships in particular for leaders: our Maxwell Scholarship Program, and our Mostert Christian Leaders Scholarship. You must apply for these scholarships before March 2. More information about these scholarships and their applications can be found at puc.edu/scholarships.

Please note: You have to be an accepted student to apply for our scholarships. To find out what your application is missing, look at the application checklist on your personal PUC site or contact your Enrollment Counselor. If you aren’t sure who your counselor is, email enroll@puc.edu and we can get you connected with them!

The Maxwell Scholar Program is a full tuition scholarship awarded to five students, and is renewable for three years. Winners are selected based on academic success, leadership experience, and Christian service. Candidates must also have the following:

  • A 3.5 GPA or higher
  • High test scores (a minimum of 26 on the ACTs or 1700 on the SATs)
  • Submit a complete scholarship application that includes an essay and letters of recommendation

The Mostert Christian Leaders Scholarship is a $3,000 scholarship awarded to 25 students, and is renewable for three years. Candidates are students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their schools, churches, or communities. While there is no GPA or test score requirement, answering a set of essay questions is required.

PUC offers many other scholarships and grants based on academic performance, test scores, athletic ability, artistic performance, and more. See a full list of what’s available to incoming new students at puc.edu/scholarships.