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Scholarships and Grants

Southern Wesleyan University offers competitive academic scholarships or grants to incoming freshmen students based on their high school grade point average (GPA), and SAT, ACT, or CLT test scores. Transfer students are also eligible to receive scholarships or grants based on their collegiate grade point average (GPA) and the number of hours transferring to Southern Wesleyan University. We understand it is important to you as you make your decision to attend college to know the cost of attendance as well as the financial aid that you may be eligible for. Our Net Price Calculator will provide you with the estimated direct cost that you are looking for. Our Net Price Calculator is customized to provide an estimate of the aid that you may be eligible for from not only the institution, but the state and federal governments. Your personalized financial aid estimate takes just a few minutes!

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Freshmen Academic Scholarships & Grants

Freshman Academic Aid

Based on high school GPA and SAT/ACT/CLT test scores. Renewable up to four years or 120 SWU credit hours, whichever comes first.

  • John and Rebecca Newby Presidential Scholarship - $5,000 to $9,000 per year
  • Trustee Scholarship - $4,000 to $7,000 per year
  • Warrior Grant - $3,000 to $6,000 per year


SWU Fellows (Palmetto Fellows Recipients) - $5,000 per year

Awarded to South Carolina students who have been designated as a South Carolina Palmetto Fellow. The $5,000 SWU Fellows scholarship will be in addition to freshman academic aid.

SWU Fellows Full Scholarship

All South Carolina SWU Fellows recipients will have the opportunity to complete an application for a competitive, full scholarship of tuition, required fees, room (double room), and board. There will be five SWU Fellows Full Scholarships awarded each year. South Carolina residents who have been/will be confirmed South Carolina Palmetto Fellows by the SC Commission on Higher Education as a result of meeting the criteria below may apply:

  • 1200 SAT or 25 ACT
  • 3.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Top 6% of class


  • 1400 SAT or 31 ACT
  • 4.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale

out-of-state SWU Fellows - $5,000 per year

The Out-of-State SWU Fellows Scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to five out-of-state students that fulfill the requirements and complete the application below.

  • 1200 SAT or 25 ACT
  • 3.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale

Out-of-State / International Scholarship - $2,000 per year

Incoming out-of-state/international freshman students receive an additional $2,000 scholarship that is in addition to the academic aid.

Transfer Academic Scholarships & Grants

Transfer Academic Aid

Based on cumulative GPA from all institutions attended. Renewable up to four years or 120 SWU credit hours, whichever comes first. You will be eligible for one of the following:

  • Transfer Student Scholarship - $4,000 to $10,000 per year
  • Transfer Student Grant - $2,500 to $5,000 per year

SWU Fellows (pALMETTO fELLOWs RECIPIENTS) - $5,000 per year

Awarded to South Carolina students who have been designated as a South Carolina Palmetto Fellow. The $5,000 SWU Fellows scholarship will be in addition to transfer academic aid.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship - $1,000 per year

Five renewable $1,000 per year scholarships are awarded to members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society who transfer to Southern Wesleyan University’s On-Campus program. The scholarships will be awarded in addition to other sources of eligible institutional aid. Students must submit a copy of their Phi Theta Kappa Society membership. Student must be enrolled as a full-time student in SWU’s On-Campus program. The five scholarships will be awarded on a first-come basis and will be applied once a student has been admitted and completed the financial aid process at SWU.

Other Scholarships and Grants 

Athletic Scholarship – Amount Varies

The director of athletics supervises the awarding of scholarships to students with outstanding ability based on their participation in intercollegiate athletics.

Call Me Mister Scholarship – up to $8,000

Awarded to students in teacher education programs who demonstrate a background and desire to work in an underserved, underprivileged or economically disadvantaged area.


Students who have scholarship awards from participation in the Campus Challenge events may contact financial aid to confirm their scholarship amount.

Campus Visit Grant - $1,000

Students who schedule and make an official campus visit through the Office of Admissions will receive a *$1,000 Campus Visit Grant the first year at SWU. Official campus visits include Discover SWU and Preview Days.

*This is only offered to students who enroll full-time on campus (main campus), not online students.

Church Matching Scholarship - up to $1,000

The Church Matching Scholarship creates an avenue for the local church, in conjunction with SWU, to continue being an active part in the lives of their students. SWU will match up to $1,000 per year ($500 per semester) of a gift given from the student's church or church district. Read more about the Church Matching Scholarship.

Donor Scholarships - Amount Varies

Southern Wesleyan University is blessed with many generous donors who wish to invest in student scholarships. Qualifications vary for each donor scholarship, ranging from academic/major, athletic/sport team, need-based, and geographic qualifications. Learn more and apply for SWU Donor Scholarships here.


Beginning with the Fall 2021 enrollment class, students who successfully completed dual enrollment courses at SWU are eligible for scholarship funding toward a degree program as a regular, traditional student. The scholarship amount will be equivalent to the student’s dual enrollment out-of-pocket tuition costs that were incurred on dual enrollment courses. The courses must have been successfully completed, and total accumulation of scholarship dollars will be split evenly across remaining terms needed for degree completion.

Music Ensemble Scholarship – Amount Varies

The Department of Music supervises the awarding of scholarships to students based on their ability to participate in music ensembles at Southern Wesleyan University. Music and non-music majors are eligible for this scholarship. Click here to learn more about the scholarship.

Joan and Thomas Phillippe Young Artist Award – up to $1,000

Awarded to the top students who audition for acceptance into the Southern Wesleyan music department. This scholarship is renewable annually to eligible music majors based on continued advancement. Auditions must be completed by April 20.

PBS and PGS Scholarships — $8,000 ($2,000 per year)

Palmetto Boys State (PBS) and Palmetto Girls State (PGS) Scholarships are awarded to all program participants. Participants will be confirmed via the official lists Southern Wesleyan University annually receives from the SC Palmetto Boys and Girls State Organization (PBGSO). SWU Fellow Full Scholarship recipients are not eligible because they receive a full tuition and room and board award from SWU.


Awarded to students who have already obtained a bachelor’s degree and have had that degree for at least one year. To be eligible, the student must provide an official transcript from an accredited higher education institution that reflects the conferring of a bachelor’s degree and the date it was conferred. Applies to tuition only; does not include fees.

Wesleyan Bible Bowl (WBB) – Amount Varies

Winners at the area and national levels of the WBB competition will be awarded scholarships equal to the amount won during their competition careers, not to exceed direct university costs.

Wesleyan Loan/Grant Program – $60 per credit hour

The Wesleyan Church provides loan/grant assistance to junior and senior ministerial students at Wesleyan colleges preparing for ordained ministry.

Wesleyan Ministers Dependent Grant - 50% of tuition costs

Wesleyan Ministers Dependent Grant (WMDG) is awarded to dependent students of licensed or ordained Wesleyan ministers who are considered full time by their district; or actively serving career Wesleyan missionaries who are appointed by Global Partners; or under appointment in the district office. Read more about the Wesleyan Ministers Dependent Grant.

Outside Scholarships