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Campus Challenge

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Has God given you abilities in music, art, literature, dance, public speaking, photography or videography? Are you ready to use your gifts to earn scholarship money for Southern Wesleyan University by competing in Campus Challenge?


SWU Campus Challenge is a program sponsored by Southern Wesleyan University to help students discover and develop their God-given talents to honor God in a life of service to Him. 


You can start competing as early as 12 years old and compete until the age of 19. You may not compete past the fall of your first year of collegeThere is no limit on the amount of scholarship funding you can earn and it can all be applied toward earning your degree at SWU.

Campus Challenge has been and will continue to be such a blessing on my life. Throughout the seven years I competed, I was able to earn almost $13,720 in scholarships! Not only this, but Campus Challenge prepared me in so many areas including performance etiquette, being comfortable speaking to large crowds, and developing my talents. It’s a part of my life that I’ll always cherish and never take for granted.

- Zach Wheeler, Class of 2020


Seventy percent of Campus Challenge entries earn scholarships averaging over $600. This means if you enter and qualify in five categories, you could earn over $3,000 in scholarships in just one year.  It is not uncommon for students to obtain thousands of dollars in scholarships during their years of competition. SWU is committed to providing these scholarships as a way to encourage students to discover and develop their talents. Click here for the list of 2019 scholarship recipients.

Scholarships are awarded on three levels:

Junior Level (ages 12 – 15)

  • All superiors $300

Senior Level (ages 16 – 19)

  • 1st place, superior rating $1,000
  • 2nd place, superior rating $800
  • 3rd place, superior rating $700
  • All other superior ratings $600

Combined (ages 12 – 19)

  • Groups of 2-8 members, superior rating $200 per member
  • Groups of 9 or more members, superior rating $100 per member

*All scholarship funds will be totaled and awarded proportionately each semester at SWU. Scholarships earned in 2021 and forward are only eligible at SWU.

Click here for Categories and Rules

Application & Contact 

The Campus Challenge will be in person on SWU's campus - July 31, 2021. Click the link to submit your application for the Campus Challenge 2021!

I'm Ready to Apply!


Registration opens on May 1, 2021 and closes on June 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

How Much

$35 per individual entry (students may enter in multiple categories)

Who to Contact

Rev. Gail Kerstetter:  

Campus Challenge Frequently Asked Questions

Can I compete once I’m in college?

Students may compete the summer/fall following your senior year in high school. Students are not eligible past the fall of the first year of college.

My friend at another church and I want to enter as a group. Can we?

As long as the group size is 8 or less. For groups larger than 8 all members must be from the same church. Please consider social distancing when recording.

What if I can’t find the original music for the piece I want to perform?

Students will be marked down for not submitting the original music.

What exactly qualifies as the original music?

Original music is music that is published by a company and is arranged the same way it is performed. Students must provide a scanned copy of the original sheet music. Local or online bookstores may be able to locate or provide the original music.



Click on one of the sites below for access to helpful performance resources.

Creative Ministry Solutions
Provides quality puppets and supplies for Christian puppet ministry, blacklight, children’s music, gospel magic, clowning, ballooning, etc.

J.W. Pepper
You can search by instrument and they have an online catalog for sacred music.

Marshall Music
There is no online catalog, but you can place orders if you know what you want.  Store locations in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo, and more.  They sell music for all instruments.

Download sheet music.  Includes a section for Christian music. 

Piano Lane
There is a section of sacred music, and it can be organized by solos or duets.