Scholarships

What makes you stand out? Maybe it’s your passion for starting your own business after graduation. Maybe it’s the work you are doing, even now, to empower a diverse community of Christ-followers. Whatever it is, we want to see you move forward. MU scholarships and awards are awarded based on different backgrounds, pursuits, and more.

Scholarships are gift aid, meaning they don’t need to be repaid. Explore your options and eligibility for Multnomah scholarships and awards in the tabs below.

Multnomah-controlled scholarships will be reduced if students’ total gift aid from all sources exceeds the financial aid budget for tuition, fees, room, board, books, and supplies. If you have any questions about this policy and how it could impact your financial aid, please contact your financial aid counselor.

The Diversity Scholarship and Ione (Widing) Winquist ’41 Memorial Scholarship are not available to our online students.

Global Ministry Scholarship
Amount Up to $7,500
Application Criteria Intended for full-time third or fourth year Global Studies majors.
Deadline April 1

Additional application required. Available for those students who are committed to serving within a missions context in under-resourced communities in developing countries around the world where there is great need. Replaces the Multnomah Grant. Applicants may reapply each year to be considered for this scholarship.

MU Continuation Scholarship
Amount $1,000
Application Criteria Multnomah University graduates (undergraduate) enrolled in full-time seminary.
Deadline August 1

Must have graduated in 2009 or later. The scholarship is renewable.

Diversity Scholarship
Amount Up to $3,000
Application Criteria Intended for full-time students who embody Multnomah's vision for developing an intentionally diverse academic community.
Deadline August 1
Ione (Widing) Winquist ’41 Memorial Scholarship
Amount Up to $10,000
Application Criteria Full-time students with demonstrated financial need, a semester and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, who are pursuing a degree in ministry and plan to serve in full-time missions overseas.
Deadline April 1
Amount Type of Aid Application Criteria Deadline
Up to $7,500 Global Ministry Scholarship Intended for full-time third or fourth year Global Studies majors. April 1

Additional application required. Available for those students who are committed to serving within a missions context in under-resourced communities in developing countries around the world where there is great need. Replaces the Multnomah Grant. Applicants may reapply each year to be considered for this scholarship.

$1,000 MU Continuation Scholarship Multnomah University graduates (undergraduate) enrolled in full-time seminary. August 1

Must have graduated in 2009 or later. The scholarship is renewable.

Up to $3,000 Diversity Scholarship Intended for full-time students who embody Multnomah's vision for developing an intentionally diverse academic community. August 1

Additional application required.

Up to $10,000 Ione (Widing) Winquist ’41 Memorial Scholarship Full-time students with demonstrated financial need, a semester and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, who are pursuing a degree in ministry and plan to serve in full-time missions overseas. April 1

Additional application required.

Student Aid is a federally sponsored website that contains information on federal financial aid, in addition to private scholarships and grants.

Fastweb is a free scholarship database that will link you to scholarships and other resources based on your profile.

The Department of Education has an Educational Resource Search on their website to help identify organizations in your region that specialize in scholarships, grants, and other resources.
Additional Scholarship Aid & Resources

The Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) connects Oregon State residents to all types of Oregon scholarship providers, whether you are attending college in-state or out-of-state. Registration is free and OSAC staff and contractors may not disclose any nonpublic personal information to anyone except as permitted by state or federal law.

WashBoard connects Washington State residents to all types of Washington scholarship providers, whether you are attending in-state or out-of-state.

Registration is spam-free and your information will not be sold.
Community Foundation of Southwest Washington provides SW Washington residents access to scholarship funds that are funded by charitable donors in the community.

Broke Scholar houses information regarding millions of scholarships, grants, and fellowships that can be searched by specific eligibility criteria. Any student can use this free service to help find third-party scholarship money for school.

Best Colleges offers another comprehensive scholarship database that can be searched by demographic or area of study.

The Ford Family Foundation provides three types of scholarships to Oregon residents: the Ford Scholars program, Ford Transfer Scholars program, and Ford Opportunity Scholars program.

Trinity Education Foundation is a private foundation that offers scholarships to incoming and returning students attending Christian colleges and seminaries in the Pacific Northwest.

It’s worth noting that some of these scholarship search engine sites require registration. And, while this registration won’t entail bank account numbers, the administrators of these sites can make your registration information (name, email address, major, etc.) available to interested third parties.

Grants

Federal grants do not need to be paid back. Most federal and state grants are based on your level of financial need determined by the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Multnomah-controlled grants will be reduced if students’ total gift aid from all sources exceeds the financial aid budget for tuition, fees, room, board, books, and supplies. If you have any questions about this policy and how it could impact your financial aid, please contact your financial aid counselor.

Multnomah University Grant (GR)
Amount Up to $2,000
Application Criteria Intended for full-time graduate students with financial need
Deadline August 1

MU Grant is need-based and is determined by institutional methodology based on information from the FAFSA. Renewable 4 years depending on financial need.

Amount Type of Aid Application Criteria Deadline
Up to $2,000 Multnomah University Grant (GR) Intended for full-time graduate students with financial need August 1

MU Grant is need-based and is determined by institutional methodology based on information from the FAFSA. Renewable 4 years depending on financial need.

Loans

Student loans let you borrow money to help pay for your education. The repayment of educational loans varies so be aware of the type of loan you are borrowing. Because loans must be repaid, you should plan your borrowing carefully.

If you are borrowing for the first time as a Multnomah University student planning to utilize Federal Direct Stafford loans, complete the following:

  • Visit studentaid.gov and sign in using your FSA ID
    • “Complete Entrance Counseling” by selecting the appropriate link
    • “Complete Master Promissory Note” by selecting the appropriate link
  • Visit the Federal Student Aid webpage for more information.

If you are a PARENT borrower planning to utilize Federal Direct PLUS loans, please review the Parent PLUS Loan information below.

Certain banks and financial institutions offer private student loans that can help bridge the gap between federal student aid, grants, and scholarships through Multnomah, and the remaining balance owed. Although benefits may be similar to federal loans, such as deferred payments while students are enrolled, these lenders may require a credit check and/or cosigner and will vary on interest rates, loan origination fees, and other factors. Private student loans are separate from federal student loans, and students should assess their eligibility for federal student loans for more favorable provisions.

Stafford Loans – Unsubsidized (GR)
Amount Up to $20,500
Application Criteria Graduate students enrolled at least half-time
Deadline ASAP

FAFSA required. Visit studentaid.ed.gov for current origination fee and interest rate.

Amount Type of Aid Application Criteria Deadline
Up to $20,500 Stafford Loans – Unsubsidized (GR) Graduate students enrolled at least half-time ASAP

FAFSA required. Visit studentaid.ed.gov for current origination fee and interest rate.

Alternative Loans
Amount Varies
Application Criteria Students who needs additional funds for school-related expenses
Deadline ASAP

Amount varies based on credit; accrues interest at a variable rate set by lender.

Amount Type of Aid Application Criteria Deadline
Varies Alternative Loans Students who needs additional funds for school-related expenses ASAP

Amount varies based on credit; accrues interest at a variable rate set by lender.

Student Employment

Many Multnomah students work on campus to help with their expenses.

Some students are offered work-study as part of their financial aid packages.

Even if you’re not offered work-study, you may still get a job on campus. Students work a variety of jobs – from monitoring the gym or helping out with maintenance to serving coffee in Roger’s Café.

After you apply for aid through Multnomah and complete your FAFSA, you’ll receive your financial aid package letting you know if you qualify for work-study.

The amount of work-study you’re offered reflects your earning potential over the course of the academic year. What you earn will depend on your pay rate and the number of hours you work throughout the year.

Campus jobs pay the minimum wage and you can work up to 20 hours per week. Typical annual earnings range from $1,300-2,500. Earnings through work are paid directly to the student.

Next Steps: Find a job on campus.

Student employment is currently not available as a form of aid for online students.

Federal Work-Study
Amount Up to $1,500
Application Criteria Students with need according to FAFSA
Deadline ASAP

FAFSA is required to determine Federal Work Study eligibility. Earnings through work are paid directly to student; allows for more on- and off-campus job opportunities.

Amount Type of Aid Application Criteria Deadline
Up to $1,500 Federal Work-Study Students with need according to FAFSA ASAP

FAFSA is required to determine Federal Work Study eligibility. Earnings through work are paid directly to student; allows for more on- and off-campus job opportunities.