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.

You must be admitted to Multnomah with an official Athletic offer before a Financial Aid offer is made. Additional Scholarships & Grants that Student-Athletes can apply for are listed 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.

There are currently no scholarships offered to online students by Multnomah University. Private scholarship may be available through other organizations.

$11,000 Honor’s Scholarship

4.0 GPA

$10,000 Trustee’s Scholarship

3.75 – 4.0 GPA

$9,000 Founder’s Scholarship

3.4 – 3.74 GPA

$8,000 President’s Scholarship

3.0 – 3.39 GPA

$7,050 Dean’s Scholarship

Below 3.0 GPA

The information provided here pertains to undergraduate students enrolling at Multnomah University’s Portland campus for the first time in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023.

These scholarships are renewable for up to 3 years as long as satisfactory academic progress is maintained.

Application Deadline: August 1

$8,500 Transfer Merit Award

3.5+ GPA

$7,500 Transfer Merit Award

3.0 – 3.49 GPA

$6,500 Transfer Merit Award

Below 3.0 GPA

The information here pertains to undergraduate transfer students enrolling at Multnomah University’s Portland campus for the first time in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023. MU Admissions designates transfer status to incoming students who have earned 24+ credits at another institution.

These scholarships are renewable for up to 3 years as long as satisfactory academic progress is maintained.

Application Deadline: August 1

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.

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
Heritage Award
Amount $1,000 - $2,000
Application Criteria Intended for full-time students with parent or grandparent who graduated from Multnomah, and/or two full-time students from the same financial household (according to FAFSA definition of a financial household) enrolled at Multnomah University simultaneously.
Deadline August 1

Renewable 4 years (students must be considered in the same financial household to renew the multi-student portion of this award).

Christian Service Award
Amount $1,000
Application Criteria Intended for full-time students with one parent in full-time ministry.
Deadline August 1

Parent must be in full-time ministry as a pastor or missionary. Renewable 4 years

Military Service Award
Amount $1,000
Application Criteria Intended for full-time students who are veterans.
Deadline August 1

Award for honorably discharged veterans who did not receive 100% Post-9/11 GI Bill. Renewable 4 years.

Christian High School Merit Scholarship
Amount $2,500
Application Criteria Intended for full-time students who graduated from a Christian High School.
Deadline August 1

This is a merit-based award renewable for 3 years.

Church Matching Scholarship
Amount $1,000
Application Criteria Intended for full-time students.
Deadline August 1

MU will match one church’s contribution at rate of 50% up to $1,000 maximum. Additional application required.

Homeschool Merit Scholarship
Amount $2,500
Application Criteria Intended for full-time students who graduated from a homeschool program.
Deadline August 1

This is a merit-based award renewable for 3 years.

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.

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.

$1,000 - $2,000 Heritage Award Intended for full-time students with parent or grandparent who graduated from Multnomah, and/or two full-time students from the same financial household (according to FAFSA definition of a financial household) enrolled at Multnomah University simultaneously. August 1

Renewable 4 years (students must be considered in the same financial household to renew the multi-student portion of this award).

$1,000 Christian Service Award Intended for full-time students with one parent in full-time ministry. August 1

Parent must be in full-time ministry as a pastor or missionary. Renewable 4 years

$1,000 Military Service Award Intended for full-time students who are veterans. August 1

Award for honorably discharged veterans who did not receive 100% Post-9/11 GI Bill. Renewable 4 years.

$2,500 Christian High School Merit Scholarship Intended for full-time students who graduated from a Christian High School. August 1

This is a merit-based award renewable for 3 years.

$1,000 Church Matching Scholarship Intended for full-time students. August 1

MU will match one church’s contribution at rate of 50% up to $1,000 maximum. Additional application required.

$2,500 Homeschool Merit Scholarship Intended for full-time students who graduated from a homeschool program. August 1

This is a merit-based award renewable for 3 years.

Erma Wolgemuth Diller Scholarship
Amount Up to $11,000
Application Criteria Returning full-time Portland Campus undergraduate students with a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and are in compliance with Multnomah’s standards for student conduct. Preference given to students who plan to pursue Women’s Ministry or are currently leading a Bible study.
Deadline April 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
Greely Herrington Memorial Scholarship
Amount Up to $1,000
Application Criteria Full-time Portland Campus undergraduate students with a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, who plan to pursue vocational ministry. Preference is given to students currently employed who are married.
Deadline April 1
Lawrence Scholarship
Amount Up to $1,000
Application Criteria Full-time Portland Campus undergraduate students with a semester and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Deadline April 1
David C. Needham Scholarship
Amount Up to $3,000
Application Criteria Full-time Portland Campus undergraduate students with a semester and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Deadline April 1
Amount Type of Aid Application Criteria Deadline
Up to $11,000 Erma Wolgemuth Diller Scholarship Returning full-time Portland Campus undergraduate students with a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and are in compliance with Multnomah’s standards for student conduct. Preference given to students who plan to pursue Women’s Ministry or are currently leading a Bible study. April 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.

Up to $1,000 Greely Herrington Memorial Scholarship Full-time Portland Campus undergraduate students with a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, who plan to pursue vocational ministry. Preference is given to students currently employed who are married. April 1

Additional application required.

Up to $1,000 Lawrence Scholarship Full-time Portland Campus undergraduate students with a semester and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. April 1

Additional application required.

Up to $3,000 David C. Needham Scholarship Full-time Portland Campus undergraduate students with a semester and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. April 1

Additional application required.

Be sure to check with your local Chamber of Commerce to see what service organizations are in your community:

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.

The Multnomah University Grant will not be available for our student athletes and online students.

Multnomah University Grant
Amount Up to $8,000
Application Criteria Intended for full-time 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 $8,000 Multnomah University Grant Intended for full-time 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.

Federal Pell Grant
Amount Up to $6,495
Application Criteria Students with high need according to FAFSA
Deadline ASAP

FAFSA is required to determine Pell eligibility. Complete financial aid process as soon as possible.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
Amount Up to $800
Application Criteria Full-time students who are eligible for Pell Grant
Deadline ASAP

FAFSA is required to determine FSEOG eligibility. Complete financial aid process as soon as possible. Limited funds awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Amount Type of Aid Application Criteria Deadline
Up to $6,495 Federal Pell Grant Students with high need according to FAFSA ASAP

FAFSA is required to determine Pell eligibility. Complete financial aid process as soon as possible.

Up to $800 Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Full-time students who are eligible for Pell Grant ASAP

FAFSA is required to determine FSEOG eligibility. Complete financial aid process as soon as possible. Limited funds awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Oregon Opportunity Grant
Amount $1,800 - $3,600
Application Criteria Undergraduate students who are Oregon residents and enrolled either half or full-time with financial need. Students with religious majors do not qualify for this grant.
Deadline ASAP

A need-based grant managed by the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC). Available to students who are Oregon residents and have financial need as determined by the completed FAFSA.
Funds are limited, and students are encouraged to submit their FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 each year in order to be considered. Students who are awarded this grant will be notified by the Financial Aid Office prior to the start of the academic year. For more information please visit: https://oregonstudentaid.gov/oregon-opportunity-grant.aspx

Amount Type of Aid Application Criteria Deadline
$1,800 - $3,600 Oregon Opportunity Grant Undergraduate students who are Oregon residents and enrolled either half or full-time with financial need. Students with religious majors do not qualify for this grant. ASAP

A need-based grant managed by the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC). Available to students who are Oregon residents and have financial need as determined by the completed FAFSA.
Funds are limited, and students are encouraged to submit their FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 each year in order to be considered. Students who are awarded this grant will be notified by the Financial Aid Office prior to the start of the academic year. For more information please visit: https://oregonstudentaid.gov/oregon-opportunity-grant.aspx

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 – Subsidized
Amount Up to $5,500
Application Criteria Students enrolled at least half-time; student must demonstrate financial need as based on the FAFSA.
Deadline ASAP

FAFSA required. No interest while enrolled at least half-time; based on need according to FAFSA. Visit https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/loans/interest-rates for the current origination fee and interest rate.

Stafford Loans – Unsubsidized
Amount Up to $2,000
Application Criteria Students enrolled at least half-time
Deadline ASAP

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

Stafford Loans – Additional Unsubsidized
Amount Up to $5,000
Application Criteria Students enrolled at least half-time; must be independent, or a dependent with parent denied PLUS
Deadline ASAP

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

Parent PLUS Loans
Amount Varies
Application Criteria Dependent student whose parent is approved by a basic credit check
Deadline ASAP

FAFSA and PLUS Loan Application required. Apply online. Amount varies based on student financial aid budget. Visit studentaid.ed.gov for current origination fee and interest rate.

Amount Type of Aid Application Criteria Deadline
Up to $5,500 Stafford Loans – Subsidized Students enrolled at least half-time; student must demonstrate financial need as based on the FAFSA. ASAP

FAFSA required. No interest while enrolled at least half-time; based on need according to FAFSA. Visit https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/loans/interest-rates for the current origination fee and interest rate.

Up to $2,000 Stafford Loans – Unsubsidized Students enrolled at least half-time ASAP

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

Up to $5,000 Stafford Loans – Additional Unsubsidized Students enrolled at least half-time; must be independent, or a dependent with parent denied PLUS ASAP

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

Varies Parent PLUS Loans Dependent student whose parent is approved by a basic credit check ASAP

FAFSA and PLUS Loan Application required. Apply online. Amount varies based on student financial aid budget. 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.

Financial Aid Resources

The Student Guide is a comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of aid available through the Department’s Federal Student Aid office.

FSA ID Request and Information allows the student (and parent, if applicable) to create a unique and secure means to access your personal information on the Department of Education systems. The FSA ID is used to electronically sign the FAFSA application and loan application, as well as to retrieve loan history and total loan debt through a national database (NSLDS).

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) establishes federal financial aid eligibility, as well as private funding from many colleges and universities.

Student Employment

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

Military Benefits

Multnomah University is an approved institution for veterans or their dependents to use the education benefits available to them. Benefits may include a monthly housing allowance (MHA), a book stipend, and/or payment for tuition and fees. For specific information on the benefits you qualify for, please visit the VA’s website. If you have questions regarding using your education benefits on the Portland campus, please contact the Office of the Registrar to speak with the VA School Certifying Official (SCO).

Yellow Ribbon Program: Multnomah is a participating institution in the Yellow Ribbon program. If you are eligible for benefits at the 100% rate, the Yellow Ribbon program is an additional benefit, which pays for tuition and fees in excess of the yearly benefit cap. Currently, we do not limit the number of student-veterans eligible for the Yellow Ribbon program.

Office of the Registrar and the Department of Veterans Affairs are here to help you through the process:

Office of Registrar
(503) 251-5370

registrar@multnomah.edu

Mail forms to:
Multnomah University
8435 NE Glisan St.

Portland, OR 97220

Fax: (503) 254-1268

Multnomah-controlled grants and scholarships will be reduced if students’ total military benefits, grants, and scholarships exceed the financial aid budget for tuition, fees, room, board, books, and supplies. If you have any questions about this policy and how it would impact your financial aid, please contact your financial aid counselor.

Veterans’ Benefits
Amount Varies
Application Criteria Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces
Deadline ASAP

Contact the School Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office to coordinate funds.

Amount Type of Aid Application Criteria Deadline
Varies Veterans’ Benefits Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces ASAP

Contact the School Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office to coordinate funds.