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Scholarships

A scholarship is a financial aid award that celebrates academic achievements, special talents, career aspirations, or unique circumstances. Scholarships can reduce your tuition by thousands of dollars. The best part—they don’t need to be repaid!

Learn about the scholarships available to you.

Academic Scholarships for First-time Freshmen

Regent’s Scholarship - Max Award: 100% Tuition
  • Requirements: GPA: 3.5 | ACT: 30 | SAT: 1320
  • Eligibility: One full-tuition renewable scholarship is awarded to a first-time entering freshman student each year, based on superior academic performance, references, a written essay, and active membership and regular attendance at an Assemblies of God church.
  • Renewal: Renewable for up to 8 semesters by maintaining a 3.5 cumulative GPA at North Central.
  • How to Apply: The Admissions Office will send information on applying for the Regent’s Scholarship to students who have applied for admission to North Central and who meet the GPA and test score requirements for the scholarship.
Presidential Scholarship - Max Award: $12,000/year
  • Requirements: Scholarships awarded based upon GPA and test scores.
  • Eligibility: Awarded to first-time entering freshmen based on academic performance.
  • Renewal: Renewable each year by maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA at North Central.
  • How to Apply: Automatically awarded to qualifying students based on information provided during the Admissions application process.
NCU Academic Scholarship - Max Award: $11,000/year
  • Requirements: Scholarships are awarded based on merit, in accordance to students’ GPA and test scores.
  • Eligibility: Awarded to first-time entering freshmen based on academic performance.
  • Renewal: Renewable each year by maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA at North Central.
  • How to Apply: Automatically awarded to qualifying students based on information provided during the Admissions application process.

Transfer Student Scholarships

NCU Academic Scholarship - Max Award: $9,000/year
  • Requirements: Scholarship award amounts are dependent on students’ GPA.
  • Eligibility: Awarded to transfer students based on collegiate academic performance.
  • Renewal: Renewable each year by maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • How to Apply: Automatically awarded to qualifying students based on information provided during the Admissions application process.

Re-applicant Scholarships

NCU Academic Scholarship - Max Award: variable
  • Requirements: GPA-dependent
  • Eligibility: Awarded to re-applicant students based on collegiate academic performance.
Contact your admissions counselor to learn more about the NCU Academic Scholarship for re-applicant students!

Talent and Interest Scholarships

Music Scholarship - Max Award: $3,000/year (based on audition)
  • Eligibility: Awarded to first-time freshman or transfer students who, by audition, show outstanding musicianship.
  • Requirements: You don’t need to be a Music major to apply. However, involvement in a college music ensemble and private music lessons on the auditioned instrument are required. Awards are given after a student has been accepted for admission to North Central.
  • Renewal: Renewed each year based on performance.
  • Deadline: Audition deadlines are May 1st to receive a scholarship for the following school year.

How to Apply

  1.  Sign up for an audition.  Auditions are held at North Central University during all Campus Visit Days and Fine Arts Auditions Days.  Fine Audition Days also give perspective students the opportunity to meet faculty and students from the College of Fine Arts. (Check the university calendar for more details).
    If you are unable to audition on the designated visit days, other audition times can arranged by appointment with the College of Fine Arts. Each year, the College of Fine Arts holds auditions at National Fine Arts.
  2. Audition. You’ll be notified of your assigned audition time by email and you must confirm this with the administrative assistant by email (finearts@northcentral.edu). Check the Audition Guidelines below for details about your audition. You can expect a letter from the College of Fine Arts within two weeks of your audition letting you know if you have been awarded a music scholarship.

Audition Guidelines

All incoming NCU students who are music majors or minors, and/or are interested in a music scholarship, are required to perform an audition on their primary performing instrument. Audition appointments are scheduled on a first come, first served basis and are approximately 1 hour. Auditions include the student performance, an interview with faculty, and taking the Theory Placement Exam.  Students must take the exam to be considered for a scholarship. This exam determines entrance into Theory I and will be taken immediately following the audition.

Audition requirements in the various performing instruments:

Voice Requirements

Voice students should prepare two memorized pieces in contrasting styles (baroque, classical, jazz, gospel, contemporary, etc.). You may use a CD accompaniment or accompany yourself on piano or guitar. We don’t have an accompanist available. Voice students will also be expected to sight-read a piece of music. An interview will ask about your career goals, performance experience, and other related questions.

Piano/Keyboard Requirements

A minimum of two pieces of contrasting styles should be prepared. One should be memorized. You’ll be expected to sight-read, perform major and/or minor scales, and chords. An interview will ask about your career goals, performance experience and other related questions.

Guitar/Bass Requirements

You should have a prepared solo that demonstrates your best ability and play a sacred solo. One of these should be memorized. You should also demonstrate the ability to sight-read and play major and minor guitar chords in rhythm guitar/chord chart form and play scales. Be prepared to tell us about yourself and your professional goals. Please bring your own instrument.

Percussion Requirements

Demonstration of various styles (i.e. rock, waltz, swing, funk, samba, bossa nova) on a drum set, trading “fours” in 3/4 and 4/4. On the snare drum, an etude demonstrating your present level of technical ability, rudiment, and orchestral style rolls at all dynamic levels will be required. Marimba and vibraphone are available if you wish to have these as part of your audition.

String/Woodwind/Brass Instruments Requirements

Two pieces of contrasting styles (contrasting in style, tempo and/or historical period) should be prepared. Audition material may be taken from the State Solo & Ensemble repertoire and/or an arrangement recently performed at church. Students will be required to sight-read and to play at least 3 major and/or minor scales (two octaves). Also, please bring your own instrument.

Theatre Scholarship - Max Award: $3,000/year (based on audition)
  • Eligibility: Awarded to first-time freshman or transfer students who, by audition, show outstanding talents in the dramatic arts and participate in theatre productions in subsequent years.
  • Requirements: You don’t need to be a Theatre major to apply. However, involvement in a college theatre production is required. Awards are given after a student has been accepted for admission to North Central.
  • Renewal: Renewed each year based on performance.
  • Deadline: Audition deadlines are May 1 to receive a scholarship for the following school year.

How to Apply:

  1. Sign up for an audition. Auditions are held at North Central University (typically in November and February. Check the university calendar for more details) and National Fine Arts during the school year prior to your entrance to North Central. Sign up for an audition.
  2. Audition. You’ll be notified of your assigned audition time by email and you must confirm this with the administrative assistant by email (finearts@northcentral.edu). Check the Audition Guidelines below for details about your audition.

Audition Guidelines

You should select, prepare, and memorize two contrasting monologues, each approximately 1-3 minutes in length. You will also need to prepare 1 song of your choosing. This can be sung a capella or with a track. Dress comfortably and be prepared to move.

Mathematics Major Scholarship - Max Award: $2,500/year
  • Requirements: GPA: 3.3 | ACT: 28 | SAT: 1240
  • Eligibility: Awarded to a first-time freshman student each year based on superior academic performance, a written essay, and two references. You must declare a Mathematics major to apply.
  • Renewal: Renewable for up to 8 semesters by maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA at North Central.

How to Apply

2018-19 Application

Other Scholarships

Church Match Scholarship - Amount: Donations up to $1,000/year will be matched
  • Amount: North Central will match a church donation to your education. Donations up to $1,000 per year will be matched at 100% if all criteria are met.
  • Requirements:
    • Student must enroll for and maintain full-time status in the resident degree program during the semester(s) the scholarship is received or North Central’s match will be forfeited.
    • Funds cannot come from the student, parents, relatives or from the monthly pledge a church has designated for North Central.
    • Checks must be received by North Central by the deadline date in order to qualify for the NCU matching portion. The check sent by March 1 must be for both semesters.
    • The NCU match portion cannot exceed $500 in one semester.
    • The NCU match portion is applied to tuition costs only.
    • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be maintained by the student to be eligible for the NCU matching portion.
    • The church check and NCU’s matching scholarship are divided equally between the fall and spring semesters.
  • Deadline: March 1 for new students (Fall) (available depending on review and availability after March 1)
  • How to apply for Spring 2018: 2017-2018 Church Match Scholarship Application (pdf)
  • How to apply for Fall 2018: 2018-2019 Church Match Scholarship Application (pdf)
Act Six Scholarship

North Central is the fourth Minnesota school to partner with Urban Ventures in the Act Six program, which this year will award 31 full-tuition, full-need scholarships in the state.

Far more than a scholarship program, Act Six Twin Cities develops leaders through a simple but powerful, four-step strategy that includes recruiting, training, funding, and supporting the next generation of community leaders.

Learn more about Act Six Scholarship opportunities.

AGWM Missionary Discount

North Central University deeply values its relationship with the Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM). This policy will provide full-tuition discounts to dependent children of AGWM missionaries. Below are key elements of the AGWM Discount Policy.

  • Fully appointed active AGWM missionary dependent children (based on the FAFSA definition of dependent) will receive full tuition discounts to attend North Central University.
  • To be eligible, all students must be admitted to NCU. Students must file a FAFSA each year and submit all required documents. Any federal or state grants will be subtracted from the cost of tuition. The remaining tuition balance will be covered by the AGWM tuition discount.
  • Students are not eligible to receive any additional NCU institutional aid towards room, board, and all various fees. All room, board, and fees will be covered by federal student loans, outside funding, or personal finances. Students must live in NCU housing and participate in a meal plan.
  • Students must maintain full-time status of 12 credits or more to be eligible. However, NCU will not cover tuition for any special programs outside NCU including study abroad options or Graduate Programs. Should students participate in the Bible Lands Seminar, no expenses beyond tuition will be covered by the AGWM tuition discount.
  • NCU will accept freshman and transfer students to receive the AGWM tuition discount starting the fall 2018 semester. In addition, students currently enrolled during the 2017-2018 academic year will be eligible to receive the AGWM tuition discount starting in the fall 2018 semester.
  • This award is renewable up to eight semesters, not including summer school, by meeting standard academic progress as specified by the Financial Aid Office. Students must remain in good standing at the university.
  • Advanced standing and directed research tuition can be covered provided it is applicable to the student’s degree.
  • Students in Applied Studies Programs are not eligible to receive the AGWM tuition discount.