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Scholars of Excellence

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Union's Most Prestigious Scholarship Competition

The Scholars of Excellence program at Union University recognizes outstanding academic performance and demonstrated leadership experience in future students at Union University. Scholarships through this program are Union’s top academic scholarships.

Scholars of Excellence competition weekends will be held on Feb. 20-21, 2015 and Feb. 27-28, 2015. Students will be selected to attend the competition weekend based on their submitted application and essay. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 1.800.33UNION with any questions.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You must be an incoming freshman in the fall semester of 2015
  • You must satisfy one of the criteria from section A and one of the criteria from section B:


  1. 29 ACT minimum score (excluding writing component)
  2. 1290 SAT minimum score (excluding writing component)
  3. National Merit Semi-Finalist
    National Merit, National Achievement, and National Hispanic Finalists are automatically eligible for the Dean Scholars Award, and National Merit and National Achievement Semi-Finalists and National Hispanic Honorable Mention are automatically eligible for the University Scholars Award. Finalists and Semi-Finalists are welcome to submit a Scholars application and compete for a greater Scholars Award.


  1. Top 15% class rank
  2. Minimum 3.5 of 4.0 grade point average

General Information


The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will begin receiving complete applications, including all of the following items, immediately. The final deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015. Early submission is encouraged, as space may be limited.

  1. Completed Union University Application for Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarship Assistance (if not already submitted)
  2. The Scholars of Excellence Program Application (including essay)
  3. High School Transcript (if not already submitted)
  4. Two letters of recommendation submitted via uu.edu/letters/soe/:

    1. one from a teacher or other school personnel; and
    2. one from a pastor or minister;


The listed items, with emphasis being given to the essay included with the Scholars of Excellence application, will be evaluated by the selection committee. Students should ensure their application, essay, and recommendation letters showcase their strengths for living and growing in a faith-filled academic community. Official invitation letters will be mailed soon after receipt of the completed application. Additional details will be included in the invitation packet so that travel plans can be made. With the exception of students living overseas, all finalists are expected to participate in one of the weekends to be eligible for Scholars of Excellence Awards. Activities for the 2015 Scholars of Excellence Weekends will conclude late Saturday afternoon.

Details will be announced at a later date.


Letters to all applicants concerning their scholarship awards will be mailed by March 16, 2015.

Award Description

Award categories and descriptions coming soon.

All applicants who meet the requirements for Scholars of Excellence will receive an annual academic award of at least $12,000. Those invited to the on-campus competition weekends in February will compete for one of the higher awards listed above.

Students qualifying for full-tuition or greater are ineligible to work on campus and will be unable to stack additional Union awards, with limited exceptions. No student will be awarded beyond the cost of attendance through a combination of institutional and non-institutional sources. Contact Student Financial Planning for further information.

*These awards are for 128 total credit hours, or until the degree is completed; whichever comes first. Subject to approval from the Director of Student Financial Planning, awards may possibly be extended, on a case-by-case basis, when the student is enrolled in a degree program requiring more than 128 hours for completion.

Items of Note

Reservation Form (details provided in official invitation letter)

For more details, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 1-800-33-UNION

What Our Students Are Saying

Thomas Gray"Scholars of Excellence was more than just an academic event for me. While I was challenged to think critically over questions I hadn't yet considered, I also got the chance to become friends with the people who are now my classmates. Scholars weekend was my first real taste of campus life at Union."
Thomas Gray
Little Rock, Arkansas
Sophomore, Broadcast Journalism major

Clare Williams"Scholars of Excellence is the reason I am at Union University. I met incredible students from all across the country. I participated in stimulating discussions about current issues and how my faith can impact today's society while getting a taste of what life at Union is really like. I fell in love with the holistic environment that incorporates challenging academics and a rich spiritual foundation, and I knew that Union had to be a part of God's plan for my life."
Clare Williams
Jackson, Tennessee
Junior, Intercultural Studies major

Zack Clemmons"The Scholars of Excellence weekend is an irreplaceable moment for self-reflection, a time when you can (and must) think clearly about who it is that you are, what it is that you hope to be and become, and what sort of place is most conducive to your intellectual maturation and spiritual sanctification. Between the edifying late night talks with your host student and the nervous yet fruitful conversation with fellow scholars who can become, in short time, some of your best friends, Scholars weekend is a wonderful time of fellowship. The weekend is a golden opportunity to interact with brilliant professors, providing eager high school students an exciting taste of the intellectual richness that can await one at Union."
Zack Clemmons
Monument, Colorado
Junior, Christian Thought and Tradition major

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