Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships for all students

Federal Grants - The federal student aid program makes direct grants available to all students who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree, are citizens or permanent residents of the United States, and show eligibility according to the federal formula which applies to this grant. Qualifying family incomes and grant amounts vary from year to year, depending upon federal guidelines and appropriations. Federal grants are generally awarded to eligible students based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some grants have limited funds available and are awarded on a first-come/first-served basis, so students are encouraged to complete and submit the FAFSA as early as possible. When completing your FAFSA, please remember to specify Belhaven University's FAFSA code, 002397.

State Scholarships and Grants - Complete any applications for the State of Mississippi financial assistance (if a legal resident of the state).

PCUSA - Download application for PCUSA scholarship.

The Office of Financial Aid for Studies has posted applications for the following scholarships, available to Presbyterian students who are eligible for need-based aid, except where noted:

  • Student Opportunity Scholarship for juniors and seniors in the following areas of study: education, health care/services, social work, social sciences, religious studies, and sacred music. Preference is given to racial ethnic students.
  • Beall Memorial Scholarship for young women from the southeastern United States who are fine arts or performing arts majors.
  • Children of Missionaries for children of PC(USA) missionaries to assist with education costs in the U.S. Applications are pre-screened with the church's World Mission area.

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Undergraduate Traditional Students

Belhaven Merit Based Scholarships - These scholarships are "open-ended" in that all full-time students who qualify and are seeking a first bachelor's degree in the traditional undergraduate program will be considered to receive an award.

Merit-based scholarships may not be awarded in combination with tuition discounts, waivers or sponsorships.  Merit-based scholarships are renewable up to four years (or eight semesters) contingent upon maintaining full time enrollment status and satisfactory academic progress.

Church Matching Scholarship - There is no limit to what your church can choose to contribute to your education. We will match up to $500 per year of what your church contributes.

Marion Davis Ridgeway and Elise Davis Endowed Scholarship - This scholarship is designed to encourage exceptional students to pursue excellent in their undergraduate studies in science and math in the context of a comprehensive commitment to Biblical Christian faith while preparing to enter a career in the health professions.

Graduate Students

Classroom Leadership Scholarship

Belhaven University offers a Classroom Leadership Scholarship to assist students enrolled in the Mississippi Alternate Route Certification courses seeking to attain a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. The scholarship is $400 per course and is for students officially admitted and enrolled as degree seeking students in the MAT program. This scholarship cannot be combined with any other Belhaven scholarships.