After being named a best value in higher education earlier this year by U.S. News and World Report, Pacific Union College announces a new program to make an Adventist college experience even more affordable. Starting fall 2011, incoming PUC students will receive scholarships guaranteed for all four years.
The Four-Year Guarantee will award an incoming student anywhere from $1,000 to $7,000 per year, based on cumulative high school GPA for new freshmen and college GPA for transfer students. The amount awarded upon admission is renewable for the next three years, meaning a student could receive a total award ranging from $4,000 to $28,000.
Furthermore, students who boast both a high GPA and outstanding ACT or SAT scores will be eligible for the premium President’s and Dean’s Scholarships. These scholarships award students $32,000 to $36,000 over the course of four years.
“PUC is changing the way we award our scholarships so that right up front students will know that PUC is giving them substantial financial help,” says Scott Callender, PUC’s director of marketing and enrollment. “The fact that they’re renewable will also make it easier for families to plan financially for the future.”
In addition to the Four-Year Guarantee, PUC is making significant increases to a variety of scholarships. Exceptional artists, musicians and athletes will be eligible for increased funding.
PUC will also offer the Adventist Mission Scholarship, which awards theology and education majors a special grant to help support those who are planning to serve in Adventist churches and schools.
Like the Four-Year Guarantee, all of these additional scholarships are renewable each year the student attends PUC.
Besides these changes, PUC continues to offer its prestigious Maxwell Scholar Program. Five incoming freshman are selected to receive $15,000 per year, renewable annually, based on high academic achievement, student leadership, and Christian service.
“In this time of financial turmoil, it is imperative that our young people can continue to afford an Ivy-league quality Christian education,” says PUC president Heather Knight. “I hope that this improved scholarship program will show students and parents that Seventh-day Adventist college education is an attainable goal.”
PUC’s enrollment has grown in the past two years, increasing 15 percent in new students this school year and 11 percent in overall enrollment the previous year. The 2010 fall quarter opened with more than 1,500 students enrolled.
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