Pfeiffer University is proud to offer many merit scholarships and awards.

Our goal is to make a high-quality, private education affordable and accessible. We know college is an investment, and we are happy to offer aid and direct you to grant and scholarship opportunities.

Academic Scholarships

Have you excelled academically? Apply for the following academic scholarships:

Freshman Academic Scholarships

When prospective students complete an application, they are reviewed for a possible academic scholarship (of up to $12,000) at the time of the admissions decision. Academic scholarships are based on high school course selection and GPA, SAT/ACT scores and class rank. Students who win an Honor Scholarship are ineligible for these awards. Scholarships are renewable annually by meeting the specified GPA requirements.

Full-tuition scholarships are available for up to five entering freshmen in recognition of extraordinary academic achievement and outstanding leadership and character. Recipients are generally at the top of their class, with high SAT scores and excellent grades in a competitive college preparatory program of study.

Transfer Academic Scholarships

Awards ranging between $7,000-$12,000 are available for students transferring to Pfeiffer with more than 24 semester hours of transferable work. These scholarships are granted based on entering cumulative average of previous college-level work.

Adult Studies CPA Scholarship

The Adult Studies scholarship is for new students transferring with a 3.0 GPA and enrolling full time. An essay supporting their desire to continue their education must be submitted with the application. The scholarship is valued at $1,000 per academic year. 

Merit Scholarships

The following merit scholarships recognize students' talents and ambitions in a variety of fields through annually renewable awards.

Milton Rose Science Fellows Scholarships

A $5,000 scholarship is available for a high-achieving student who is majoring in the sciences or mathematics.

"At Pfeiffer I discovered that even at a small school, I could do big things. Pfeiffer granted me opportunities — in research, service and athletics — that have prepared me for the hard work, challenges, compassion and learning that are necessary for medical school and work as a physician.”

Kaleigh Featherstone ‘14, Miton Rose Scholar, Biology/Pre-Med Major

Francis Center Service Scholars

Scholarships are available for students with a good academic profile and outstanding community service background. Apply here.

Pfeiffer Undergraduate International Student Merit Scholarship

Pfeiffer offers international scholarships in amounts up to $13,000 annually based on academic performance. These scholarships are determined automatically after admission to Pfeiffer; there is no separate application. They are renewable annually based on a 2.5 or higher GPA and full time enrollment.

The Grigg Education Scholars Program

The Grigg Education Scholars Program provides scholarship support to exceptional prospective teachers who seek to prepare for excellence in the teaching profession while also developing servant leadership skills and dispositions through service to the university and the community. Click here for complete information about this program and here for more information about opportunities through the division of education.

United Methodist Scholarships

The following scholarships are sponsored by branches or members of the United Methodist Church.

Pastor’s Scholarship Program

Pastors under appointment to a local United Methodist church are eligible to annually award two (2) $1,000 certificates of scholarship to students who are members of their congregation, payable at $500 per semester.

Charles Wesley Award

A $10,000 scholarship awarded at $2,500 per year, for up to four years, eight consecutive semesters to a United Methodist student that has an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher. Two (2) awards are made per academic year and given to students who demonstrate active leadership in their local United Methodist congregation.

Susanna Wesley Award

An $8,000 clergy dependent scholarship (spouse/children) paid out in $1,000 per semester for up to four years, eight consecutive semesters, to all dependents (spouse/children) of any United Methodist clergy.

To be eligible for these awards, students must be accepted to Pfeiffer University (Misenheimer campus) as a full time, undergraduate student and have their minister fill out an application. Click here for the application, which is also available from the Admissions office.

Pfeiffer University and the Office of Financial Aid reserve the right to consider the issuing of these awards in light of other sources of funding and financial aid.

Additional Resources

GBHEM (General Board of Higher Education and Ministry)
Loans and a variety of scholarships are available to United Methodist Students through the GBHEM.

UMHEF (United Methodist Higher Education Fund)
The UMHEF administers the Dollars for Scholars program and the UMLS program. Students are invited to work with their local congregation to create a matching opportunity for scholarship dollars. For a $1,000 gift from the local church, the Southeast Jurisdiction and Pfeiffer will match the funds resulting in a $3,000 scholarship. Other scholarships available from the UMHEF include the Foundation Merit Scholars program.  

UMFWNC (United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina)
The UM Foundation of Western North Carolina sponsors the Cornelius F. and Hettie C. Womble Ministerial Education Fund (open to Juniors/Seniors who are declared ministerial candidates.) The Foundation also has a limited number of matching grants to boost the Dollars for Scholars award by $1,000.

GBCS (General Board of Church and Society)
The GBCS site provides links to a number of grants and scholarships for unique populations (such as ethnic minorities and those with impaired accessibility) and projects (such as women’s history or leadership).

Others scholarships may be available from Annual Conferences, local churches, United Methodist Men and United Methodist Women groups. For more information or additional information, contact Sherri Barnes, Associate Director for University and Church Relations at (704) 463-3073 or

Veteran Assistance Benefits

Pfeiffer University is pleased to welcome veterans to the educational opportunities available through our institution.

Most veterans who served on active duty for more than 180 days, any part of which occurred after Jan. 31, 1955, are generally eligible for financial support. In order to determine eligibility for educational benefits, veterans should call their local Veteran's Administration Office. Children of deceased or totally disabled veterans who are 18-26 years of age may also be eligible for financial aid if service in the armed forces resulted in death or permanent disability of the parent. Contact your local Veteran Administration Offices for complete details.

Students eligible for educational benefits from the Veteran's Administration must file a statement of educational plans with the Veteran's Service Officer (VSO) in the Registrar's Office each academic year. The VSO is here to help the veterans, dependents and service personnel receive the most efficient service in applying for their educational benefits. The VSO is not a part of the Department of Veteran's Administration and the staff is not employed by the VA. Their responsibility is to provide support in applying for benefits, clarifying regulations and certifying enrollment.

On occasion a course or a program of study may not be approved for Veteran's Educational Assistance; students anticipating benefits are urged to confer with the VSO prior to registering in order to determine eligibility. Veteran's Administration regulations limit payment for only those courses toward the declared major. Any change in your enrollment status should be reported to the VSO.

For more information, contact Pfeiffer's VSO, Kim Smith at


A $1,000 scholarship distributed as $500 over two semesters and a waived application fee is available to EdAssist members.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

For information about these and other special programs or further clarification on costs, calculating need or eligibility for financial aid, contact one of our financial advisors.

Financial Aid Advisors

Misenheimer Students
Frances King
Executive Director of Financial Aid
(704) 463-3037

Stephanie Stroupe    
Financial Aid Specialist

(704) 463-3015


Kay Perestrello
Financial Aid Counselor


Office of Financial Aid
P.O. Box 960 / 48380 U.S. Hwy. 52N
Misenheimer, N.C. 28109
Phone: (800) 338-2060 or (
704) 463-3060
Fax: (704) 463-1363