Application Process

The process for the student

Once a student is nominated, they will receive an invitation to apply for this scholarship. The Tucker application and essay deadline are November 5. A student’s admission counselor will help them through the process. After November 5, the University will review all complete applications and choose the top candidates to be invited to attend an interview. Gardner-Webb hosts interviews in late November. These interviews will help GWU determine the candidate that best exemplifies a Tucker Scholar.

Individual parts of the scholarship packet include:

  1. Nomination by non-family mentor
    (Nominate a student by the end of October to give them time to finish the application process.)
  2. Application for the Tucker Scholarship 
    (Each nominated student will be emailed information about the application for the scholarship.)
  3. Accepted undergraduate application to Gardner-Webb University
    (Apply for admission at gardner-webb.edu/apply)
  4. Essay 
    (Each nominated student will be emailed information about the essay requirements.)
  5. Minimum of two references to include both academic and character mentors

Tucker Scholars Essay

The essay is a very important aspect of the Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength Scholarship application for the committee to see how the candidate is a good fit for this award. Each student should take time and think about how he or she wants to make a first impression. Application and essays should be complete, compelling, and with correct grammar and spelling.

Your essay should be thoughtful, with examples, and reflect careful consideration. The most engaging writing tells a story. Each essay should reveal the student’s passions and personality and demonstrate how they will be a great addition to this community of faith.

Gardner-Webb University has a culture rooted in living out our faith and demonstrating it by our actions. The University has claimed Mark 12:30 as a life verse. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”

Essay Topic

As you grow in your faith, how have you worked to apply the meaning of Mark 12:30 in your life? Convey in examples and your own words what it means to love God with the four unique aspects of who you are – Mark highlighted each one individually as each is equally important.

Heart

Your passion, your discovered meaning, your drive, your motivation. It is the reason you serve with compassion giving completely of yourself and that overriding desire to advance the Kingdom of God.

Soul

Represents your life of faith and how this is central to who you are and the direction of your life. We are not saved by works but by our faith. Faith alone is dead, but faith is lived out by our “heart’s” actions.

Mind

Denotes your intellect and your understanding that God has called us to study to prove ourselves. This idea is a life-long pursuit, and the tools you will gain at GWU will help you.

Strength

This aspect is the physical ability to do what God has directed, but it is also the confidence and attitude to follow his lead. The strength can come from a developed character that can see the work done no matter the challenges. Strength is coupled with resilience and is imperative for one to face the inevitable challenges brought by a life of faith, service, and commitment.

At GWU, we strongly believe that an essential way of showing our love for God can be seen best in how we show our love for other people. Consider that in how you express your thoughts.

Tucker Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who can be considered for the Tucker Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength scholarship?

A candidate should be a current high school senior who is a first-year applicant at Gardner-Webb University for a bachelor’s program. Each applicant should be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and plan to live on campus. The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student who exemplifies the attributes highlighted in Mark 12:30. The candidate will stand apart from other applicants by the depth of character, faith, and service-driven life. The student will be required to demonstrate how they can thrive in the challenges of GWU’s academic environment and graduate prepared to live out the university’s motto making a difference for God and humanity.

How do I apply for the scholarship?

Interested students should complete the scholarship packet.

Individual parts of the scholarship packet include:

  1. Nomination by non-family mentor
  2. Application for the Tucker Scholarship
  3. Accepted undergraduate application to Gardner-Webb University
  4. High School transcripts and official SAT/ACT score
  5. Essay
  6. Minimum of two references to include both academic and character mentors

How many scholarships are awarded each year?

One scholarship will be awarded each year. After four initial years, there will always be four Heart, Soul, Mind, Strength Scholars on campus playing a vital role in the community.

Is there a limit to the number of students from each school that can be chosen as finalists?

There is no limit to the number of students from each high school, town, or county who can be nominated or selected as finalists.

Do you have to be a resident of North Carolina to apply for the scholarship?

No. All applicants from any state will be considered as long as they meet the qualifications.

Are SAT or ACT scores required for this scholarship?

Yes. To be considered for the scholarship, you are required to submit scores for the SAT or the ACT; however, the scores are used only to verify the student’s ability to thrive at the university.

Can homeschool students be nominated for the scholarship?

Yes, homeschooled students can be nominated by a minister, teacher, or spiritual mentor. The nominator should not be related to the student.

Is the only way to nominate or apply for the scholarship online on the GWU website?

Yes, nominations and applications can only be made online with the submission form.

How will I be notified if I am a finalist?

If you are selected as a finalist, you will receive an invitation call and email in November to the Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength Scholarship Event, which will take place in December. Students who are not selected as finalists will be notified and may wish to apply for the other scholarship opportunities.

Can students nominate themselves?

Yes, but each applicant has to seek two nominations from individuals in their community. The committee will have a better picture of how the student meets the qualifications with the nomination from secondary individuals who know the student.

Does the student have to be a particular major?

No. The scholarship has no major requirement so that you can choose from GWU’s 60+ areas of study.

Is financial need one of the criteria for nomination?

No. The scholarship is awarded based on each student’s exemplification of the motto of GWU, a demonstrated commitment to service, and a desire to continue to grow and exercise their faith.

How should I write the essay?

Your essay is a very important aspect of your application for the committee to see how you are a good fit for this award. Take your time and think about how you want to make a first impression. The application and essay should be complete, compelling and articulate with correct grammar and spelling. Your responses should be thoughtful, include examples, and reflect careful consideration. The most engaging essays are clearly focused on telling your story. Your writing should reveal your passions, personality, and demonstrate how you will be a great addition to this community of faith. 

When is the event and what can I expect?

The event will be held in December. Finalists and their families will be invited to campus for interviews with members of the community. Each interview typically lasts 30 minutes, and the day also includes a chance to experience GWU and take a campus tour.