Scholarship Criteria

Gardner-Webb University seeks to establish a culture of Christian faith and service founded upon Mark 12:29-31. The University's motto - Pro Deo et Humanitate - is consistent with this commend, for the Gospel of Mark directs that we love God and humanity.

The directive to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength provides direction for the development of men and women who will go forth into the word as graduates enabled to live out the University's motto.

The scholarship will be referred to as the Tucker Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength Scholarship because it will seek out students who demonstrate potential to apply these four attributes in carrying out a commitment to service for God and humanity.


Heart signifies the capacity to love God and our neighbor. It calls us to serve with compassion and understanding in order that the Kingdom of God may be advanced in this world.

With all of your heart


Soul represents the life of faith (Ephesians 2:8-9, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.") that is nurtured by the Gardner-Webb experience and that compels all of us to serve God's Kingdom, for "faith by iteself, if it has no works, is dead" (James 2:17).

With all of your soul


Mind denotes the intellect, well-developed by the Gardner-Webb experience, must be fully applied if service is to be effective as it is God who gives us our mind.

With all of your mind


Strength, coupled with perseverance and resilience, is imperative for one to face the inevitable challenges brought by a life of faith, service, and commitment.

With all of your strength