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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. Click here to learn more about the Tucker Scholars Essay.

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.