Scholarship Challenge

Scholarship Challenge | November 15-16, 2019

Pit your brains against the best.

We've identified you as one of the area's brightest students. Your academic excellence has qualified you to compete in this rigorous competition with the ultimate prize of full-tuition to MidAmerica Nazarene University! Put it all on the table and compete for these prestigious scholarships November 15-16, 2019.

What's at stake?

  • All participants in Scholarship Challenge weekend receive a $1,000* MNU scholarship for simply attending.
  • Top 10 Scholarship Challenge weekend participants receive a $2,000* MNU scholarship.
  • Top 3 Scholarship Challenge weekend winners receive a full-tuition* scholarship—that's $26,150!


Scholarship Challenge participants typically have:

3.75 cumulative GPA
— or —
27 ACT / 1200 SAT

*Renewable for four years. **If your GPA is higher, the ACT/SAT score can be lower. If your ACT/SAT is higher, then your GPA can be lower. The minimum GPA is 3.5 with a 30 ACT/1320 SAT. The minimum ACT is a 25 ACT/1150 SAT with a 4.0. Please see the FAQ section for full requirement details.

Scholarship Challenge students presentations.

How to Register

You'll be asked to upload the registration materials in order to fully complete the registration process, but this form can be saved and revisited as you collect your materials. And we'll be sure to remind you if you've forgotten anything!

You also will need to collect:

  • 2 letters of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or someone who knows you well (not a family member).
  • 1 resume
  • 1 essay
  • 1 portfolio: Your portfolio should detail the things you are involved in, projects you have done, unique talents you have or generally what makes you special. Think about that Eagle Scout project, killer robotics competition or volunteer work you do. Or perhaps you're gifted musically? We want to see it. All portfolio items must be submitted as a PDF but all media (images, video, audio) are welcome... just include the links to your work in the PDF document.

Remember, registration materials are not needed all at once to begin your registration.

All registration materials are due by January 12 at 11:59pm.

Student studying in dorm


During this weekend you'll...

  • Be interviewed by MNU faculty members
  • Meet your future classmates
  • Enjoy a banquet dinner on campus
  • Experience campus life with a night in our dorms
  • Learn about some of the amazing research our faculty and students are doing with NASA and the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Meet our current students and see what it's like to be a Pioneer

Basic Schedule | November 15-16, 2019

  • Friday, November 15th: Registration at 8:45am. Campus tours and evening social event.
  • Saturday, November 16th: 9:10am to 11:30am, small group faculty interviews.

High-achieving high school seniors, graduating in the Spring of 2020.

Selection of scholarship recipients will be based on rankings within these criteria:

  • Professional Portfolio: Your portfolio must include a résumé, two academic recommendation letters, and scholarship essay (TBD). You may also include additional documentation, videos, photos, or newspaper articles that detail your honors, awards, and accomplishments, and/or any other supporting materials which detail why you should be considered a Scholarship Challenge winner. ALL portfolio materials must be submitted online by 11:59 PM on January 12, 2019.
  • Professional Interview: During the Scholarship Challenge event, each contestant will be interviewed by members of MNU's faculty, who will evaluate their impact on the MNU community and what it means to be a Pioneer.

The first day you may dress in casual attire. Students will be expected to wear business professional attire for their interview.

Housing will be provided for students only. Each student is expected to stay on campus Friday night. Please bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Students will be hosted by our current students and will stay in our dorms.

Yes. We ask that each student experience the entire event including staying overnight on campus. No exceptions will be made.

Yes, all students are expected to stay overnight.

Yes! We will have programming for parents throughout the day Friday and they may also attend Friday evening. Saturday, there will be no programming for parents. We would also recommend parents check out what Kansas City has to offer. Parents will need to book their own lodging. There are several hotel options around MNU.

There is no charge for this event. All of the food and lodging for students will be covered.

Every student who attends the Scholarship Challenge event will receive a $1,000 scholarship for being in attendance for both days of this competition. This scholarship will stack on top of whatever academic scholarship they qualify for. If a student is selected in the top 10, they will receive an additional $1,000 that was also stack on their academic scholarship.

The three full-tuition Scholarship Challenge winners are not able to be combined with any other institutional aid. If a student received an outside scholarship, it may apply towards room, board, and fee charges. The $2,000 Top 10 Scholarship can be combined with any other institutional aid.

The Scholarship Challenge event will begin at 8:45am on Friday, January 19. Friday will have a campus tour, time to meet current students, faculty, and staff. You will learn about research being conducted on campus and learn about our campus community. Friday evening we will have a social event that will allow you to get to know some of our students. The interviews will take place Saturday morning from 8:00 – 12:00. You will receive your individual interview time the week of the event.

The following items must be submitted by January 12 at 11:59 PM: Essay and Portfolio. Late submissions will NOT be accepted.

We will announce the winners approximately 10 days after the event. All recipients will receive a letter from the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Nancy Damron, with the results.

  • Maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA to remain eligible for renewal each year.
  • Participate in the MNU Honors Program and be expected to meet at guidelines of that program.
  • Work at least 8 hours/week in the academic school in which they are studying. This work may include research, grading, administrative support, etc.
  • Forfeit eligibility for all other types of MNU institutional aid including but not limited to Partner Scholarships, Music and Athletic scholarships, and named endowed scholarships. (Top three winners are still eligible for all types of federal and state aid).
  • May be expected to represent the University at special events when needed.

All scholarships will be added to each student’s financial aid award.

  • Maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA to remain eligible for yearly renewal.
  • This level of winner will be automatically accepted into the MNU Honors Program.

All scholarships will be added to each student’s financial aid award.

  • Maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA to remain eligible for yearly renewal.
  • This level of winner may apply for entry into the MNU Honors Program.should they choose.

All scholarships will be added to each student’s financial aid award.

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