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Scholarship Opportunities

The Office of Student Affairs, in conjunction with the Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity, offers the following scholarship opportunities for new and current APU students:

Haggard International Scholarship Program

About the Scholarship

The Haggard International Scholarship (HIS) Program exists to embrace APU’s legacy of equipping and sending out Christian workers globally by providing scholarships and Christ-centered leadership training to international students who strive to become leaders in their home countries and throughout the world. The scholarship program combines a tuition scholarship with a leadership development program. Eligibility for the scholarship is dependent on the following: student need, leadership ability potential, Christian commitment, global mindset, and academic abilities.

  • For international undergraduate students in F-1 or J-1 student status
  • Regular admission to APU along with proof of funds for costs not covered by HIS
  • Scholarship is meant for international impact. Therefore, the student cannot take steps to stay in North America after their education and training (If a Canadian citizen, they cannot stay in the U.S.).
  • Complete and Submit all parts of the HIS Scholar Application (Contract, Essays, and Reference)
  • Student must be a born-again Christian
  • 3.2 GPA or above is required to be accepted into the program and 3.0 GPA to remain as a HIS Scholar
  • HIS scholarship is available for a maximum of 8 semesters and cannot be used for non-APU study abroad semesters
  • Student must be committed to all HIS program components to retain scholarship

Annual Requirements

  • Monthly meeting with HIS counselor/mentor
  • 2-4 HIS Leadership gatherings/assignments per semester
  • On-going leadership experience per year (on-campus or off-campus)
  • Spiritual discipleship with peer group and/or mentor
  • Vocational development
  • Completing of at least one Leadership undergraduate class by the end of first academic year
  • Choose a ‘church home’ and attend regularly

Other Requirements and Benefits

  • 30-minute culmination presentation at the end of program
  • One short-term leadership experience (Local or International)

To apply for this scholarship, complete and submit all application materials linked below to [email protected] by 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2024.

Students will be notified of their application status by Monday, April 29, 2024. If you have any questions, email [email protected].

Multi-Ethnic Leadership Scholarship

About the Scholarship

Azusa Pacific University’s Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity (SCRD) invites incoming first-year students to apply for the Multi-Ethnic Leadership (MEL) Scholarship.

The MEL Scholarship program equips students to be change agents in their spheres of influence through application of their Christian faith and commitment to social justice. MEL Scholars demonstrate an eagerness to practice self-reflection, to think critically in and outside of the classroom, and to advocate for others through service and leadership.

The scholarship is renewable, stackable, and only open to incoming first-year APU applicants. Scholarship recipients are awarded $11,000 per year ($5,500 per semester). The application (including essays and two reference forms) must be received by Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.


  • Christian commitment
  • Minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.2
  • Demonstrate passion for promoting multicultural awareness and racial reconciliation
  • Proven leadership skills (e.g., president of student council, youth group leader, club officer, etc.)
  • Undergraduate admission to APU
  • Active involvement (past and present) as an advocate for ethnic diversity, racial reconciliation, and multicultural awareness on campus
  • Active participation in student leadership by sophomore year at APU
  • Maintain GPA of 3.0 (cumulative per semester)
  • On-campus residence every year for four years
  • Active involvement in a local church
  • One leadership studies course, as outlined in the leadership minor, and two diversity courses during four years at APU
  • Participation in the required activities of the Multi-Ethnic Leadership program (meetings, retreats, workshops, conferences, etc.)

To apply for this scholarship, fill out the MEL Application Form online and enter contact information for the MEL Reference Form for a high school teacher and one additional nonfamily reference (e.g., school counselor, coach, leadership advisor, pastor). All application materials are due by Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.

If you are selected for the final round of interviews, you must be available for an on-campus or Zoom interview February 20-March 10. Students will be notified of their application status by phone or email.

If you have any questions, contact Aaron Hinojosa, executive director, at (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3720, or [email protected].

The East Los Angeles Community Union (TELACU) Scholarship

About the Scholarship

Administered by the TELACU Education Foundation, this scholarship program was created in 1983 to develop and empower new generations of leaders in the communities it serves. The program is funded by TELACU and the generous contributions of its partners—colleges and universities, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and individuals—who have joined in advancing educational opportunities for the community. The TELACU Education Foundation reserves the right to make the final selection of scholarship recipients based upon, but not limited to, the criteria described below.

Applicants must:

  • Be a first-generation college student.
  • Be from a low-income family.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Attend one of our partnering colleges and universities.
  • Be enrolled full time for the entire academic year.
  • Students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply. Special consideration may be given to students pursuing careers in business, engineering, and science.
  • California Applicants: Be a permanent resident of unincorporated East Los Angeles, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Huntington Park, City of Los Angeles, Montebello, Monterey Park, Pico Rivera, Pomona and the Inland Empire, Santa Ana, South Gate, or other communities selected by the TELACU Education Foundation.
  • Texas Applicants: Be a permanent resident of San Antonio or Austin.
  • Illinois Applicants: Be a permanent resident of Greater Chicagoland Area.
  • New York Applicants: Be a permanent resident of the state of New York.
  • A select pool of applicants will be invited to interview with the Scholarship Selection Committee, which consists of representatives from the community and corporate and educational partners. Candidates will be ranked according to their ability to demonstrate a combination of the following:
    • Extracurricular involvement demonstrating a commitment to the community
    • A need for financial and academic support in order to successfully complete a postsecondary program
  • Completed applications, together with all required documents, must be postmarked no later than the published deadline.

Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $5,000, which include any matching funds from the college or university. There are two types of scholarships: Continuing Scholarships and One Year Scholarships.

Continuing Scholarships

If you will be entering college for the first time this fall, you are eligible for a scholarship that can be renewed for four years. To renew the scholarship for subsequent years, scholars must:

  • Attend all sessions of the College Advisement and Leadership Program each year.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and submit official transcripts to the foundation for verification.
  • Inform the foundation of any changes in address, phone number, or academic standing.
  • Volunteer 20 hours of service annually to the foundation or other community organization.
  • Plan to enroll full time for the entire academic year.

One-Year Scholarships

If you are enrolled at or plan to transfer to one of our partnering colleges or universities, you may apply for a one-year award if you:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Plan to enroll full time for the entire academic year.
  • Agree to volunteer 20 hours of community service.
  • Meet the eligibility criteria detailed above.
  • Attend all sessions of the College Advisement and Leadership Program.

If you wish to be considered for a one-year scholarship the following year, you will need to reapply.

To apply for the TELACU Scholarship, visit the TELACU Education Foundation website.