Graduate Financial Aid

Scholarships, Grants & Awards 
Piedmont International University works diligently to keep the cost of tuition low and offer opportunities for additional scholarship to our students. Through the gracious giving of many donors and external partnerships Piedmont is committed to keep the cost of attendance to minimum for our students while providing an exceptional Education experience.

Discounts and scholarships are awarded and applied beginning with the term (Summer/Fall/Spring) in which a student is approved and enrolled and are not retroactive. The General Scholarship Rule applies to all scholarships.

Application for all scholarships is available through the Piedmont International University Financial Aid Student Terminal (F.A.S.T.) which is available during the Financial Aid application procedure.

General Scholarship Rule (GSR)
The total of federal grants and PIU scholarships cannot exceed the cost of actual tuition. If the combined aid in these categories exceeds the cost of tuition, Federal Aid will post first and then PIU scholarships will be reduced/applied accordingly.

Awards received that cover the majority of costs such as church partnerships have limitations for stacking with other PIU aid sources such as Alumni etc. Discounts and scholarships are awarded and applied beginning with the term in which a student is approved and enrolled and are not retroactive.

Piedmont International University reserves the right to change terms and conditions of any grant or scholarship at any time at its discretion and terminate or suspend scholarships.

All students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to maintain their eligibility to receive federal student aid. Failure to maintain SAP will eliminate remaining awards to be disbursed.If you change your enrollment (credits currently enrolled) at any time during the semester, your aid will be adjusted accordingly. This would include any scholarships or grants that require either full-time or half-time enrollment. If a scholarship requires full-time enrollment, and you drop to part-time enrollment, the scholarship award will be reversed.

Institutional Grants:
Piedmont International University offers a variety of Institutional Grants and Scholarships to make quality education accessible for degree-seeking students. Scholarship and Institutional Grant requirements vary and have limited stackability and cannot exceed 100% of tuition charged.

Funded Scholarships:
Funded scholarships are awarded through an application process and Scholarship Committee review.
The priority deadline for funded scholarships is March 1 of each year.

Please refer to the following listings of scholarship and awards available:

Institutional Grants and Scholarships

ALUMNI Scholarships

Alumni Scholarship PIU & Spurgeon
The Alumni Scholarship is provided to all alumni of Piedmont International University and Spurgeon Baptist Bible College as well as their children and grandchildren in appreciation of their years of support and service. Alumni applicants are eligible for up to one third off tuition for any program.
Eligibility:

  • Must be new full time degree seeking on-campus or online student.
  • Must maintain SAP
  • Transfer students are eligible.
  • Application must be submitted prior to semester admissions deadline
  • Limited stackability.
  • Does not apply to e4-12, dual enrollment or any “unique” program offered at PIU.
  • Alumni is defined as any graduate from PIU, TTU, Spurgeon from any degree program as well as former students who have completed at least 12 credit hours and have been out of school for five or more years.

Temple Heritage Scholarship
To honor Tennessee Temple University, the Temple Heritage Scholarship has been established providing up to one third off tuition for any program.This scholarship is available in perpetuity for all TTU students, alumni, and faculty/staff who were employed at the time of the merger, as well as for the children and grandchildren of members in each of those groups.
Eligibility:

  • Must be new full time degree-seeking, on-campus, or online student.
  • Must maintain SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress)
  • Transfer students are eligible
  • Application must be submitted prior to semester admissions deadline
  • Limited stackability.
  • Does not apply to E4-12, dual enrollment or any “unique” program offered at PIU. Alumni is defined as any graduate from PIU, TTU, or Spurgeon from any degree program as well as former students who have completed at least 12 credit hours and have been out of school for five or more years.

Dependent Grant-in Aid (DGIA)
Dependents of a full time benefited employee of Piedmont International University (PIU) are eligible to receive a tuition assistance scholarship classified as Dependent Grant-in-Aid (DGIA).
Eligibility Conditions

  1. Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress (SAP) is incorporated into the DGIA benefit.
  2. The benefit covers only the minimum number of hours required to complete the degree. A degree must be declared in order to enter into the DGIA program.
  3. The DGIA benefit will cover tuition only and will not cover any additional fees, books or housing.
  4. Employees will not be taxed for dependent(s) in the undergraduate program for tuition reduction. Graduate courses extended to dependents are fully taxable and the employee is subject to income reporting and any other IRS requirements.
  5. If a degree was earned at Piedmont using DGIA a dependent may not use DGIA to complete another degree at the same level. If the degree was earned at another institution DGIA can be used towards a degree at the same level.
  6. All hours taken at PIU will go to the minimum number of hours required in a degree program. Once these hours are reached no additional scholarship hours will be available.
  7. Graduate degree program prerequisites must be met prior to entering the DGIA program.
  8. General Scholarship Rule applies.
  9. Scholarship is not stackable.

Process

  1. An application must be completed by the full time benefited employee. The application should be completed annually by April 1st for the following academic year or for new employees waiting within the six month period the application can be completed once eligible.
  2. Undergraduate students must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. If verification is selected all appropriate requested paperwork must be submitted in a timely fashion as requested.
  3. Graduate Students are not required to submit the FAFSA.  

Piedmont International University Full time Employee Grant
Full-time PIU employees may receive a grant to cover tuition for up to 2 classes per semester (six classes per academic year -including summer term).
Eligibility

  • Must be a full time benefited employee
  • Class schedule cannot exceed 2 classes per online section
  • An application must be submitted with Human Resources with department approval.
  • A yearly FAFSA is required for all undergraduate applicants.
  • There is a 90-day waiting period for the benefit to start. Should a term start prior to the 90 days, employee may begin the following term in classes once approved.
  • If a degree is completed at PIU, this benefit cannot apply to a second degree at that same level.

Graduate Assistance Grant
Students selected to assist faculty members as a Teaching Assistant may receive up to 3 credit hours of free tuition per semester. This award is renewable if the student continues to serve as a TA. The amount will be based on the number of hours per week (for example 1.5 hours of tuition for a ½ time position).

International Scholarship
This scholarship will provide up to 1/3 tuition assistance to an international student desiring to study at PIU. The scholarship is based on the following criteria.

  • Non US citizen
  • Must demonstrate academic capability and good character
  • Ineligible for Federal Financial Aid
  • Scholarship requires maintenance of SAP and good student conduct
  • Must be enrolled full time
  • Available to online or on campus students
  • Limited stackability

Military Appreciation Scholarship
This supplement covers the complete cost of tuition beyond the $250 per credit hour paid by the military through tuition assistance. The student pays only the applicable fees. This award is not stackable and the General Scholarship Rule applies.  

President’s Diversity Scholarship
The President’s Diversity Scholarship is designed to help meet the vision goals laid out in Piedmont’s Nine Vision Benchmarks. The Fourth Vision Benchmark states, “We will actively seek, recruit, equip, and graduate increasing numbers of diverse students prepared to invest their lives in effective Christian ministry.” All recipients must be U.S. citizens of an ethnic minority. Tuition is based on need and students may receive up to a 1/3 tuition assistance grant.

  • Must maintain SAP
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Available for on campus or online students
  • Available for undergraduate or graduate studies
  • Must be an ethnic minority
  • General Scholarship Rule applies
  • Limited stackability

PhD Grant 2016-2017
Students successfully enrolling in a PhD program in the 2016-17 academic year will receive a scholarship of up to 25% of tuition. This scholarship will continue for future semesters as long as the student remains continuously enrolled.”
Eligibility:

  • Must be new full time degree seeking PhD student
  • Must maintain SAP
  • General Scholarship rule applies
  • Transfer students are eligible
  • Application for scholarship is an annual requirement and must be completed by April 1 for following year enrollment.
  • Non stackable

Stevens Scholarship
Awarded to employees and their dependents who serve in missions and or not-for-profit Christian ministries. Tuition is based on need and students may receive up to a 1/3 tuition assistance grant.
Eligibility:

  • Proof of eligibility must be submitted as follows:
  • Must be a full-time employee and/or dependents of a full-time employee of a not-for-profit Christian Ministry
  • Must provide proof of employment or parent/spouse employment with non-profit
  • Undergraduates must complete a yearly FAFSA
  • General Scholarship Rule applies
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Non stackable  

Supporting Church Scholarship
Pastors
Pastors who serve as full-time senior, associate or assistant pastors of churches supporting Piedmont International University at a minimum of $100.00 per month will received up to a ⅔ tuition assistance grant.
Eligibility:

  • Upon application and support from the church there is a six month waiting period before benefit applies.
  • Student must maintain SAP
  • Grant applies to on campus or online students
  • Grant applies to undergraduate and graduate students
  • Church must be in good standing and current with payments
  • Undergraduate students must complete a FAFSA each year
  • General Scholarship Rule (GSR) applies
  • Non stackable
  • Application for scholarship is an annual requirement and must be completed minimum 30 days prior to start date.

Supporting Church Scholarship
Member
Members of a supporting Church of Piedmont International University will receive up to a 1/3 tuition assistance grant per credit hour. Renewal requires continued church support.
Eligibility:

  • Must be new full time degree seeking undergraduate student
  • Must maintain SAP
  • Grant applies to on campus or online students
  • Grant applies undergraduate or graduate students
  • General Scholarship rule applies
  • Transfer students are eligible
  • Application for scholarship is an annual requirement and must be completed by April 1 for following year enrollment.

Word of Life Bible Institute Faculty and Staff
Piedmont International University is pleased to offer up to a $150 per hour tuition assistance Grant awarded to current Faculty and Staff of Word of Life Bible Institute to seek a degree at the undergraduate or graduate level through our online school.  View video offer.
Eligibility:

  • General Scholarship Rule applies
  • Must be currently employed and in good standing with Word of Life Bible Institute
  • Must maintain SAP
  • Non stackable

Graduate Funded Grants and Scholarships

Funded scholarships are made possible through the generous support of donors. Applications are received each spring from new and currently enrolled students.  To be eligible for a need based scholarship a current FAFSA must be completed. The annual application deadline is March 1 by 11:59 pm.  Apply Here

THE MATT & ALICIA ARGANO LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
The Matt and Alicia Argano Leadership Scholarship in the amount of $1500 is provided by Dr. and Mrs. Matt Argano. Dr. Argano is an alumnus of Tennessee Temple University where he earned his Ph.D. in Leadership (read more about Dr. Argano).

This award is to be granted annually to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in the Ph.D Leadership program
  • Exhibit good scholarship by maintaining a 3.5 overall grade point average (GPA)
  • Proven financial need

The recipient shall be recommended by the School of Leadership and selected by the Scholarship Committee. The scholarship will be $1,500 per year payable in the sum of $750 per semester. This scholarship is based on donated funds.

ATLANTIC SCHOLARSHIP FOR MINISTRY TRAINING
The Atlantic Scholarship was established in 2008, when Atlantic Baptist Bible College merged with Piedmont International University. To qualify for this one-third scholarship, recipients must be one of the following:

  • Atlantic alumni
  • Atlantic Faculty
  • Atlantic staff
  • Members of one of Atlantic’s supporting churches.

JOHNNY ALBERT AWARD
The Johnny Albert Scholarship in the amount of $500 was established to honor Johnny Albert who is an alumnus of Piedmont, graduating in 1966 with a Th.B. degree. He pursued graduate studies, receiving a Master's degree from Bob Jones University and a doctorate from Community Bible Institute in Richmond, Virginia. He has pastored for 37 years and is currently serving at Faith Baptist Church in Cumberland, Virginia.

This scholarship should be granted annually to a male student who meets the following criteria:

  • Enrolled full time at Piedmont International University or Temple Baptist Seminary.
  • Exhibits good scholarship by maintaining a 3.0 overall grade point average (GPA)
  • Preparing for the pastorate
  • Displays a strong Christian Service record
  • Demonstrates exemplary conduct both on and off campus
  • Proven financial need

The scholarship will be in the amount of $500 per year, payable in the sum of $250 for the fall and spring semesters. The recipient will be selected by the Scholarship Committee and limited to one.

HOYLE E. BOWMAN THEOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP
The Hoyle E. Bowman Theology scholarship in the amount of $2000.00 per year is provided by the late Dr. Hoyle Bowman and his wife Mrs. Lucille Bowman. Dr. Bowman, faithfully served as Professor of Theology at Piedmont International University for 51 years and his wife, Lucille Bowman served Piedmont for 49 years as Librarian, Faculty Secretary and Alumni Secretary. Because of their great love for Piedmont International University, training others for future ministry and the Lord Jesus Christ, the Bowman scholarship was established.

This scholarship is to be granted annually to a male student who meets the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and intends to pursue graduate study, OR enrolled in the Masters of Biblical Studies or the PhD of Biblical Studies.
  • Aspires to teach systematic theology or biblical studies on the undergraduate level
  • Exhibits good scholarship by maintaining a 3.0 overall grade point average (GPA)
  • Displays a strong Christian Service record
  • Demonstrates exemplary conduct both on and off campus
  • Proven financial need
  • Never has been divorced, nor has his wife been divorced

The scholarship will be in the amount of $2000 per year, payable in the sum of $1000 for the fall and spring semesters. The recipient(s) will be selected by the Scholarship Committee and the amount awarded will be divided among the number of selected recipients with no more than 2 recipients per year.

THE PASTOR JIMMIE JONES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Pastor Jimmie Jones Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1000 is provided by Johnston Chapel Baptist Church in Princeton, WV, in memory of its founding pastor, Rev. Jimmie Jones. Pastor Jones served Johnston Chapel for 37 years, was on the Board of Trustees at Piedmont for over 20 years, and was responsible for directing numerous students to the University.

This scholarship should be granted annually to any male student who meets the following criteria:

  • Enrolled full time at Piedmont International University or Temple Baptist Seminary
  • Is a rising junior or senior in the B.A. of Biblical Studies or an online equivalent or a graduate student
  • Expresses the intention of pastoring
  • Exhibits good scholarship by maintaining a 3.0 overall grade point average (GPA)
  • Displays a strong Christian Service record
  • Demonstrates exemplary conduct both on and off campus
  • Proven financial need

Preference should be given to any qualifying student from Johnston Chapel Baptist Church, Princeton, WV.  The scholarship will be in the amount of $1000 per year, payable in the sum of $500 for the fall and spring semesters. The recipient will be selected by the Scholarship Committee. 

REV. WILLARD U. FULTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 
The Rev. Willard U. Fulton Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2000 was established to express grateful appreciation for Rev. Willard Fulton’s life as a pastor and his love for the pastoral ministry. This scholarship seeks to fulfill the spirit of II Timothy 2:2, “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” This spirit was seen by the congregation served by their undershepherd, Rev. Willard Fulton.

The Rev. Willard U. Fulton Memorial Scholarship seeks to further the training of future pastors. This scholarship should be granted annually to a male student who meets the following criteria:

  • Enrolled full time at Piedmont International University or Temple Baptist Seminary.
  • Exhibits good scholarship by maintaining a 3.0 overall grade point average (GPA)
  • Preparing for the pastorate
  • Displays a strong Christian Service record
  • Demonstrates exemplary conduct both on and off campus
  • Proven financial need

The scholarship shall be in the amount of $2000 per year, payable in the fall and spring semesters. The recipient(s) will be selected by the Scholarship Committee and limited to 2.

THE W.E. HOBBS ENDOWED MINISTRY SCHOLARSHIP
The W. E. Hobbs Endowed Ministry Scholarship was established to assist men and women training for the ministry.  After graduating from Piedmont in 1961, Mr. Hobbs began serving his church in multiple roles including Sunday School teacher for over 40 years.  Before his death, Mr. Hobbs instructed his family to direct a portion of his estate to endow a scholarship for students who would otherwise not be able to attend the University. 

This scholarship should be granted annually to any student who meets the following criteria:

  • Enrolled full time at Piedmont International University or Temple Baptist Seminary.
  • Exhibits good scholarship by maintaining a 2.5 overall grade point average (GPA)
  • Displays a strong Christian Service record
  • Demonstrates exemplary conduct both on and off campus
  • Proven financial need

The scholarship amount will vary each year according to the amount realized by the annual return on the fund investment and shall be awarded with half applied to the fall and half to the spring semester. The recipient will be selected by the Scholarship Committee with only one recipient per year.

GEORGE M. AND DORIS T. MANUEL MINISTRY SCHOLARSHIP
The George M and Doris T Manuel scholarship in the amount of $600 was established in honor of George M. and Doris T. Manuel, who both were loyal and dedicated employees of Piedmont International University. Mr. Manuel served as a professor and librarian for many years before his premature death while Mrs. Manuel served in a variety of roles at Piedmont for 38 years. Following extensive military service in WWII as a commissioned officer, including time as a prisoner of war in Germany, George Manuel surrendered to the Lord and enrolled in Piedmont Bible College in 1948 accompanied by his new bride, Doris. Following graduation in 1953, he served on the staff at Piedmont during which time he completed a B.A. degree in history from Guilford College. Two months before he was to receive his Master of Library Science degree from UNC-CH, he was called home to be with the Lord in June 1963 at the age of 40. Doris, a young widow with three children, continued to serve in various capacities on the staff for more than 35 years, serving until the last year of her life, passing into the Lord’s presence in May 1999. George and Doris were exemplary in character, in their love for Christ, and in their loyal, devoted, dedicated service to Piedmont for a combined total of almost 50 years.

This scholarship should be granted annually to 2 students, one male and one female, preparing for full-time Christian service and meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled full time at Piedmont International University or Temple Baptist Seminary.
  • Exhibits good scholarship by maintaining a 2.5 overall grade point average (GPA)
  • Displays a strong Christian Service record
  • Demonstrates exemplary conduct both on and off campus
  • Proven financial need

The University Scholarship Committee will review the list of eligible students and based on the criteria identified above and award scholarships in the amount of $600 per student per year. Half will be awarded in the fall and half in the spring.

ROBERT L. PATTERSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP                  

The Robert L. Patterson Memorial Scholarship was established in 2008 by Mrs. Patricia Patterson in honor of her late husband who consistently demonstrated his love for Jesus Christ and the Word of God. Mr. Patterson continued to preach the Word right up till the day that he went to be face-to-face with his beloved Lord. Piedmont is proud to count Bob Patterson as an alumnus.

Robert and Patricia were instrumental during the critical startup phase of Piedmont’s Spurgeon School of Online Education as they provided outstanding consultation and significant resources for the project. It was obvious to all involved that one of the reasons God had so blessed their business was to put them in the position to advance the vision of Piedmont.

The Robert L. Patterson Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $8,000 is to be granted annually to a male student who is preparing for the pastorate and meets the following criteria: 

  • Enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies,  the Bachelor of Arts in Bible with Ministry Minor, Master’s in Ministry or Masters of Divinity
  • Exhibits good scholarship by having a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 and/or ACT score of 24 if an incoming freshman.  Or by maintaining a 3.0 overall grade point average (GPA) while at Piedmont
  • Displays a strong Christian Service record
  • Demonstrates exemplary conduct both on and off campus
  • Proven financial need

The total annual scholarship amount will be $8,000, awarded in the sum of $4000 for the fall and spring semesters. The recipient(s) will be selected by the Scholarship Committee and the amount awarded will be divided among the number of selected recipients with no more than 4 recipients per year.

BARBARA WILLIAMSON POPE SCHOLARSHIP FOR WOMEN
The Barbara Williamson Pope Scholarship in the amount of $1500 was established in memory of Mrs. Barbara Williamson Pope. Mrs. Pope was a Christian businesswoman who worked side by side with her husband, Richard E. Pope, for many years. She was a long-time member of Salem Baptist Church.

Three awards are to be granted annually to women who are enrolled in study programs preparing them for Christian ministry and meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled full time at Piedmont International University or Temple Baptist Seminary.
  • Exhibits good scholarship by maintaining a 2.0 overall grade point average (GPA)
  • Displays a strong Christian Service record
  • Demonstrates exemplary conduct both on and off campus
  • Proven financial need

The scholarship will be in the amount of $1500 per year, payable in the sum of $750 for the fall and spring semesters. The recipients (3) will be selected by the Scholarship Committee and the amount of $1500 awarded to each recipient.  

RICHARD E. POPE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR MEN
The Richard E. Pope Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1500 was established by Mr. Richard E. Pope. Mr. Pope was a Christian businessman from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is a former member of the College Board of Trustees and a long-time member of Salem Baptist Church.

Three awards are to be granted annually to men who are enrolled in study programs preparing them for Christian ministry and meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled full time at Piedmont International University or Temple Baptist Seminary.
  • Exhibits good scholarship by maintaining a 2.0 overall grade point average (GPA)
  • Displays a strong Christian Service record
  • Demonstrates exemplary conduct both on and off campus
  • Proven financial need

The scholarship will be in the amount of $1500 per year, payable in the sum of $750 for the fall and spring semesters. The recipients (3) will be selected by the Scholarship Committee and the amount of $1500 awarded to each recipient.  

THE WILLIAMS FAMILY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
The Williams Family Endowed Scholarship was established by Abie and Debbie Williams in December of 2005 to assist students enrolled at Piedmont International University. Preference should be given to students from the New River Valley area of southwest Virginia, particularly from Calvary Baptist Church of Radford, Virginia. If no students qualify geography this scholarship shall be open for any qualifying student.

This scholarship should be granted annually to any student who meets the following criteria:

  • Enrolled full time at Piedmont International University or Temple Baptist Seminary.
  • Exhibits good scholarship by maintaining a 3.0 overall grade point average (GPA)
  • Displays a strong Christian Service record
  • Demonstrates exemplary conduct both on and off campus
  • Proven financial need

The scholarship amount will vary each year according to the amount realized by the annual return on the fund investment and shall be awarded with half applied to the fall and half to the spring semester. The recipient(s) will be selected by the Scholarship Committee and the amount awarded will be divided among the number of selected recipients with no more than 2 recipients per year.