Give the Gift of a Lindenwood Education
Scholarships for Lindenwood University students are made possible through the generous donations of many alumni, friends, and supporters. These gifts make higher education more affordable and more accessible and help our students graduate with less debt. This allows students to focus on their educational goals and aspirations and sets them up for success knowing that Lions everywhere are rooting for them.
"When I learned that I was awarded a scholarship, it was more than a gift. It was a boost of confidence and support that my family and I really needed at the time and will continue to appreciate. I was blown away that someone I didn’t know wanted to help me out."
98 percent of Lindenwood students receive financial aid and scholarships are a critical component of those packages. Your gift today helps ensure we can continue to support our students as they pursue their degrees and is a direct investment in the leaders of tomorrow.
Types of Scholarships
Lindenwood is proud to offer several scholarships for students to help make the cost of education more affordable. 98 percent of Lindenwood University students receive some sort of financial aid, which includes scholarships funded by the generous support of our alumni, friends, and community members.
Your gift to the Scholarship Fund empowers our students to focus on their educational goals and aspirations and graduate with less debt. These gifts are awarded as both need- and merit-based scholarships, supporting Lindenwood’s mission and celebrating distinguished student achievement.
Endowed scholarships create a lasting legacy at Lindenwood University which connects our community through generations. These scholarships are awarded in perpetuity with the principal gift amount remaining intact, and the earned income distributed in accordance with the guidelines agreed upon by the donor and the university. Endowed scholarship donors may name their scholarship, and indicate a preference for how the scholarship will be awarded.
Currently, the minimum gift for an endowed scholarship is $25,000. The University’s endowment spinoff rate is five percent and based on a multi-quarter rolling average. Endowed scholarships are awarded in the academic year after the gift is fully funded. If you’re interested in learning more about establishing an endowed scholarship at Lindenwood University, please contact Brian Brunner, Assistant Vice President of Advancement at email@example.com or at (636) 949-4903. If you are the primary contact for an endowed award and would like to update your information or would like to provide contact information for an alternate contact, please complete the Endowed Scholarship Contact Information form.
Students seeking information about how to apply for a scholarships should contact Student Financial Services.
Annual Scholarships are funded by alumni, donors and friends each year. These gifts are awarded to students based on criteria determined by donors, who may also choose to name the scholarship. Unlike an endowed scholarship, an annual scholarship is not a permanent fund and is instead, awarded in the academic year it is received. Donors may establish an annual scholarship with a minimum gift of $2,500. Alumni who have graduated in the past five years and alumni ages 35 or younger may establish an annual scholarship for a minimum gift of $1,500.
Example of an annual scholarship schedule:
June 30: Gift sent to Lindenwood University and Annual Scholarship agreement signed. Donor receives acknowledgement letter/gift receipt for tax purposes.
August: Advancement alerts Fiscal Affairs, the Bursars Office, Student Financial Services, and if applicable the Dean of the appropriate College of the gift and amount.
November: Donor receives and award letter with a thank you from student, if awarded in the fall semester of the academic year. If there is an award amount left for spring semester of the academic year, the donor will receive a second letter in February.
March: Donors are invited to attend the Scholarship Brunch to celebrate philanthropy with other scholarship donors and students.
May: Reminder letters to sent out to past annual award donors to renew their gifts, if applicable.
If you’re interested in learning more about starting an annual scholarship at Lindenwood University, please contact Brian Brunner, Assistant Vice President of Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (636) 949-4903.
Annual Scholarship Brunch
The annual Scholarship Brunch celebrates the incredible impact of philanthropy and scholarship, which are both cornerstones of the Lindenwood experience. Scholarships funded by our dedicated alumni, friends, and supporters create living legacies which enable current and future students to thrive at Lindenwood, bridging our rich history with our bright future.
Save the Date for this year’s Scholarship Brunch on April 1, 2023!
Endowed Scholarship Contact Information
If you are currently listed in our system as the primary contact for an endowed scholarship, we communicate with you several ways each year. Most significantly, you are mailed an invitation to our annual Scholarship Brunch. In addition, any thank-you letters from student recipients are also forwarded to you.
Besides having a primary contact, many endowments also have an alternate contact. This is most often a family member, friend, or another interested party who you would like kept informed about your endowment. This person is likely to transition into becoming the primary contact if you are no longer able to fulfill this role. If you have not already chosen or assigned an alternate contact for your endowment, please fill out the form below. If you have any questions prior to filling out this form, please feel free to contact the Assistant Vice President for Advancement Brian Brunner at 636-949-4903 or email at email@example.com.