SAO offers new scholarship to students

The Priority Program is now open to all current residential students as well as incoming freshmen who apply

Liberty University has expanded its Priority Program scholarship to include current residential students, according to the Student Advocate Office (SAO).

Students who complete the Four A’s of Admission — apply, accept, assist and attend — in a timely matter can enter in a drawing to win a scholarship from $5,000 to full tuition, according to the Liberty University website.

study — Students can apply for the Priority Program Scholarship online. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Study — Students can apply for the Priority Program Scholarship online. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Until this semester, only incoming freshmen could benefit from the Priority Program. Now, current undergraduate students are able to take advantage of a Priority Program as well.

“We have a Priority Program for our incoming students, and (we thought) it would be awesome to offer a similar program for our current students,” Executive Director Residential Enrollment Management Dr. Larry Hoezee said.

After gaining approval from the senior vice president enrollment management, Hoezee said the SAO passed the extension proposal on to President Jerry Falwell, Jr., who signed the Priority Program extension into action.

All current students need to do to enter into this scholarship drawing is register early for the fall 2014 semester by April 15 and complete financial check-in before May 1.

“Everyone who completes this process before the date will benefit,” Hoezee said, predicting at least 1,000 current students will register by the early registration

According to Hoezee, students who decide to take advantage of early registration will automatically be entered to win scholarships ranging from $1,750 to $2,000 in addition to the financial aid already guaranteed by the Priority Program.

To help determine prospective scholarship figures more precisely, SAO Director Justin Mercer advised students to be proactive in completing financial check-in and Free Application for Student Aid to take full advantage of Priority Program.

Aside from the significant financial benefits, the Priority Program encourages both current and future students to develop a strong sense of diligence and proactivity, Hoezee explained.

“In a sense it assists to create an environment of readiness,” Hoezee said. “(The Priority Program) just continues the momentum in that regard.”

Hoezee acknowledged the ultimate goal of the Priority Program is to “foster plans of the diligent” according to Proverbs 21:5, which states, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.”

According to Mercer, students are welcome to stop by the SAO in DeMoss Hall 2247 to gather more information about the Priority Program and other scholarships offered by Liberty, which can be found in the SAO scholarship binders.

Hoezee and Mercer strongly encourage students to attend one of several free presentations titled Scholarship Search 101. These hour-long informational sessions are designed to help students find and apply for scholarships, giving them the opportunity to ask questions and hear testimonials from former Liberty scholarship beneficiaries.

To view the schedule for future Scholarship Search 101 events, students may visit

For more information, visit or call the Student Advocate Office at 434-582-7200.

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