As a Christian university, Liberty University takes very seriously its responsibility to prepare graduates who will accelerate the completion of the Great Commission.
Liberty’s Center for Global Engagement does so through its Global Studies degree program, by offering opportunities for students to serve overseas on a Global Team or Global Internship, and by offering financial assistance to the children of missionaries serving with participating agencies as well as by offering loan forgiveness for certain graduates who intend on investing their lives in fulfilling the Great Commission in the most strategic places.
Liberty University is announcing the establishment of the “Missionary Scholarship” beginning in spring 2014. This is a new full-tuition scholarship for children of missionaries. College-age children who attend Liberty University will benefit from this new program if their parents are serving on a foreign mission field outside of the United States with one of the following Liberty University strategic missions partners:
Under the Missionary Scholarship, the University will provide a full-tuition scholarship of up to $80,000, disbursed over the four consecutive years of a bachelor’s degree (approximately $20,000 per year less other federal, state, and Liberty institutional gift assistance). Essentially, Liberty will take care of the cost of tuition for missionary kids (MKs), leaving parents to cover only the cost of room, board, and fees.
To be eligible, students must be U.S. Citizens and children of missionaries serving on a foreign mission field outside of the United States through one of Liberty’s listed strategic missions partners; apply for standard aid through the FAFSA and VTAG application as applicable; new undergraduate resident students; beginning first-time enrollment on or after the Spring 2014 semester; maintaining full-time consecutive enrollment; and maintaining satisfactory academic progress.
Please know that our commitment to missionary kids is stronger than ever. Liberty’s commitment to missions support and real options for our students is unwavering. Between Liberty’s loan forgiveness program for missionary graduates and this new program for MKs, it’s possible that no other university in Christian history has provided such generous support to missionary families. This makes us very proud and should make you feel like Liberty is committed to helping you reach the world.
With the goal of getting more graduates to the field more quickly, Liberty University alumni will have the opportunity to participate in the Center for Global Engagement’s Loan Repayment Program. This program will pay up to 20% per year of the balance of federal student loans (for up to $30,000 per individual) for those graduates who meet the program’s qualifications, which include at a minimum acceptance into an evangelical sending agency moving towards field placement for long-term service. Payments will begin under this program once the alumnus is on the field.
Any Liberty University alumnus who intends on serving overseas is welcome to apply, but applicants are encouraged to use this opportunity to focus their service on an unreached/unengaged people group, the translation of the Bible in a language in which it has never been before, or service within the 10/40 window or among immigrant populations from the 10/40 window (the area between the 10th and 40th parallels, which represents the least Christian part of the world).
Students who were a Global Studies major or minor will be prioritized, and applicants should also demonstrate proactive engagement with a sending agency prior to graduation.
Applicants are considered twice a year by the Center for Global Engagement before recommendations are made to the university’s Enrollment Management division for a compliance review and final approval. The review requires that students not be delinquent or in default on any federal student loans.
Liberty University will then assist in coordinating the documentation of this benefit with each approved evangelical missions agency as each agency works with the missionary through the agency's regular candidate approval process.
If you would like to receive an application contact the Center for Global Engagement via email at CGE@liberty.edu.
Liberty University Online provides a tuition discount program for Liberty University graduates who are enrolled in the online MAR program who have Journeyman status with the IMB. This program provides 100% tuition. Students are responsible to pay for the technology fee and a $50 administrative fee. For more details, please visit www.liberty.edu/scholarships.