Making Education Accessible, Affordable and Transformative

Since its beginning in 2001, the Legacy Scholars program has provided scholarship support and leadership development to over 300 students. Today, the program provides merit-based renewable scholarships ranging from $7500 to $9000 annually as well as leadership development opportunities to full-time undergraduate students pursuing a full-time education at any of the 15 colleges or universities that are officially historically or presently affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

As part of the Legacy Foundation’s mission to develop leaders who will transform the world, the Legacy Scholars program focuses not just on scholarship but on leadership development and growth that impacts campuses and communities for the better. This occurs primarily through the Annual Leadership Conference, Cohort Groups and the Volunteer Leadership Projects.

Applications for the new cohort of 2025-2026 Undergraduate PU Legacy Scholars will be available in January 2025.

Program Eligibility

College or University Choice

Applicants should be planning to attend or already be attending a college/university that is currently or historically related to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as listed on our website.

College Attendance

Applicants must apply as students who, in 2025-2026, will be incoming first-year college students (freshmen) or sophomores and who plan to attend full-time for at least the next three academic years, graduating May 2028 or later.

Merit-Based & Wholistic

Scholarships are holistic and merit-based, with a 3.0 GPA minimum. A strong academic record is important, along with one’s essay, resume and recommendations. Since the mission of the Foundation is to develop leaders who will transform the world, applicants should also show involvement and leadership roles that show a desire to learn, be challenged, and make a positive impact on their campuses or communities.

Leadership Program

Applicants must be able and willing to participate fully in the Legacy Scholar Program leadership & service components, including but not limited to the Annual Leadership Development Conference and the Volunteer Leadership Project. Please note the annual leadership conference normally occurs from Thursday through Sunday, the second weekend in October.

2025-2026 Application Access & Timeline:

  • January 5th, 2025 – Application Portal Available
  • March 25th, 2025 – Application Deadline
  • Mid to Late April – Awardees and Alternates Notified
  • April 25th, 2025 – Program Agreements Due

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Learn more about our mission, programs and work in our 2022-2023 Impact Report.