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Church of Christ Applicants and Scholarships

What are the Churches of Christ?

George Pepperdine was a lifelong member of (a congregation of) the Churches of Christ. Church of Christ fellowships arose from the American Restoration Movement, which sought to restore unity among Christian believers by rejecting creeds and returning to the Bible as the only authoritative doctrine of faith and practice. For this reason, Churches of Christ are autonomous, non-denominational congregations associated by common core beliefs as recorded in the New Testament rather than united by a governing body, president, or creed. Pepperdine is rooted in this heritage, and Seaver College exhibits its commitment to its affiliation through many programs. To learn more, please click here.

Church of Christ Scholarship Opportunities

 Christian Leadership Award ($5,000)

Students who are members of a congregation traditionally associated with the Churches of Christ described above can apply to be considered for church-related scholarships. In order to be considered for the Christian Leadership Award, Church of Christ applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a church leader (minister, elder, youth minister, etc.) of the Church of Christ congregation of which they are a member. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and Satisfactory Academic Progress to continue receiving this award each semester.

Submitting Recommendations

After you submit your application, you will receive access to the Pepperdine Application Portal, where you can request a Church of Christ recommendation. Your recommender will then receive an email with a link to fill out your recommendation. If you have any questions, please contact the Church of Christ Admission Counselor, Sophie Egliht, at sophia.egliht@pepperdine.edu.


Spring: November 1

Fall Early Action: November 1

Fall Regular Decision: February 15

 Pepperdine Legacy Partners (PLP) Helen Young Scholarship ($5,000)

Pepperdine Legacy Partners (PLP) was established in 1958 and is the largest, most active women's group supporting colleges and universities in Southern California. For over 50 years members have been primary contributors to scholarships for Christian students and have forged a strong link between the University and the Churches of Christ across the country. PLP desires to strengthen churches by financially supporting Christian students at Pepperdine University in their education and spiritual walk. Pepperdine Legacy Partners (PLP) awards a number of $5,000 Helen Young Scholarships annually on a renewable basis to active members from the Churches of Christ. Recipients will be expected to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA, help with PLP events during the year, maintain an active presence in a local Church of Christ, and be involved with campus ministry while attending Pepperdine University. Male and female students are both eligible.

To be considered for the Helen Young Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a current, active member of a Church of Christ congregation.

  • Submit the general Pepperdine admission application by the November 1 deadline for Early Action or January 15 deadline for Regular Decision admission.

  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the February 15 priority deadline.

  • Submit a recommendation from a Church of Christ leader (minister, youth minister, elder, or deacon) and the Helen Young Scholarship form by February 15. You can access the recommendation and scholarship form through the Pepperdine Application PortalIf you already submitted a Church of Christ recommendation for the Christian Leadership Award, then you do not need to submit an additional recommendation.


February 15

The PLP Scholarship Committee will select all Helen Young Scholarship recipients at the same time. Both Early Action and Regular Decision applicants will be notified if they have received the scholarship by April 1.