Colorado Christian University
Scripture Memory Scholarship

Scripture Memory Scholarship

Earn a scholarship for memorizing books of the Bible.

Colorado Christian University’s Scripture Memory Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate the ability to memorize a complete book of the Bible. The scholarship allows students to use their memories to reduce tuition costs — benefiting their faith and their finances at the same time.

Students can choose whichever translation they wish, or multiple translations. While memorizing a book of the Bible is no easy task, it is achievable.


Student Qualification Process

Please Note: You must be a current student enrolled in the College of Undergraduate Studies, or will be enrolling in the next semester or academic year.

  1. The student should notify Sara Vanvalkenburg, Office of Financial Aid, via e-mail of their intent to participate and apply for the Scripture Memory Scholarship. Please include the book(s) of the Bible that are intended to be memorized.
  2. Begin memorization.
  3. The student should then recite memorized book in front of two or more witnesses who will attest to their achievement. The witnesses will be required to complete the Scripture Memory Scholarship Verification form. This form must be submitted to Sara Vanvalkenburg, Office of Financial Aid, on or before Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

    • The student should notify the Office of Financial Aid that they are ready for verification by the Scholarship Advisory Committee and schedule a recitation meeting. The recitation meetings will occur Wednesday, January 27th from 1-4:00 p.m. The panel will validate the memorization of the passage by quizzing the student to randomly recite various portions. This meeting will not exceed 30 minutes. The Scholarship Advisory Committee will not ask the student to quote a specific set of verses such as quoting John 3:16-19. Rather, they might ask, "John 3:14 says, 'Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.' Could you please continue from there?
  4. Upon verification by the Scholarship Advisory Committee of the complete memorization of the book chosen, the student will be awarded the scholarship.

Terms and Conditions

  • A scholarship recipient candidate ("Candidate") may receive multiple Scripture Scholarships for memorizing multiple books of scripture. For example, they may memorize Ephesians and receive a scholarship for $600, and subsequently memorize John’s Gospel for another $3,500 scholarship.
  • There will be up to $100,000 per year awarded for three years. All awards will be given on a first come-first serve basis.
  • Once a Candidate has received a scholarship for a particular book of scripture, that same Candidate may not receive a scholarship again for the same book of scripture.
  • Scripture Scholarships are one-time awards per book per Candidate.
  • Scripture Scholarships apply to as many Candidates as may want to earn them, limited only by the total amounts recited in Paragraph 3 of the Memorandum of Understanding for this scholarship. For example, if fifteen Candidates recite Mark’s Gospel, they will each be awarded the $2,800 scholarship.
  • To qualify, the Candidate must recite the ENTIRE passage (book) before two or more witnesses who will attest in writing to the candidate’s achievement. Have these witnesses fill out the Scripture Memory Scholarship Verification form.
  • Before the award is granted, the Scholarship Advisory Committee at CCU will validate the Candidate’s memorization of the passage by quizzing the Candidate to randomly recite various portions before the panel. The time before the panel should not exceed 30 minutes.
  • It is intended that the recitation be verbatim from a recognized translation of the Candidate’s choosing. The Candidate should ensure that the witnesses and the Scholarship Advisory Committee have access to a transcript of the passage to verify the accuracy during the recitation. Minor infractions are allowed, but it is important to demonstrate a solid command of the passage. We are looking for as close to a word-for-word recitation as possible. When reciting, the Candidate may take a short pause or repeat a section if they run into difficulties, however, it is intended that they would know the passage proficiently enough that such occurrences would be minimal. Candidates should have no promptings of any kind.
  • Quoting or knowing the chapter and verse is not necessary. For example, the Scholarship Advisory Committee will not ask a Candidate to quote a specific set of verses such as quoting John 3:16-19. Instead, they might say, “John 3:14 says, ‘Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.’ Could you please continue from there?”
  • Should the Scholarship Advisory Committee not approve a Candidate for an award, the Candidate may schedule and attempt another review by the committee, however, each subsequent review before the committee lowers the scholarship amount by 10% of its original value.
  • The books listed above are the only approved books that will qualify for an award under this scholarship. Other books may be submitted to the Scholarship Advisory Committee for pre-approval. However, pre-approval should not be assumed and will be at the sole discretion of the committee. As well, the scholarship amount awarded for any approved books of scripture not on the list above will be at the sole discretion of the scholarship committee and will be determined at the time pre-approval is given.