Scholarships for Freshman Students

Scholarships are a great way to help pay for your education. Benedictine University has over 75 scholarships that have been established for various reason, but all of them have been established to help meet financial needs of our students. Additionally, there are a number of third-party organizations providing scholarships, visit Financial Aid's list of external scholarships to learn more.

Merit-based Scholarships

Benedictine Scholars Program Award

Amount $17,500 per year
Eligibility Awarded by the Scholars Program faculty to a limited number of incoming students; not applicable to students in pre-pharmacy programs. Freshman students must have a minimum 3.75/4.0 cumulative GPA; a 27 ACT or 1210 SAT; and two years of foreign language.
Renewability Continued participation in the Scholars Program; cumulative 3.2/4.0 GPA; full-time enrollment.

Presidential Award

Amount $9,250 - $14,100 per year
Eligibility Evaluation of academic performance in high school curriculum and standardized test score.
Renewability Cumulative 2.75/4.0 GPA; full-time enrollment

St. Benedict Award

Amount $7,500 - $9,000 per year
Eligibility Evaluation of academic performance in high school curriculum and standardized test scores.
Renewability Cumulative 2.5/4.0 GPA; full-time enrollment

Benedictine Eagle Award

Amount $5,000 - $6,000 per year
Eligibility Evaluation of academic performance in high school curriculum and standardized test scores.
Renewability Cumulative 2.5/4.0 GPA; full-time enrollment

Catholic High School Recognition Award

Amount $2,500 per year
Eligibility Graduate of a Catholic high school
Renewability Full-time enrollment

Music Scholarship

Amount Up to $4,000 per year
Eligibility Successful completion of a music audition with the Department of Music; declared major or minor in music.
Renewability Maintain a 3.0 GPA; enroll in at least one music course per semester with music department advisor approval; full-time enrollment.

Family Recognition Award

Amount Up to $1,000 per year dependent on other institutional awards.
Eligibility Incoming students of alumni parents and or/grandparents and with sibling(s) currently enrolled in the traditional undergraduate program or sibling(s) is an alumnus  Benedictine University.
Renewability Full-time enrollment

Out-of-State Award

Amount Up to $4,000 per year dependent on other institutional awards.
Eligibility Residents of a state other than Illinois who will live in a residence hall, (does not include on-campus apartments); FAFSA completion; financial need.
Renewability Full-time enrollment and campus resident.

Benedictine Leadership Award

Amount $2,000 as determined by the selective awards committee. Limited number of awards available.
Eligibility Participation in high school leadership roles, excluding athletics. **.
Requirements Completed scholarship application and essay explaining your leadership role in a club or organization in which you participated during your high school career.* Completed applications must be submitted to the Enrollment Center no later than May 1.
Renewability Full-time enrollment; completion of renewability form submitted to the Office of Student Life.

Benedictine Spirit Award

Amount $2,000 as determined by the selective awards committee. Limited number of awards available.
Eligibility Active member of the community by reaching out and volunteering to help others during high school.
Requirements Completed scholarship application and essay that explains the work or project completed within your community.* Completed applications must be submitted to the Enrollment Center no later than May 1.
Renewability Full-time enrollment; completion of renewability form submitted to the Office of Student Life.

For additonal scholarship information, please visit ben.edu/scholarships.
*     Award recipients will be determined by the scholarship committee.

**    In accordance with NCAA bylaw 15.2.3.4, athletic participation is not considered for the Leadership or Spirit Award.

Please Note

  • Institutional awards applicable for incoming freshmen starting Fall 2015 term.
  • Full-time enrollment is defined as 12 or more semester credit hours per term.
  • Scholarships are limited to a maximum of four years or eight terms of institutional awards.  Awards will be finalized after submission of seventh semester/quarter grades; no revisions to merit awards will be made after the seventh semester/quarter.
  • Student financial aid programs, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice or obligation.
  • The Benedictine Scholars Program Award, Presidential Award, St. Benedict Award, and Benedictine Eagle Award are mutually exclusive and may not be combined.
  • Institutional awards are applicable to the cost of tuition only. 
  • Students from the Springfield and Mesa branch campuses are not eligible for these scholarships as they qualify for special tuition rates.