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 $14,500 per year
Eligibility Awarded by the Scholars Program selection committee to a limited number of freshmen; 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. This award cannot be combined with any other institutional tuition awards.
Renewability Continued participation in the Scholars Program; cumulative 3.2/4.0 GPA; full-time enrollment

Presidential Award

Amount $8,800 - $13,400 per year
Eligibility Evaluation of academic performance in high school curriculum.
Renewability Cumulative 2.75/4.0 GPA; full-time enrollment

St. Benedict Award

Amount $7,500 - $8,600 per year
Eligibility Evaluation of academic performance in high school curriculum.
Renewability Cumulative 2.5/4.0 GPA; full-time enrollment

Benedictine Eagle Award

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

Catholic High School Recognition Award

Amount $3,000 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 music department; 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

Out-of-State Award

Amount Up to $4,000 per year
Eligibility Residents of a state other than Illinois and who will reside on campus;FAFSA completion; financial need.
Renewability Full-time enrollment and campus resident.

Benedictine Leadership Award

Amount $2,000 per year as determined by the selective awards committee. Limited number of awards available.
Eligibility Participation in high school leadership roles.
Requirements Completed Scholarship Application, essay and letter of recommendation from the Faculty Advisor of the club/organization in which you participated during your high school career.* Completed applications must be submitted to the Enrollment Center no later than June 1.
Renewability Full-time enrollment

Benedictine Spirit Award

Amount $2,000 per year as determined by the selective awards committee. Limited number of awards available.
Eligibility Active role in the community by reaching out and volunteering to help others.
Requirements Completed Scholarship Application, essay and letter of recommendation from the Faculty Advisor of the club/organization in which you participated during your high school career.* Completed applications must be submitted to the Enrollment Center no later than June 1.
Renewability Full-time enrollment; Completion of renewability form submitted to Student Life.

Family Recognition Award

Amount Up to $1,500 per year
Eligibility Incoming students of alumni parents and or/grandparents and with sibling(s) currently enrolled in the traditional undergraduate program or sibling(s) is a Benedictine University alumnus of the traditional undergraduate program.
Renewability Full-time enrollment