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Birck-Tellabs Foundation Endowed Scholarship

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About the Birck-Tellabs Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Kay and Michael BirckMichael and Kay Birck became involved at BenU when their son, Christopher, enrolled as a student. Michael was a member of the President’s Advisory Council and served on the Board of Trustees, including as chairman, from 1988 until his passing in 2015. One of the many philanthropic efforts of which he and Kay have taken part, was sponsoring the annual Educare Scholarship Ball, which raised money for students in need of financial assistance. Michael is founder of Tellabs, Inc. and he and Kay have made many generous contributions, particularly in the area of science. The Birck Family–Tellabs Foundation Endowed Scholarships enable the University to compete for the best and the brightest STEM students and to ensure that high-ability students, irrespective of family means, have access to the University’s strong STEM programs.

Incoming freshman to Benedictine University that have been admitted to the institution and meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for the Birck-Tellabs Foundation Endowed Scholarship:

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  1.  Admitted to Benedictine University as an incoming freshman
  2. Declared Major within the College of Science and Health (Biological Science, Mathematical & Computational Science, or Physical Science).
  3. A minimum high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  4. A minimum composite ACT score of 26 or an SAT score of 1230.
  5. At least 1 letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or guidance counselor.

This scholarship for incoming freshman students has a priority deadline of February 1. We will accept applications after that date until May 1, or the program is full. Awardees that apply by February 1 will be notified beginning February 21.

  • Ten $2000 renewable scholarships will be competitively awarded to incoming freshmen
Apply for the Birck-Tellabs Foundation Endowed Scholarship