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Jurica Scholars Program

For highly-motivated, curious and high-achieving students in a College of Science & Health major

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A Tradition of Learning

Jurica BrothersSince its founding in 1887, Benedictine University has challenged students to learn science by doing science.

This remarkable heritage inspires the Jurica Scholars Program at Benedictine University.  Named after Frs. Hillary and Edmund Jurica, O.S.B., whose collected specimens are the heart of the Jurica-Suchy Nature History Museum at Benedictine, this program is designed to cultivate the Jurica brothers’ philosophy of “learning through doing” and is a tribute to their legacy.

The Jurica Scholars program provides a merit scholarship based on academic performance. Students in the program are encouraged to take advantage of numerous programs of research, service, and extracurricular experiences.

Incoming freshman to Benedictine University that have been admitted to the institution and meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for the Jurica Scholars Scholarship Program:

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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, Physical Science or Department of Nutrition).
  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, 2022.  We will accept applications after that date until May 1, or the program is full.  Awardees that apply by February 1, 2022 will be notified beginning February 21, 2022.

  • $2,000 Renewable Scholarship
  • Meet Visiting Scientists
  • Conduct Research Projects
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Jurica Scholars are mentored by our world-class faculty who work on research projects including pollination studies in China, work at the Field Museum, or research in our excellent campus facilities. Students present research at national scientific meetings, and have recently won awards for their research from physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology societies.
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Our Benedictine values include service to others. Jurica Scholars pass on their knowledge as classroom or lab learning assistants and peer tutors. Others assist in our nature museum and lead our environmental club. Service fosters a sense of belonging and pride as students give back to their University and community. We invite you to bring your curiosity and commitment to enrich our campus community.
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Our students receive an education immersed in traditional Benedictine values. We believe an education should do more than prepare students for work. An education should prepare students for life.
Apply for the Jurica Scholars Scholarship Program