Scholarships for Freshman Students

You should be able to focus on your education, not how you are going to pay for it. Scholarships are a great way to help pay for your education. Benedictine offers several scholarships to help meet the financial needs of our students.

To complete an application, visit If you have questions about your pending application, you can contact or (630) 829-6300.

Benedictine Scholars Program Award
$22,400 per year, annual renewability determined by program director

Eligibility: Students interested in joining the Scholars Program must complete a separate application and interview with the Scholars Program directly. The Program admits a select group of incoming freshman students whom the Scholars Program faculty choose based on each student’s application and interview. Each student admitted to the Scholars Program will receive the Scholars Program scholarship award. Students in pre-pharmacy programs are not eligible for the Scholars Program because they do not spend four years on the Lisle campus. In order to be eligible to apply to the Scholars Program, freshman students must have a minimum 3.750/4.000 cumulative high school GPA and a 27 ACT or 1210 SAT. See the Scholars Program webpage for a complete description of the Scholars Program and Program requirements.

Presidential Award
Up to $17,000

Eligibility: 3.6-4.0 GPA or 29-33+ ACT (1350-1490+ SAT); Evaluation of academic performance in high school curriculum and standardized test scores.

St. Benedict Award
Up to $11,000

Eligibility: 2.8-3.5 GPA or 21-28 ACT (1060-1340 SAT); Evaluation of academic performance in high school curriculum and standardized test scores.

Benedictine Eagle Award
$6,000 per year

Eligibility: 2.50-2.79 GPA or 19-20 ACT/980-1050 SAT.

Music Scholarship
$6,000 per year

Eligibility: Successful completion of music audition with the Department of Music; Declared major or minor in music.

Out-of-State Award
Up to $4,000 per year

Eligibility: Residents of a state other than Illinois who will live in a residence hall (does not include on-campus apartments).

Alumni Award
Up to $2,000

Eligibility: Students whose parents(s), grandparent(s), or sibling(s) is a degreed Alumnus.

Opportunity Award
Up to $2,000 per year

Eligibility: Students who meet any one of the following four criteria:

  1. Graduate of a Catholic high school.
  2. Incoming student with sibling(s) currently enrolled in a traditional undergraduate program.
  3. Incoming student from an under-represented background.
Birck-Tellabs Scholarship
$2,000 per year

Eligibility: Students who meet the following criteria. See the Birck-Tellabs website for more details.

  1. Declared a major by the time of matriculation within one of the following three broad areas in the College of Science: Biological Sciences (including Health Science and Environmental Science majors), Mathematical & Computational Sciences, and Physical Sciences & Engineering
  2. A minimum high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  3. A minimum composite ACT score of 27 or a SAT score of 1230
Jurica Scholars Program
$2,000 per year

Eligibility: Students who meet the following criteria. See the Jurica Scholars Program website for more details.

  1. Incoming freshmen and majoring in Biology, Environmental Science or Health Science
  2. A minimum high school GPA of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Rigorous course of study in high school, including upper-level math, chemistry, and biology coursework
  4. Composite ACT score of >27 or combined SAT score above 1230 on evidence-based reading and writing and math sections of the Redesigned SAT
  5. Original answers to essay questions
  6. Positive teacher recommendation


Benedictine University Institutional Aid

During the financial aid process, a student will be considered to determine if they qualify for Benedictine University Institutional Funding in addition to their scholarship and federal aid eligibility. Students must complete the FAFSA in order to be considered for Benedictine University Institutional Aid. Benedictine Institutional Funding is renewable yearly. 

Have you filed your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?

For more information on applying, go to and use Benedictine's school code of 001767.

Please Note

  • Institutional awards applicable for incoming freshmen starting Fall 2019 term.
  • Scholarships are subject to available funding and deadlines.
  • 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 official high school transcripts and standardized test scores; 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.
  • Institutional awards are applicable to the cost of tuition only. 
  • Students from the Mesa branch campus are not eligible for these scholarships as they qualify for special tuition rates.

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