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 merit-based scholarships as well as additional scholarships to help meet the financial needs of our students.  

Merit-based Scholarships

Benedictine University offers three categories of merit scholarships based on academic achievements in high school.

Presidential Scholarship
The Presidential Scholarship is offered to our highest achieving students.
Eligibility Evaluation of academic performance in high school curriculum and standardized test scores.
Renewability Cumulative 2.750/4.000 GPA; full-time enrollment. 

St. Benedict
Eligibility Evaluation of academic performance in high school curriculum and standardized test scores.
Renewability Cumulative 2.500/4.000 GPA; full-time enrollment. 

Benedictine Eagle Award
Eligibility Evaluation of academic performance in high school curriculum and standardized test scores.
Renewability Cumulative 2.500/4.000 GPA; full-time enrollment.

Scholars Program

Benedictine Scholars Program Award
Eligibility Students must apply and interview with the Scholars program directly. The Scholars Program Award is awarded by the Scholars Program faculty to a limited number of incoming students. The award is not applicable to students in pre-pharmacy programs. Freshman students must have a minimum 3.750/4.000 cumulative GPA; a 27 ACT or 1210 SAT; and two years of foreign language.
Renewability Continued participation in the Scholars Program; cumulative 3.200/4.000 GPA; full-time enrollment.  

Additional Scholarships

Catholic High School Recognition Award
Eligibility Graduate of a Catholic high school.
Renewability Full-time enrollment. 

Music Scholarship
Eligibility Successful completion of music audition with the Department of Music; declared major or minor in music. 
Renewability Maintain a 3.000 GPA; enroll in at least one music course per semester with music department advisor approval; full-time enrollment. 

Family Recognition Award
Eligibility Incoming students of alumni parents and or/grandparents who have a sibling(s) currently enrolled in the traditional undergraduate program or who graduated from Benedictine.
Renewability Full-time enrollment. 

Out-of-State Award
Eligibility Residents of a state other than Illinois who will live in a residence hall (does not include on-campus apartments); Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion; financial need.
Renewability Full-time enrollment and campus resident.

Endowment Scholarships: Scholarship Tracking Application and Review System (STARS)

Benedictine University is honored and humbled by the many donors and supporters who feel connected to us and who want to give back to our students by endowing scholarships. As a current Benedictine student, you can apply for endowed scholarships for the following academic year. Once you begin your classes at Benedictine, you can apply for Endowment Scholarships online at The application process begins in November and ends in January.

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 2016 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 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 Mesa branch campus are not eligible for these scholarships as they qualify for special tuition rates.


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