Scholarships for Transfer Students 

You should be able to focus on your education, not how much it costs. That’s why at Benedictine, we reward students based on their hard work inside and outside the classroom. We offer scholarships based on merit (GPA), musical talent, Phi Theta Kappa honors society membership and Benedictine legacy. We encourage all students to apply for Financial Aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) where you may also be considered for additional institutional funding during the financial aid process.

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Merit-based Scholarships

St. Benedict Award

High academic achieving transfer students who are entering Benedictine University with at least 20 transferrable credit hours are considered for the St. Benedict Award.
Eligibility Evaluation of academic performance in college coursework; full-time enrollment.
Renewability Cumulative 3.000/4.000 GPA; full-time enrollment.

Phi Theta Kappa Award

The Phi Theta Kappa Award is awarded to students who belong to the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society. Students must show proof of membership via their official college transcripts or provide a copy of their membership certificate.
Eligibility Member of Phi Theta Kappa; cumulative 3.000/4.000 GPA; Full-time enrollment.
Renewability Cumulative 3.250/4.000 GPA; full-time enrollment

Benedictine Scholars Program Award 

The Benedictine Scholars Program Award is the highest merit scholarship a student can receive at the University, and is limited to a select few each academic year. Students must apply and interview with the Scholars program directly. Transfer students must commit to attend Benedictine for a minimum of two full academic years (four semesters) and maintain a minimum 3.200/4.000 cumulative GPA. Students must have completed a minimum of four years of a foreign language at the high school level.
Eligibility Selected by the Scholars Program faculty.
Renewability Cumulative 3.200/4.000 GPA; continued participation in the Scholars Program.

Additional Scholarships for Transfer Students

Music Scholarship

The Music Scholarship is awarded to Music majors and minors based on a successful audition with the Music Department.
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 advisor approval; full-time enrollment.

Family Recognition Award

The Family Recognition Award is provided to 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 University. 
Full-time enrollment.

Out-of-State Award

The Out-of-State Award is awarded to non-Illinois residents who will reside on Benedictine's campus.
Residents of a state other than Illinois who will reside on campus; Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion; financial need.
Renewability Full-time enrollment and campus resident.

Benedictine University Institutional Funding

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 their FAFSA in order to be considered for Benedictine University Institutional Aid. Benedictine Institutional Funding is renewable yearly.

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

Once you become a student at Benedictine, you can apply online at for endowed scholarships to receive the following academic year. The application process begins in November and ends in January. 

Merit-based Scholarships

Please Note

  • Institutional awards applicable to incoming transfer students starting in the 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.
  • Final transcripts must be received no later than 30 days after the first day of the term in which you are enrolled.
  • Student financial aid programs, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice or obligation.
  • The Benedictine Scholars Program Award and the St. Benedict Transfer Award are mutually exclusive and may not be combined.
  • Incoming sophomores are limited to a maximum of three years or six terms of institutional awards.
  • Incoming juniors are limited to a maximum of two years or four terms of institutional awards.
  • Incoming seniors are limited to a maximum of one year or two terms of institutional awards.
  • In most cases, there is a limit to institutional awards.
  • Students seeking a second degree or second major do not qualify for these scholarships.
  • Students from the Mesa branch campus are not eligible for these scholarships as they qualify for special tuition rates.
  • Students who have a previous bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree are not eligible for these scholarships.
  • Institutional awards are applicable to the cost of tuition only.

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