Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates →

Please click here for the latest information regarding Benedictine University's response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

  Jurica Scholars Program

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

A Tradition of Learning

Since 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 perrformance. Students in the program are encouraged to take advantage of numerous programs of research, sevice, and extracurricular experiences.

Program Benefits

  • $2,000 Scholarship
  • Meet visiting scientists as part of our seminar series.
  • Opportunities to conduct research projects with professors as part of your coursework from the first semester onward.

MentoringJurica Scholars Program

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.

Museum Student Awards 2016



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.


Program Requirements

Jurica Scholars belong to one of the majors in the College of Science:

To maintain good standing and renew the Jurica Scholars academic scholarship (currently $2,000/year), students need to:

  • Maintain enrollment and progress as a College of Science major.
  • Maintain a 3.3 GPA each semester.
  • Participate in Jurica Scholars events and activities.
  • Adhere to the highest standards of academic integrity and agree to abide by the University Honor Code. Any upheld violations of the Honor Code are subject for immediate dismissal from the Program.


Jurica Scholars
Jurica Scholar Criteria

  • Students must be incoming College of Science major.
  • 3.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Rigorous course of study in high school, including upper-level math, chemistry, and biology coursework.
  • Math or Science ACT subscore score of 26 or higher (or SAT MAth subscore 620 or higher.
  • Completed application
  • The priority deadline for applications is February 1, 2020. Applications will be accepted after that until all scholarships are awarded. Awardees will be notified beginning February 15.
BenU Pollination Project at Tiananmen
We promise our students a college experience like no other.
Our students receive an education immersed in traditional Benedictine values. They receive personal attention from faculty who make student learning their priority. They are embraced by a support system that includes academic advisors dedicated to their success. They are guided by career counselors who ensure our students are better prepared to enter the job market. Our students work at Argonne National Laboratory, conduct research in state-of-the-art facilities and assist trained medical surgeons. They are part of a diverse, caring community.

Project Lead The Way
PLTW students receive special consideration for competitive COS scholarships and honors programs. Click the logo for more information.


We believe an education should do more than prepare students for work.
An education should prepare students for life.

Jurica Scholars

Yvonne Kumon
Assistant to the Associate Dean
(630) 829-6084

COS Facebook  COS Flickr  COS Twitter   Get LinkedIn to COS!

Cheryl Mascarenhas, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Science & Health
(630) 829-6587

Tonia Rucker
Senior Assistant to the Dean
(630) 829-6187

Elizabeth Ritt, Ed.D., RN, NEA-BC, CNE
Dean, Science & Health
(630) 829-1933