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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.
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.
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.
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: