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New Program Will Support Minorities and First-Generation College Students

February 11, 2021

New Program Will Support Minorities and First-Generation College Students

Benedictine University is pleased to announce the brand-new Belong Scholarship Program – A Personal Journey of Excellence, an initiative that will begin with incoming freshmen in the fall of 2021 and continue with future classes throughout their years at BenU.  

All college students have access to the many resources a college or university provide for academic, personal and professional growth, but the Belong Scholarship Program at Benedictine will provide those students accepted into the program to have those resources streamlined directly to them through peer, faculty/staff and alumni mentoring to ensure their success throughout their time as a student here at Benedictine. The Belong Scholarship Program will take a more focused approach on how students that choose Benedictine maximize their experiences and growth inside and outside of the classroom. This program will assure that for those accepted into the program and provide a roadmap of not only resources but support to achieve the goals they and their families have set out for them in the college search process.

Students who are in the program will receive:

  • Individualized mentoring from other students who may have similar circumstances
  • Invitations to special events throughout the year
  • Access to networking opportunities within their field
  • Service opportunities for their entire cohort
  • Presentations about peer tutoring, career development, licensed learning specialists and other offerings across campus

All those in the program will receive a $2,000 renewable scholarship for their education at BenU. Beyond admission to BenU, there are no academic requirements for this program—applicants simply need to be a first-generation college student or part of an underrepresented minority. The university is hoping to enroll 20-25 freshmen students in its first cohort.

The Belong Scholarship Program – A Personal Journey of Excellence.

Apply for the Belong Scholarship Program HERE



Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the ninth consecutive year in 2019. Benedictine University was also named the second-safest campus in the country and safest campus in Illinois by in 2019. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For more information about the University, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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