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We believe in recognizing and rewarding excellence, so we offer an array of scholarships—ranging in value from $2,000 to $24,000—for academic achievement and talent. You may also be eligible for one of our special scholarships if you are a member of an underrepresented group, if you belong to a congregation of the United Church of Christ, or if you are related to an Elmhurst graduate or student. It's all about giving deserving students access to an extraordinary education.


How do I apply for a scholarship at Elmhurst College?
Complete the Application for Admission and send it, along with your academic transcripts and other materials (e.g. test scores) as indicated on the application, to the Office of Admission. Your admission application is your scholarship application.   Students planning to major in music related areas must audition as a part of their consideration for a scholarship.

Freshman Scholarships
Transfer Scholarships
Other Scholarships 
Scholarships for Students in Accelerated Programs
Scholarship Search 
External Scholarships

Freshman Scholarships: 2015-2016 Academic Year
If you're an entering freshman with a strong high school academic record, you may earn a valuable scholarship that can be renewed each year of your studies at Elmhurst. We award these scholarships based on:
-High school grade point average and curriculum in English, mathematics, laboratory science, social science and foreign language courses
-Composite ACT or SAT scores
-We may also consider your essay, letters of recommendation and extracurricular activities

Presidential Scholarship
$19,000 to $24,000 per year
What we look for:
-Excellence in challenging high school curriculum, including advanced placement and honors courses
-Superior high school academic performance in all measures
To renew your scholarship:
-Maintain a 3.00 Elmhurst grade point average and full time enrollment

Dean's Scholarships
$15,000 to $19,000 per year. 
What we look for:
-High level performance in a strong high school program, including advanced placement and honors courses
-Superior abilities in most other academic endeavors
To renew your scholarship:
-Maintain a 2.75 Elmhurst grade point average and full time enrollment

Founders Scholarships

$8,000 to $14,000 per year
What we look for:
-Superior performance in solid college bound curriculum
-Above average abilites in other academic indicators
To renew your scholarship:
-Maintain a 2.50 Elmhurst grade point average and full time enrollment

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Transfer Scholarships: 2015–2016 Academic Year
Each year we offer the top 20 percent of entering transfer students valuable scholarships that may be renewed each year of their studies at Elmhurst. Scholarships are offered based on the grade-point average attained in previous college-level work and on the number of college credit hours earned at the time of application. 

Transfer Excellence Scholarships
$15,000 to $20,000 per year
What we look for:
-At least 45 semester hours of transferable college credit completed at the time of application
-Cumulative 3.50 transfer grade point average on a 4.00 scale
To renew your scholarship:
-Maintain a 3.00 Elmhurst College grade point average and full time enrollment

Transfer Achievement Scholarship
$11,000 to $15,000 per year
What we look for:
-At least 30 semester hours of transferable college credit completed at the time of application
-Cumulative transfer grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
To renew your scholarship:
-Maintain  a 2.75 Elmhurst College grade point average and full time enrollment

Transfer Recognition Scholarships
$7,000 to $12,000 per year
What we look for:
-Fewer than 30 semester hours of transferable credit at the time of application  
-Cumulative transfer grade point average of 2.80 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application
To renew your scholarship:
-Maintain a 2.00 Elmhurst College grade point average and full time enrollment

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships
$2,000 (can be added ot other scholarships offered by Elmhurst College)
What we look for:
-Membership in Phi Theta Kappa
-Cumulative transfer grade point average of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale
To be considered:
-Provide official college transcripts confirming PTK membership at the time of application
To renew
-Maintain  the grade point average needed for the Elmhurst scholarship award (Excellence,        Achievement, Recognition)
-Full time enrollment

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Other Scholarships
Enrichment Scholarships
One third tuition ($11,223 for 2014-2015)*
Who's eligible:
-Students who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups at Elmhurst
-The scholarship is not limited by race or ethnicity
To be considered:
-Apply for admission
To renew your scholarship:
-Maintain full time enrollment and good standing at Elmhurst College.
*For students paying comprehensive tuition fee

United Church of Christ Scholarships
One third tuition ($11,223 for 2014-2015)*
Who's eligible
-Freshmen and transfer students who belong to congregations of the United Church of Christ
To be considered:
-Apply for admission and ask your pastor to submit a letter of membership to the Director of  Student Financial Services
To renew your scholarship
-Maintain full time enrollment and good standing at Elmhurst College
*For students paying comprehensive tuition fee.

Music Scholarships
Up to $24,000
Who's eligible:
-Students who plan to major in music, music education, music business, music theory and composition or jazz studies 
Awarded based on:
-Academic credentials
-Audition
To be considered:
Apply for admission and schedule an audition prior to June 1 by contacting:
Gayle Bisesi
Director of Music Admission
(630)617-3524 
music.admission@elmhurst.edu

Legacy Scholarships
$2,000 (may be added to to other scholarships offered by Elmhurst)
Who's eligible:
-Students that have directly related family members (father, mother, brother, sister, grandfather, grandmother) who have graduated from or are currently enrolled full time at Elmhurst College
To be considered:
-Identify your legacy relative in your application for admission

Post-Baccalaureate Recognition Scholarships
$8,000
Who's eligible:
-Students attending Elmhurst College full-time to earn an additional bachelor's degree
To be considered:
-Apply for admission and provide official transcripts showing a conferred baccalaureate degree
To renew your scholarship:
-Maintain good standing and full-time enrollment

Art and Theatre Talent Scholarships
Who's eligible:
-Students who demonstrate exceptional talent in art or theatre
-Students may receive these scholarships in addition to other scholarships offered by Elmhurst College.
To be considered:
-Apply for admission and contact the appropriate director for audition or portfolio details:

Dreamer Scholarship Opportunities and Resources
A potential source of financial aid is private scholarships. There are some private scholarships that do not require the student to be a US citizen or have a social security number in order to apply.
Some good resources include:
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational fund (MALDEF) 
Latino College Dollars
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Fastweb
Choose Your Future
IACAC resources

Some Things to Keep in Mind
We make our scholarship decisions at the time of admission, based on the credentials and supporting materials you submit when you apply.

Students eligible for two scholarships receive only the larger of the two. Phi Theta Kappa, Enrichment, UCC, Art, Theatre and Legacy scholarships valued at $2,000 are exceptions to this policy; these may be awarded in addition to other scholarships.

*UCC members and students eligible to receive the Enrichment Scholarship who receive an academic or music scholarship greater than one-third tuition will receive a $2,000 scholarship in addition to their academic scholarship.

Scholarships described here apply to students regularly admitted to Elmhurst as first-time bachelor's degree candidates enrolled full time.

Students who fall below the academic standard for renewal of a scholarship may regain the scholarship in a subsequent term by attaining the required cumulative grade point average.

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Scholarships for Students in Accelerated Programs Academic Year 2014-2015
Elmhurst College recommends that prospective students begin to plan early for financing their education. Financial aid for degree seeking students consists of three types: scholarships, grants and loans. Elmhurst College believes in recognizing and rewarding excellence with scholarships that are based on prior academic achievement. A detailed description of these scholarships can be found on the second page of this publication. Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid; loans must be repaid. Students may also wish to investigate tuition reimbursement programs offered by their employer.

Students while enrolled in an accelerated program, paying on a per credit hour basis, may receive scholarship money for Fall, Spring and Summer terms.  Summer scholarship consideration extends only to students during  the accelerated, cohort portion of their academic program. If the student chooses to pursue a second accelerated program in the future, the scholarship can only be used for the Fall and Spring terms of that second program, not the Summer term. 

Elmhurst Management Program Associate’s Degree Award
These scholarships are offered to transfer students who have an associate’s degree and are admitted and enrolled full-time in the Elmhurst Management Program (EMP) at Elmhurst College. The award is valued at $1,000 per term. A 3.00 cumulative Elmhurst College GPA and full time enrollment is required for renewal.

Oakton Alumni Council Scholarship
This scholarship is offered to one outstanding adult learner who graduates from Oakton Community College and transfers into an accelerated degree completion program at Elmhurst College. The award is valued at $3,500 per term. To be considered, students must have successfully completed an associate’s degree at Oakton with a cumulative transfer grade-point average of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale and be admitted and enrolled full-time in an accelerated degree completion program at Elmhurst College. Upon admission to Elmhurst College, students must complete and submit a scholarship application along with a 500 word essay outlining their personal and professional goals and discuss how a degree from Elmhurst College will help them reach their stated goals. Students must also provide official college transcripts confirming an associate’s degree from Oakton has been earned. A 3.00 cumulative Elmhurst College GPA and full time enrollment is required for renewal. To be considered, completed applications must be received by July 15 for applicants enrolling in the fall semester and by December 1 for applicants enrolling in the spring semester. Note: Up to two awards are given per scholarship each year.

Triton Alumni Council Scholarship
This scholarship is offered to one outstanding adult learner who graduates from Triton College and transfers into an accelerated degree completion program at Elmhurst College. The award is valued at $3,500 per term. To be considered, students must have successfully completed an associate’s degree at Triton with a cumulative transfer grade-point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale and be admitted and enrolled full-time in an accelerated degree completion program at Elmhurst College. Upon admission to Elmhurst College, students must complete and submit a scholarship application along with a 500 word essay outlining their personal and professional goals and discuss how a degree from Elmhurst College will help them reach their stated goals. Students must also provide official college transcripts confirming an associate’s degree from Triton has been earned. The scholarship recipient will be selected by the Triton Alumni Council. A 3.00 cumulative Elmhurst College GPA and full time enrollment is required for renewal. To be considered, completed applications must be received by July 15 for applicants enrolling in the fall semester and by December 1 for applicants enrolling in the spring semester. Note: Up to two awards are given per scholarship each year. 

Elmhurst Excellence Scholarships
This scholarship is valued at $2,000 per term. To be considered for an Excellence Scholarship, students must have earned at least 45 semester hours of transferable college credit and a cumulative transfer grade-point average of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application. A 3.25 cumulative Elmhurst College GPA and full time enrollment required for renewal.

Elmhurst Recognition Scholarships
This scholarship is valued at $1,000 per term. To be considered for a Recognition Scholarship, students must have a cumulative grade-point average of a 2.80 on a 4.00 scale in previous college work and fewer than 30 semester hours of transferable college credit. A student must be enrolled full time and maintain a 2.75 cumulative Elmhurst College GPA to renew this scholarship.

Enrichment Scholarships
These scholarships are offered to qualified students who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups at the College. The award is valued at $2,200 per term and recipients must be enrolled on a full-time, degree seeking basis. The scholarship is renewable for up to two years, provided the recipient maintains full-time enrollment and an Elmhurst College cumulative grade-point average of 2.50 or above.

United Church of Christ Scholarships
Elmhurst offers $2,200 per term scholarships to students who belong to a congregation of the United Church of Christ. These scholarships are renewable up to two years, provided that the recipient remains enrolled full time and in good standing at the College. To receive consideration, you must note that you are a member of a United Church of Christ congregation on your admission application and your pastor must submit a letter of nomination to the Director of Financial Aid.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarships
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships are offered to students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa at the institution they are transferring from, and have earned a cumulative transfer grade-point average of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application. Renewal of these scholarships requires full-time enrollment and the maintenance of the grade-point average needed for the academic scholarship awarded (Excellence or Recognition). The scholarship is valued at $500 per term and can be added to the Transfer Scholarship funds offered by the College. Students must provide official college transcripts or a copy of their certificate confirming PTK membership at the time of application to be considered for this award. This scholarship cannot be used in the summer term.

Legacy Scholarships
Legacy scholarships are offered to students who have directly related (father, mother, brother, sister, grandfather, grandmother) family members who have graduated from or are currently enrolled full time at Elmhurst College. The scholarship is valued at $500 per term and can be added to other scholarship funds offered by the College. Students must identify  their legacy relative on their Application for Admission in order to receive the award. this scholarship cannot be used in the summer term.

Some Things to Keep In Mind
Scholarship aid cannot exceed $3,500 per term. Students eligible for multiple scholarships, may combine scholarship aid up to $3,500 per term. The Excellence scholarship (valued at $2,000 per term) and Recognition scholarship (valued at $1,000 per term) are exceptions to this policy; if a student qualifies for these scholarships, any additional scholarship aid will be awarded at $500 each per term, in addition to these scholarships.

Part-time, non-degree and second degree-seeking students are not eligible for Elmhurst College scholarships.

The School for Professional Studies makes the scholarship decision at the time of admission based on the credentials and supporting materials you submit when you apply.

To renew a scholarship, GPA requirements represent a cumulative Elmhurst College GPA.

Full-time students, while enrolled in an accelerated program and paying on a per credit hour basis, may receive aid and scholarships during the fall and spring terms only.

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Scholarship Search
Free Internet sites can be excellent sources of scholarship information.  Some sites may require users to register such as Fastweb which will notify you to obvious and obscure awards via email.  The Illinois Student Assistance Commission and ScholarshipAmerica.org also offer similar services and scholarship opportunities. Other free scholarship search sites are dosomething.org/scholarships, www.scholarshipexperts.com, www.studentscholarships.org, bigfuture.collegeboard.org, or ScholarshipAmerica.org. Many of these sites also engage and offer scholarship contests through social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook.com.

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External Scholarships
Elmhurst College receives information about outside scholarships from various sources. The following is a listing of some current outside scholarship opportunities.

Organization/Web site   Application Deadline
Soroptimist Live Your Dream Scholarship 11/15/14
http://www.soroptimist.org/awards/apply.html
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship 12/01/14

http://www.mesothelioma.com/scholarship/

Look Twice, Save a Life Scholarship 12/01/14
http://www.insuranceproviders.com/look-twice-save-a-life-scholarship
Private Illinois Colleges and Universities Scholarship 12/05/14
http://picuonline.org/scholarships.html
Spokeo Connections Scholarship 12/10/14
http://www.spokeo.com/spokeo-connections-scholarship
Scholarship America Dream Award 12/15/14
http://scholarshipamerica.org/dream_award
Emergencylights.net Scholarship 12/15/14
http://www.emergencylights.net/emergencylights-net-scholarship/
AT&T Internet and Education Scholarship 12/15/14
http://www.attsavings.com/scholarship
Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship 12/19/14
http://www.isac.org/
Thermo Fischer Scientific Inc. Scholarship 12/29/14
http://www.pierce-antibodies.com/PierceScholarship/index.cfm
ADT Home Security Scholarship 12/31/14
http://homesecurity.io/scholarship
IWEA Scholarship 01/31/15
http://iweasite.org/Education/ClnWtrSchol.htm
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship 03/15/14
http://www.mesothelioma.com/scholarship/
A Place for Mom Scholarship 04/15/15
http://www.aplaceformom.com/scholarship
Elmhurst Garden Club Scholarship 05/01/15
website
Private Illinois Colleges and Universities Scholarship 06/05/15
http://picuonline.org/scholarships.html
Abbott & Fener Business Consultants 06/15/15
http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm
     
Domo Scholarship for Business Management
http://www.domo.com/#
  ongoing
     
ACI Emergency Financial Need Fund
contact information
  ongoing
     
SIT Study Abroad Scholarships
http://www.sit.edu/studyabroad/721.htm
  ongoing
     
P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education
www.peointernational.org
  ongoing
     
Latpro Scholarship
http://learn.latpro.com/scholarship/
  ongoing
     
DiversityJobs Scholarship
http://streetsmart.diversityjobs.com/diversity-scholarship/
  ongoing
     
Cappex Scholarship Resources
http://www.cappex.com/scholarships
  ongoing
     
Army ROTC
www.wheaton.edu/rotc
  ongoing
     
 Air Force ROTC
www.afrotc.com/scholarships
  ongoing
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