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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 $23,000—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.  There is no deadline, however we recommend thtat you apply by February 15th for freshmen scholarships. 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: 2014-2015 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 a combination of high school grade point average and curriculum in English, mathematics, laboratory science, social science and foreign language courses and composite ACT or SAT scores. We may also consider a your essay, letters of recommendation and extracurricular activities. To be considered, apply for admission by the preferred date of February 15.

Presidential Scholarship
These scholarships range in value from $19,000 to $23,000 per year. Presidential Scholars will have excelled in a challenging high school curriculum including advanced placement and honors courses and will have superior high school academic performance in all measures. These scholarships may be renewed with the maintenance of a 3.25 Elmhurst grade point average and full time enrollment.

Dean's Scholarships
These scholarships range in value from $14,000 to $18,000 per year. Dean's Scholarship recipients will have high-level performance in a strong high school program, including advanced placement and honors courses and will have shown superior abilities in most other academic endeavors. These scholarships may be renewed with the maintenance of a 3.00 Elmhurst grade point average and full time enrollment.

Founders Scholarships
These scholarships range in value from $8,000 to $13,000 per year. Founders Scholarship recipients will have performed at a superior level in a solid college-bound curriculum and will have demonstrated above average abilities in other academic indicators. These scholarships may be renewed with the maintenance of a 2.75 Elmhurst grade point average and full time enrollment.

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Transfer Scholarships: 2014–2015 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
These scholarships range in value from $14,000 to $19,000 per year. To be considered for an Excellence Scholarship, students must have earned at least 45 semester hours of transferable college credit completed at the time of application and a cumulative transfer grade point average of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale. Maintenance of a 3.25 Elmhurst College grade-point average and full time enrollment are required for renewal.

Transfer Achievement Scholarship
These scholarships range in value from $10,000 to $14,000 per year. To be considered for an Achievement Scholarship, students must have earned at least 30 semester hours of transferable college credit completed at the time of application, and have a cumulative transfer grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Maintenance of a 3.00 Elmhurst College grade point average and full time enrollment are required for renewal.

Transfer Recognition Scholarships
These scholarships range in value from $7,000 to $11,000 per year. Students with less than 30 semester hours of transferable credit at the time of application are considered for these scholarships.  To be considered for a Recognition Scholarship, students must have a cumulative transfer grade-point average of 2.80 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application. Maintenance of a 2.75 Elmhurst College grade point average and full time enrollment are required for renewal.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships are offered to students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa, and have earned a cumulative transfer grade point average of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application. The scholarship is valued at $2,000 and can be added to other scholarship funds offered by Elmhurst. Students must provide official college transcripts confirming PTK membership at the time of application to be considered for this award. Renewal of this scholarship requires maintenance of the grade point average needed for the scholarship award (Excellence, Achievement, Recognition) and full time enrollment.

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Other Scholarships
Enrichment Scholarships
This scholarship has a value of one third tuition ($10,906 for 2013-2014)*. These scholarships are offered to freshmen and transfer students who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups at Elmhurst. The scholarship is not limited by race or ethnicity. The scholarship is renewable with the maintenance of a 2.50 Elmhurst grade point average and full time enrollment. To be considered for an enrichment scholarship, apply for admission to Elmhurst College.

*For students paying comprehensive tuition fee

United Church of Christ Scholarships
This scholarship has a value of one third tuition ($10,906 for the 2013-2014)*. These scholarships  are offered to freshmen and transfer students who belong to congregations of the United Church of Christ. These scholarships are renewable each year, provided that the recipient remains enrolled full time and in good standing at the College. To receive consideration, apply for admission at Elmhurst and ask your pastor to submit a letter of membership to the Director of Financial Aid. 

*For students paying comprehensive tuition fee.

Music Scholarships
Scholarships of up to $22,000 are offered to students planning to major in music based on academic credentials and an audition.  All students who plan to major in music, music education, music business, music theory and composition or jazz studies must schedule an audition prior to June 1.  To be considered for a music scholarship, apply for admission and schedule an audition by contacting: Gayle Bisesi, Director of Music Admission, (630)617-3524 or bisesig@elmhurst.edu.

Art and Theatre Talent Scholarships
Talent Scholarships are offered to students who demonstrate exceptional talent in art or theatre. Students may receive these scholarships in addition to other scholarships offered by Elmhurst College. To receive consideration, apply for admission and contact the appropriate director for audition or portfolio details:

Legacy Scholarships
Legacy Scholarships are valued at $2,000 and may be added to to other scholarships offered by Elmhurst. This scholarship is offered to 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. Students must identify their legacy relative in their application for admission in order to receive the award. 

Post-Baccalaureate Recognition Scholarships
Post-Baccalaureate Recognition Scholarships are offered to students attending Elmhurst College full-time to earn an additional bachelor's degree. The scholarship is valued at $8,000 per year. Students must provide official transcripts showing a conferred baccalaureate degree to be considered. Renewal of this scholarship requires maintenance of a 2.50 Elmhurst College grade point average and full-time enrollment.

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
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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.

This information is subject to change without notice.

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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
Softwareproviders.com Scholarship 09/30/14
http://softwareproviders.com/scholarship
5/3 Bank $10,000 Scholarship 09/30/14
https://www.53.com/student-banking/sweepstakes-rules.html
Peter Leeds Stock Trading Scholarship 10/01/14
http://www.peterleeds.com/stock-trading-scholarship.htm    
AES Engineering Scholarship
http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm
10/06/14
Look Twice, Save a Life Scholarship 12/01/14
http://www.insuranceproviders.com/look-twice-save-a-life-scholarship
AT&T Internet and Education Scholarship 12/15/14
http://www.attsavings.com/scholarship
ADT Home Security Scholarship 12/31/14
http://homesecurity.io/scholarship
     
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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