Freshman Scholarships

Merit Scholarships

Freshman Merit Scholarships for academic achievement range from $4,000 - $18,000 annually and are renewable for a maximum of three years, provided you continue to make satisfactory academic progress. These scholarships are awarded regardless of financial need and are determined at the time of acceptance. For students accepted to Dominican University after June 1, awards are subject to the availability of funds. Use our Freshman Merit Scholarship Calculator to determine your estimated amount.

Catholic High School Scholarship

Graduates of Catholic high schools receive a $2,500 renewable scholarship.

Family Allowances

Family allowances of $1,000 per student are available when a full-time Dominican University student has a sibling who is also attending full-time or has a sibling that graduated from Dominican University’s undergraduate program.

Ida Brechtel Scholarship

For Freshmen and Transfer Students Majoring in Chemistry or Biology-Chemistry.

Students who are planning to major in chemistry or in biology-chemistry and have qualified for one of our top merit scholarships, are invited to apply. Scholarships are $10,000 a year for up to four years for freshmen and two years for transfer students.

Academic requirements:

  • Minimum 25 ACT Composite  score or New SAT total 1200
  • 3.3/4.0 GPA

To apply, submit the following no later than January 1:

  • Ida Brechtel Scholarship Application
  • A 200-300 word essay explaining your decision to major in chemistry or biology-chemistry, and how it applies to your future career plans.
  • Recommendation letter from a science teacher or instructor

Send required scholarships application information to:
Dominican University
Attn: Jonathan Dela Cruz
7900 West Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305

Legacy Scholarships

Renewable awards of $2,000 are available to children and grandchildren of Dominican University graduates. Awards are for full-time undergraduate students pursuing their first bachelor's degree.

Residence Life Award

Freshmen students living on campus will be awarded $3,000.

SUCCESS Scholarship

(Students from Under-represented Communities College Enrichment Scholarship)

Membership in a college enrichment group/organization with recommendation may receive a $2,500 renewable scholarship.

Westlake Health Foundation Nursing Scholarship

For Freshmen and Transfer Students Planning to Majoring in Nursing.
Students who are planning to major in nursing and live in the western suburbs of Chicago, are invited to apply. Scholarships vary and recipients are required to reapply each year.

Scholarship Initial Requirements

  1. Provide proof of residence in the near west suburbs of Chicago for current and past 3 years.
  2. Complete the Westlake Health Foundation Nursing Scholarship Application by February 1, 2016.
  3. Earn a minimum high school/college cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on 4 point scale.
  4. Matriculate into Dominican University and complete a pre-nursing interest form.
  5. Commit to full-time enrollment (minimum of 12 credit hours/semester).
  6. Allow Dominican University to provide scholarship recipient information to the Westlake Health Foundation.

For eligibility to reapply, a student must meet the following renewal requirements:

  1. Submit renewal Westlake Health Foundation Nursing Scholarship Application by February 1, 2016.
  2. Provide proof of continued residency in the near western suburbs of Chicago.
  3. Progression in pre-nursing and nursing studies in good academic standing and no repeated nursing courses.
  4. Continued full-time enrollment (minimum of 12 credit hours/semester).
  5. Maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on 4 point scale.
  6. File a FAFSA by February 15 each year (Federal School Code: 001750).

To apply, submit the following no later than February 1:
Westlake Health Foundation Nursing Scholarship