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For more than a century, Dominican University has been committed to the highest quality education—and an intentional affordability that makes it accessible to all. That’s why U.S. News & World Report ranks us the No. 1 Best Value School in the Chicagoland area. Scholarships are one of the most important tools for making education affordable. Explore the many scholarships offered below.

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Undergraduate Scholarships

Merit Scholarships

Eligibility: First-year and transfer students

First-Year Merit Scholarships

First-Year merit scholarships are awarded for academic achievement to First-Year applicants pursuing a Bachelor’s degree full-time and range from $12,000 - $23,000 annually. These merit awards are renewable, provided a student continues to make satisfactory academic progress, with students being eligible to receive them for a maximum of four years. The merit scholarships are awarded to all admitted First-Year applicants, including international students, regardless of financial need. Use our First-Year Merit Scholarship Calculator to determine your estimated amount.

Transfer Merit Scholarships

Transfer merit scholarships are awarded to Transfer applicants pursuing a degree full-time and range from $6,000 - $17,000 annually. These merit awards are renewable, provided a student continues to make satisfactory academic progress, with students being eligible to receive them for a maximum of three years. These merit scholarships are awarded at time of acceptance and regardless of financial need to admitted Transfer applicants in all degree programs except the Bachelor of Professional Studies. International students are eligible for Transfer merit scholarships.


Barbantini Family Scholarship

Eligibility: First-Year students interested in the study of Italian language and culture

For incoming students interested in the study of Italian language and culture and who meet the minimum criteria are invited to apply. Previous experience with Italian is not required.

  • Deadline: February 15; annually
  • Submission Materials: Apply for the Barbantini Scholarship online and have a current instructor (preferably a foreign language teacher) submit a letter of recommendation.
  • Renewal Requirements: Earned cumulative 3.0 college GPA and enrolled in an Italian program course each semester while attending Dominican University.
  • Amount of Award and Number of Years: Scholarship awards up to $5,000 per year for a total of four years for first-year students. Yearly award based on a continuous program of study (one course in the Italian program per semester), these courses may be applied toward a major or minor in Italian studies. 
  • For more information and questions: Contact Reuben L. Burnley, Director of Undergraduate Pathways Programs
  • Apply to the Barbantini Family Scholarship

Students are encouraged to consider Dominican University’s program in Italian as complementary to other offered fields of study such as international business, education, marketing, economics, fashion, graphic design, communications, and international relations and diplomacy.


Ida Brechtel Scholarship

Eligibility: Students planning to major in chemistry or biology-chemistry and meet the minimum criteria are invited to apply. Scholarships are up to $10,000 a year for a total of four years for first-year students and two years for transfer students.

First-year students: a cumulative 3.3/4.0 grade-point average

Transfer students: a cumulative 3.5/4.0 grade-point average

Deadline: Annually on February 15

Required application materials:
  • Ida Brechtel Scholarship Application
  • 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
  • Up-to-date official high school transcript (first-year students)
  • Official final high school transcript (transfer students)

Apply to the Ida Brechtel Scholarship


Brennan Business Scholars

Eligibility: Admitted first-year students

Admitted first-year students with an intended business-related major and a specified academic criteria are invited to attend a special event during Admitted Student Day. During this event, accepted business students learn more about the Brennan School of Business curriculum and career development activities, participate in a mock class session, and interact with current students, faculty and alumni.  Participating students will be eligible to interview for additional scholarship funds.  The Brennan Business Scholars Scholarship is stackable and ranges from $500-$2,000 per year.


 

Brennan Business Star Scholarships

Eligibility: Transfer students

Brennan Business Star Scholarships are available to transfer students majoring in finance, management or marketing within the Evening Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program. Scholarships are $2,000 per year, renewable for an additional year.

Scholarship Requirements
  • Transfer students from Harold Washington College, Morton College or Triton College will receive a $2,000 scholarship upon admission to the Evening BBA program
  • A minimum grade-point average of 2.75/4.0
  • An associate’s degree and the General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) from one of the aforementioned colleges
For questions, please contact:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
domadmis@dom.edu
(708) 524-6800


Catholic High School Scholarship

Eligibility: First-year students

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


Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship

Eligibility: Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer is eligible to receive a maximum Pell Grant for the award year for which the determination of eligibility is made.

On March 23, 2018, the President signed Public Law 115-141, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, which included an amendment to Section 473(b) of the Higher Education Act, authorizing the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship. Under this scholarship, a Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer is eligible to receive a maximum Pell Grant for the award year for which the determination of eligibility is made. To qualify for this scholarship, a student must be Pell-eligible and have a Pell-eligible EFC and be less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parent’s or guardian’s death. In subsequent award years, the student continues to be eligible for the scholarship, as long as the student has a Pell-eligible EFC and continues to be an eligible student.

Criteria

For purposes of the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, a public safety officer is:

  • As defined in section 1204 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b); or
  • A fire police officer, defined as an individual who is serving in accordance with State or local law as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized public safety agency and provides scene security or directs traffic in response to any fire drill, fire call, or other fire, rescue, or police emergency, or at a planned special event.
Application

The Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship requires the institution’s financial aid administrator (FAA) to determine and document, in collaboration with the student, that the student was less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parent or guardian’s death. A single, national data source of individuals who died in the line of duty while serving as a public safety officer does not exist.

Here are some examples of documents that you will need to submit to serve as proof of eligibility:

  • A determination letter acknowledging eligibility for certain federal benefits under the Public Safety Officers Benefit (PSOB) program administered by the Department of Justice;
  • A written letter of attestation or determination made by a state or local government official with supervisory or other relevant oversight authority of an individual who died in the line of duty while serving as a public safety officer as defined above;
  • Documentation of the student qualifying for a state tuition or other state benefit accorded to the children or other family members of a public safety officer consistent with the definition in 42 U.S.C. 3796b, or as a fire police officer as noted above; or
  • Other documentation the school determines to be from a credible source that describes or reports the circumstances of the death and the occupation of the parent or guardian.

Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Application (pdf)

Award

The student will be eligible for the maximum Pell Grant for his or her enrollment status and cost of attendance.

Please send the application and all documentation to:

Office of Financial Aid
Dominican University
7900 W. Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305


Dominican Star Scholarships

Eligibility: Transfer student attending one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago and enrolled in the Chicago Star Scholarship program

  • Deadline: Rolling 
  • Summary of award: The Chicago Star Scholarship program recognizes outstanding City Colleges of Chicago students who plan to transfer to a four-year university that is an established partner with the City Colleges of Chicago. Transfer students must enroll in the Chicago Star Scholarship program while they are students at City Colleges of Chicago and then apply to one of the partner universities, which Dominican University is an established partner with City Colleges of Chicago. This scholarship may be awarded in addition to transfer merit scholarships
  • Submission materials: Apply and be accepted to Dominican University. No separate scholarship application is required for Dominican University, but eligible transfer students must be enrolled in the Chicago Star Scholarship program with City Colleges of Chicago
  • Renewal requirements: Maintain good standing
  • Amount of award and number of years: $4,000 per year; up to three years
  • For information and questions: Contact Sherry Anton, Director of Transfer Admission

Transfer students that have a City Colleges of Chicago transcript that indicates they are a “Chicago Star Scholar” will be awarded the Dominican Star Scholarship. 


ExcEL Scholar Awards

Eligibility: All undergraduate students

The Excellence in Experiential Learning (ExcEL) Scholar Award program is a pilot effort designed to provide gap funding support to undergraduates who want to build hands-on educational experiences into their Dominican University careers.

Students who wish to pursue or design an internship, community-based learning, independent research, study away, study abroad, or entrepreneurial project that will accelerate their professional growth, deepen their scholarly knowledge, and/or actively engage as citizens of the world may apply for awards of up to $2000. Learn more about the ExcEL Scholar Awards.


Family Allowances

Eligibility: All undergraduate students

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 who graduated from Dominican University’s undergraduate program.


Dominican Traditions Scholarship

Eligibility: All undergraduate students

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.


Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarships

Eligibility: Transfer students

For incoming students interested in the study of Italian language and culture and who meet the minimum criteria are invited to apply. Previous experience with Italian is not required.

  • Deadline: Rolling 
  • Submission materials: Apply and be accepted to Dominican University. No separate scholarship application is required for Dominican University, but eligible transfer students must show proof of membership in PTK
  • Renewal requirements: Maintain good standing
  • Amount of award and number of years: $2,500 per year; up to three years
  • For information and questions: Contact Sherry Anton, Director of Transfer Admission 

The Pillars Scholarship

Eligibility: Admitted first-year freshmen and transfer students with a cumulative 3.25 grade-point average (priority given to African American/Black first-year freshmen and transfer students)

The Pillars Scholarship is designed for admitted  first-year and transfer students who are interested in becoming urban leaders committed to social justice. This leadership is accomplished through contemplation, service, the creation of community, and the cultivation of one’s relationship to learning. The path of social justice requires a commitment to truth seeking, sparked by a curiosity.

  • Deadline: March 15
  • Summary of Award: Reduces out-of-pocket cost to no more than $3000 per year after merit-based scholarship, institutional scholarships (if applicable), grants, and student loans.
  • Submission Materials: Apply and be accepted, submit The Pillars Scholarship Application, essay (included on the Pillars Application), and submission of letter of recommendation.
  • Renewal Requirements: Student must be in good academic standing each academic year of renewing the scholarship.
  • Amount of Award and Number of Years: Scholarship amount varies, and the scholarship is renewable for first-year freshmen for four years and transfer students for two to three years depending on transferrable credits.
  • For information and Questions: Contact Reuben L. Burnley, Director of Undergraduate Pathways Programs
  • Apply to the Pillars Scholarship

PSI Scholarship (Positive Science Identity)

Eligibility: Admitted first-year students who identify as future biologists, chemists, MDs, veterinarians, dentists, Physician Assistants, and other science-related professions who show academic-talent and are from lower-income families. Students are required to major in biology, biology-chemistry, or chemistry. Students must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or recognized refugees for funding (unfortunately, undocumented, DACA, and DREAMer students are not eligible). Students must have financial need, as determined by Pell grant eligibility. For Pell grant eligibility to be determined, students must complete the FAFSA.

Scholarships are $4,000–$10,000 per year for four years, with value depending on unmet financial need. PSI scholars will not only receive scholarship funds but will also receive a stipend to support research projects, internships, study away programs, etc. This scholarship is a last dollar scholarship, that will cover attendance costs after other scholarships have been applied. 

PSI scholars will be part of a community of practitioners through cohort courses, academic support, and STEM faculty mentorship. Scholars will be strongly recommended to live on campus and scholarship funds can support on campus living costs. 

This is a partial list of the qualities we are searching for in PSI scholars: 

  • Should be curious
  • Love learning
  • Might not have everything figured out yet, but have problem-solving skills
  • Don’t need to be perfect academically, but show promise
  • Can try and fail and keep trying
  • A ‘you can do it’ attitude
Academic Requirements
  • Cumulative 3.0/4.0 high school grade-point average
  • We are particularly interested in your high school math and science coursework
Required application materials
  • Completed application statement
  • 2 recommendation letters, with at least one from a high school science or math teacher
Submission deadline

Annually on February 15, with rolling deadline

After the deadline, eligible students will be interviewed by professors and awards will be made based on all application materials.

Send required scholarship application materials or questions to: psi_scholars@dom.edu

PSI Application


Residence Life Award

Eligibility: First-year and transfer students

First-year and transfer students living on campus will be awarded $3,000.


Sinsinawa Legacy Scholarship

Eligibility: First-year students from the four Sinsinawa Dominican-sponsored high schools: Bethlehem Academy (MN), Dominican (WI), Edgewood (WI), Trinity (IL) and Fenwick (IL).

Dominican University and Edgewood College, two Sinsinawa Dominican-sponsored institutions, are offering two full tuition scholarships, valued at over $143,000 over four years, to two students from the four Sinsinawa Dominican-sponsored high schools: Bethlehem Academy (MN), Dominican (WI), Edgewood (WI), Trinity (IL) as well as Fenwick (IL) High School. Students can choose to use the award to pursue study at either Dominican University or Edgewood College.

Award Criteria

To qualify for the scholarship, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a 3.25 GPA
  • Submit a Sinsinawa Legacy Scholarship Application and letter of recommendation
  • Must be admitted to either Dominican University or Edgewood College
  • Be willing and able to participate in annual mission integration experiences sponsored by their respective matriculating institution

Applications will be reviewed by a scholarship committee comprised of Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters and key stakeholders from both institutions.


SUCCESS Scholarship (Students from Under-represented Communities College Enrichment Scholarship)

Eligibility: Membership in a college enrichment group/organization with recommendation.

First-year, transfer and international students may be eligible for this award upon verification in an approved CBO. Award is $2,500 each academic year for first-year, transfer and international students and $5,000 for two years for traditional transfer students.

  • Deadline: Rolling upon verification of enrollment in an approved Community-Based Organization (CBO).
  • Submission materials: Via email CBO coordinators approved by Dominican send verification that the prospective student is involved in their program for the awarding of the scholarship. 
  • Renewal requirement: Renewable each academic year or per semester if the student is in good academic standing 
  • Amount of award and number of years: $10,000 for four years for first-year and international students; $5,000 for two years for traditional transfer students
  • For information and questions: Contact Reuben L. Burnley, Director of Undergraduate Pathways

Confirmation of the SUCCESS Scholarship will be presented on the student’s financial aid award.


Scholarship for Study Abroad

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Eligibility: U.S. citizen or national, in good standing, receiving the Pell Grant, and applying to study abroad. Strong preference for students of diverse backgrounds; for diverse majors, including STEM majors; for non-traditional destinations; and for first-generation college students.  

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations.

  • Deadlines: Applications are accepted two times per year: 1st Thursday in October or 1st Thursday in March. Ideally, students should begin their application one full semester before their study abroad program is scheduled to begin.
  • Summary of award: Gilman awards up to $5,000 to help support students to study abroad who may not otherwise be able to due to financial constraints. 
  • Submission materials: Online application, including three essays and unofficial transcript 
  • Renewal Requirements: Non-renewable. If studying abroad at different times, may apply for Gilman more than once. 
  • Amount of Award:  Gilman awards up to $5,000 to help support students to study abroad who may not otherwise be able to due to financial constraints. Awards depend on amount of unmet need to pay additional costs of studying abroad. 
  • For information and questions: Contact: Nan Metzger, Director of Study Abroad, Office of Global Learning
  • Application: Application Overview: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Nursing Scholarships

Hearst Scholarship

Eligibility: First-year freshman students who are accepted into the Direct Entry Nursing Program and eligible to submit a FAFSA to demonstrate financial need.

  • Deadline: March 15
  • Summary of Award: Students accepted to the Direct Entry Nursing qualify for consideration for the Hearst Scholarship
  • Submission Materials: Students accepted into the Direct Entry Nursing (DEN) and submitted a FAFSA.
  • Renewal Requirements: Students must be enrolled in the nursing program and maintain a 3.0 college GPA each year for the renewal of the scholarship.
  • Amount of Award and Number of Years: Two Hearst Scholarships valued at $7,500 each academic year for four years.
  • For more information and questions: Contact Reuben L Burnley, Director of Undergraduate Pathways Program

Westlake Health Foundation Nursing Scholarship

Eligibility: For First-year & Transfer Students Planning to Major in Nursing

Students who are planning to major in nursing and live in the western suburbs of Chicago are invited to apply. Eligible suburbs include:

Bedford Park, Bellwood, Bensenville, Berkley, Berwyn, Bridgeview, Broadview, Brookfield, Burbank, Burr Ridge, Cicero, Countryside, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Forest Park, Forest View, Franklin Park, Harwood Heights, Hillside, Hinsdale, Hodgkins, Indian Head Park, Justice, LaGrange, LaGrange Park, Lyons, Maywood, McCook, Melrose Park, Norridge, North Riverside, Northlake, Oak Brook, Oak Park, River Forest, River Grove, Riverside, Rosemont, Schiller Park, Stickney, Stone Park, Summit, Westchester, Western Springs, Willow Springs

Scholarship award amounts vary based on the number of eligible applicants. 

Scholarship Initial Requirements
  • Provide proof of residence in the near west suburbs of Chicago for current and past three years.
  • Complete the Westlake Health Foundation Nursing Scholarship Application by March 1.
  • Earn a minimum high school/college cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on 4 point scale.
  • Matriculate into Dominican University and declare a pre-nursing or nursing major.
  • Commit to full-time enrollment (minimum of 12 credit hours/semester).
  • 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:
  • Provide proof of continued residency in the near western suburbs of Chicago.
  • Progression in pre-nursing and nursing studies in good academic standing and no repeated nursing courses.
  • Continued full-time enrollment (minimum of 12 credit hours/semester).
  • Maintenance of a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on 4 point scale.

Apply for the Westlake Health Foundation Nursing Scholarship


Women’s Leadership Initiative Scholarship

Recognizing Dominican’s founding as a historically women’s college, the WLI seeks to help advance the next generation of leaders with core values, attitudes and skills that are fundamental to quality leadership.  The Women’s Leadership Initiative scholarship will be awarded annually, beginning in the fall semester.

  • Submission Materials: Upon faculty recommendation. Nominated students will be asked to provide a brief (one-page, max) essay on what leadership means to them, along with their personal and professional goals and how these goals pertain to leadership development in their future career. Students should identify specific skills they wish to develop and/or experiential learning opportunities that they wish to pursue at DU as they prepare for leadership roles. A GPA of at least 3.00 is required.
  • Renewal Requirements: GPA of at least 3.00.  Participation internships or experiential learning and/or attendance at Women’s Leadership Initiative programming.
  • Amount of Award and Number of Years: varies; estimated to be between $3,000 - $5,000 per year up to three years.
  • For more information and questions: Contact either Irina Calin-Jageman or Anjali Chaudhry, co-directors, the Women’s Leadership Initiative.

Undergraduate External Scholarships

These are a few external scholarships available. Contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss available scholarships.


External Scholarship Resources for Undocumented Students

Minority and LGBT Student Scholarships

The Office of Research and Creativity offers information about the following external scholarships and fellowships:


External Scholarship Websites

There are several search databases on the web which can assist you in locating scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans available through the private sector. Start by exploring:

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Graduate Scholarships

Brennan School of Business Scholarships

A limited number of Brennan School of Business scholarships are awarded to graduate students with outstanding academic achievements and test scores. Graduate assistantships are also available on a limited basis for students who wish to work with the faculty or staff while pursuing their program of study.

If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Professor Dave Aron.

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School of Education Scholarships

Sr. Marie Grant, OP Scholarship

Eligibility: Graduate students in education 

The Sr. Marie Grant, OP Scholarship was established in 1998 to provide scholarship support for graduate students with demonstrated financial need enrolled in Dominican University’s School of Education (SOE). This endowed fund scholarship is open to all graduate students in SOE and provides an annual award of approximately $1,400 for education purposes. Dominican University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, marital status or sexual orientation.

  • Deadline: Rolling
  • Submission Materials: Eligible students with demonstrated financial need will be considered
  • Amount of Award and Number of Years: Up to $1400 total per year
  • For information and Questions: Contact Josephine Tabet Sarvis, PhD, Director, School of Education or Jenny King, CASS Administrative Assistant 
 
Christine and John Parmer Scholarship

Eligibility: Graduate students in education 

The Christine and John Parmer Scholarship was established in 2000 to provide scholarship support for graduate students enrolled in Dominican University’s School of Education (SOE). This endowed scholarship is open to all graduate students in SOE, and provides an annual award of approximately $1,900 for education purposes. Dominican University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, marital status or sexual orientation.

  • Deadline: Rolling
  • Submission Materials: Eligible students with demonstrated financial need will be considered
  • Amount of Award and Number of Years: Up to $1,900 total per year
  • For information and Questions: Contact Josephine Tabet Sarvis, PhD, Director, School of Education or Jenny King, CASS Administrative Assistant 

Katherine Inglis Sutter Scholarship

Eligibility: Graduate students in education 

The Katherine Inglis Sutter Scholarship was established in 2000 to provide scholarship support for graduate students with demonstrated financial need enrolled in Dominican University’s School of Education in Special Education. This endowed fund scholarship is open to all special education graduate students in SOE, and provides an annual award of approximately $8,200 for education purposes. Dominican University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, marital status or sexual orientation.

  • Deadline: Rolling
  • Submission Materials: Eligible students with demonstrated financial need will be considered
  • Amount of Award and Number of Years: Up to $8,200 total per year
  • For information and Questions: Contact Josephine Tabet Sarvis, PhD, Director, School of Education or Jenny King, CASS Administrative Assistant 

Sr. Philippe Gregory Scholarship

Eligibility: Graduate or undergraduate in world language programs

The Sr. Philippe Gregory Scholarship was established to provide scholarship support for School of Education students pursuing licensure in world languages. This expendable fund scholarship is open to all undergraduate and graduate education graduate students in the field of language teaching. Dominican University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, marital status or sexual orientation.

  • Deadline: Rolling
  • Submission Materials: Eligible students with demonstrated financial need will be considered
  • Amount of Award and Number of Years: Up to $15,000 total until expended 
  • For information and Questions: Contact Josephine Tabet Sarvis, PhD, Director, School of Education or Jenny King, CASS Administrative Assistant

Helen Brach Foundation Scholarship

Eligibility: Graduate, teaching in Catholic Schools 

The Helen Brach Foundation Scholarship was established to provide scholarship support for Catholic School teachers enrolled in Dominican University’s School of Education. This expendable scholarship is open to all graduate students in SOE who are teaching in Catholic Schools. Dominican University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, marital status or sexual orientation.

  • Deadline: Rolling
  • Submission Materials: Eligible students with demonstrated financial need will be considered
  • Amount of Award and Number of Years: Up to $30,000 total until expended 
  • For information and Questions: Contact Josephine Tabet Sarvis, PhD, Director, School of Education or Jenny King, CASS Administrative Assistant

Lillian T. and Lincoln Hall Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: Graduate students in education

The Hall Scholarship was established to provide scholarship support for students with demonstrated financial need enrolled in Dominican University’s School of Education. This endowed scholarship is open to graduate students pursuing the MAT in Elementary Education with the Early Childhood Endorsement. Dominican University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, marital status or sexual orientation.

  • Deadline: Rolling
  • Submission Materials: Eligible students with financial need will be considered
  • Amount of Award and Number of Years: up to $4,400 each year
  • For information and Questions: Contact Josephine Tabet Sarvis, PhD, Director, School of Education or Jenny King, CASS Administrative Assistant

Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

Eligibility: Graduate or Undergraduate students; see TEACH Grant at https://studentaid.gov/

The TEACH Grant Program was designed to benefit current and prospective teachers and provides grants to students who are completing or plan to complete coursework needed to begin a career in teaching in a high-need field and in a low-income area. Recipients of this grant must sign an agreement to meet specific teaching requirements within eight years after completing the program for which the grant was received. If the teaching requirement is not fulfilled, the grant must be repaid as a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

Details (including eligibility requirements, specifics regarding the agreement to serve/promise to pay, and academic requirements for the college the applicant attends) are provided on the TEACH Grant at https://studentaid.gov/. Additional information regarding the TEACH Grant is also available online via the U.S. Department of Education's “Do You Need Money for College or Career School? Apply for Federal Student Aid” publication, which may be accessed via the Information on College Preparation and the Federal Student Aid Programs.

  • Deadline: Rolling
  • Submission Materials: Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which includes a question that will assist colleges in identifying students who may be eligible for a TEACH Grant.
  • Amount of Award and Number of Years: The maximum TEACH Grant amount is up to $4,000 per academic year. Maximum aggregate awards are $16,000 for students working toward their first undergraduate or post-baccalaureate (non-degree) program, and $8,000 for graduate students.  
  • Contact for Questions (and to see if you qualify): Dominican University Office of Financial Aid at finaid@dom.edu
Receiving TEACH Grant and ISAC Teacher Program Funds in the Same Academic Year

Students who accept funding from the TEACH Grant and any of ISAC's teacher programs (either during the same academic year, or in different years) should be aware of the teaching requirements associated with each program. While the rules for ISAC's programs do not prohibit concurrent teaching, it is the student's responsibility to communicate with ISAC and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to verify if their particular teaching assignment will satisfy the requirements for each program.

Access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


MTI (Minority Teachers of Illinois) Scholarship

MTI Scholarship provides funding for those who intend to become teachers in schools that serve at least approximately 30% low income and/or 30% or more “minority population” as detailed on their eligibility page. View our video outlining full details of scholarship.

 

Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois

EligibilityNamed as a Golden Apple Scholar by the Golden Apple Foundation 

The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program encourages academically talented Illinois students, especially minority students, to pursue teaching careers, especially at high-need, hard-to-staff schools by providing tuition assistance (tuition, fees and room and board or commuter allowance) at one of the participating colleges.  

As part of the application process, you must agree to teach, on a full-time basis, for a period of not less than five years at nonprofit Illinois public, private or parochial preschool, or an Illinois public elementary or secondary school considered a School of Need. You must begin teaching within two years of the completion of your degree or certificate program for which the assistance was awarded. If the teaching commitment is not fulfilled, the award will convert to a loan, which must be repaid, with interest. 

  • Deadline: Rolling
  • Submission Materials: Applications to receive tuition assistance as a Golden Apple Scholar will be provided to qualified applicants by the Golden Apple Foundation. The Foundation will identify to ISAC those applicants eligible to receive tuition assistance, and will certify that all eligibility requirements have been met and that the applicant has signed a Program Agreement and Promissory Note, promising to repay the entire amount, plus interest, if the teaching commitment is not fulfilled.
  • Amount of Award and Number of Years: Qualified applicants may receive Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program benefits for the equivalent of four academic years (eight semesters or 12 quarters). Up to $2,500 as a freshman or sophomore, and up to $5,000 as a junior or senior.
  • For more information: Please visit the Golden Apple Scholars Program and Golden Apple Foundation

 

Big Shoulders Fund

Eligibility: Commitment to teach in a Big Shoulders Fund school

Big Shoulders Fund pairs tuition assistance with a term of service commitment to teach in a Big Shoulders Fund school upon completion of your program. Big Shoulders has 72 schools across the Chicagoland area and near guaranteed job placement. Please see resources below for more information: 

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School of Information Studies Scholarships

School of Information Studies Departmental Scholarship

Eligibility: New MLIS, MSIM, MAYL, or PhD Students

Departmental scholarships (free tuition for your first and last courses) are available to new incoming degree-seeking School of Information Studies (SOIS) students. This scholarship is based on both need and merit. Need is measured by the student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Merit is measured by the student's incoming GPA. A standardized test score is not required. A completed FAFSA must be on file with Dominican University’s Office of Financial Aid by the deadline. Dominican’s school code is 001750. 

  • Deadline: Fall Semester: June 15; Spring Semester: November 15; Summer Semester: March 15
  • Submission Materials: Completed application, FAFSA on file (see above) 
  • Renewal Requirements: Students eligible to receive SOIS departmental scholarships will be contacted by SOIS. There is no application to fill out; however, eligible students wishing to accept the offer will need to formally do so by signing and returning a scholarship Acknowledgement Form by the deadline. Deadlines for returning the Acknowledgement Form: Fall Semester: August 1; Spring semester: December 6; Summer semester: April 5. 
  • Contact for Questions: Jenny King

Students will be automatically considered if they completed their application and submitted FAFSA by the deadline corresponding to their start term. 


Butler Youth Services Scholarship

Eligibility: This scholarship will be awarded to a student seeking to earn an MLIS with a focus in children’s services for public or school libraries. Preference will be given to graduates of a Dominican University undergraduate program who are from a background underrepresented in the field of library science.

This $15,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student seeking to earn an MLIS with a focus in children’s services for public or school libraries. Preference will be given to graduates of a Dominican University undergraduate program who are from a background underrepresented in the field of library science. This competitive award will consider merit, academic excellence, leadership qualities, and the desire and disposition to work with young people as part of the applicant selection process.

  • Deadline: May 10, 2024
  • Submission Materials: Completed application form and a 500-word essay detailing your reason for pursing library services to children and young adults, your experience with literacy and library services, and your thoughts on how your work within the profession can influence all the children you will serve. Email application and essay to BCLC Curator Jennifer Clemons with “Butler Scholarship Application” in the subject line.
  • Renewal Requirements (Requirements to Keep the Award):
    • Complete the Master of Library and Information Science from Dominican University’s SOIS program within two calendar years of continuing enrollment
    • Maintain a course load of six courses per calendar year (three Fall/three Spring or two Fall/two Spring/two Summer) and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA (Failure to register for this course load will result in the forfeiture of remaining funds.)
    • Work closely with academic advisors on course selections with the goal of completing a Certificate in Youth Services or school library licensure as part of their degree
    • Participate in an evaluation meeting with a faculty advisor and BCLC curator each semester
    • Participate in Butler Center activities, including but not limited to the Annual Butler Lecture, Book Sale, and continuing education events 
    • Produce a relevant project or complete an independent study using BCLC resources to be presented at a BCLC event or state/national professional conference. Academic work to be completed under the advisement of the Curator and a member of SOIS children’s services faculty 
    • After successful degree completion, act as a mentor for future Butler Scholarship recipients
  • Amount of Award and Number of Years: $15,000 (distributed course-by-course)
  • Contact for Questions: Jen Clemons
  • Butler Youth Services Scholarship

Library Technical Assistant Scholarships

Eligibility: New Master of Library and Information Science students 

Students who have been admitted to the school and have completed a library technical assistant program will be granted a 50% tuition scholarship for the first four courses taken from the required courses in the MLIS degree program (LIS 701, LIS 702, LIS 703, LIS 707, LIS 708, or LIS 709). Note: Students may take courses other than LIS 709 to count for their technology requirement, but only LIS 709 is included in this discounted tuition offer. Applicants for the LTA Scholarship do not need to fill out the scholarship application nor file a FAFSA nor submit GRE or MAT scores; instead, submit a copy of your official LTA transcript as part of your application file, and make sure to inform the Office of Graduate Admissions (gradinfo@dom.edu) that you wish to qualify for this scholarship.

  • Deadline: Rolling, no application required  
  • Submission Materials: Official LTA Transcripts 
  • Amount of Award and Number of Years: 50% off tuition for the first 4 core courses 
  • Contact for Questions: Jenny King or gradinfo@dom.edu  
  • Application: No application is required. submit LTA transcripts to gradinfo@dom.edu or attach to your application and inform gradinfo@dom.edu 


The School of Information Studies Endowed Scholarships

Eligibility: New or current student enrolled in a SOIS degree program (MLIS, MSIM, MAYL, PhD). Some of our endowments were given with specific eligibility requirements (from underrepresented groups, commuters, etc.) and eligibility will be determined based on scholarship application forms and supplemental information provided in the essay requirement.  

The School of Information Studies is pleased to offer several different scholarship options for its graduate students funded by our generous donors. Applicants will be considered for all scholarships for which they are determined to be eligible and notified individually if they are awarded. 

  • Deadline: Fall–August 1; Spring–December 1; Summer–April 1 
  • Submission Materials: Application form, 350-word essay specifying your financial need, interest in library sciences, and plans for your career upon completion of your program. 
  • Amount of Award and Number of Years: Award amounts and distributions vary. Please reach out to Jenny King with questions about specific endowments.
  • Contact for questions: Jenny King
  • Application: SOIS Scholarships Application
  • A full list of available endowed scholarships and information on the donors/scholarship eligibility can be found below:
    • Li Family: For SOIS students from backgrounds underrepresented in the field of library science with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students who are Chinese or of Chinese or Asian descent. 
    • Marion O'Brien Jencius: For MLIS students with demonstrated financial need, with preference given to commuter students (enrolled in on-campus courses) 
    • Dorothy Cromien: For SOIS students with demonstrated financial need.
    • Mary Wajer: For SOIS students who have completed at least ½ their degree-seeking program. 
    • Dean’s Scholarship: For SOIS students with demonstrated financial need.
    • Mary Eileen Denton: For MLIS students preparing to work in a public library. 
    • Barbara J. Sondalle: For SOIS students with demonstrated financial need. 
    • Sr. Loretta McCusker: For SOIS students with demonstrated financial need.
    • JoAnne and Neil Campbell: For SOIS students with demonstrated financial need.
    • Kiyoki Mori: For SOIS students with demonstrated financial need. 
    • Ellin Greene Research Fund (PhD): For PhD students intended to research about folklore, children’s literature, and/or storytelling. 
    • PhD Scholarship (PhD): For PhD students with demonstrated financial need.

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School of Social Work Scholarships
Director's Scholarship and Graduate Assistantship

Director's Scholarship up to $5,000 for the academic year. Award recipients will receive one award that will be distributed over the entire academic year. For example, a $2,000 award will be distributed as follows: $1,000 in the fall semester and $1,000 in the spring semester. In order to keep the scholarship for the following semester, recipients must maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA. If the student falls below the cumulative 3.5 GPA, the award will be rescinded. All newly accepted students will be automatically considered for this scholarship and do not need to apply. Awardees will be notified via their Dominican email.

  • Current/returning students who have been previously awarded and new incoming students do not need to apply as they are considered automatically.
  • Current/returning students who were never awarded this scholarship must apply below by May 15 if they wish to be considered.

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Graduate Assistantship: Recipients will be required to work 7 or 14 hours with a faculty member and/or an administrator. Tuition remission for one to two classes per semester will be offered for compensation. For example, a student working seven hours per week will receive tuition remission for one course in the fall semester and one course in the spring semester. Assistantships are on an as needed basis and openings will be communicated to students via their Dominican email.

The Horizons Project (HRSA Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students)

The Horizons Project: Recruiting, Retaining and Training Social Workers for Primary Care,” will focus on increasing the number of individuals with master’s degrees in social work employed in primary care settings in medically underserved communities in Chicago’s Austin, North and South Lawndale, Pilsen, and East and West Garfield Park neighborhoods as well as in Lake County, Illinois. The grant will provide scholarships up to $30,000 per academic year for Dominican MSW students who are committed to working in medically underserved communities for a minimum of two years post-MSW.

Please apply by July 15.

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Scholarship in Gerontology

The number of older adults is increasing with the number of baby boomers reaching 65 years of age daily. This scholarship supports students who are developing their training in working with older adults and their families. Students who are completing their internships with older adults and their families are available to apply. This scholarship is available for students completing their first or second year internship. Scholarships range from $2,000–$5,000 and are for Spring semester.

Carole Matusak Scholarship

The Carole Matusak Scholarship was established in 2019 to provide scholarship support for a student enrolled in Dominican University’s School of Social Work with financial need. This scholarship is open to all students in SSW, and provides an annual award of approximately $1,200 for education purposes.

SSW students who are undocumented are encouraged to apply. Dominican University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, age marital status or sexual orientation.

To apply, please use the link below. The scholarship requires an updated resume upload and 1-2 page statement regarding your qualification for this scholarship and how this scholarship would be used. All information is confidential.

Deadline: April 1

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Mental Health Workforce Development: Dominican and Josselyn Partnership

Dominican University has partnered with leading mental health provider, Josselyn, to support it's commitment to developing the mental health workforce. Incoming Master of Social Work students who are accepted into Josselyn's student loan repayment program will receive a 20% discount on tuition.

Josselyn is a nonprofit community mental health provider offering a full range of therapeutic care, including therapy, psychiatry, case management, art therapy, and employment support. Josselyn has offices in Waukegan, Northbrook and Northfield. The loan repayment program offers support in exchange for employment service. Read more about Josselyn.

Interested applicants can learn more about Josselyn's loan repayment program and apply directly on Josselyn's website.

For questions, contact:
Aracelis Sanchez
Manager of Collaborative Organizational Partnerships

S.W.E.E.T. Grant

The primary aim of the SWEET grant is to develop and expand experiential training opportunities through field placements to improve the distribution and supply of the behavioral health workforce. The SWEET Program emphasizes relationships with community-based partners such as hospitals, community health centers and state and local health departments. Interested individuals from diverse backgrounds who are interested in serving high need and high demand areas are encouraged to apply. If selected, students will receive a monthly stipend of $1,250 for eight months (totaling $10,000).

Students must be a U.S. Citizen, be in their second year (or advanced standing status), and be in a high need/ high demand area focusing on children, adolescents, transitional aged youth and their families experiencing challenges with either mental health or substance abuse.

SWEET recipients CANNOT be a Horizon scholar. Please apply by July 15.

For questions, contact:
Amy de la Fuente
(708) 524-6398

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The Andris Wofford 40-Hour DV Training Legacy Scholarship

This legacy scholarship will provide MSW students an opportunity to receive 40-hour Domestic Violence (DV) training certification, using a trauma informed approach, address how to appropriately and safely respond to domestic violence, and also to raise awareness to prevent further violence throughout the community in a culturally responsive manner.   

In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must be entering their Advanced Generalist year in the MSW program, not be currently placed or planning to be placed at a DV shelter or agency or placement in which 40-hour DV training will be provided and submit a two page reaction to the following prompts:  

  • Identify why you would like to be 40 hour DV trained and how you intend to use that certification to further your professional career as a social worker.
  • How does your culture view DV? What is your commitment to addressing issues of DV in your community and/or diverse communities?

Learn more about Andris Wofford

Deadline: November 15

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Title V, Part B PPOHA Stipends

Dominican’s University Title V, Part B – Promoting Post Baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) project seeks to increase Hispanic and low-income graduate student success at Dominican University. The goal is to provide support for graduate students to increase their social capital by networking and volunteering. The grant will provide five (5) $3,000 stipends ($1,500 per term) to Master of Social Work (MSW) candidates assigned to field placements. Field work placements are required to integrate academic knowledge, social work values, ethics, and the skills needed to become globally focused, relationship-centered social workers.

In order to receive the stipend, applicants must complete the FAFSA form to verify citizenship and low-income requirements. Preference will be given to Latino or Hispanic students.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Low-income

Deadline: August 1

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The Willenborg Social Work Leadership for the Common Good Grant Program

Willenborg Social Work Leadership for the Common Good stipends provide stipends for students whose field placements will build their experience and skills engaging in justice advocacy, leadership development, community organizing, and policy practice.  The goal is to provide support for graduate students in field placements that offer substantial experience in advancing human rights and social, economic and environmental justice (Social Work Education Core Competency 3) and / or engage in policy practice (Core Competency 5).  The grant will provide three (3) $3,000 stipends ($1500 per term) to Master of Social Work (MSW) candidates assigned to field placements.

In order to receive the stipend, applicants must describe what components of the program will allow them to develop Core Competencies 3 and / or 5 and discuss how they wish to engage as a leader in community organizing, policy advocacy, and policy practice after completing their MSW program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA

Deadline: September 15

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Master of Arts in Mediation and Conflict Resolution Program
Change Seekers Scholarship

New applicants who have been fully or conditionally admitted to the full Master of Arts in Mediation and Conflict Resolution degree program are eligible to apply for the Change Seekers Scholarship. The $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to two applicants in in each academic year for either fall, spring, and/or summer semester. Applications are due 15 days prior to the start of the semester for which the student is applying. You will be notified via email if you have been selected.

Eligibility Requirements

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