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Elmhurst College offers student scholarships based on merit in a variety of categories, including academic achievement, musical talent and membership in the United Church of Christ or Disciples of Christ. All students who apply for admission are automatically considered for scholarships. 

Applying for a Scholarship at Elmhurst
Complete the Application for Admission and send it, along with your academic transcripts and supporting materials  to the Office of Admission. Your admission application is your scholarship application. There is no deadline. Students planning to major in music related areas must audition as a part of their consideration for a scholarship.

First-Year Scholarships
Transfer Scholarships
Other Scholarships 
Scholarships for Students in Degree Completion Programs
External Scholarships

Academic Scholarships for Domestic * First-Year Students:
2017-2018 academic year

If you're a first year student with a strong academic record, you may be eligible to earn a 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 
-Composite ACT or SAT scores
-We may also consider your essay, letters of recommendation and extracurricular activities

*Domestic students are considered any student enrolling from a U.S. High School or U.S. GED Equivalent

Presidential Scholarship: up to $19,000
What we look for:
-Performance in a challenging high school curriculum, including advanced placement and honors courses
-Superior high school academic performance including excellence in standardized testing
To renew your scholarship
--Maintain a 3.00 Elmhurst grade point average and full time enrollment 

Dean's Scholarship: up to $17,000
What we look for:

-Performance in a strong high school program, including advanced placement and honors courses
-High -level performance in standardized testing and grade patterns across the academic curriculum
To renew your scholarship:

-Maintain a 2.75 Elmhurst grade point average and full time enrollment 

Founders Scholarship: up to $15,000
What we look for:
-Performance in solid college bound curriculum
-Above average abilities in standardized testing and grade patterns across the academic curriculum
To renew your scholarship:

-Maintain a 2.50 Elmhurst grade point average and full time enrollment 

Trustee Scholarship: up to $11,000
What we look for:
-Performance in a solid college-bound curriculum
-Demonstrated abilities in standardized testing and grade patterns across the academic curriculum
To renew your scholarship:
-Maintain a 2.00 Elmhurst College grade point average and full-time enrollment

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Academic Scholarships for Domestic* Transfer Students:
2017-2018 Academic Year

We offer entering transfer students valuable scholarships that may be renewed each year of their studies at Elmhurst. These scholarships are awarded based on a cumulative GPA from all college-level coursework at the time of application. 

*Domestic students are considered any student enrolling from a U.S. College or University.

Transfer Excellence Scholarship: up to $16,000
What we look for:
--Cumulative 3.50 transfer grade point average on a 4.00 scale at the time of application
To renew your scholarship:

--Maintain a 3.00 Elmhurst College grade point average and full time enrollment 

Transfer Achievement Scholarship:  up to $12,000
What we look for:
--Cumulative transfer grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application 
To renew your scholarship:

--Maintain a 2.75 Elmhurst College grade point average and full time enrollment 

Transfer Recognition Scholarship: up to $10,000
What we look for:

--Cumulative transfer grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application
To renew your scholarship:

-Maintain a 2.50 Elmhurst College grade point average and full time enrollment 

Transfer Heritage Scholarship: up to $8,000
What we look for:
-Demonstrated abilities in college level courses
To renew your scholarship:
-Maintain a 2.00 Elmhurst College grade point average and full time enrollment

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship:  $2,000 - $4,000
(can be added to 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 at the time of application (award amount determined by cumulative grade-point average)
To be considered:
-Identify your PTK membership on your application for admission
To renew your scholarship:
-
Maintain a 3.00 Elmhurst College grade point average and full time enrollment 

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Other Scholarships & Grants 

Legacy Scholarship: up to $2,000
(may be added to other scholarships offered by Elmhurst)
Who's eligible:

-Students with 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 on your application for admission

United Church of Christ Scholarship*: up to $2,000
(may be added to other scholarships offered by Elmhurst)
Who's eligible:
-First year and transfer students who belong to congregations of the United Church of Christ or Disciples of Christ
To be considered:
-
Apply for admission and ask your pastor to submit a letter (on church letterhead) confirming your current membership in the United Church of Christ or Disciples of Christ to the Office of Student Financial Services by mail or email sfs@elmhurst.edu
To renew your scholarship:
-
Maintain full time enrollment and good academic standing at Elmhurst College
*UCC or Disciples of Christ members will receive, at minimu, 1/3 in tuition scholarships

American Dream Grant: up to $2,000
(may be added to other scholarships offered by Elmhurst)
Who’s eligible:
- First-year and transfer students who indicate on the application for
admission that they are first generation college students (neither
parent or guardian has earned a bachelor's degree)
To be considered:
- Apply for admission
To renew your scholarship:
- Maintain a 2.00 Elmhurst College grade-point average and
full-time enrollment

Out-of-State Grant: up to $2,000
(may be added to other scholarships offered by Elmhurst)
Who's eligible:

First-year or transfer students who are residents outside of Illinois
To be considered:
- Apply for admission
To renew your grant:
-Maintain a 2.00 Elmhurst College grade-point average and full-time enrollment

Promise Grant: up to $2,000
(may be added to other scholarships offered by Elmhurst)
Who's eligible:
First-year or transfer students who are eligible non-citizens
To be considered:
- Apply for admission
To renew your grant:
-Maintain a 2.00 Elmhurst College grade-point average and full-time enrollment

International Student Grant: up to $2,000
(may be added to other scholarships offered by Elmhurst)
Who's eligible:
First-year or transfer students who are full-time students studying on an F-1 student visa (international student)
To be considered:
- Apply for admission
To renew your grant:
-Maintain a 2.00 Elmhurst College grade-point average and full-time enrollment

Music Scholarships: up to $21,000
Who's eligible:

-First year and transfer students who plan to major in music, music education, music business, music theory and composition or jazz studies
Award 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
To renew your scholarship:
Maintain the Elmhurst College GPA associated with your awarded academic scholarship and full time enrollment

Art and Theatre Talent Scholarships:  up to $2,000
(can be added to other scholarships offered by Elmhurst)
Who's eligible:
-Students who demonstrate exceptional talent in art or theatre
-Art Talent Scholarships are limited to Art majors only
To be considered:
-Apply for admission and contact the appropriate director for audition or portfolio details:

To renew your scholarship:
-Maintain good academic standing at Elmhurst College and full time enrollment

Post-Baccalaureate Recognition Scholarship:  up to $10,000
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 full time enrollment and 2.00 GPA at Elmhurst College

Scholarships and Grants:
The Fine Print
- Elmhurst makes scholarship decisions at the time of admission,
based on credentials and supporting materials submitted at the
time of application.
- Scholarships described here apply to students regularly admitted to
Elmhurst as first-time bachelor’s degree candidates enrolled fulltime
(with the exception of the Post-Baccalaureate scholarship).
- Students who fall below the academic standard for renewal of a
scholarship may regain the scholarship in a subsequent term by
submitting an appeal for consideration to the Office of Student
Financial Services.
- International students (studying on an F-1 visa) are ineligible to
receive the Out-of-State and/or Promise Grants.
- UCC or Disciple of Christ members will receive, at minimum,
1/3 in tuition scholarships.

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 U.S. citizen or have a social security number in order to apply. Some good resources include:

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Latino College Dollars
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Fastweb
Choose Your Future
IACAC resources

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Scholarships for Students in Degree Completion Programs
Academic Year 2017-2018

Elmhurst College believes in recognizing and rewarding excellence with scholarships that are based on prior academic achievement. 

Students while enrolled in a degree completion program, paying on a per credit hour basis, may receive scholarship money for Fall and Spring terms only. 

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.

Community College Alumni Council Scholarships
This scholarship is offered to one outstanding adult learner who graduates from one of the participating Community Colleges and transfers into an 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 with a cumulative transfer grade-point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale and be admitted and enrolled full time in a degree completion program at Elmhurst College. Upon admission to Elmhurst College, eligible students will be sent and 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 has been earned. A 3.00 cumulative Elmhurst College grade point average 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.

Participating Community Colleges:
Harper
Moraine Valley
Oakton
Triton

Elmhurst Excellence Scholarships
This scholarship is valued at $2,000 per term. To be considered for an Excellence Scholarship, students must have a cumulative transfer grade point average of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application. A 3.0 cumulative Elmhurst College grade point average and full time enrollment required for renewal.

Elmhurst Achievement Scholarshiips
This scholarship is valued at $1,600 per term. To be considered for an Achievement Scholarship, students must have a cumulative 3.00 transfer grade point average on a 4.00 scale at the time of application. To renew this scholarship. the student must maintain a 2.75 Elmhurst College grade point average and full time enrollment. 

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  A student must be enrolled full time and maintain a 2.50 cumulative Elmhurst College grade point average to renew this scholarship.

Elmhurst Heritage Scholarship
This scholarship is valued at $800 per term. To be considered for a Heritage Scholarship, students must demonstrate abilities in college level courses. A student must be enrolled full time and maintain a 2.0 cumulative Elmhurst College grade point average 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 $2,000 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 $2,000 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 4.00 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
Part-time, non-degree and second degree-seeking students are not eligible for Elmhurst College scholarships.

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

Scholarship renewal is based on Elmhurst College cumulative grade point average per designated requirements for each award.

Full time students, while enrolled in an degree completion 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 of 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 include dosomething.org/scholarships, www.scholarshipexperts.com, www.studentscholarships.org, http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/financial-aid-for-minorities/, and bigfuture.collegeboard.org. Many of these sites also engage and offer scholarship contests through social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook.

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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
Gorilla76 Women in Marketing Scholarship 08/04/17--extended to 09/01/17
https://www.gorilla76.com/industrial-marketing-agency/the-gorilla-76-women-in-marketing-scholarship/
The Lawntrepreneur Scholarship for Business Students 08/20/17
https://www.lawnstarter.com/chicago-il-lawn-care#scholarship
Pacific Medical Training Healthcare Scholarship 08/20/17
https://pacificmedicaltraining.net/
AFSA 2nd Chance Scholarship 08/30/17
https://www.afsascholarship.org/secondchance/
Everspark Interactive Autism Awareness Scholarship 08/30/17
http://www.eversparkinteractive.com/everspark-autism-awareness-scholarship/
Arctic Physical Therapy Scholarship 08/31/17
https://www.physicaltherapyfairbanks.com/physical_therapy_fairbanks.php
Custody XChange Single Parent Scholarship 08/31/17
https://www.custodyxchange.com/scholarships/
Tripping.com Travel Lover's Study Abroad Scholarship 08/31/17
https://www.tripping.com/scholarships
Kabbage Entrepreneurs Scholarship 08/31/17
https://www.kabbage.com/entrepreneurs-scholarship/
Fitness Goals Scholarship 09/01/17
http://fitnessgoals.com/scholarship/
"RN to BSN/MSN Challenge" Scholarship 09/01/17
http://www.registerednursing.org/rn-to-bsn/
The Planet of Baseball Scholarship 09/01/17
http://www.theplanetofbaseball.com/scholarship/
Go Skills Female Entrepreneur Scholarship 09/15/17
https://www.goskills.com/scholarship
Go Skills Scholarship for Women in Business 09/15/17
https://www.goskills.com/scholarship
Annmarie Skin Care "Honest.Wild.Beautiful" Scholarship 09/30/17
https://www.annmariegianni.com/scholarship-application.html
Top Reveal Smart Home Scholarship 09/30/17
http://topreveal.com/scholarship
OppU Achiever's Scholarship 09/30/17
https://www.opploans.com/scholarship/
Wheelstips.com Digital Marketing Scholarship 09/30/17
https://wheelstips.com/scholarship
Filmora Wondershare Video Editing Scholarship 09/30/17
https://filmora.wondershare.com/scholarship/
Money Key Financial Responsibility Scholarship 09/30/17
https://www.moneykey.com/scholarship.php
Paramount Builders, Inc. Business/Marketing Scholarship 10/01/17
http://www.paramountbuilders.com/scholarship/
BlueGadgetTooth Online Marketing Scholarship 10/15/17
http://bluegadgettooth.com/scholarship/
Greenpal's "Tomorrow's Entrepreneur" Scholarship 10/15/17
https://www.yourgreenpal.com/scholarship
CaregiverConnection "Improving Senior Living" Scholarship 10/17/17
https://caregiverconnection.org/nursing-homes/
Sleep Cupid Women in Technology Scholarship 10/30/17
https://www.sleepcupid.com/women-in-tech-scholarship/
Laptops Under Budget Scholarship Essay Contest 10/31/17
https://laptopunderbudget.com/scholarship-program/
My Credible Future Scholarship 10/31/17
https://www.credible.com/blog/mycrediblefuture/
VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship 11/01/17
https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships
The Jamas Future Hispanic Leaders Scholarship 11/01/17
http://jamascapital.com/future-hispanic-leaders-scholarship/
"The Future is Female" True & Co. Scholarship 11/01/17
https://trueandco.com/scholarship
HALO Branded Solutions Scholarship 11/01/17
https://www.halo.com/scholarship-contest.aspx
Salaries Hub Scholarship Competition 11/01/17
https://salarieshub.com/scholarship/
The Kyle Gohr Leadership Scholarship 11/15/17
http://advantaclean.com/scholarship/
RewardExpert Study Abroad Scholarship 11/15/17
https://www.rewardexpert.com/scholarship
Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship 11/27/17
http://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/mvs.cfm
PowerScout Smart Energy Home Scholarship 11/30/17
https://powerscout.com/scholarship
HostGator Website Scholarship 11/30/17
https://www.hostgator.com/blog/hostgator-website-scholarship
Dream Go Scholarship for International Students 12/01/17
http://dreamgo.com/scholarship/
Alure Home Improvement Family-Owned Business Scholarship 12/01/17
http://www.alure.com/alure-scholarship
Market Research Scholarship 12/01/17
https://www.marketresearch.com/scholarship
Binary Trading Club Scholarship Essay Contest 12/01/17
http://binarytradingclub.com/scholarship/
Health Chronicle Healthcare Scholarship 12/15/17
https://www.healthchronicle.org/scholarship/
StudyPug Math Help Scholarship 12/15/17
https://www.studypug.com/scholarship.html
Worthy Women Scholarship for Adult Students 12/15/17
https://www.worthy.com/about/scholarship
Hooked to Books Scholarship 12/20/17
https://www.hookedtobooks.com/scholarship/
Where's My Caddie? College Scholarship 12/30/17
http://www.wheresmycaddie.com/college-scholarship/
VeteranAid.org Scholarship 12/31/17
https://www.veteranaid.org/apply.php#scholarship
The Expert Institute's Healthcare and Life Sciences Scholarship 12/31/17
https://www.theexpertinstitute.com/writing-contest-medical-scholarship/
Wicked Reviews Public Health Scholarship 12/31/17
https://www.wicked-reviews.com/scholarship/
Picture the Magic Customer Services Scholarship 12/31/17
http://www.picturethemagic.com/scholarship/
Go Green Scholarship 12/31/17
https://seekhomecomfort.com/scholarships/
Spread the Word on Safety Scholarship 01/06/18
https://www.beyondwellnesscc.com/scholarship-2/
IDSecurity Scholarship for STEM Students 01/15/18
https://www.idsecurityonline.com/scholarship-program/
Distillery IT/Computer Science Scholarship Program 01/15/18
https://distillery.com/scholarship-program/
Impact Signs Graphic Design Scholrship 01/31/18
https://www.impactsigns.com/scholarship/
The MusicAuthority Scholarship 02/01/18
https://musicauthority.org/scholarships/
Ayn Rand Essay Contests ongoing
https://www.aynrand.org/students/essay-contests#atlasshrugged-1?utm_source=bluehornet&utm_medium=impactweekly&utm_campaign=date
IL DCFS Education & Training Vouchers ongoing
http://www.ilasfaa.org/ListLock/MiW4BgCCC3X9bz8G.pdf
LGBTQ+ Student Resources ongoing
https://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/lgbtq-students/
Scholarship Guide for Students with Disabilities ongoing
http://www.dsaz.org/
Medical Assistant Degrees Healthcare Scholarship ongoing
https://www.medicalassistantdegrees.net/scholarship/
Scholarships and Grants for Single Mothers ongoing
http://oedb.org/single-mother-grant/
The Diabetes Council Guide to Diabetes Scholarships ongoing
http://www.thediabetescouncil.com/diabetes-scholarships-everything-you-need-to-know/
Financial Aid Guide for Women ongoing
http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/womens-guide-paying-for-college/
Financial Aid Guide for Minority Students ongoing
http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/financial-aid-for-minorities/
Scholarship Resource Guide for Minority Students ongoing
http://www.affordablecolleges.com/resources/scholarships-for-minorities/
HubShout Internet Marketing Scholarship ongoing
http://hubshout.com/?p=Scholarship
     
Domo Scholarship for Business Management
http://www.domo.com/#
  ongoing
LATutors Innovation in Education Scholarship ongoing
http://www.latutors123.com/scholarship/
Varsity Tutors' Monthly Scholarship        ongoing
http://varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship
     
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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