Scholarships & Other Awards

Get free money for college. Each year, Elmhurst College offers many scholarships to recognize academic achievement, talent in the arts and more.

A scholarship is gift aid that doesn’t need to be paid back. Most Elmhurst scholarships are renewable so long as you maintain the required Elmhurst GPA. 

All students who apply for admission are automatically considered for scholarships. You don’t have to submit a separate application. If you’re interested in a talent scholarship, though, you’ll need to schedule an audition or portfolio review.

First Year Students | Transfer Students | Degree Completion Programs | Talent Scholarships | Other Scholarships | External Sources

Academic Scholarships for First-Year Students

What we look for:

  • Performance in a challenging high school curriculum, including AP and honors courses
  • Superior high school academic performance including excellence in standardized testing

To renew your scholarship:

  • Maintain a 3.00 Elmhurst GPA and-full time enrollment

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 GPA and full-time enrollment

What we look for:

  • Performance in a 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 GPA and full-time enrollment

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 GPA and full-time enrollment

Academic Scholarships for Transfer Students

What we look for:

  • Cumulative 3.50 transfer GPA on a 4.00 scale at the time of application

To renew your scholarship:

  • Maintain a 3.00 Elmhurst College GPA and full-time enrollment

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 GPA and full-time enrollment

What we look for:

  • Cumulative transfer GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application

To renew your scholarship:

  • Maintain a 2.50 Elmhurst College GPA and full-time enrollment

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

What we look for:

  • Membership in Phi Theta Kappa
  • Cumulative transfer GPA of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application (award amount determined by cumulative GPA)

To be considered:

  • Identify your PTK membership on your application for admission

To renew your scholarship:

  • Maintain a 3.00 Elmhurst College GPA and full-time enrollment

What we look for:

  • Membership in Star Scholars Program at one of the City Colleges of Chicago
  • Cumulative transfer GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application (award amount determined by transfer GPA)

To be considered:

  • Identify your Star Scholars membership on your application for admission

To renew your scholarship:

  • Maintain a 2.00 Elmhurst College GPA and full-time enrollment

Academic Scholarships for Degree Completion Programs

Who’s eligible:

  • Transfer students who have earned an associate degree and are enrolled full time in a degree completion program at the undergraduate level

To renew your scholarship:

  • Maintain a 2.00 Elmhurst College GPA and full-time enrollment (12 semester hours)

Who’s eligible:

  • Adult students studying in a degree completion program at the undergraduate level
  • Graduates of Harper College, Moraine Valley Community College, Oakton Community College or Triton College
  • Cumulative transfer grade-point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale

To apply:

  • Submit a scholarship application along with a 500-word essay outlining your personal and professional goals and how an Elmhurst degree will help you reach them
  • Apply by July 15 for fall enrollment, December 1 for spring

To renew your scholarship:

  • Maintain a 3.00 Elmhurst College GPA and full-time enrollment (12 semester hours)

Who’s eligible:

  • Adult students studying in a degree completion program at the undergraduate level
  • Cumulative transfer GPA of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application.

To renew your scholarship:

  • Maintain a 3.00 Elmhurst College GPA and full-time enrollment (12 semester hours)

Who’s eligible:

  • Adult students studying in a degree completion program at the undergraduate level
  • Cumulative transfer GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application.

To renew your scholarship:

  • Maintain a 2.75 Elmhurst College GPA and full-time enrollment (12 semester hours)

Who’s eligible:

  • Adult students studying in a degree completion program at the undergraduate level
  • Cumulative transfer GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application.

To renew your scholarship:

  • Maintain a 2.50 Elmhurst College GPA and full-time enrollment (12 semester hours)

Who’s eligible:

  • Adult students studying in a degree completion program at the undergraduate level

To renew your scholarship:

  • Maintain a 2.00 Elmhurst College GPA and full-time enrollment (12 semester hours)

What we look for:

  • Membership in Phi Theta Kappa
  • Cumulative transfer GPA of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application (award amount determined by cumulative GPA)

To be considered:

  • Identify your PTK membership on your application for admission

To renew your scholarship:

  • Maintain a 3.00 Elmhurst College GPA and full-time enrollment

What we look for:

  • Membership in Star Scholars Program at one of the City Colleges of Chicago
  • Cumulative transfer GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application (award amount determined by transfer GPA)

To be considered:

  • Identify your Star Scholars membership on your application for admission

To renew your scholarship:

  • Maintain a 2.00 Elmhurst College GPA and full-time enrollment

Other Scholarships

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

Who’s eligible:

  • First-year, transfer and adult 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

Who’s eligible:

  • First-year, transfer and adult 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 GPA and full-time enrollment

Who’s eligible:

  • First-year or transfer students who are not residents of Illinois and who live in campus housing

To be considered:

  • Apply for admission

To renew your grant:

  • Maintain a 2.00 Elmhurst College grade-point average and full-time enrollment

International students (studying on an F-1 visa) are ineligible for the Out-of-State Residential Grant.

Who’s eligible:

  • First-year, transfer or adult students who are undocumented individuals or DACA students

To be considered:

  • Apply for admission

To renew your grant:

  • Maintain a 2.00 Elmhurst College grade-point average and full-time enrollment

International students (studying on an F-1 visa) are ineligible for the Promise Grant.

Who’s eligible:

  • First-year, transfer or adult 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

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

Talent Scholarships

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 for Fall Term admission.

To renew your scholarship:

  • Maintain the Elmhurst College GPA associated with your awarded academic scholarship and full-time enrollment

Who’s eligible:

  • Art majors who demonstrate exceptional talent in art

To be considered:

Apply for admission and contact department chair Mary Lou Stewart, (630) 617-3553, for portfolio details

To renew your scholarship:

Maintain good academic standing at Elmhurst College and full time enrollment

Who’s eligible:

  • Students who demonstrate exceptional talent in theatre

To be considered:

Apply for admission and contact Janice Pohl, Director of the College Theatre, (630) 617-3008 or janicep@elmhurst.edu, for audition details.

To renew your scholarship:

Maintain good academic standing at Elmhurst College and full-time enrollment

External Sources for Scholarships

Many students receive scholarships from nonprofits, civic organizations and other institutions. We encourage you to explore a variety of sources of support.

Scholarship Resources for Undocumented Students

Scholarship Search Websites

Other Scholarship Opportunities

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 full-time (with the exception of the Post-Baccalaureate scholarship and the academic scholarships for adult students in evening and online programs).
  • 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 Residential and/or Promise Grants.
  • UCC or Disciple of Christ members will receive, at minimum, 1/3 in tuition scholarships.
  • Out-of-State Residential Grants are restricted to cover on-campus housing only.
  • Post-Baccalaureate (second-degree or licensure only) students are only eligible for the Post-Baccalaureate Recognition Scholarships. No other scholarships or grants will be awarded.
  • Scholarship aid cannot exceed $3,500 per term for adult students studying in evening or online programs.

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