2024 Graduate Student Scholarship Competition

The fifth annual Graduate Student Scholarship Competition recognizes graduate and doctoral students who have worked hard and demonstrated outstanding leadership and service in a variety of ways. The application for the competition will open in Spring 2024.

A photo of a statue of NFL coaching legend Vince Lombardi.

Football legend Vince Lombardi once said, “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”


Students who are admitted to a degree-seeking graduate or doctoral program are invited to participate in the competition.

Next Steps

  • Submit your graduate application and complete your application file by June 1, 2024.
  • Once your application is complete, you will receive access to the Scholarship Competition application. Complete your scholarship application by June 15, 2024. With your application, submit a short video (3 minutes maximum) that demonstrates:
    • Your Leadership Skills
    • Your Commitment to Service
    • What Receiving This Scholarship Means to You

The winner will be announced at our New Graduate Student Reception on August 15, 2024.

  • First Place: $5,000 renewable scholarship for up to two years of graduate study.
  • All competition participants will receive a $500 renewable scholarship for up to two years of graduate study.


Email Director of Admission Events Megan (Wajda) Alderson at megan.wajda@elmhurst.edu.

Only those admitted to a graduate or doctoral degree program are eligible to participate.

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