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Intellectual Curiosity Scholarship Competition

We are pleased to hold the inaugural Intellectual Curiosity Scholarship Competition to support the enrollment of transfer students with a natural propensity towards curiosity.

A black-and-white portrait photograph of Albert Einstein, who inspired Elmhurst College's Intellectual Curiosity Scholarship Competition for transfer students.


All admitted transfer students with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or above—who are curious about where their college education will take them and how they will impact the future—are invited to participate in the competition.

Essay: Due May 15, 2020

Application and essay.

  • Submit an essay (500–750 words) that demonstrates your level of intellectual curiosity by responding to the following:
    • American academic E. Gordon Gee once said, “Intellectual curiosity drove Einstein to some of the world’s most important discoveries.” Tell us how your curiosity drives you and where it might take you in your future at Elmhurst University and beyond.

Scholarship Winners

The first-place entries will be contacted by phone on June 5 and later announced.

  • First place: Two students will receive a $5,000 renewable scholarship for up to two years of study.
  • All students who submit essays will receive a $500 renewable scholarship for up to two years of study.

How to Apply

To enter this competition, use the button below to complete the application and submit your essay no later than May 15, 2020.

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Contact Kristina Black, associate director of admission, at or by calling 630-617-3087.

Previously, this competition included an in-person component. Elmhurst University has since canceled many in-person activities to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

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