Scholarships

Scholarships

In the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS), we recognize that tuition cost is a major factor in the decision to return to college and to finish your degree. Due to the generosity of various donors, foundations, and grants, SCPS is able to offer numerous scholarships to support our students. 

Learn more about our donors. 

Most awards are determined based on academic performance, a scholarship essay, and demonstrated financial need.

Scholarships are awarded annually and may be renewed each year based on the funds available, financial need, and academic merit. Awards can be applied to tuition costs only. If awarded a scholarship, award recipients may be required to send a letter of acknowledgment to the scholarship foundation, donor, or trustee.

Multiple Available Scholarships

Who is eligible for this scholarship?

  • All new degree-seeking students will receive this scholarship upon admission to SCPS. It will be applied to tuition for the first year of the SCPS program if they meet all of the eligibility requirements.
  • Students receiving Loyola University Chicago/Loyola University Medical Center tuition benefits are not eligible to receive this scholarship.
    • Students admitted to the SCPS Fellows program and OMD Scholars program are not eligible to receive this scholarship the semester their funding begins for these programs starting in Fall 2019.
    • Active internal transfers from another college or school at Loyola must have a 3.0 or higher cumulative Loyola GPA before transferring in order to receive this scholarship.

 How do I maintain this scholarship?

  • Students starting prior to Fall 2019 must earn a 2.8 cumulative GPA each semester to maintain this scholarship. Students starting in Fall 2019 or later must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
    • If a student does not earn a the required cumulative GPA, the scholarship will be not be awarded for the remaining semesters in the student’s first year.
    • If a student has below the required GPA due to credit hours completed five or more years ago as a student at a different school or college at Loyola, the student is eligible for the award if they earn the required cumulative in their SCPS courses.
  • Students must be enrolled in at least 6 hours for their first full semester in SCPS and all remaining semesters of their first year.
    • Students starting their first session in either fall 2, spring 2 or the summer 8-week session may appeal to take CPST 200 only in their first semester to maintain the scholarship.
      • Students’ scholarship eligibility will be reviewed for future semesters if they drop below the required enrollment hours in a given semester.
      • Students who completely withdraw in a semester will be ineligible to receive the scholarship for future semesters.
    • Students must pass CPST 200: Introduction to Degree Completion in their first session.
      • If a student does not pass CPST 200 in the first session (this includes withdrawals from the course), the scholarship will be not be awarded for the remaining semesters in the student’s first year.

When must I enroll in classes to maintain scholarship eligibility?

  • Students must enroll in classes by the enrollment deadline for their first semester.
  • For subsequent semesters, students must enroll by the following dates:
    • Fall: August 1
    • Spring: December 10
    • Summer: May 1

When is this application due?

  • SCPS will automatically grant this scholarship to students admitted to SCPS. No separate application is required.

How much will my scholarship award be?

  • All new students will receive $2,500 in the following increments:
    • Fall: $1,000 (August)
    • Spring: $1,000 (January)
    • Summer: $500 (June)
  • If a student meets the GPA and CPST 200 eligibility requirements in the first semester, the student may be eligible for an additional award ranging from $1,500-2,000 for the remainder of the first year in the program, depending on funds avaialble.
    • If a student begins in the fall semester and meets the GPA and CPST 200 requirements, the student may be eligilbe to earn an additional $1,000 scholarship for spring semester and $500 for the summer semester.
    • If a student begins in the spring semesters and meets the GPA and CPST 200 requirements, the student may be eligible to earn an additional $500 scholarship for summer semester and $1,000 for the fall semester.
    • If a student begins in the summer semester and meets the GPA and CPST 200 requirements, the student may be eligble to earn an additional $1,000 scholarship for fall semester and $1,000 for the spring semester.
  • Students admitted to the SCPS Fellows program and OMD Scholars program are not eligible for this additional because they are already awarded scholarship funds through their respective programs.
  • Students are eligible to apply for the annual SCPS Academic Year Scholarship after successful completion of at least one eight-week session. The application for this scholarship is due in June each year. 

When will Financial Aid post this award to my LOCUS account?

  • The Financial Aid Office will post your award to your LOCUS account no later than a week prior to the start of the semester if you meet all eligibility requirements. 

Who is eligible for this scholarship?

  • All degree-seeking students who have completed at least one 8-week session in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies are eligible to apply except for:
    • Students awarded the SCPS Fellows Scholarship.
    • Students awarded the One Million Degree Scholarship.
    • Students who are Loyola employees utilizing Loyola University employee tuition benefits. This includes Loyola medical employees.
  • Students must have a 3.0 Loyola cumulative GPA.
    • If a student has below a 3.0 cumulative GPA due to credit hours completed five or more years ago as a student in a different school or college at Loyola, the student is eligible for the award if they earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
  • Students must complete all scholarship requirements listed below by the June 14, 2019 to be eligible for the SCPS Academic Year Scholarship.
    • Students must be enrolled in 9 credit hours for the Fall semester.
    • Students must have completed 2019-2020 FAFSA.
    • Students must have completed the Loyola University general scholarship application in Loyola Scholarship Connections, the Loyola “Academic Works” scholarship database.
    • Students must have completed the SCPS conditional application in Loyola Scholarship Connections, the Loyola “Academic Works” scholarship database.
      • The application includes three separate essay questions that students must answer in 200-300 words per response. Responses must be void of grammar and spelling errors.
      • The three questions are as follows:
        1. How will your SCPS degree help you pursue your personal and/or professional goals? Be specific as to what your goals are that you plan to achieve and how your education will help you reach those goals.
        2. How are these goals tied to the Jesuit mission and Jesuit values of Loyola University? Be sure to connect your goals to specific aspects of the Jesuit mission and the Jesuit values. Please review the Transformative Education website (http://www.luc.edu/transformativeed/) for more information explaining the Jesuit mission and values.
        3. What is your personal and/or professional strategic plan for degree completion? Share how you will manage time, responsibilities, and resources in the process of achieving your degree. Be specific.
  • If a student fails to meet any of the eligibility criteria by the deadline, the SCPS Scholarship Committee will not review the student’s application. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. No exceptions.

 How do I maintain this scholarship?

  • Students must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA each semester to maintain this scholarship.
    • If a student does not earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA, the scholarship will be not be awarded for the remaining semesters of the academic year.
    • If a student has below a 3.0 cumulative GPA due to credit hours completed five or more years ago as a student in a different college or school at Loyola, the student is eligible for the award if they earn a cumulative SCPS GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Students must enroll in 9 credit hours in the fall semester, 9 credit hours in the spring semester, and 6 credit hours in the summer semester.
    • Students’ scholarship eligibility will be reviewed for future semesters if they drop below the required enrollment hours in a given semester.
    • Students who completely withdraw in a semester will be ineligible to receive the scholarship for future semesters.
  • The scholarship does not carry over to additional semesters if students do not enroll in a given semester and the award is not used.

When must I enroll to maintain scholarship eligibility?

  • Students must enroll in classes by the following dates:
    • Fall: August 1
    • Spring: December 10
    • Summer: May 1

 How do I apply?

  • Students must log in to Loyola Scholarship Connections, the Loyola “Academic Works” scholarship database, to complete their scholarship applications.
  • To apply, click HERE

When is this application due?

  • All scholarship requirements must be completed by June 14, 2019. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Students are encouraged to confirm that their scholarship applications are categorized as “submitted” in Loyola Scholarship Connection, the Loyola “Academic Works” scholarship database. If a student has questions about the status of an application, we recommend the student contact Financial Aid at 773-508-7704.
  • SCPS will be offering continuing students the opportunity to apply for this annual academic year scholarship with one application deadline/year.

How much will my scholarship award be?

  • Students can earn anywhere from $500-7,500 to apply to tuition costs for the academic year. These awards are dependent on funds available and the number of applicants.
  • Awards will be distributed in 3 semester installments:
    • Fall: 40% of award
    • Spring: 40% of award
    • Summer: 20% of award
  • Awards are distributed on both a need and merit basis.

When will Financial Aid post this award to my LOCUS account?

  • The scholarship will post to your LOCUS account no later than a week prior to the start of the semester if all eligibility requirements are met.
  • The scholarship does not carry over to other semesters or to previous balances.

Who is eligible for this scholarship?

  • Please see this link for full details regarding the SCPS Fellows Scholarship.
  • All new students pursuing an undergraduate degree in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies are eligible to apply except for:
    • Students awarded the One Million Degree Scholarship.
    • Students who are Loyola employees utilizing Loyola University employee tuition benefits. This includes Loyola medical employees.
    • Veteran students receiving 100% tuition funding.
    • Current students who have already completed their first SCPS session. Students must complete the Fellows nomination and application process before the end of their first session.
  • Applicants must also:
    • Be gainfully employed and receive tuition reimbursement by their companies or sponsoring organizations (students may also be sponsored by organizations, such as a parish).
    • Be nominated by their employer. Click here for the nomination form. 
    • Submit an SCPS Fellows Scholarship application.
    • Submit transcripts for all prior academic work.
    • Commit to completing six credit hours in the Fall semester and six credit hours in the Spring semester. 

How do I maintain this scholarship?

  • Students must:
    • Keep a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
    • Remain actively employed or engaged in their sponsoring organization and receive matching funding.
    • Take six credit hours in the Fall semester and six credit hours in the Spring semester. 
    • Not take two consecutive semesters away from their studies.
How can I apply? How can my employer nominate me?
  • Companies must nominate eligible students via the online form
  • Once the nomination form is received, the student will be contacted to apply for admission.

How much will my scholarship award be?

  • Students can receive up to $5,250 each year, depending on the tuition support provided by employers.

When will Financial Aid post this award be to my LOCUS account?

  • For billing specifics and additional FAQs about the SCPS Fellows Program, please visit this link to the SCPS Fellows Program guidelines.

Who is eligible for this scholarship?

  • Students are eligible to apply if they are:
    • Undergraduate, degree-seeking students who are current scholars or alumnae of the One Million Degrees (OMD) Program. Preference will be given to new students who have completed an Associate's Degree. 
    • Have a 2.5 Loyola GPA or 2.5 GPA from high school or previous college.
    • Do not have a baccalaureate degree.
    • Commit to completing at least six (6) credit hours in the Fall semester and six (6) credit hours in the Spring semester
    • Demonstrate financial need.
    • Show academic promise and a commitment to degree completion.

 How do I maintain this scholarship?

  • Students must:
    • Keep a cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Enroll in at least six credit hours each semester (Fall / Spring). 

How can I apply?

  • Student must complete the One Million Degree Scholarship online application found at this link.

How much will my scholarship award be?

  • Scholars and alumni of the One Million Degrees program may apply for this scholarship of $5,000 per academic year.

When will this award post to my LOCUS account?

  • For billing specifics and additional FAQs about the One Million Degree Scholarship guidelines, please visit this link to the One Million Degree guidelines.

Loyola School of Continuing and Professional Studies is fortunate to be supported by many outside organizations, such as the George and Bernice Cooke Scholarship for Woman and Crankstart Foundation, who grant generous and life-changing scholarships to our dedicated students, bringing them one step closer to their dream. Click below to read more and apply!

Outside Scholarships

In addition, we recommend that all students explore the resources offered by Loyola’s Financial Aid Office (FAO) and the Office of the Bursar (OTB). Financial assistance is an individual process, and these offices can assist you in navigating the best options for you to finance your education.

Each semester, students should communicate the number of credits they are taking to the FAO to ensure that their financial aid budgets are set up correctly. Students should also contact the OTB if they plan on budgeting to take courses every semester, including the summer semester. Billing options are available to students receiving reimbursement from their employers, and students can also arrange for deferred billing. An installment plan may make tuition payments more affordable, by spreading payments over a period of months. To explore your options, contact the OTB.

The staff of the FAO and OTB can be contacted at 773-508-7700.