The following academic and co-curricular programs provide additional scholarships for selected participants. Students may apply to multiple programs, but cross-program participation is restricted. In particular, students may participate in only one of the following programs: Breitbach Catholic Thinkers and Leaders, Civic Leaders, DuSTEM Scholars, Honors Program, Interfaith Leaders or St. John Paul II Memorial Scholars. Students awarded a St. Cecilia Music Scholarship may combine this award with other scholarship programs provided that the total scholarship amounts do not exceed $3,000.
To be eligible for any of the following scholarships, students must first apply and be admitted to the College. For admitted students to access the Loras College Scholarship Application, please access your status page here.
1. Breitbach Catholic Thinkers & Leaders Program/Scholarship
The Breitbach Catholic Thinkers & Leaders Program is a unique and vibrant four-year experience. Its goal is to challenge and engage the whole student – academically, spiritually, personally and socially while learning what it means to be a Catholic thinker and leader in today’s world. The program is intended to put Catholic teachings into action. The program invites up to 15 students to join their ranks each year. Breitbach Scholars will be awarded an annual scholarship of $4,000 in addition to their acceptance award from the College. Applicants who are selected for and complete an interview, but are not chosen for the program, will receive a $1,000 one-time award in their first year. The priority deadline for this scholarship application is December 13. More detailed information and the application are available at loras.edu/bctl.
2. DuSTEM Scholars Program
The Loras College DuSTEM Scholars Program provides financial and academic support for students wanting to pursue an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) disciplines. DuSTEM Scholars will join a learning community that supports their transition from high school to college and from college to career. Throughout the Loras DuSTEM Scholars Program, our goal is to leverage resources to mentor participants into successful professionals. DuSTEM Scholars are eligible for up to $1,500 annually, dependent upon financial need and continued involvement in the program. The priority deadline for the DuSTEM application is January 1. Students must have demonstrated financial need (as determined by the FAFSA) to be eligible for this program. More detailed program information is available at loras.edu/dustem.
3. First Generation Scholars
The First Generation Scholars Program supports first-generation students and families through a curriculum-based program that highlights social connectedness, academic success, mentorship, and personal well-being. Through this intentional and developmental experience, first-generation scholars will learn how to navigate college as well as prepare for post-undergraduate experiences. First Generation Scholars are eligible for up to $1,500 annually, dependent upon financial need and continued involvement in the program. The priority deadline for the First-Generation application is March 31. More detailed program information is available at loras.edu/firstgeneration.
4. Honors Program
Students that participate in the Honors Program will receive a renewable $1,500 scholarship for each year enrolled in the program (up to 4 years). The priority deadline for the Honors Program application is May 1. Questions can be directed to Honors Program Director Dr. Jake Kohlhaas (Jacob.Kohlhaas@loras.edu). More detailed program information is available at loras.edu/honors.
5. Interfaith Leaders Program
In the Loras Program for Interfaith Leaders, students learn how people orient around religion differently, and they discover in themselves abilities to interact with people of diverse religious and worldview backgrounds. The program hopes that, through careful study, self-reflection, and responsible service, students will learn to lead others toward a deeper, more informed fellowship. Interfaith Leaders will be awarded an annual scholarship of $1,500. The priority deadline for the Interfaith Leaders application is March 1. Visit loras.edu/Interfaithleaders for more information.
5. Civic Leaders Program
The Loras Program for Civic Leaders offers students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of leadership, service, justice and responsible contribution across all four years of their college experience. Designed to blend theory and practice, the program strives to develop students’ capacities to be positive change agents within their communities. Operating from an asset-based perspective, the program aims to assist students in acquiring the skills needed to work in solidarity with marginalized people and communities. Civic Leaders will be awarded an annual scholarship of $1,500. The priority deadline for the Civic Leaders application is March 1. More detailed program information is available at www.loras.edu/civicleaders.
6. St. John Paul II Memorial Scholars Program
To promote the vision of Saint Pope John Paul II, Loras offers scholarships to students who combine their studies, spirituality and service in witness to Christ and the truth of the human person. Scholarship awards are $1,500 and require continued program participation to renew the award annually. The priority deadline for the St. John Paul II application is March 15. Visit loras.edu/jpii to learn more.
7. St. Cecilia Music Scholarships
Students accepted to Loras are able to audition for vocal and instrumental scholarships and may be awarded up to $3,000. Scholarship recipients must participate in vocal or instrumental ensembles annually to maintain their award. Auditions will be submitted electronically. Student auditions will be reviewed beginning Dec. 1, with subsequent audition reviews occurring after Jan. 17. Students participating in the Liturgical Music Ministry are eligible for a scholarship to cover their applied lesson fee. Visit loras.edu/musicscholarships for more information.
Contact your Admission Representative if you have any questions or if you would like additional information on any of the above programs and scholarships.