Scholarships and Grants

Investing in your future

By pursuing your degree at Loras College, you have decided to invest in your future. Every single student currently enrolled at Loras is receiving financial aid because we take great pride in supporting your investment – both through providing an exceptional learning experience and in sharing the cost of your degree. We offer Loras College scholarships, grants and special awards to all students based on their achievements and financial need.

Scholarships and Grants below are available
to new students beginning in the fall of 2021.

Scholarships Awarded Upon Acceptance

Loras College offers a wide variety of scholarships and awards based on academic achievement, musical talent and other criteria. These awards are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who will be full-time undergraduate students. These awards are not based on financial need.

Loras Scholarships and Awards

Loras offers academic scholarships to accepted students based on their high school GPA. The GPA utilized for scholarship ranking is based on a 4.0 scale. Acceptance awards range from $16,000-20,000. To learn more, talk to your admission representative.

Early Acceptance and FAFSA Submission Award

Loras offers a $500 award to students who are admitted and have submitted FAFSA to the Federal Processing Agency with Loras as a recipient by December 1st. This award is renewable for continuing students who complete their FAFSA by December 1st of each year. Loras School Code is 001873.

St. Martin de Porres Award

Students who are members of underrepresented racial and/or ethnic groups are eligible to receive this annual award of $1,000. Students must complete the FAFSA annually to renew this award.

St. Christopher Award

Students who permanently reside in a state that does not share a border with Iowa are eligible for this annual award of $1,000. Students must complete the FAFSA annually to renew this award.

St. Catherine Award

Female students who have earned a 3.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale at the time of acceptance to the college are eligible for this annual award of $1,000. Students must complete the FAFSA annually to renew this award.

Eagle Scout or Gold Award

Loras College recognizes the achievement of students who have earned their Eagle Scout or Gold Award through the Boy and Girl Scouts of America programs. Students are able to receive a one-time award of $1,000. In order to qualify, students must submit the certificate of achievement from Boy/Girl Scouts of America to the Loras College Office of Financial Aid by March 1st.

Loras College Chemistry Olympics Award

The annual Chemistry Olympics allows students to compete in group and individual events. Loras recognizes the top competitors at the college’s annual Chemistry Olympics with one-time scholarships. For more details please contact your admission representative.

Loras College Program-Based Scholarships

The following academic and co-curricular programs provide an additional scholarship 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, 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 the total scholarship amounts do not exceed $4,000. Students invited to participate in the First Generation Scholars Program may combine this award with other program awards.

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 11. 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. The priority deadline for the DuSTEM application is January 1. Student 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. More detailed program information is available at loras.edu/firstgeneration.

4. 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 $1,000. 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 contributing 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 $1,000.  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 annually renew the award. 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. Scholarships range from
$500—$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 December 1 with subsequent audition reviews occurring after March 1. Students participating in 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.

Grants Based on Financial Need

Loras Endowed grants are based on student financial need and the total of all other Loras College scholarships and grants awarded. These grants can be renewed each year, but renewal is based upon annual FAFSA results and a consistent level of demonstrated need. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to receive this grant. Amount varies. For additional information on these and other grants, please contact your admission representative.

Grants
Federal Pell & Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

Eligibility for Federal Pell Grants is determined by the FAFSA. The federal government determines the maximum Pell amount. In 2020, the maximum award amount was $6,395.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) funds are awarded to students demonstrating exceptional financial need, with preference given to Pell Grant recipients. The award level is dependent upon individual need and the level of federal funding. Loras students eligible for SEOG funds may receive up to $1,000.


Iowa Tuition Grant

These grants assist Iowa residents with demonstrated financial need who choose to attend an Iowa private college. Eligibility to receive funds is determined by completion of the FAFSA by July 1. An Iowa Tuition Grant can be received for a maximum of eight semesters of full-time study. The Iowa Legislation  determines the maximum award. In 2020 the maximum award was $6,200.

Out-of-State Grant

Undergraduate students that reside outside the state of Iowa are eligible for up to $5,400 in an out-of-state grant. Students must complete the FAFSA and have an expected family contribution of $15,000 or less. Students may renew this grant annually if their grade point average remains at a 2.0 or above and they continue to meet the initial eligibility criteria.

Scholarships and Grants for Transfer Students
Phi Theta Kappa and Loras Transfer Achievement Awards

Loras College offers Transfer Achievement awards for qualified, incoming, full-time (12 credits or more) transfer students. Awards will be based on a cumulative college grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and at least 15 transferable credits. Awards range from $12,000–$20,000.

Music Scholarships

Students accepted to Loras are able to audition for vocal and instrumental scholarships. Scholarships range from
$500—$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 December 1 with subsequent audition reviews occurring after March 1. Students participating in 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.

Carver Scholars Program

Scholarships are available to students transferring from an Iowa community college to begin full-time study in the fall semester of their junior year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have graduated from an Iowa high school or been a state resident for at least five consecutive years. Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. Scholarships are awarded in the amount of $7,600. For additional information visit http://www.carvertrust.org/.

First Generation Scholars

The First Generation Scholars Program strives to support first-generation college students and their families and promote engagement, study skills, and experiential opportunities for the student to have as they successfully progress toward graduation.

This program is designed to recruit and retain first-generation students. First-generation students who opt to participate in the program are eligible for additional funds beyond their initial acceptance award up to a $1,500 scholarship depending on financial need. Awards are renewable with continued program participation. More detailed program information can be found at www.loras.edu/firstgeneration.

Disclaimer: The College reserves the right to change program participation criteria. Any changes would be made in the Spring term for Fall implementation.


Phi Theta Kappa and Transfer Achievement awards are not eligible to be combined (e.g., are not stackable). Total awards for students cannot exceed full tuition. Contact the Loras College Admission Office with questions or for additional information on scholarships and grants at 800.245.6717, 563.588.7236 or financial.planning@loras.edu.

Scholarships and Grants for International Students

All international students seeking their first bachelor’s degree are eligible for merit-based scholarships and grants once they are accepted to Loras College. Awards are based on full-time enrollment and residency in campus housing. Awards are renewable as long as award criteria is met annually.

LORAS SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

Loras offers academic scholarships to accepted international students based on their secondary school achievement. These awards range from $14,000 – $20,000 and are made without regard to financial need. No additional application is required. To learn more, talk to your admission representative.

#YOU ARE WELCOME HERE SCHOLARSHIP

Loras College is proud to join other colleges and universities across the United States in offering international students financial assistance through the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship program. The eligibility criteria and application for this $5,000 annual, renewable scholarship may be found at loras.edu/youarewelcomehere. Up to four (4) awards will be offered annually.

UNITED WORLD COLLEGE (UWC) ALUMNI AWARD

Loras College is proud to offer alumni of any of the 18 United World College (UWC) campuses access to a Loras College undergraduate education through a full-tuition scholarship and traditional housing grant. Loras College stands in solidarity with the founding mission and on-going vision of the UWC movement. The eligibility criteria and application for this annual, renewable scholarship may be found at loras.edu/uwc. Up to three (3) awards will be offered annually.

International Student Declaration of Finances Form

Guidelines for Loras College Scholarships, Grants and Awards

1. Students must be full-time undergraduates and meet the GPA requirements associated with each scholarship.

2. The total of all awarded Loras scholarships, grants and awards may not exceed the cost of full tuition. External awards may be used beyond the cost of full tuition.

3. Many of our institutional grants, scholarships and awards can be combined; however, most of our program based scholarships cannot. Specific questions can be directed to your admission representative.

4. Scholarships, grants and awards are available for a maximum of eight semesters.

5. Scholarships, grants and awards are subject to fund availability and may be replaced by alternative funds when necessary.

6. Students must live in campus housing to receive the full amount of Loras scholarship funds.  Scholarships offered to students at the time of acceptance to the college (Acceptance Awards) will be reduced by $2,000 for commuting students.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

The search engines listed below are provided to aid families in identifying possible external scholarships and grants. Many organizations want to financially support students who are earning their college degree. Finding the scholarship opportunities that match your specific attributes will involve research. The search engines listed below may be helpful to you in researching possible external scholarships and grants.

Scholarship Search Engines
 
Cappex https://www.cappex.com/scholarships
Chegg Scholarships http://www.chegg.com/scholarships
College Board https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search
College Greenlight https://collegegreenlight.com/
College Scholarships.com www.college-scholarships.com/free_scholarship_searches.htm
Education Portal.com www.education-portal.com
Fastweb.com  http://www.Fastweb.com
Finaid.org http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/
Free 4u.com www.free-4u.com/iowa_state_resident_scholarships1.htm
Ihaveaplaniowa.org www.ihaveaplaniowa.org
Icansucceed.org www.icansucceed.org
Peterson’s https://www.petersons.com
Red Kite https://myredkite.com/
Scholarship America https://scholarshipamerica.org/
Scholarships and Grants www.scholarshipsandgrants.us
Scholarships.com http://scholarships.com/
Scholarship Guidance http://scholarshipguidance.com
Scholarship Monkey www.scholarshipmonkey.com
Scholarship Search https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search
Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae https://www.salliemae.com/plan-for-college/scholarships/scholarship-search/
Student Scholarships https://studentscholarships.org

 

 

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Class Year: 2016
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Major: Business Management and Social Work

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