Scholarships and Other Sources of Assistance

Bradley University offers the following sources of financial assistance. Since all students have individual characteristics which determine eligibility for specific awards, seldom will an individual "package" contain every program listed. If you want information about an award that is not described here, please e-mail us.

Scholarships

 Grant Assistance

 

Special Application Scholarships

Loans/Work Study

Scholarships

The following awards for freshman students entering in the fall 2014 semester are based solely on academic performance without regard to financial need. Award levels are guaranteed for qualified students whose admission applications are complete by February 1.

Presidential Scholarship

$48,000 over four years
Top scholars who score 28 or higher on the ACT, or 1260 or higher on the SAT, are considered for these prestigious awards. Presidential Scholars have a minimum high school GPA of 3.75 and demonstrate leadership and service in their schools and communities.

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Deans Scholarship

$36,000 over four years
Recipients of the Deans Scholarship score 25 to 27 on the ACT (or 1150 to 1250 on the SAT), have a minimum high school GPA of at least 3.5, and are active in service to their schools and communities.

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University Scholarship

$24,000 over four years
A number of criteria are used in awarding the University Scholarship including academic achievement, leadership, and school and community service. University Scholars score 22 to 24 on the ACT (or 1030 to 1140 on the SAT), have a 3.25 or higher grade point average, with preference given to students ranking in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Achievement Scholarship

$12,000 over four years
A number of criteria are used in awarding the Achievement Scholarship including leadership, and school and community service. Achievement Scholarship recipients rank in the top third of their high school class, have a 3.0 or higher grade point average, and have ACT and SAT scores consistent with classroom performance.

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Caterpillar Employee Dependents Scholarship

These scholarships benefit the dependent children of Caterpillar employees, retirees, and deceased employees. Scholarship amounts are determined by Bradley's Office of Financial Assistance and range up to $2,500. Recipients must be attending Bradley as full-time undergraduate students. Applications must be submitted for each academic year. To be assured of full consideration, it is recommended that you submit your application no later than March 1. A 2.5 cumulative grade point average is required. For a PDF version of the application, click here.

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Legacy Scholarship

This $1500 scholarship is automatically awarded to children, step-children and grandchildren of Bradley graduates. Eligibility is determined at the time of application for admission. Full-time status is required and recipients must remain in good academic standing for renewal. The Legacy Scholarship requires full-time attendance (12 or more hours per semester) and can be applied toward tuition only.

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Fine Arts Recognition Awards

Awards up to $4000 per year are available to students majoring in art, theatre and music or participating in competitive speech (Forensics). Awards up to $500 are also available to non-music majors selected for one of our many instrumental and vocal performance groups. Consideration for fine arts recognition awards requires an audition or submission of a portfolio.

*Applicants with lower class ranks (or no rank) receive consideration based on grade point average, curriculum and competitiveness of their high schools. Applicants with lower test scores and extraordinary academic performance are also considered for scholarships.

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Grant Assistance

A combination of factors are considered when making these awards including a student's academic performance, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) results, and eligibility for other scholarships. Awards vary and can change from year-to-year. This grant assistance could be funded by a variety of sources, including Bradley, state, and federal grants. Grant assistance requires a 2.0 GPA for renewal.

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Loans/Work Study

Federal Loans

At Bradley, federal loan recipients borrow directly from the federal government. These low-interest loans are deferred until after graduation as long as students maintain at least half-time enrollment. For more information on federal loan programs, click here.

College Work Study

Students with limited family resources as determined by the results of the FAFSA are provided this federally-funded opportunity to earn "spending money" through part-time, on-campus employment. Students typically work 8 to 10 hours per week at minimum wage earning about $1500 per year. Paychecks are issued bi-weekly. Click here for more information.

Students wishing to work who are not eligible for College Work Study are able to find other on-campus employment opportunities.

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