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

     • Academic Scholarship
     • Caterpillar Employee Dependents
       Scholarship
     • Legacy Scholarship
     • Fine Arts Recognition Awards

 Grant Assistance

 Loans/Work Study 

     • Federal Loans
     • College Work Study

Scholarships

The following awards are based solely on academic performance without regard to financial need. Award levels are guaranteed for qualified students whose admission applications are complete by March 1.

Academic Scholarships

$16,000 to $34,000 over four years
A number of criteria are used in awarding these scholarships including an assessment of academic performance and records of leadership and service in schools and communities.

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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 $1,500. 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.

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Legacy Scholarship

This $1,500 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 $4,000 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 or performing arts recognition awards requires an audition or submission of a portfolio.

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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 $1,500 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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