Sources of Assistance

The University awards hundreds of different grants and scholarships from a variety of sources including federal, state, and private entities. Every student has individual characteristics that determine their eligibility for specific awards. Listed here are the most common grant and scholarship opportunities available for undergraduate students at Bradley. If you want information about an award that is not described here, please E-mail us.

Bradley Programs

Bradley Grant

A combination of factors are considered when making these university-funded awards including a student's academic performance, FAFSA results, and eligibility for other grants and scholarships. Awards vary and can change from year-to-year. The Bradley Grant requires a 2.0 grade average for renewal. These awards are available only to full-time students (12 or more hours each semester) and can be applied to tuition only.

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. This scholarship can only be applied to tuition.

Deans Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to first-time freshmen during the review of their admission applications. Initial eligibility criteria may vary from one year to the next as determined by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  Renewal is automatic with a 3.0 grade average. The Deans Scholarship requires full-time attendance (12 or more hours per semester) and can be applied toward tuition only. This is an eight semester award.

Legacy Scholarship

This $1500 Scholarships is automatically awarded to children, step-children and grandchildren of Bradley graduates. Eligibility is determined at the time of application for admission. 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.

Phi Theta Kappa

New transfer students who have been recognized for their academic performance through membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Society receive an award of $5000. This scholarship replaces the Transfer and Transfer Excellence Scholarships. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 grade average for automatic renewal. The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship requires full-time attendance (12 or more hours per semester) and can be applied toward tuition only.

Presidents' Partnership Scholarship

The $3,500 Presidents’ Partnership Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to first-time transfer students entering directly from selected community colleges. Recipients must have a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average (GPA), enroll as full-time students (12 or more hours each semester) and have at least 30 transferable hours from the community college. The scholarship is renewable so long as the recipient maintains a 3.0 cumulative GPA at Bradley and remains full-time. This is a tuition-only award.

Presidential Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to first-time freshmen during the review of their admission applications. Initial eligibility criteria may vary from one year to the next as determined by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Renewal is automatic with a 3.0 grade point average. The Presidential Scholarship requires full-time attendance (12 or more hours per semester) and can be applied toward tuition only. This is an eight semester award.

State-Specific Scholarships

These $4,000 annual awards recognize academically-talented students who reside in selected states outside of Illinois. Awards are made to first-time freshmen who have a minimum high school grade point average of 2.8. These tuition-only awards require full-time attendance (12 or more hours each semester). Renewal is contingent on maintaining a 2.5 cumulative Bradley grade point average.

Transfer Scholarship

This scholarship is automatically awarded to new transfer students who have earned a minimum of 24 transferable semester hours and 3.0 / 4.0 GPA from an accredited college or university. Automatic renewal requires a 2.5 grade point average. The Transfer Scholarship requires full-time attendance (12 or more hours per semester) and can be applied toward tuition only.

Transfer Excellence Scholarship

New transfer students who have earned a minimum of 45 transferable semester hours and 3.5 / 4.0 GPA from an accredited college or university will be automatically awarded a $5000 scholarship. This scholarship replaces the Transfer and Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships. Automatic renewal requires a 3.0 grade point average. The Transfer Excellence Scholarship requires full-time attendance (12 or more hours per semester) and can be applied toward tuition only.

University Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded based on a variety of criteria including academics, leadership, activities, and community service. University Scholars usually rank in the top 25% and have ACT or SAT scores consistent with classroom performance. Automatic renewal requires a cumulative GPA of 2.5. The University Scholarship requires full-time attendance (12 or more hours per semester) and can be applied toward tuition only. This is an eight semester award.

Federal Programs

State of Illinois Program

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 $1800 per year. Paychecks are issued bi-weekly. Click here for more information. Eligibility for work-study does not guarantee you will find a campus job. However, at the beginning of the Fall Semester, students are encouraged to attend the annual Part-time Job Fair sponsored by the Smith Career Center. The Center also posts jobs for students wishing to work who are not eligible for College Work Study.

Pell Grant & FSEOG

Students with very limited family resources are awarded either or both of these federally-funded grants. Eligibility is determined annually by the FAFSA. Pell Grants can range in value from $400 to $5,500. FSEOG awards can be as high as $4,000 per year. If you were determined to meet the eligibility criteria, your grant would be identified as Federal Pell Grant or Federal SEOG on your award notification. Click here for more information on the Pell Grant. Click here for more information on FSEOG.

State of IL MAP Grant

This state-funded grant program is available to qualified Illinois students attending in-state colleges and universities based upon FAFSA results. Grants range from $400 to $4,968 per year. Eligibility is determined using a formula prescribed by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. The MAP Grant is restricted to tuition only.

By applying for financial aid and agreeing to share that information with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) you have been considered for the State of Illinois (IL) Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant. If you were determined to meet the eligibility criteria for the MAP grant, that award is included in your aid package. This award may be an estimate made by the financial assistance office, and if so, is identified as a State of Illinois MAP Grant (Est.). MAP grants are limited based on the number of applicants and funding levels appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly. Please be aware that in light of state funding constraints, reductions to estimated or actual MAP grants are possible.

Eligibility for a MAP grant is tracked by the equivalent number of semester credit hours of MAP benefits paid on your behalf. This is called MAP Paid Credit Hours. Payment for each term is made according to the equivalent number of credit hours eligible for MAP payment, with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 15 MAP Paid Credit Hours.

There is a limit on the number of MAP Paid Credit Hours that can be paid while you are classified by your school as a freshman and sophomore. This limit is the equivalent of 75 MAP Paid Credit Hours. If this maximum is reached, you must attain junior status for your MAP grant eligibility to resume. The maximum number of MAP Paid Credit Hours that can be received is capped at 135.

If your award notification includes this source of assistance, the amount of grant is based on a 15 credit hour per semester course load. Semester enrollments of less than 15 credit hours will result in a proportionate reduction of award amounts. For example, your annual MAP Grant for semester enrollments of 12 hours will be 20% less than shown on this notification.

If a State of IL MAP Grant (Est.) is not included in your award notification, you are not eligible for the grant at Bradley University.