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 2015 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.

Academic Scholarships

$24,000 to $48,000 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. For a PDF version of the application, click here.

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Out-Of-State Scholarships

Annual awards of up to $4,000 recognize academically-talented students who permanently reside outside of Illinois.

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Relationship Scholarships

These $1,500 annual awards recognize academically-talented students who have special relationships to Bradley including parents and grandparents who have a degree from Bradley.

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Fine and Performing Arts Scholarships

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 and performing arts scholarships requires an audition or submission of a portfolio.

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*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.

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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