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In and out of the classroom, JCU students accomplish a great deal and leave their mark on our campus and in the community. Our merit scholarship programs have been designed to honor students with similar backgrounds and celebrate what they have done throughout high school in hopes that they can share those talents with us.

Our merit programs are highly competitive, and some of our unique programs go beyond academic scholarships and reward commitment to leadership and service as well.

When you submit your application for admission, you’ll automatically be considered for merit scholarships up to $27,000.

Listed scholarship values are annual amounts that automatically renew for a total of four years, as long as academic and conduct standards are maintained. Students are notified of their scholarship at the time of admission.

Merit awards are determined based on academic performance, rigor of high school curriculum, and standardized test scores (if submitted). 

Note: JCU is test optional for fall 2021 applicants. For more information visit: https://jcu.edu/test-optional-faq.

For Students Not Submitting Test Scores

Magis Scholarship
$25,000 to $27,000
A average 

Presidential Scholarship
$21,000 to $24,000
A-/B+ average

University Scholarship
$15,000 to $20,000
B+/B average

Ignatian Award
Up to $14,000
Students not eligible for the above scholarships will be considered for this award which emphasizes strong work ethic, leadership, and commitment to service.

For Students Submitting Test Scores

Magis Scholarship
$25,000 to $27,000
A average AND SAT: 1335 or ACT: 30

Presidential Scholarship
$21,000 to $24,000
A-/B+ average AND SAT: 1190 or ACT: 25

University Scholarship
$15,000 to $20,000
B+/B average AND SAT: 1110 or ACT: 23

Ignatian Award
Up to $14,000
Students not eligible for the above scholarships will be considered for this award which emphasizes strong work ethic, leadership, and commitment to service.

 

Merit Scholarship Appeals

For applicants who have applied by our Early Action admission deadline (December 1, 2020), a one-time request may be made to have your merit scholarship award reconsidered by the Scholarship Committee. In order for a reconsideration of scholarship to occur, our scholarship committee requires students submit an official ACT or SAT score report with new or updated scores that were not part of their originally submitted application materials by January 4, 2021. 

An official score report with new or updated scores must be submitted directly to John Carroll University from the College Board or ACT, or from your college counselor. You will also need to notify your enrollment manager by email that you are having new scores sent and that you are formally requesting a scholarship appeal. 

Students who have applied by our Early Action admission deadline (December 1, 2020) and indicated that they did not want scores to be considered as part of their application may elect to change their decision by submitting a formal email  to their enrollment manager by January 4, 2021. An official score report must be submitted directly to John Carroll University from the College Board or ACT, or from your college counselor by January 4, 2021. 

Please note providing new scores does not guarantee a change in a student's scholarship level. We are also not able to consider senior grades as part of your scholarship appeal. 
 

In addition to our merit scholarships, we offer four highly competitive mission-based scholarships. These scholarships include the Arrupe Scholars Program, Honors Program, Leadership Scholars Program, and Social Innovation Fellows Program. Each of these programs includes required coursework and meaningful experiences throughout your time at JCU.

These programs require a separate online application due by December 1. If you are planning to apply for any of our mission-based scholarships, your application for admission to John Carroll must also be completed by the December 1 deadline. 

*Mission-Based Scholarships are exclusively available to incoming first-year students. Students receiving an offer of admission to any of the Mission-Based programs must enroll at John Carroll University in the term in which they were admitted to the University. If you decline your offer of admission for the term in which you were initially admitted, you will not have the opportunity to enroll in that Mission-Based program and receive the associated Mission-Based program scholarship as a transfer student later on. Transfer students are eligible to apply for the honors program once a grade point average has been established at JCU, however, the honors program scholarship is not available to students who enter the program as transfer students.

The mission-based scholarships application is available here

Arrupe Scholars Program
Up to $5,000 scholarship per year
Awarded to students who have a strong commitment to issues of social justice interested in developing the skills to be effective agents for positive social change.
Learn more about the program

Honors Program
Up to $5,000 scholarship per year
Awarded to high-achieving students who are eager to cultivate their intellectual curiosity and engage actively in their learning. 
Learn more about the program

Leadership Scholars Program
Up to $5,000 scholarship per year
Awarded to students who have the greatest potential to have an impact on the John Carroll community and the world around them. Perhaps different from other awards based on leadership, selection isn’t based on previous positional leadership roles.
Learn more about the program

Social Innovation Fellows Program
Up to $5,000 scholarship per year
Awarded to students dedicated to becoming social innovators and entrepreneurs who are inspired by Ignatian values – rigor, generosity, gratitude, inclusivity, solidarity, and a desire for the greater good.
Learn more about the program

First-year students applying for admission for fall 2021 from Catholic, Jesuit, and/or Cristo Rey High Schools are eligible to apply for our new Ignatian Heritage Scholarship Competition.* The first-place winner will receive a full-tuition scholarship. The second-place winner will receive free room & board. The third-place winner will receive a $3,000 Mathews Scholarship. 

*Catholic, Jesuit, and Cristo Rey high schools need to be affiliated with their local Archdiocese, Jesuit Province, or be a recognized school in the Cristo Rey Network.

To be considered for this scholarship, students must submit a completed application for admission to JCU by the December 1 Early Action deadline and submit the Ignatian Heritage Scholarship application by January 10. 

The Ignatian Heritage Scholarship application is available here.

Residential Experience Grant 

The Residential Experience Grant is available exclusively to first-year students enrolling at JCU in fall 2021. Eligible admitted students from Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Portage, and Summit counties will automatically qualify to receive this $2,500 housing grant that will renew for up to four years with continued on-campus living. 

Students who are awarded one or more of the following financial assistance opportunities are not eligible to receive this grant. If a student is awarded a Residential Experience Grant prior to being awarded one or more of the following financial assistance opportunities, the Residential Experience Grant will be rescinded.

  • ROTC Scholarships
  • Any other room & board awards, including future resident assistantships

Blue Streak Tech Connect Program

Submit your Common Application to JCU by December 1 make an official visit to JCU between June 1, 2020 and May 1, 2021 and receive a free laptop at the start of the fall 2021 semester. For more information, including eligibility details, visit go.jcu.edu/bluestreaktech

 

Early Filer Grant 

Submit both your Common Application to JCU as well as the FAFSA by December 1 to qualify for our $500 Early Filer Grant. For more information, including eligibility details, visit go.jcu.edu/earlyfiler.

Students who are awarded one or more of the following financial assistance opportunities are not eligible to receive this grant. If a student is awarded an Early Filer Grant prior to being awarded one or more of the following financial assistance opportunities, the Early Filer Grant will be rescinded.

  • JCU Faculty and Staff Tuition Grant 
  • Tuition Exchange Programs including FACHEX, TEP, and CIC-TEP
  • Student Veterans receiving full benefits
  • Veteran dependents receiving full benefits
  • ROTC Scholarships

 

Legacy Grant

The Legacy Grant is available exclusively to first-year and transfer legacy students enrolling at JCU in fall 2021. Eligible legacy students will automatically qualify to receive this $500 grant that will renew for four years. 

*Eligible legacy students include those students who have had a parent, step-parent, legal guardian, grandparent, or sibling graduate from JCU at the time of application. Applicants should indicate their legacy connection(s), along with their year(s) of graduation on their application for admission. 

Students who are awarded one or more of the following financial assistance opportunities are not eligible to receive this grant. If a student is awarded a Legacy Grant prior to being awarded one or more of the following financial assistance opportunities, the Legacy Grant will be rescinded.

  • JCU Faculty and Staff Tuition Grant 
  • Tuition Exchange Programs including FACHEX, TEP, and CIC-TEP
  • Student Veterans receiving full benefits
  • Veteran dependents receiving full benefits
  • ROTC Scholarships

The scholarships listed here are available to students entering JCU in fall 2021. 

Boler College of Business: KeyBank Foundation Scholarship
$5,000

This scholarship is awarded to a minority Pell grant recipient enrolled in the Boler College of Business.

Boler College of Business: Alex and Susan Schmitt Scholarship
$5,000

Awarded to two incoming first-year students intending to study in the Boler College of Business with financial need.

Classics: Castellano Scholarship*
One Full-tuition

An application is required for this full-tuition, four-year scholarship available to incoming first-year student who has studied Latin at the secondary level for at least three years and intends to major in Classical Languages at JCU. Many recipients of the Castellano Scholarship also major in a second field of their choice in addition to classics. In order to retain the scholarship, students must enroll in a Latin or Greek class each semester and maintain a 3.0 average in the major and overall.

Chemistry Department: Edmund B. Thomas Scholarship* 
$1,500

An application is required for this scholarship, which is awarded to an outstanding incoming first-year student who intends to pursue a major in Chemistry. It is renewable annually as long as the recipient continues their study of Chemistry with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

English Department: Francis J. Smith S.J. Scholar*
$1,250

An application is required. Awarded to an incoming first-year student planning to study English with an interest in Creative Writing. A HS GPA of 3.4 or SAT above 1100 is required.

Mastin Scholarship
$14,000

Presented to an incoming first-year student with a major in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, or Biology. The recipient must be a National Merit Scholarship finalist/semi-finalist or have a minimum ACT composite score of 27.

Mathematics and Computer Science Department: Department Scholarship*
Up to $3,000

Application required. This scholarship is renewable each year upon maintaining satisfactory progress (GPA of at least 2.75) toward a degree offered by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science:  Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with Healthcare Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Data Science, or Bachelor of Arts in Teaching Mathematics.

Physics Department: Lawrence J. Monville, S. J. Scholarship* 
$2,000

An application is required for this scholarship, which is awarded to outstanding incoming first-year student with high academic achievement who intends to pursue a major in Physics or Engineering Physics. Students interested in the 3-2 Engineering program are also eligible. This scholarship renews annually as long as the recipient continues to pursue a major in the Physics Department with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The scholarships listed here are available to students entering JCU in fall 2021. 

John Carroll has many department, donor, and alumni-supported scholarships based on various criteria such as intended major or geographic area.

These funds are awarded to incoming first-year students only and are renewable for an additional three years.

The deadline to apply for these awards, unless otherwise noted, is February 1, 2021. Decisions will be made by March 1, 2021.

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