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Graduate Studies Scholarships

The office of Graduate Studies offers a variety of scholarships for students attending certain master's degree programs of study. No additional scholarship application is necessary, all applications for summer and fall terms completed by March 1st will be automatically considered for these scholarships. 

 

Diocese of Cleveland

100% tuition waivers are granted to Catholic Priests of any order working within the Diocese of Cleveland.

50% tuition waivers are granted to members of Religious Orders (Deacons, Brothers, Nuns) working within the Diocese of Cleveland.

In order to qualify for the commitment, you must be enrolled in graduate courses at John Carroll University.  

Jesuit Commitment

100% tuition waivers are granted to any member of the Jesuit Religious Orders.

Additional Department Scholarships

These scholarships require an additional application. 

This scholarship recognizes an outstanding graduate student who not only demonstrates scholarship, character, and commitment to others — qualities steeped in the Jesuit tradition — but who also seeks to enhance, and shows promise for improving, the educational experiences of children and youth. Candidates for the award must be a currently active teacher enrolled in a graduate degree program in education at John Carroll.

Requirements for the award include acceptance to a degree granting, graduate education program at John Carroll.  Also required are:

  • A resume

  • A copy of a valid teaching license

  • An application

  • An official undergraduate transcript with a minimum grade point average of 3.0

  • Three letters of recommendation that describe academic and professional accomplishments and community service

  • A 500-word essay that demonstrates how the candidate plans to make a difference in the educational experiences of children and youth

The selection process begins in the fall semester with the formation of a selection committee that includes the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a Wertheim family member, the chair of the Education and School Psychology Department, and a department faculty member appointed by the chair. The deadline for applications and supporting documentation is the last Friday in February. Finalists will be contacted for a personal interview, and the award is announced and presented during the spring semester. The scholarship may be applied to tuition only (full- or part- time), and must be used within a 5-year period.

The scholarship amount is $5,000. The scholarship fund’s principal may increase in future years through gifts made by friends inclined to continue their support.

The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and support an outstanding graduate student in the Education department each year in anticipation of the contributions which the recipient will make as a future school administrator.

Requirements for the award include:

  • 15 semester hours of graduate work at John Carroll University with at least 6 hours in Educational Administration courses with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher

  • An application

  • A resume

  • An official undergraduate transcript with a minimum grade point average of 3.0

  • Two letters of recommendation that speak to the applicants potential as a leader in education

  • And a 500-word essay that addresses why the applicant would like to become an administrator

The selection committee includes a Hoffman family member, the coordinator of the graduate programs in education and a faculty member of the Educational Administration program appointed by the chair. The deadline for applications and supporting documentation is usually in March of each year. Finalists are contacted for a personal interview, and the award is announced and presented during the spring semester. The scholarship may be applied to tuition only (full- or part- time), and must be used within a 5-year period.

The scholarship amount is $1,000. The scholarship fund is principal may increase in future years through gifts made by friends inclined to continue their support.

This award recognizes an outstanding student member of the Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Society who is enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

This source offers tuition assistance and travel research funds for students in the Master of Arts in Humanities and other programs whose study plans include a prominent emphasis on Irish, Irish-English, Irish-American, and Irish-Catholic areas. Students may apply to the Institute of Humanities.

Graduate Commitment Scholarship

Please see the expander below for Frequently Asked Questions about the Graduate Commitment Scholarship for continuing Graduate Students.

 

What is the Graduate Commitment Scholarship?

Beginning in Summer 2020, the university changed its approach to both its Per Credit Hour and Scholarship Programs. The new approach ensures that current students receive a comparable out-of-pocket tuition cost but processed and delivered in a different way. 

How do I know if I have the Graduate Commitment Scholarship?

If you previously received a graduate school scholarship (eg Teacher Development Scholarship or Diocese of Cleveland Scholarship), were admitted prior to Spring 2020, and have had continuous enrollment, you were notified in March 2020 of your eligibility.

Students admitted in 2020 were notified of the scholarship award at the time of acceptance.

If you have questions, email Colleen Sommerfeld at csommerfeld@jcu.edu.

Does the Graduate Commitment Scholarship expire?

Yes, this cost program will be extended to you until the end of the Summer 2022 term, provided you stay in good academic standing and complete the appropriate paperwork each academic year. It is important to note any enrollment after Summer 2022 will be assessed at the published tuition rate at that time. 
 

What is the process for the Graduate Commitment Scholarship to be applied to my account?

In order to apply your scholarship to your account, action is required from you on a yearly basis to ensure you receive the appropriate scholarship. 

Complete this form once you register for the upcoming term. The Office of Student Enrollment and Financial Services (SEFS) will base your award on the information you submit.  If your enrollment changes after you submit the form please contact Student Enrollment and Financial Services (SEFS) at enrollment@jcu.edu or resubmit this form. This form will be required annually throughout the duration of your scholarship eligibility. The form can also be found on the Graduate Studies and SEFS website.

Is there a deadline to complete this Request Form?

Yes, students should complete the form as soon as they register but no later than the first day of the term. Students not completing the form will forfeit their scholarship for the term.

Can I apply for federal loans with the Graduate Commitment Scholarship?

Yes, if you are interested in utilizing Federal loans in addition to your scholarship, you must also submit the FAFSA to John Carroll University. Please visit the FAFSA processing page for more information on the awarding timeline.

Can the Graduate Commitment Scholarship be combined with any other scholarships or graduate assistantships?

No, this commitment cannot be combined or replaced with any future scholarship or assistantship programs offered by John Carroll. However, outside scholarships awarded by other organizations can be added in addition to the Graduate Commitment.

How soon after I complete the form will the Graduate Commitment Scholarship be awarded?

This is not an instant process. The form will need to be reviewed for eligibility by the Student Enrollment and Financial Services which can take up to 10 days. The Scholarship will be reflected on your award and will show on your billing statement. Your award will be an estimate until we have confirmed your enrollment. The actual disbursement will take place on the first day of classes. 

Where can I view my award?

Once your award is complete, you will receive an email notification. Please visit your student profile in order to view and accept your aid.

Prior to viewing your financial aid award, you will be requested to complete the Financial Aid Agreement. Failure to complete this action item will prevent your scholarship from disbursing.

It has been more than 2 weeks since I submitted my form, but I still do not see my Graduate Commitment Scholarship on my Student Account?

The Graduate Commitment Scholarship is a tentative award until the start of each term when all financial aid is disbursed. It will be reflected on your billing statement as an estimated payment provided you completed the required form and you have accepted your financial aid agreement.

I can see my award and the amount doesn’t seem correct?

Check to make sure that you indicated the correct amount of credit hours on your submitted form. If you have questions about the amount, contact Colleen Sommerfeld at csommerfeld@jcu.edu.

Is the Graduate Commitment Scholarship renewable each term?

Yes, it is renewable each term until Summer 2022, provided you have submitted the proper form indicating your enrollment. You must also meet the Standards of Academic Progress for renewal of the scholarship for each term of enrollment and have accepted your Financial Aid Agreement.

Can I use the Graduate Commitment Scholarship for classes outside my program?

Scholarships can only be used toward classes that are part of the program of study you were admitted into.

Who can I contact with questions?

If you have questions regarding your academic program or scholarship, please contact Colleen Sommerfeld at csommerfeld@jcu.edu. If you have questions regarding your financial aid or award letter, please contact SEFS at enrollment@jcu.edu.  

For more information on Federal Aid, please visit the graduate Loans Page.