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Financial Aid for Traditional Undergraduates

The following financial aid options are available to traditional undergraduate students who enroll in at least 12 hours of coursework per semester. (Note: All awards also require completion of the FAFSA). 

Presidential Scholarship

  • AMOUNT: Full tuition
  • REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 26 ACT or 1170 SAT (critical reading and mathematics combined), cumulative GPA of 3.75 (on 4.0 scale) and demonstrated leadership.
  • INTERVIEW: Required 
  • RENEWABLE: Yes (recipients must remain full-time students, live on campus and maintain a 3.0 GPA)

Academic Achievement Scholarship

STEM Scholarship

  • AMOUNT: Up to $6,000
  • REQUIREMENTS:  Major in biology, environmental science, chemistry or biochemistry; 22 ACT score (minimum 21 on math portion), 3.2 GPA & two letters of recommendation from high school administrator and/or teacher.
  • INTERVIEW: Recommended
  • RENEWABLE: Yes (if standards are met)

Athletic Scholarship

  • AMOUNT: Based on head coach's decision
  • REQUIREMENTS: Remain academically eligible in the following sports: Men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, track and field, men's football, men's baseball, men's wrestling, women's softball and women's volleyball.
  • INTERVIEW: Not required
  • RENEWABLE: Yes (based on participation) 
  • For more info, visit the BCU athletic website »

Fine Arts Scholarships (Art, Music & Theatre)

  • AMOUNT: Awards vary based on department chairperson's decision
  • REQUIREMENTS: Audition or portfolio
  • INTERVIEW: Recommended
  • RENEWABLE: Yes (based on program guidelines)
  • For more info, contact the Financial Aid Office »

Briar Cliff University Grant

Connection Scholarship

  • AMOUNT: Up to $3,000 (based on financial need)
  • REQUIREMENTS: Either one parent is a BCU graduate, one sibling is currently attending BCU, or you will graduate from a Catholic high school.
  • INTERVIEW: Not required
  • DEADLINE: None

Bishop's Scholarship

  • AMOUNT: Increases annually ($5,000 freshman year, $6,500 sophomore, $8,000 junior, $10,000 senior)
  • REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 24 ACT or 1090 SAT, cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale), must belong to a parish within Diocese of Sioux City and have the support of your priest.
  • INTERVIEW: Required (Interviews scheduled for March 9, 2015)
  • RENEWABLE: Yes (Must maintain 3.00 GPA)
  • DEADLINE TO APPLY: Feb. 9, 2015.

BCU Annual and Endowed Scholarships

Briar Cliff recognizes students who have compiled outstanding records of scholastic achievement, displayed exceptional leadership qualities and/or developed remarkable talents. These awards will be given at the discretion of the appropriate department.  The deadline to apply is April 1.

Other Scholarships

Outside scholarship sources are also available, and students are encouraged to apply for them. New scholarship opportunities are posted every day on the Bishop Mueller Library scholarships page, so check back often!

NOTE: Scholarships are renewable for a maximum of four years.