CTU Scholarship Assistance
Scholarships and Financial Aid
CTU is committed to working with qualified graduate students to assess need and merit-based financial aid in order to make theological and ministerial education accessible. Financial assistance in this category is facilitated by the Director of Recruitment, Kathy Van Duser, 773-371-5450, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students wishing to receive financial assistance must first apply and be accepted into a CTU program. Only admitted students are able to receive financial aid awards from CTU. Students applying to a scholarship program are encouraged to apply for admission at least two (2) weeks before the scholarship application deadline.
For information on applying to CTU, please visit our admissions procedures page here.
General Scholarship Fund
CTU offers substantial tuition scholarship awards to lay men and women, including women religious, through the General Scholarship Fund. A variety of scholarships are available for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees and certificates. In order to be considered for a CTU scholarship, applicants must complete and submit the Application for Financial Aid - General Scholarship Fund to the Office of Recruitment. Only individuals who have been admitted as a CTU graduate student are eligible for scholarship awards.
New general scholarship applications for the fall semester must be received by May 1, 2013. The deadline for scholarship applications for the 2013 spring semester is November 1, 2012. Applications for general scholarship may be accepted after those dates, but applicants must contact the Office of Recruitment for further information and consideration.
CTU - Catholic Extension "Outstandling Lay Leadership Scholarships"
CTU has partnered with Catholic Extension to offer education to lay leaders working in the Church. This is an opportunity for the diocesan bishop to identify, affirm and further develop lay men and women who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in their dioceses. Those participating in this program will have an exceptional history of service in the diocese as either employees or volunteers, but have not yet had the opportunity to pursue a formal degree in pastoral ministry.
This is a five-year degree program, which results in a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies. Courses are completed primarily online, enabling the student to remain in his or her local diocese. Once a year students will be required to travel to CTU’s campus in Chicago, IL for a summer intensive seminar with other members of their cohort. Funding requests must be submitted by Friday, May 31, 2013. For more information, click here.
Leadership in Ministry Scholarship Programs
Leadership in Ministry Scholarships (four in number) are designed to support deserving lay women and men who are seeking master's level degrees in theology and ministry and are committed to serving in a leadership position. The goal is to make theological education and formation accessible to those who demonstrate a capacity for leadership. These full-tuition scholarships are made available through generous grants and gifts made to CTU in support of lay education. Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 1, 2013. For more information, click here.
Augustus Tolton Scholars Program
The Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program provides lay men and women full-tuition scholarships for graduate theological study to practicing Black Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 31, 2013. For more information, click here.
Bernardin Scholarship Program
The Bernardin Scholarship provides graduate theological education to those inspired by and drawn to the vision of Cardinal Bernardin. The full tuition scholarships are available to top students from around the world who are committed to preparing for ministry and leadership in service to the Church and the world. Students must be accepted into a CTU program by Friday, March 1, 2013 and have Bernardin Scholarship application materials submitted by Friday, March 8, 2013. For more information, click here.
Oscar Romero Scholars Program
The Oscar Romero Scholars Program offers Hispanic lay men and women a full tuition scholarship for a professional graduate degree that prepares them to minister in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago and CTU, the Romero Program aims to meet the need for pastoral ministers in the Hispanic/Latino/a community in Chicago. Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 15, 2013. For more information, click here.
International Women's Scholarship Fund
The International Women's Scholarship is available to lay women from developing countries who are seeking credentials for Roman Catholic ministries in their countries. The recipients agree to work in their country after the completion of their program. Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 12, 2013. For more information, click here.
CTU offers matching grants to those students who secure a portion of their tuition funds from a qualifying institution--TIGS, Chicago Archdiocesan Leadership Program, CTU/Catholic Extension Society/Diocesan, parish, school, diocese, hospital, agency, etc. For more information, click here.
For questions regarding CTU financial assistance options contact:
Kathy Van Duser
Director of Recruitment