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CTU Scholarship Assistance

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 Office of Recruitment. Please contact Nan Onest, Director of Recruitment, Ph: 773.371.5450,

For information on applying to CTU, please visit our admissions procedures page here. Only individuals who have been admitted as a CTU graduate student are eligible for scholarship awards.

Full Scholarships

Leadership in Ministry Scholarship Programs
Leadership in Ministry Scholarships 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. The application deadline was Monday, March 3, 2014. 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. The application deadline was April 30, 2014For 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 worldThe application deadline was Monday, March 2, 2015For 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. The application deadline was March 15, 2014.  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. The application deadline was April 14, 2014.  For more information, click 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.  

The general scholarship application deadline for new students entering during the 2014 spring semester was November 1, 2013. Students requesting scholarship for the spring semester at this time need to contact directly. The general scholarship application deadline for new students entering during the 2014 fall semster was April 1, 2014. Applications for general scholarships will be accepted after those dates, but priority is given to those who meet these deadlines. 

Abraham's Children LUCE Foundation Travel Scholarship
The course, Abraham’s Children: Jews, Christians and Muslims, was offered in the January term, 2014.  Five ($1,500) scholarships were offered to CTU students planning to attend the class including the travel component.

Who is eligible?  Scholarships can be awarded to CTU Students, students from ACTS Schools, and others interested in and committed to dialogue among Abraham's Children.

The scholarship will be applied toward the study/travel (tuition) component of the trip, not for airfare.

Upon return from the trip, scholarship recipients will be asked to either supply a 1,000 word essay about their experience or submit a regular blog posting while they are on the trip.  In addition, a thank you note to the donor will be requested.

To Apply:

1.       If you haven’t already submitted the CTU General Scholarship application, please do so: Download the application for the General Scholarship Fund [PDF]

2.       Essays required for the scholarship:

  • Why do you wish to take this course including the travel portion?
  • How is it related to your program of study at CTU?

Deadline to apply was: May 1, 2014

Applications and essays, inquiries and questions, should be directed to Sr. Sallie Latkovich, 5401 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago, IL  60615 or by email to, ph: 773-371-5436.   

CTU - Catholic Extension "Outstandling Lay Leaders 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. Deadline was April 15, 2014 for the cohort which begins that fall semester. For more information, click here.

Volunteer Scholarships

For new, full-time degree seeking lay students who have worked for one year or more as a full-time volunteer in a recognized volunteer program, the first course taken at CTU is free. These students are also welcome to apply for other CTU scholarship opportunities. Please contact for questions.

Matching Grants

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.

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 questions regarding CTU financial assistance options contact: 

Nan Onest
Director of Recruitment
Ph: 773.371.5450