CTU Scholarship Assistance
Scholarships & 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.
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.
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 March 7, 2016. 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. The application deadline was March 7, 2016. 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. The application deadline was March 7, 2016. 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 March 7, 2016.
Leadership in Ministry Scholarship Programs
Leadership in Ministry Scholarships are designed to support 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 scholarships are made available through generous grants and gifts made to CTU in support of lay education. The application deadline was March 7, 2016. For more information, click here.
General Scholarship Fund
CTU offers substantial tuition scholarship awards to lay men and women, women religious, and diocesan priests 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. Click here to download the General Scholarship Fund Application.
Chiarelli Scholarship for Fall Biblical Studies (Funded by Dr. M. Paul and Mrs. Judith Gross Chiarelli)
This $3,000 scholarship is provided annually to a student who plans to participate in the CTU Fall Biblical Studies Program. The scholarship recipient must be either a full or part-time CTU student in good standing and enrolled in a degree program (MDiv, MAPS, MA, DMin). Students working on a degree with a concentration in Biblical Studies will be preferred scholarship candidates. This award is open to lay students, women religious, men religious, diocesan priests, and seminarians. If you are a member of a religious community, you must provide a letter from your superior affirming permission to attend the trip and commitment to pay for the trip. Those with greatest need will be given preference. Continuing education and certificate programs do not qualify for this scholarship.
All CTU students who meet the above criteria can apply for and will be considered for this scholarship. Students applying for this scholarship must be serious about attending the trip whether or not they receive the scholarship. Application requirements: 1). Application and 2). An essay explaining why you should be the recipient of this particular CTU scholarship (approximately 1,000 words). The scholarship recipient will be asked to write an essay (approximately 1,000 words) upon return from the Fall Biblical Studies Program that describes their experience and how they feel it will impact their ministries in the future. The scholarship recipient will meet with Dr. and Mrs. Chiarelli to discuss their experience and to present their essay. The essay will be retained by the Chiarellis and will serve as a history of the scholarship program through the years. The application deadline for 2017 to be determined. Click here to download the scholarship flyer. Click here to download the Chiarelli Scholarship Application.
The Seeds Scholarship
The Seeds Scholarship was established to provide scholarship support to a student(s) in financial need who desires to study in the Holy Land but is unable to do so because of financial constraints. The recipient must be a degree-seeking student open to the experience and study of theology while exploring historical sites in Greece, Turkey, Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Egypt. The scholarship recipient must be enrolled in one or more segments of the Fall Biblical Studies Program at CTU and likely to benefit both academically and spiritually from an expanded experience into other segments of this three-part program. The interested candidate must submit an essay of 500 words to the selection committee outlining their interest in Biblical Study and financial need. The Seeds Scholarship recipient(s) will be decided upon by CTU faculty overseeing the Biblical Study Program. Upon completion of study, a Seeds Scholarship recipient is requested to submit a 500 word essay/reflection regarding the value of their Biblical studies’ experience to the Director of the Biblical Studies Travel Program. Additionally, two years after completion of this Biblical study program, the scholarship recipient(s) must share an additional 500 word essay on the longer-term effects of the experience. This essay is also to be submitted to the Biblical Study Program Director. All essays will be shared with the scholarship funder.
All CTU students who meet the outlined criteria for the Chiarelli and Seeds Scholarship can apply for and will be considered for these scholarships. Applicants must be serious about attending the trip - whether or not they receive the scholarship.
Application requirements: 1). CTU Application for Financial Aid - General Scholarship Fund form and 2). An essay explaining why you should be the recipient of this particular CTU scholarship, outlining your interest in Biblical Study and your financial need (approximately 1,000 words).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
CTU offers matching grants to those students who secure a portion of their tuition funds from a qualifying program or institution—Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Chicago Archdiocesan Critical Needs Scholarship, 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, please contact:
Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid