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Scholarships at The Cliff
By choosing Briar Cliff University as the place to continue your academic career, we know that you are making a significant investment in your education; an education that will help propel you faster and father in your future profession. As a result of the culture generosity that lives within our alumni and donor community, we are proud to offer you countless scholarships opportunities to assist you in achieving your academic aspirations and shoulder the costs of the upcoming school year.
The qualifications, timelines, and amounts awarded will vary based on each individual scholarship opportunity. Scholars who are select to receive scholarships will be notified by email during the fall semester and required to attend the Annual Scholarship Luncheon and compose a 'Thank You' letter to the donor or organization.
Time to Explore
Taking the time to survey and appeal to the scholarship opportunities available to you, could enable you to better afford your Briar Cliff experience. Your scholarship application is a reflection of your time and accomplishments as a student and person. Help us get to know you, be thorough and detailed when answering questions.
Presidential Scholarship →
Incoming freshman can visit this page for more information about the renewable Presidential Scholarship. | Full Tuition
Bishop's Scholarship →
Incoming freshman from catholic parishes in the Diocese of Sioux City can visit this page for more information about the renewable annually increasing Bishop's Scholarship. | ~$7,375
Annual & Endowed Scholarship Application →
All incoming freshman, first-time transfer students, and current BCU students who are enrolled full-time taking campus-based classes can complete this form apply for the many non-renewable Annual/Endowed Scholarships. | Awards Vary
Multicultural Leadership Scholarship Application →
Both incoming freshman and current BCU students can complete this form to apply for the many renewable Multicultural Leadership Scholarships. | Awards up to $2,000
Franciscan Scholarship Application →
Only current BCU students can complete this form to apply for the Franciscan Scholarship.
Academic Scholarships →
Incoming freshman will receive Academic Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded base on academic performance in high school and ACT/SAT test scores. These scholarships are renewable if the scholar maintains a minimum CGPA of 2.0. | Award Varies
Art and Music Scholarships →
All incoming freshman, first-time transfer students, and current BCU students can audition or present a portfolio to receive Art and Music Scholarships. These scholarships are renewable if the scholar maintains a minimum CGPA of 2.0. To find out more information about these scholarships and how you can audition, please contact Briar Cliff's music department. | Award Varies
Athletic Scholarship →
All incoming freshman, first-time transfer students, and current BCU students can receive Athletic Scholarships. Scholarship are awarded based on athletic performance and the needs of the team. These scholarships are renewable if scholar maintains a minimum CGPA of 2.0. To inquire about these scholarships please contact the coaches for your respective sport. | Award Varies
FASFA Incentive Grant →
Both incoming freshman and transfer students can receive this non-renewable, one-year FASFA Grant for the early completion their FASFA filing by filling by then end of October in their senior year of high school. Learn the steps you can take to complete your FASFA. | $1,000
Visit Incentive Grant →
Both incoming freshman and transfer students can receive the Visit Incentive Grant by contacting our admissions team and schedule and participate in a Briar Cliff campus visit prior to enrolling their freshman year. This scholarship is renewable if the scholar maintains a minimum CGPA of 2.0. | $250
Sioux City Diocese Connection Scholarship →
Incoming freshman who either graduating from Bishops Heelan High Catholic School or are a member of a catholic parish in the Diocese of Sioux City will receive the Sioux City Diocese Connection Scholarship. This scholarship is renewable if the scholar maintains a minimum CGPA of 2.0. | $500
Legacy Scholarship →
Incoming freshman who have a parent or sibling that attending or is a graduate of Briar Cliff University will receive the Legacy Scholarship. This scholarship is renewable if the scholar maintains a minimum CGPA of 2.0. | $500
Transfer Scholarships →
First-time transfer students can receive the Transfer Scholarships. The scholarship amounts awarded will be based on transfer CGPA of 2.0 or greater. This scholarship is renewable if the scholar maintains a minimum CGPA of 2.0. | Awards Up To $14,000
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship →
First-time Phi Theta Kappa transfer students will receive the renewable Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. | $1,000
Outside Scholarship Applications →
All incoming freshman, transfer students, and current BCU students can explore what other renewable and non-renewable scholarships are available for you to apply.
Tips and TricksIn order to be successfully considered as an applicant for any of the scholarship opportunities above. Each student must:
complete each and every questions supplied in each form
submit the essay portion as a Word or PDF format. Screenshots or photos of essays will not be accepted and will result in disqualification from the scholarship application process.
Be Patient. Applications with attachments may take longer to submit. Please be patient in the submission process and do not refresh your page.
If you have any questions as you work through each application process, or you think there is a scholarship that you are eligible for but are unsure how to apply, please don't hesitate to contact the Office of Financial Aid.