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Bishop's Scholarship

What is the Bishop's Scholarship?

Bishop Walker Nickless

Bishop R. Walker Nickless, Sioux City

The Bishop’s Scholarship to Briar Cliff University is awarded to a graduating high school senior who belongs to a Catholic parish in the Diocese of Sioux City and  exemplifies initiative, the ability to help organize community activities, demonstrate leadership in their home parish, an active faith life, a strong work ethic and strong academic performance. The demonstration of these qualities gives a strong indication of an individual’s ability to become a future leader in both their community and the Catholic Church. Encouraging leadership in these areas is a fundamental goal of the Diocese of Sioux City and thus the impetus for this award. 

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Scholarship Amount

The scholarship increases annually, beginning with a freshman award of $5,000, sophomore award of $6,500; junior award of $8,000 and a senior award of $10,000. The Scholar is eligible for all four years if they maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA while attending Briar Cliff University.


Scholarship Requirements

A committee, set up by the Bishop, recommends three graduating high school seniors who belong to a parish in the Diocese of Sioux City to receive the Bishop’s scholarship to attend Briar Cliff University. The scholarship targets students with:

  • High academic performance
  • High school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • ACT composite score of 22 or higher (or SAT equivalent of 1100 or higher)
  • Applicant must belong to a Catholic parish within the Diocese of Sioux City
  • Applicant must provide a letter of support from their pastor
  • Applicant may attend a Catholic or public high school


About Bishop R. Walker Nickless

Bishop R. Walker Nickless, of the Diocese of Sioux City, takes a great deal of pride and ownership in this award and meets with all the award recipients twice a year for dinner and conversation. The conversation focuses upon the students’ development academically, emotionally, spiritually and as a leader in their faith and on the Briar Cliff campus. Examples of discussion topics in the past have included students’ spiritual growth resulting from attending a Catholic university and how Catholic education helps them grow as individuals in the communities of which they are a part.



If you have any questions or would like to request more information regarding the Bishop's Scholarship, you can contact Karina Pedroza, Diocesan Admissions Counselor, or reach out to the Diocese of Sioux City by contacting:

Renee DeMay
 (712) 233-7555