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 Catholic student, of the Diocese of Sioux City, who 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. The application is due on or before Feb. 9.

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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 24 or higher (or SAT equivalent of 1160 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 Matt Thomsen, Executive Director of Admissions at Briar Cliff University at or 712-279-1774, or reach out to the Diocese of Sioux City by contacting:

Renee DeMay
 (712) 233-7555

Office Details

PHONE: (712) 279-5200
FAX: (712) 279-1632
LOCATION: Noonan Hall
HOURS: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (M-F)


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