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 farther in your future profession. With the culture of generosity that lives within our alumni and donor community, we are proud to offer you a wide variety of scholarships opportunities to assist you in achieving your academic aspirations and shoulder the costs of the upcoming school year.
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The qualifications and the amounts awarded will vary based on each individual scholarship opportunity. Some scholarships require an in-person interview or audition, while most will be selected based on the application.
Presidential Scholarships | Full Tuition | The Presidential Scholarship is the highest honor and largest scholarship available at Briar Cliff University. Scholars awarded will receive compensation for the full cost of their Briar Cliff tuition for all four years (8 semesters). Each year, the scholarship is awarded to four incoming undergraduate students who have exemplified academic excellence, outstanding contributions to their community, and extraordinary leadership thus far in their education careers. We believe that a history of a strong work ethic as well as a willingness to contribute, and learn is a positive indication of an individual’s ability to further develop their leadership skills while also contributing to our campus culture.
Please read the requirements below to determine if you are eligible to apply for this unique opportunity.
- Minimum high school GPA of 3.75
- Applicants must provide two letter(s) of recommendation that describe strengths, weaknesses and characteristics that would help us judge the applicant’s ability to succeed, be involved, and become a leader at Briar Cliff University.
- Provide thoughtful responses to all essay questions and a resume that displays a history of academic effort, leadership experience, and volunteerism in the community.
- Applicants must maintain a 3.0 CGPA for scholarship to be renewable.
- Apply by December 11th, 2020.
This scholarship will help future Chargers, who are currently promising leaders continue, to build on their successes and become ethical leaders in their future careers, future communities, and the world. Each candidate must be a part of the committee interview process in which our committee finalizes and selects the recipients for that given year. If you qualify to participate in the interview portion, the time and date will be emailed to you following your application.
Board of Trustees Promise Scholarship | $29,500 | Future Chargers who plan to stay involved in extracurricular clubs and organizations at BCU, but are not a student athlete, should take advantage of Briar Cliff University’s Board of Trustees Promise Scholarship.
The Board Promise Scholarship is awarded to high school seniors, with a minimum 3.0 GPA and 22 ACT, who are non-athletes and will participate in student organizations on campus. Priority will be given to recipients living in IA, NE, SD or MN.
This $29,500 scholarship increases annually; freshman award of $5,000, sophomore award of $6,500, junior award of $8,000, and a senior award of $10,000 as long as the scholar maintains a minimum CGPA for 3.0.
With this scholarship, your extracurriculars and academics truly help you stand out.
Bishop’s Scholarship | $29,500 | Bishop’s Scholarships to Briar Cliff University are awarded to graduating high school seniors who belong to a Catholic parish in the Diocese of Sioux City. Students who attend either Catholic or public high school are welcome to apply. Students should model leadership in their parish, school and community, live an active faith life, have a strong work ethic and demonstrate high academic performance, qualities that will form individuals to become future leaders in their communities living out the values of the Catholic Church. Applicants must
- have a minimum 3.0 GPA and 16 credits of core coursework
- provide a thoughtful answer to an essay questions
- submit a letter of support from their parish pastor
- apply by February 15, 2021. Finalists will meet with a scholarship interview committee that makes final recipient recommendations to the Bishop
This total $29,500 scholarship award increases annually with a freshman award of $5,000, sophomore award of $6,500, junior award of $8,000, and a senior award of $10,000 as long as the scholar maintains a minimum college GPA of 3.0. One of the scholarships will be specifically designated to a student majoring in education who plans to teach at a Catholic school within the Diocese of Sioux City.
Bishop Walker Nickless is pleased to support Briar Cliff University through these scholarships, and looks forward to getting to know award recipients during their college years.
Academic Scholarship | Awards Varies | Academic scholarships are awarded based on academic performance in high school and/or ACT/SAT test scores. The amount will vary based on the qualifying thresholds met when applying to Briar Cliff. This scholarship is renewable (each year) provided the scholar maintains a minimum CGPA of 2.0
Annual and Endowed Scholarships | Awards Varies | All annual and endowed scholarship opportunities are awarded to full-time, undergraduate students. Many of these scholarships are non-renewable, therefore it is recommended that all students complete the application each academic year.
Multicultural Leadership Scholarships | Awards Varies | The Multicultural Leadership Scholarship Program supports the recruitment, retention, academic success and career preparation of underrepresented, and first-generation undergraduate students. Briar Cliff is committed to maintaining a diverse campus community where all students have equitable opportunities to succeed in their academic and professional goals. These leadership scholarships are awarded to future and current Chargers on a yearly basis.
Legacy Scholarships | $2,000 | As an additional incentive to families with a proven history of commitment to supporting our mission, Briar Cliff University started the Legacy Scholarship program. Legacy scholarships are awarded to future and current Chargers who have a family member(s) that is another current Briar Cliff student or a proud Briar Cliff alumni. This scholarship is renewable (each year) provided the scholar maintains a minimum CGPA of 2.0
Transfer Scholarships | Award up to $14,000 | Briar Cliff Universities transfer scholarship is only available to first-time transfer students who are entering our student body with a minimum transfer CGPA of 2.0. The total scholarship amount awarded will be allotted throughout your time at Briar Cliff University, provided the scholar maintains a minimum CGPA of 2.0
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships | $4,000 | Only transfer students who are a member of Phi Theta Kappa are eligible to receive a renewable Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. The total scholarship amount awarded will be allotted throughout your time at Briar Cliff University, provided the scholar maintains a minimum CGPA of 2.0
Franciscan Heritage Scholarships | The Franciscan Heritage Scholarships are funded by an endowment started in 1982 by alumni/ae and friends of the college in the name of a Sister of St. Francis. The Franciscan Heritage Scholarships are awarded only to current full-time students in good standing (minimum cumulative CGPA of 2.0) who have a financial need and are involved in activities that carry on the Franciscan tradition of service, or activities that help to make a difference in the lives of others.
Sisters of St. Francis Scholarships | The Sisters of St. Francis Scholarships were established by the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa, the founders and sponsors of Briar Cliff University. This scholarship assists students who have experienced/are experiencing socio economic disadvantages in their lives and in their academic careers. Some examples of circumstances of socio economic disadvantage are income falling under the poverty guidelines, a minority student, an international student, a single parent and much more. The Sisters of St. Francis Scholarships are awarded only to current full-time students in good standing (minimum cumulative CGPA of 2.0) who have experienced/are experiencing circumstances disadvantage, have a financial need, and are involved in activities that carry on the Franciscan tradition of service, or activities that help to make a difference in the lives of others.
Sioux City Diocese Connection Scholarship | $2,000| Briar Cliff University is proud to be the only Catholic Franciscan higher education institution in the state of Iowa. The Diocese Connection Scholarship Program offers financial incentives to future Chargers who are members of a catholic parish in the Diocese of Sioux City or a graduating from Bishops Heelan High Catholic School. This scholarship is renewable (each year) provided the scholar maintains a minimum CGPA of 2.0
Art and Music Scholarships | Contact Us | All future and current Chargers can audition to receive Art and Music Scholarships. This scholarship is renewable (each year) provided the scholar maintains a minimum CGPA of 2.0. Inquire to about Music scholarship to Briar Cliff University and discover more about how you can audition.
Athletic Scholarships | Become a Recruit| All future and current Chargers can be recruited to receive Athletic Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded based on athletic performance and the needs of the team. This scholarship is renewable (each year) provided the scholar maintains a minimum CGPA of 2.0. Those who wish to be a prospective student athlete, will start the recruitment process by completing the prospective student athlete questionnaire.
Visit Incentive Scholarship | $2,000 | Schedule a Visit | All future Chargers (both high school 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. The total scholarship amount awarded will be allotted throughout your time at Briar Cliff University, provided the scholar maintains a minimum CGPA of 2.0.
Outside or Private Scholarship Opportunities| View List| All future and current chargers are encouraged any and all outside or private scholarship opportunities available that could be applied to their Briar Cliff University expenses. For you convenience, we maintain a compiled a list of publicly available scholarships.
BCUnited Emergency Assistance Fund Scholarships | Learn More and Apply | The BCUnited Emergency Fund is meant to be used as a last resort in helping students overcome unique, extraordinary, and unforeseen financial circumstances while attending Briar Cliff University. This grant opportunity is available to any full-time enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate student at Briar Cliff University. Requests for BCUnited Emergency Assistance Funding must be used for school-related expenses, such as tuition, fees, course materials and program-specific supplies. BCUnited Emergency Assistance Funding cannot be used for regular household expenses such as rent/mortgage, cell phone, groceries, utilities, vehicle expenses or child care.
To apply for emergency funds, each applicant must meet one of the following criteria:
- Demonstrate financial hardship.
- Experience an emergency, accident, illness, or other unforeseen event.
- All other resources, including loans through the Office of Financial Aid, have been considered and are insufficient, unavailable, or not available in a timely manner.
- If you have an account balance at Briar Cliff University and before consideration to receive funding from the BCUnited Emergency Assistance fund, you must have previously done so or must be actively working to address your student account balance.
- Applicants must complete all application questions in full and submit supporting documentation as the situation allows.
All full time undergraduate BCU students who need help coping with unforeseen financial circumstances can explore requesting assistance from this fund.