Scholarships

Saint Louis University’s School for Professional Studies offers several scholarships exclusively for adult students studying in our online degree programs.

Available scholarships are both merit-based and need-based. And many of our degree programs offer special scholarships for students studying in particular programs. Scholarships listed on this page are for qualified undergraduate students with the exception of the Graduate Student Success Scholarship. In addition, graduate assistantships may be available for students studying in the master’s programs.

Note that in order to receive any of the following scholarships, you must:

  • Have all required official transcripts submitted to SPS
  • Have a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Office of Student Financial Services
  • Receive less than the equivalent of nine credit hours ($5,400) in tuition assistance per year (This does not include grants or loans received through the FAFSA.)

Although not a requirement for applying, it is also recommended that you complete any necessary placement tests as soon as possible.

Undergraduate Scholarships

School for Professional Studies scholarships are awarded to qualified students enrolled in our programs. The number and profile of applicants will vary by term; consequently, you may be awarded a scholarship one term, but not the next.

SLU employees and family members who qualify for SLU tuition remission are not eligible to receive SPS scholarships. The scholarships are not cash refundable and are applied directly to the cost of tuition for the term awarded. Receipt of an SPS scholarship is contingent upon successful completion of the enrolled courses each term. Students who withdraw from courses may be subject to forfeiture of all monies awarded by SPS.

Scholarship Application Deadlines

Summer: Friday, May 12, 2017
Fall 1: Friday, July 28, 2017
Fall 2: Friday, Sept 29, 2017
Spring 1: Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017
Spring 2: Friday, March 2, 2018

New Student Scholarships

New Student Commitment Scholarship

The New Student Commitment Scholarship is a non-renewable award for incoming students who are committed to registering in courses for the remainder of the academic year. Eligible students must be a clear admit in their first or second term with no more than six hours with SPS toward a degree or certificate.

Availability: Three to four recipients will be selected for the summer, both fall terms and the first spring term.

Award amount: $750 for part-time students and $1,500 for full-time students.

How to Apply: Complete and submit the online application.

New Student Incentive Scholarship

The New Student Incentive Scholarship is a nonrenewable award for incoming students who are enrolled in SPS courses for their first term. Students must be registered for courses by the application deadline. In addition, you must also be registered for courses in the term for which you are seeking a scholarship

Availability: Four to eight recipients will be selected each term.

Award Amount: $500 for part-time students and $1,000 for full-time students.

How to Apply: Complete and submit the online application.

 

Current Student Scholarships

Brandt Disability Scholarship

The Brandt Disability Scholarship is awarded to students with a documented disability who are admitted into a SPS degree or certificate program. In order to be eligible, you must have completed at least one term with SPS and be registered for courses by the application deadline. In addition, you should:

  • Have disability documented with SLU’s Office of Disability Services
  • Be registered for courses in the term for which you are seeking a scholarship

Availability: One to two recipients selected in the first term of fall and spring

Renewal: Eligible students must apply for fall I and spring I

Award Amount: Varies depending on available funds.

How to Apply: Complete and submit the online application.

Continuous Progress Scholarship

The Continuous Progress Scholarship is awarded to continuing students who have completed at least 12 hours with SPS, earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate financial need.

You must be registered for courses by the application deadline and can reapply for the award each semester. In addition, you should:

  • Have completed courses in four of the previous five terms
  • Be registered for courses in the term for which you are seeking a scholarship
  • Be in good academic standing with no outstanding incomplete grades

Availability: Up to four students selected each semester: Summer, fall I, spring I

Renewal: Eligible students must reapply each semester.

Award Amount: $500 for part-time students and $1,000 for full-time students.

How to Apply: Complete and submit the online application.

Dean's Emergency Scholarship

The Dean’s Emergency Scholarship is a nonrenewable award for students who can demonstrate a substantial financial need that poses a threat to the completion of coursework. Consideration will be given to those who have exhausted all other financial aid. You must be registered for courses by the application deadline. In addition, you should:

  • Be registered for courses in the term for which you are seeking a scholarship
  • Be able to provide documentation of financial hardship or emergency

Availability: Varies based on need and available funds.

Award Amount: Varies depending on need and available funds.

Deadline: You can apply at any point in the term when there is a qualifying emergency.

How to Apply: Complete and submit the online application.

Executive Advisory Board (EAB) Scholarship

This Executive Advisory Board (EAB) Scholarship is for students who have completed at least one term with SPS and exhibit characteristics that align with the mission of SPS and Saint Louis University. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria at the time of application:

  • Have a minimum 3.0 SPS or transfer GPA.
  • Submit a 300-500 word essay addressing the following topic: "How does continuing your education with SPS align with career goals and the mission of Saint Louis University?"
  • Be available for an interview with the scholarship committee, if appropriate.

Availability: One to five students are selected each academic year.

Award Amount: $500 to $1,000

How to Apply: Complete and submit the online application.

Executive Advisory Board (EAB) Servant Leader Endowed Scholarship

This award is for SPS students who exhibit leadership and service to their families, colleagues and community. A servant leader is someone who serves others in his/her work through collaboration, empathy, trust and the ethical use of authority. These characteristics are applicable to roles that you have in your personal and work life, and can be applied at any level position within an organization.

To be eligible for the Executive Advisory Board (EAB) Servant Leadership Scholarship, you must meet the following criteria at the time of application:

  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Provide one letter of recommendation from a faculty member or work colleague that addresses your role as a servant leader.
  • Submit a 300-500 word essay addressing the following topic: "How do you currently exhibit the qualities of a servant leader in your life? How will you use your degree to further yourself as a servant leader?"
  • Be available for an interview with the scholarship committee, if appropriate

Availability: Up to two awards can be given per academic year with one awarded to a new student (less than 12 hours taken at SPS) and one awarded to a current student. Recipients are eligible to apply for the scholarship once per academic year.

Award Amount: Varies and must be used within the academic year in which it was awarded.

How to Apply: Complete and submit the online application.

Steven N. and Diana M. Ippolito Scholarship

This nonrenewable scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student in the School for Professional Studies. The scholarship is awarded based on community service as well as financial need and quality of the goal statement.

To be eligible for the Steven and Diana Ippolito Scholarship, you must also:

  • Be enrolled in courses for the term in which they are applying.
  • Complete math or English placement tests, as necessary
  • Submit a 300-500 word essay describing recent community service activities and how your SLU education will assist you with similar activities in the future

Availability: One to two students are selected each academic year.

Award Amount: $500-$1,000

How to Apply: Complete and submit the online application.

Latisha Barefield Memorial Scholarship

This non-renewable scholarship is awarded to one fully admitted full-time or part-time student who is facing a challenging health situation. The scholarship is awarded based on the student's life experience and personal statement.

To be eligible for the Latisha Barefield Memorial Scholarship, you must submit a 300-500 word essay describing the challenging situation you are facing at the time.

Availability: One recipient will be selected per academic year.

Award Amount: $500

How to Apply: Complete and submit the online application along with necessary documents.

 

Program-Specific Scholarships

Hospitality Industry Advisory Board Scholarship

The Hospitality Industry Advisory Board Scholarship is awarded to a new or continuing SPS student pursuing a minor or certificate in hospitality management and who is enrolled in at least two hospitality management courses in the academic year the scholarship is awarded. Eligibility is based on financial need and the quality of a personal statement essay.

To be eligible for the Hospitality Industry Advisory Board Scholarship, applicants must meet the following additional criteria at the time of application:

  • Pursuing a minor or certificate in hospitality management (A change of minor or certificate may result in forfeiture.)
  • Submit a 300-500 word essay addressing the following: "Present a personal statement of your commitment to the hospitality industry. Outline specifically how this scholarship will advance your specific area of educational focus. Additionally, discuss the characteristics or skills that will allow you to succeed in this field and how you plan to give back to the industry in the future."
  • Demonstrate a financial need.
  • Be able to attend (either remotely or physically) a Hospitality Industry Advisory Board meeting. (Dates to be determined)

Availability: One to two students are selected each academic year.

Renewal: Eligible students must reapply each semester.

Award Amount: $2,000, which must be used within the academic year it is received.

How to Apply: Complete and submit the online application.

Lumiere Place Scholarship

This nonrenewable scholarship was established by Pinnacle Entertainment in support of undergraduate students in the School for Professional Studies' hospitality program. It’s awarded to a new or continuing student pursuing a minor or certificate in hospitality management.

To be eligible for the Lumiere Place Hospitality Scholarship, you must meet the following additional criteria at the time of application:

  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Pursuing a minor or certificate in hospitality management (A change of minor or certificate may result in forfeiture.)
  • Prepare a quality career development plan
  • Submit a 300-500 word essay addressing the following: "Describe your fit in the hospitality industry, including short-term and long-term goals related to career development and personal/professional development."

Availability: One to two students are selected each academic year.

Award amount: $500 to $1,000, which must be used within the academic year it is received.

How to Apply: Complete and submit the online application.

The Larry L. Cockell Security and Strategic Intelligence Scholarship Fund

 The Larry L. Cockell Security and Strategic Intelligence (SSI) Scholarship is awarded to one or two full-time students pursuing a bachelor's degree in security and strategic intelligence. The non-renewable scholarship is awarded based on GPA and financial need.

To be eligible for the Larry L. Cockell Security and Strategic Intelligence Scholarship, you must meet the following additional criteria at the time of application:

  • Be seeking a bachelor's degree in security and strategic intelligence (A change of major may result in forfeiture.)
  • Submit a 300-500 word essay addressing the following question: "How will you use your SSI degree to further yourself personally and professionally and give back to the community?"
  • Able to provide service to the School for Professional Studies by serving as a volunteer at the Security and Strategic Intelligence Panel Presentation or an equivalent five hours of service to the SSI program.
  • Available to complete an interview with the selection committee, if appropriate.

Availability: One to two recipients are selected each academic year.

Award Amount: $2,500 to 5,000

How to Apply: Complete and submit the online application.

Herndon Products Scholarship for Organizational Studies

This scholarship was established by Scott Herndon of Herndon Products, LLC, to benefit an organizational studies student in the School for Professional Studies. Applicants must be full-time SPS students in the organizational studies program and be in good academic standing.

To be eligible for the Herndon Products Scholarship for Organizational Studies, you must meet the following additional criteria at the time of application:

  • Be seeking a bachelor's degree in organizational studies (A change of major may result in forfeiture.)
  • Submit a 300-500 word essay addressing the following question: "How will your study of Organizational Studies contribute to your immediate and long-term career plans and personal goals?"

Availability: The scholarship will be distributed annually to one student for up to four years.

Renewal: Automatic renewal for qualifying students.

Award Amount: $4,500

How to Apply: Complete and submit the online application.

The Anne Haltenhof Project Management Scholarship

The Anne Haltenhof Project Management Scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing a minor or certificate in project management. This non-renewable scholarship is awarded based on financial need, fit of the project management program with career goals and quality of goal statement.

To be eligible for the Anne Haltenhof Project Management Scholarship, you must meet the following additional criteria at the time of application:

  • Be in good academic standing
  • Be seeking a minor or certificate in project management and enrolled in at least two project management courses in the academic year the scholarship will be awarded
  • Demonstrate a financial need
  • Submit a 300-500 word essay addressing the following question: "How will your study of project management contribute to your immediate and long-term career plans and personal goals?"

Availability: One to two students are selected each academic year.

Award Amount: $750 to $1,500

How to Apply: Complete and submit the online application.

The Diana, Alice, Emily, and Cecelia Ippolito Health Care Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Steven and Diana Ippolito to benefit an undergraduate student working in or going into the health care industry in the School for Professional Studies.

To be eligible for the Diana, Alice, Emily, and Cecelia Ippolito Health Care Scholarship, you must meet the following additional criteria at the time of application:

  • A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative SLU GPA
  • Completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year for which you are applying
  • Submit a 300-500 word essay addressing the following: "Describe your interest in the health care field and how your SLU education will assist you in meeting your health care goals in the future."

Availability: One recipient is selected each academic year. Students must reapply in order to renew the scholarship.

Award Amount: $1,500

How to Apply: Complete and submit the online application

Cyber Security Scholarship

The Cyber Security Scholarship is awarded to one or two School for Professional Studies students pursuing a degree in a field closely related to cyber security. The non-renewable scholarship is awarded based on GPA and financial need.

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must meet the following additional criteria at the time of application:

  • Be seeking a degree closely related to the field of cybersecurity   (CIS, SSI)
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Submit a 300-500 word essay addressing the following question: "How will you use your degree to further yourself personally and professionally and give back to the community?"
  • Be able to provide service to the School for Professional Studies by serving as a volunteer at the CIS/SSI Cyber Security event held each spring, or an equivalent four hours of service to the program.
  • Be enrolled in courses for the term in which you are applying.

Availability: One to two recipients are selected each academic year.

Award Amount: $500 - $1,000

Graduate Student Success Scholarship

The Graduate Student Success Scholarship is available to graduate students in the School for Professional Studies who demonstrate financial need.

To be eligible for the Graduate Student Success Scholarship, you must meet the following criteria at the time of application:

  • Be seeking a master’s degree in applied analytics or leadership and organizational development.
  • Have completed six graduate credit hours in the School for Professional Studies.
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Demonstrate financial need (i.e. receive less than 50% of funds for their tuition from their employer).
  • Be in good academic standing without an incomplete grades.

Availability: Varies depending on available funds and number of qualified applicants.

Renewal: Eligible students must reapply each Fall 1 and Spring 1.

Award Amount: Varies depending on available funds and number of qualified applicants.

How to apply: Eligible students will be sent the application via a survey twice a year. Students will complete the application and a 500-word essay that addresses the question: "How do you plan to utilize your graduate education to further yourself personally and professionally and give back to the community?"

Deadlines:
Fall 1: Friday, July 28, 2017
Spring 1: Wednesday, December 20, 2017