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Scholarships & Grants

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Scholarships and grants provide funds to help you meet your educational expenses during your undergraduate career at St. Ambrose. You may be eligible for a scholarship or grant on the basis of your strong academic performance in high school or at a previous college, your talent in the fine arts or athletics, or your demonstrated financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal grant information can be found at

Special graduate level scholarships and grants may be available. Please check with your master's or doctoral program director for details.

Undergraduate institutional scholarships and grants

Each institutional grant or scholarship has individual criteria for amounts awarded and some may have GPA requirements to stay eligible. We have an off-campus institutional cap of $9,000 and an on-campus cap of $15,000 effective for the 2015–16 academic year. If you change your housing, your award will be revised accordingly.

The Admissions Office determines the amount of these awards based on a ranking calculated using high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

All amounts are for students entering St. Ambrose in the 2015-16 academic year.

  • Trustees Scholars

$20,000 per year (for high school students only, on campus residents only). Qualifications: 30+ ACT/1320+ SAT (critical reading and math only) and straight A's (based on 4.0 scale, unweighted) for the first six semesters in high school. May be offset by state and/or federal aid if eligible. Note: Trustee scholarships require that recipients maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 at all times and eligibility lasts up to four academic years.

Academic Excellence
Scholarship Day

Nov. 1, 2014
Jan. 31, 2015
(by invite only)
$1,000 to full-tuition
3.5 GPA & 25 ACT min.

These scholarships are in addition to the scholarship award you receive with your admission to the university.  Contact the Admissions Office to see if you qualify to compete.

  • University Scholarship

$10,000 to $16,000 per year. Based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT score.

  • University Grant

$6,000 minimum per year. Based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT score.

  • Fine Arts Scholarships

Award based on performance and ability in art, music, or theatre. Includes the Michael Kennedy Theatre Scholarship.

  • Athletics Scholarships

Award varies. Based on performance and ability.

  • Freeman Pollard Minority Scholarship

Award varies. For accepted minority students.

  • Father Welch Alumni Scholarship

$1,000/year. For on-campus students only whose parent is a St. Ambrose graduate.

  • Michael A. Orfitelli Scholarship

The Michael A. Orfitelli Scholarship was established in memory of Mike Orfitelli, Ed.D, a beloved faculty member and coach who gave 32 years of service to St. Ambrose University. Potential recipients of this scholarship will be recommended by a committee, asked to write an essay and must be a kinesiology major participating in varsity athletics. Additionally, they must demonstrate a commitment to community engagement and service, a value exemplified by Dr. Orfitelli.

  • The Lowell N. Johnson Scholarship

The Lowell N. Johnson Scholarship was established in honor of Mr. Johnson, a successful Moline businessman, to help students achieve their dream of a college education. Potential recipients will be recommended by a committee and must be a Quad Cities resident who is a Business major or has a concentration in Business.

  • The Richard W. McCarthy ’43 Scholarship

The Richard W. McCarthy ’43 Scholarship was established in appreciation for the impact education had on Mr. McCarthy's life and his desire to help students, particularly veterans, achieve their dream of a college education. Qualified candidates are asked to write an essay and must be a resident or native of Rock Island. Preference will be given to a veteran and/or a student interested in law.



Undergraduate academic scholarship awards for transfer students are also available.