Financial Aid for Educational Studies

Affordable Private Education

Our low tuition makes Lewis University the most affordable Catholic university in Chicago and one of the most affordable private colleges in all of Illinois. Plus, we offer specialized scholarships specifically for educators, including:

Undergraduate Scholarships

The Lupe and Anselmo Calderon Endowed Scholarship

The Lupe and Anselmo Calderon Endowed Scholarship for Latino Students was created to assist Latino/Latina students pursuing a BA in Elementary Education.  Student must be a junior or senior and hold a minimum GPA of 3.0.

The Clifton J. and Laura E. Kelly Endowed Scholarship

The Clifton J. and Laura E. Kelly Endowed Scholarship was created for students with a declared major in the field of Education, minimum GPA of 2.5, and financial need.  Consideration is given for good academic and behavioral standing.  Preference is given to male students.

Dr. Shirley A. McFaul Endowed Scholarship

The Dr. Shirley A. McFaul Endowed Scholarship was established in September 2002, to honor the long time faculty member of the College of Education. After a distinguished career as a teacher and college faculty member, Dr. McFaul passed away in May 2002. The scholarship was established by her family, friends and the College of Education to assist candidates who are furthering their careers by obtaining a degree in elementary education.

Gladys M. Meehan Endowed Scholarship

The Gladys M. Meehan Endowed Scholarship is awarded to students preparing for their initial teaching certification. The scholarship is named in honor of Gladys M. Meehan, a woman who fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher at the age of 50 and then devoted 15 years as a fourth grade teacher in a Chicago parochial school. Established by her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Greg Maruszak, the scholarship has benefited more than 10 candidates since inception in 1997.

The Mines-Quinlan Annual Scholarship

The Mines-Quinlan Annual Scholarship was created to assist a full-time student enrolled in the College of Education working toward an undergraduate degree within any of the following College of Education majors (elementary, special education, early childhood, or a combination of these majors) and who have financial need.

The William B. Orenic Endowed Scholarship

The William B. Orenic Endowed Scholarship was created for Elementary Education majors entering their junior year who maintain a GPA of at least 3.25.  Preference is given to residents of Will County.  Application will submit an essay on the topic, "Why teach?"

Dr. Paul and Mrs. Ann Rubino Elementary Science Endowed Scholarship

The Dr. Paul and Mrs. Ann Rubino Elementary Science Endowed Scholarship was established in 2007 for future elementary science teachers. Mrs. Rubino was an elementary school science teacher for many years and is currently an adjunct faculty member in Lewis University's College of Education. The scholarship will assist elementary education students with financial need who are pursuing a science endorsement.

The Special Education Annual Scholarship

The Special Education Annual Scholarship was created for declared Special Education majors or a combined Special Education/Elementary Education major who has at least 30 credit hours and who demonstrates financial need.

Teacher Shortage Scholarship

This scholarship is available to students pursuing specialization in Learning Disabilities or Social Emotional Disorders. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (815) 836-5264.

For more information about additional financial aid and scholarship opportunities, visit Lewis' Financial Aid Services page.

Graduate Scholarships

Dr. Martha H. Rusnak Scholarship for Reading Professionals

The Dr. Martha H. Rusnak Scholarship for Reading Professionals was established in June of 2009 to honor Martha Rusnak, Professor Emeritus, who developed the Graduate Reading and Literacy Program. During her tenure at Lewis University, she mentored numerous individuals. The scholarship was established to assist graduate students who are preparing to become reading professionals.

Dr. Edward T. Rancic Endowed Scholarship

The Dr. Edward T. Rancic Endowed Scholarship was established in May 2000, to honor the late faculty member of the College of Education. After a distinguished career as a teacher, administrator, superintendent and college faculty member, Dr. Rancic passed away in December 1999. The scholarship was established by his family, friends and the College of Education to assist students who are furthering their careers by earning advanced degrees and certification.

Lasallian Book Scholarship Fund

Lewis University is honored to have a gracious, generous and anonymous donor who has established the Lasallian Book Annual Scholarship Fund.  The purpose of the scholarship is to assist graduate students from the College of Education who need financial assistance with book expenses throughout their graduate term at Lewis.

Reach Your Goals Scholarship Program

This exciting program is organized by Resources for the Education of Adults in the Chicago area (REACH) and is designed to assist the growing number of adult learners, over the age of 25, to enroll in graduate studies. Visit their Web site at www.reach-chicago.org

Federal Teach Grants

The Federal government offers a $4,000/year scholarship (up to $16,000) to undergraduates who want to go into teaching. Those seeking a Master's degree are eligible for a $4,000/year scholarship up to $8,000 total. Eligible students must have a 3.25 grade point average or receive a score above the 75th percentile on an admissions test.

TEACH Grant recipients must teach in high-need schools and high-need fields for a minimum of four years within eight years of finishing the program. The following shortage fields are targeted for TEACH grants: mathematics, science, foreign language, special education, bilingual education, reading specialists and other documented high-need fields. To read the legislative language describing the TEACH grants, visit the AACTE's website.

Graduate Assistanships

Staff and academic graduate assistants work with professors in the College of Education in exchange for tuition. These positions are coordinated through Human Resources or the specific department itself. All College of Education graduate assistants must be enrolled in a graduate program, be in good academic standing and be able to complete various tasks, including designing and maintaining spreadsheet files, maintaining student files and working with the College of Education faculty and staff on academic/administrative projects.

Staff graduate assistant positions require the graduate assistant to work 20 hours per week for the 16 weeks of the Fall and Spring semesters or 20 hours per week for the summer term, beginning in May and ending in August. These positions offer six to nine credit hours of graduate tuition plus stipends for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. For more information on these positions, please contact the College of Education office.

Academic graduate assistants must be available to work 100 hours during the semester. In exchange, one three credit hour graduate course is offered free of charge. The application form for an academic graduate assistant position can be found in the Guide for Initial Teacher Licensure Program Candidates or the Advanced Program Candidate Guide. These handbooks can be found on Blackboard.

For more information about additional financial aid and scholarship opportunities, visit Lewis' Financial Aid Services page.