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All scholarship details listed here are for students entering JCU in the fall 2023 semester.

We pride ourselves on ensuring that a JCU education is accessible and affordable for all students and families, regardless of their economic backgrounds. Every year, we distribute numerous scholarship awards to incoming first-year students. We encourage you to read through the information below to learn more about awards for which you may be eligible.

Merit Scholarships

In and out of the classroom, JCU students accomplish a great deal and leave their mark on our campus and in the community. Our merit scholarships are designed to recognize and celebrate what students have accomplished throughout high school in hopes that they will share those talents with us.

When you submit your application for admission, you’ll automatically be considered for merit scholarships up to $26,000 per year. No separate application is required for you to be considered for the Magis, Presidential, University, and Ignatian Awards.

Listed scholarship values automatically renew each year for a total of four years, so long as academic and conduct standards are maintained. You’ll be notified of your merit scholarship at the time of admission.

Merit Scholarship Information

Merit awards are determined based on academic performance, rigor of high school curriculum, and standardized test scores (if submitted). 

Note: JCU is test optional for fall 2023 applicants. For more information, click here.

Legacy Grant

The Legacy Grant is available exclusively to first-year and transfer legacy students enrolling at JCU in fall 2023. Eligible legacy students will automatically qualify to receive this $1,000 grant that will renew for four years. 

Eligible legacy students include those students who have had a parent, step-parent, legal guardian, grandparent, or sibling graduate from JCU at the time of application. Applicants should indicate their legacy connection(s), along with their year(s) of graduation on their application for admission. 

Students who are awarded one or more of the following financial assistance opportunities are not eligible to receive this grant. If a student is awarded a Legacy Grant prior to being awarded one or more of the following financial assistance opportunities, the Legacy Grant will be rescinded.

  • JCU Faculty and Staff Tuition Grant 
  • Tuition Exchange Programs including FACHEX, TEP, and CIC-TEP
  • Student Veterans receiving full benefits
  • Veteran dependents receiving full benefits
  • ROTC Scholarships

Academic, Alumni, Regional, and Special Interest Scholarship Opportunities

To be considered for scholarship opportunities at JCU, students must complete the JCU Class of 2027 Scholarship Application. We also encourage students to submit the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by December 1, 2022 to determine whether they might be eligible for additional financial support. 

Check back soon for more information about these scholarship opportunities.

Other Funding Opportunities

More information about how to apply for these scholarships will be available soon.

Andrew "Dewey" McCarthy Scholarship

The Andrew "Dewey" McCarthy Scholarship $4,300 award recognizes an incoming first-year student who has a demonstrated record of leadership, citizenship, and academic ability and who hails from the New England area. The Andrew McCarthy Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Dewey’s family, friends, teammates, classmates, and co-workers. Since 1983, money has been raised in support of the scholarship, and today the fund is fully endowed. The scholarship has been awarded annually since 1988. 

Greater New York City A.M.D.G. Scholarship

The A.M.D.G. $10,000 annual scholarship is awarded to up to five students from the New York City area. 

STEM Major: Choose Ohio First Scholarship

This scholarship is designed to strengthen Ohio’s competitiveness within Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM).  Students must be Ohio residents intending to major in a STEMM discipline (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Data Science, Exercise Science, Mathematics, Physics, or Neuroscience) at JCU.  Recipients are required to maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.0 STEMM GPA each year to renew this award. 

Ignatian Heritage Scholarship
Up to full tuition
First-year students applying for admission for fall 2023 are eligible to apply for our new Ignatian Heritage Scholarship Competition. The first-place winner will receive a full-tuition scholarship. The second-place winner will receive free room & board. The third-place winner will receive a $3,000 Mathews Scholarship. 

Say Yes Scholarship
Up to full tuition
JCU is pleased to provide 5 scholarship opportunities each year to students attending Say Yes eligible schools in Cleveland, OH. As part of this program, students can receive up to 8 semesters of financial support to meet the full cost of tuition and mandatory fees at JCU. 

Thomas M. Tully Family Scholarship
The Thomas M. Tully Family Scholarship is awarded to an incoming first-year student from St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, IL. The scholarship is $25,000 per year for 4 years. A GPA of 2.75 is required for renewal. 

Outside Scholarships

Be sure to research and apply for outside scholarships, which can help you gain additional support for your John Carroll educational experience. All legitimate scholarship searches should be free and should not ask for any credit card or bank information. If you are unsure of the legitimacy of a scholarship offer or search, please do not hesitate to contact Student Enrollment and Financial Services or the Better Business Bureau.

Explore a list of reputable scholarship search engines our students have found helpful.