Quincy University has announced the establishment of two new scholarships for Catholic students in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. These scholarships are for students attending QU beginning in the fall of 2020.

“For 160 years, Quincy University has stood proudly as a Catholic and Franciscan institution,” said Tom Oliver, vice president for enrollment management.  “As a community, we are proud to reaffirm our commitment to our Catholic identity by launching new scholarship programs to assist deserving Catholic students to attend the University and benefit from an educational experience where success, guided by our Franciscan values, is part of every student’s plan.”

The $10,000 Bishop’s Scholarship will be awarded to one student on the recommendation of Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki, Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. To be eligible for consideration, a candidate must belong to a parish in the Diocese of Springfield and have applied to QU by March 15, 2020. Candidates must be admitted to QU, choose to enroll, and submit a statement describing their involvement in their local parish, the Diocese, or the Catholic Church.

The scholarship is subject to the university’s stacking policy, which caps all institutional aid at tuition. It is renewable for up to eight semesters of study as long as the recipient remains enrolled full-time and maintains a 3.3-grade point average at QU.

The $500 Diocesan Scholarship is awarded to any student who is a member of a parish in the Diocese of Springfield. Candidates will need to apply to QU, be admitted and submit a letter from a parish official confirming membership. Upon receipt of confirmation, the scholarship will be added to the students’ financial aid awards. The recipient of the Bishop’s Scholarship will be ineligible for this award.

Students who are interested in applying for this outside scholarship can find the necessary forms online at www.quincy.edu/scholarships.   Applicants must have all materials turned in and have completed the QU admissions process by March 15, 2020, to qualify.

Quincy University is the only Catholic University serving the 94 counties and over 4 million people of downstate Illinois.  The first bishop, of what is today the Diocese of Springfield, recruited Franciscan friars to Quincy and the bishop supported the founding of Quincy University.

“From their first years on the Illinois frontier, Quincy University and the Diocese of Springfield have worked together to serve the Catholic parishes and peoples of our region,” said Brian McGee, Ph.D., president of Quincy University.  “As we celebrate the 160th anniversary of Quincy University, we are celebrating this new way to make our distinctive educational experience affordable for Catholic families in our home diocese, who have supported QU for generations.”

For more information, contact Brittany Weise, M.A., director of admissions, at 217-228-5432, ext. 3412.

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is celebrating 160 years as a Catholic, co-educational, liberal arts, residential university. Quincy University offers undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. Faculty and advisors work with each student to design a customized success plan to help them graduate on time, find their passion and prepare them for life. Quincy University’s intercollegiate sports are members of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women. For more information, please contact the Quincy University Office of Community Relations by calling (217) 228-5275. Quincy University. Success by Design.