Uncommon Scholarships

More options, more affordable

We’re excited to offer four new scholarships exclusively for adult and post-traditional learners. Ranging from $150-$500 per three-credit course, these scholarships can be applied to a variety of programs and are available to employees of our corporate and academic partners, Concordia alumni, and employees of qualifying Christian schools and churches. To learn more about the Uncommon Scholarships program read the announcement at our blog.

Here are four ways to qualify for these new scholarships:

Business Community Scholarship

If you are an employee of one of our corporate partners you may qualify for this scholarship. Scholarship dollar amounts are examples based on three-credit courses. Actual amount per credit may vary.

  • $150 toward adult accelerated undergraduate courses or
  • $200 toward eligible graduate courses

For more info contact  Christy.Call@cuw.edu

Academic Community Scholarship

If you are an employee of one of our Preferred Education Partner schools or districts you may qualify for this scholarship. Scholarship dollar amounts are examples based on three-credit courses. Actual amount per credit may vary.

  • $150 toward adult accelerated undergraduate courses or
  • $450 toward eligible graduate courses

For more info contact Amy.Hillenbrand@cuw.edu

Christian Community Scholarship

If you are an employee of any qualifying Christian school or church you may qualify for this scholarship. Scholarship dollar amounts are examples based on three-credit courses. Actual amount per credit may vary.

  • $200 toward adult accelerated undergraduate courses or
  • $500 toward eligible graduate courses

For more info contact Amber.Schiessl@cuw.edu

Alumni Scholarship

If you are an alumnus of Concordia University Wisconsin or Ann Arbor you may qualify for this scholarship. Scholarship dollar amounts are examples based on three-credit courses. Actual amount per credit may vary.

  • $200 toward adult accelerated undergraduate courses or
  • $500 toward eligible graduate courses

For more info contact Linda.Szczerbinski@cuw.edu

FAQ

Can you explain the Uncommon Scholarship opportunities in a little more detail?

There are four separate scholarships. The scholarships cannot be stacked, but you might qualify for one:

  • Alumni Scholarship
  • Christian Community Scholarship (employees of Christian churches or schools)
  • Academic Community Scholarship (employees of a Preferred Education Partner district or school)
  • Business Community Scholarship (employees of one of our corporate partners)

In fall of 2018, Concordia announced the first of the opportunities, the Alumni Scholarship program, open to all alumni of Concordia University Ann Arbor and Wisconsin. In addition to alumni, scholarships are now available for employees of Christian churches and schools, as well as Concordia’s official business and academic/preferred education partners. If you think you might qualify for the scholarship, please note that you must fill out an application.

Please note that the scholarship application must be submitted before the first day of the class you are applying for. A new form must also be submitted each academic year for the duration of your program, as long as you are still employed by a qualifying organization.

Please carefully review all policies and procedures provided on this page below.

I used to qualify for a tuition discount. Can I now apply for an Uncommon Scholarship?
Yes! The tuition discount has been phased out. The Uncommon Scholarships were announced in fall of 2018 and offer expanded opportunities for scholarships unlike ever before.
When is the application due?
Applications are due by the first day of your first course. You must also fill out a new scholarship application each academic year before the start of that upcoming year.
When can I apply for the scholarship? Is it open all year?

You can apply for the scholarship once you have a F00 (student ID number). The scholarship application remains open all year. If you begin a program halfway through the academic year, you can fill out the scholarship mid-year to have any approved scholarships applied for future courses. In addition to other policies and procedures outlined on the Uncommon Scholarships page, there are two critical date-related policies to be aware of.

  1. The first is that you must fill out a scholarship application before your course(s) begin. If you start a course, are two weeks in, and then remember to fill out the scholarship application, financial aid will not be able to apply the award.
  2. The second is that you must fill out a new scholarship application each academic year before the start of that upcoming year.
Where can I find a listing of of academic terms and deadlines?

Always be sure to submit an application for each academic year before courses begin. Scholarships cannot be awarded to past courses, or to courses that have already begun. Academic years begin the first week of July each year and run July through the end of June, as follows:

  • 2018-2019 Academic Year: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019
  • 2019-2020 Academic Year: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020
  • 2020-2021 Academic Year: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

Your program may follow an 8-week schedule, a 6-week schedule, or another term schedule. Please review your individual course deadlines and submit a scholarship application before your course begins.

Academic Calendar

How long is the scholarship valid?
Your submitted scholarship application is good for the full academic year for which you applied, so long as you meet those same qualifying measures (eg: employed at same organization, and organization remains a partner).
Where can I find a list of qualifying partnership organizations?
I just applied for the scholarship. When will I find out and what’s next?

Within 7 days of submitting your scholarship application, you will hear, via email, official response about the status of your scholarship application.

If granted, Financial Aid will apply this scholarship to your account by the first week of your first class in the academic term, based upon your overall term registration at that time. Please be sure to fill out the application each academic year for the duration of your program, as long as you are still employed by a qualifying organization.

If this scholarship is not granted, Concordia University still strives to make our tuition affordable to all, and we encourage you to apply for other scholarships outside the university.
Do scholarships extend through family members?
The scholarship does not extend through family members. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, students must be accepted to an eligible program and fit one of the qualifications for Uncommon Scholarships.
I am a full-time sub. Do I qualify for the Academic Community Scholarship?
You qualify if you are an employee of any Academic Community Partnership (also known as Preferred Education Partner) districts or schools.
Can you provide an estimate? I am trying to budget and need to know how much I will need to pay.

Absolutely. We understand planning a budget is important for your success in a program and are happy to provide assistance in your financial planning. We created an estimation sheet for this very reason. Each person’s program is different, so we recommend filling out a personalized Uncommon Scholarship estimator by using the Uncommon Scholarship estimation sheet. If you feel confident in your own estimate, we are glad it was of use! If you would like to talk this over with a financial aid counselor, please feel invited to call financial aid. Please have that sheet available with your F00 number (student ID number), and a counselor can pull up your information to help review your estimate.

How is the scholarship applied to my tuition?
Once all qualifying measures are met for the academic year and the scholarship is approved, the scholarship will be awarded by financial aid based on the current number of credits the student is enrolled in each semester, during that academic year. The scholarship will be adjusted for any increase or decrease in enrolled credits during each semester of that academic year. Scholarships awarded will be applied to your student account and will be reflected on subsequent billing statements. (No cash releases are issued for this scholarship.) If you have specific questions, we invite you to contact the financial aid or billing offices.

Frequently asked questions

Click here to view answers to the most common questions asked.

Policies and disclaimers
  1. Scholarship dollar amounts are examples based on three-credit courses. Actual amount per credit may vary
  2. Students must reapply for the scholarship each academic year
  3. Application must be submitted prior to the end of the first week of class and will not be retroactively applied to any course after the first week of class
  4. Scholarships for eligible, registered classes should usually disburse to your student account within one week of the financial aid office receiving your approval email
  5. Course completion is required to receive the scholarship
  6. Students may only apply to one Uncommon Scholarship per enrollment term
  7. Scholarships are not "stackable" with each other, other Concordia tuition discounts or Concordia scholarship programs

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