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Offering numerous scholarships
for newly admitted students.

Scholarships

Adler University offers a variety of scholarships to help support the educational goals of its Chicago Campus students. Unlike student loans, scholarships do not need to be repaid and are awarded based on a variety of criteria including, but not limited to, academic excellence, mission relevance, and community involvement and service. 

Adler University scholarships are divided into two categories: those for incoming students and those for continuing students.

New Student Scholarships

Admitted Chicago Campus students may apply for merit-based scholarships through the Office of Admissions. Applicants are encouraged to apply for admission as early as possible.

  • Scholarships are disbursed toward tuition and fees over the first two terms. For example, a $10,000 scholarship disburses $5,000 in the fall term and $5,000 in the spring term.
  • Applicants who defer admission from the original term of acceptance are ineligible to receive scholarships.
  • Scholarship recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in order to remain eligible for subsequent allocations of their awards.

Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is Adler University’s most prestigious scholarship, awarded to only a select number of the most academically qualified admitted students. Recipients are selected based on their previous academic achievements, and their commitment to Adler University's mission. This scholarship is reserved for applicants in our on-campus programs. Candidates are reviewed automatically, and scholarships are generally awarded at time of acceptance.

Award Amount: up to $10,000 (renewable up to three years for doctoral students and up to two years for master’s students)

Social Justice Scholarship


Recipients of the Social Justice Scholarship are selected based on their past dedication and/or anticipated future contributions to service, academic excellence, and leadership. Priority is given to candidates with either a history of providing community service, or an articulated plan to design and implement effective and innovative solutions to a significant social problem. Candidates are reviewed automatically, and scholarships are generally awarded at time of acceptance.

Award Amount: up to $10,000 (non-renewable)

Diversity Scholarship

Adler University’s commitment to diversity is an essential component of our students experience. The Diversity Scholarship attracts talented students who have demonstrated knowledge and experience in diverse communities and backgrounds, and are prepared to use this knowledge to contribute to the education of their fellow students. Priority is given to candidates from traditionally under-represented, under-served, and marginalized populations who exhibit academic promise and dedication to Adler University’s mission. Candidates are reviewed automatically, and scholarships are generally awarded at time of acceptance.

Award Amount: up to $10,000 (non-renewable)

International Student Scholarship

The International Student scholarship is designed to further expand Adler University’s global impact, and is reserved for new students who are citizens of countries other than the United States or Canada. Recipients are selected on their commitment to social interest and their dedication to improving their local community. Candidates are reviewed automatically, and scholarships are generally awarded at time of acceptance.

Award Amount: up to $10,000 (non-renewable)

AmeriCorps Grant Match Scholarship

Adler University recognizes those who have served the community through any AmeriCorps program. The AmeriCorps Grant Match Scholarship is provided to a limited number of newly admitted students each year. AmeriCorps members who apply for admission prior to completing their AmeriCorps service will also be considered.

Award Amount: up to $5,500 (non-renewable)

Leadership, Public Service and Justice Scholarship

This scholarship is reserved for applicants to programs that focus on leadership, public service and justice including Emergency Management Leadership, Criminology, and Counseling with a Specialization in Forensic Psychology.

Recipients of this scholarship are selected based on their past contributions and expected future contributions to academic excellence, social justice, ethical practice, professional contributions and leadership in the respective related professions. Candidates are reviewed automatically, and scholarships are generally awarded at time of acceptance.

Award Amount: up to $10,000 (non-renewable)

Merit Scholarship

This scholarship is designed to reward incoming students for their excellence in academic achievement. Preference is given to individuals who have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.8 or higher. Candidates are reviewed automatically and scholarships are generally awarded at time of acceptance.

Award amount: $10,000 (non-renewable)

Community Partner Scholarship

Recipients of the Community Partner Scholarship must be a full-time employee at one of Adler University’s Community Partner sites. Scholarship recipients must submit all admissions documents and be accepted to a Master’s or Doctoral degree program at the Chicago campus. Candidates are reviewed upon submitting the Scholarship Application after completing an interview for the University. Scholarships are generally awarded at time of acceptance. For questions on eligible Community Partner sites please contact the Office of Admissions.

Award Amount: 50% of tuition for program

Alumni Scholarship

Recipients of the Alumni Scholarship must be graduates of Adler University with an interest in continuing their studies in one of our doctoral programs. Recipients of this scholarship will have a cumulative final GPA of 3.8 or higher throughout their time at Adler. Candidates are reviewed upon submitting the Scholarship Application after completing an interview for the University. Scholarships are generally awarded at time of acceptance.

Award Amount: $10,000 per year (non-renewable)

Institutional Partner Scholarship

Recipients of the Institutional Partner Scholarship must be graduates from Spelman College or Austin College and demonstrate academic achievements, community engagement, and a commitment to social justice work. Candidates are reviewed upon submitting the Scholarship Application after completing an interview for the University. Scholarships are generally awarded at time of acceptance.
Admission applications must be received by January 15th, 2016.

Award Amount: $10,000 (non-renewable)

Continuing Student Scholarships (Chicago Campus)

Continuing Student Scholarship Criteria

  • Be enrolled in a degree program at the Chicago Campus (Art Therapy scholarship requires enrollment in MAT program).
  • Have completed at least 3 academic terms by the end of Summer 2016.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Enroll Full-Time for all three terms of the 2016-2017 Academic Year.
  • Scholarship recipients may be required to attend a scholarship reception.

Scholarship Application Instructions and Deadline

Continuing students are notified about the availability of continuing student scholarship applications in early spring.  Instructions for applying for these awards will be included in this announcement. 

The Alfred Adler Scholarship

Current Chicago campus students are invited to apply for the Alfred Adler Scholarship. Recipients are selected based on academic performance at Adler University and a 500-word written statement demonstrating commitment to the Adlerian value of social interest through either a history of or an articulated plan to provide service to their community. Priority is given to applicants who are committed to working with underserved or marginalized populations. Required materials: scholarship application and 500 word written statement

Award amount: $5,000, disbursed over two terms (Fall and Spring)

The Seymour Schneider Scholarship

Current students on the Chicago campus are invited to apply for the Seymour Schneider Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Seymour Schneider, who taught at Adler until his death in 1996. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on a 500 word written statement that discusses why Adlerian training is important to you and your interest in actively applying Adlerian principles to real social issues and problems. Scholarship applications are also evaluated based on merit. Required materials: scholarship application and 500 word written statement

Award amount: $5,000, disbursed over two terms (Fall and Spring)

The Sadie “Tee” Dreikurs Art Therapy Scholarship

Current Adler University students pursuing an M.A. or Certificate in Art Therapy are invited to apply for the Sadie “Tee” Dreikurs Art Therapy Scholarship. This scholarship is in memory of Ms. Dreikurs, who established art therapy training at Adler University and taught until her death in 1996. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on a 500 word written statement that discusses why they chose the field of art therapy, and how the training received relates to their future goal. Scholarship applications are also evaluated based on merit.
Required materials: scholarship application and 500 word written statement

Award amount: $5,000, disbursed over two terms (Fall and Spring)

Scholarships from Outside Organizations

Adler University maintains a listing of scholarship offerings from outside organizations.  Please contact the donor of each scholarship directly with questions.  This is not an exhaustive list of scholarships that might be available to Adler students from third parties.  Students should conduct an Internet search for other opportunities that might be available.

Click here for the listing of scholarships from outside organizations.