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Freshman Scholarships

Newman University offers a wide variety of scholarship options available to first-year students. Some scholarships listed below may be stackable with others and some may not. Please contact your admissions counselor for more information!

Cardinal Newman Scholarship

Full tuition

The Cardinal Newman Scholarship is the most exclusive Newman University award, which is given to a limited number of high-achieving students each year. Applicants must have official transcripts on file with at least a 3.9 cumulative high school GPA and official test scores on file with a 29 composite ACT super-score (or SAT equivalent) to apply. Cardinal Newman scholars are required to live on campus for all four years, maintain a 3.4 cumulative GPA, and complete 32 hours of community service each semester. This scholarship is renewable for eight consecutive semesters to students who enroll full time each semester, replaces any previously awarded Newman scholarships, and does not cover required fees or room and board.

Applicants must submit the online application, a supplemental résumé, an essay in response to a specific prompt (listed below), and must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All scholarship documents including the FAFSA must be submitted by the final deadline in order for a student's application to be considered. Applicants will be required to attend an interview day to complete an in-person interview with representatives from the selection committee.

The final deadline to apply for this scholarship for Fall 2019 has passed.


Newman Academic Scholarships

$11,000+

Newman academic scholarships range in value starting at $11,000/year and the amounts awarded depend on a holistic review of the academic achievement of each student. These awards are renewable for eight consecutive semesters to students who maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and enroll full time each semester. Students are automatically considered for Newman academic scholarships at the time their application is reviewed, and students will be notified of any scholarships awarded in their letter of acceptance.

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ASC Community Leader Scholarship

$16,500

The ASC Community Leader Scholarship replaces a student's previously awarded academic scholarship and is awarded to students with a demonstrated commitment to community service, renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters. Applicants must have official transcripts on file with at least a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA to apply. ASC Community Leader Scholarship recipients are required to participate in one semester-long service/leadership class each year and complete 45 hours of community service per semester during their time at Newman, in addition to maintaining a 2.75 cumulative GPA.

Required application and supporting components must be completed online and include an application, service/leadership resume and one recommendation, in addition to an interview. The online recommendation form will be sent to the email address of the reference provided on your application, to be submitted separately. Applicants must be admitted to the university before an interview can be scheduled. The application and all scholarship documents must be submitted by the final deadline in order for a student's application to be given full consideration.

The final deadline to apply for this scholarship for Fall 2019 has passed.


Honors Scholarship

$1,000

This scholarship is awarded to students who apply for and gain acceptance into Newman's Honors Program. Applicants should have official transcripts on file with a minimum 3.7 cumulative high school GPA and official test scores on file with a composite 25 ACT super-score to apply.

Required application and supporting materials must be completed online and include an online application, essay (and optional résumé), and recommendation. The online recommendation form will be sent to the email address of the reference provided on your application, to be submitted separately. This award is renewable for eight consecutive semesters to students who maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA and enroll full time each semester. The application and all scholarship documents must be submitted by the final deadline in order for a student's application to be given full consideration.

The final deadline to apply for this scholarship for Fall 2019 has passed, however select applications may be accepted for this program after this deadline, as space allows.


Larry & Robbi C. Heck Endowed Scholarship in Sociology

$1,500

In 1987, former Director of Financial Aid and long-time Professor of Sociology, Dr. C. Larry Heck, and his wife, Robbi Heck, a 1976 graduate of Kansas Newman College, established this scholarship in an effort to assist students majoring in the area of sociology with the cost of schooling. Click here to learn more about the Hecks and their establishment of this scholarship!

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, incoming freshmen or transfer students must complete an application for admission to Newman University, have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), and indicate their plan to major in sociology by listing it as the first major on their application for admission.

Eligible students must complete the online application (see link below), respond to two 75-100 word essay prompts (see link below), apply for financial aid via the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and demonstrate unmet need, and, if awarded, enroll full-time. One scholarship of up to $1,500 will be awarded each year and is renewable for 4 years if the students maintains a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA, continues to enroll as a full-time student, and makes satisfactory progress toward a degree in Sociology, with Sociology as their first major.

The final deadline to apply for this scholarship for Fall 2019 is May 1, 2019. Eligible students must apply and be accepted to the university, as well as apply and submit all supplemental documentation for the scholarship by this date to be given full consideration.

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Athletic Scholarships

Amounts vary

Athletic scholarships are awarded by individual team coaches. Athletic scholarships can be stacked with Newman Scholarships and are renewable as long as the student-athlete continues to participate in their sport. Please visit the Newman University athletic website to view coach contact information for each program.


Art, Theatre and Music Scholarships

Students entering Newman’s Art and Theatre programs as Art or Theatre majors qualify to receive Art/Theatre scholarships based on academic criteria as well as an audition for theatre or a portfolio review for art. Art and Theatre Scholarships range in value from $11,000-$15,000, replacing any previously-awarded academic scholarship, and are renewable for eight consecutive semesters as long as the student maintains a 2.0 cumulative GPA, continues to major in Art or Theatre, and continues to enroll as a full time student. Before scheduling your audition or portfolio review, please apply to Newman University and gain acceptance. Upon acceptance, please contact your admissions counselor or the Art Director or Theatre Director.

Music offers are stackable scholarships valued up to $2,000 annually and based on auditions for students interested in participating in Music as a minor. To set up an audition for Music, please contact your admissions counselor or the Music Program Director.

Stacking may be limited depending on other scholarships awarded. Please contact the Office of Admissions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or your admissions counselor to set up an audition or to submit an art portfolio.


Family Grant

10% tuition discount

Newman offers a 10% tuition discount for each student with immediate family members of the same household who are enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at Newman in the traditional, flat-rate tuition plan, during the same academic term(s). The 10% reduction is applied after all institutional aid has been deducted. Stacking rules do apply to this scholarship.

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