Newman University officials announced today that 20 students have currently received the Cardinal Newman Scholarship, the highest award offered by the university. Cardinal Newman scholars receive $17,872 per academic year. As long as academic requirements are met, the scholarship is renewable for four years, which equates to a minimum total award of $71,488 per student. In addition, Cardinal Newman Scholars choosing to live on campus receive another $2,000, bringing their total individual award to $19,872 per year ($79,488 over four years). To this group of scholars alone Newman awards from $1.429 million to $1.589 million in scholarships.
So far for the 2010-11 academic year, Newman has awarded 262 incoming freshman students one or more of the institution’s top tier scholarships. Other top scholarships awarded include the Presidential Scholarship, which awards $12,000 per year; the Board of Trustees Scholarship, which awards $8,000 per year to both first-time, full-time freshman students and transfer students; and the ASC Community Leader Scholarship, which offers $3,000 per year. All are renewable for a total of four years so long as scholarship requirements are met. In addition, a $2,000 housing grant is available, based on need, to all students choosing to live on campus.
“People often think a private university like Newman is too expensive,” said Newman Director of Financial Aid Brenda Krehbiel. “But when you take the financial aid Newman offers into account, it really brings the cost down. I’ve had parents and students come in after looking at state or other private institutions, and they’re often surprised how affordable it is to get a private education at Newman. We’re much more affordable than people believe.”
Krehbiel added that for the current academic year, more than 96 percent of first-time, full-time freshman students received some form of financial aid, with the average financial aid package being more than $10,000 toward annual tuition. That leaves approximately $8,500 to be financed by the student, which compares favorably to the cost of attending a state university.
Krehbiel urged students who are interested in attending Newman to apply for university scholarships and grants while they are still available. Potential freshman and transfer students can access Newman’s online financial aid calculator, http://estimator.newmanu.edu, for a general estimate of aid they could receive from Newman.
Recipients of the Cardinal Newman Scholarship to date are listed below by hometown. To qualify for the Cardinal Newman Scholarship, students must have a 4.0 GPA and a score of 30 or higher on the ACT test. Recipients must also perform 64 hours of community service each year to retain their scholarships.
Blue Springs, Mo.:
Kansas City, Mo.:
Laguna Hills, Calif.:
Mount Hope, Kan.:
Valley Center, Kan.: