We encourage students to apply for outside scholarships (not awarded by Concordia University Chicago, but applied to your tuition). There are numerous scholarships available through religious, civic, and corporate organizations.
Many scholarships-- but not all--are based on financial need. They may also be awarded to students who meet other specific eligibility requirements, such as pursuing a particular major or demonstrating a specific interest, talent or hobby.
Explore scholarship opportunities with your local Chamber of Commerce, local fraternal organizations, and places of employment. Local donors often prefer to help students from their own communities.
You can also complete an online profile with a reputable scholarship search engine. It might help to create a designated email address just for this process, so you can safely turn off the spam filter. Search engines usually send automated responses, which could be filtered out as spam if sent to your main email address.
Please click on the links below to view our recommended scholarship search sites.
Lutheran and Church Professional Scholarship Opportunities
Unfortunately, there are some scholarship scams online, so be cautious before providing personal information. Legitimate scholarship searches are generally free.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cautions students to look for these telltale statements:
“The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back,”
“You can’t get this information anywhere else,”
“I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship,”
“The scholarship will cost some money.”
The College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act provides protection against fraud in student financial assistance. If you have a question about a particular opportunity, feel free to contact the Office of Financial Aid.