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Merit-based Scholarships

  • Awarded at the time of admission to full-time, master's and doctoral students with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Scholarship values range from $1,000 to $6,000 annually.
  • Merit-based scholarships are renewable and require that the recipient maintain a 3.8 cumulative GPA and full-time status while enrolled in the graduate program.
  • No scholarship application required

Endowed Scholarships

  • Awarded to both new and continuing students through a competitive and need-based application process.
  • Scholarship values and availability vary by academic year.

Graduate Assistantships

  • Awarded to both new and continuing students through a competitive-based application process.
  • Provides partial or full-tuition grant, as well as an annual stipend.
  • Assistantships may be renewable and require participants to meet and maintain all University academic standards.
  • Application required. Application is available through the Office of Graduate Dean.
  • To enhance the services Roosevelt University offers its students, RU is updating its process for posting and applying for graduate assistantship positions. An announcement will be sent to all admitted and continuing graduate students when the process has been finalized and application for 2017-2018 GAships is available. We will finish updates in early 2017, and we thank you for your patience while we are making these improvements.
For Performing Arts Students...

Scholarship Criteria

Scholarship awards vary in amount and are granted based on three criteria:

  1. Strength of the audition (or portfolio for Music Composition applicants): Audition strength is determined by audition ratings and comments by faculty.
  2. Needs of the school: In order to maintain the correct balance of music and theatre students, the programmatic needs of CCPA are considered.
  3. Financial resources of the student: While CCPA does not have the resources to meet all demonstrated or perceived financial need, this will be taken into consideration when determining awards. Financial need is demonstrated through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) for US Citizens and Permanent Residents or through financial statements required for a student visa for international students.

CCPA scholarship funding is automatically renewed annually in the same amount provided a student is registered full-time and meets all the requirements within their conservatory's Scholarship Agreement.

Each applicant is considered for scholarship on an individual basis, and scholarship awards are never discussed with other applicants. It is also expected, and considered your responsibility, to not discuss your award with other students/applicants.

Master of Music students in violin, viola, cello, double bass, or harp who are regular members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago are eligible to participate in the Civic Fellowship program. Civic Fellows receive a CCPA scholarship that, when added to their Civic stipend, will be equivalent to full-tuition at CCPA.

Graduate Music Student Assistantships

Graduate Assistantship positions are awarded to qualified Master of Music students in order to provide both professional work experience and an additional way to earn money to put towards the cost of attendance. Duties commence the week prior to the start of classes and therefore all Assistants must be on campus in mid-August each year.

These awards include a scholarship and work stipend, the total of which is equivalent to approximately 78% of tuition. Notification of an offer of a position will be made at the time admission decisions are released. There are positions that will open up during a student's second year of attendance.

To apply, applicants must submit:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Assistantship position preferences, up to 3, in rank order

Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview/evaluation with the faculty to be held on their audition date and/or a phone interview after the audition. Students submitting a recorded audition may not be eligible for some assistantships as a live interview is necessary for some positions. Assistantships are awarded for 1 year; graduate assistants will be evaluated at the end of the first year and may be invited to return with the approval of the faculty.

Positions are available in:

Musicianship

Musicianship (written and aural theory) assistants are assigned to full-time members of the musicianship faculty and are expected to work an average of 8-10 hours per week. Duties include attending class, grading assignments, assisting faculty with planning and organizational activities, and assisting students during regular office hours. Duties may also include classroom teaching and proctoring exams. Musicianship assistants are expected to be present to assist with orientation week activities (assessment and classes) that occur one week prior to the beginning of classes in the fall semester. The awards are based on an in-person audition that includes: sight-singing, sight-reading at the piano, harmonic and formal analysis, and voice-leading error detection.

Music History

The responsibilities are to provide instructional and clerical support for faculty teaching the undergraduate music-history survey classes. Duties may include: conducting review sessions, grading of tests and assignments, keeping grade and attendance records, meeting with individual students for outside help, holding regular office hours, attending class meetings, preparation of class materials, monitoring of online course materials, and meeting regularly with faculty. There may also be the opportunity to teach a class meeting, under the direct supervision of faculty. Total commitment will average 10–12 hours per week. Graduate teaching assistants are also required to be available during kick-off week before the start of Fall semester classes, for training and to assist with diagnostic testing and other orientation activities.

The ideal candidate will be dependable and responsible, have a strong command of music history content, possess strong writing and analytical skills, and be an effective oral communicator.

Large Ensembles (Orchestra/Wind Ensemble)

The graduate assistants for the large ensembles report directly to the ensemble operations manager. An average of 12 hours of work per week is required, including the following responsibilities: part preparation; music inventory and library maintenance; management of rehearsal and concert set-up and tear down; preparation of assignment postings; maintenance of recording archive database. Other related duties may be assigned. Familiarity with rehearsal protocols for large instrumental ensembles is essential; experience as a librarian is desirable.

Music Composition

The Composition Assistant will work an average of 8-10 hours per week. Duties include recording all Composition Program performances and producing and distributing CDs for all participants; maintaining the electro-acoustic studios and assisting student users; programming, stage managing and supervising all Composition Program recitals and workshops; and assisting the Composition faculty with special and ongoing projects. The successful candidate must be familiar with Microsoft Word.

Opera

The Opera Assistant will work an average of 8-10 hours per week and reports directly to the Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera. Duties include directly assisting voice and opera professors in all opera program activities and serving as a liaison with the Performance Activities Office on each production. The successful candidate will be proficient in Microsoft Office and able to function effectively as a point of contact between student singers and faculty. An interview with Voice program faculty is required.

Choir

The Choir Assistantship is only available to current CCPA Master of Music students.

The Choir Assistant reports directly to the Head of Choral Activities. An average of 8-10 hours of work per week is required, including the following responsibilities: music inventory and library maintenance; management of attendance at rehearsals and other required services; serving as a liaison with the Performance Activities Office on attendance, assignment, and production matters for all choral program events; stage management of choral performances; assisting the faculty on special and ongoing projects and functioning as an effective point of contact between student singers and faculty. An interview with the Head of Choral Activities is required.

Collaborative Piano

The collaborative piano assistant is assigned by the Head of the Piano Program to members of the applied faculty and will work an average of 8-10 hours per week. Duties include rehearsals, attending weekly lessons and performances both on and off campus. Duties may also include the accompanying of Choral Ensembles. Assignments will be made based upon the needs of the Music Conservatory, but will consist of both instrumental and vocal collaborative work, mostly at the graduate level. Extensive accompanying experience is required for this position. The award is based upon a review of the assistantship application and a live audition that includes sight-reading as well as prepared collaboration, to be coordinated with the formal audition for admission to the Conservatory.

Scholarship Appeals for Current Students

Current CCPA students may appeal to be considered for additional scholarship funding each semester they are registered full-time and are in good academic standing. All appeals must be submitted to Dean Zylka by email and must be received by the last day of classes in an academic semester for consideration for an increase starting in the following academic semester. Appeals must address the following three items:

  1. A brief sketch of the student's financial situation;
  2. How much additional assistance the student is requesting; and
  3. Accomplishments since starting at CCPA. 

Appeals may be included within the body of an email or as an attachment to an email. There are no requirements regarding number of pages, font, margins, or any other format issue. Students are welcome to request that faculty send letters of support to Dean Zylka, though they are not required within the process. Additional questions may be addressed to Dean Patrick Zylka.

For Business Students...

The ACFE (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners) is committed to the future of anti-fraud professionals. The ACFE Foundation supports the education of collegiate accounting, business, finance and criminal justice students worldwide through the Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Program. National and international students are eligible to apply and four different scholarship amounts are awarded: one $10,000 scholarship, two $5,000 scholarships, four $2,500 scholarships and twenty-three $1,000 scholarships. Application deadlines are typically in January. 

Delta Mu Delta, the international honor society in business, offers scholarships to Delta Mu Delta members (or those about to become members by June 15)  enrolled in the business programs at schools where there is a chapter of Delta Mu Delta. For 2014, the Society will award up to $61,500 to Delta Mu Delta members. The top three awards are $3000 each, four more at $2,000 each, over 25 at $1,000 each, and up to 15 at $500 each.  The application period begins on March 1 and ends June 16 with winners announced in August.Click here for more information.

CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network is offers up to ten $10,000 scholarships to female students enrolled in their junior or senior year of study and interested in pursuing a career in commercial real estate.

The Northwest Human Resources Council, representing industrial and service employers in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, will be awarding one $1,000 scholarship to children of member companies or a full-time student at Roosevelt University who is an active member of the SHRM.

The Illinois CPA Society and CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois award thousands of dollars in scholarships to students in Illinois each year for tuition and textbooks.  The scholarships available include:

  • Illinois CPA Society Accounting Scholarship
  • Illinois CPA Society Advancing Women in Accounting Scholarship
  • Herman J. Neal Scholarship
  • Tuition Scholarships
  • Textbook Scholarship

The iAdelante! U.S.Education Leadership Fund offers a variety of scholarships. 

Conference of Women Legislators (COWL) members have made a scholarship fund available to assist mature women who wish to continue their undergraduate education.

The Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund raises funds and awards scholarships annually to low-income women thirty five years of age and older.

CPAexcel CPA Exam Review is sponsoring scholarships for Accounting students. Students may enter to win a $2,500 Cash Scholarship or one of 31 CPA Review Course Scholarships. This is a random drawing to any student taking at least one college-level accounting course.

This web site has very comprehensive information for both Financial Aid and Scholarships:http://www.finaid.org/ .

The Insurance Accounting & Systems Association, Incorporated (IASA) Scholarship Committee has a Collegiate Scholarship Program. These scholarships are awarded to individuals at a sophomore level or above, who are enrolled in a college with an insurance program, or who are preparing to pursue a career in insurance.

Go Grad's guide, Financing Your MBA Degree provides a comprehensive list of scholarships, resources for writing a successful scholarship application, and much more.

For Computer Science Students...

The Robert Miner Scholarship

The Robert Miner Scholarship is an endowed scholarship program that provides financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students in Roosevelt University's Department of Computer Science and Telecommunications. It established in 2000 by a generous gift from Roosevelt alumna Florence Miner. The scholarship honors Ms. Miner's brother, Robert Miner, the co-founder of Oracle Corporation. Along with his partner, Lawrence Ellison, Robert Miner founded Software Development Labs. In 1977, this start-up company became Oracle, which today is the world's second largest independent software company. Mr. Miner died prematurely in 1994, leaving behind his tight-knit family and a highly successful computer software company.

By helping young computer science students realize their educational dreams and become the leaders of tomorrow, Ms. Miner sees the scholarship as a wonderful way to give something back to her alma mater and also honor the pioneering spirit of her late brother.

Eligibility:  Students majoring in the Department of CST, with an excellent GPA and coursework background. These are awarded each semester on a competitive basis.

Application Procedure: Robert Miner scholarships are applied for via the Office of Financial Aid.

Scholarship recipients may be invited and expected to attend a reception for awardees with members of Robert Miner's family.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of assistantships/fellowships are available for CST graduate students. These are awarded on merit and scheduling availability. Each academic year we expect 10 students to receive graduate assistantships (GAs) from the Department of CST GAs assist in the dept. for approximately 15 hours/week. All fellowships/assistantships are awarded/administered by the CST's Fellowships and GA Committee. These positions and are available for first year graduate students as well as continuing graduate students. The CST dept. administers this financial pool based on applicants qualifications and the department needs.

Eligibility: Must be enrolled as a full-time CST graduate student (minimum of 9 sem hours) and not working outside the university more than 17 hours per week. International students can only work up to 17 hours per week (of which the GA counts for 15). RU only employs any student up to 17 hours per week on campus (of which the GA counts for 15).

Award Type: Partial tuition waiver plus cash stipend.

Application Procedure: 

To be considered for a position:

  1. You must be admitted to the program
  2. Your GPA in the two most recent semesters of study must be 3.3 or higher
  3. CS majors must register for CST 405 and 408 in their first two semesters of study

The following dates are important:

  • If you'd like to be considered for Fall semester of the year 20xx, your application package must be delivered to CST by August 15 for a GA position. 
  •  If you'd like to be considered for Spring semester of the year 20xx, your application must be delivered to CST by December 15 for a GA postion.

Your application package must contain the following documents:

New Students:

  • Completed application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Essay (why you want to study in CST)

Continuing Students:

  • Completed application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Proposed schedule of courses for the coming term
  • Evaluation from supervising faculty member