MERIT Scholarship

The MERIT Scholarship provides scholarships for qualifying students of color who major in education at USF. MERIT Scholarship recipients are required to teach in a Joliet school for either four years (Joliet Township High School seniors planning to attend USF for four years) or two years (Joliet Junior College students planning to transfer to USF for two years). Scholars are selected based on qualities that indicate their potential to become exemplary teachers.

The MERIT Scholarship is a partnership between USF, Joliet Township High School District 204, Joliet Public Schools District 86, Joliet Junior College, and the Joliet community. It is intended to help recruit, prepare, place, and induct a new generation of teachers of color for Joliet’s schools.

The scholarship application for the 2018-19 academic year is now closed.

Awards will be announced on or shortly after March 15th

 
To apply a student must meet all of the following criteria: 

  • Be a student of African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino American, Asian American or Native American origin
  • Must express financial need (as demonstrated by completing FAFSA) – estimates of earnings are acceptable

 

The Four-Year MERIT Scholarship (only for JTHS seniors applying to USF); up to $8,000 per year
(in conjunction with all other grants/scholarships, will be applied to the direct cost of the USF full-time undergraduate tuition and fees)

  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Be a graduate of Joliet Township High School District 204
  • Have a high school GPA of 3.00
  • Be admitted to the University of St. Francis as a full-time, first term, freshman student
  • Commit to teaching in Joliet Township High School District 204 or Joliet Elementary School District 86 for four (4) years

 

The Two-Year MERIT Scholarship (only for JJC students transferring to USF) worth $2,000 per year

  • Have a JJC GPA of 3.00
  • Be admitted to the University of St. Francis as a full-time transfer student at the junior level
  • Commit to teaching in Joliet Township High School District 204 or Joliet Elementary School District 86 for two (2) years

Preference will be given to applicants with an SAT composite of 1110 (26 writing), or an ACT composite of 22 (16 writing), or a minimum score of 240 on each of the ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) Subtests.

To maintain eligibility, candidates must:

  • Be enrolled on fulltime basis as an undergraduate
  • Be enrolled in a course of study which, upon completion, qualifies candidates to be certified in elementary, secondary (math, science, social science, or English), visual arts, or special education
  • Be enrolled in the MERIT Fellows course each semester and serve as COE Ambassador
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the program