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Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships

A more diverse campus begins with a strong base of scholarship support.
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Creighton is committed to diversity. It's part of our mission. It's who we are.

And one of the keys to a more inclusive campus — to greater diversity across all schools and colleges — is the gift of scholarships.

Scholarships create opportunity. They ensure that all our excellent students can experience a Jesuit education. But more than that, they give them a transformative sense of belonging, purpose and personal growth.

The following is a list of the many scholarships benefiting Creighton students from underrepresented groups and first-generation students. You can learn more here about Creighton’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the Jesuit tradition.

We’re committed to offering greater access for students who want to come to Creighton, especially for first-generation students and students from underrepresented groups. Scholarships make this possible.

—Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

If you would like to support one of these scholarships or wish to create a new opportunity for students from underrepresented backgrounds, please contact CrisOtepka@creighton.edu.

Markoe First Generation Scholarships

Funded by the Creighton Jesuit Community, these full-tuition scholarships are awarded to students from underrepresented groups who show a strong commitment to diversity through extracurricular activities and leadership. The scholarship takes its name from beloved Creighton Jesuit and civil rights activist the Rev. John Markoe, SJ, who dedicated his life to fighting racial injustice. Learn more about Fr. Markoe’s legacy of anti-racism here.

Jacob Idra

Supporting my communities

“I’ve always believed in setting a good example for my younger siblings and those who look up to me. Pursuing a degree at Creighton has helped me do just that.

“Everything I'm learning and experiencing at Creighton, it's all going to go back into supporting my communities.”

— Jacob Idra, Markoe Scholarship recipient

Fr. John Markoe with the DePorres Club

A legacy of anti-racism

As the University continues its work to become an anti-racist institution, we remember the life of The Rev. John P. Markoe, SJ, a former Creighton mathematics professor, steadfast civil rights advocate and namesake of the Markoe Scholarship.

A tireless advocate for justice, Fr. Markoe railed against the structural racism that pervades American life. His actions and legacy inspire us to continue this fight today.

 

Union Pacific Diversity Scholarships

An award offered through Union Pacific Railroad that engages students promoting workplace leadership in diversity and inclusion for a more just world. Students receiving this scholarship come from an underrepresented background, maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above and plan to study in either the Heider College of Business or the College of Arts and Sciences. Incoming freshmen who earn this award will receive a $25,000-per-year scholarship for four years. Learn more

Grit Scholarships

Created by the Charles and Mary Heider Family Foundation, this scholarship assists graduates of Creighton Prep, Duchesne Academy or Mercy High School in Omaha. This scholarship recognizes students who have a high aptitude to succeed but whose talents are not evident when measured by the standard academic metrics used to qualify students for significant merit scholarships at Creighton. Grit Scholarships benefit students in the Heider College of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Nursing.

The Haddix STEM Corridor Program

This program brings Creighton’s mission into the community while introducing high achievers to an outstanding undergraduate program in the sciences. Made possible by a $10 million gift from George and Susan Haddix to the College of Arts and Sciences, this program engages talented high school students from Omaha North, Omaha Central and Omaha South in research experiences with Creighton faculty to foster their pursuit of STEM interests, degrees and careers. Learn more

The Frances Ryan Diversity Scholarship

Throughout her career, the late Frances Ryan was a trailblazer. She achieved many firsts – the first female editor-in-chief of the Marquette Law Review and the first female faculty member at Creighton's School of Law. But she is best remembered for her work recruiting, mentoring and advocating for law students from underrepresented groups. Ryan’s dedication to students lives on through a scholarship awarded to students who promote diversity in the School of Law.
Learn more about Ryan’s legacy

César Magaña Linares

Mind, heart, soul

“Creighton has reached my mind, heart and soul in a way that I have never experienced. Keeping this institution's immense virtue accessible to students like me is something my family and I will forever be thankful for.”

— César Magaña Linares, recipient of the Frances Ryan Diversity Scholarship

Creighton Native American Advancement

An award for Native American students who have demonstrated financial need.

Doll Vision Quest Scholarship

Funded by the Rev. Don Doll, SJ, a longtime faculty member, this award provides scholarship funds undergraduate students with a financial need, with a preference to Native Americans.

Mary Dora Scholarship

This endowed scholarship is awarded to students of color, with a preference to Black students, in the College of Arts & Sciences. Students must demonstrate their resolve to overcome economic and educational disadvantage in pursuit of higher education.

William Gordon Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established in memory of William Gordon, the first Black student to graduate from Creighton's School of Medicine — in 1901. The scholarship is intended to promote racial diversity at Creighton.

"We owe it to all of our students, to our patients, to medicine itself, to ensure that our classes better reflect the diversity of the patients they will serve.

For our graduates to care for the whole person, they must learn not just from us but from each other. They must learn to see the world through one another's eyes.

— Jim Clifton, SJ, associate dean for mission in the School of Medicine

 

Goodman Family Endowed Scholarship

This endowed scholarship supports students in the School of Medicine, College of Nursing or the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. Preference is given to students who are documented members of a federal- or state-recognized Native American tribe. 

Wilferd & Myrtle Kallhoff Endowed Scholarship

Assists Native American students who are members of a federally recognized tribe. 

John L. & Carol V. Maginn Scholarship

This endowed scholarship assists students enrolled in the Heider College of Business who are academically qualified and have financial need. Preference is given to students of color and women.

Alison Sundrup

Giving back

“As a first-generation student, I always strive to be better, because I know so many other people haven’t had the chance to go to college. I pray that in the future I can also give back to students wishing to better their lives.” 

— Alison Sundrup, a recipient of the John L. & Carol V. Maginn Scholarship

Walter J. & Ruth C. Maginn Scholarship

An endowed scholarship that assists students enrolled in the Heider College of Business who are academically qualified and have financial need. Preference is given to students of color. 

Fr. William McKenney Red Cloud HS Scholarship

Supports Native American students from South Dakota who have a financial need and are enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences or the Heider College of Business. Preference is given to graduates of the Red Cloud Indian School (Pine Ridge Reservation).

Rev. Michael Morrison, S.J. Scholarship

This endowed scholarship supports undergraduate Native American students who have a financial need and are members of federally recognized tribes. Preference will be given to graduates of Red Cloud Indian School (Pine Ridge Reservation). 

Robert & Norma Murphy Scholarship

Assists Native American students who demonstrate financial need and high academic ability. 

B.J. Roberts Endowed Scholarship

This endowed scholarship assists undergraduate students from the greater Kansas City area who demonstrate financial need and the ability to succeed. Preference is given to students of color. 

Sarah Walker

Our jesuit values

“Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is a cornerstone of the Jesuit tradition. By recognizing how DEI is embedded in our Jesuit values, we can start to take strides to be better at Creighton and beyond.”

— Sarah Walker, PhD, Interim Vice Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

William Stockdale Minority Scholarship

This endowed scholarship is awarded to a student of color from the greater Chicago area enrolled in an undergraduate program at Creighton. Preference is given to Black students.

Dennis L. Toohey Memorial Scholarship

An endowed scholarship awarded to students of color who demonstrate high academic ability and the need for financial assistance. 

Turner & Taylor Scholarship

This endowed scholarship supports students enrolled in the College of Nursing who have a financial need and are from an underrepresented ethnic/racial group. 

Frederick de la Vega Scholarship

Supports undergraduate students with high academic achievement and demonstrated financial need. Between equally eligible applicants, a preference is given to students of color. 

D. Paul and Marjorie S. Hartnett Endowed Scholarship

This endowed scholarship supports undergraduate students of high academic ability and who demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to Native American students first, then graduates of the Bellevue high schools in Nebraska, then Gross High School graduates residing in Sarpy County, Nebraska and finally high school graduates from Dakota County, Nebraska.

First-generation students at Creighton

First-generation students find a home at Creighton

We spoke with a handful of first-generation Creighton students about their experiences, the challenges they've faced and the support they've received.

Read the story

Trish and John Fahey Annual Scholarship

Provides two scholarships for Black or Hispanic students who are in good academic standing and are able to demonstrate financial need.

Frank L. Hayes Scholarship

Supports students in the Heider College of Business with a financial need, high academic standing and who have declared a major of Accounting. First preference shall be extended to a student from an underrepresented group.

A. A. & Ethel Yossem Scholarship 

Awarded to students of the Jewish faith who are enrolled in any undergraduate school or college. 

David Black Diversity Scholarship

Awarded by the Office of the Vice President for Student Services, this scholarship recognizes an undergraduate student who is a member of the Gay-Straight Alliance and who shows leadership in advancing the organization’s mission. 

Justin Wray Scholarship

Awarded to a student (preference to those in the Heider College of Business) with high academic standing, financial need and strong moral character. Recipients must be an active member of the Gay-Straight Alliance.

Charles & Mary Blevens McFadden Scholarship 

This endowed scholarship assists students who have a permanent mobility, visibility or hearing impairment, show high academic promise and have demonstrated financial need. 

Angelina Manasan

Finding a home

"At Creighton, it goes beyond school and academics. I've been afforded an opportunity not only to go to a great college. I've joined a community. I've found a home."

— Angelina Manasan (pictured with her mother). Angelina is a recipient of the Charles & Mary Blevens McFadden Scholarship.

Sr. Mueller Refugee Scholarship 

This award supports a junior or senior in the College of Arts and Sciences who is a refugee working toward obtaining U.S. citizenship and who demonstrates a financial need.

Year of Mercy Scholarship

Created from a gift by the Jesuit Community of Omaha to assist students with a financial need, with preference given to students who are undocumented immigrants. 

Jerry Rasmussen Scholarship Trust

This endowed scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students with a financial need and a physical or mental disability.

Gerald C. Redler Endowed Scholarship Fund for Students With Disabilities

This endowed scholarship assists undergraduate students with disabilities and a financial need. Creighton’s Office of Disability Accommodations, in conjunction with the Financial Aid Office, selects the recipient annually.

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Support scholarships

To attract and retain high-achieving Creighton students, scholarships are key. They offer access to a rigorous curriculum guided by Ignatian values and a tremendous faculty committed to being teachers, first.

By increasing donor-funded scholarships, you can help the University meet urgent needs and new challenges without sacrificing one of Creighton’s greatest strengths — offering an excellent education to all our talented students, no matter their financial circumstances.

Make a gift

If you would like to support one of these scholarships or wish to create a new opportunity for students from underrepresented backgrounds, please contact CrisOtepka@creighton.edu.