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Ignatian Merit Scholars

Match your investment. Change a student's life.

Making a difference

Each year, Creighton awards approximately 200 merit scholarships to our best and brightest students. The Ignatian Merit Scholars program is one way we open the door to these tremendous undergraduate students in the Heider College of Business, College of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences.

The program especially benefits students from diverse backgrounds and low- and middle-income families. Our goal is to create a more inclusive environment in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition, and scholarships are one of the best ways we can do this.

Through the Ignatian Merit Scholars program, the University will match your investment.

You can become a partner by sponsoring an Ignatian Merit Scholar — investing $50,000 (or $12,500 a year for four years) in a student's future. The University will match the $12,500 contribution the donor makes each year, meaning that our most gifted students will receive a $25,000 scholarship annually through the length of their program.

You can also fund a named endowed Ignatian Merit Scholarship by investing $300,000.

Want to learn more? Contact giving@creighton.edu.

Noah Morales

A second home

Ignatian Scholar Noah Morales, Class of 2021, is the first in his family to leave his home state of California for college. He gets why 78 percent of Heider College students come to Creighton from outside Nebraska, and why more than half stay in Omaha after graduation.

“You make a home for yourself here — on campus and in Omaha,” he said. “I have two homes now.”

Ignatian scholar Olivia Lewis

Meant to be here

Ignatian Scholar Olivia Lewis, a College of Arts and Sciences student, has her sights set on medical school. The pre-med-track Spanish major and biology minor from San Diego is grateful for the support and connectedness she feels here — something she doesn’t think she would get from any other college.

“Once I got here I realized this is where I needed to be. I’m very thankful I was given scholarship support.”

Clare Banaszewski

On the right path

College of Nursing student Clare Banaszewski received a big affirmation when she earned a merit scholarship. The scholarship also validated a path Clare started as a preschooler, when she completed the prompt, “When I grow up, I want to be a _______”, with “nurse.”

“The donors recognized my accomplishments and reinforced my decision to attend Creighton University.” 

Ignatian Merit Scholarships

The Carol and Paul Henkels Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Mr. Mark W. Henkels, BSBA'83; and Mrs. Deborah Niegowski Henkels, BA'83

Diana De Meyer Equality Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Mr. Bryan J. Carlson and Mrs. Elizabeth A. Carlson

Gary and Kathy Gates Ignatian Merit Scholarship
W. Gary Gates, MBA'91, and Kathy Pilon Gates

The Joseph and Margaret Elias Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Christopher J. Elias, BS'79, MD'83, HON'09; and Mrs. Therese Caouette Elias, BA'79

Goza Family Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Mr. John S. Goza and Mrs. MarySue C. Goza

The Hefflinger Ignatian Merit Endowed Scholarship Fund
Mr. David L. Hefflinger, BA'69, JD'72; and Mrs. Juliana Nicholsen Hefflinger, BA'70

Peter A. Neenan, Ph.D. Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Mr. Robert J. Bertrand, BA'69; and Ms. Mary Jo Warnke

The Rupiper-Chase Ignatian Merit Scholarship

The Schropp-Kiewit Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Mr. Tobin A. Schropp and Mrs. Mary E. Molly Schropp

Marcella and Thomas Barry, BSBA '88, Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Mr. Thomas D. Barry, BSBA'88; and Mrs. Marcella Orlando Barry 

Travers Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Mr. Kevin N. Travers, BA'95; and Mrs. Keely Brierton Travers, BA'97

The Jack and Lois Wareham Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Dr. John P. Wareham, BSPHA'64, HON'16; and Mrs. Lois C. Wareham

The Hoeffel Family Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Dr. Daniel P. Hoeffel and Mrs. Pamela S. Hoeffel

The Diane Duren, BSBA'81, and Drew Collier Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Ms. Diane K. Duren, BSBA'81, and Mr. Drew R. Collier

The Valerie and Nizar Ghoussaini Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Mrs. Valerie Petrovich Ghoussaini and Mr. Nizar N. Ghoussaini, BS'75, MS'76

Pay It Forward Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Patrick and Barbara Rayball

Weber Family Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Mr. Mark A. Weber, BA'74, JD'77; and Mrs. Patricia Phillips Weber, BSMT'75

Tom and Kathleen Aller Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Mr. Thomas L. Aller, BA'71, and Mrs. Kathleen Lower Aller, BA'71

Bruckner-Seifert Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Mrs. Anne Seifert Bruckner, BSPHA'81, PHARMD'05; and Mr. Stephen M. Bruckner, BA'79

The Chesterman Coca-Cola Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Coca-Cola Chesterman Co.

LaVerne and Chester Niegowski Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Mrs. Deborah Niegowski Henkels, BA'83; and Mr. Mark W. Henkels, BSBA'83

The White and the Blue Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Dean and Christine Robison

Dr. Thomas H. Zepf Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Thomas Zepf

The Schmitt Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Mrs. Ann L. Schmitt and Mr. Barry W. Schmitt

Kenneth E. and Ann M. Stinson Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Mr. Kenneth E. Stinson and Mrs. Ann M. Stinson 

Kenny and April Rocker Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Mrs. April A. Rocker and Mr. Kenny G. Rocker 

Michael L. Dahir, BSBA’70, and Mary Jo Wiedemeier Dahir, ARTS’71, Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Mr. Michael L. Dahir, BSBA'70, and Mrs. Mary Jo Wiedemeier Dahir, ARTS'71

The Jan and David Madsen Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Mrs. Jan Madsen and Mr. David K. Madsen 

The First to College Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Rebecca Bianco

Quick Family Ignatian Merit Scholarship
Mr. Steven E. Quick and Mrs. Kimberly A. Quick

St. Ignatius Statue

A curious mind and generous heart

The legacy of Dr. Peter Neenan, BA’69, empowers another through the gift of scholarship.

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