Over the last two years, Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies (IPS) has awarded close to 40 merit-based scholarships to various students in an effort to continue its mission to facilitate the integrated ministerial development of diverse and dynamic leaders for creative, compassionate, and courageous service to church and society.
“Due to the generosity of many benefactors, we can provide these scholarships to our students so upon graduation they can make a meaningful difference unencumbered by high levels of debt. We believe the world needs our students,” said Brian Schmisek, director of Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies. “These scholarships reflect the hope and promise we see in them and their bright futures.”
Every year, IPS administers a limited set of scholarship and grant funds. IPS awards merit scholarships and ministry grants on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, embodiment of the IPS mission, and commitment to social justice. Merit awards cover a portion of for-credit tuition for the duration of the academic year in a degree program at the institute. Some of the scholarships offered include:
Deacon WP Worden Memorial Endowed Scholarship Richard C. and Rosemary K. Leach Endowed Scholarship Blanche Marie Gallagher B. V. M. Endowed Scholarship Joan G. & Leonard D. Richman Family Foundation Scholarship Ginny Lynch Memorial Scholarship Rachel (Randy) Gibbons Endowed Scholarship Robert O’Gorman Endowed Scholarship
Richard Daly is in his 3rd year at IPS pursuing the M.A. in Pastoral Counseling. When asked about how receiving an IPS scholarship has impacted his life, Richard, an ordained Episcopalian priest, says:
“This is my third year at IPS. I have taken 30 credit hours so far. The IPS scholarships and grants have greatly and tremendously impacted my life in that I do not have to work as much in my side jobs. I am helping my daughters with their loans and paying my tuition, too. Additionally, I also have more free time to volunteer in the community or serve at a parish. Without that aid, my time would be spent trying to rustle up tuition money through side jobs.”
“Next year, when I retire, the scholarships will help me even more. Though I am in a dialogue with my Bishop’s office about returning to parochial ministry, my studies at the IPS are of high priority to me. If I could not meet my financial obligations to the IPS, I know that without a doubt I would readily and easily give up on this program because I am going to be even further stretched financially in 2019.”