Endowments and Scholarships - Frequently Asked Questions  

How are Lewis University scholarships named?  

The major benefactor of a scholarship establishes the scholarship name. You can establish a scholarship in your own name or choose to name it for a friend, family member, organization or a favorite faculty member.  

How is the selection criteria established for the scholarship I am establishing?  

You can aid in establishing the scholarship criteria by expressing your intentions for the award. The Lewis University Advancement Office will draft the scholarship criteria according to your specifications and present it to you for your approval.  

How are Lewis University scholarships awarded?  

Scholarships for current students are advertised on the Lewis website and applications are collected online. Typically, the office of financial aid reviews each application and selects the most deserving recipient(s) based on the established criteria.  

Will I receive notification when a student is awarded the scholarship?  

In addition to receiving a thank you letter from your scholarship recipient, you will be invited to attend the annual scholarship luncheon with your scholarship recipient. Endowed scholarship donors will also receive a yearly statement showing the performance of their investment and how the funds were disbursed.

For more information, contact Kathryn Risor-Heise, Director of Annual Giving at Lewis University at (815) 836-5471 or risorhka@lewisu.edu.