Putting a Millikin Education Within Reach

Millikin offers more than $20 million annually from its Millikin University Tuition Grants and Scholarships fund. Scholarships and grants are financial aid awards that do not have to be paid back. Scholarships are often based on academic achievement or talent, or financial need, and deadlines and requirements vary. All MU scholarships apply toward tuition only and require full-time enrollment.






Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is a prestigious, full-tuition scholarship, renewable for four years. This award is for the best of the best. Presidential Scholars are leaders in Millikin's Honors Program.

Admitted students can access the application through their VIP page. Interviews will be held in February.

Up to Full Tuition

January 6

The Amati String Scholarship

The Amati String scholarship, offered to School of Music students covers up to full tuition for exceptionally talented string students. For more information on The Amati String Scholarship visit this link. Up to Full Tuition  

Millikin Merit Scholarship

All students whose admission application and academic profile demonstrate a significant potential for contributing to campus life will be granted a merit scholarship. Merit Scholarships are renewable for four years.



College of Fine Arts Awards in Art, Music, Theatre, or Dance

College of Fine Arts Awards are given to students who are pursuing studies in art, music, theatre, or dance who show significant promise of contribution in the arts. Awards are determined after completion of an audition, interview, or portfolio review. To retain the award, the student must remain involved in the program for which the scholarship was awarded.

$4,000 to $20,000
($1,000 to $5,000/year)


Leighty Science Scholars Program

The Leighty Science Scholars Program is designated for high-achieving Biology, Chemistry, or Physics majors and includes graduate-level research opportunities and a summer stipend.

Admitted students can access the application through their VIP page.

$10,000 ($2,500/year)
+ $3,000 summer research stipend

January 6 

ADM Scholarship

Millikin University provides an ADM Scholarship to an eligible dependent, as defined by ADM's employment benefits, applying as a new student to the traditional undergraduate degree program. The scholarship, applicable toward tuition, shall be no less than $2,500. A limit of 20 scholarships may be provided upon review of applicants and funds available.

Admitted students can access the application through their VIP page.


January 6

Caterpillar Scholarship

Through the generosity of Caterpillar Inc., Millikin University offers a limited number of $2,500 scholarships to new and current students. Preference is given to dependents of Caterpillar employees. If funding allows, students majoring in business, who live in the Decatur geographic area, who have demonstrated a financial need and a high potential for academic success, may be considered. FAFSA and new application is required each year.

Admitted students can access the application through their VIP page.

Current students, apply here.

$10,000 ($2,500/year)

January 6 

Long-Vanderburg Scholars Program

The Long-Vanderburg Scholars Program is for high-achieving students who show a strong commitment to diversity, leadership, and community service.

Admitted students can access the application through their VIP page. Interviews will be held on campus.

$8,000 ($2,000/year)
+ $5,000 study abroad scholarship

January 6

Leadership Scholarship and Fellows Program

Millikin University is pleased to launch the Leadership Scholarship and Fellows Program beginning Fall 2017. Leadership Fellows will be selected to receive a $2,000 scholarship based upon their academic and leadership promise and accomplishments to date.

Leadership Fellows participate in organized leadership programming throughout the academic year and strive to be recognized leaders on the Millikin University campus. The Doug and Diane Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance, which is set to open Fall 2017 as part of the new University Commons, will serve as “home base” for Leadership Fellows to access leadership resources and coordinate leadership programming opportunities.

Leadership Scholarships are renewable for four years of study. Recipients must continue in the program, maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA, and remain in good standing at Millikin.


January 6

Alumni/Legacy Scholarship

Students who are carrying on the Millikin tradition in their family (parent, grandparent or great-grandparent) are eligible to apply for a $1,000 Alumni Scholarship, renewable for four years. Recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress and remain enrolled on a full-time basis for scholarship renewal.

Admitted students can access the application through their VIP page.

Current students, apply here.

$4,000 ($1,000/year)


Sibling Scholarship

Millikin University recognizes the commitment many families make in sending multiple children to college at the same time. The Sibling Scholarship provides $500 annually to eligible students with a sibling concurrently enrolled at Millikin.

Admitted students can access the application through their VIP page.

$2,000 ($500/year)


Sly Scholarship

The Thomas S. Sly Scholarship is an annual endowed scholarship award for freshmen exploratory studies students who are "exploring all the possibilities" and have not yet declared a major. To apply for the scholarship, students must submit a 100-word essay explaining why they are choosing to begin an academic career by "exploring the possibilities".

Admitted students can access the application through their VIP page.

Varies January 6


Need Based Grants:

  • Millikin Tuition Grants Funds—More than $20 million is awarded annually from University resources and endowed scholarship funds to students who demonstrate a financial need at Millikin. Awards vary based on the student's level of financial need.
  • Illinois Monetary Awards Program (MAP) Grant—This program provides over $4 million annually to Millikin Students. The grant assists Illinois residents who attend Illinois postsecondary institutions. Eligibility is determined by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) based on FAFSA information and a prescribed formula set annually. For maximum award eligibility, a student must be enrolled in 15 credit hours. The award will be adjusted if the student is enrolled in less than 15 credit hours. The maximum award for 2016-17 is $4,720. MAP Disclosure for 2016-17. In 2017-18 the maximum award is $4720 MAP Disclosure for 2017-18.
  • Federal Pell and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)—The Federal Pell and SEOG programs provide over $3.8 million annually in grant assistance to Millikin students who demonstrate a high financial need. Eligibility is based solely on FAFSA results and maximum award amounts are set annually by Federal guidelines. Federal Pell Grant awards range from $600 to $5815.

Non-Need Based Grant:

  • Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant.The TEACH Grant Program provides up to $3760 per year (pro-rated for less than full time study) in grant assistance to undergraduate students pursuing their first Bachelor's degree, who agree to serve for at least four years as full-time "highly qualified" teacher in high need fields in public or not-for-profit, private elementary or secondary schools.  The school must be included on the Federal list of schools that serve low income students.  If the four-year teaching obligation is not met within eight years of graduation, the grant will convert to an unsubsidized loan, which will have to be repaid with interest calculated back to the earliest date the funds were disbursed.  To be eligible at Millikin:
  1. Must complete a Free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  2. Be a U. S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  3. Be an undergraduate student pursuing a first Bachelor's degree
  4. Must be admitted to Millikin's School of Education
  5. Score above the 75th percentile on a national standardized college admissions test or have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25. A minimum of 3.25 must be maintained to renew the grant each year.
  6. Complete TEACH Grant entrance counseling and sign an Agreement to Serve
  7. Enroll in a teacher education certificate program in one of the following areas:
  • Foreign Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • State identified shortage area as recognized by a state education authority
  • Bilingual Education & English Language Acquisition
  • Reading Specialist
  • Special Education