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O’Brien-Vrba Scholarship Trust

The O’Brien-Vrba Scholarship Trust provides renewable scholarships of at least $2,500 to college undergraduate and graduate students who attended high school or currently live in rural Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin communities.  

To be eligible, students must currently live, or have lived during high school, in an eligible rural county (per this list from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy; applicants who attended high school in DeKalb, Illinois are also eligible).  

Applicants must be current college undergrad or graduate level students who are actively involved in school activities and community service, and who have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent). Applicants must also submit family financial information and demonstrate financial need. 

Recipients of the O’Brien-Vrba Scholarship must be planning to enroll in full-time postsecondary or postgraduate study for the entire upcoming academic year, and preference will be given to applicants of the Catholic faith; applicants who attend Catholic institutions; and/or applicants who are active in their school’s Newman Center.  

The scholarship may be renewable for two additional years or until a degree is earned, whichever occurs first.