Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center


‌‌John Felice Rome Center Scholarships

Thanks to generous and dedicated alumni and benefactors, the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) offers various awards for students currently enrolled in accredited, baccalaureate-granting U.S. institutions who will be studying abroad at the JFRC.  On average, over $100,000 in scholarship funding is awarded each year. 

Applicants will be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. All JFRC scholarships are competitive and need-based and, since funds are limited, not all applicants may receive an award.

Below you will find information on:


Eligibility Requirements

In order to apply for a scholarship, undergraduate students must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Be planning to study at the JFRC for a semester or a summer session 
  • Be able to demonstrate financial need via the FAFSA

 In addition, recipients must have achieved sophomore level class standing by the time they begin their study in Rome (a minimum of 30 semester hours earned).  Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for admission to the JFRC in order to be eligible to receive an award.  Specific awards may also have additional eligibility requirements, as noted below.  

The Application Process

To apply, students must submit the scholarship application form with the required essay by the posted deadline.  If awarded, students will then submit the online Scholarship Recipient Biography form. No award will actually be posted to the student’s account until the Scholarship Recipient Biography form has been submitted.


Applications for JFRC scholarships must be submitted only within the specified application window:

Term Abroad

Opening Date for Applications

Deadline for Applications

Notification Date

Fall Semester

January 15th

March 16th   

April 30th


January 15th

March 16th

April 30th 

Spring Semester

September 3rd           

October 19th

November 30th


All application materials must be emailed to Rome@LUC.edu and received by the posted deadline.  Those received by fax or in paper form, or after the posted deadline, will not be considered. Please include “Scholarship Application” in the subject line of your application.

To Apply

1)     Complete the‌‌ ‌JFRC Scholarship Application

2)      Submit an essay explaining how you intend to take full advantage of your Rome Center experience.  The essay must be double-spaced, limited to 750 words or less, must include your name in the header of ever page and specifically address the following three questions:

a) What do you expect to gain from your time at the JFRC - personally, culturally, academically, and professionally?

b) Describe any challenges you may face in your decision to study abroad such as being a non-traditional student, being a first generation student, having a disability, majoring in a discipline that's difficult to incorporate in study abroad, etc. How will receiving a scholarship help you address any challenge(s) you face in studying abroad?

c) How will your presence at the JFRC enhance the campus community?

d) Briefly, describe your post-study abroad project proposal and how it will target future students to consider studying abroad at the JFRC?*

*Examples of projects students have completed in the past include: writing a meaningful reflection on a lesson learned or experience had while abroad, presenting to a student group or organization on campus on the value of study abroad, or your own creative idea of how you can share your experience with the campus community.

3)      Email your complete application and essay to Rome@LUC.edu. Include “Scholarship Application” in the subject line of your application. 

Finalists may be asked to take part in an in-person or telephone interview.

Note to Visiting Students: All scholarships are need-based; failure to have the need analysis form completed by your home institution will invalidate your application.


Notification and Terms of Acceptance

Recipients will be notified by e-mail on or before the notification date as to which award(s), and the specific amount of the award(s), they were offered.

In order for a recipient to claim an award, the JFRC Scholarship Recipient Biography must be submitted online by the deadline indicated. A recipient's filing of this form will be considered his or her acceptance of the scholarship and the associated terms.

By accepting any of these awards, a recipient agrees to provide general biographical information, digital photo of themselves, and a letter of thanks to the donor(s). Award recipients may also be featured in Loyola University Chicago and/or John Felice Rome Center publications. They additionally may be asked to write a brief reflection on their experience in Rome and to attend alumni and/or donor events. To submit a thank-you note directly to your benefactor via Donor Relations, please complete the JFRC Scholarship Recipient Biography online.

Students must be admitted to the JFRC program in order to receive the scholarship funds.


John Felice Rome Center Scholarship Descriptions 


B.O.L.D. Award: Building Opportunities for Leadership through Diversity

The B.O.L.D. Award: Building Opportunities for Leadership through Diversity is a scholarship that aims to support students who have been historically underrepresented in study abroad, including but not limited to first-generation college students, students in STEM fields, students from diverse backgrounds, and students with disabilities.

Ten B.O.L.D. scholarships in the amount of $3,500 each will be granted to LUC students attending one of Loyola's Global Centers (JFRC or LVC), effective with the Spring 2018 term, and awarded each year thereafter. 

Eligibility: Open to Loyola University Chicago students planning to study at the JFRC for a semester or academic year. Must be able to demonstrate financial need (application on file with FAFSA) and be eligible to apply for the JFRC with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Preference will be given to those students who meet the criteria for underrepresentation in study abroad, as described above.


The John Felice Rome Center Summer Scholarship

Benefactors of the JFRC have made this scholarship possible. The Summer scholarship is intended to provide financial support to encourage students who have a desire to study abroad during the summer. We understand that for some students summer can be the best time to study abroad and achieve their academic goals. The scholarship provides financial relief for tuition.

Scholarships will range from $500 to approximately $1,500. 

Eligibility: Open to Loyola University Chicago students and visiting students attending one our JFRC Summer Programs. Must demonstrate financial need (application on file with FAFSA) and be eligible to apply for the JFRC.


The John P. and Mary K. Felice Scholarship

Fall / Spring 

Alumni and friends of the JFRC recognize, through this endowment, the immeasurable contributions of the late John Paul Felice, founder and original director, and his widow, Mary Kate Felice. The Felice Scholarships provide financial relief for tuition and academic expenses.  

Felice Scholarships (up to $2,500 each) are awarded both in Fall and in Spring. The award is a single-semester scholarship, and receipt of it in Fall semester does not guarantee receipt in a subsequent Spring term. 

Eligibility: GPA of 3.2 or better at a student's current institution, financial need or qualification for need (application on file with FAFSA), and eligible to apply for the JFRC.


The Vogelheim Student Scholarship

Fall / Spring 

Through the generosity of the Katie Vogelheim (JFRC alumna 1977-78), John Hansen, and the John and Kate Hansen Family Foundation, the Vogelheim Student Scholarships encourage students from all financial backgrounds to apply to study at the JFRC. The scholarship will help to ensure that the JFRC remains financially accessible to a diverse student population.

Vogelheim Student Scholarships vary in amount depending on whether the recipient is a semester or academic year student. Students enrolled at the JFRC for the full academic year will receive priority, although all eligible students will be considered and are strongly encouraged to apply. This award will provide financial relief for tuition and academic expenses. 

Eligibility: Financial need (application on file with FAFSA) or qualification for need and eligible to apply for the JFRC.


The Carol T. Robbins Visiting Student Scholarship

Academic Year or Fall 

Established by Carol Robbins (JFRC '64-'65), this scholarship is intended to make the JFRC more accessible to individuals from varied geographical, religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, including non-Catholic schools. It awards $7,500 for an academic year, and a bit under half for a single term. The scholarship helps offset tuition and related academic charges; a portion may be used toward study trips while in Rome. 

Eligibility: Visiting student (e.g., not from Loyola University Chicago) from any US college or university, financial need (application on file with FAFSA) or qualification for need, and eligible to apply for the JFRC.


The Anthony and Susan Brazier Piazza Scholarship

Fall / Spring

In an effort to encourage more students to attend the John Felice Rome Center and experience first hand this life-changing study abroad program, Susan (JFRC alumna Spring 63) and Anthony Piazza (JFRC alumnus 1962-63) have generously endowed a scholarship fund. The Anthony and Susan Brazier Piazza Scholarship Fund will provide partial scholarship to one or more students that attend the JFRC. A scholarship (up to but not exceeding $5,000) will be awarded for a semester of study at the JFRC.

Eligibility: Financial need or qualification for need (application on file with FAFSA), and eligible to apply for the JFRC.


The Domenico Zipoli Scholarship

Fall / Spring

Established by Loyola's Board of Trustees in commemoration of the Baroque composer who entered the Society of Jesus in 1716 and had served as the organist at the Church of the Gesu in Rome the year prior, Zipoli scholarships range from $2,600 to $3,400 each, and are awarded for a semester of study at the JFRC.   

Eligibility: Financial need or qualification for need (application on file with FAFSA) and eligible to apply for the JFRC.


The Weinig Traveling Fellowship

Through the generosity of The Weinig Foundation, a traveling fellowship of up to $2,500 is available for qualified semester students attending the JFRC. For some semesters, there may be more than one award available. The Weinig Traveling Fellowship may be used only for travel to and from the John Felice Rome Center, as well as for travel during the semester of study abroad.

In addition to the three specified aspects to be addressed in the scholarship essay, an applicant should also indicate if he or she has a preference for this travel award vs. a tuition award by addressing "travel as a learning experience," and note how he or she will document and share that travel experience with other students and with the donor.

Eligibility: Financial need or qualification for need (application on file with FAFSA) and eligible to apply for the JFRC.



The JFRC Alumni Class Scholarships


To continue the legacy and transformational opportunities of the JFRC for future generations, several individual JFRC classes from the Center's first thirty academic years have generously contributed to create JFRC Alumni Class Scholarships. Recognizing the important impact a term or year at the JFRC had on their lives, through the Alumni Class Scholarships the JFRC alumni are proud to help provide students with the opportunity from which they themselves so greatly benefited.

Awards range from approximately $850 to $1,750 and are determined by need. This award will provide relief for tuition and related academic charges.

Many thanks to all the JFRC alumni who make these scholarships possible. Special thanks for the inaugural awards of Fall 2008 go to the alumni classes of 1965-66, 1966-67, 1968-69, 1975-76, 1976-77.

Eligibility: Financial need or qualification for need (application on file with FAFSA) and eligible to apply for the JFRC.


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