Scholarship Program

Members of the Valparaiso University Guild enhance the student experience in a variety of ways, one being through providing scholarships to undergraduate students. The scholarship program awards over $50,000 annually.

Scholarships are given to relatives of Guild members who demonstrate financial need, academic accomplishment and extracurricular involvement. Students need only apply once to be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible.  Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 15.  Financial Aid decides the recipients.  The student must have a relative (parent/grandparent) who is a current member of the Guild to be eligible (link here for info on joining).

Scholarships are forfeited if the student's grade point average (GPA) falls below 2.75, they withdraw from Valparaiso University or if the relative’s membership in the Guild lapses.

Guild Cookbook Scholarship

Awarded to selected freshmen students who receive up to $5,000 per year for four years. This scholarship was created by investing the proceeds from selling 80,000 Guild cookbooks from 1972-2005.

Guild Past National Officers Scholarship

Awarded to selected junior students who receive up to $3,500 per year for two years. This scholarship honors the contributions of members who have served the Guild at a national level.

Shirley Jud Scholarship

Awarded to one student who receives up to $4,000 until graduating (maximum of four years or eight semesters). This scholarship was initiated by the family of Shirley Ayers Jud to recognize her loyal service to the Guild.


Valparaiso University provides equality of opportunity to its applicants for admission, enrolled students, graduates, and employees. The University does not discriminate with respect to hiring, continuation of employment, promotion and tenure, other employment practices, applications for admission, or career services and placement on the basis of race, color, gender, age, disability, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, or (as qualified herein) religion. An institution committed to its Lutheran tradition, the University reserves its right to promote the teaching of the church and to exercise preferences in admissions and employment-related practices in favor of Lutherans.

Scholarship Application

Online Scholarship Application