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Jesuit Worldwide Learning: Higher Education at the Margins

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Jesuit Worldwide Learning: Higher Education at the Margins (JWL) is a collaborative global partnership comprised of organizations, institutions, companies, and above all, people, to provide tertiary education to those who would otherwise not have access to higher learning opportunities. It draws on the rich and centuries long Jesuit tradition of higher education and through a blended on-site and on-line approach mobilizes the resources of Jesuit and other worldwide networks of educational institutions.

JWL Diploma in Liberal Arts Graduates: Scholarship Opportunities for the Completion of a Bachelor's Degree at Creighton University


Creighton University invites JWL diploma in liberal arts graduates to apply for a scholarship to complete their bachelor's degree in one of its online bachelor's degree programs. Four scholarships are available for August 2021. Students will take 1-2 online courses every 8 weeks. A Creighton advisor will assist the student throughout his/her academic career at Creighton. The application for admission also serves as the application for this scholarship. These scholarships are made available through a generous Creighton Global Initiative grant.

Students will major in Leadership Studies and can choose to also minor in Healthy Lifestyle Management:

BS in Leadership Studies: Grounded in the Jesuit leadership paradigm, this program prepares students for leadership opportunities not just at work, but also in the ordinary activities of everyday life. Central to this adult-focused interdisciplinary leadership program is the premise that the leader must know him or herself.

Student fees and access to textbooks will be covered by this scholarship for up to 91 credit hours needed to complete the credits required for the obtainment of the degree. JWL will provide access to these textbooks. Access to the online Creighton library and the online tutoring and writing centers will be available.

The 45 credit hours from Regis University for the JWL diploma courses will transfer to Creighton University and will count toward the 128 hours needed for obtainment of a bachelor's degree.

Students who do not receive the scholarship for August 2021 may keep their applications active for the next round of scholarships by writing to the scholarship coordinator, Dr. Martha Habash, at indicating continued interest.

Essay Prompts & Application Requirements

All applicants must upload short essays based on the prompts given on the website.


  1. Discuss one thing you learned as a Diploma in Liberal Arts Studies student that changed your perspective on a particular topic. Be sure to state what you learned and why this changed your view.
  2. Discuss what you consider to be your three biggest achievements in your life. Include what they are and why you think they are so significant.
  3. Discuss how the obtainment of the Diploma in Liberal Arts has affected your life and the lives of members of your community and what you hope to achieve by obtaining a bachelor’s degree.

Requirements for Scholarship consideration:

  • Successful completion of the JWL Diploma in Liberal Studies or expected completion by the start of the Fall 2021 term
  • No prior tertiary education degree other than the Diploma in Liberal Studies through JWL. The opportunity for the completion of a bachelor's degree at Creighton is intended for first time bachelor's degree seekers.
  • Complete application on the Creighton website
  • Continued association with a JWL learning center (diploma graduates who have been resettled in first world countries are not eligible)
  • Clean academic record
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 with no grades lower than a C-
  • A satisfactory Linguaskill score in English

Application Due by May 21, 2021

Creighton University is proud to be a JWL partner. We collaborate with JWL in several other ways:

JWL Professional Certificate Programs consist of short-term classroom-based courses to train students in a whole range of skills.  All courses are developed in collaboration with university faculties to reflect tertiary education quality.

A process is in place for CU to review and endorse JWL certificate courses:  JWL sends a request to Dr. Martha Habash, Creighton's JWL Liaison.  After reviewing the request, she sends it to an appropriate Creighton faculty specialist in topic area. "Endorsement" essentially means that the course in question has the content, learning methods and assessment strategies appropriate for the proposed learning outcomes.  If approved, Vice Provost of Global Engagement sends an official letter to JWL with endorsement and permission to use the Creighton University seal.  Tracking is housed at Creighton's Global Engagement Office.  

If you are interested in reviewing courses in any of the following program subjects, please contact Dr. Martha Habash at

  • Primary Teacher Training
  • Youth Worker
  • Psychosocial Case Management
  • Community Healthcare Provider
  • Community and Development Business
  • Peace and Reconciliation
  • Sustainable Agriculture

JWL has offered an academic Diploma in Liberal Studies since 2010. The Diploma (45 semester credits) is awarded by Regis University in Denver, Colorado, USA.  The curriculum is global in its focus and scope. All credits earned are Regis University credits and recorded on an official transcript from that university.

Each year Creighton University faculty volunteer to teach about ten JWL diploma courses.  CU provides a modest stipend per course taught. Instructors must have a master's degree at minimum and expertise in one of the areas taught. JWL manages all aspects of the course.  Syllabi have all been pre-approved, and volunteer faculty facilitate learning online.

If you are interested in exploring possibilities of teaching one of these courses, please send your curriculum vitae to Dr. Martha Habash at

Creighton University undergraduate students may enroll in one of four JWL online courses:  Religions of the World, Interdisciplinary Arts, Ethics and the Human Person, or Introduction to Political Thought, alongside a Creighton Course, IDC 320: Jesuit Worldwide Learning: Global Perspectives in Liberal Arts. Creighton students learn alongside and interact with JWL students in sites across the world.  As part of the IDC 320 course, Creighton students also interact with refugees or people working in refugee services within the Omaha community.

If you are interested in taking one of these courses, please contact Dr. Martha Habash at

Funded by the Creighton Global Initiative.

Beginning Fall 2018, qualified JWL diploma graduates (4 each year over 5 years) will be admitted to Creighton University's online Bachelor of Science in Leadership program. Faculty development, course refinement as well as  educational supplies for these students will be provided as part of this program.

Funded by the Creighton Global Initiative.

Beginning January 2018 Creighton University's Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) will pilot a program to prepare teachers for JWL's Global English Language Program (GEL). The pilot's length will be of 8 months and include 150 hours or instruction, including formation content in addition to ESL teacher skill development. Initially the IELI would grant a certificate of completion and later possibly develop this into a diploma program with Creighton University transferable credits.

Beginning Fall 2022, Creighton University serves as School of Record for JWL's Pre-STEM program.  This is a three-semester, 11 course (31 credits)liberal arts foundational program developed and taught by JWL faculty.  As School of Record, Creighton assures the equivalency of JWL courses with Creighton University academic standards.  The program is designed to help students transition to degree programs at universities across the United States.

Interested in Learning More?

If you have interest in any of these programs or want to find out about other opportunities to participate in the JWL-CU partnership, please contact us any time!

Faculty and Student Liaison

Martha Habash, PhD
Associate Professor of Classical & Near Eastern Studies, Dept. of Fine and Performing Arts
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
Tel: (402) 280-5527 (office)
Fax: (402) 280-1454

Dr. Habash also serves as Advisor to JWL on Middle East Operations.

Partnership Administration

Jill Fox, PhD
Director, Intensive English Language Institute
Global Engagement Office
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
Tel: (402) 280-2309 (office)
Fax: (402) 280-2221