Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarships

Application Information

The University of St. Thomas will offer two full-tuition scholarships and two $8,000 scholarships to top candidates who intend to pursue degrees in the sciences, mathematics or engineering starting in fall 2017.

The Role and Characteristics of the Science Scholar

The Science Scholar is an ambassador for the science, mathematics and engineering programs at the University of St. Thomas. Our Science Scholars represent the science, mathematics and engineering programs at various functions during their studies at the university, and by their leadership. Consequently, we are looking for well-rounded, high-achieving candidates with a love and contagious excitement for science, mathematics and engineering.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Applicants must be high school seniors during the 2016-2017 school year
  • Applicants must be accepted to attend St. Thomas as an undergraduate in the fall of 2017
  • ACT composite score greater than or equal to 28 or SAT total score greater than or equal to 1260 and a high school GPA of 3.50 or greater (at your time of acceptance)


Scholarship recipients must major in one of 11 undergraduate academic areas: actuarial science, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer and information sciences, engineering, environmental science, geology, mathematics, neuroscience, physics or statistics.

Recipients must maintain a 3.5 institutional GPA to renew their scholarships. Scholarships may be renewed for three years.

Application Process: 

Students must be admitted to the University of St. Thomas in order to compete for the scholarships. Those who qualify for the scholarship will be notified in their enrollment guide, sent shortly after the acceptance packet.  Qualified students are invited to compete for them at St. Thomas on scholarship test day, Saturday, February 25, 2017. Register for the scholarship test day by February 20, 2017.

Please note, you will be asked to provide the information below by March 29, 2017 if you are selected as a finalist for the Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarship.

    1. A list of all science and mathematics courses, not listed on your current transcript, that you will complete before you graduate from high school
    2. A list of three extracurricular activities in which you have participated while in high school
    3. A list of three hobbies and interests
    4. A one-page, single-spaced, 11-point font essay with 1-inch margins (max. word count 800) discussing your plans in science, mathematics or engineering and explaining how an education at St. Thomas will contribute to them. You may include any research or special projects in which you have been involved
    5. A letter of recommendation from a teacher

Important Dates:

February 20, 2017
Deadline for invited students to register for the scholarship test day
February 25, 2017
Scholarship test day at the University of St. Thomas
Selected candidates and their parents will visit the University of St. Thomas to tour the campus, visit the Frey Science and Engineering Center, meet faculty and staff and take tests in mathematics and the natural sciences.
March 2017
Finalists will be selected and asked to interview with the scholarship committee. The scholarship recipients will be chosen from these finalists.
April 1, 2017
Finalists will be interviewed by the committee on campus.
April 2017
Announcement of two full tuition and two $8000 scholarships
May 1, 2017
Deadline for acceptance of all scholarships