University of St. Thomas students receive over $2 million dollars annually in private scholarship awards from local foundations, community agencies, corporations, clubs, civic, social and fraternal organizations, parents' employers and other groups that provide financial support to students.
With over 700,000 scholarships available nationally from over 25,000 providers annually, careful planning is required to actually receive some of these awards. Each program has unique eligibility requirements, application forms and deadlines. Some are based on demonstrated financial need, while others may be based on your academic achievement, religious affiliation, ethnic or racial heritage, community activities, artistic talents, career plans or field of study, athletic ability, special hobbies and/or interests. Our Web site provides students with useful links to five scholarship search providers. UST also prepares a monthly newsletter, $cholartips, to assist students in learning about scholarship opportunities.
Finding Private Scholarships
A good time to start searching for private scholarship funds is in the spring of your junior year in high school. Your high school counselor can help you with information about local and national scholarship programs. Contact your parents' employers to learn of any scholarship programs for dependents of employees and contact your church and other organizations to which you or your family belong. Review the reference section in your high school and local public library for scholarship books. Watch for announcements in the local news media. Perhaps the best scholarship resource is the Internet. Web sites specializing in scholarships and college have proliferated in recent years and many are free for users.
UST students have been successful in receiving funds from prestigious national competitive scholarship programs such as the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for outstanding students in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program for study abroad, and the Fulbright Scholars Program for post-baccalaureate study.
To assist St. Thomas students in applying for these competitive programs, UST designates a faculty or staff member to serve as the campus contact, promote the program and assist in the application process. Upon your enrollment at St. Thomas, read the NewsRoom, for announcements regarding any national scholarship competition for which you may be eligible. Also contact your major department or advisor for additional scholarship opportunities.
Please inform the Undergraduate Financial Aid Office of any scholarship award you receive from any source other than St. Thomas by completing an Outside Aid Information Form.
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The University of St. Thomas encourages students to pursue scholarship funds from outside sources but must determine whether or not the receipt of these funds requires an adjustment in any need-based financial aid funds previously offered to a recipient. If an adjustment is required to comply with federal or state financial aid regulations, it is our policy to first reduce the amount of need-based loan or employment in the student's aid package.
In most cases, the donor of your scholarship will provide specific details regarding how and when the funds will be disbursed or if you are required to submit any documentation to the donor before funds will be released. Please contact the donor if you have questions regarding your private scholarship.
If your donor sends a check to you, endorse the check, if needed, and forward it to the Financial Aid Office. If the donor sends the check to the Financial Aid Office, you will be contacted by e-mail if your scholarship check requires your signature. Private scholarship checks will be applied to your student account as they are received.
Unless your donor provides specific instructions, private scholarships will be credited to your student account in full provided you are enrolled as a full-time student.