St. Thomas Scholarships and Matching Programs

Select a scholarship fund below to learn more about eligibility, application requirements and deadlines. All scholarships are renewable unless otherwise noted.

St. Thomas Merit Scholarships

Academic Scholarships and Awards

St. Thomas Academic Scholarships and Awards are merit-based funds awarded based on academic achievement and contributions made to one's school and community. Typically, 97 percent of incoming freshman students receive one of these scholarships or awards which can range from $5000 - $27,000 per year.

Eligibility: First-time, first-year students are automatically considered for these funds upon admission.

Transfer Award

UST Transfer Awards recognize the academic accomplishments of transfer students who have positively contributed to their community and demonstrated academic success at the post-secondary level.

Current transfer applicants will receive an award ranging from $3,000 to $20,000 per year, if eligible.

Awards are renewable provided the recipient:

  • Remains consecutively enrolled as a full-time student
  • Maintains a 2.0 or higher St. Thomas GPA
  • Has less than 160 total credits (total transfer plus all attempted St. Thomas credits)
  • Has not completed all the degree requirements for their first Bachelor's degree

Eligibility: New transfer students pursuing a first bachelor's degree will be automatically considered upon admission.

International Scholarship

Application: St. Thomas offers an International Scholarship, which may cover up to 70% of tuition. To apply, applicants must submit:

  1. A letter of recommendation from a teacher, school administrator or community leader which supports your petition for the financial award.
  2. A one-page written essay of why a scholarship should be awarded to you including: 
    • Reasons why you wish to attend the University of St. Thomas
    • Any leadership activities, service organizations, or clubs in which you have participated (list and explain)
    • What you plan to do in the future to help others and/or future generations
    • Other evidence that supports why you should be awarded a scholarship to attend the University of St. Thomas

Deadlines: For priority scholarship application, students should complete their application and submit all required documentation by the following dates:

Fall semester: April 1
Spring semester: September 15

St. Thomas Contact: International Admissions, (651) 962-6150, international@stthomas.edu

Department and Program Specific Scholarships

Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship

The Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship is made possible through the generosity of members of the University of St. Thomas Board of Trustees. Multiple four-year, renewable scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $3,000 per year will be awarded based on academic achievement in high school and an essay written by each candidate.

Who can apply?

Students admitted to St. Thomas as a first-time, first-year undergraduate who have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.50 or higher by the end of your junior year as reported on your official transcript and an official ACT composite test score of at least 25 or SAT of at least 1160 (math plus critical reasoning) are invited to apply.

Applicants must be admitted to St. Thomas and complete a scholarship application by the deadline set by the Board of Trustees Scholarship Committee.

Deadline: March 8, 2018

This is a very competitive scholarship – simply applying does not guarantee you will receive funds. Applications will be reviewed beginning in February.

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Dease Scholarship Program

Named in honor of St. Thomas’ 14th President, the Reverend Dennis Dease, who was committed to making certain a St. Thomas education remains accessible to admitted students from all socio-economic backgrounds. The University of St. Thomas annually selects multiple well-qualified students to receive a full-tuition Dease Scholarship.

Who can apply?

Underrepresented domestic, first-generation students and/or graduates from select urban high schools who have been admitted to St. Thomas as a first-time, first-year undergraduate.

Applicants must be admitted to St. Thomas and complete a scholarship application by the deadline set by the Dease Scholarship Committee.

Deadline: Feb. 21, 2018

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Board of Governor's Scholarship

St. Thomas will offer one $10,000 renewable Engineering Board of Governor's Scholarship based on demonstrated excellence both inside and outside the classroom.

Who can apply?

Students admitted to St. Thomas as a first-time, first-year undergraduate who intend to major in Engineering. Applicants must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.50 or higher by the end of junior year as reported on their official transcript or an official ACT composite test score of at least 24 or SAT of at least 1140 (math plus critical reasoning).

Applicants must be admitted to St. Thomas and complete a scholarship application by the deadline set by the Board of Governor's Scholarship Committee. Finalists are invited to interview with the scholarship committee.

Deadline: March 8, 2018

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Fauth Business Scholarship

This competitive scholarship is awarded by the St. Thomas Opus College of Business to students intending to major in Business. Four $10,000 scholarships are available. Scholarship funds are awarded in addition to any other gift aid awarded to the student by St. Thomas.

Who can apply?

Students admitted to St. Thomas as a first-time, first-year undergraduate who intend to major in Business. Applicants must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.50 or higher by the end of junior year as reported on the official transcript and a minimum ACT composite score of 26 or minimum SAT total score of 1240.

Application: Eligible students must complete an application and be invited to attend the Fauth Scholarship Test Day held on Feb. 24, 2018. Scholarship recipients are notified in March 2018.

Deadline: Feb. 19, 2018

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Habinger Institute Latino Leadership Scholarship

Two scholarships are awarded each year to members of the Latino community who plan to major or minor in Catholic studies and have an interest in professional engagement, service to the Latino community, and learning leadership principles that promote justice in our world. Awards begin at $2,000 annually.

Who can apply?

Members of the Latino community who are admitted to St. Thomas as a first-time, first-year undergraduate and intend to major or minor in Catholic studies. Applicants are required to show that, in addition to academic achievement, they have been involved in their parish and in the Latino community. Latino Leadership Scholars are expected to remain active in the life of the Latino community of the Twin Cities.

Applicants must be admitted to St. Thomas and complete a scholarship application by the deadline set by the Latino Leadership Scholarship Committee.

Deadline: March 8, 2018

St. Thomas Contact: Nancy Sannerud, (651) 962-5705, sann8730@stthomas.edu

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Music Major Scholarships

The Department of Music awards multiple scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $7,500 based on music performance and academic achievement. Applicants who are considering majors in music, music performance, music education, music business or liturgical music must apply to the Department of Music online. Your online music major audition will include a music application, an audition video, two music recommendations and brief music theory and aural skills assessments. 

Visit the Music Department website for all the information you need about auditioning. Submit your materials by Jan. 15 to be considered for music scholarship awards. Select students also will be invited to perform at the on-campus scholarship invitational, March 3, 2018.

Deadline: Jan. 15, 2018

St. Thomas Contact: Department of Music, (651) 962-5850 or (800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5850 or music@stthomas.edu

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National Merit Finalists

National Merit Finalists who enroll at St. Thomas will receive a total of $10,000 in National Merit funds or related funds. These funds will be awarded in addition to any monies already awarded to the student by St. Thomas.

Eligibility: Scholarships are awarded to students selected as National Merit Finalists who declare St. Thomas as their first-choice institution with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and who qualify for a college-sponsored award.

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ROTC Scholarships

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships are available for Air Force, Army, and Navy/Marine ROTC students. Scholarship amounts vary based on the level of scholarship received.

The Air Force Detachment 410 is located in Murray-Herrick Campus Center.  The Army Gopher Battalion and the Navy/Marine options are both located in the Armory at the University of Minnesota.

Who can apply?

Criteria and deadlines to apply are determined by the respective military branches.

Application: High school seniors who want to be considered for college ROTC scholarships will need to apply through the respective websites for the Air Force, Army, or Navy (including Marines) during the summer preceding senior year or the fall of senior year. Students already in college should speak to the local ROTC detachment regarding ROTC scholarship opportunities. For more information, please use the contact information provided.

Contacts:

Air Force ROTC Detachment 410, (651)962-6320 or (800)328-6819, Ext. 26320 or afrotc@stthomas.edu

Army ROTC, (612)625-3062 or arotc@umn.edu

Navy ROTC, (612)625-6677 or nrotc@umn.edu 

Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarships

These competitive scholarships are awarded by the St. Thomas Division of Science, Mathematics and Engineering to top candidates who intend to major in Science, Mathematics and/or Engineering. Two full-tuition scholarships and two $8,000 semi-finalist scholarships are awarded each year.

Full-tuition scholarships replace any gift aid previously awarded to the student by St. Thomas. The $8,000 semi-finalist scholarships will be awarded in addition to any gift aid already awarded to the student by St. Thomas.

Who can apply?

Students admitted to St. Thomas as a first-time, first-year undergraduate who intend to major in Science, Mathematics and/or Engineering. Applicants must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.50 or higher by the end of junior year as reported on the official transcript and a minimum ACT composite score of 27 or minimum SAT total score of 1280.

Application: Applicants must be admitted to St. Thomas and complete a scholarship application by the deadline set by the Science, Math and Engineering Scholarship Committee. Select candidates are invited to campus to take math and science tests on Jan. 20, 2018. Finalists are invited to interview with the scholarship committee. Scholarship winners are notified by March 1, 2018.

Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017

St. Thomas Contact: Dr. Kerri Carlson (Biology) (651) 962-5222 and Dr. Brenda Kroeschel (Math) (651) 962-5537 or sciencescholarship@stthomas.edu

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ThreeSixty Scholarship

The ThreeSixty Journalism Program helps diverse Minnesota youth tell the stories of their lives and communities through strong writing and reporting. The University of St. Thomas awards one full-tuition scholarship each year to an eligible ThreeSixty participant.

Who can apply?

Students admitted to St. Thomas as a first-time, first-year undergraduate who have completed a ThreeSixty Journalism summer camp and intend to major in Communication and Journalism.

Applicants must be admitted to St. Thomas, file a FAFSA and complete a scholarship application by the deadline set by the ThreeSixty Scholarship Committee.

Deadline: March 8, 2018

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Whalen Scholarship for Communication and Journalism

Named in honor of Father James Whalen, long-time faculty member and department chair who specialized in Media Ethics, this $2,000 scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit, demonstrated aptitude for communication, and commitment to community service and career-related activities.

Who can apply?

Currently enrolled high school seniors admitted to the University of St. Thomas who intend to major in Communication and Journalism.

Applicants must be admitted to St. Thomas and complete a scholarship application by the deadline set by the Whalen Scholarship Committee.

Deadline: March 8, 2018

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Willis Drake Young Entrepreneur Award

The Dept. of Entrepreneurship awards up to four $2,000 scholarships to students who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial potential.

Who can apply?

Students admitted to St. Thomas as a first-time, first-year undergraduate who intend to major in Business with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.

Scholarship funds are available only for the recipient’s first year of study. The Dept. of Entrepreneurship offers other competitive scholarship programs to major candidates in their second, third and fourth year of undergraduate study.

Applicants must be admitted to St. Thomas and complete a scholarship application by the deadline set by the Entrepreneurship Scholarship Committee.

Deadline: March 8, 2018

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Matching Programs

Dollars for Scholars Matching Program

St. Thomas matches, dollar for dollar up to $2,000 *per academic year, scholarships received by full-time undergraduate students from a Dollars for Scholars chapter affiliated with Scholarship America.

Application: Begin by creating a student profile on the Scholarship America website.  Then use the site to find Dollars for Scholars affiliate chapters, apply for Dollars for Scholars scholarships and other scholarship opportunities administered by Scholarship America.  Update your Scholarship America profile to report that the University of St. Thomas is your college choice. 

Each Dollars for Scholars affiliate is instructed by Scholarship America to mail the Dollars for Scholars affiliate check along with a Matching Request Form to the financial aid office in order for the matching gift to be processed.  In the event the affiliate presents the check directly to the student, the university will match the scholarship provided the student forwards a check drawn from the account of an affiliated Dollars for Scholars chapter to the financial aid office.  Matching funds are provided only for affiliated Dollars for Scholars awards, not any other Scholarship America scholarship program. 

*Beginning with the fall 2015 semester, the university match increases from $1,000 to $2,000 per year.

St. Thomas Contact: Financial Aid, (651) 962-6550, financialaid@stthomas.edu

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Matching Program

St. Thomas matches, dollar for dollar up to $4,000 per year*, scholarships received from the Horatio Alger Association.

Horatio Alger Scholarships are competitively awarded to full-time undergraduate students from economically challenged households who have demonstrated integrity and determination in overcoming adversity in their lives and who have shown the academic potential and personal aspiration to make a unique contribution to society.

Matching funds are provided at the time the association disburses its scholarships to the financial aid office.   

Eligibility: Must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in their first four years of undergraduate study.  

Contact: Horatio Alger Association, (844) 422-4200, association@horatioalger.org

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Page Education Foundation Scholarship Matching Program

The Page Foundation (established by Alan Page, former Minnesota Viking, National Football League Hall of Fame member and Minnesota Supreme Court justice) provides scholarships to students of color from the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area who want to pursue higher education. 

Page Education Foundation Grant recipients who enroll as full-time undergraduate students at UST receive a matching grant of the value of the scholarship they are awarded by the Page Foundation, up to a maximum of $2,500. For more information, contact the Page Education Foundation or visit their website. 

Contact: Page Education Foundation, (612) 332-0406

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Outside Scholarships Supported by St. Thomas

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program

Eligibility: Students with one-fourth or more Indian ancestry who are Minnesota residents and members of a federally recognized Indian tribe may apply for need-based awards from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (MOHE).

Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible in the spring for the following year of school.

Application: Applications are available online or to download on the MOHE Indian Scholarship website.

Contact: Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program and Minnesota Office of Higher Education, (651)642-0567 or (800)657-3866

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Safety Officers Survivor Program

Eligibility: Dependent children and the surviving spouse of a Minnesota public safety officer killed in the line of duty on or after January 1, 1973 are eligible to receive educational benefits.

Application: Obtain an application from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and a certificate of eligibility from the Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety.

Submit the completed application to the St. Thomas Undergraduate Financial Aid Office.

St. Thomas Contact: Financial Aid Office, (651) 962-6550, financialaid@stthomas.edu 

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Teacher Candidate Grant

Minnesota Teacher Candidate Grant

The Minnesota Teacher Candidate Grant provides up to a $7,500 one-term award to eligible students enrolled in a Minnesota teacher preparation program in which the student is completing a required 12-week or more student teaching experience.

Eligibility: A student enrolled in an eligible teacher preparation program that requires at least 12 weeks of student teaching in order for the teacher candidate to be recommended for a full professional teaching license who intends to teach in an identified shortage area or who belongs to a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in the Minnesota teacher workforce and who demonstrates financial need based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Minnesota Dream Act application.

Application: Obtain the Minnesota Teacher Candidate Application from the Office of Higher Education and a Teacher Candidate Grant Checklist from the university. Submit both items to the St. Thomas Undergraduate Financial Aid Office.

Visit the Minnesota Office of Higher Education website for more information.

Tribal Scholarship Funds

Students of Indian ancestry are encouraged to contact their tribal education office to learn of any tribal funds that may be available to assist with educational expenses.

St. Thomas Contact: Financial Aid Office, (651) 962-6550, financialaid@stthomas.edu