University of St. Thomas Scholarships and Awards
Nearly all incoming freshmen students receive an institutional commitment in the form of an award or scholarship from the University of St. Thomas. St. Thomas Scholarships and Awards are determined based on the credentials presented on your application for admission and your academic transcripts. You must first apply and be accepted for admission to the University of St. Thomas to be considered for institutional, merit-based funds.
St. Thomas Academic Scholarships and Awards
St. Thomas Academic Scholarships and Awards are merit-based awards given to more than 90 percent of incoming freshmen. The funds are awarded based on academic achievement and contributions made to one's school, community, and/or church. Admitted freshmen are automatically considered for these funds. In recent years, these scholarships and awards have ranged from $4000 - $24,000 per year.
The UST Transfer Award
The UST Transfer Award was created to recognize the academic accomplishments of transfer students who have positively contributed to their community and demonstrated academic success at the post secondary level.
Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants accepted for regular admission* to the University of St. Thomas as a new transfer student pursuing a first bachelor's degree will be considered.
What is the value of the UST Transfer Award?
Awards will vary based on the applicant's academic credentials and other achievements. Transfer applicants accepted for admission to the University of St. Thomas may receive $1,000 to $15,000 per year.
Awards are renewable provided the recipient:
- remains consecutively enrolled as a full-time UST student
- maintains a 2.0 or higher St. Thomas GPA
- has less than 160 total credits (total transfer plus all attempted UST credits)
- has not completed all the degree requirements for their first Bachelor's degree
How can I apply?
There is no separate application for the UST Transfer Award. All newly-admitted transfer students will be considered. The award will be based on a review of a candidate’s admission application and all supporting documentation on file at the time of admission. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis and recipients will be selected until UST Transfer Award funds are exhausted.
* Students admitted to St. Thomas under the condition of "accept with concern", "conduct probation" or "provisional" are not eligible to receive a UST Transfer Award. Students accepted under such conditions may still qualify to receive need-based aid from the university or federal and state governments.
National Merit Finalists
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.
Amount of Scholarship
National Merit Finalists who enroll at St. Thomas will receive a total of $6,000 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.
Scholarships are available to students who plan to major in music on the basis of music performance and high school academic achievement. Scholarship amounts are variable and determined by the scholarship committee. Music scholarships are renewable as long as the recipient maintains an overall 3.0 GPA. Freshmen non-music majors who participate in one of the larger ensembles are granted a one-year lesson-fee waiver for private lessons in their primary performing medium. These fee waivers have a value of approximately $1,220 for the year. Information on music scholarships and lesson-fee waivers are available from the Department of Music, (651) 962-5850 or (800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5850.
For more information, please visit the Music Department website.
Fauth Business Scholarship
This competitive scholarship is awarded by the St. Thomas Opus College of Business to students planning to major in business. Applicants must complete an application for admission and register for the scholarship test day. Candidates are invited to campus to take the scholarship test. Finalists will be notified.
Amount of Scholarship
St. Thomas will offer three $10,000 annual scholarships. The $10,000 scholarship is in addition to the St. Thomas Academic Scholarship awarded by St. Thomas. The Fauth Scholarship is renewable for a maximum of three consecutive years past the initial award year, for a total of four years.
Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarships
These competitive scholarships are awarded by the St. Thomas Division of Science, Mathematics and Engineering to students planning to major in science, mathematics and/or engineering. Applicants must complete a special scholarship application and an application for admission by the deadline date established annually by the Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarship committee. Visit the Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarship website for details. Candidates are invited to campus to take math and science tests. Finalists are invited to interview with the scholarship committee.
Amount of Scholarship
St. Thomas will offer two full-tuition renewable Science, Mathematics & Engineering Scholarships. These funds replace any scholarship or award previously awarded to the student by St. Thomas.
Two renewable $8,000 semi-finalist awards will also be awarded. These funds will be awarded in addition to any monies already awarded to the student by St. Thomas.
Engineering Board of Governor's Scholarship
This competitive scholarship is awarded by the School of Engineering to a student planning to major in engineering. Applicants must complete a special scholarship application and an application for admission by the annual deadline established by the Board of Governor's Scholarship Committee. Visit the School of Engineering Scholarship website for details. Finalists are invited to interview with the scholarship committee.
Amount of Scholarship
St. Thomas will offer one $10,000 renewable Engineering Board of Governor's Scholarship. This fund will be awarded in addition to any monies already awarded to the student by St. Thomas.
Communication & Journalism Scholarships
Scholarships are available to students who plan to major in communication and journalism. Information on available scholarships can be found on the COJO website.
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. Eligibility criteria and deadlines to apply are determined by the respective military branches.
High school seniors that want to be eligible for college ROTC scholarships will need to apply through the respective websites for the Air Force, Army, or Navy (including Marines) in the summer or fall of their senior year. Students already in college will want to speak to their local ROTC detachment regarding ROTC scholarship opportunities.
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.
For more information, please contact:
Air Force ROTC Detachment 410
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.
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.
Page Education Foundation Scholarship Matching Program
St. Thomas matches, dollar for dollar up to $2,500 per academic year, grants received from the Page Education Foundation by full-time students enrolled in their first four years of undergraduate study.
Page Foundation grants are awarded to Minnesota students of color at all levels of academic achievement who attend Minnesota post-secondary schools and agree to complete annual service projects with young children.
Learn more about the foundation and apply for this grant at the Page Education Foundation website or call (612) 332-0406.
Matching funds are provided at the time the foundation disburses its grants to the financial aid office.
University of St. Thomas Department Scholarships
Academic departments may have special scholarship funds to recognize outstanding student accomplishments at St. Thomas for students in a particular course of study. Other scholarships may be awarded by other on-campus programs based upon involvement in co-curricular activities or other experiences at St. Thomas.
Each department or program has unique eligibility requirements, application forms and deadlines for their scholarship programs. Some departments require an application, while others select the recipient without any application process.
Currently enrolled students are encouraged to read the Newsroom for announcements regarding any departmental or program scholarships for which you may be eligible. Also contact your major department and other organizations on campus for additional scholarship opportunities.
Dease Scholarship Program
The University of St. Thomas (UST) annually selects a number of well-qualified, first year students for receipt of Dease Scholarships. These full-tuition scholarships are awarded to underrepresented domestic, first-generation students and graduates from select urban high schools. Named in honor of St. Thomas’ 14th President, the Reverend Dennis Dease who initiated a university-wide commitment to making certain a St. Thomas education remains accessible for admitted students from all socio-economic backgrounds.
Hiratio Alger Association Scholarship Matching Program
St. Thomas matches, dollar for dollar**, scholarships received from the Horatio Alger Association by full-time undergraduate students enrolled in their first four years of undergraduate study.
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.
Learn more about the association and apply for this scholarship at the Horatio Alger Association website or call (844) 422-4200.
Matching funds are provided at the time the association disburses its scholarships to the financial aid office.
**Beginning with the fall 2015 semester.
St. Thomas offers an International Scholarship, which may cover up to 40% of tuition. To apply, applicants must submit:
A letter of recommendation from a teacher, school administrator or community leader which supports your petition for the financial award.
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.
For priority consideration for the scholarship students should complete all their application and submit all required documentation by the following dates.
Fall semester deadline: January 15
Spring semester deadline: September 15
Outside Scholarships Supported by UST
St. Thomas works in conjunction with these outside scholarships.
Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program
Description and 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.
No set limits.
Application and Contact Information
For more information, please call 1-800-657-3866.
Safety Officers Survivor Program
Description and 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.
Awards may vary.
Application and Contact Information
Submit the completed application to the UST Undergraduate Financial Aid Office.