The Minnesota Private College Fund and the Jay and Rose Phillips Foundation sponsor a $14,000 scholarship program for students at select colleges in Minnesota.   Each of the 16 private colleges in Minnesota will nominate one candidate (finalist) from their school.  From the 16 finalists, six will be awarded the scholarship.

This scholarship program requires applicants to design, develop and implement a community service project.  This project will serve to meet a need of an underserved Minnesota community.  Examples of Phillips Scholarship proposals include serving people with physical handicaps, a program to serve children in hospitals and many more.  More information is available online.

The scholarship winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship during their junior year and a $5,000 scholarship during their senior year.  During the summer between the junior and senior years (summer 2004) the scholar will implement his or her service project for eight weeks and receive a $4,000 stipend.

This program is designed to challenge applicants to think creatively and become community service leaders.  Applicants identify community needs and explore ways to create social change.  Applicants are encouraged to focus on the areas of human services, health, education, the disabled and eliminating discrimination.

Applicants must have a GPA of 2.75 or above.  Applicants also should also be a junior in the 2003-04 academic year and aspire to serve disadvantaged people.  In addition, applicants must demonstrate current financial need.

In recent years, several University of St. Thomas students have been selected as Phillips Scholars. 

The best way to find out more about this scholarship program is to contact Pete Wareham via e-mail or call him at (651) 962-6641. 

The deadline for applications is Feb. 28 and they must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Services, Mail #CHC156, by that date.

The Phillips Scholarship program also is listed in $cholartips, a monthly newsletter that lists scholarship opportunities available to students. You also can read $cholartips online.