Phillips Scholarship

Students from Minnesota’s 16 private colleges and universities apply each year by proposing a summer service project that benefits Minnesota communities. Each campus selects two finalistsfrom each campus to compete for one of six $16,500 Phillips Scholars awards.

  • $6,000 junior year scholarship
  • $6,000 senior year scholarship
  • $4,000 summer 2016 stipend
  • $500 project resource funding        

The Phillips Scholarship is administered by the Minnesota Private College Fund. The program is generously funded by The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation.


Scholarship Requirements:

In order to apply, you must:

  • Be a current UST student
  • Be a sophomore for the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Have a GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Have demonstrated current financial need
  • Have a history of participating in campus activities
  • Have an interest in community service and volunteering
  • Be able to fulfill time and program commitments     

Application Process:

Phase I:

  • Submit internal UST applications by Monday, January 5th, 2015.
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  • Interviews will be held in early January.
  • Applicants will be notified of their status in mid January.  

Phase II:

  • If chosen, the UST finalist must submit a full application to the Minnesota Private College Fund by February 6th, 2015.
  • Phillips Scholars will be announced in the spring of 2015.

The UST Phillips Scholarship internal application will be available for sophomores this current fall semester 2014. If you are currently a junior and your major requires at least two additional years of study, you may apply, however you must clearly explain that you will be in school for two additional years.

Recent UST Phillips Scholars

Mitchell Hinnenkamp is a current 2012-2014 Phillips Scholar from St. Thomas. He completed his project, "Youth Empowerment Project – Anti-Bullying Initiative," during the summer of 2013 in the St. Cloud YMCA. The Youth Empowerment Project focuses on the empowerment and equality of youth by promoting self-confidence and well-being through programming focused on anti-bullying. Read more about his project here.

Amanda McNaughton was a 2011-2013 Phillips Scholar from St. Thomas. She completed her project, "Skills for School," during the summer of 2012 at the East Metro Place in White Bear Lake. Skills for Schools focused on literacy and social skills with mother and children aged three to five years old. Read more about her project here.

Bryant Ortega was a 2010-2012 Phillips Scholar from St. Thomas.  He completed his project, "Project HOPE – Health Offers People Enlightenment," during the summer of 2011 in partnership with Project for Pride in Living in Minneapolis. The mission of Project HOPE was to create an environment for school-aged children and their families to make healthy choices and to increase physical activity.

Jennifer Le was a 2006-2008 Phillips Scholar from St. Thomas. She completed her Summer Writing Workshop project during the summer of 2007 in conjunction with Lincoln International High School, a high school for immigrants and refugees. Since most of the students' first language is not English, the goal of the project was to improve reading, writing, analytical and interview skills in preparation for taking their Minnesota Basic Standards Tests.