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. In recent years, these scholarships and awards have ranged from $5000 - $25,000 per year.

Eligibility: Admitted freshmen are automatically considered for these funds.

St. Thomas Transfer Award

The St. Thomas 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.

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 $18,000 per year.

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: 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.

* Students admitted to St. Thomas under the condition of "accept with concern", "conduct probation" or "provisional" are not eligible to receive a St. Thomas Transfer Award. Students accepted under such conditions may still qualify to receive need-based aid from the university or federal and state governments.

Application: There is no separate application for the St. Thomas 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 St. Thomas Transfer Award funds are exhausted.

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.

Eligibility: Admitted first-year students who meet specific academic criteria will be invited to apply. Recipients are chosen for four-year, renewable scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $3,000 based on their academic achievement in high school and an essay written by each candidate.

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

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ThreeSixty Scholarship

Eligibility: A ThreeSixty Scholarship is competitively awarded to an entering first-year student who completed a ThreeSixty Journalism summer camp and plans to major in communication and journalism. Applicants must complete a special scholarship application and an application for admission by the established deadlines.

Deadline: March 10, 2017

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Dease Scholarship Program

The University of St. Thomas annually selects a number of well-qualified, first year students for receipt of Dease Scholarships. 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. 

Eligibility: These full-tuition scholarships are awarded to underrepresented domestic, first-generation students and graduates from select urban high schools. 

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Board of Governor's 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.

Eligibility: This competitive scholarship is awarded by the School of Engineering to a student planning to major in engineering.

Application: 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.

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Fauth Business Scholarship

This competitive scholarship is awarded by the St. Thomas Opus College of Business to students planning to major in business. 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. 

Application: 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. 

International Scholarship

Application: St. Thomas offers an International Scholarship, which may cover up to 40% 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,

Music Program and Scholarship

Scholarship amounts are variable and determined by the scholarship committee. Information on music scholarships and lesson-fee waivers are available from the Department of Music

Eligibility: Scholarships are available to students who plan to major in music on the basis of music performance and high school academic achievement. 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.

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

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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.

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

Application: 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. For more information, please contact those listed below.


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

Army ROTC, (612)625-3062,

Navy ROTC, (612)625-6677, 

Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarships

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.

Eligibility: 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.

Application: 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.

St. Thomas Contact: Dr. Kerri Carlson (Biology) (651) 962-5222 and Dr. Lisa Prevette (Chemistry) (651) 962-5672,

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Latino Leadership Scholarship

This program is designed to recruit and form a new generation of Latino Leaders. Grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition, students will be educated to develop their professional potential to serve their communities and the world.  As part of the program, Latino Leaders will be formed through one-one-one mentorship and fellowship with fellow Leaders, intellectually through their studies as either a major or minor in Catholic Studies and will build leadership skills by engaging the community through their work at local Hispanic parishes in the Twin Cities area. Students are rewarded with an annual, renewable scholarship that will continue during their time in the program at St. Thomas based on adequate grades and performance.

Eligibility: Applicants are required to show that, in addition to academic achievement, they have been involved in their parish and in the Latino community. While they hold the scholarship, Latino Leadership Scholars remain active in the life of the Latino community of the Twin Cities.

Application: Applicants submit an application through St. Thomas to be considered for a place in the program.

St. Thomas Contact: Nancy Sannerud, (651) 962-5705,

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Willis Drake Young Entrepreneur Award

Two $2,000 scholarships are awarded to two first-year students who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial potential and intend to major in business with a concentration in entrepreneurship.

Application: Applications are available each fall and must be submitted by the posted deadline. Faculty from the Department of Entrepreneurship will review applications and notify the winner.

This is a very competitive scholarship – simply applying does not guarantee that you will receive funds. The entrepreneurship program sponsors other competitive scholarship programs for students in their second to fourth year at the university.

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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.

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.

Eligibility: Each department or program has unique eligibility requirements, application forms and deadlines for their scholarship programs.

Application: Some departments require an application, while others select the recipient without any application process.

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,

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,

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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 UST

St. Thomas works in conjunction with these outside scholarships.

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, 

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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,