Latino Scholars Program

The Latino Scholars Program prepares a new generation of leaders in the Latino community who are able to draw upon their own deep cultural roots within the Catholic faith. Embracing the Catholic intellectual tradition and social teachings of the Church, the program is designed to develop intellectually informed and spiritually minded graduates dedicated to the service of their community, fostering within students a deep sense of their vocations to promote justice in the world.   

As an interdisciplinary program, Catholic Studies encourages students to explore the Catholic tradition through literature, philosophy, theology, art, history, the social and natural sciences, and a range of professional studies. 
Students are expected to keep a grade-point average of 3.0 and meet regularly with program coordinators to encourage and ensure academic progress. They also have unique opportunities to meet and engage with Catholic Latino professionals in the diocese.

The program offers students the opportunity to receive an education that is both intellectually rigorous and faith-filled.   Annual spiritual retreats and participation in the sacramental life on the St. Thomas campus and at the Center for Catholic Studies are central parts to the spiritual growth and faith formation toward an understanding of vocation.

Latino Scholars have monthly fellowship meetings to build community and offer support and encouragement to one another.  Monthly meetings consist of invited guest speakers, professionals who share their experiences of vocation and leadership, to develop a deeper understanding and experience the integration of Catholic faith with professional goals.  

Fostering individuals who are dedicated to service of their community, Latino Scholars teach at St. Stephen Catholic Church in South Minneapolis.  After orientation and training to the program, the Latino Scholars are paired together to mentor a younger generation of Latinos through confirmation catechesis, after school tutoring or serving as mentors in a young adult group.