The John Ireland Scholarship

Regardless of your undergraduate area of study, a graduate program in theology provides the opportunity for the human, intellectual, spiritual and pastoral formation necessary to ground your service to others in your faith. With the support of The John Ireland Scholarship you can take up your call to transform the world from within, serve the Church and the world by engaging our complex culture on important issues of faith, dignity, the common good, and delivering the saving message of Christ.

The University of St. Thomas and The Saint Paul Seminary were founded by the visionary Archbishop John Ireland, the third bishop and first archbishop of St. Paul. The John Ireland Scholarship honors his commitment to Catholic education and service to God's people by offering recent graduates of the University of St. Thomas a full-tuition scholarship for the opportunity to pursue full-time graduate studies in any of the degree programs at the School of Divinity.

For additional scholarship opportunities please visit our scholarship page.

  • Up to three scholarships will be granted annually to recent graduates of the University of St. Thomas.
  • Each Scholarship will award full-tuition for full-time students pursuing a Master of Arts degree in theology, pastoral ministry or religious education.
  • A FAFSA (current for the academic year of anticipated start of graduate program) must be on file with the University of St. Thomas Graduate Admissions.
  • Record of academic success as demonstrated by course work and cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Meets application requirements for admission to one of the eligible graduate degree programs at the School of Divinity
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas
  • Demonstrated commitment to service
  • Submission of all materials for application to The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas
  • Submission of the John Ireland Scholarship Application ‌  
  • Submission of a letter to the John Ireland Scholarship Committee indicating a desire to be considered for the award.  The letter should include statements about your enthusiasm for the mission of The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity and your commitment to service.  In addition, please address how this scholarship will help you attain your long-term career or ministry goals as well as your commitment to full-time study.
  • One letter of recommendation is required addressing your demonstration of the scholarship criteria: enthusiasm for the mission of the seminary and commitment to service.  Your recommended should send the letter directly to the scholarship committee.
  • Completed online application, letters of application, and attendant materials, must be received by February 28, 2018. Materials not included in the online application can be submitted via e-mail to
  • Finalists may be invited to interview with the committee in order to discuss their applications in greater detail.