Dease Scholarship Program

The Dease Scholarship Program is competitive. Those wishing to compete must be admitted to the University of St. Thomas and meet all other scholarship program guidelines as outlined herein.

Students interested in being considered for the Dease Scholarship Program should take the following action:

  • Complete an application for admission to St. Thomas for Fall 2022
  • Complete the Dease Scholarship Program application
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Minnesota Dream Act application by January 15, 2022. Code St. Thomas as a recipient of that information at 002345.

The Dease Scholarship Program deadline is Monday, Feb. 14, 2022.

The Dease Scholarship Committee will review applicant’s credentials and announce finalists in the spring of 2022.


The Dease Scholarship Program is named in honor of St. Thomas’ 14th President, the Reverend Dennis Dease. Father Dease initiated this program to increase access to a St. Thomas education for students historically underrepresented at the university. These full-tuition scholarships are awarded to students who attend a public or charter high school in Minneapolis/St. Paul, or any MN Catholic high school, who have high need, and also demonstrate commitment to academic excellence, leadership and their communities.

Awarded to approximately 10 first-year students annually, Dease Scholarships are renewable and thereby offer an outstanding opportunity for students to earn a four-year degree at St. Thomas.

The Dease Scholarship Program intends to serve the scholars by helping them realize their fullest potential, while connecting them with their fellow Dease Scholars at St. Thomas. This program includes civic engagement, leadership development, and social networking opportunities. Being a Dease Scholar involves a commitment not only to service, but also to learning how to be an effective changemaker for one's campus, community, and beyond.

Additional Information about the Dease Scholarship:

Scholars must participate in the Emerging Scholars LLC during their first year.

The scholarship covers full tuition and required fees. Students who are eligible for federal or state grants will use those funds to help pay for room and board charges.

Scholars are required to participate in program activities for all 4 years. An example of the programming requirements can be viewed here DEASE Scholarship Requirements.

Students may contact Shanea Smith, Assistant Director of Student Diversity & Inclusion Services, at with questions.