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Scholarships | Undergraduate

The application time frame varies for each scholarship. Additional information and application links will be added as the scholarship applications become available.

Visit our comprehensive scholarship directory for additional scholarship opportunities.


Scholarships for all First-Year St. Scholastica students

No additional application is necessary for the Benedictine and Summit Scholarships -- all First-Year St. Scholastica students who qualify will automatically be awarded these two scholarships.

Benedictine Scholarships

The Benedictine Scholarships range from $12,000-$18,000 per year. They are available to all new College freshman applicants based on merit, specifically the combination of cumulative high school GPA and composite ACT or SAT score. This scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years or until receiving a bachelor's degree. These scholarships are automatically awarded upon acceptance to the College and require no additional application.

Calculate your Benedictine Scholarship


Summit Scholarship

Students who qualify for a freshman Benedictine Scholarship will be automatically be awarded an additional $1,000 per year scholarship if he or she fulfills one of the following requirements:

  • ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in their high school graduating class, or
  • ranked in the top 2 percent of their high school graduating class, or
  • achieved an ACT composite score of 30 or higher, or
  • scored a 1330 SAT composite (critical reading and math)

Other First-Year St. Scholastica scholarships

Deadline is March 1, 2014 (or within 5 days of your application to the College after March 1)

Alumni of St. Scholastica can help out a prospective student by completing the Alumni Referral Scholarship. This scholarship is for first-year students and is up to $600 annually, totaling $2,400.
* Please note that students can receive either the Alumni Referral Scholarship or the Catholic Referral Scholarship, but not both.  

Complete the Alumni Referral Scholarship Form

Deadline is March 1, 2014 (or within 5 days of your application to the College after March 1)

The Catholic Referral Scholarship is a $600 annual scholarship, totaling $2,400 for students who have a referral form filled out by a priest, sister or other vowed religious. However, lay persons with leadership positions within the Catholic Church also may make referrals.
* Please note that students can receive either the Alumni Referral Scholarship or the Catholic Referral Scholarship, but not both.  

Complete the Catholic Student Referral Scholarship Form

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Amount - $5,000 per year

The CSS College Readiness Scholarship is a $5,000 per year, renewable scholarship for students who are actively involved in an income-based college readiness program. This scholarship is in addition to the student's Benedictine Scholarship. 

Scholarship eligibility criteria:

  • Applicant must be a high school senior who has been actively involved in an income-based college readiness program;
  • Applicant will be a full-time student in the traditional day program on the Duluth campus, starting in fall 2014;
  • Applicant must complete our CSS College Readiness Scholarship form;
  • Applicant must submit the 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the scholarship will be awarded;
  • Receiving this scholarship may result in the reduction of other need-based aid;
  • The total amount of scholarships/grants (including your Benedictine Scholarship, other CSS gift aid, state grant, and federal grant funding) cannot exceed the cost of tuition;
  • Student must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) as defined by the College (minimum GPA of 2.4)

If you are unsure if you are eligible, please contact your Admissions Counselor.  Eligible college readiness programs include, but are not limited to:

  • College Possible
  • Upward Bound
  • Upward Bound Math and Science
  • Educational Talent Search
  • AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)
  • Torch
  • Black Achievers
  • College Readiness 21
  • Gear Up/Get Ready
  • Girls in Action
  • Indian Education
  • Latino Achievers
  • MEP
  • PACE (Preparing to Achieve a College Education)
  • Project Success
  • Transitions
  • Urban Debate League
  • Voyage

Fill out the CSS College Readiness Scholarship Form.

Deadline is April 1, 2014

Designed for great Minnesota students (must be a first-year student) with great need, the CSSyes Scholarship offers: 

  • Full tuition, combined with your Benedictine Scholarship, and state grant and federal grant funding
  • Four-year renewal (with a minimum 2.4 GPA while at St. Scholastica), so you can cover each year of your undergraduate degree
  • Scholarship stacking, allowing you to earn outside scholarships to cover room, board and books

Visit the CSSyes Scholarship page for more information and the scholarship application.

Deadline is July 31, 2014

The Ge-naadamaagoyan (that which helps you) Scholarship program is designated to provide significant scholarship opportunities to American Indian/Alaska Native students who demonstrate participation and commitment to advancing and/or preserving tribal communities’ traditions, which may include culture, language or history, and/or addressing contemporary social, economic or legal issues impacting tribal communities.

The College is offering five scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $18,000 based on a student’s need level as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and will be renewable for up to three years after the first year.

Scholarship criteria:

  • Applicant must demonstrate participation and commitment to advancing and/or preserving tribal communities' traditions, which may include culture, language or history, and/or addressing contemporary social, economic or legal issues impacting tribal communities.
  • Applicant must be an entering freshman or new transfer student in the traditional undergraduate program at the main campus, with a cumulative GPA 2.75 or higher.
  • Student will actively participate in regular meetings, events and activities of the Indigenous Student Alliance at the College of St. Scholastica.
  • Student must submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.gov by March 1, 2015.
  • Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.

Complete the Ge-naadamaagoyan Scholarship Application

Deadline has been extended to February 5, 2014

This scholarship is available to any major at the college. Students may receive a maximum of $2,500 per year.

Visit the Music Scholarships page for more information and application forms.

Deadline is May 1, 2014

Scholarships are available for Music majors and minors to pay for private lessons on a major instrument or voice. Scholarships require an audition and are based on talent and musical potential. These scholarships are given in addition to other aid offered through the Financial Aid Office.

Visit the Music Scholarships page for more information and application forms.

Deadline is April 4, 2014

Award amount: $3,000 per year

The Sharon Labovitz Scholarship recipient will be selected based on his/her academic credentials, extracurricular leadership activities, essay and recommendation form.  The extra curricular activites can include a wide variety of things such as school, community, church and volunteer work.  Leadership activities can be defined as developing a program, holding office, etc.

Scholarship eligibility criteria/requirements:

  • Must be a graduating Minnesota high school senior ranking in the top 15 percent of his or her class and has attained an ACT composite score of at least 27
  • Must have taken a leadership role in extracurricular activities. The scope of extracurricular activities can include school, community, church and volunteer work. Leadership activities can be defined as developing a program, holding an office, etc.
  • Must submit application form, including essay (link below)
  • Must submit included recommendation form (link below)
  • Must be a intending to be a full-time student at St. Scholastica
  • Must complete the FAFSA by March 1, 2014.  (Financial need is not the most important factor, but will be considered.)
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen 

To renew scholarship for additional three years, recipient must:

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA (reviewed at the end of each academic year).
  • Submit a written request for renewal to the Sharon Labovitz Scholarship Committee by February 28 of each year.
  • Be active in at least two on-campus extra-curricular service activities (e.g. Student Senate, other student organizations, music ensembles, Admissions volunteer groups, etc).

Deadline is April 4, 2014

Award Amount: Varies

Scholarship eligibility criteria:

  • Son/daughter or niece/nephew of an Alumna/Alumnus
  • Applicants must demonstrate potential for academic success including satisfactory GPA and/or class rank
  • Enrolled as a traditional full-time student (12 or more credits per term) during the academic year for which the scholarship is made
  • Students must apply each year (scholarship will not automatically be renewed)
  • Scholarship applicants must demonstrate financial need and complete the 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Deadline is April 4, 2014

Award Amount: $500-$3,000

The St. Scholastica Multicultural, Inclusion & Diversity Scholarship is designated to provide additional opportunities for students with an interest in advancing racial and social justice issues and demonstrate exceptional financial need. Preference will be afforded to students who have been traditionally underrepresented in American higher education, with an emphasis on students of color. Applications are reviewed on an individual basis and award amounts are based on financial need. This scholarship provides awards ranging from $500 to $3,000. High school seniors and new transfer students are invited to apply.

Complete the CSS Multicultural, Inclusion & Diversity Scholarship Application Form

Deadline is April 4, 2014

Award Amount: $5,000- $18,000

The Sister Timothy Kirby Social Justice Scholarship program is designated to provide significant scholarship opportunities to students who demonstrate a substantial commitment to pluralism and the advancement of racial and social justice. The College will be offering eight scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $18,000 based on a student's need level as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and will be renewable for up to three years after the first year. Preference will be afforded to students who have been traditionally underrepresented in American higher education, with an emphasis on students of color. High school seniors who have been accepted to St. Scholastica for fall 2014 are invited to apply.

Complete the Sister Timothy Kirby Scholarship Application Form

Deadline is April 4, 2014

Award amount: Two - $2,500/year scholarships

Scholarship eligibility criteria:

  1. Applicant must be a high school senior who will be enrolled as a full-time student at The College of St. Scholastica in 2014-15.
  2. Applicant must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. 
  3. Strong consideration will be given to applicants involved in non-athletic extra-curricular activities, volunteerism and leadership roles.
  4. Financial need will be taken into consideration in choosing recipients. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be completed by March 1, 2014.
  5. This scholarship is for current high school seniors and is renewable for a total of four years (student must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and stay enrolled full-time).
  6. The scholarship can extend to a total of five years if the student goes into a graduate program at CSS.
  7. One male student and one female student will be selected.

Deadline is April 4, 2014

Award amount: $2,000

The John Baggs Memorial Scholarship was established to award scholarship funding to a student who demonstrates a commitment to community service and creative ability in the area of advertising, public relations or journalism.

Scholarship eligibility criteria:

  • Applicant must be an entering undergraduate student who will be enrolled full-time in the traditional day program at the College of St. Scholastica in 2014-15;
  • Student must demonstrate high academic acheivement; 
  • Student must demonstrate leadership potential;
  • Student must demonstrate outstanding community service;
  • Student must demonstrate participation in high school activities;
  • Student must demonstrate creative ability in the area of advertising, public relations and/or journalism;
  • Student must demonstrate skilled writing ability through the submission of a cover letter and at least two writing samples.


Other resources that students should consider

Comprehensive Scholarship directory

This directory is compiled by the College of St. Scholastica and contains scholarship opportunities made available to students attending CSS.

Student e-mail announcements

Once you are a student on campus, you will have your own e-mail account. New scholarships are advertised through the daily student announcements.

High school guidance counselor

If you are a current high school student, get to know your guidance counselor. These people are an excellent point of contact in learning about scholarship opportunities that your school and community may offer.

Internet

There are thousands of scholarship opportunities made available through the Internet. A couple that you may want to check out are:

Never give out Social Security, credit card, or bank account information over the Internet. You should NEVER have to pay for scholarship information.

Academic departments/professors

Check with faculty and staff at the College of St. Scholastica, as they may be aware of scholarship opportunities specific to your field of study.

Public library

There are many books and publications devoted to help students locate outside scholarships.

Ordean Foundation

The Ordean Foundation offers scholarships to full-time juniors or seniors from Duluth, Proctor, Hermantown, or one of the surrounding townships. Recipients must also be accounting, education (elementary education, or secondary teaching licensure), management, nursing, psychology, or social work majors. This scholarship is for low-income students who demonstrate financial need through the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). For more details and application information, see our scholarship directory.

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Outside resources

Many employers, clubs, religious affiliations and organizations offer scholarships. You won't know if you don't ask!

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