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Scholarships Based on Admission Application

St. Scholastica awards academic scholarships to all first-year students based on academic achievement and contributions made to one’s schools and community, just by applying for admission!

No additional application is necessary for the following scholarships:

Benedictine Scholarships

Benedictine Scholarship levels: (renewable)

Awards are based on either high school GPA or test score — whichever amount is greater.

Scholarship Levels
High School GPA Benedictine Scholarship Amount ACT Score
3.9+ $28,000 29+
3.70 to 3.89 $27,000 26 to 28
3.50 to 3.89 $26,000 24 to 25
3.20 to 3.49 $25,000 22 to 23
3.0 to 3.19 $24,000 20 to 21
2.5 to 2.99 $21,000 18 to 19

CSS College Readiness Scholarship

Amount: $3,000 – $5,000 per year (renewable)

This is a scholarship for U.S. first-year students who are actively involved in an intensive, income-based college readiness program (this does not include PSEO, AP, IB, College in the Schools, Ramp Up to Readiness, etc). This scholarship is in addition to the student’s Benedictine Scholarship.

$3,000 will be awarded automatically based on application for admission. An additional $2,000 will be awarded to recipients who also do an official Admissions visit to our Duluth campus or an individual virtual visit (for Fall 2021 only) prior to May 15.

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)
  • Northfield 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

CSS Legacy Scholarship

Amount: $1,800 per year (renewable)

This scholarship is in addition to the student’s Benedictine Scholarship. The College retains the right to change this policy and rate at any time.

Scholarship criteria:

  • Student must have a sibling, step-sibling, parent, step-parent, grandparent, or step-grandparent who graduated from The College of St. Scholastica
  • Student will be a domestic, full-time student in the traditional day program on the Duluth campus

Palmer Management Scholarship

Amount: Estimated at $3,000 (non-renewable)

Scholarship criteria:

  • Student must be an entering first-year student in the traditional undergraduate program
  • Student must be accepted to St. Scholastica
  • Student must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.2 or greater
  • Student must submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) to be awarded scholarship
  • Student must be a business intended major
  • Student must be a female student from the Duluth/Proctor area or Northern Minnesota
  • Student must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

Raymond Prebilic Scholarship

Amount: Two – $2,500 per year scholarships (renewable)

Scholarship criteria:

  • Student must be an entering first-year student in the traditional undergraduate program
  • Student must be accepted to St. Scholastica
  • Student must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Student must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Strong consideration will be given to applicants involved in non-athletic extra-curricular activities, volunteerism and leadership roles
  • Student should submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • One male student and one female student will be selected
  • The scholarship is renewable for up to four additional years if the recipient goes onto a graduate program at St. Scholastica immediately following their Bachelor’s degree

Robert & Marjorie Alpern Foundation Scholarship for Jewish Students

Amount: Four – $2,500 per year scholarships (renewable)

Scholarship criteria:

  • Student must be an entering first-year student in the traditional undergraduate program
  • Student must be accepted to St. Scholastica
  • Student must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Student must submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) to be awarded scholarship
  • Student must be Jewish

Additional First-Year Student Scholarships

The following scholarships require an additional application and are for U.S. students only. Information about each scholarship is listed below.

Social Justice & Inclusion Scholarships

There is one application for all three scholarships in this group. Click on each scholarship name to see criteria required for each before completing the scholarship application.

  • Priority Deadline: December 1
  • Final Deadline: March 1

CSS Multicultural, Inclusion & Diversity Scholarship

Amount: Up to $3,000 per year (renewable)

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.

Scholarship criteria:
  • Applicant must be an entering first-year or new transfer student
  • Applicant must be accepted to be awarded the scholarship. Please contact Admissions with questions about your acceptance/ID
  • Applicant must demonstrate an interest in pluralism, inclusion, and the advancement of racial and social justice
  • Recipient will attend Multicultural Leadership Training held the week before fall semester, in conjunction with move-in weekend. If this is not a viable option, student will need to work with the Office of Institutional Diversity to coordinate other training.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Applicant should submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)

Ge-naadamaagoyan Native American Scholarship

Amount: Up to $18,000 per year (renewable)

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.

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis and award amounts are based on financial need.

Scholarship criteria:
  • Applicant must be an entering first-year or new transfer student
  • Applicant must be accepted to be awarded the scholarship. Please contact Admissions with questions about your acceptance/ID
  • 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
  • Recipient will attend Multicultural Leadership Training held the week before fall semester, in conjunction with move-in weekend. If this is not a viable option, student will need to work with the Office of Institutional Diversity to coordinate other training.
  • Student should submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

Sister Timothy Kirby Social Justice Scholarship

Amount: Up to $18,000 per year (renewable)

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.

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis and award amounts are based on financial need. Preference will be afforded to students who have been traditionally underrepresented in American higher education, with an emphasis on students of color.

Scholarship criteria:
  • Applicant must be an entering first-year or new transfer student in the traditional undergraduate program
  • Applicant must be accepted to be awarded the scholarship. Please contact Admissions with questions about your acceptance/ID
  • Recipient will attend Multicultural Leadership Training held the week before fall semester, in conjunction with move-in weekend. If this is not a viable option, student will need to work with the Office of Institutional Diversity to coordinate other training.
  • Applicant must demonstrate substantial commitment to pluralism and the advancement of racial and social justice
  • Applicant should submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

Leadership and Community-Building Scholarships

There is one application for both scholarships in this group. Click on the scholarship name to see criteria required for each before completing the scholarship application.

  • Priority Deadline: December 1
  • Final Deadline: March 1

Sharon Labovitz Leadership Scholarship

Amount: $3,000 per year (renewable)

The Sharon Labovitz Scholarship recipient(s) will be selected based on academic credentials, extracurricular leadership activities, essay and recommendation form. The extra curricular activities 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 criteria:
  • Applicant must be a graduating Minnesota high school senior with an unweighted GPA of at least 3.0 and an ACT composite score of at least 27
  • Applicant must be accepted to be awarded the scholarship. Please contact Admissions with questions about your acceptance/ID
  • Applicant 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.
  • Applicant must submit application form, including essay
  • Applicant must have our recommendation form completed (link will be emailed to you upon submission of your application)
  • Applicant must submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) to be awarded scholarship
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

Sister Mary Rochefort Community Builder Scholarship

Two recipients will be selected

  • One will be awarded full-tuition plus room/board (renewable): Covers remainder of tuition, and room/board (this does not include books or fees) after factoring in your Benedictine Scholarship, other St. Scholastica scholarships and grants, state, and federal grant funding.
  • One will be awarded full-tuition (renewable): Covers remainder of tuition (this does not include room/board, books or fees) after factoring in your Benedictine Scholarship, other St. Scholastica scholarships and grants, state, and federal grant funding.

This competitive scholarship has been created to honor the memory of Sr. Mary Rochefort, a beloved member of the St. Scholastica Monastery for more than 50 years. Sr. Mary served the College as the Director of Mission Integration and was a role model for what “community” truly means. She exemplified the role of community builder and servant leader, one who places the interest of community first. She used her skills to nurture the children in the schools where she taught and was principal, and also in the St. Scholastica community through love, kindness and welcoming all people. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on top-level academic performance and demonstrated evidence of working to help build a positive, inclusive community and a desire to continue that at The College of St. Scholastica.

Community Builder – someone that takes time to build relationships that incorporate and promote Community, Hospitality, Respect, Stewardship, and Love of Learning.

Scholarship criteria:
  • Applicant must be an entering first-year student in the traditional undergraduate program
  • Applicant must be accepted to be awarded the scholarship. Please contact Admissions with questions about your acceptance/ID.
  • Recipients are required to live on campus their first two years
  • Applicant must be a graduating high school senior with a minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA and an ACT composite score of at least 24 (or the SAT equivalent), OR an accepted student who is receiving a $24,000 or higher Benedictine Scholarship.
  • Applicant must submit application form, including essay
  • Applicant must have our recommendation form completed (link will be emailed to you upon submission of your application)
  • Applicant should submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Applicants must have done an official Admissions visit to our Duluth campus or an individual virtual visit (for Fall 2021 only) by March 1

Talent-based Scholarships

Click on each scholarship below for more information about the scholarship. Deadline varies by scholarship.

Sister Monica Laughlin Music Ensemble Scholarship

Amount: Up to $4,000 per year

The St. Scholastica Music Department invites both music and non-music majors to apply for the Sister Monica Laughlin Music Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to students who have achieved success in their musical training and plan to continue to be involved in large ensembles at St. Scholastica.

About the Scholarship

The Sister Monica Laughlin Music Ensemble Scholarship auditions are open to students in all majors at the College who sing or play in choir, band, or orchestra. Students may receive up to $16,000 over four years (up to $4,000 per academic year) for participating in music ensembles. A student’s award is determined by the members of the Music Department faculty following the student’s submission of an audition recording and a live interview with the music faculty. The scholarship is automatically renewed each semester for a student who:

  • Continues to participate in scholarship music ensemble (band, choir, or orchestra)
  • Is recommended by the director
  • Makes satisfactory academic progress as defined in the College catalog
  • Maintains full-time student status at St. Scholastica

Music scholarships can only be offered to students who have been accepted to The College of St. Scholastica.

The combined amount of scholarships and grants offered by the institution cannot exceed the cost of tuition. Music scholarships cannot be used toward room and board.

Students who audition early in the scholarship process (in February or March) may not receive notification of a music scholarship until after the Financial Aid Office has created an initial financial aid package. Students who are awarded full tuition scholarships or grants through this financial aid process are ineligible for additional music scholarships, even if they have already completed the audition process.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Music Department or the Financial Aid Office before you submit an application.

Interview Dates

Interview dates for students entering college in fall 2022 will be held in March, April, and May. In addition, we will offer both in-person and virtual audition options this year. Please check back later for specific dates, application deadlines and details about in-person and virtual audition processes.

How to Apply
  1. Submit the application form. Submit the form at least 7 days in advance of the date you wish to interview.
  2. On the application, provide the name and contact information of your current high school music ensemble director. Contact your director and request that they submit the recommendation form (automatically emailed to them when you apply) at least 7 days in advance of the date you wish to audition.
How to Audition
  1. Choose 1-2 pieces to perform and record
  2. If your audition piece requires piano accompaniment, you have several options. A) you may have an accompanist performing with you in the room while you record (please practice safe physical distancing!), B) you may use a recorded accompaniment track that you already have access to or that someone in your community creates for you, and that you play on a device while you record or C) you may email a copy of your music to staff accompanist Emily Valine, and she will create an accompaniment recording for you to use. Please allow at least 10-14 days to receive your recording before the date you plan to record.
  3. Submit a video recorded performance. You may submit your recording as a link directly in your application, or you can submit it via email later to Emily Valine.
How to Interview
  1. Once the Music Department faculty and staff have reviewed your full application, you will be notified by email if you are being invited to an interview via Zoom videoconference. This email contains a link to a form to fill out. On this form, you’ll be able to let us know your scheduling availability for the interview day. Submit this form as soon as possible, at least 1 week in advance of your interview date.
  2. Once all scheduling forms have been received from students interviewing on that date, you’ll receive another email with confirmation of your official interview time. This email will also contain a link to a Zoom meeting and instructions on how to download and use Zoom, if you are not familiar with it. You’ll receive your scheduled time and Zoom link 5-6 days before the interview date.
  3. Plan to join the Zoom meeting 5-15 minutes early before your scheduled time. You will be sent to a virtual “waiting room” until the previous student has finished their interview, then you will be admitted to the Zoom meeting with the music faculty. During your 10-minute time slot, the Music Faculty will introduce themselves and ask you some questions about your musical interests and experience, your college plans, and anything else you’d like to share. You may also ask them any questions you have about the scholarship, music at CSS, or anything else!
We are here for you!

The CSS Music Department faculty and staff understand that there remain many uncertainties and unknowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We care about you feeling great about your audition experience and are creating accommodations to help you do your best during this time and in this format while practicing measures of health safety.

If you have questions or concerns about the online audition and interview process, such as internet access limitations, unfamiliarity with Zoom, or lack of access to needed instruments, please let us know, and we are ready to work with you on alternate solutions for your audition. The sooner we know about any challenges you may be facing with this new audition format, the more effectively we can help you navigate the situation and find a solution that works for you.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Valine at 218-723-6778.

FIRST Robotics Competition Scholarship

Amount: $1,500 (non-renewable)

Deadline: April 1

Scholarship criteria:
  • Applicant must be an entering first-year student in the traditional undergraduate program
  • Applicant must be accepted to be awarded the scholarship. Please contact Admissions with questions about your acceptance/ID.
  • Have participated on a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team during their high school career
  • Have a high school record of academic excellence. Student’s high school curriculum, cumulative GPA, and ACT/SAT exam score(s) will be considered.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

John Baggs Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $2,000 (renewable)

Deadline: March 1

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 communications.

Scholarship criteria:
  • Applicant must be an entering first-year student in the traditional undergraduate program
  • Applicant must be accepted to be awarded the scholarship. Please contact Admissions with questions about your acceptance/ID.
  • Applicant must demonstrate high academic achievement
  • Applicant must demonstrate leadership potential
  • Applicant must demonstrate outstanding community service
  • Applicant must demonstrate participation in high school activities
  • Applicant must demonstrate creative ability in communications
  • Applicant must demonstrate skilled writing ability through the submission of a cover letter and at least two media samples (writing, photography, commercials, video, etc.)
  • Applicant must submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) to be awarded scholarship
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

St. Scholastica Poetry Scholarship

Amount: $500-$1,000 (non-renewable)

Deadline: March 1

The St. Scholastica Poetry Scholarship is both an opportunity to recognize students interested in writing poetry and a point of entry into the St. Scholastica community of committed writers and artists.

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must submit their poem. All poems will be reviewed by English Department Chair, Dr. Ryan Vine, a nationally-published poet. Winners will be selected based on how best they express themselves with language (best words, best order) and will be awarded:

  • First place: $1,000 St. Scholastica scholarship and an opportunity to be a submissions editor for the Freshwater Review, St. Scholastica’s annual, national journal of literature and art
  • Runners up (two students): $500 St. Scholastica scholarship and an opportunity to be a submissions editor for the Freshwater Review

The scholarship is open to high school seniors who will be enrolled as a full-time student at The College of St. Scholastica in the upcoming fall. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

Additional Religious and Miscellaneous Scholarships

Click on each scholarship below for more information about the scholarship. Deadline varies by scholarship.

Catholic Student Referral Scholarship

Amount: $300 per year (renewable)

Deadline: Before the start of classes in the student’s first semester at St. Scholastica.

The Catholic Referral Scholarship is for incoming undergraduate 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. Student must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

Complete the Catholic Student Referral Scholarship Form.

Multiple Family Member Award

Amount: $1,800 per year (renewable) for traditional undergraduate students and 5% per year (renewable) for graduate/extended online students

St. Scholastica offers an award to students where two or more family members from the same immediate family are attending. This includes siblings or step-siblings, parent/child or stepparent/stepchild, or spouses.

  • Students must be registered full-time at The College of St. Scholastica during the same enrollment period (currently defined as a semester)
  • One of the family members must complete the Multiple Family Member Award form (my.CSS login is required to complete the form)
  • This award is available for fall and spring semesters only; it is not available for summer semester
  • The College retains the right to change this policy and rate at any time
  • St. Scholastica employees and their dependents are not eligible for this award
  • International students are not eligible for this award
  • This award cannot be applied retroactively
  • The Multiple Family Member Award will be adjusted to ensure that all scholarships, grants, remissions, or discounts (from any source) do not exceed the student’s cost of tuition
  • This discount cannot be used in conjunction with the Legacy Award or any other St. Scholastica discount

Wasie Polish Heritage Scholarship

Amount: $5,000 (renewable for up to 3 additional years – until completion of Bachelors degree)

The Wasie Polish Heritage Scholarship was established to award scholarship funding to Polish nationals (living in Poland or the U.S.) and/or to U.S. citizens of Polish ancestry.

Scholarship criteria:

St. Scholastica Alumni & Sr. Celeste Shoup Scholarship

Amount: Varies (nonrenewable, but may re-apply each year)

Deadline: March 1

Scholarship 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)
  • Students must apply each year (scholarship will not automatically be renewed)
  • Applicant must submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) to be awarded scholarship
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

For all of the scholarships above, student must be an incoming first-year student enrolled full-time in the traditional day program on the Duluth campus. The total amount of scholarships/grants (including Benedictine Scholarship, other St. Scholastica gift/scholarship 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 2.0 and 67% completion ratio).

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Scholarship Directory

A searchable directory of scholarships available to St. Scholastica students.

Student Email Announcements

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

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.

Outside Scholarship Resources

Many employers, clubs, religious affiliations and organizations offer scholarships. You won’t know if you don’t ask! There are also thousands of scholarship opportunities made available online.