Scholarships

The scholarships listed below are for our traditional "day" transfer students on the Duluth campus. Our generous transfer scholarships make a CSS education affordable — often costing less than a public college or university. The College retains the right to adjust Scholarship levels and rates at any time.

Visit our comprehensive scholarship directory and discounts page for additional aid and benefit opportunities.

Transfer scholarships awarded based on application for admission

No additional application is necessary for these scholarships. All domestic St. Scholastica transfer students who qualify will automatically be awarded these scholarships based on their application for admission to the College.

Up to $18,000 for new Fall 2017 transfer students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Learn more about this scholarship.

A $1,000 stackable scholarship for new transfer students with current membership in the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Awarded to students who have a sibling, step-sibling, parent, step-parent, grandparent, or step-grandparent who graduated from The College of St. Scholastica, The CSS Legacy Scholarship is $1,800 annually. The College retains the right to change this policy and rate at any time.

Transfer scholarships with separate applications

Students must be accepted to the College to apply for scholarships, but are welcome to preview what each scholarship entails prior to acceptance. 

Social Justice and Inclusion Scholarships

Deadline for Spring 2018 (17-18 school year): 1st day of the semester
Deadline for Fall 2018
(18-19 school year): June 1

Apply here: Social Justice & Inclusion Scholarships App

*Note: There is only one application for the Social Justice & Inclusion Scholarships. You will be considered for any/all of the three scholarships below (based upon your application). Please be sure to read details for each scholarship.

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. 

Scholarship criteria:

  • Applicant must be an entering freshman or new transfer student.
  • Applicant must be accepted and know his/her CSS Student ID to apply (provided on the acceptance letter). **If you have not yet been accepted, we invite you to apply once you have been. 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.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Applicant must submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.gov to be awarded scholarship (available starting October 1).

Renewal Criteria:

  • Recipient will be invited to attend Multicultural Leadership Training held the week before fall semester, in conjunction with move-in weekend.
  • Once the school year has started, the recipient will need to complete the Individual Plan for Academic Success Assessment and schedule a one-on-one meeting with Chris Davila, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, to discuss expected outcomes.
    • Set academic goals for the year
    • Identify strengths and areas of concern
    • Build an individual plan for resources
  • Recipient must maintain continuous, full time status;
  • Recipient must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (GPA 2.0 or higher and 67% completion ratio);
  • Recipient must file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year while enrolled.

*Note: The requirements listed above are effective for all new and current students who accept the scholarship. Failure to complete any of the above requirements will result in the loss of the scholarship.

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

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 be an entering freshman or new transfer student.
  • 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 to be awarded scholarship (available starting October 1).
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
Renewal Criteria:
  • Recipient must 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;
  • Once the school year has started, the recipient will need to complete the Individual Plan for Academic Success Assessment and schedule a one-on-one meeting with Chris Davila, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, to discuss expected outcomes.
    • Set academic goals for the year
    • Identify strengths and areas of concern
    • Build an individual plan for resources
  • Recipient must maintain continuous, full time status;
  • Recipient must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (GPA 2.0 or higher and 67% completion ratio);
  • Recipient will act as a mentor to other students;
  • It is preferred that our student leaders live on campus. The amount of the scholarship will most likely be lower if student should live off campus;
  • Recipient must file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year while enrolled.

*Note: The requirements listed above are effective for all new and current students who accept the scholarship. Failure to complete any of the above requirements will result in the loss of the scholarship. 

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 10 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. 

Scholarship Criteria: 

  • Applicant must be an entering freshman or new transfer student in the traditional undergraduate program, with a cumulative GPA 2.75 or higher;
  • Applicant must be accepted and know his/her CSS Student ID to apply (provided on the acceptance letter). **If you have not yet been accepted, we invite you to apply once you have been. 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 must submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.gov to be awarded scholarship (available starting October 1).
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
Renewal Criteria:
  • Recipient must 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;
  • Once the school year has started, the recipient will need to complete the Individual Plan for Academic Success Assessment and schedule a one-on-one meeting with Chris Davila, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, to discuss expected outcomes.
    • Set academic goals for the year
    • Identify strengths and areas of concern
    • Build an individual plan for resources
  • Recipient must maintain continuous, full time status;
  • Recipient must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (GPA 2.0 or higher and 67% completion ratio);
  • Recipient will act as a mentor to other students;
  • It is preferred that our student leaders live on campus. The amount of the scholarship will most likely be lower if student should live off campus;
  • Recipient must file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year while enrolled.

*Note: The requirements listed above are effective for all new and current students who accept the scholarship. Failure to complete any of the above requirements will result in the loss of the scholarship. 

Additional Miscellaneous Scholarships - Deadline varies by scholarship

*Each of these scholarships have an separate application. Click on each scholarship for more info and its application.

Deadline: Before the start of classes in the student's first semester at CSS.

The Catholic Referral Scholarship is a $300 annual scholarship, totaling $1,200 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. Student must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

Complete the Catholic Student Referral Scholarship Form.

Deadline:  June 1

The CSSyes Scholarship is designated to provide additional opportunities for students with solid academics and great need.

  • Applicant must be an entering freshman or new transfer student in the traditional undergraduate program for Fall 2017;
  • Applicant must be accepted and know his/her CSS Student ID to apply (provided on the acceptance letter). **If you have not yet been accepted, we invite you to apply once you have been. Please contact Admissions with questions about your acceptance/ID;
  • Applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Applicant must submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) to be awarded scholarship (available starting October 1);
  • Covers remainder of tuition (this does not include room/board or books) after factoring in your Benedictine Scholarship, other St. Scholastica scholarships and grants, state grant, and federal grant funding;
  • Is renewable for up to three additional years or until receiving a bachelor's degree as long as you maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) along with full-time enrollment status (12 - 18 credits). SAP is defined as a 67% completion rate and a 2.0 GPA, or better;
  • Allows you to earn outside scholarships to cover room, board and books.

*Note: Recipients selected to receive the CSSyes Scholarship are required to live on campus their first two years.

Find additional information and complete the CSSyes Scholarship Application.

Deadline: March 1

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 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Find additional information and complete Alumni & Sr. Celeste Shoup Scholarship Application.

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