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Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

St. Scholastica offers several scholarships for domestic first-year undergraduate students, making a CSS education affordable.

Are you a transfer student? St. Scholastica also offers many scholarships for transfer students. Visit the transfer scholarship page for more information.

Visit our comprehensive scholarship directory for additional scholarship opportunities and our "Discounts" page to see if there are other benefits you may be eligible for.


Scholarships Awarded Based on Application for Admission

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

The Benedictine Scholarships range for Fall 2017 is $15,000-$21,000 per year. They are available to all new St. Scholastica freshman applicants for Fall 2017, 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 as long as you maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). SAP is defined as a 67% completion rate and a 2.0 GPA, or better.  These scholarships are automatically awarded upon acceptance to the College and require no additional application. 

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Automatically awarded based application for admission

Amount: $5,000 per year

The CSS College Readiness Scholarship is automatically awarded based on information you provide on your application to the College.  It is a $5,000 per year, renewable scholarship for students who are actively involved in an intensive, income-based college readiness program (this does not include PSEO, AP, College in the Schools, Ramp Up to Readiness, etc).  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 2017;
  • Applicant must submit the 2017-18 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 2.0)

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

Automatically awarded based on application for admission

Amount: 5% of tuition, per year

The CSS Legacy Scholarship is automatically awarded based on information you provide on your application to the College.  It is 5% of tuition and is renewable each year. This scholarship is in addition to the student's Benedictine Scholarship. 

Scholarship eligibility 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, starting in Fall 2017;
  • Student must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined by the College (minimum GPA of 2.0)
*Please note this scholarship cannot be combined with the Alumni Referral Scholarship.  It can, however, be combined with the Catholic Student Referral Scholarship.

First-Year St. Scholastica Scholarships with Separate Applications

Additional information and application links will be added as the scholarship applications become available.  The following scholarships are grouped by their application deadlines or scholarship type.  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, Inclusion, and Access Scholarships

A portion of each of these scholarships will be awarded using the priority deadline listed, and the rest will be reserved for students applying by the final deadline listed. Students who apply by the priority deadline, but are not selected to receive the scholarship will be considered in the final deadline round, as well.

Priority deadline: December 1
Final deadline: March 1

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

  • 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.
Requirements to apply:
  • Applicant must be an entering freshman or new transfer student in the traditional undergraduate program.
  • 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) www.fafsa.gov to be awarded scholarship (available starting October 1).

*Note: Recipients selected to receive the CSSyes Scholarship are required to live on campus their freshman and sophomore years.

Find additional information and complete the CSSyes Scholarship Application.

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).
  • Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.

Find additional information and complete Ge-naadamaagoyan Scholarship Application.

Award amount: $500-$3,000

Scholarship eligibility criteria:

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. 

  • 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 noncitizen. 
  • Applicant must submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.gov to be awarded scholarship (available starting October 1).

Find additional information and complete the Multicultural, Inclusion & Diversity Scholarship Application.

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

Scholarship eligibility criteria:

  1. Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student at the Main (Duluth) Campus of St. Scholastica in 2017-18;
  2. 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.
  3. Applicant must be enrolled in a undergraduate or graduate degree program; 
  4. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident;
  5. Applicant must maintain satisfactory academic progress (GPA 2.0 or higher and 67% completion ratio);Applicant must maintain satisfactory academic progress (GPA 2.0 or higher and 67% completion ratio);
  6. Applicant must submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.gov to be awarded scholarship (available starting October 1).
  7. Applicant must be Jewish;
  8. Scholarship will be renewable for up to three years after the first year.

Find additional information and complete the Robert & Marjorie Alpern Scholarship Application.

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. 

  • 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 permanent U.S. resident.

Find additional information and complete the Sister Timothy Social Justice Scholarship Application.

Leadership and Academic Scholarships

Each of these scholarships will be awarded using the deadline listed below.

Deadline: March 1

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 2017-18;
  • Student must demonstrate high academic achievement; 
  • 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.
  • Applicant must submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.gov to be awarded scholarship (available starting October 1).

Find additional information and complete the John Baggs Scholarship Application.

Award amount: Estimated at $2,000-$2,500

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 2017-18.
  2. 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.
  3.  Applicant must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.2 or greater.
  4.  Applicant must submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.gov to be awarded scholarship (available starting October 1).
  5.  Applicant must be a business intended major.
  6.  Applicant must be a female student from the Duluth/Proctor area or Northern Minnesota.

Find additional information and complete the Palmer Management Scholarship Application.

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 2017-18.
  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. Applicant must submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.gov to be awarded scholarship (available starting October 1). Financial Need will be taken into consideration in choosing recipients.
  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.

Find additional information and complete the Raymond Prebilic Scholarship Application.

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);
  • Applicant must submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.gov to be awarded scholarship (available starting October 1).

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

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 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 eligibility criteria/requirements:

  • Applicant 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.
  • 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 (link below)
  • Applicant must have our recommendation form completed (link will be emailed to you upon submission of your application )
  • Applicant must be a intending to be a full-time student at St. Scholastica
  • 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 permanent U.S. resident. 

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).

Find additional information and complete the Sharon Labovitz Scholarship Application.

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.

Two scholarships will be awarded:

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

The Sister Mary Rochefort Community Builder Scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years, or until receiving a bachelor's degree, as long as Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is maintained along with full-time enrollment status (12-18 credits).

Scholarship eligibility criteria/requirements:

  • Applicant must be accepted to The College of St. Scholastica and intend to be a full-time traditional undergraduate student living on campus.
  • Applicant must be a graduating high school senior with a minimum 3.5 GPA and an ACT composite score of at least 24 (Or the SAT equivalent), OR an accepted student who has earned at least a $21,000 or $19,000 Benedictine Scholarship to be eligible to apply.
  • 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 domestic student (International students are not eligible for this scholarship).
  • Applicants must have visited or scheduled an official visit to our Duluth campus by March 1.
  • Recipients will need to complete an individual plan for academic success.
  • Recipients will be required to attend either the Multicultural Leadership Orientation (MLO) or Community Service Orientation (CSO) August Adventure activity.
  • Recipients will meet and enjoy a meal with the Sisters on a yearly basis.
  • Recipients will serve on the Community Day(s) planning committee

To apply, students must submit the following by March 1:

  • A 2-5 minute video essay that answers this question: "One of the cherished Benedictine values at St. Scholastica is ‘community.' How you have demonstrated community building in your community? What was the impact on the community? How would you contribute to building a positive, inclusive community at The College of St. Scholastica? 

Videos will be judged on your demonstrated record of being a community builder along with content, creativity and communication skills.

Application coming soon!

Scholarships with varied deadlines

Each of these scholarship has a deadline that ranges from January 31st until the first day of class. Please see each scholarship to find its deadline.

Deadline: Varies by scholarship

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

Alumni of St. Scholastica can help out a prospective undergraduate student by completing the Alumni Referral Scholarship. This scholarship is for domestic first-year students and is up to $300 annually, totaling $1,200.
* Please note this cannot be combined with the Legacy Scholarship or the Catholic Referral Scholarship.  

Complete the Alumni Referral Scholarship Form.

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.
* Please note that students can receive either the Alumni Referral Scholarship or the Catholic Referral Scholarship, but not both.   This scholarship can, however, be combined with the Legacy Scholarship.

Complete the Catholic Student Referral Scholarship Form.

Deadline: February 15

Award amount: $500

St. Scholastica is partnering with Catholic United Financial insurance company to benefit Catholic United members who attend St. Scholastica. Catholic United Financial offers a Post-High School Tuition Scholarship for Catholic United members, providing $500 to those attending a Catholic college or university. If a member who receives the scholarship enrolls at St. Scholastica, the College will match the amount and automatically award the student another $500 toward tuition.

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 2017-18;
  • Student must already be a recipient of the Catholic United Financial Post-High School Tuition Scholarship.

Visit the Catholic United Financial scholarship page for more information.

Deadline: July 1 

Award amount: $4,000

This scholarship is intended to help launch the academic careers of promising freshman who are first-generation college students from families with incomes less than $50,000 annually. Applicants must have a history of and continuing involvement in school and/or community activities.

Deadline: May 1

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: December 1

Award amount: $500-$1,000

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

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must submit their poem. All poems will be read by associate professor 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 receive:

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 2017-18.

Application coming soon!

Deadline: Application must be submitted at least three weeks prior to the audition date you wish to attend (dates below), or sooner if possible.

Award amount: Up to $4,000/year

This scholarship is available to any major at the college.

There will be three audition dates to choose from for this scholarship this year:

  • Saturday - November 12, 2016
  • Saturday - January 28, 2017
  • Saturday - March 4, 2017

Please contact Dr. Michael Buck with questions at mbuck@css.edu.

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

Other resources that students should consider

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Hear from past Ordean Scholarship recipients

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

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