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Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

Benedictine Merit Scholarship

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Earning a college degree is one of the best investments you and your family can make for your future. St. Scholastica offers many scholarships to first-year students, making a St. Scholastica degree more affordable than you may think.

First-Year Scholarships awarded based on application for admission

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

No additional application is necessary for the following scholarships:

Amount: $14,000 - $25,000 per year (renewable)

This scholarship is awarded to all new St. Scholastica first-year applicants for Fall 2019, based on merit (curriculum, cumulative GPA, and ACT/SAT scores). 

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

This is a scholarship for domestic 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 visit to the College.

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

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.


First-Year St. Scholastica 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 & Inclusion - Deadline: March 1

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

Amount: $500-$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 and know their CSS Student ID to apply (provided on the acceptance letter). 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 must submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.gov to be awarded scholarship.

Amount: $5,000-$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 and know their CSS Student ID to apply (provided on the acceptance letter). 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 must submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.gov to be awarded scholarship.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

 

Amount:  $5,000-$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 and know their CSS Student ID to apply (provided on the acceptance letter). 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.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

 

Leadership & Community-Building - Deadline: March 1

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*Note: There is only one application for the Leadership and Community-Building Scholarships. You will be considered for any/all of the four scholarships above (based upon your application). Please be sure to read details for each scholarship.

Amount: Full-tuition* (renewable)

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

  • *Covers remainder of tuition after factoring in your Benedictine Scholarship, other St. Scholastica scholarships and grants, state grant and federal grant funding (does not cover room/board, books, or fees).
  • Allows you to earn outside scholarships to cover room/board, books and fees.

Scholarship criteria:

  • Applicant must be an entering first-year student in the traditional undergraduate program.
  • Applicant must be accepted and know their CSS Student ID to apply (provided on the acceptance letter). 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.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Recipients are required to live on campus their first two years.

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

Scholarship criteria:

  • Applicant must be an entering first-year student in the traditional undergraduate program.
  • Applicant must be accepted and know their CSS Student ID to apply (provided on the acceptance letter). Please contact Admissions with questions about your acceptance/ID.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Applicant 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.
  • Applicant must submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) to be awarded scholarship.
  • 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.

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 and know their CSS Student ID to apply (provided on the acceptance letter). 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 (link below).
  • 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.

Amount(s):

One scholarship - full-tuition plus room/board (renewable)
One scholarship - full-tuition (renewable)

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, and room/board
    • 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 cover full tuition:
    • 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.

Scholarship criteria:

  • Applicant must be an entering first-year student in the traditional undergraduate program.
  • Applicant must be accepted and know their CSS Student ID to apply (provided on the acceptance letter). 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 $23,000 or higher Benedictine Scholarship.
  • 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.
  • Applicants must have visited or scheduled an official visit to our Duluth campus by March 1.

Talent-based - Deadline varies by scholarship

*Each of these scholarships have a separate application. Click on each scholarship below for more information and to access the application.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jeremy Craycraft at 218-723-7021 or jcraycra@css.edu.

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

Deadline: March 1

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

Scholarship criteria:

  • Applicant must be an entering first-year student in the traditional undergraduate program.
  • Applicant must be accepted and know their CSS Student ID to apply (provided on the acceptance letter). 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.

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Deadline: March 1

Amount: $2,000 (renewable)

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.
  • 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 communications.
  • Student 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.

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Deadline: March 1

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

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 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.

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Deadline: Application must be submitted at least three weeks prior to the audition date you wish to attend (dates below), or sooner if possible.  Application submission closes May 1.

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.

There will be multiple audition dates to choose from for this scholarship this year. Dates will be posted later this fall.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Bret Amundson at (218) 625-4983 or email.

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

Religious & Other Miscellaneous - Deadline varies by scholarship

*Each of these scholarships have a separate application. Click on each scholarship below for more information and to access the application.

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

Amount: $300 per year (renewable)

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.

Deadline: Will be awarded upon notification from Catholic United that a student has received a Catholic United Scholarship

Amount: $500 (non-renewable)

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 criteria:

  • Applicant must be an entering first-year student in the traditional undergraduate program.
  • 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: April 1

Amount: $4,000 per year (renewable for one additional year)

Scholarship criteria:

  • Applicant must be an entering first-year student in the traditional undergraduate program.
  • Applicant must be a first-generation college student from a family with an income less than $50,000 annually.
  • Applicant must have a history of and continuing involvement in school and/or community activities.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

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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.
  • 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.
  • College of 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.

Deadline: March 1

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

Scholarship criteria:

  • Applicant must be an entering first-year student in the traditional undergraduate program.
  • Applicant must be accepted and know their CSS Student ID to apply (provided on the acceptance letter). Please contact Admissions with questions about your acceptance/ID.
  •  Applicant must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.2 or greater.
  •  Applicant must submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) to be awarded scholarship.
  •  Applicant must be a business intended major.
  •  Applicant must be a female student from the Duluth/Proctor area or Northern Minnesota.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

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Deadline: March 1

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

Scholarship criteria:

  • Applicant must be an entering first-year student in the traditional undergraduate program.
  • Applicant must be accepted and know their CSS Student ID to apply (provided on the acceptance letter). Please contact Admissions with questions about your acceptance/ID.
  • 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.
  • Applicant must be Jewish.

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Deadline: March 1

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

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.

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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 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 and 67% completion ratio).

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.

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. Some 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.

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