Scholarships from many different sources are available to students. For example, your state of residence may award you a scholarship based on your academic achievement. There are also many outside scholarships available to students. Check with your parents’ employers, local organizations such as the Knights of Columbus and look through guidebooks in your college guidance office or surf the Web. Helpful Web sites are fastweb.com or finaid.com St. Thomas Aquinas also has many scholarship opportunities for you.
These scholarships range from $500 through full tuition scholarships and every student application is reviewed for these scholarships. They are available to new students -- and there are different criteria for new freshmen and new transfer students. They are renewable.
The Honors Program Scholarship
Students are reviewed for eligibility for our Honors Program which offers a full tuition scholarship for up to four years (a $90,000 value). Applicants must have a re-calculated high school GPA of 3.6 or higher in major subjects at the time of application; combined SAT scores of at least 1200 on the Critical Reading and Math sections with no section less than 550 or ACT composite of 27. Incoming freshmen meeting these initial requirements will be reviewed and may be contacted for an interview with the Honors Program Director. You may contact us about this program if you have applied to ensure that you are being reviewed for this program.
Academic Scholarships & Merit Scholarships
New freshmen and transfer students are reviewed for these awards ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 (annually renewable for up to four years). Awards are keyed to overall applications, high school or college GPAs, cumulative scores on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) or composite scores on the American College Testing (ACT) Examination, strong letters of recommendation, and moderate to high levels of community service.
Grade Point Average
Students must achieve an overall 3.0 high school or college grade point average to meet eligibility requirements for an Academic Scholarship.
Students must achieve an overall 2.5 high school or college grade point average to meet eligibility requirements for a Merit Scholarship.
For new first time freshmen, the core requirements are four (4) years of English; four (4) years of social studies; three (3) years of mathematics; three (3) years of science; and two (2) years of a foreign language for a total of 16 credits. GPAs in these core requirements along with additional course work are considered in admissions and scholarship review.
Standardized Test Scores: Students must score above a 1000 cumulatively on the Critical Reading (400+) and Mathematics (400+) and score above a 400 on the Writing component of the SAT in order to meet the eligibility requirement for the higher level Academic Scholarship ($10,000). For scholarships ranging between $3,000 and $9,000 (annually renewable) the cumulative SAT range is 900 with the same minimum requirements for each component.
For the higher level Academic Scholarship ($10,000), students' ACT composite scores must be a 22 or higher, which is the average of each score for the English, Mathematics, Reading and Science tests. (example: 24+19+19+20/4 = 20.50). The Writing test is required for admissions consideration, but is not calculated for scholarship consideration. For scholar-ships ranging from $3,000 to $9,000, the composite SAT range is 19.
GPA Scale/Scholarship Range
The high school or prior college GPA is one of the primary indicators for academic success and therefore is one of the key components in scholarship review. All of the above listed requirements need to be met for scholarship consideration, but this grade scale will provide a general range for scholarship eligibility. All scholarships are annually renewable.
Academic Scholarships for New Freshmen
3.6 non honors eligible meeting all other requirements, the range is $9,000-$10,000.
3.0 - 3.5 meeting all other requirements range is $6,000-$9,000.
Academic Scholarships for Transfer Students
3.6 meeting all other requirements, the range is $6,000 - $7,000.
3.0 - 3.5 meeting all other requirements, the range is $3,000 - $5,000.
Merit Scholarships for New Freshmen
2.5 - 2.9 meeting all other requirements, the range is $3,000 - $4,000.
Merit Scholarships for Transfer Students
2.5 - 2.9 meeting all other requirements, the range is $2,000 - $3,000.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship for Transfer Students
Students are eligible for an additional $2,500 if they are members of this national honor society for community college students and maintain their high academic standard.
*If a transfer student attended more than one college, the transfer GPA is taken from the last college attended as long as they have earned 15 or more credits at that college.
These $500 to $2,000 Annual Scholarships vary based on high school academic profiles, intended majors, and community service histories. These scholarships were established by donors and the endowment interest generated on these investments yields a number of scholarships for new students on an annual basis. These awards are renewable, and all applicants are reviewed by the Enrollment Management Office. Students do not need to apply for these awards. Every student is reviewed and their achievements are taken into consideration.
The College participates in the NCAA Division II and offers scholarships to students based on the coach's recommendations. Scholarships are available in basketball, soccer, cross country, track and field, golf and tennis for men and women; men's baseball, and women's softball and lacrosse. These awards range from $1,000 to full scholarship. Students who qualify for academic scholarships, and other awards are still eligible for athletic awards. The College sets a limit on how much scholarship funds can be applied to a student's account, typically capping the awards to equal the total cost of tuition. In some case, the awards are permitted to apply toward a student's room and board costs, but generally the awards do not exceed the cost of tuition.
Coaches, through the Athletic Director, make recommendations to the Admissions and Scholarship Committee. The Committee determines allocation of funds. Students interested in an athletic scholarship should contact the coach or athletic director.
The Lavelle Fund for the Blind Scholarship Program
More Scholarship Opportunities
The College has partnered with the Lavelle Fund for the Blind to provide scholarship assistance to legally blind students. The program is limited to a maximum number of students and students who meet the requirements are expected to apply for all other forms of financial aid before the stipend is applied to the student account. Maximum Lavelle Fund scholarships are $15,000 per academic year. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid.