Saint Mary's offers many need and merit-based scholarships, all renewable for up to four years.
With the exception of Brother Dominic Barry Mathematics, Performing Arts and Macken Collegiate Forensics Scholarships, there are no separate application forms to complete for Saint Mary's scholarships. Students will automatically be considered for any award for which they are eligible.
Merit scholarships are only awarded to students who submit complete admissions applications by Feb. 1. Scholarships are awarded to full-time undergraduates who demonstrate financial need, including limited opportunities for transfer and international students. To renew a scholarship you must submit a renewal application and maintain satisfactory academic progress and financial need.
Saint Mary's College General Scholarships: $1,000-$28,000 annually
These need-based grants are provided annually by both endowed funds and tuition revenues. Award amounts depend on student demonstrated financial need. However, several endowed scholarships have additional criteria, such as geographic restrictions or ethnic restrictions (e.g., Joseph David Cardoza scholarship for students of Portuguese descent).
Highly competitive award; applicants typically have at least a 3.8 GPA in a demanding college prep program and similarly competitive ACT or SAT scores. Presidential Scholars also receive the Honors at Entrance Scholarship for a combined total of $24,000.
Freshman Honors at Entrance Scholarships: $13,000 annually
To be considered applicants typically have at least a 3.7 GPA in a demanding college prep program and similarly competitive ACT or SAT scores.
Transfer Honors at Entrance Scholarships: $11,000 annually
Transfer students entering with 30 or more transfer academic semester units or the equivalent and a 3.5 college GPA will receive this award.
- are accepted by March 2 for the Fall semester
- have 30 or more transferable academic semester units at the time of acceptance
- have a 3.5 cumulative transferable academic GPA
Gael Scholar’s Award: $11,000 annually
$11,000 annually; renewable for each of four years of full-time study. awarded to first-time freshman at acceptance. Selected students have noteworthy extracurricular involvement and demanding college preparatory schedules that include rigorous senior schedules. Competitive candidates typically have either a 4.0 grade point averages, or solid B (greater than 3.26) averages combined with very strong ACT or SAT performance (greater than 1800 on critical reading, math, writing sections of the SAT l or ACT composite scores of greater than 26).
Lasallian Leadership Scholarship: $11,000 annually
Entering freshmen with an academic GPA of 3.5 from Christian Brothers' High School in the United States will automatically receive this award.
Saint Mary's Macken Collegiate Forensics program offers a variety of scholarship opportunities to incoming freshman, transfer students, and currently enrolled SMC student.
Students are selected to receive scholarships based on their level of commitment to the Macken team, their competitive potential and contributions, and their academic standing.
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Liberal Arts Scholarships 2014-15
Awards of $13,000 per year awarded to entering first time freshman for each of four years of consecutive full-time study.
Initial application process:
Applicants must submit all application materials (Common Application, high school transcript, a letter of recommendation, ACT or SAT scores on or before the Early Action deadline of November 15.
Application materials for the Liberal Arts Scholarships (listed below) must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Admissions Office, c/o Drew Riley, PO Box 4800, Moraga, CA 94575 on or before noon, Dec. 6th, 2013.
Students with complete applications must interview on campus January 25th, 2014 with faculty from their department of interest. (Overnight accommodations may be available on Friday, January 24th provided two weeks’ notice is provided.) The college may be able to assist in travel cost to students outside of Northern California; inquire with Drew Riley at email@example.com for more information.
Brother Cornelius Video Arts Scholarship (Art and Art History Department)
- An essay (<500 words), describing the applicant’s interest and qualifications for the scholarship
- Two letters of recommendation from teachers and/or others addressing the applicant’s qualifications
- A DVD or online portfolio of original work (video as well as artwork of other digital or traditional mediums
- A list of software skills
- A list of any relevant video media art projects including titles, durations, and synopses.
The recipient must major in Art Practice and is expected to annually contribute in several capacities to the Art & Art History Department. Such contributions may include working closely with a faculty member as a production or research assistant on a video or media arts project, coordinating screenings of student video work, leading the department’s art club.
Theology and Religious Studies Scholarship
- A personal essay of <1000 words addressing the following:
- Why are you interested in pursuing the academic study of theology and/or religion and related topics that most interest you
- Providing evidence of such interest in the form of personal experience, study, service, or career expectations.
- Describing why Saint Mary’s College would be a good place to pursue the study of theology and/or religion.
- Two letters of recommendation addressing your intellectual interests in studying theology and/or religion: at least one from an academic professional (e.g. teacher or guidance counselor)
The recipient must major in Theology & Religious Studies and contribute actively to the Theology & Religious Studies department’s work. Such contributions might include organizing events for students or the larger community, engaging in research with the faculty, leading study groups, and/or assisting with the department’s website.
Integral Program Scholarship
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals testifying to the applicant’s interest in the Integral Program
- A portfolio illustrating a commitment to inquiry based on the reading and discussion of primary texts. Applicants are invited to be inventive in constructing their portfolios.
The recipient must be an Integral major, and contribute actively to the department’s work. Such contributions might include assisting with the department website, assisting with student recruitment, and organizing departmental events.
English Department Scholarship
- Two letters of recommendation, one to be written by the applicant’s junior or senior year high school English teacher.
- Two essays. One explain (<750 words) why the applicant wishes to major in English; the second (1000-1750 words) analyzing a literary text. Applicants may also include an example of their creative writing.
The recipient must major in English, and contribute to English Department activities. Such contributions might include assisting with the department website, working on the literary magazine, or helping to organize English Club events.
- A letter of recommendation from an individual testifying to the applicant’s interest in politics
- A personal essay (<750 words) addressing the applicant’s interest in politics and providing evidence in the form of personal experience, study, service, or career expectations
The recipient must major in politics and contribute actively to the Department’s work. Such contributions might include assisting faculty research and teaching activities and organizing department events.
The Louis LeFevre Scholarship for History Majors
- A list of history classes taken in high school including the titles of texts read in each class
- Essay: 500 words addressing why you want to study history
- Essay: 250 words describing your leadership ability experience
- Two letters of recommendations from teachers with one from a history teacher
The recipient must major in History and collaborate with faculty and students to facilitate participation and leadership in History Club activities and events.
Brother Dominic Barry Mathematics Scholarships
Saint Mary's College Department of Mathematics and Computer Science invites applications for the Brother Dominic Barry Mathematics scholarships. Each scholarship is awarded in the amount of $13,000 annually and is renewable for four years. The scholarships will be awarded to the two highest scorers on the Math Problem Solving Competition to take place on the afternoon of Saturday, January 25th, 2014.
This competition will take place at the conclusion of the Preview Day events on January 25th. Following the competition, there will be an opportunity to participate in fun math events and share dinner with current Saint Mary's math majors.
Students interested in participating in the Scholarship competition must sign up before January 19th.
Students who take part in the scholarship competition will have their application fees waived.
Performing Arts Scholarships
Saint Mary’s College offers $13,000 tuition-remission scholarships in music, dance and theatre to incoming freshmen. Awards are renewable for four years, and are merit-based for demonstrated artistic excellence. Scholarship auditions for the 2013-2014 year will be held Saturday, January 26, 2013. Apply for an audition below, or contact the Director of your program of interest for more information.
Private organizations and corporations offer a variety of scholarships, which can be used to fund your education at Saint Mary's. See Private Scholarships and Scholarship Websites That Work for more information.
Jan Term Travel Scholarship
Scholarship assistance is available for students who would otherwise be unable to afford a January Term travel course. The 2014 Jan Tem Travel Scholarship Application is due Spetember 16th by 4:30pm to the Financial Aid Office. No late exceptions.
Study Abroad Scholarships
Students may receive scholarships to study abroad in a NON SMC program. One common scholarship is the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.
Study Abroad programs might also have their own scholarships available to students. More information about these can be found in their links above.
*All scholarships amounts are for 2013 Fall incoming students