For Transfer Students

Transfer students are eligible for the academic scholarships listed below.

Merit Scholarships for Transfer Students

Each of the following awards are renewable for a maximum of three years of total, consecutive, uninterrupted full time study toward the completion of a student's first baccalaureate degree at Saint Mary's College, contingent upon on the student's achieving satisfactory academic progress. If you have additional questions regarding merit based scholarships, please contact the Office of Admissions. 

Decisions are determined at the time of acceptance. No additional forms are required to be considered for merit scholarships. To be eligible for merit scholarships, applicants must have completed 23 transferable academic units or 34 quarter units (University of California transferable academic coursework is transferable to SMC). 

Transfer Presidential Scholarship:  $15,000 annually

The Transfer Presidential Scholarship is automatically awarded to transfer students who meet all the following criteria:

  • Cumulative academic GPA of 3.5 or higher

Transfer Honors Scholarship: $12,000 annually

The Transfer Honors Scholarship is automatically awarded to transfer students who meet all the following criteria:

  • Cumulative academic GPA range of 3.25 - 3.49

Transfer Gaels Scholarship: $10,000 annually

The Transfer Gaels Scholarship is automatically awarded to transfer students who meet all the following criteria:

  • Cumulative academic GPA range of 3.00 - 3.24

International Cordero Scholarship: $6,000 annually

Entering international transfer students from Diablo Valley College with a minimum of 30 transferable units and a GPA ranging between 3.00 - 3.25 will be awarded a $6,000 scholarship. This scholarship cannot be combined with the Transfer Presidential, Transfer Honors, or Transfer Gaels scholarships.

Community College Partnership Award: $4,000 annually

Transfer students entering directly from Chabot College, Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College, Las Positas College, or Los Medanos College will receive a $4,000 scholarship, which will be added to any other scholarships received.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship: $5,000

Five eligible Phi Theta Kappa members will receive this $5,000 award, which will be added to any other SMC scholarships received. Eligibility is based upon the following criteria:

  • Acceptance to Saint Mary's College
  • Documentation of the Phi Theta Kappa membership on the Common Application and or college transcript
  • Demonstration of academic and leadership achievements

Alpha Gamma Sigma Scholarship: $5,000

Two eligible Alpha Gamma Sigma members will receive this $5,000 award, which will be added to any other SMC scholarships received. Eligibility is based upon the following criteria:

  • Acceptance to Saint Mary's College
  • Documentation of the Alpha Gamma Sigma membership on the Common Application and or college transcript
  • Demonstration of academic and leadership achievements

Need Based Aid 

Saint Mary's College General Scholarships:  $1,000-$28,000 annually

To apply: These need-based grants depend on student demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA. Other endowed scholarships have additional criteria, such as geographic qualifications or ethnic heritage. (e.g., the Joseph David Cardoza scholarship for students of Portuguese decent). Please contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have additional questions.

Other Scholarships

Private Scholarships

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.

The Macken Collegiate Forensics Scholarships

Scholarships: 2,500-13,000 annually

To apply: In order to compete for one of the Macken Collegiate Forensics Scholarships, please submit a self-nomination form.

Self-nomination form

Saint Mary's Macken Collegiate Forensics program offers a variety of scholarship opportunities to incoming freshmen, transfes, and currently enrolled SMC students.

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.

 

Robert W. Summers Scholarship in Communication and Journalism

The Communication Department of Saint Mary's College is pleased to offer the "Robert W. Summers Scholarship Award in Communication and Journalism." This scholarship in Journalism and Communication to offered to one eligible entering first-year student and one transferring or continuing junior each year. This $6,000 per year merit-based award is for Communication majors or those with a demonstrable commitment to journalism.

To apply: Students may fill out the form by clicking on the Robert W. Summers Scholarship button below. In addition to a brief (500 word) statement of interest, proof of 3.0+ GPA, portfolio of work on journalism (broadly defined) and one letter of reference, students must participate in an interview with a faculty member of the Communication Department during Scholarship Saturday.

robert w. summers scholarship

Veteran's Benefits

Saint Mary's is approved for the training of veterans and  their eligible dependents under the various public laws  which come under the direction of the Department of Veterans Affairs. We proudly participate in the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Programs. Please visit here for more information.

Alumni Legacy Scholarship

This scholarship is available to both new undergraduate and continuing undergraduate students who are the children or grandchildren of Saint Mary's College alumni. Qualification as an 'alumni' constitutes successful completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree from the college.

To apply: Applicants must submit the Alumni Legacy Scholarship application, which includes a 500 word essay, by Tuesday, January 15, 2019. 

You may contact Jenna Sciarrino, Associate Director of Admissions, at jcs22@stmarys-ca.edu if you have any questions.

apply for alumni legacy scholarship