First-Year Freshmen Scholarships

Merit Scholarships 

Presidential Scholarships:  $25,000 annually ($100,000 total)

Honors at Entrance Scholarships:  $22,000 annually  ($88,000 total)

Gael Scholar’s Awards:  $19,000 annually ($76,000 total)

Benildus Awards: $17,000 annually ($68,000 total)

Cordero Awards: $6,000 annually ($24,000 total)

Leclerq Awards: $2,500 annually ($10,000 total)

To apply: Decisions are determined at the time of acceptance, no additional forms are required to be considered for these scholarships. These awards are determined at the time of freshman admission and applied for each of four year of consecutive full time undergradaute study--toward your first bachelor's degree--at Saint Mary's, based upon successful academic progress. These amounts may be combined with other Saint Mary's College merit scholarships, and do not include possible additional need based aid for which students might qualify. Please contact the Office of Admissions concerning criteria. 

Lasallian and or Lasallian Affiliated School Scholarships

Lasallian Leadership Awards: $13,000 annually ($52,000 total)

These awards are available to admitted students graduating from De La Salle Christian Brothers high schools who have 3.5 > cumulative weighted academic grade point averages. Students froms other historically Lasallian affiliated schools (Carondelet High School in Concord, CA; San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno,CA;  Garces Memorial in Bakersfield, CA) may also qualify. Recipients can combine these awards with one of the listed merit scholarships determined at the time of acceptance.

To apply: Decisions are determined at the time of acceptance, no additional forms are required to be considered for these scholarships.

A note about merit based scholarships:

The total of merit scholarships cannot exceed Saint Mary's College tuition. Merit awards are applied towards any demonstrated need based aid eligibility. Students who receive the combination of the Presidential and Lasallian Leadership scholarships may compete for any other merit awards; the maximum number of merit awards a student may receive is three. If the combination of merit scholarships and Cal Grant or the Tuition Exchange award exceed tuition, the merit scholarship will be reduced.

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.

Departmental Scholarships

Various Departmental Scholarships: $13,000 annually ($52,000 total)

To apply: Students may only compete for one Departmental Scholarship. Applicants must submit all Saint Mary's application materials Common Application, high school transcript, a letter of recommendation, ACT or SAT scores on or before the application deadline of January 15th.

  • Additional materials and letter(s) of recommendation can be sent to:

  • Invited applicants must interview with faculty from their department of interest on campus during our Scholarship Saturday event held on February 24, 2018.
    • Auditions for Performing Arts Scholarships are held on January 27, 2018.

Saint Mary's offers scholarship opportunities for students who are interested in majoring in the following subjects: 

  • Accounting and Business Administration

  • Art Practice and Visual Arts

  • English

  • History

  • Integrated Liberal Arts and Sciences (the Integral Program)

  • Mathematics

  • Performing Arts (Audition Required)

  • Physics

  • Politics

  • Theology and Religious Studies

Apply for departmental scholarship 

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: $500-$5,000 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."

To apply: Students may fill out the form by clicking on the Rober 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 and continuing students who are the children or grandchildren of Saint Mary's College alumni.

To apply: Applicants must submit the Alumni Legacy Scholarship application, which includes a 500 word essay, by Friday, January 26, 2018. 

Apply for Alumni Legacy Scholarship