Department Scholarships

Merit scholarships for incoming first year students are offered by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Chemistry Scholarship

The Chemistry Department will offer one scholarship worth $13,000 annually, renewable for four years. 

Eligible students must:

Submit an essay addressing the following questions in 500 words or less:

  • If you had the skills, technology, and resources to conduct any type of chemistry research, what question would you try to answer, and why? How would you go about the investigation?


Environmental Science Bachelor of Science Scholarship

The Environmental Science Bachelor of Science Scholarship is worth $13,000 annually, renewable for four years. 

Eligible students must:

Submit a personal essay addressing the following: 

  • What environmental issues are most concerning to you?
  • How does this environmental issue impact communities and environments?
  • What scientific methods might we use to help solve these problems? Describe a scientific investigation that could help solve this problem.
  • What impact do you hope to make in addressing the issue you identified above OR other environmental issues?

Submit 2 letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s interest in science and the environment.


Brother Dominic Barry Mathematics Scholarships

On Saturday, February 27, 2021, the department will host the annual Brother Dominic Barry Math Problem Solving Competition for students who applied for admission to the College. This year, the competition will be held remotely and will include both a written and an oral exam. The exams are designed to challenge students' problem solving and critical thinking skills while requiring no prerequisite knowledge other than high school math courses. The two highest scorers in the competition will be awarded scholarships worth $13,000 annually, renewable for four years. 


Physics Scholarship

Saint Mary's College Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for the Physics Scholarships.  Two scholarships are available for each incoming class of first-year students.   Each scholarship is awarded in the amount of $13,000 annually and is renewable for four years. The Physics department scholarship is based on a lab. The lab is designed to test a student’s creative problem-solving skills. It does not test specific knowledge of Physics – we seek students who have the ability to think outside the box and examine problems from multiple perspectives.

Eligible students must:

    Submit a self-nomination form
    Score a 600 or better on the math sub-section of the SAT, or a 26 on the math sub-section of the ACT
    Visit campus during February to participate in the lab.



More information on scholarships can be found on the SMC Scholarship page: