Opening the Door of Possibility for Students

With your generous support, students will discover their full potential, inspire others, and lead in their families, in their careers, and in their communities.

Support the Scholarship Initiative

About the Scholarship Initiative

Making education affordable and accessible is at the core of our mission at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the patron saint of educators and the founder of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, strongly believed that education is the key to equality and progress.

Scholarships open doors to opportunities, not only to attend college but to experience it at its fullest. We believe every student has a right to an excellent education; and when that education is centered in a collaborative and close community of learners, our students find success beyond even their expectations.

Students tell us their lives are truly transformed because of these incredible gifts. Without the generosity of our benefactors, many students would not be able to afford college, much less attend a private Lasallian Catholic university dedicated to helping students reach their fullest potential. With a quality, faith-based education, these students will be prepared for the challenges facing tomorrow’s leaders.

Not only do the student recipients—and the communities they go on to serve after graduation—benefit from these gifts, so does the university. Scholarship support strengthens Saint Mary’s by allowing us to attract and retain the most promising students, enhancing the college experience for everyone by creating a more robust and diverse academic atmosphere.

Academic and merit-based scholarships help Saint Mary’s to remain competitive in attracting gifted and talented students. Saint Mary’s offers a number of scholarships to reward academic success as well as to nurture student leadership, creativity, and artistic talent. We believe talent, hard work, and dedication should be rewarded.

More than 97 percent of undergraduate students receive some type of need-based or merit-based scholarship. Your support helps to bring a Saint Mary’s education within reach for students, regardless of their financial situation.

At Saint Mary’s, we’re proud that we are able to bring a personalized, private education in line with the cost of the best public institutions. But if we are to attract more students with exceptional academic and leadership potential, we must also bring our scholarship awards to be competitive with our peers.

These awards signal to students and their families that they are wanted and valued by Saint Mary’s and are often the deciding factor for families whose incomes just miss qualifying for need-based aid. With your support of academic scholarships, we can attract more high-achieving students whose presence invigorates our classrooms and inspires the entire Saint Mary’s community.

While here, we want our students to be able to concentrate on their studies, free from the worries of financial stress; and we want our students to graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. Our goal is to eliminate financial barriers for promising students — tomorrow’s leaders.

Make an Impact

Our scholarship recipients have expressed gratitude in many ways. Many of these students go on to become scholarship donors, passing along the same opportunities they’ve had to new generations of learners. Named student scholarships can be established through an endowed or annual gift. These amazing legacies can perpetually honor loved ones by offering new life and new hope to tomorrow’s students. Make an impact today!

 

Scholarships of Greatest Need

Saint Mary’s University has more than 200 scholarships to support its student base. Most of our scholarships are fully endowed and/or privately supported by families, organizations, or estates. The university does, however, have a number of scholarships that are under endowed and/or open to public support. These are our scholarships of greatest need. 

Saint Mary’s Fund – Scholarship Support
Unrestricted scholarship support is an incredibly important resource not just for students but for those who administer that scholarship support. When restricted scholarship dollars (restricted by conditions such as “must be a 4.0”, “must be a certain major”, etc.) are fully awarded, the financial aid team can use unrestricted scholarship dollars to fill in financial aid gaps as well as continue to award deserving students of need until available funds for the year are spent out. This both increases scholarship support per person, as well as the number of individuals who receive a scholarship. The more unrestricted scholarship funds the university receives annually, the more students we can assist.

Alpha Phi Omega- Sigma Theta Chapter Leadership, Friendship, and Service Scholarship 
This scholarship was created by APO alumni to support current APO students in need. 

Brother Leonard Courtney ’37 Scholarship
In Honor of English Professor Brother Leonard Courtney ’37 and his dedication to writing and reading for all. Eligibility to be determined.

Brother Raphael Erler Scholarship
In honor of Professor Emeritus of English and American Studies Brother Raphael Erler ‘38. Eligibility to be determined

Brother Raymond Long ’43 Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established in honor of Brother J. Raymond Long '43 and intends to benefit full-time undergraduate students on the Winona campus who have a demonstrated financial need. Recipients will maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA

Brother Julius Winkler Scholarship
This scholarship fund benefits Saint Mary's University graduate students with a demonstrated financial need.

Tom Etten Scholarship
This endowed scholarship fund benefits lay, full-time undergraduate students on the Winona campus, who are active in lay ministry and/or community service. This is in honor Saint Mary’s Theology Professor Tom Etten.

Bishop Patrick R. Heffron Scholarship
This endowed scholarship fund benefits full-time undergraduate student, on the Winona Campus, from the Diocese of Winona with demonstrated financial need.

John Johnson Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established in honor of Psychology Professor Dr. John Johnson in 1992. The fund benefits senior psychology majors.

Thomas J. Linder '81 Memorial Scholarship
This endowed scholarship fund benefits full-time Junior or Senior students on the Winona campus, with demonstrated financial need. Recipients will be Minnesota residents and majoring in Computer Science, Music, or Youth Ministry.

Kuhn Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established in memory of David Kuhn ’80 and benefits music and theater majors who have a demonstrated financial need, are meritorious scholars, and generous contributors to the music or theater departments. Preference is given to students who have interest in both music and theatre.

Anne Locher '97 Memorial Scholarship
This endowed scholarship fund benefits sophomore students at Saint Mary's who are Minneapolis or Saint Paul natives in honor of Anne Locher ’97 who passed away in a tragic car accident her senior year.

Frank and Helen Walsh Memorial Scholarship Fund
This endowed scholarship fund benefits full-time undergraduate students on the Winona campus with demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to students from Christian Brothers High Schools. This scholarship was created by the late Professor, Brother J. Francis Walsh, FSC.

Peter F. Wentink '68 Memorial Scholarship
This endowed scholarship benefits full-time Winona campus undergraduate students 
with demonstrated financial need. Recipients will be majoring in business, science, or psychology.

Robert M. Woods Scholarship
This scholarship fund benefits full-time, undergraduate students on the Winona campus with demonstrated financial need. Recipients will be economics or business majors. Created in honor of Saint Mary’s Economics Professor.

If you are interested in learning more about funding a scholarship of your own, either now or through your estate, please contact the Advancement Office at 507-457-6647.