St. Thomas University

 

 

2020-2021
Scholarships, Grants and Awards
Office of Financial Aid

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Foundation and Institutional Scholarships

Various scholarships have been established through the generosity of the university and philanthropic efforts of our Board of Trustees, donors, alums, businesses and associations to reward and support student academic performance and achievement. 

We encourage students to use our Net Price calculator at:  https://www.stu.edu/Admissions/Financial-Aid  to determine the type of aid you are eligible for.

 Academic Scholarships

*St. Thomas University offers a generous scholarship program. In order to be considered for most merit-based academic scholarships, students need to be first-time, full-time undergraduate students matriculating from high school in the 2020-2021 academic year. Students may not receive institutional scholarship awards that exceed the cost of tuition.

Catholic High School with Dual Enrollment Award

Up to $15,250/year
Awarding is based on academic achievement, leadership, and community service. To be considered for this award the student must have a minimum ACT 21 or SAT 1060 and a 2.5 GPA.

Catholic High School Graduate Scholar

Up to $12,500/year
Through the Catholic High School Graduate Scholar, St. Thomas guarantees this scholarship as an academic award to all students who graduate from a private Catholic High School and have a 1020+ SAT or 20 ACT, and a 2.5+ GPA. The Catholic High School Graduate Scholar cannot be combined with additional academic scholarships. Awarding will be based on academic achievement, leadership and community service.

Presidential Scholarship

Up to $16,000/year
The Presidential Scholarship Award is based on outstanding academic performance, test scores and grade point average.
The minimum criteria necessary to qualify for this award includes: High School GPA 3.6, SAT 1280, ACT27.

Dean’s Scholarship

Up to $15,000/year
The Dean’s Scholarship Award is based on outstanding academic performance, test scores and grade point average.
The minimum criteria necessary to qualify for this award includes: High School GPA 3.0+, SAT 1020, ACT20

STU Award

Up to $11,000/year
The STU Scholarship is available to every student admitted to St. Thomas University. Scholarship value is based on outstanding academic performance, test scores and grade point average.

International Scholarships

GPA 3.5 to 4.0        up to $12,000
GPA 3.0 to 3.49      up to $11,000
GPA 2.5-2.99          up to $10,000
GPA 2.0 to 2.49      up to $8,000

*Merit scholarships cannot be combined

General Scholarships

St. Thomas University is committed to ensuring that access to a quality liberal arts education is available to all qualified students. This commitment is deeply tied to the College’s mission and tradition as a Catholic institution of higher learning. In a time when the cost of higher education has become a potential barrier to attendance for some, St. Thomas University has dedicated its resources to ensure that education of the highest quality is available to every student.

Campus Ministry Scholarship

Up to $8,000/year
The Campus Ministry Scholarship are designed for Catholic students that are interested in furthering their involvement in ministry and service. Students who are selected are required to be engaged in community service both on and off campus as well as actively involved in the Campus Ministry Leadership Team. All students are required to dedicate a minimum of 30 hours a semester to ministry and service. To be considered, students must be Catholic, demonstrate a commitment to community service, have a 3.0+ GPA, and 1100+SAT composite or 22+ ACT.

Florence Bayuk Educational Trust Scholarship for 3+3 Program

The “Florence Bayuk Educational Trust Scholarship” is a scholarship geared towards prospective undergraduate students at STU interested in pursuing an ethical legal education at the STU Law School.
The scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable grant, in the amount of $4,000 ($1,000 at the end of each semester based on keeping a minimum 3.0 GPA).

To qualify, prospective students must:
Pursue a career in Political Science or a related field conducive to seeking admission to the STU Law School once they graduate. Preference will be given to students admitted to the BA.JD 3 plus 3 program.
Have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5 and an 1150 SAT or 25 ACT.

Apply: www.stu.edu/florencebayuk

Villanova Award

Amount given is based on financial need, leadership, and extra-curricular involvement, service, and institutional aid. Priority given to applications received before May 1. To secure the award, recipients must deposit by May 1.

Sibling Award

The Sibling Award is available to incoming students who have a sibling enrolled at St. Thomas University. Valued at up to 50 percent of tuition.

Legacy Tuition Grant

The Legacy Tuition Grant is available to the sons, daughters, siblings, and grandchildren of St. Thomas University. Valued at up to 40 percent of tuition.

Band/Choir

Available to students who are active members of the St. Thomas University Choir and Marching Bobcats. Full-time students may be awarded up to $8,000 a year.

Spirit Program Scholarship

Available to students who are active participants in the St. Thomas University cheerleading, dance or Mascot programs. Full-time students may be awarded up to $8,000 a year at the discretion of coaches after official tryouts.

STU Access Grant

The STU Access Grant offers additional funding based on need as determined by FAFSA. Students must complete the FAFSA by January 15 and submit tuition deposit by May 1 for priority consideration.

Yellow Ribbon School

All yellow ribbon students will receive a free room in one of our beautiful residence halls!

 

Federal Student Aid Programs

In addition to applying for institutional scholarships, we also encourage students to apply for federal student financial aid.
These programs include:
Federal Parent Loan Program
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Stafford Loan Program
Federal Work Study Program

To determine eligibility for these programs, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. For more information about the federal student aid program, visit: www.stu.edu/financialaid

St. Thomas University FAFSA School code: 001468

State Grant Programs

Students who are residents of Florida should apply to be considered for state grant programs. Award information is automatically sent to St. Thomas University. We accept Florida Prepaid and Bright Future Awards.

Students must file the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov in order to be considered for State Grants. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. File your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 for priority consideration for these awards.

Scholarship Resources

College & Scholarship Info

COLLEGE BOARD ONLINE
collegeboard.com
A broad array of scholarships, college, and career resources.
Best source for SAT testing information.
US NEWS COLLEGES
Usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/cohome.htm
Provides college rankings and articles about the college search,
Financial aid and career and graduate study.
FINAID
Finaid.org
A massive index of financial aid links covering all aspects of the
search for college financial assistance.
SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCE CENTER
www.stu.edu/admissions/financial-aid/Outside-Scholarships.html
Provides a list of available scholarships and links to various scholarship
Search engines. Maintained by the St. Thomas Office of Financial Aid.
COLLEGENET
Collegenet.com/mach25/app
College and Scholarship search site.
SCHOLARSHIP AMERICA
Scholarshipamerica.org
Scholarship search site.
SALLIE MAE
Salliemae.com/scholarships
Offers various scholarship opportunities. Remember to check deadlines.

FASTWEB COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID RESEARCH
Fastweb.com
Matches student eligibility criteria to a large database of available scholarships.
Requires entry of personal data. Offers financial aid advice.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE
ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE
Naacp.org
In an effort to promote equal opportunity in education, the NAACP annually offers the
Earl G. Graves, Agnes Jones, Jackson, Louis Stokes, Lillian and Samuel Sutton, Roy Wilkins,
and Hubertus W.V. Willems Scholarships.
HISPANIC SCHOLARHSIP FUND
Hispanicfund.org
Hsf.net
Helps Hispanic high school and college students obtain college
educations and professional careers.
NURSING SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/scholarships/nursing
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources offers scholarship opportunities for
Nursing students. Complete application online. Watch for deadlines and information at this website.

FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID

STUDENT AID ON THE WEB
Studentaid.ed.gov
Provides in-depth information about specific federal aid programs.
FAFSA ON THE WEB
Fafsa.gov
File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year as soon as possible after October 1st.
St. Thomas University FAFSA school code: 001468

FAFSA4CASTER
Fafsa4caster.ed.gov
Use the FAFSA4caster to calculate an early estimate of eligibility for financial aid.

 

Co-Curricular Scholarships

Band Scholarship

Awards up to $8,000 per year. Must actively participate in the STU Bobcat Marching Band. An application must be submitted to the Office of Enrollment. Scholarship amounts are determined by the recommendation of the Director of Marching Band and approval from the Vice President for Enrollment Management.

Campus Ministry Scholarship

Awards up to $8000 per year. The recipient must demonstrate prior active engagement in campus ministry and continue to be active while enrolled at STU. This can be combined with merit awards.

Choir Scholarship

Awards up to $8000 per year. Available to students who are active participants in the St. Thomas University Choir. Scholarship awards are determined by the recommendation of Director of Co-Curricular Programs and approval from the Vice President for Enrollment Management. This can be combined with merit awards.

STU Spirit Program Scholarship

Awards up to $8000 per year. Available to students who are active participants in the STU Cheerleading or Mascot programs. This can be combined with merit awards.  Awards are determined by the recommendation of the cheer coach and approval from the Vice President for Enrollment Management.

 

Transfer Student Scholarships (Domestic Only)

Presidential Scholarship

Up to $16,000/year
The Presidential Scholarship Award is based on outstanding academic performance, test scores and grade point average.
The minimum criteria necessary to qualify for this award includes: High School GPA 3.6, SAT 1280, ACT27.

Dean’s Scholarship

Up to $15,000/year
The Dean’s Scholarship Award is based on outstanding academic performance, test scores and grade point average.
The minimum criteria necessary to qualify for this award includes: High School GPA 3.0+, SAT 1020, ACT20.

Transfer Award

Award of up to $5000 per year. To be considered for this award the first time transfer student must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to 2.49 and 24 transferable hours.

 

Other Awards

Sibling Award

Award of up to 50% per year. Only students who have another sibling who is currently enrolled or has graduated from STU are eligible.

Alumni Award

Award of up to 45% of tuition. Only children of STU Alumni are eligible.

 

STU accepts Florida Pre-Paid and Bright Futures

Note: Unless otherwise specified, the above scholarships are intended for undergraduate full-time day students ages 17 to 22 only. St. Thomas University reserves the right to review and adjust original financial aid award packages, including university funded scholarships and/or grants should you receive additional funding from federal, state and private sources (e.g. FSEOG, FRAG, FSAG, Florida Bright Futures Program, etc.) that exceed the cost of tuition and dormitory fees (if applicable). All institutional aid is intended for full-time enrollment for Fall and Spring semesters only. Recipients of multiple institutional awards including tuition discounts are eligible to receive the highest individual award only.

Outside Scholarships

Outside Scholarships are funded by private entities which have various criteria, due dates, scholarship amounts and renewal requirements. Please click on the scholarships below about which you want more information and you will be directed to the sponsor’s scholarship page. You must notify the Office of Financial Aid if you are awarded any of these scholarships to avoid exceeding your Cost of Attendance.

Scholarship Renewal Criteria

Admissions Merit Based Scholarship

All institutional scholarship recipients are evaluated for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the end of every term, based upon the scholarship criteria. The student may receive the award for one term on a probationary basis. Students who fail to meet Term GPA at the end of the probation will lose the award and will NOT regain eligibility even if GPA is improved after the award had been revoked. Students who meet the Term GPA at the end of a probation period but CUM GPA is still below may continue to receive the award on a probationary basis for one additional term.

Foundation/ Early Commit Scholarships

Foundation/Early Commit Scholarship recipients are evaluated for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the end of the academic year. Students receiving Foundation/ Early Commit Scholarships must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students who fail to meet the CUM GPA will lose the award and will NOT regain eligibility even if GPA is improved after the award has been revoked.

Donors Scholarships

Varies upon donors criteria.