Scholarships

A scholarship is a financial award given to a student on the basis of academic achievement and promise. Many scholarships are awarded based on merit.


Types of Scholarships

Awarded by St. Catherine University

Merit Scholarships
Merit scholarships are typically awarded on the basis of academic or artistic merit, in addition to special interests. Some merit scholarships also consider financial need, but rewarding talent is the primary objective. St. Kate's merit scholarships are awarded at the time of admission.

Need-Based Awards
Need-based awards are given out as part of the regular financial aid application process. These awards require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Awarded by Other Organizations

There are thousands of scholarships, fellowships and grants available to students. Use these sites and see the search tips section below for help.

St. Kate's Outside Scholarship Listing
Search for outside scholarships available to St. Kate's students, organized by major. This list often features regional scholarships or scholarship programs specifically recruiting St. Kate's applicants. It is updated throughout the year, with listings commonly appearing in winter and spring for the upcoming fall.

CollegeBoard
Locates scholarships, loans, internships, and other financial aid programs from non-college sources that match your education level, talents, and background.

Sallie Mae Scholarship Search
Scholarship Search is the free way to get access to more than 5 million college scholarships worth up to $24 billion.

Fastweb
A database of more than 400,000 private sector scholarship, fellowships, grants and loans. Expanded and updated daily.


Scholarship Search Tips

It takes time and energy to search for and apply for scholarships, but your investment of time can be well worth it. To ensure success, you will need to prepare, search, evaluate, and apply.

Online Safety information and tips — When searching for outside scholarships, please keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • Do not pay to apply for a scholarship or pay a scholarship search service to search for you.
  • Do not give personal information such as your social security number, bank account information, or credit card numbers.
  • Review the website of the company or organization offering the scholarship to make sure it is legitimate. Is there a phone number to contact the company? Do they provide information on past winners? Is the information well-written or does it contain spelling and grammar errors?
  • Trust your instincts. If the offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • The Federal Trade Commission, our nation’s consumer protection agency, cautions students to look for these tell-tale lines:
    • "The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back."
    • "You can't get this information anywhere else."
    • "I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship."
    • "We'll do all the work. You just pay a processing fee."
    • "The scholarship will cost some money."
    • "You've been selected" by a "national foundation" to receive a scholarship—or "You're a finalist" in a contest you never entered.

Other Ways to Finance Your Education

St. Kate's Assistantship Mentoring Program (AMP)
The Assistantship Mentoring Program is a scholarly community in which students are paid to work one on one with a faculty or staff mentor as a teaching assistant, research collaborator, or program development collaborator.

St. Kate's Summer Scholars
The Summer Scholars program is an intensive 10-week experience during which faculty and students collaborate on projects while immersed in a culture of scholarship with other research teams.

KatieCareer
Search hundreds of jobs and internships posted by employers for St. Kate's students and alumnae.