Need Based Awards

These scholarships, named for a specific donor or group, are awarded as part of need-based institutional grant assistance. In most cases, the named scholarship replaces Saint Mary's Grant funding, thus changing the source of the gift assistance, but not the total.

These scholarships are awarded by the Financial Aid Office in accordance with the specific requirements of the scholarship donors. Awards are generally restricted to tuition only and are available for a maximum of eight semesters.

Funding is renewed for upper class students who:

  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, AND
  • Continue to demonstrate financial need per their annual aid applications, AND
  • Continue to meet any restricted criteria specified by the donor (e.g., pursue a certain major, reside in a specific geographic area).

    Funding may also be granted to first-year or transfer students who meet the specified criteria at the lowest level, or to any upper class student with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and demonstrated financial need who meets the donor's specifications.

Mother Pauline Award

The Mother Pauline Award is awarded based on a combination of merit and need.  Similar to our merit scholarships, the Mother Pauline Award is renewable and students can receive this award for a total of eight semesters (excluding summers).  The only criteria for renewal is that the student maintain full time enrollment and good academic standing with the College.

Spes Unica Award

The Spes Unica Award is awarded based on a combination of merit and need.  Similar to our merit scholarships, the Spes Unica Award is renewable and students can receive this award for a total of eight semesters (excluding summers).  The only criteria for renewal is that the student maintain full time enrollment and good academic standing with the College.