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San Damiano Scholar Requirements
Marian University
San Damiano Scholar Requirements 

"Preach the gospel at all times...use words when necessary."  -Francis of Assisi

Being a San Damiano Scholar gives you opportunities to deepen your faith/spiritual life in and out of the classroom, leadership, a chance to serve, make a difference in the world, and make lifelong friends.  You'll find a whole group of people who appreciate your spirit, your passion, and your commitment-even when your beliefs differ. 




Entry Qualifications

  • Minimum GPA of 3.25 on a 4.00 scale and 1100 SAT or 24 ACT score
  • Church or religious involvement
  • Demonstrated service to others
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Openness and desire to discern one's calling
  • Open to working in faith based institutions post college graduation
  • Committee approval

Program Academic Requirements

  • Maintain a 2.50 GPA cumulative
  • Successfully complete the THL 270 “The Franciscan Person” coursework
  • Degree requirements/theological exploration of vocation curricular requirements
    • Students majoring in Catholic studies, pastoral leadership, religious education, and theology need 36 hours of theology courses
    • Education majors (12-13 credits of theology)
    • Nursing majors (19-20 credits of theology)
    • Business Major + Pastoral Leadership minor (22 credits of theology)
    • Pastoral Music Ministry Major + Pastoral Leadership Minor (22 credits of theology)
    • Sociology Major with a Peace and Justice Minor (22 credits of theology)
    • All other majors need 22 credits pastoral leadership courses
  • Successfully complete internship (junior + senior years)

Co-Curricular Requirements

  • Participation in monthly meetings (3rd Sunday of month)
  • Participation in annual retreats (August and March)
  • Participation in monthly Faith In SHaring groups
  • Perform 8 hours of service/month
  • Complete monthly service report + Theological Reflections
  • Attend Franciscan Speaker Series events (fall and spring)
  • Attend the required Scholar Orientation Program (August)
  • Successfully complete sophomore service project (Sophomore year)
  • Yearly self-evaluation

Post Graduation Requirements

  • Post graduate employment in faith based institutions or significant volunteer service in faith based settings 
  • Ongoing involvement in program

General Expectations

  • Convey the teachings of the Roman Catholic faith by words and actions, demonstrating an acceptance of Gospel values and the Christian tradition
  • Attend one religious service in addition to Sunday worship
  • Spiritual direction