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Saint Mary Academic Scholarship
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Saint Mary Academic Scholarship 

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The Saint Mary Academic Scholarship is Marian University’s most prestigious award honoring the university’s name sake, Mary, mother of Jesus. The Latin words Sedes Sapientiae (Seat of Wisdom), which appear in the university’s seal, refer to the wisdom from which all truth flows and which reaches its culmination in Christ, the Wisdom of God. They reflect Marian University’s dedication to excellent teaching and learning.

The award is a full-tuition scholarship available to six first-time freshmen and entering National Merit Scholars.


Applicants for the Saint Mary Scholarship must:

  • Have completed the Marian University admissions application process and been admitted in good standing.

  • Earned a minimum of a 3.75 cumulative grade point average (4.00 scale) and a minimum composite score of 27 on the ACT or a minimum composite score of 1200 on the SAT (critical reading and mathematics sub scores combined).

  • Demonstrate a record of leadership and community service.

  • Commit to an educational experience framed within the context of Marian University’s Franciscan values of dignity of the individual, peace and justice, reconciliation, and responsible stewardship, which are informed by prayer.

Application Process

  1. Applicants must complete the admissions process and have been admitted to Marian University no later than December 1, 2012.

  2. Applicants must complete and submit the Marian University Academic Scholarship Application by
    December 30, 2012. This application requires at least two letters of recommendation.

  3. Eligible candidates must make every effort to attend and actively participate in one of two Marian University Academic Scholarship Competition Days which will be held on January 19, 2013 and February 02, 2013.


Scholarships are awarded by the Academic Scholarship Selection Committee based on the candidate’s record of achievement and potential contribution to Marian University. These criteria are reflected in the candidate’s transcripts, academic scholarship application, references, and on-campus interview.

Award notifications will be mailed on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Candidates not selected for a Saint Mary Academic Scholarship will automatically become eligible for selection for other academic awards such as the Saint Francis and Saint Clare Academic Scholarships.


The Saint Mary Scholarship is renewable for seven consecutive semesters by:

  • Maintaining a cumulative college grade point average of 3.00.

  • Remaining in good academic and social standing.

  • Enrolling as a full-time student each semester.