Departmental and Specialty Awards


Specialty Awards:



Departmental Awards:



Athletic Awards

 


Specialty Awards:



» The Sister Joanna Bruner Nursing Scholarship — Assists with educational expenses such as tuition, fees, room, board, and books

 

Full-time residential day enrollment, awardees eligible to apply annually, multiple awards available.


To Qualify:
 

For Incoming Freshmen
or Transfer Students

Open to new, existing, or transfer nursing students:

  1. Must be accepted to USM's Bachelor of Science-Nursing program

  2. Must be working on first bachelor's degree

  3. Must live on campus

  4. Must demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASA)

*Preference given to candidates from foster care or residential care agencies, or those who have attended Cristo Rey Kansas City, Mott Haven Academy, or Ozanam.

» Learn more about the Bruner Scholarship


To Maintain:
 

For Students who Entered USM as a Freshman or Transferred into USM

  1. Must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA


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» The Antoinette Berkel Memorial Scholarship — $5,000 renewable annually

 

Full-time residential day enrollment, renewable annually, one award available.

 

For Incoming Freshmen

The Antoinette Berkel Memorial Scholarship is a $5,000 renewable tuition-assistance scholarship for an incoming freshman accepted and enrolled at the University of Saint Mary.

This scholarship is based on academic performance, financial need, and demonstrated community involvement.

Preference will be given to students who have attended Catholic high schools.

» Learn more about the Berkel Scholarship


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» The Saint Vincent de Paul Service Award — $1,500 renewable annually

 

Full-time day enrollment. First-time students only. Multiple awards available.


To Qualify:
 

For Incoming Freshmen

For Transfer Students

For students with a demonstrated and consistent history of Christian leadership through community service, Christian ministry, and activity in the tradition of Saint Vincent de Paul.


  1. Must have a 3.0 GPA or equivalent in high school

  2. Submit a 250-word essay describing the value and importance of Christian ministry and community service, and your future related goals

  3. Submit a written recommendation from a pastor, youth minister, or other leader is required

  1. Must have a minimum college GPA of 2.5

  2. Submit a 250-word essay describing the value and importance of Christian ministry and community service, and your future related goals

  3. Submit a written recommendation from a pastor, youth minister, or other leader is required

» Learn more about the Saint Vincent de Paul Service Award

» Download the appication for the Saint Vincent de Paul Service Award


To Maintain:
 

If you are selected for the award, as a recipient you must:

  1. Act as a representative for campus ministry to the student body

  2. Participate in campus ministry activities, including liturgy, retreats, outreach, and service trips

  3. Participate in planning at least two campus-ministry activities during the year

  4. Present one campus-ministry service experience to the USM community per year

  5. Maintain a full-time academic schedule (12 hours per semester), with a 3.0 GPA each year  


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Departmental Awards:


USM Departmental Awards are given based on your major—or expected major—and are in addition to other academic or talent scholarships or need-based awards you may earn.
 

 

History, Political Science, & Global Studies


» The George F. Steger Scholarship — $1,500 per year, renewable annually

 

For incoming freshmen or new transfer students, full-time day enrollment only. Apply by Feb. 28.


To Qualify:
 

For Incoming Freshmen

For Transfer Students

  1. Scored at least 23 on the ACT OR rank in the top 10% of their high school class

  2. A minimum GPA of 3.2

  1. A minimum college GPA of 3.2

  2. Declare a major in history, political science, or global studies


To Maintain:
 

For Students Who Entered USM as a Freshman

For Transfer Students

  1. Take at least one history or political science course each academic year

  2. Declare a major in history, political science, or global studies

  3. Maintain a 3.0 GPA each semester and do not earn below a C in any USM history or political science course

  1. Retain a major in history, political science, or global studies

  2. Maintain a 3.0 GPA each semester and do not earn below a C in any USM history or political science course


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Language & Literature (English)


» The Sr. Marie Brinkman Scholarship — $1,500 per year, renewable annually

 

For incoming freshmen or new transfer students, full-time day enrollment only. Apply by Feb. 28.


To Qualify:
 

For Incoming Freshmen

For Transfer Students

  1. An ACT score of at least 26 and either rank in the top 10% of their high school graduating class or have a high school GPA of 3.2 or higher

  2. Must be interviewed by a departmental faculty member

  1. A minimum college GPA of 3.2

  2. Must be interviewed by a departmental faculty member


To Maintain:
 

For Students Who Entered USM as a Freshman

For Transfer Students

  1. Take at least one English or communications course each semester

  2. Declare an English major or a communications concentration

  3. Maintain a 3.0 overall GPA each semester a 3.0 in your English courses

  4. As schedule allows, must attend meetings and events of the English Club and participate in one book discussion a year with visiting high school students

  1. Take at least one English or communications course each semester

  2. Declare an English major or a communications concentration

  3. Maintain a 3.0 overall GPA each semester a 3.0 in your English courses

  4. As schedule allows, must attend meetings and events of the English Club and participate in one book discussion a year with visiting high school students


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Nursing


» The USM Nursing Department Award — $1,500 per year, renewable annually

 

For incoming freshmen or new transfer students, full-time day enrollment only. Apply by April 28.


To Qualify:
 

For Incoming Freshmen

For Transfer Students

  1. A high school GPA of at least 3.5 and a minimum ACT score of 25

  2. Write a 500-word essay on the following topic: “What would you describe to be your most unique or special skill that differentiates you from other students?”

     

  1. A cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a minimum TEAS score of 80%, and a 3.5 GPA in any nursing or related support courses

  2. Write a 500-word essay on the following topic: “Why will you be a good nurse?”

Please note: Receipt of the Nursing Department Award does not guarantee admission into the USM nursing program. Contact the USM Admissions Office for more information


To Maintain:
 

For Students Who Entered USM as a Freshman

For Transfer Students

  1. Maintain an overall GPA of 3.5, and a 3.5 GPA in all nursing and nursing-related support courses

  1. Maintain an overall GPA of 3.5, and a 3.5 GPA in all nursing and nursing-related support courses


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Theology


» The USM Theology Scholarship — $1,500 per year, renewable annually

 

For incoming freshmen or new transfer students, full-time day enrollment only. Apply by Feb. 28.


To Qualify:
 

For Incoming Freshmen

For Transfer Students

  1. A high school GPA of at least 3.0 and a minimum ACT score of 24 or SAT score of 1200

  1. A college GPA of at least 3.0 and a minimum ACT score of 24 or SAT score of 1200


To Maintain:
 

For Students Who Entered USM as a Freshman

For Transfer Students

  1. Take at least one theology course each year

  2. Declare theology as a major (no later than after earning 63 credit hours)

  3. Maintain at least a B average in theology courses

  1. Take at least one theology course each year

  2. Declare theology as a major (no later than after earning 63 credit hours)

  3. Maintain at least a B average in theology courses


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Pastoral Ministry


» The USM Pastoral Ministry Scholarship — $1,500 per year, renewable annually

 

For incoming freshmen or new transfer students, full-time day enrollment only. Apply by Feb. 28.


To Qualify:
 

For Incoming Freshmen

For Transfer Students

  1. A high school GPA of at least 3.0 and a minimum ACT score of 24 or SAT score of 1200

  1. A college GPA of at least 3.0 and a minimum ACT score of 24 or SAT score of 1200


To Maintain:
 

For Students Who Entered USM as a Freshman

For Transfer Students

  1. Take at least one pastoral ministry or theology course each year

  2. Declare pastoral ministry as a major (no later than after earning 63 credit hours)

  3. Maintain at least a B average in theology courses

  1. Take at least one pastoral ministry or theology course each year

  2. Declare pastoral ministry as a major (no later than after earning 63 credit hours)

  3. Maintain at least a B average in theology courses


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Education


» The Saint Mary Education Program Scholarship — $1,500 per year, renewable annually

 

For incoming freshmen or new transfer students, full-time day enrollment only. Apply by Feb. 28.


To Qualify:
 

For Incoming Freshmen

For Transfer Students

  1. A high school GPA of 3.0

  2. Submit a personal essay covering the following topics: “Describe some experiences and insights that have led you to pursue a teaching career,” and “Describe some service or leadership experience and its impact on your decision to pursue a teaching career.”

  1. A college GPA of 2.75

  2. Submit a personal essay covering the following topics: “Describe some experiences and insights that have led you to pursue a teaching career,” and “Describe some service or leadership experience and its impact on your decision to pursue a teaching career.”


To Maintain:
 

For Students Who Entered USM as a Freshman

For Transfer Students

  1. Maintain a 2.75 overall GPA

  2. Participate in the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) or another professional educational organization

  3. Admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) at the appropriate time for application in junior year

  1. Maintain a 2.75 overall GPA

  2. Participate in the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) or another professional educational organization

  3. Admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) at the appropriate time for application in junior year


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Psychology


» The USM Psychology Program Scholarship — $1,500 per year, renewable annually

 

For incoming freshmen or new transfer students, full-time day enrollment only. Apply by Feb. 28.


To Qualify:
 

For Incoming Freshmen

For Transfer Students

  1. Scored at least 24 on the ACT or have a minimum unweighted high school GPA of 3.3

  2. Interviewed by a member of the psychology faculty

  3. Declare as a psychology major at the earliest opportunity

  1. A cumulative college GPA of 3.0

  2. Interviewed by a member of the psychology faculty

  3. Declare as a psychology major at the earliest opportunity


To Maintain:
 

For Students Who Entered USM as a Freshman

For Transfer Students

  1. Maintain a 3.2 GPA in all psychology core courses, and a 3.0 cumulative GPA

  1. Maintain a 3.2 GPA in all psychology core courses, and a 3.0 cumulative GPA


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Criminology


» The USM Criminology Program Scholarship — $1,500 per year, renewable annually

 

For incoming freshmen or new transfer students, full-time day enrollment only. Apply by Feb. 28.


To Qualify:
 

For Incoming Freshmen

For Transfer Students

  1. Scored at least 24 on the ACT or have a minimum unweighted high school GPA of 3.3

  2. Interviewed by a member of the criminology faculty

  3. Declare as a criminology major at the earliest opportunity

  1. A cumulative college GPA of 3.0

  2. Interviewed by a member of the criminology faculty

  3. Declare as a criminology major at the earliest opportunity


To Maintain:
 

For Students Who Entered USM as a Freshman

For Transfer Students

  1. Maintain a 3.2 GPA in all criminology core courses, and a 3.0 cumulative GPA

  1. Maintain a 3.2 GPA in all criminology core courses, and a 3.0 cumulative GPA


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Business, Accounting & Sport Management


» The USM Business, Accounting & Sport Management Program Scholarship — $1,500 per year, renewable annually

 

For incoming freshmen or new transfer students, full-time day enrollment only. Apply by Feb. 28.


To Qualify:
 

For Incoming Freshmen

For Transfer Students

  1. Have a high school GPA of 3.0 and a minimum ACT score of 23

  2. Participated in high school extracurricular activities and/or community service projects

  1. Have a college GPA of 3.0

  2. Participated in extracurricular activities and/or community service projects

    *Students entering in a Spring semester will be considered for the scholarship on a case-by-case basis


To Maintain:
 

For Students Who Entered USM as a Freshman

For Transfer Students

  1. Maintain an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.0

  1. Maintain an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.0


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Biology


» The USM Biology Program Scholarship — $1,500 per year, renewable annually

 

For incoming freshmen or new transfer students, full-time day enrollment only. Apply by Feb. 28.


To Qualify:
 

For Incoming Freshmen

For Transfer Students

  1. Have a minimum score of 19 on the Math ACT

  2. Declare an intent to major in biology, or be on a pre-professional path

  3. Interviewed by a member of the biology faculty

  4. May be required to write a 500-word essay explaining personal educational goals

  1. Have a cumulative college GPA of 3.0

  2. Declare an intent to major in biology, or be on a pre-professional path

  3. Interviewed by a member of the biology faculty

  4. May be required to write a 500-word essay explaining personal educational goals


To Maintain:
 

For Students Who Entered USM as a Freshman

For Transfer Students

  1. Earn a B or better in biology courses and a C or better in the required supporting courses

  1. Earn a B or better in biology courses and a C or better in the required supporting courses


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Chemistry


» The USM Chemistry Program Scholarship — $1,500 per year, renewable annually

 

For incoming freshmen or new transfer students, full-time day enrollment only. Apply by Feb. 28.


To Qualify:
 

For Incoming Freshmen

For Transfer Students

  1. Have a minimum score of 25 on the Math ACT

  2. Declare an intent to major in chemistry, or be on a pre-professional path

  3. Interviewed by a member of the chemistry faculty

  4. Students should be enrolled in CH 121, unless already completed

  5. May be required to write a 500-word essay explaining personal educational goals

  1. Have a cumulative college GPA of 3.0

  2. Declare an intent to major in chemistry, or be on a pre-professional path

  3. Interviewed by a member of the chemistry faculty

  4. Students should be enrolled in CH 121, unless already completed

  5. May be required to write a 500-word essay explaining personal educational goals


To Maintain:
 

For Students Who Entered USM as a Freshman

For Transfer Students

  1. Earn a B or better in chemistry courses and a C or better in the required supporting courses

  1. Earn a B or better in chemistry courses and a C or better in the required supporting courses


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Mathematics


» The USM Mathematics Program Scholarship — $1,500 per year, renewable annually

 

For incoming freshmen or new transfer students, full-time day enrollment only. Apply by Feb. 28.


To Qualify:
 

For Incoming Freshmen

For Transfer Students

  1. Have a minimum score of 27 on the Math ACT

  2. Declare an intent to major in mathematics

  3. Interviewed by a member of the mathematics faculty

  4. Students should be eligible to enroll in MA 221 (Calculus I) or have completed MA 221

  5. May be required to write a 500-word essay explaining personal educational goals

  1. Have a cumulative college GPA of 3.0

  2. Declare an intent to major in mathematics

  3. Interviewed by a member of the mathematics faculty

  4. Students should be eligible to enroll in MA 221 (Calculus I) or have completed MA 221

  5. May be required to write a 500-word essay explaining personal educational goals


To Maintain:
 

For Students Who Entered USM as a Freshman

For Transfer Students

  1. Earn a C or better in mathematics courses and must have a cumulative overall GPA of at least 3.0

  2. Must enroll in at least one mathematics course each semester

  1. Earn a C or better in mathematics courses and must have a cumulative overall GPA of at least 3.0

  2. Must enroll in at least one mathematics course each semester


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Health Information & Information Technology


» The USM Health Information & Information Technology Program Scholarships — $1,500 per year, renewable annually

 

For incoming freshmen or new transfer students, full-time day enrollment only. Apply by Feb. 28.


To Qualify:
 

For Incoming Freshmen

For Transfer Students

  1. A minimum score of 22 on the ACT, or a high school GPA of at least 2.75

  1. A cumulative college GPA of at least 2.75

  2. Declare a Health Information or Information Technology major


To Maintain:
 

For Students Who Entered USM as a Freshman

For Transfer Students

  1. Declare a Health Information or Information Technology major

  2. A cumulative overall GPA of at least 2.75

  1. Declare a Health Information or Information Technology major

  2. A cumulative overall GPA of at least 2.75


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Art


» The USM Art Talent Scholarship — Range from $1,500-3,000 per year, renewable annually

 

For incoming freshmen or new transfer students, full-time day enrollment only.


To Qualify:
 

For Incoming Freshmen
or Transfer Students

Have an original portfolio* with 10-20 pieces that illustrate:

  1. Drawing abilities (preferably from life—not photos)

  2. Design and/or composition skills

  3. Experience with various medium (2-D and/or 3-D)

  4. Creativity/uniqueness (sketchbooks accepted)

*Digital portfolios accepted for review


To Maintain:
 

For Students Who Entered USM as a Freshman or Transferred into USM

  1. Declare an art major by junior year

  2. A cumulative GPA of 2.0

  3. Complete at least one 3-credit art class in the first two years


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Music


» The USM Music Talent Scholarship — Range from $1,500-3,000 per year, renewable annually

 

For incoming freshmen or new transfer students, full-time day enrollment only.


To Qualify:
 

For Incoming Freshmen
or Transfer Students

  1. Active in the musical life at USM

  2. Live audition* with a member of the music faculty
    Include at least one solo in principal medium (voice, piano, or instrument)

*Recordings accepted, but live auditions preferred


To Maintain:
 

For Students Who Entered USM as a Freshman or Transferred into USM

VOICE: Enrolled in MU 131 Concert Chorale each semester with a 2.0 cumulative GPA

PIANO: Enrolled in MUp Private Piano each semester with a 2.0 cumulative GPA

BAND INSTRUMENT: Enrolled in MU 136 University-Community Band each semester with a 2.0 cumulative GPA

ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENT: Enrolled in MU 135 Instrumental Ensemble each semester with a 2.0 cumulative GPA


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Theatre


» The USM Theatre Talent Scholarship — Range from $1,500-3,000 per year, renewable annually

 

For incoming freshmen or new transfer students, full-time day enrollment only.


To Qualify:
 

For Incoming Freshmen
or Transfer Students

May do one or a combination of the following:

  1. In-person audition of a memorized monologue or forensics piece, humorous, or serious (1-2 minutes)

  2. Submit a portfolio* (portfolios can be in any area of interest)

    Acting Portfolio may include:

  • CD or video clips of past performances

  • Resume of past roles and productions

  • Programs and/or photos of roles

  • Letter of recommendation from an instructor or someone familiar with your work

Acting Portfolio may include:

  • CD or video clips of past performances

  • Resume of past productions and crew positions

  • Samples of work (programs, posters and/or photos of past productions)

  • Letter of recommendation from an instructor or someone familiar with your work

  1. Or, if you attend a high school in the greater Kansas City area, you may combine a portfolio submission with a faculty invitation to a performance.

    Email invitations to:

*You may submit a portfolio to pre-qualify by mail or electronically


To Maintain:
 

For Students Who Entered USM as a Freshman or Transferred into USM

  1. Involved in at least two productions each semester (October and December; February and April)

*Faculty review involvement every April and recommend scholarship renewal for the following year


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Athletic Awards:


Offered in Baseball, Men's and Women's Basketball, Football, Men's and Women's Soccer, Men's and Women's Cross Country, Men's and Women's Track & Field, Softball, and Volleyball, as well as Co-Ed Cheer and Dance, Men's and Women's Club-Level Lacrosse, and Peb Band.

Full-time day enrollment, for undergraduates with outstanding athletic talent and academic good standing.

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