The V.J. Guinan Presidential Full Tuition Scholarship is awarded to a select number of students who excel academically and demonstrate themselves to be a good fit for the Catholic mission of the University of St. Thomas.

Candidates are Catholic students who are serious about attending a Catholic university in order to strengthen their Catholic formation. The selection committee, through an interview process, will determine which applicants are likely to contribute to the UST community in keeping with the Basilian core values of goodness, discipline, and knowledge.

Ideal Candidates:

  1. Catholic students serious about attending a Catholic university in order to strengthen their formation and serve the community.
  2. For serious consideration, SAT scores* should equal 1410 (30 ACT) or above.
  3. Recommended 3.5 GPA or higher on 4.0 index in a college preparatory curriculum

* SAT scores are based on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math scores only.

** The selection committee reserves the right to consider candidate(s) who may fall slightly outside the above parameters.


Application Materials

  1. At least two (2) letters of recommendation from academic sources and no more than four (4) letters total. Letters to be sent by email from the original writer to guinanscholarship@stthom.edu by January 18, 2019.
  2. Completed V.J. Guinan Presidential Scholarship Application with services / activities and essay included by January 18, 2019.

  3. Admission to UST on or before January 18, 2019.
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    • Please enter the scores you received for ACT and/or SAT. 
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    • In the following text box, please list activities, including community service, high school extracurricular activities, and religious activities.
    • In the following text box, please include a 500-word, typed essay on one of the following topics:

      1. Discuss a modern challenge young Catholics face in today’s society that impedes their ability to live a faithful Catholic life. Provide some recommendations to overcome this challenge.
      2. Describe the impact you believe attending a Catholic university, rather than a secular university, will have on your life.
      3. Catholic Church teaching on issues such as bioethics, family life and marriage, abortion, etc. is often counter-cultural. Discuss a topic in Catholic teaching that is controversial. How do you view this? As a Catholic what, if any, are your obligations in this debate?