Saint Vincent Scholarships and Grants

Saint Vincent College provides numerous financial opportunities to incoming freshmen and transfer students as well as returning undergraduates. These are typically awarded by the Admission Office. Merit-based awards are those in which recipients are selected based primarily on academic merit and specific selection criteria. Entering freshmen for the 2017-2018 year will be awarded the scholarships listed below based on test scores and high school grade point average.  Awards are based on full-time enrollment. Most Saint Vincent scholarships may be retained for eight semesters as long as a minimum 2.0 GPA is met. SAT score is based on Math and ERW Sections only. ACT score is the Composite Score. 

Chancellor’s Scholarship: SAT 1,360+, ACT 29+, CLT 96+ and GPA 95+ (3.75+)
- Merit of $20,500 per year 

 Presidential Scholarship: SAT 1,270+, ACT 26+, CLT 86+ and GPA 90+ (3.50+)
- Merit of  $19,500 per year

 Deans’ Scholarship: SAT 1,170+, ACT 24+, CLT 77+ and GPA 88+ (3.25+) 
- Merit of $18,500 per year

Faculty Scholarship: SAT 1,080+, ACT 21+, CLT 66+  and GPA 85+ (3.00+)
- Merit of $16,500 per year

For those who do not meet the above requirements, other scholarships and Saint Vincent financial aid awards of up to $16,000 may be available. Visit our Net Price Calculator and Merit Calculator to find out more!  

 Wimmer Scholarship Competition  

  • The Wimmer Scholarship Competition is a general knowledge examination open to graduating high school seniors. Seniors must have applied for admission by the date of the exam and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and minimum SAT of 1080 (including ERW and Math sections) or minimum ACT composite score of 21 to be eligible for the competition.
  • The competition is held in November each year. 
  • The first-place winner will receive a full tuition, room and board scholarship to attend Saint Vincent College for eight semesters – an estimated value of more than $179,000.
  • The second- through fifth-place winners will receive a full tuition scholarship for eight semesters – an estimated value of more than $130,000. 
  • If you have any questions, please call 724-805-2500.

Transfer Student Grants   

  • An award of $17,000 is extended to transfer students who have maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or above in their previous college course work.
  • A transfer grant of up to $15,000 will be awarded to other students depending on the quality of previous college course work.

Alumni Grants  

  • Grants are in the amount of $1,000 per year, renewable for four years.
  • Students must complete and return the alumni grant application by May 1st.

Benedictine Pastors’ Awards  

  • Students who are registered members of parishes staffed by Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey are eligible for a $2000 award.
  • You must have been a member of a qualifying parish at least one year prior to your start at Saint Vincent College.
  • You must submit a letter from your pastor verifying your membership by May 1st.
  • Annual re-application is not necessary. 

Catholic High School Graduate Grants  

  • A grant of $2,000 is extended to graduates of Roman Catholic high schools who enroll as full-time students in the fall semester immediately following their high school graduation.
  • Renewal requires continuous full-time enrollment during succeeding academic years.

Aurelius Scholarship      

Aurelius Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated, unmet financial need, superior academic credentials and potential (including high school performance and ACT/SAT scores), declared major and interest in the Aurelius Scholars program. The program is offered to motivated students interested in the Western intellectual tradition and awards a limited number of competitive scholarships for incoming freshmen each year.

Selected recipients receive a $2,000 ($1,000 per semester) Aurelius Scholarship, applied toward tuition as a part of their financial aid package, over the course of four years, assuming enrollment and satisfactory progress in the Aurelius Scholars program. Recipients will be expected to enroll in Principles of American Politics (a core course in the program) in their first year at Saint Vincent, demonstrate satisfactory progress in completing the Aurelius course sequence, attend occasional lectures sponsored by Saint Vincent’s Center for Political and Economic Thought, and periodically meet with the Aurelius program director to discuss their progress in the program.

Music Scholarships

The arts have always been an important facet of a Saint Vincent education. As Archabbot Boniface Wimmer was establishing Saint Vincent College, he wrote back to his sponsor, King Ludwig of Bavaria, “My heart is in this work, and I will spare no expense to teach the students first what is necessary, then what is useful, and finally what is beautiful so long as it contributes to their refinement.”

To encourage and support participation in music, the College has established competitive Music Scholarships for those participating in the Saint Vincent College Singers or the March of the Bearcats marching band.

Guidelines are as follows:

  • A $2,000 annual scholarship for participation in Saint Vincent College Singers and Marching Band.
  • Five scholarships will be awarded to first-time freshmen based on auditions held Saturday, March 17, 2018. 
  • Recipients will participate in either Saint Vincent College Singers or Bands (Marching, Pep and Concert).
  • Students enrolled in all academic majors are eligible.
  • Band instruments include:  piccolo, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, baritone, trombone, tuba and percussion.  
  • Music majors may audition with their primary instrument even if it is not listed above.
  • The auditioning student must be accepted for admission prior to audition.
  • Students may register by contacting Christina Andrae in the Admission Office, 724-805-2259 or  Registration is required by end of day Thursday, March 8, 2018.  

Fred Rogers Scholarship   

This scholarship, valued at $2500, is for students interested in pursuing careers involving children, early learning and media for young children. 

Stanley Black & Decker Scholarships

Stanley Black & Decker Scholarships are available for first-generation college students majoring in Engineering Science, Mathematics or Physics.  Two $1,000 annual scholarships are awarded in this program. Read more.

STEP Scholarships

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Talent Expansion Program.  Five four-year $5,000 scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen majoring in bioinformatics, biochemistry or minoring in biotechnology. For more information on requirements and applying. See .

Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship Program

Saint Vincent College is partnering with the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program of the Henry Luce Foundation to support and inspire women in science and engineering. CBL Scholarships will be awarded to four exceptional female students majoring in Computing, Engineering, or Physics. Two current sophomores will be selected this year (2017-18) to receive the award for their junior and senior years (2018-19 and 2019-20). The other two students will be selected from next year’s sophomore class. For more details click here.

Palmer Scholars Program

The Arnold D. and Winifred W. Palmer Scholars Program was established through the generous support from the Palmer Family and the Arnold D. and Winifred W. Palmer Foundation to provide opportunities for graduates of Greater Latrobe Senior High School with exemplary academic and leadership skills  See .

Home-schooled Graduate Grants  

  • A grant of $2,000 is extended to graduates of home-schooled high school programs who enroll as full-time students in the fall semester immediately following their high school graduation.
  • Renewal requires continuous full-time enrollment during succeeding academic years.

Out-of-State Grant 

Grants are in the amount of $2,000 per year, renewable for four years. Any non-Pennsylvania resident is eligible for this award.

First-Generation Grant  

Grants are in the amount of $2,000 per year, renewable for four years. First-generation college students are those whose parent(s) have not attained a bachelor’s degree.

Need Based Grant   

  • The need based grant is awarded based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  
  • The need based grant is awarded if there is a remaining need after the application of Saint Vincent Scholarships and other grants and scholarships.  
  • Not all freshmen are eligible for this award. 

Endowed Grants   

These scholarships are supported by the generosity of alumni and private donors to the College's Scholarship Endowment Fund.  

Federal and State Grants 

To be considered for federal and state grants, completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required yearly. Grants do not have to be repaid.  The FAFSA is available October 1, 2016 at 

The maximum Federal Pell Grant award  for the 2016-2017 year is $5,815. 

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is awarded to undergraduate Pell grant recipients with exceptional financial need.   

The maximum Pennsylvania State Grant (PHEAA) award for 2016-2017 was$4,378.  PA residents must complete the FAFSA prior to May 1st.  For more information, please visit the Pennsylvania State grant website at or call 1-800-692-7392. 

Outside Scholarships

Students are encouraged to contact community groups, churches, high school counselors, and local civic organizations for information regarding local scholarship opportunities, as well as free national scholarship searches such as those listed below.