Aquinas College offers several merit-based and need-based grants and scholarships. The grants and scholarships are awarded according to guidelines established by a Scholarship Committee appointed by the President of the College. Recipients will be notified of scholarship awards by mail.
- If contacted to apply for the President’s or Vice- President’s Scholarship, please submit two letters of recommendation along with the online application for scholarships.
The two letters of recommendation should speak to the student’s academic achievement, service to the community or church, and potential for leadership. Examples of adults who may write the letters include: the student’s guidance counselor, a teacher, the school’s Honor Society or community service club sponsor, the student’s parish priest, etc. (Relatives of the student may not write a letter.)
- Some institutional scholarships are need-based; therefore we recommend that students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to February 1.
Dominican Scholarship Program
Aquinas college is implementing a brand new Dominican Scholarship Program to recognize students who have studied under the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia. If you have attended one of the schools where the sisters serve as teachers and administrators for 4, 8, or 12 years, you can be eligible for a tuition discount. Be sure to visit the Dominican Scholarship Program page for more details.
Institutional Academic Scholarships
Institutional scholarships are based on full-time enrollment according to program requirements per semester and are awarded according to academic performance.
|President’s Scholarship*||First time freshman, 30 ACT, or 1340 Old SAT, or 1400 New SAT, or 100 CLT, and minimum 3.5 GPA||100% tuition|
|Vice President’s Scholarship*||First time freshman, 26 ACT, or 1180 Old SAT, or 1250 New SAT, or 87 CLT, and minimum 3.2 GPA||50% tuition|
|Provost’s Award, Dean’s Award, Distinguished Scholar Award, Aquinas Scholar Award||First time freshman, college preparatory courses, test scores and GPA considered for awards||$1,000–$4,000|
|Transfer scholarship||Transfer students with 2.75 GPA and 12+ college hours||$2,500–$4,000|
|* limited number of scholarships available|
Aquinas College Institutional Scholarships are awarded based on the following:
- You must be a regular degree-seeking student;
- You must maintain the Grade Point Average (GPA) as stated in your scholarship agreement;
- You must register for and complete the minimum amount of semester hours stated in your scholarship agreement;
- Grants and scholarships are divided between fall and spring semesters;
- Institutional Awards are not given for summer;
- Some grants and scholarships may have additional requirements;
- Eligibility is determined each March for the following academic year.
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Additionally, we have over 40 scholarships that are provided by friends of and donors to Aquinas College. Each scholarship has criteria that is specified by the donor. The Aquinas College Scholarship Committee will determine eligibility based on these requirements and will award scholarships accordingly.
International Freshmen Scholarship
Merit-based Scholarships are offered to well-qualified international applicants with outstanding academic achievement and test scores on the required entrance exams. These scholarships range from $1,000 to $13,500 and are renewable for up to four years.
Admissions Requirements & Eligibility
- New, first-time, full-time freshmen (transfer students are not eligible); fall admission only
- Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
- 26 ACT Composite/ 1190 SAT Critical Reading & Math combined, or 1250 Evidence Based Reading and Writing & Math
Students will automatically be considered for these scholarships when the admission application and all supporting documents are received at Aquinas College. All scholarship recipients will be notified of their awards as soon as possible.
Scholarships on the Web
Students are encouraged to research the availability of funds from private foundations and organizations. Source information may be obtained through the Aquinas library, other local libraries, and the Internet. The following represent a few scholarships available.
- Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
- Community Foundation of Middle Tenneesee
- STEM Scholarships for Hispanic Students
- Scarlett Foundation Scholarships for Business Students
- SunTrust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes
- US Bank Scholarship Program
- Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest