2022 Saint Mary of the Woods Saint Theodore Guerin Scholarship (US Based)


Scholarship Awarding University: 

Type of degree: 

Scholarship Deadline: 
Applications for this scholarship will end on the 15th of December, 2021.

Scholarship Summary: 
The Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Scholarship is the College’s highest award for academic excellence, service and faith and it will be awarded to first-time freshman nationwide (US citizens and residents only) who have used their unique experiences, aptitudes and abilities to make a difference in their local communities and beyond.

Scholarship Applicant Criteria:
Students must meet all of the following eligibility requirements in order to be considered for this scholarship.
Admitted or enrolling as a full-time, campus-based SMWC student
Planning to enroll in a degree-seeking program
Demonstrate unique experiences, aptitudes and abilities to make a difference in their local communities and beyond.
Prove academic excellence by upholding a 3.2 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

Value of Scholarship: 
The Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Scholarship awards four (4) scholarships up to full-tuition awards and one (1) $4,000 towards the cost of room in Le Fer Hall. These are renewable for a total of four years.

Scholarship Application Guide:
To apply; 
Step 1: Submit your online admission application here.
Step 2: Use this form to apply to the Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Scholarship, and submit your scholarship essay. The essay prompt is provided below.
Step 3: A letter of recommendation from a community leader or academic mentor should be sent separately by December 15, 2021. Choose an individual who will speak to your leadership abilities, dedication to faith, and commitment to service. Letters should be sent to the Office of Admissions at SMWC.
Step 4: Finalists will be invited to interview. Interview dates will be announced at a later date.

Essay Instructions
Type a 750-1000 word essay on the following topic:

A woman of great faith, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin understood the importance of education. Upon arriving at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 1840, she founded Saint Mary’s Academy, the predecessor to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She and the Sisters of Providence went on to work with several Catholic Parishes in the area to establish parish schools across Indiana and eastern Illinois. Eventually the mission spread across the United States and to China, Taiwan and South America.
Describe the opportunities that education has opened in your life and why continuing your education at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is important to you. How would an education from a Catholic, liberal arts college prepare you for your future? How would Saint Mother Theodore’s legacy shape your aspirations? How do you think being a Guerin scholar will advance your goals?

Please note: This essay is different from your college application essay.

Scholarship Website: 
Find further information on this scholarship opportunity at the SMWC Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Scholarship Page.