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 Critical Reading Sections only. ACT score is the Composite Score. 

Chancellor’s Scholarship: SAT 1,300+ (New SAT 1,360+, ACT 29+) and GPA 95+ (3.75+)
- Merit of $20,500 per year 

 Presidential Scholarship: SAT 1,200+ (New SAT 1,270+, ACT 26+) and GPA 90+ (3.50+)
- Merit of  $19,500 per year

 Deans’ Scholarship: SAT 1,100+ (New SAT 1,170+, ACT 24+)   and GPA 88+ (3.25+) 
- Merit of $18,500 per year

Faculty Scholarship: SAT 1,000+ (New SAT 1,080+, ACT 21+)   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 1,080 (including ERW and Math sections) or minimum ACT composite score of 21 to be eligible for the competition.
  • The date for this year’s competition is Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017.  Registration must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Registration for the exam will open in early October.
  • 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 724-805-2485.

Transfer Student Grants   

  • An award of $16,000 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 $14,000 will be awarded to other students depending on the quality of previous college course work.
  • Transfer students who enroll in the Spring 2017 semester, and live on campus, will receive an additional $1,000 residence grant per year.  

Alumni Grants  

  • Grants are in the amount of $1,000 per year, renewable for four years.
  • Students must be recommended by an alumnus or alumna of Saint Vincent on the alumni grant form, to be submitted 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      

This scholarship, valued at $2000, is administered by the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government.

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.  Four $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 freshman majoring in bioinformatics, biochemistry or minoring in biotechnology. For more information on requirements and applying. See .

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 2016-2017year 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.