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The McKenna School is pleased to be able to offer the following scholarship opportunities. 

  • Stanley Black & Decker Scholars

    Interested in a Career in Marketing?

    The Stanley Black & Decker Scholars program awards scholarships to outstanding first-generation college students majoring in marketing under the direction of the dean of the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government, Gary Quinlivan. 

    For Fall 2021, we are proud to announce that we will offer three $1,000 annual Stanley Black & Decker Scholarships for incoming first-generation SVC freshmen majoring in marketing.

    The Stanley Black & Decker Scholars program honors Edward “Eddie” W. Swink. Eddie Swink was a man who was incredibly inventive and hardworking. Because of where he came from, he never had the opportunity to pursue higher education; however, he valued quality, innovation and learning just as Stanley Black & Decker and Saint Vincent College do. He believed in America, was a veteran of war and believed in being the first in line for the work and last in line for the credit. He worked tirelessly for more than 40 years to send all of his three children on to higher education, including a daughter and grandson who both attended/attend Saint Vincent College. Further, he collaborated with Jeff Ansell, Saint Vincent alumnus and senior vice president of Stanley Black & Decker Inc., on many products over the decades.

    Scholarship recipients must:

    • Be a first-generation college student. (First-generation college students have first preference for the scholarship. If not enough applicants, other applicants coming in as marketing majors will be eligible.) 
    • Sign a FERPA waiver enabling Saint Vincent College to report on scholarship recipients.
    • Remain a marketing major at Saint Vincent College.
    • Maintain a 3.0 GPA. A student that drops below a 3.0 (but no less than 2.75) will be placed on academic probation for one semester. If his or her overall GPA is not above 3.0 after the semester on probation (fall or spring), the student is removed from the Scholars program.
    • Make a commitment to engage with Stanley Black & Decker; examples include attending the annual meeting with Stanley Black & Decker representatives on the Saint Vincent College campus; participating in visits to the SBD facility in Towson, Maryland; and applying for internships and full-time employment.

    Scholars have the opportunity for guaranteed employment with Stanley Black & Decker, Global Tools & Storage Division, upon graduation provided they meet the guaranteed employment requirements of the program.

    Eligible scholars will receive one guaranteed summer internship at Stanley Black & Decker’s Global Tools & Storage Headquarters in Towson, Maryland, provided they meet the requirements of the program.

    How to Apply for Stanley Black & Decker Science Scholarships:

    After your acceptance to Saint Vincent College, you may apply for the Stanley Black & Decker scholarship by completing the following steps:

    1. You must fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered. In the online application, you will be asked to verify that you have completed and submitted this form. Your application cannot be considered unless this step is completed. 
    2. Verify that you will be a first-generation college student.
    3. Visit the Stanley Black & Decker Scholarship online application page and provide your information.
    4. Complete and attach the following two Stanley Black & Decker Scholarship Essay questions:
      1. Describe in 750 words or less why you want to enroll in the marketing program at Saint Vincent College; explain why this discipline of study interests you and how this field will assist you in achieving your future career goals.
      2. List the biggest challenge you faced and how you faced it.
    5. Submit your online application by pressing the “Apply Now!” button. A confirmation will be sent to your email address. 

    The deadline for receiving the completed Stanley Black & Decker Scholarship application is March 15, 2021.

  • Aurelius Scholars in Western Civilization

    The Western Intellectual Tradition

    The Aurelius Scholars program is offered to motivated students interested in the Western intellectual tradition and rooted in a diverse course sequence meant to satisfy part of Saint Vincent’s core curriculum. As part of their liberal education, students engage some of the great texts, ideas and perennial questions of the Western world.

    Extracurricular Opportunities

    In addition to the course sequence, Aurelius Scholars participate in enriching extracurricular opportunities, such as reading groups, campus lectures and student trips. Many events encourage Aurelius Scholars to engage in thoughtful conversation with students in other Saint Vincent Honors Community programs. 

    Competitive Scholarships

    A limited number of competitive scholarships are offered for incoming freshmen each year. Select recipients will receive an annual $2,000 scholarship applied toward tuition as part of their financial aid package, over the course of four years. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of superior academic credentials and their interest in the program. Non-scholarship recipients are also invited and encouraged to participate in this program. 

    Program Requirements

    Students will be expected to enroll in Principles of American Politics in their first year of the program, 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.

    Honors Community

    Aurelius Scholars are also part of the Saint Vincent Honors Community, an engaging and intellectual community of high-achieving students whose desire is to put their skills to use in the real world. Students interested in becoming an Aurelius Scholar should apply for their program through our Honors Community application. Please note: Honors Community applications are no longer being accepted for Fall 2021.



    For more information, contact the Director of Aurelius Scholars:

    Jason Jividen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Political Science 


  • George Washington Fellowship

    The Center for Political and Economic Thought sponsors this fellowship program founded in the 1998-1999 academic year. The program provides a stipend, support for attending academic conferences, and books for each fellow. Fellows must engage in a year-long scholarly project with a faculty member from the Center, which is designed to be a broad learning experience for the fellow in a non-classroom atmosphere.

    Background Information
    The George Washington Fellowship Program is named after our nation's first president in order to focus on the theme of citizenship. Washington emphasized in his writings and addresses that the success of the new American republic would depend upon the nation's ability to become a sacred union of citizens. The Program seeks to attract students interested in scholarly inquiry into the key questions of American citizenship, paying careful attention to the duties and responsibilities of individuals in a free, well ordered society. 

    Applications for projects in the following areas will be accepted: American political thought, American economic thought, political or economic thought generally, American culture and religion, and American constitutionalism.

    Eligibility Requirements
    Successful fellowship applicants will have outstanding records of academic achievement and a demonstrated interest in scholarly inquiry. Students majoring in Political Science or Public Policy are eligible to participate during their sophomore, junior, or senior year. Particular emphasis will be placed on those applying for fellowships for the junior or senior year, but truly superior sophomore applications will also merit consideration. 

    Fellowship proposals must focus on a key question or issue suggested by one of the themes mentioned in the section on Background.

    Fellowship Tasks
    Fellowships are not designed to be an independent study, nor are they intended to require the same type of work that would be involved in taking a regular college course. Rather, fellowships will support a scholarly relationship or conversation between the student and faculty member on the issue or question posed in the application. Once a proposal has been awarded a fellowship, a faculty member will be assigned and the student and faculty member will determine a set of readings appropriate to fostering an in-depth discussion of the question at hand.

    Fellows are expected to read and think seriously about the selected works, to meet regularly with the faculty member to discuss the works, and to produce a piece of work at the end of the fellowship period that reflects what has been learned in the reading and discussions. This final product is not intended to be a thesis-type major research project, but instead a thoughtful and tangible reflection on the learning experience.

    Fellowship Provisions
    Stipend - Fellows will receive a stipend totaling $1,000. The stipend will be paid in installments of $500 at the beginning of each semester. Payment of the stipend in the Spring semester is contingent upon satisfactory progress during the Fall semester. Normally, the stipend should not affect a student's financial aid package, but students are encouraged to verify this with the Office of Admission and Financial Aid.

    Books - A modest budget will be available to purchase the books that a fellow will need to read for his or her project. The assigned faculty member will determine which books are necessary and the books will be purchased directly by the Center.

    Academic Conference Support - It is often the case that there will be a scholarly conference going on that will bear directly on a fellow's academic interest. Beyond this, it is worthwhile for students to have the experience of attending an academic conference. Accordingly, the Fellows Program will provide a modest amount of financial support for participants to attend scholarly conferences that both the student and faculty member agree are of particular merit.

    Year-EndDinner and Other Events - The Center will sponsor a culminating social event for its George Washington Fellows, where each fellow will share his or her thoughts on what has been learned from the fellowship experience. The Center may also sponsor occasional "get togethers" for those participating in the George Washington Fellowship Program.

    Academic Credit - Completion of the Fellowship Program will be noted on the student's academic transcript as a zero-credit entry.

    How to Apply
    Contact Dr. Bradley C. S. Watson for more information on how to apply.