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Closing the Widening Gap

Tommies have always opened doors for one another, and with so many students facing uncertainty about their academic future, that is more true than ever. Your support of scholarships makes dreams come true, and the demand for scholarships has never been higher. With more students requesting support from our Hardship Scholarship fund, it's up to Tommies to keep the door to opportunity open for our entire community.

Priority One: Scholarships

Scholarships have always been Priority One at St. Thomas when it comes to fundraising. Every year, we accept many students who ultimately attend other colleges because our cost is out of their reach. The university invests more than $100 million annually in financial aid to attract talented students and keep St. Thomas affordable. Even with this extraordinary commitment, there is still a significant gap, this year totaling $27 million.

Due to COVID-19, the need is greater than ever before. Academically qualified students are requesting more grants for higher amounts to accommodate loss of income and unforeseen expenses. Your support of scholarships has a profound impact on students who will be able to continue their education without financial stress as they complete their degree.

Scholarship Recipients

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Tejesh Bhimavarapu '21

“When you talk to people who have diversity of thought, that's when you begin to listen better than you normally would. I try to have intentional conversations and understand other points of view. That's important, because that's the world we are going into after St. Thomas.”

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Sandra Hawley '20

“I always assumed engineering was for men. Then I met female engineering professors at St. Thomas and realized, 'This is something a woman can do.'”