Scholarships & Awards

Aquinas Institute of Theology is committed to educating the next generation of theologically well-formed ministers to serve the US Church in fulfillment of our mission to "educate men and women to preach, to teach, to minister, and to lead." We know that for most students, the cost of graduate school can seem daunting and out of reach and that incurring significant debt is a hardship. 

We do not want finances to keep you from answering your call to ministry and we are committed to helping you fund your education. 

Aquinas Scholar Award

Established in honor of our patron, St. Thomas Aquinas, this award is offered to lay men and women and provides multiple full tuition scholarship with a housing stipend, book award, and work-study opportunities for two or three years, depending on the student's degree program. 

"There is such a range of experience among people at Aquinas Institute. It is wonderful to be in this environment because you know everyone wants to be here and is invested in it."

Mary Raquel Schulenberg, 2020 Aquinas Scholar Award Recipient

What's Included

Full Tuition for all Required Courses



Employment Opportunities

Why the Aquinas Scholar Award?

Aquinas Scholar, Evan Bedarz '22 gives us a glimpse of why he chose the Aquinas Institute of Theology for his graduate program.

Scholarship Award Opportunities

Aquinas Institute of Theology has established three merit-based scholarship awards offered to potential full-time lay students. 

Degree Program Options

Students applying to one of our three core degree programs will be considered for merit-based awards. 

Master of Arts in Theology (MA) 

An intellectually rigorous, 36 credit hour course of study provides a strong academic foundation for students interested in pursuing advanced theological studies and those who desire an academic grounding for teaching, pastoral ministry, and Church leadership. 

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) 

This 48 hour program prepares students with the skills and competencies to be effective ministers and lay leaders in different ecclesial settings. The MAPS curriculum offers a learning experience that seamlessly integrates a strong theological foundation and ministerial formation. 

Master of Divinity (MDiv) 

This 81 hour program provids a rigorous academic education designed to prepare theologically informed and professionally competent ministers for service to the Church. 

Eligibility and Requirements

Applications for the Aquinas Scholar Award are evaluated in four key areas. 





There is no separate application for this Award. Students who wish to be considered should focus their personal assessment and reflection paper on strengths in these areas.  Applicants should also share these areas of evaluation with those from whom they are requesting letters of recommendation and ask that the letters highlight qualities in these areas especially.

Aquinas Scholars are required to study full-time, as defined by degree program, and live in Saint Louis while a student at Aquinas. 

Taxability of Scholarships and Stipends

If a student receives scholarships and/.or stipends during any calendar year which exceed the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment, the amount that exceeds those costs should be reported by the student as taxable income. Aquinas Institute is required to send information to students and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding scholarship and stipend payments on Form 1098T. Students are responsible for using this information as well as their own records to complete their tax returns. 

Non-U.S. Citizens and non-permanent resident aliens may be subject to U.S. taxation. Any portion of institution granted scholarships/stipends that exceed the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment may be subject to a tax withholding rate of up to 14 percent for students with an F1 visa. 

Students with questions about the taxability of their award should contact Clare Behrmann, Financial Aid Administrator, at 314.256.8807 or


How to Apply

To be considered for the Aquinas Scholar Award, individuals must apply to their selected degree program for the Fall term by January 28th, the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas.

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Why Aquinas Institute of Theology

At the heart of all our programs is the unique Dominican approach to education that holds as its primary purpose a search for Veritas, the One who is Truth himself, Our Lord Jesus Christ, whom we seek to encounter in all of our programs, coursework and campus life, and whom we seek to share through our mission of evangelization, namely to be useful by preaching and teaching for the salvation of every person.

Aquinas Institute of Theology provides students with a close-knit community and engagement with our 800-year-old Dominican heritage. Situated adjacent to the large and beautiful campus of Saint Louis University, students also have access to resources of a large Jesuit research university. 


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