Aquinas Scholars

The Aquinas Scholars: Our Signature Scholarship Program

In the spirit of our patron, St. Thomas Aquinas, the Dominican saint and doctor of the church, Aquinas Institute of Theology invites you to consider a gift to our signature scholarship program which provides multiple full-tuition, merit-based scholarships for full-time, residential students.  Without significant financial support, these deserving students and future ministers of the Church would be unable to earn a graduate degree in theology or ministry. 

Eligibility and Requirements

Students who are accepted in the Aquinas Scholars Program have demonstrated previous outstanding academic achievement, a strong record of service to Church-affiliated ministries, a commitment to future ministry in the church, and leadership capacity. 

What the Program Includes

  • Full-tuition for all required courses in the respective degree program
  • Housing and book stipend
  • Work-study opportunities

Levels of Support and Giving Opportunities

There are different options for supporting the Aquinas Scholars Program:

Option #1

● A two-year commitment of $25,000 per year to support a student earning a Master of Arts (MA) in Theology or a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (MAPM)

Option #2

● A three-year commitment of $25,000 per year to support a student earning a Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Option #3

● A $10,000 per year commitment to support housing and books for one student; a two or three year commitment to accompany a student in one of the degree programs above.

Some donors choose to fund both the tuition and housing portion for the student they support.

● Gifts to the Aquinas Scholarship Program will be placed in a scholarship fund and allocated at discretion of the President and the Academic Dean.
● Donors will be asked to sign the pledge agreement indicating the option they have selected to find, and pay their pledge at any time they wish prior to July 15th of the year the student matriculates.

If you would like to make a commitment to the Aquinas Scholars Program or learn more about the program, please contact Fr. Michael Mascari, OP, Academic Dean (314.256.8855).