SJC Programs

SJC Merit Awards, Grants, and Scholarships

These awards are given directly by the College and made possible by the donor support of alumni and friends. All awards require full-time enrollment. Applicants must be admitted for merit scholarship consideration. Need-based grants are only available to those who file the FAFSA. Renewal of scholarships is based on Satisfactory Academic Progress, as defined by the College catalog.

2015-16 Incoming Freshman Awards

ATTENTION: Applicants must have a 2.0 reported high school GPA, 17 ACT Composite, and/or 820 Critical Reading + Math SAT score to qualify for admission with scholarship consideration.

Honors Scholarships - $17,000

Deans Scholarships - $15,000

SJC Scholarships - $13,000

Puma Opportunity Grant - $11,000

Access Grant - $5,000

Use the SJC Net Price Calculator to immediately check eligibility.

2015-16 Incoming Transfer Student Awards

  • Students must be transferring from an accredited post-secondary institution.
  • Must have at least 12 transferable hours.
  • College GPA requirement indicated below (based on credit evaluation by SJC Registrar).

Honors - $11,000

  • 3.50 & above GPA required

Deans - $10,000

  • 3.00 - 3.49 GPA required

SJC - $8,000

  • 2.50 - 2.99 GPA required

The following grants can be combined with transfer scholarships.

Phi Theta Kappa Members - $1,000

  • 3.50 & above GPA required
  • May be combined with Honors Scholarship

Ivy Tech Transfer Grant - $4,000

  • Grades of C- or above with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Students must be transferring from Ivy Tech Community College
  • 12+ transferable credit hours

Ancilla College Transfer Grant - $4,000

  • Grades of C- or above with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Students must be transferring from Ancilla College
  • 12+ transferable credit hours

Additional 2015-16 Incoming Freshman or Transfer Student Awards

Alumni Grants - $1,000

  • Be a dependent child of a Saint Joseph's College graduate
  • Have a grandparent, aunt, or uncle who graduated from SJC
  • May not be combined with Family Tuition Grant

Athletic Scholarships

  • Amounts vary
  • Qualified student-athletes upon recommendation of the Department of Athletics
  • May not be combined with Performance Scholarship

St. Katharine Drexel Grants - $1,000

Family Tuition Grants - $1,000

  • Have a sibling from the same dependent family attending SJC simultaneously on a full-time basis
  • Have a sibling from the same dependent family who graduated from SJC
  • May not be combined with an Alumni Grant

Campus Involvement Grants

Band or Color Guard - $2,000 up to $4,000 based on audition

    • Open to students of all majors.
    • Showcase your school spirit in the College Band.
    • Play musical selections during halftime of athletic games, parades, and more.
    • Tour and perform for a variety of audiences throughout the Midwest.
    • Contact Robb Thiel, Director of College Bands

Campus Safety - $2,000

    • Contact Ernest Watson, Associate Dean of Students for Safety and Security

Cheerleading/Team Mascot - $2,000

Choir - $2,000 to $4,000 based on audition

    • Open to students of all majors.
    • Members will perform at least 2 concerts per semester
    • Regularly travel on regional tours.
    • Participate in at least one of the choral ensembles.
    • Contact Harmony Murphy, Director of Choral Activities

Dance - $2,000

    • Engage in team-choreographed performances
    • Perform during NCAA sporting events.
    • Contact April Potts, Dance Team Coordinator

Newspaper - $2,000

    • Write creatively for the College's student-produced newspaper - The Observer.
    • Cover hard-hitting news, in-depth features, and breaking sports information.
    • Publish the newspaper monthly
    • Assign articles, map out story ideas, and discuss photography and design.
    • Contact Charles Kerlin, Professor of English

Orchestra - $2,000 to $4,000 based on audition

    • Open to students of all majors.
    • Perform with the SJC Orchestra
    • Play a variety of Baroque, Classical, and Contemporary music
    • Contact Dr. Paul Geraci, Associate Professor of Music and Chair of Music Department
  • Radio/TV
  • Social Media/Marketing
  • Sports Information Data

Athletic Training

    • Work in the NCAA Athletic Training Clinic throughout the year.
    • Receive direct supervision by a staff certified athletic trainer.
    • Gain valuable clinical experience in Athletic Training the field.
    • Early hands-on opportunities connects your studies to clinical experience.
    • Contact: Jared Hall, Head Athletic Trainer

Theatre - $2,000

    • Open to students of all majors.
    • Produce 3 main stage shows per year (two plays and a musical)
    • Join an improvisation group.
    • Grant recipients are expected to participate on or off stage for each production.
    • Contact John Rahe, Associate Professor of Communication and Theater Arts

* The grant recipient will become part of a 117 year tradition of producing quality live theater at Saint Joseph's College.

Student cannot combine campus involvement grants with an athletic scholarship.  Application for Admission priority date:  March 15

Contact or 219.866.6170 for more information on campus involvement grants.

The Presidential Scholarship

Saint Joseph's College's Most Prestigious Award

The Presidential Scholarship is the most prestigious Saint Joseph’s College award and honors the President’s commitment to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood (C.PP.S.) – pledged to a tradition of excellence and to a liberal education that is a united endeavor of intelligence and faith.  The President seeks future campus leaders who will embody Gospel values in their personal lives and throughout their professional careers.

This full tuition scholarship is awarded annually to two incoming freshmen.  Individuals who have demonstrated outstanding academic and leadership abilities are encouraged to compete for this exceptional scholarship opportunity.

  • Two full tuition awards
  • Must be a recipient of either an Honors Scholarship or a Deans Scholarship by November 15th for the December 5th competition or January 15 for the January 23rd competition.   
  • On-campus competition by invitation only

Thomas J. Huhn Athletic-Leadership Scholarship

  • 4-year, full-tuition, room and board scholarship
  • Incoming freshmen who have exhibited exceptional leadership skills, maintained a cumulative 2.5 GPA, played basketball or football in high school and reside and attend high school in Allen County (Indiana) and its contiguous counties.
  • Special application and letter of recommendation required before January 31. 
      • Competition by invitation only
      • Saturday, February 20, 2016
      • Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, Fort Wayne, IN
    • Renewal Criteria
      • Demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress  (SAP) and remain in good social standing.
      • Participate in organized sports at SJC or be otherwise engaged in some useful and meaningful extracurricular or work activity

Philip J Wilhelm Class of 1963 Scholarship

  • Valued at $20,000 annually for 4 years/8 semesters
  • Incoming freshmen who have demonstrated community service, maintained a cumulative 3.0 GPA, and reside in Marion County (Indiana).
  • Special application and 2 letters of recommendation required before February 12, 2016. 
      • Competition by invitation only
      • Wednesday, February 24, 2016
      • The Catholic Center Indianapolis, IN
    • Renewal Criteria
      • Demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress  (SAP) and remain in good social standing.
      • Volunteer 12 hours of leadership service per month under the supervision of Campus Ministry.
      • Participate in Campus Ministry activities.

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