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Faith and the Common Good Scholarship


Through the generosity of Frank and Julia Ladner, Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary, has established a scholarship fund to encourage students to engage in public service informed by a life of faith and a serious theological understanding of the Catholic tradition and its concern for the common good.  The goal of the assistance is to prepare students to work for the common good of all God's people, whatever their faith or nation, to build bridges rather than walls, and to be agents of hope and community-building.

The scholarship highlights and continues Saint John's long tradition of preparing students for public service in a variety of venues by attracting new generations of students with a vocation to public service as their way of living out their faith in the world.  Their program of study can be in any of the masters degree programs of the School of Theology•Seminary, but should prepare them for a vocation of public service by developing a broad understanding of theology and the history of the church while focusing on Catholic social teaching and its concern for the common good in society.

Application: Provide the following information in two to four pages.

  1. Title the document: Application for Faith and Common Good Scholarship.
  2. List your name, postal address, email address, telephone number, intended degree, and first enrollment term.
  3. Demonstrate how you will achieve the goals of the scholarship: Specifically, a statement of purpose indicating the intent to pursue a vocation to public service to advance the common good and how this vocation is informed by their faith and has been and will continue to be furthered by their study of theology at Saint John's.
  4. Demonstrate your ability to achieve the goals set forth in the statement of purpose.  This can be by prior academic study, professional work, volunteer service as well as current volunteer services, field education, and academic projects.
  5. Incorporate how the resources at Saint John's can be incorporated into your program of study, e.g. the McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement; the McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship; with its focus on social and nonprofit entrepreneurship; the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, which promotes greater understanding between religions; and various ecological and sustainable living programs such as the Arboretum, environmental studies, and the Pottery.
  6. Demonstrate financial need.
  7. Email the document as an attachment to [email protected].

Criteria for Award Distribution:

  1. Applicants must be accepted into a master's degree program.
  2. Selection of award recipients is based on the strength of the application. 
  3. Award recipients receive a financial package valued at $15,000 per year at the current tuition rates. The funding is for the academic terms only.
  4. Award packages can be renewed for up to three years pending satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree requirements and enrollment in consecutive academic terms of full-time study.

Graduate Admissions: Andy Dirksen, [email protected], 320-363-2896