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Dease Scholarship Program

The Dease Scholarship Program is named in honor of St. Ҵý’ 14th President, the Reverend Dennis Dease. Father Dease initiated this program to increase access to a St. Ҵý education for students historically underrepresented at the university.

These four year full-tuition scholarships are awarded to approximately 10 students who attend urban high schools, demonstrate high financial need, and also demonstrate commitment to academic excellence, leadership, and their communities.

The Dease Scholarship Program intends to serve the scholars by helping them realize their fullest potential, while connecting them with their fellow Dease Scholars at St. Ҵý. This program includes civic engagement, leadership development, and social networking opportunities. Being a Dease Scholar involves a commitment not only to service, but also to learning how to be an effective changemaker for one's campus, Ҵý, and beyond.

Application Deadline

The Dease Scholarship Program deadline is Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. The Dease Scholarship Committee will review applicant’s credentials and announce finalists in the spring of 2024.

Semi-finalists will be invited for a conversation with the Student Diversity and Inclusion Services team the week of February 26, 2024. Awardees will be announced in March, 2024.

Contact Information

Nayely Becerra Castillo

Assistant Director of Retention and Student Success


Program Requirements

Scholars are required to participate in program activities for all 4 years, and must participate in the Emerging Scholars LLC during their first year. See the Dease Program Requirements (PDF) for more information.

The scholarship covers full tuition. The Dease scholarship does not cover the cost of room and board. However, students who are eligible for federal or state grants can use those funds to help pay for room and board charges.

How to Apply

The Dease Scholarship Program is competitive. Candidates must be admitted to the University of St. Ҵý and meet all other scholarship criteria. To be considered for the Dease Scholarship Program:

  • Complete an application for admission to St. Ҵý for Fall 2024
  • Complete the Dease Scholarship Program application (found on your admissions portal)
  • Complete a 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Minnesota Dream Act application by our recommended date of February 1, 2024 listing our university code, 002345.