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Scholarships & Awards

Admissions
Tuition & Financial Assistance

Scholarships & Awards

There are currently more than 95 named Scholarships in the Aquinas Institute Endowment. These provide over $1 million in financial aid and/or scholarships each year to 60% of Aquinas students. To view the complete list of scholarships please click the following: Scholarships & Criteria.

High School Merit Scholarships

At The Aquinas Institute, academics are highly valued. Students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement are eligible for a number of scholarships. Scholarships are also awarded based on a student’s performance on the placement exam.

Academic Scholarships for High School Students Entering Aquinas at Grade 9
The Aquinas Principal’s Award for Academic Excellence
  • Any new student entering 9th grade at Aquinas with an average of 92 in his/her previous year’s core courses (English, social studies, math, science and religion, if applicable) will receive a $1,000 scholarship for his/her first year at Aquinas. AQMS 8th graders moving up to 9th grade are not eligible for this scholarship, please see Class Rank (High School).

Scholarship for Class Rank (High School)
The Robert B. and Mary Hastings Academic Scholarship
Returning Aquinas students in grades 9-12 are eligible for the following scholarships based on class rank:
  • $2,000 – Class rank #1
  • $1,000 – Class rank #2-5
  • $750 – Class rank #6-10
  • $500 – Class rank #11 – up to top 10% of returning class

9th Grade Placement Exam Scholarships
The Kenneth P. Schleich ’46 Placement Exam Award
  • All 9th grade test takers, including current AQ 8th graders are eligible
  • Students with the top 5 scores on this exam receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship

Middle School Merit Scholarships

Academic Scholarships for Middle School Students
The Aquinas Principal’s Award for Academic Excellence
  • Any new student entering 6th or 7th grade with an average of 92 or above in his/her previous year’s core courses (English, social studies, math, science and religion, if applicable) will receive a $750 scholarship for his/her first year at Aquinas. AQMS 6th graders moving up to 7th grade are not eligible for this scholarship, please see Scholarships for Class Rank – Grades 7 & 8.


Scholarship for Class Rank – Grades 7 & 8
The Robert B. and Mary Hastings Academic Scholarship
Returning 7th and 8th grade Aquinas students are eligible for the following scholarships based on class rank:
  • $1,000 – Class rank #1
  • $750 – Class rank #2-5
  • $500 – Class rank #6 – up to top 10% of returning class


Grade 6 & 7 Placement Exam Scholarships
The Kenneth P. Schleich ‘46 Placement Exam Award
  • All placement test takers, including current AQ 6th graders are eligible
  • Students with the top 5 scores on this exam receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship


The St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School Loyalty Award

In addition to academic achievement, Aquinas also offers an award to families who remain committed to Catholic education. First-year students entering 6th or 7th grade at The Aquinas Institute will receive a one-time $500 award if they meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a newly registered student
  • Student must have attended a DOR elementary parish school for at least 3 years
  • Student must currently be enrolled in a DOR elementary parish school

Several scholarships awarded each year at the June awards assembly and graduation ceremony
are based on student achievement and character.

  • Robert '42 and Rita (Skelly) Cramer Endowed Scholarship
  • Christopher Ewing '98 Memorial Scholarship
  • Patrick G. Farren '62 Memorial Scholarship
  • Honorable Harold L. Galloway '52 Endowed Merit Scholarship
  • Kathleen L. Lynd Leadership Award
  • Kevin P. Lynd '80 Memorial Scholarship
  • The Raymond Manuszak and Family Endowed Scholarship
  • Richard F. O'Connor `64 Endowed Merit Scholarship
  • Osgood Family Fine Arts Scholarship
  • Richard J. Pilliter '63 Scholarship
  • Florence W. Reeves Service Scholarship
  • Santini Scholarship
  • Rev. Jim Sauers '63 Scholarship
  • Deacon Kenneth A Scarciotta `39 Sponsorship
  • Kory Schramm #33 Memorial Scholarship
  • AJ Sperr Memorial Scholarship
  • Student Council Leadership Scholarship
  • Frank F. Velte `64 Endowed Scholarship
  • Thomas D. Wurzer '53 Memorial Scholarship
For information on 3rd-party scholarships that may be available through the Rochester Area Community Foundation, check out www.racf.org/Scholarships.
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