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Scholarship Funds

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Scholarship Funds

There are currently more than 95 named Scholarships in the Aquinas Institute Endowment.  These provide over $1 million each year for tuition aid to more than 60% of our students.

Need-Based Financial Aid Scholarships

For information on the financial aid process, please visit the Financial Aid portion of our website.  To view the complete list of scholarships please click the following: Scholarships & Criteria.

Merit-Based Scholarships

Several scholarships awarded each year at the June Awards Assembly and graduation ceremony are based on student achievement and character. For information on individual scholarships, please see below. For information on 3rd-party scholarships that may be available through the Rochester Area Community Foundation, check out racf.org/scholarships.

Scholarships with Applications

Scholarships Nominated by Faculty

Florence W. Reeves Service Scholarship*
Kathleen L. Lynd Female Leadership Award* 
Kevin P. Lynd '80 Memorial Scholarship*
Kory Schramm '99 Memorial Scholarship*
Rev. James Sauers '63 Scholarship*
Richard Pilliter '63 Scholarship*

*Click here to see scholarship criteria




Academic Scholarships

Middle School Academic Scholarships

All 6th grade academic scholarships are based on the results of the 6th grade placement/scholarship examination offered at Aquinas in late fall.

Students ranking 1st on the placement exam: $1,000
Students ranking 2nd & 3rd on the placement exam: $750
Students ranking 4th & 5th on the placement exam: $500

All 7th grade academic scholarships are based on the 7th grade placement/scholarship examination offered in December. Scholarships will be awarded as follows:

Students ranking 1st & 2nd on the placement exam: $1,000
Students ranking 3rd - 5th on the placement exam: $750
Students ranking 6th - 10th on the placement exam: $500

The academic scholarships for 8th grade are based on students' class ranking upon completion of four marking periods in 7th grade at Aquinas Middle School.

Student with a class ranking of #1: $1,000
Students with a class ranking of #2 or #3: $750
Students with a class ranking from #4-#6: $500


High School Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships for incoming freshmen are based on the 9th Grade Placement / Scholarship Examination offered in December. Any incoming freshman scoring 85th national percentile or higher on the placement exam is guaranteed a scholarship for his or her freshman year. The scholarship breakdown is as follows:

Top 4 students on exam: $1,000 Hastings Scholarship
Students ranking #5 - #14: $750 AQ Academic Scholarship
Remaining students in 85+ percentile: $500 AQ Academic Scholarship

The academic scholarships for sophomores, juniors and seniors are based on the previous year's Grade Point Average. The breakdown, which is the same for all three class levels, is as follows:

Student with class ranking of #1: $1,000 Hastings Scholarship
Students with class rankings #2 - #5: $750 AQ Academic Scholarship
Students with class rankings #6 - #15: $500 AQ Academic Scholarship

** Class rank is determined by weighted G.P.A.


Basilian Scholarship Award

The Basilian Scholarship Award is a four-year free tuition scholarship awarded to an incoming freshman who exemplifies the Basilian Fathers values of Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge. The criteria for this scholarship are financial need, academic proficiency, participation in faith (student need not be Catholic), and demonstration of positive attitude toward Catholic education in the Basilian tradition. Aquinas will make available up to four scholarships for each incoming freshman class. To apply, please download a Basilian Scholarship Application. The deadline to submit an application is January 31.
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