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Grace Scholars Program

The Grace Scholars Program is a unique near full-tuition scholarship opportunity for Milwaukee area students who demonstrate good academic performance and financial need. The program provides young women leaders with academic, personal and financial support as they create their future and fulfill their dreams at Mount Mary University. Each year, only 30 students are selected to be part of the program.

Benefits of Being a Grace Scholar

  • The Grace Scholars award, in conjunction with federal and state financial aid, covers 85 percent of tuition annually for up to four years.
  • Grace Scholars are encouraged to live on campus in Caroline Hall. To make this possible, Mount Mary offers Grace Scholars a generous Residential Grant if they choose to live on campus.
  • Grace Scholars attend a six-week Summer Bridge Program before their first semester at Mount Mary. This program helps students develop skills for success in and outside of the classroom, and helps them transition to college. Students will earn up to 5 college credits during the Summer Bridge Program.
Edna Ruiz

Edna Ruiz

Accounting & Spanish ’17

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"The Grace Scholars Program has made it possible for me to attend college and create a bright future. I feel as if Mount Mary is one big family and being part of this community is a true blessing."

Grace Scholars Program Eligibility*

To be eligible for the Grace Scholars Program, students must:

  • be currently enrolled at or a graduate from a Milwaukee high school
  • demonstrate financial need
  • demonstrate leadership experience through curricular and extracurricular activities
  • be under 21 years old
  • be a first-time college student**
  • be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States

How to Apply for the Grace Scholars Program

1. Apply to Mount Mary and be accepted for the 2014-15 academic year.

2. Submit the Grace Scholars Program application form (PDF).

3. Submit a two-to-three page essay addressing the following questions:

  • What activities, in or out of high school, have you been involved in? Include work history, special projects, clubs, church-related and/or volunteer activities.
  • What have you learned about yourself from these activities?
  • How have you significantly influenced others, helped resolve disputes, contributed to group efforts or in some other way demonstrated that you are a leader? Give specific examples of your leadership experience.

4. Submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher, mentor or non-family member.

5. Complete the Financial Aid Early Estimator Form 

  • Each applicant also must file the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at  The FAFSA is available as of January 1, 2014.  Mount Mary University's priority deadline is March 1, 2014.

6. Complete an on-campus interview. Select finalists for the scholarship will participate in an on-campus interview. As part of the application process, select students
will be invited to interview for one of the 30 Grace Scholarships conducted on the following dates:

• Thursday, January 30, 6 p.m. (Application materials are due by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 23)
• Tuesday, February 25, 6 p.m. (Application materials are due by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18)

All Grace Scholars application materials must be received a minimum of one week prior to the interview date for initial review. Applicants to the Grace Scholars Program must be accepted to Mount Mary University at least two weeks prior to the interview date.

Contact the Admission Office with Questions

Contact your admission counselor or the Mount Mary University Admission Office with any questions regarding the Grace Scholars Program.

*Pre-nursing students are not eligible for the Grace Scholars Program.
**Students who have college credit from a two- or four-year college or university are not eligible to apply. Students with AP credits are still eligible to apply for the Grace Scholars Program.