Phillips Scholarship



Phillips Scholarship

$16,500 Phillips Scholars Educational Award

The Phillips Family Foundation recognizes and rewards private college students, from a variety of disciplines, who strive to make life better for those with unmet needs. Students from Minnesota's 16 private colleges are challenged to think creatively and become community-service leaders.

At St. Catherine University's College for Women, the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women facilitates the process to select a finalist who'll compete for one of six $16,500 Phillips Scholarships.

Apply if you (eligible applicants must meet all the following criteria):

  • will be a full-time Day or Evening/Weekend/Online student in the College for Women baccalaureate program;
  • will be a sophomore during the 2015-2016 academic school year and/or graduating in May 2018;
  • have a GPA of 2.75 or higher;
  • have demonstrated current financial need (contact Center for Women to confirm);
  • aspire to serve disadvantaged communities;
  • have a history of participating in campus and/or community activities, as well as an interest in community service and volunteering; and
  • are committed to designing and implementing a Minnesota-focused service project in the summer of 2017.

Interested applicants should submit the following pre-application materials:

  • a letter of interest (include service project idea with as much detail as possible—be sure to consult the “Developing Your Phillips Service Project Idea” handout);
  • a resume (please include a list of leadership activities on and off campus); and
  • 2 recommendation letters (at least one must be from a St. Kate's faculty or staff member).

Pre-application materials are due in the Center for Women, CdC room 230, by 4 p.m. Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Contact the Center for Women to start the application process. More information and resources are available through the Scholarship's main website»

The Phillips Scholars Program is administered by the Minnesota Private College Fund in partnership with Minnesota's 16 private colleges and universities. The Phillips Scholars Program is funded through a generous gift from Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation. Please note: The Foundation does not accept applications directly from students. The Center for Women can help you with your questions and assist you in planning your community service project.

Past St. Kate's Phillips Scholars:

  • Safia Hirsi aims to provide a S.T.E.M summer camp opportunity for young Somali girls attending Best Academy East in North Minneapolis where they will explore science with the help and support of fellow Somali mentors. Safia's project entitled Noorka Oo Cilimca: The Glow of Knowledge will create an atmosphere of cultural understanding and learning while strengthening the bridge to higher education in S.T.E.M fields for Somali women during summer 2015 (2014-2016 recipient).
  • Mai Yang Xiong provided resources and networking opportunities for low income St. Paul high school students who aspired to create music with passion during summer 2014 (2013-2015 recipient).
  • Jicarra Hollman, ignited the 'spark' in elderly residents through participation in activities, sharing life experiences, and bridging cultures by creating long lasting relationships across generations during summer 2013 (2012-2014 recipient).
  • Jodi Stumpner provided equitable opportunities for underserved youth in eco-education with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Jodi implemented her project during summer 2012 (2011-2013 recipient).
  • Sheng Xiong created curriculum for a culturally specific program dedicated to improving and empowering the lives of Hmong teen girls living with health issues or disabilities. Her program aimed to help young women develop leadership skills and to foster stronger ties to the Hmong community. Sheng, a St. Kate's Occupational Therapy student, died in December 2009. In honor of Sheng, the Center for Women sponsored a small scale focused project to support Hmong families who have children living with a health condition (2009-2011 recipient).
  • Jewelly Lee mentored and empowered Hmong high school students as they explored future possibilities through workshops focused on self-empowerment, college preparation, and career development during summer 2009 (2008-2010 recipient).
  • Amanda Ortega motivated Hispanic students to aspire and seek higher education by informing the Hispanic young adults and their families of the college entrance process and the benefits of higher education during summer 2007 (2006-2008 recipient).
  • Palma Cady provided summer art and performance activities for youth, in partnership with the Heart of the Beast Theater in Minneapolis during summer 2003 (2002-2004 recipient).
  • Willie Pearl Evans created literacy initiatives at Hope Community, Inc. and Sabathani in Minneapolis, as well as a leadership group for young women of color and outreach to single parents during summer 2001 (2000-2002 recipient).