San Damiano Scholars Program Award

The call to, “Come, follow me” is powerful. It’s inspirational. It’s deeply personal. And, it has lasting implications.

We believe the Church deserves well-formed and grounded leaders. People who are willing to answer the call to something larger than themselves. People who are willing to explore their beliefs and find their life’s work.

Marian University’s San Damiano Scholars Program for Church Leadership educates and forms college students who have a love for their Church. It’s for students interested in becoming leaders in:

  • Parishes
  • Schools
  • Healthcare (nurses and doctors)
  • Not-for-Profits

Students have special opportunities to grow through:

  • Specific Courses
  • Retreats
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Monthly Formational Gatherings
  • Service and Theological Reflection
  • Social Gatherings
  • Internships
  • Small Faith-Sharing Groups
  • One-on-One Mentoring with Faculty and Peers
  • Travel Opportunities
  • Speakers
  • Pilgrimages

To be considered for the San Damiano Scholars Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.25 on a 4.00 scale
  • Earn a minimum test score of 1100 SAT (Critical Reading and Math portions) or 24 ACT
  • Church or religious involvement
  • Demonstrated service to others
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Openness and desire to discern one's calling
  • Open to working in faith based institutions post college graduation
  • Committee approval
  • Commit to an educational experience framed within the context of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Statement “Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry” and Marian University’s Franciscan values of dignity of the individualpeace and justicereconciliation, and responsible stewardship.

Students must apply for the program by October 15. To apply:

Award notification will be made by phone in the first week of December 2016.

The San Damiano Scholars Program Award is renewable for seven consecutive semesters by enrolling full-time and meeting expectations in four areas:

Program Academic Requirements

  • Maintain a 2.50 GPA cumulative
  • Successfully complete the THL 270 “The Franciscan Person” coursework 
  • Complete Pastoral Leadership minor (19 credits)
  • Successfully complete internship (junior + senior years)

Co-Curricular Requirements

  • Participation in monthly meetings (3rd Sunday of month)
  • Participation in annual retreats (August and March)
  • Participation in monthly Faith In Sharing groups
  • Perform 8 hours of service/month
  • Complete monthly service report + Theological Reflections
  • Attend Franciscan Speaker Series events (fall and spring)
  • Attend the mandatory Scholar Orientation Program (August)
  • Successfully complete sophomore service project (Sophomore year)
  • Yearly self-evaluation

Post-Graduation Requirements

  • Post graduate employment in faith based institutions or significant volunteer service in faith based settings
  • Ongoing involvement in program

General Expectations

  • Convey the teachings of the Roman Catholic faith by words and actions, demonstrating an acceptance of Gospel values and the Christian tradition
  • Attend one religious service in addition to Sunday worship
  • Spiritual direction


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