Saint Martin's is dedicated to helping you fund your education. On average, each year we award over $20 million dollars in scholarships — ranging from $100 to full tuition*.

Use our search feature to find institutional and private scholarships and awards (based on your student status or program).

Institutional scholarships (internal)
Students are not required to submit a separate scholarship application to be considered for most scholarships available through Saint Martin’s University, except where noted. Students who wish to receive need-based financial aid must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). The financial aid priority application deadline is January 1.

Private scholarships (external)
We encourage students to complete as many outside scholarship applications as possible! We provide a list of current, private scholarships† with separate application processes, updated as we are made aware of them. This select list of scholarships is available through our search feature. Scholarship search engines are an excellent resource for students looking for outside funding. Students can find scholarship search engine hyperlinks available under Private scholarship search engines (external).
*Scholarship amounts are for new entering students only and are subject to change based on availability of funds and student eligibility.
Saint Martin's does not endorse any private scholarship and is not responsible for the content on any of their websites.

Scholarships & Awards

Act Six

The Act Six program at Saint Martin’s University is an embodiment of our community centered Benedictine values. Saint Martin’s University is proud to partner with Act Six to select a cadre of seven emerging urban and community leaders who have a passion for service and want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home. Students must meet the following requirements:

Eligibility: Students in the Thurston County and Tacoma-Seattle metropolitan area
Amount: Full tuition plus full need
Applications: Applications must be submitted by the Nov. 6 deadline. Visit to apply. Your Act Six application serves as your application to Saint Martin’s University.

  • Please note: Act Six Scholarship recipients are required to travel to Tacoma or Seattle every week for leadership training.

Who to contact for additional information

Office of Admissions
Phone Number: 360-438-4596 and 800-368-8803

All-Washington Academic Team

Any student that is transferring to SMU and was selected for the All-Washington team will receive $2,500 for two years with the option of appealing for a third year.  There is no limit as to how many students can receive the award.

Who to contact for additional information

Office of Admissions
Phone Number: 360-438-4596 and 800-368-8803
Twitter: @gotosmu

Alumni and Friends Scholarship

Internal scholarship offered by Saint Martin's University

Alumni, parents, and friends of the University use this form to award potential first-year or transfer students who you believe will thrive in and contribute to the Saints community for a $1,000/year tuition award.

Award a potential first-year or transfer student

America's Service Heroes Scholarship

Internal scholarship offered by Saint Martin's University

Eligible students

  • Scholarship awards from the fund should be made to undergraduate, matriculated students enrolled in Saint Martin’s University Extended Learning Campus Programs who are making satisfactory progress toward a baccalaureate degree and who are in priority order.
  • Members of the Wounded Warrior Project/ Warrior Transition Battalion.
  • Active duty military personnel or members of the Military Reserve or National Guard (even if not on active duty), or family members of people in one of the above categories.
  • In addition, recipients must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.
  • Recipients should exhibit the special characteristics that are a part of the Saint Martin’s mission and that make Saint Martin’s Extended Learning campuses a special community of learners.
  • Recipients discharged from their service component during the term of this scholarship must have been discharged under honorable conditions.

Brief description

In the spirit of Saint Martin's commitment to service and community, the Extended Learning Division is pleased to award a number of scholarships each year. America's Credit Union (ACU) and Major (Retired) Richard B. (Doc) Hecker created this scholarship to assist military service members and their families who are pursuing bachelor's degrees at Saint Martin's University. Nominations for this $2,500 scholarship are due from the Saint Martin's community each August. Recipients are selected on the bases of merit, service, and the quality of the written application.

Deadline for application

July 1

Who to contact for additional information

McChord Air Force Base:
Mercedes Garrido

Fort Lewis:
Robin Pellerin
Cruz Arroyo

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) scholarships

The American Association of College of Nursing maintains a data base of scholarships, grants and loan forgiveness programs that are specific to nursing.  

View scholarships and financial aid opportunities from AACN

Angus McDonald Grant

The Angus McDonald Grant is a $5,000 per year award offered by Saint Martin’s which is renewable for four years. First-year merit awards are based on a combination of high school GPA, class rank, SAT or ACT scores, course rigor and community service and leadership. Students admitted with the Angus McDonald Grant are on a case by case basis.

Eligible students

First-year students only

Eligibility is determined at time of admission

Who to contact for additional information

Office of Admissions
Phone number: 360-438-4596 and 800-368-8803
Twitter: @gotosmu

Army ROTC Scholarship

Room and board provided by Saint Martin's University

Eligible students

First-year or transfer students

Brief description

Pacific Lutheran University is the host college for senior Army ROTC in the south sound region. PLU allows full-time students to cross-enroll and take military science classes for a $50 fee. Saint Martin's students do not need to apply to PLU. The Army ROTC Scholarship covers 100 percent of tuition and fees.

Book allowance is $1,200 per year, and the monthly ROTC stipend is: $420 for first-year, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Students at Saint Martin's who are receiving an Army ROTC scholarship are eligible to receive Saint Martin's room and board. Eligibility is evaluated at the beginning of each semester and the student must be living on campus. The scholarship is capped at the University's double room rate and the silver meal plan.

Deadline for application

  • Current high school seniors must create an account with “GoArmy” before January 10 of the academic year they wish to join Army ROTC. All documents must be uploaded and interview conducted before Feb. 28.
  • Current high school juniors must apply after June 12 because high school seniors have priority. Juniors are encouraged to apply ASAP so they are among the first seniors considered for the next academic school year.
  • Transfer students must contact Danl A. Connelly to set up an interview.

Who to contact for additional information

Danl A. Connelly, GS
Army ROTC Career Counselor/Scholarship Officer
Pacific Lutheran University
124th St, Memorial Gymnasium

Links to application process

  1. First, Create a GO ARMY account.
  2. Second, complete the four year army ROTC scholarship application.

Athletic Talent Award

Internal scholarship offered by Saint Martin's University

Eligible students

First-year, graduate, international or transfer students

Brief description

Students participating in our NCAA Division II athletic program may be eligible for an award. Awards are determined and offered by each coach and are done in strict compliance with NCAA regulations.

Deadline for application

There is no application process. Scholarship is determined and awarded by each coach.

Who to contact for additional information

Athletics Program Specialist
Phone: 360-438-4305

Benedictine Scholarship (Holistic Merit)

Internal scholarship offered by Saint Martin's University

Eligible students

Chancellor's and President's Merit Scholarship recipients

Brief description

The Benedictine Scholarship is awarded to 10 students annually in order to explore the meaning and application of Benedictine values in the context of a 21st century world. Benedictine Scholars are awarded a $10,000 annual scholarship in addition to other merit scholarships awarded and is renewable over four years of an undergraduate degree.

No scholarship application is required. Students who are invited to interview for the Benedictine Scholarship are those students whose superior academic records are matched by their leadership experiences, their contributions to the life of their school or faith communities, and their service to individuals and groups. Students are notified of their candidacy by their admission counselors.

Eligibility is determined at time of admission

Office of Admissions
Call: 360-438-4596 and 800-368-8803
Text: 360-810-5093

Betti Foundation Scholarship

A nursing scholarship in memory of Virginia Stripling

The Bruno & Evelyne Betti Fund’s mission is to advance academic scholarship in nursing.


Awards are based on financial need and range from $500 to $1000. 


Awards are based on a combination of scholarship (GPA), need (FAFSA), and overall potential contribution to the nursing profession.

Apply for the Betti Foundation Scholarship