Social Justice Scholars Program

The Social Justice Scholarship Program provides support and assists in guiding scholars toward their social justice goals and development.


Thursday Dec 13th, 5 - 6pm, Science 3209

This event is for the Justice Scholarship Meeting. We will discuss scholarship maintenance requirements, renewal requirements, and hearing from some of the graduating seniors and scholarship alumnus. This meeting will be informative and fun! ( Food will be provided) Please reply yes if you are able to attend the event and no if you are not.

Please complete the (IPAS) form below.

Josue Chino-Cruz

Social Justice Scholars Program Coordinator

Josue is a student worker in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and serves as the Social Justice Scholars Program Coordinator. Josue is a senior majoring in Psychology. He is a graduate of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis, Mn and is a recipient of the Sister Timothy Kirby Social Justice Scholarship. Josue's responsibilities include

What is Social Justice?

Social Justice recognizes the inherent dignity of all people and values every life equally. It calls for both personal reflection and social change to ensure that each of us has the right and the opportunity to thrive in our communities, regardless of our identities. Those who strive for social justice believe in the triumph of our shared humanity.

From Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

Social Justice Scholarships

Community Builder

Sister Mary Rochefort

This competitive scholarship has been created to honor the memory of Sr. Mary Rochefort, a beloved member of the St. Scholastica Monastery for more than 50 years. Sr. Mary served the College as the director of mission integration and was a role model for what “community” truly means. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on top-level academic performance and demonstrated evidence of a desire to help build a positive, inclusive community at The College of St. Scholastica.

Multicultural, Inclusion & Diversity Scholarship

The St. Scholastica Multicultural, Inclusion & Diversity Scholarship is designated to provide additional opportunities for students with an interest in advancing racial and social justice issues and demonstrate exceptional financial need. Preference will be afforded to students who have been traditionally underrepresented in American higher education, with an emphasis on students of color.


Native American Scholarship

The Ge-naadamaagoyan (that which helps you) Scholarship program is designated to provide significant scholarship opportunities to American Indian/Alaska Native students who demonstrate participation and commitment to advancing and/or preserving tribal communities’ traditions, which may include culture, language or history, and/or addressing contemporary social, economic or legal issues impacting tribal communities.

Social Justice Scholarship

Sister Timothy Kirby

The Sister Timothy Kirby Social Justice Scholarship program is designated to provide significant scholarship opportunities to students who demonstrate a substantial commitment to pluralism and the advancement of racial and social justice.

Maintenance Requirements

  • If selected for any of these three scholarship, student must attend Multicultural Leadership Training held the week before fall semester, in conjunction with move-in weekend. If this is not a viable option, student will need to work with the Office of Institutional Diversity to coordinate other training.
  • Recipient must maintain continuous, full-time enrollment status.
  • Recipient must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (GPA 2.0 or higher and 67% completion ratio).
  • Recipient will act as a mentor to other students.
  • Once the school year has started, the recipient will need to complete the Individual Plan for Academic Success Assessment and schedule a one-on-one meeting with Chris Davila, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, to discuss expected outcomes.
    • Set academic goals for the year
    • Identify strengths and areas of concern
    • Build an individual plan for resources
  • It is preferred that our student leaders live on campus. The amount of the scholarship will most likely be lower if student should live off campus.
  • Recipient must file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year while enrolled.

Important: The requirements listed above are effective for all new and current students who accept the scholarship. Failure to complete any of the above requirements will result in the loss of the scholarship. By checking below, you are agreeing to the requirements listed above, and understand that failure to complete any of the requirements will result in loss of the scholarship.

Renewing Your Scholarship

Each scholar is required to renew their scholarship at the end of each academic year, end of Spring semester, by completing the online Scholarship Renewal Form. Failure to complete this form will result in your scholarship not being renewed for the following year.

Social Justice Development

The progression of social justice scholars at the College of St. Scholastica is unique to every individual, but there are trends that we have identified that may help you in your own social justice identity development and growth.

Explore and Persist

As a first year scholarship recipient we want you focused on your academics, adjusting to college life and exploring a variety of social justice interests. Get connected with campus resources such as the Writing Center, Tutoring Center, TRIO SSS, Campus Ministry, Veteran Resource Center and Career Services. You are strongly encouraged to explore many student activities, social justice clubs and volunteer experiences.

Get involved

At this time students have begun to narrow down their social justice interests. Social and academic supports are often established. Scholars may find themselves taking on additional responsibilities within clubs, organizations, student activities or within the community. Leadership skills are being developed and refined.


3rd year scholars are generally poised to take on active leadership roles. This may include, but is not limited to board roles in student activities, social justice clubs, student senate and/or leading community service efforts, advocacy and taking social justice action. Students often begin mentoring, supporting and empowering others.

Giving back

Students in their senior year are often planning and preparing for life after CSS such as applying to grad school, attending job fairs, applying for jobs and seeking internships. There can be a decline in attending club meetings and campus activities and there can be a shift toward mentoring, advising, supporting, coaching and empowering other students in their social justice efforts.

Graduating seniors are honored at the Social Justice Recognition Reception for their commitment, time and energy at the end of the Spring semester.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What GPA does one need to have to continue receiving this scholarship?

A: 2.0 minimum

Q: What is the housing requirement of a Sister Timothy Kirby Scholarship recipient?

A: Living on campus is required to receive the full amount of your scholarship. If you do live off campus, you will need to meet with financial aid to determine how your scholarship amount will change.

Q: What do I have to do to maintain my social justice scholarship?

A: Recipient must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (GPA 2.0 or higher and 67% completion ratio). Complete FAFSA each year. Complete IPAS yearly. Attend required scholarship meetings and gatherings. Continue to engage in social justice activities. Complete renewal form.

Q: If I do want to live off campus, how does that effect my scholarship amount?

A: The situation is different for each student. There is a formula used to calculate your scholarship based on tuition, housing, meal plans, etc. If one component changes then the formula needs to be reviewed again. It is best to meet with Financial Aid to get an individual assessment.

Q: Am I allowed to live off campus?

A: Yes, but it may change the amount of your scholarship.

Q: Do I have to participate in social justice clubs to fulfill my scholarship requirements?

A: No, it is strongly encouraged that you participate in some form of social justice activities, but it isn’t a requirement of the scholarship. Students will need to describe what social justice activities they have participated at the end of each year. Just as students who earn academic scholarships are expected to continue to excel academically, we expect that students who have demonstrated a commitment to social justice will continue to be engaged in social justice activities and efforts.

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Spotlight on Social Justice Scholars - Fall 2018

Sophia Amborn

Sophia is a Denfeld graduate, recipient of the Sister Timothy Social Justice Scholarship and longtime member of CJL clubs.Sophia will have her Senior Capstone Exhibition this Friday, December 14th from 5:00-700pm in the Mitchell Atrium. Her display will be up from Dec 10th through 20th.

Leading by Example

L-R, Chanty Armijo-Cruz, Lidia Angeles-Cruz, Allen Cruz, Josue Chino-Cruz, Bryan Chavez-Cruz and Jason Chavez-Cruz.