Eight centuries ago in the Italian town of Assisi, a young man named Francis had an experience that changed history. As he knelt before the crucifix in the church of San Damiano, Francis heard Christ speak: "Francis, go rebuild my church, which you see is falling into ruin."
We believe God echoes these words to us today, encouraging us to respond in new ways to meet growing needs. Marian University's San Damiano Scholars strive to understand and discern what “rebuild my church” means to them. It’s a profoundly important—and individual—challenge with lasting societal 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. People who have a love for their church and want to explore faith-based career options.
No matter where your career interests lie, explore the call to something bigger than yourself—communities, churches, schools, nonprofit organizations, healthcare providers, and other groups need talented engaged leaders who are filled with the compassion, light, and love of their faith.
The San Damiano Scholars Program prepares students as missionary disciples through scholarship, discipleship, and leadership formation.○The following values were identified as essential for illuminating our way:
The San Dam Program aims to educate students for integrating and applying theological wisdom in their professional fields and in the Church. Students will:
All Students who are San Damiano Scholars will either major or minor in Ministry Studies.
San Dam strives to form students in the way of Jesus Christ guided by the Holy Spirit and with the Catholic Church. Students will:
Practically students will be a part of a small group on campus, attend yearly retreats, practice varied forms of prayer, and have opportunities to receive the Sacraments regularly.
The San Damiano Scholars will train students to lead through service with compassion for others. Students will:
To be eligible, you should:
Upon review of your application, we'll notify you if you are invited to interview.
Once accepted, we'll provide you with more information about student orientation and getting ready for fall classes.
All High School Students:
Here is where we need your help. Can you identify, name, and connect us to student you think would be good fits for the San Damiano Scholarship Program? This Program seeks to continue to foster faith in students who are passionate about being leaders in their community, schools and church communities!
With your nominations, we will reach the student about the program and invite them to apply.
At Marian University, we offer a $8,500 scholarship (per year, over four years) to students who are ready to be intentionally formed and educated to be a leader in the Church. Whether that student seeks to be a minister in a parish or nurse in faith-based hospital, we are seeking students who desire to answer God's call for their lives.
We believe in the value of a Marian University education and that students pursuing higher education are making an investment in themselves and in their future. The costs of college and the idea of student debt, however – especially at a private university like Marian – can be concerning and even overwhelming to students and their families, especially when students are looking at more mission focused jobs. That’s why we’re excited to offer a loan repayment assistance program (LRAP).
Our LRAP is a safety net, we offer for students that are awarded and accept the San Damiano Scholarship. Once you are employed after graduation, if you earn less than $45,000 per year, we will help you repay your student (and parent PLUS) loans until you do.
LRAP covers all federal direct and private alternative student loans, as well as parent PLUS loans.
To learn more you may review the terms and conditions at myLRAP.org/marian.
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Marian University does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, age or disabilities in the selection of administrative personnel, faculty and staff, and students.
*Placement rates are gathered from data collected from graduates within six months of graduation.
Students may make a complaint to the Indiana Commission of Higher Education.
Marian University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana.
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