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The impact of your gifts is felt on St. Thomas campuses every day. Your generosity empowers Tommies to serve the underserved, solve big problems and brighten futures. They innovate, create and literally change the world. More than ever, the world needs Tommies. And today’s Tommies need you.

Financial gifts provide student scholarships. They support our outstanding faculty who, in turn, teach and mentor them. They strengthen academic programs that will help launch and advance their careers. And they make possible a vibrant campus life filled with academics, athletics, arts, faith formation, service and more.


Briana JohnsonBrianna image

Class Year: Junior
Scholarship: Wilbur and Elizabeth Winblad Endowed Scholarship
Hometown: Champlin, Minnesota
Major: Business

Why St. Thomas?
I realized at St. Thomas I could focus on academics and have more one-on-one time with professors. I would not learn well in a class with 200-plus students taught by a TA.

Best class … so far
I really loved my first operations class [in business]. Problem solving is right up my alley.

Biggest surprise at St. Thomas
Just before freshman year, I got a call from the hockey coach asking me to play for the team. After Christmas we got to play and travel in Italy and Switzerland. I loved sightseeing and hanging out as a team.

Peak out-of-class experienceIt has been such a privilege to receive this scholarship.
Student-Alumni Mentoring has been really beneficial. I have a mentor with a similar career path. He works at Boeing in Seattle as their senior supply chain manager.

Career role model
My mom. She currently works for Target Corporate in Human Resources, and I would like to follow in her footsteps one day and work somewhere within Target as well.

Why Target?
I want to work for a company that gives back and accepts all people. People I’ve met who work at Target can’t say enough good things about the company.

What has your St. Thomas scholarship meant to you?
To have the opportunity to attend such an incredible school. It’s been nice not having to worry about so much of the financial burden. My classes and grades will set me up for the future.

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Nicholas Vance

Class Year: Senior
Scholarship:David and Barbara Koch Scholarship
Hometown: West St. Paul
Majors:Catholic Studies, Communications & Journalism

Introduction to St. Thomas
Kids the same age as our family’s lived next door to St. Thomas. We’d run onto campus to play all the time. I loved being there, but one time I fell down into the Plumb Bob sculpture in winter and a professor had to rescue me with his scarf.

So coming here was a fait accompli?
It’s the only school I applied to. My brother Christopher graduated in 2016. I wanted to go far enough from home where I had to move out, but where I could still see family when I wanted to.

How do Catholic Studies and Communications and Journalism complement one another?
I have always had a passion to learn to write really well. In a day and age where media credibility is questioned, I want to produce quality content to get to the truth of matters. I would love to take a more Catholic spin on journalism.‌

Your willingness to fund students like me is an incredible witness of faith.

Is there an article you’re burning to write?
One topic I would be super-interested in writing about is exhorting people to virtue rather than vague ideas of being a good person; a return to virtue ethics, to giving people principles in life to work for, rather than just doing good. Individual people change the world, not their bank accounts.

What does your scholarship mean to you?
Receiving aid from so many donors reminds me that my education is not my own. I am part of a community that has chosen to invest a lot of money in me because they think I can do real good. Regardless of what field I work in or where I go there will be opportunities to help others. I am here to try and make the world a better place.


Jadelyn SchackThis is an image of Jadelyn in a classroom.

Class Year: Sophomore
Scholarship: J. Benz Millard Scholarship
Hometown: Bloomington, Minnesota
Major: Actuarial Science
Minor: Spanish

One of the reasons you chose St. Thomas was for its actuarial science major. What interests you about that major?
Actuaries calculate risk and the probability of events happening for insurance companies, mainly. It is interesting to me how you can take numbers that may seem confusing or meaningless on their own and make them have meaning through interpretation.

How has joining clubs enhanced your experience?
Linkages is a mentoring program for first-generation college students or underrepresented students. As a mentee freshman year, I had a Linkages mentor who was super-understanding and helpful. I could ask him anything. This year I am looking forward to being a mentor.

And you’re a musician, too?
Yes. I play the flute in the Symphonic Band. We have two concerts every semester, and we often get to work with guest conductors. It’s a fun group and a great environment.

What do you do for fun?This image is a quote by Jadelyn saying, "The scholarship money I received plays an instrumental role in making many opportunities available to me."
I like to take the shuttle to Minneapolis. Exploring Minneapolis with friends is fun to do on weekends. Grand Avenue and Highland Park are fun places, too.

What has motivated you to volunteer through St. Thomas?
I think it’s great that St. Thomas is all for the common good and that their clubs require two hours of service for each member. So many people for one reason or another can’t help themselves. I think it is our responsibility to help them if we’re in a position to.

How has your scholarship impacted you?
There are so many opportunities I’ve had at St. Thomas I am so thankful for. This scholarship has made college possible.

Take it from Tommies.
   Your support has changed their lives.

Photo of Antonio, Class of 2016, scholarship recipient.Antonio '16  Receiving scholarships has made St. Thomas affordable for me, and my Tommie experience has truly changed the course of my life. I am thankful to all alumni and friends who have chosen to invest in students like me.

I am the first in my immediate family to attend a four-year university, and I know this has provided new perspective for my younger family members, who now see it's possible to continue their education past high school. I believe my story shows that anything is possible and that our futures aren't predetermined by the situations we are born into.

I am so proud to be a Tommie, and I will take what I have learned here and do my best to have a positive impact on those around me.

Photo of Ally, Class of 2017, scholarship recipient.Ally '17  I am so grateful and proud to be a Tommie. I love my classes and I have found a wonderful community on campus. When I was first accepted to St. Thomas, I wasn't sure I could make it financially.

The scholarship aid I received was a game-changer. I work four part-time jobs while going to school, but I would not be at St. Thomas without my scholarships.

I'm just one of thousands of St. Thomas students who benefit from gifts to the university. Your generosity helps students like me and keeps St. Thomas strong. I am proud to be a Tommie, and I look forward to one day doing my part, like you have, to support future Tommies!

Photo of Destynee, a scholarship recipientDestynee '18  I cannot even begin to express how grateful I am for receiving the Class of 1972 Endowed Scholarship. If not for your generosity, I would not have been able to attend school. I moved around quite a bit growing up. It wasn’t until my dad got custody of me that I realized my future was whatever I wanted it to be. When I expressed my hopes to go to the University of St. Thomas, he was behind my decision 100%. In my senior year of high school he was in the hospital to have a major brain surgery, which forced him to quit his job while he was recovering. The lack of income made us both very grateful that I was awarded this scholarship. Without generous donors, I would not have been able to afford going to the college of my dreams. I am truly grateful.

Photo of Nadia, a scholarship recipientNadia '17  I’d like to thank you for being selected as the 2016 recipient of the Frank Coglitore Memorial Scholarship. I grew up in a small farming community where my high school graduating class was 76 students. I chose St. Thomas because of the close community of students and faculty. This sense of community encourages strong student-faculty relationships that are invaluable. This scholarship was quite the honor as I know Professor Coglitore took pride in gaining strong female involvement in the accounting program at the University of St. Thomas. He began the initiative to draw more women to accounting and was quite successful as I have noticed that about half of my accounting classrooms are filled with women.

Ryan '16  I would like to thank you once again for your generosity in awarding me the Madden Family Chicago Endowed Scholarship. It truly is a great honor. Time is flying by as I have finished my third year here at the University of St. Thomas. My major in Geological Engineering continues to challenge me while at the same time grow my interest in the field. I continually work very hard at my studies as I am dedicated to doing well. From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank you for your kindness and generosity. My family thanks you, they could not believe I was receiving this generous gift, again. I hope that one day that I can pass on that type of generosity and kindness that you have shown me.

Photo of Yastril, scholarship recipient.Yastril '17  I am the first person in my family to even have the opportunity to finish high school. Now I am very fortunate to be going to such an amazing school that will hopefully give me even greater opportunities. There have been barriers that could have stopped me from attending St. Thomas but the biggest one has definitely been money. This scholarship money gives me the chance to go to a great school and to be able to visit my family in Dallas, TX for the holidays. Now that I have received the Frey Opportunity Scholarship it has lifted a huge weight off my dad’s shoulders and receiving this is probably a big reason why I am able to advance and complete my education in Minnesota.