Service Leadership Scholarships

About the Service Leadership Scholarship Program

St. Olaf has a long tradition of community engagement and service. It is a value deeply embedded in the college culture.

To recognize and support prospective students who have demonstrated a commitment to investing in others through their vision, leadership, and service to organizations and projects that benefit their communities, St. Olaf has established a Service Leadership Scholarship. Awards typically range from $2,000-$6,000, are renewable, and may be combined with other St. Olaf merit scholarships.

Service Leadership Awards

St. Olaf awards service leadership scholarships to students whose applications demonstrate deep engagement in a significant community initiative and evidence of positive impact on the lives of others. “Community” may be geographic, cultural, or religious. Evidence of a student’s engagement in community service and leadership will be found in his or her application essay and other written material, and in the letters of recommendation submitted in support of the application. There are no additional application requirements.


The Admissions staff will consider all students who have completed and submitted an application for admission. The names of students whose application demonstrates self-awareness, humility, and evidence of commitment to service, will be forwarded to the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid for further consideration. Final scholarship awards will be made by the Dean.


Service leadership scholarship awards are competitive, but students cannot specifically apply or “compete” for this honor. It reflects the demonstrated commitment to service captured in the application for admission.


Note: Student may earn multiple merit scholarships, but the total value of all merit scholarships may not exceed one-half of the college’s comprehensive fee or the family’s demonstrated need, whichever is greater.

Students seeking consideration for merit scholarships only do not need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the CSS PROFILE.

All students applying for need-based financial aid in addition to any merit scholarships must complete the FAFSA application to be eligible for federal funding and the PROFILE to be eligible for St. Olaf institutional funding. Both financial aid applications must be completed by the stated deadlines to ensure full consideration for all available funds.


For More Information

Contact your admissions officer at 507-786-3025 or toll-free 800-800-3025, or e-mail for other or more specific information about academic scholarships.