Saint Mother Theodore Guerin
Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Scholarship

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College was founded in 1840 by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, a woman well ahead of her time who impacted countless lives. An entrepreneurial leader who was dedicated to serving all people, regardless of race, religion or background, Guerin was passionate about educating women and preparing them to become leaders.

To recognize students who embody the principles by which Mother Theodore Guerin lived and served, SMWC created the Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Scholarship Competition. The College will award 7 Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Scholarships to students nationwide who have used their unique experiences, aptitudes and abilities to make a difference in their local communities and beyond.

Application Requirements

The deadline for 2014 applicants has passed.

To be considered for the competition, students must submit a:

  • Completed college application and all application requirements (Apply for admission online).
  • Written scholarship essay
  • At least one letter of recommendation; one from a school official and/or from a community member that is aware of the student's impact on the local community (recommendations should be clearly marked and may be sent to the Office of Admission, 1 St, Mary of Woods Coll, St. Mary of the Woods, Indiana 47876 or e-mailed to

Award Details

In 2014, the College will offer five scholarship winners a $17,000 renewable scholarship. Two scholarship winners will receive a Full Tuition scholarship.


Students must meet all of the following eligibility requirements in order to be considered for this scholarship.

  • Admitted/Enrolling as a full-time, campus-based SMWC student (females only)
  • Planning to enroll in a degree-seeking program
  • Demonstrate unique experiences, aptitudes and abilities to make a difference in their local communities and beyond.

2013 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the outstanding students who were awarded Saint Mother Theodore Guerin scholarships:

  • Samantha Buchanan - $20,000 –  from Dupont, IN,  interested in Education: Kindergarten - 6th Grade/Special 
  •  Jacqueline Peterschmidt - $20,000 – from Valparaiso, IN, interested in Computer Information Systems 
  •  Jordan Bray - $13,000 – from Terre Haute, IN, interested in Marketing
  •  Dagny Gargas - $13,000 – from Indianapolis, IN, interested in Pre-Medicine
  •  Emma Riffe - $13,000 – from Rockville, IN,  interested in Biology
  •  Sarah Kenderdine - $13,000– from Paris, IL, interested in Equine Studies
  •  Caitlin Granfield - $13,000– from Noblesville, IN,  interested in Pre-Medicine
  •  Jessica Paddock - $13,000– from Rockville, IN,  interested in Pre-Law
  •  Courtney Prather - $13,000– from Colorado Springs, CO,  interested in Human Resource Management
  •  Brandy Renalde - $13,000 -from Warrens, WI, interested in Equine Training and Instruction