The Greehey Scholars Program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for qualified incoming undergraduate freshmen who are exceptional scholars committed to excellence in every aspect of their lives.
Due to the generosity of alumnus Bill Greehey, the Greehey Scholars Program awards four-year, renewable scholarships to each Greehey Scholar that include:
- St. Mary’s University tuition
- Stipends for St. Mary’s University study abroad opportunities
- Funding for extra-curricular activities such as business travel within the Program
The Greehey Scholars Program develops students who exhibit outstanding ethical leadership, technical excellence, global awareness and professional orientation, challenging them to the highest standards of commitment and achievement. Scholars set this example by engaging in the principles of constant learning, serving and leading, not only in business environments but also in their communities.
As a Registered Student Organization, the program has a structure of officers who plan and organize events such as the orientation and manage fundraising efforts. Officers also elect chairpersons for committees to provide input and leadership opportunities for scholars.
For Fall 2021, St. Mary’s is a test-optional campus, and will consider a holistic review for awarding of merit aid. The Greehey Scholars Program will accept applicants without test scores for program application. The University application for admission opens on August 1, 2020, at which time criteria for the Greehey Scholars Program will be released. Application for the program opens on November 1, 2020.
Admission into the Greehey Scholars Program is competitive with a limited number of positions in the cohort available each year. The following are the minimum application requirements:
- Acceptance to St. Mary’s University as a declared business major beginning as early as February 1, 2021
- Qualified students will be invited to submit a Greehey Scholars Program application (listing optional SAT or ACT scores and class rank), Letter of Recommendation, résumé and two-minute video of why you want to be a Greehey Scholar by February 1, 2021
- Top applicants selected for a virtual interview will be notified starting February 5, 2021
- Virtual interviews will be conducted by end of February 2021
- Applicants will be notified of a decision no later than April 1, 2021
- Selected applicants must accept or decline the scholarship offer by May 1, 2021
If applying Test-Conditional:
- Cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher (recommended)
- Minimum SAT score (totaling only Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math sections) of 1290 or minimum ACT score of 27 (recommended)
If applying Test-Optional:
- Cumulative high school GPA of 3.8 or higher (recommended)
One of the hallmarks of the Greehey Scholars Program is that our students have many opportunities to lead and develop as leaders, through many activities, including internships and service work.
Being able to take part in so many different business immersion experiences allows for us to interact one-on-one with business executives and professionals; this, paired with alumni relations and help from the Community Engagement and Career Development Center, provide scholars with many opportunities to secure internships throughout our time at St. Mary’s.
Companies that scholars have interned with include:
- Citibank – Honduras
- Federal Dallas Reserve
- JP Morgan – New York City
- JP Morgan – Miami
- Goldman Sachs – New York City
- Hansa Ltda. – La Paz, Bolivia
- Harland Clarke
- Oppenheimer & Co.
- Proctor & Gamble
- Spurs Sports and Entertainment
- Standard and Poor’s
- Tesoro Corporation
- The Boeing Company
- Union Pacific
- Valero Energy
Group Service Projects
As a group, we also engage in a year-long initiative, partnering with a service organization on a student-led, faculty-advised project. We form two to three project groups each year and have worked with:
- Downs Syndrome Association
- Haven for Hope
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
- San Antonio Humane Society
- St. John Bosco Elementary School
- Parks and Recreation
Greehey Scholar Sarah Ann Cantu (B.B.A. ’15), shares her experience volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and VITA as a Greehey Scholar.
Scholars meet weekly to plan for upcoming service initiatives, engage in team-building activities and listen to guest speakers discuss topics such as professionalism, ethics, industry trends, and global awareness.
Throughout the year, students tour local and out-of-state organizations, discuss business issues with and ask questions of management, and establish professional contacts for future projects, internships and jobs.
Some examples of businesses the Scholars have visited include NuStar, Amazon, Dell, Starbucks, Vistaprint, Boeing, ABC Studios, Bloomberg, Merrill Lynch, Tesoro Oil Corporation, Union Pacific, Google, PayPal, LinkedIn, San Antonio Food Bank, Spurs Sports & Entertainment, Federal Reserve Bank, Interstate Batteries and Mutual Trust Company.
The Forum on Entrepreneurship Breakfast Series is another opportunity for students to interact with business executives. Four breakfast meetings throughout the year feature prominent entrepreneurs who share experiences and insight with students, other business leaders, and community members.
The Greehey Scholars Program brings together diverse minds that create a rich academic and cultural environment thanks to the accessibility of the program’s application process. Students from all over Texas, the U.S. and the world have chosen St. Mary’s University as their collegiate home, each bringing something unique to the program.
Greehey Scholar Orientation
It’s not just a meet and greet. At the start of each fall semester, there is an off-campus retreat in order to prepare the scholars for the upcoming year.
At the orientation, we discuss requirements and new opportunities, plan for group service initiatives and remind ourselves what it means to be a Greehey Scholar. The retreat also includes team-building activities, opportunities to deepen relationships among our group and a focus on the further development of our ethical leadership.
The Greehey Scholars Program offers a renewable scholarship for high-achieving students who are qualified, regardless of family or economic situation. It covers St. Mary’s University tuition for four years.
Contingent upon fulfilling requirements of the Program, the scholarship also provides stipends for study abroad opportunities and it funds a majority of the travel experiences within the Program.