News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 23, 2008

Apply now for Top Ten on 10

St. Mary-of-the-Woods College is still accepting applications for the Top Ten on 10 Scholarship Competition.

The Top Ten on 10 Scholarship Competition, sponsored by St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and WTHI-TV, is open to any female student enrolled in grade 12 in a public, private or parochial school in the WTHI viewing area. Female students in grade 12 who are homeschooled are also encouraged to apply.

From October to February, 10 students are chosen to receive a $13,000 renewable SMWC scholarship.

Two winners are chosen each month based on academic records, leadership and community service roles, high school/community references and a written essay. From the 10 winners, two students are chosen to receive $20,000 renewable SMWC scholarships.

To be considered for the competition, students must submit a completed application, a high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores, two recommendation forms accompanied by letters of recommendation (one from a school official and one from a community member), and a written essay. The application can be submitted online at, and the additional application materials can be submitted via US mail or in person.

Deadline for receipt of all application materials is 4:30 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Materials received after the deadline will be considered for the following month’s competition. Once a student has applied for the award, she does not need to reapply. If she is not named a scholarship recipient during the month in which she applies, her application will be considered for the award during the following months.

Founded in 1840 by St. Mother Theodore Guerin and the Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College is the oldest Catholic liberal arts college for women in the United States. Today, SMWC thrives by offering a rich liberal arts education, scholarships and financial aid opportunities to make college affordable, individual attention, a value-centered education in a Catholic tradition, and a wide variety of student leadership activities. In fact, both Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report rank SMWC as one of the Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest.

The College is committed to making private higher education affordable. Approximately 95 percent of campus-based undergraduate students at SMWC receive academic or need-based financial aid, and, this year, the college will grant approximately $3 million in institutional aid.

For more information about the Top Ten on 10 Scholarship Competition or St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, contact the SMWC Office of Admission by e-mail at or by phone at (812) 535-5106 or 1-800-926-SMWC. Applications can also be submitted online at