Student Resources

Students who are studying Theology and Religious Studies at USD are encouraged to explore and utilize the following resources.

Joseph Colombo Memorial Award

Award: There will be either one $2000 award or two $1000 awards in a given year, depending on the quality of applicants. Previous recipients may re-apply for a second year.

In remembrance of Dr. J.A. Colombo, the College of Arts and Sciences has established the Dr. Joseph A. Colombo Memorial Award in Theology and Religious Studies. This monetary award will normally be given annually to a senior majoring in Theology and Religious Studies and pursuing graduate work in the field . Students must be dedicated to academic excellence, community service, and leadership. In addition to receiving the Dr. Joseph A. Colombo Memorial Award in Theology and Religious Studies, the student will have his/her name inscribed on a plaque that will be displayed prominently in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

Application Requirements: To be eligible to receive the Dr. Joseph A. Colombo Memorial Award, a candidate must meet the following requirements: a. THRS major. b. Graduation in the academic year in which application is made or within two years of graduation. c. Application to a graduate program in Theology and/or Religious Studies (for example, MA, MDiv, ThD, PhD, STD).

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USD Faculty Contact: Dr. Evelyn Kirkley

Spain Family Theology and Religious Studies Majors Scholarship

Award: Need as determined by the USD Office of Financial Aid

Through a generous bequest from the Spain family, the Department of Theology and Religious Studies is able to award annual scholarships to its outstanding majors. The amount of the award depends on the number of eligible majors each year and the earnings of the endowment fund. Spain Family Scholarships are awarded in addition to any other loans, grants or scholarships majors have been awarded. There is no application required. Each year, in June, the chair receives a list of continuing THRS majors, their current grade point averages and a need assessment report from the Office of Financial Aid.

Application Requirements: Minimum overall USD GPA of 3.5

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Graduate Study in Theology and Religious Studies

This department has no graduate programs in theology, biblical studies or religious studies. Although we have a fine, nationally recognized faculty, at this point in time our mission is to provide first-rate undergraduate education, using which many of our majors go on to study at some of the best graduate schools in this country and abroad. Below are some resources which may be helpful for students considering graduate study.