Catharine Lealtad Scholarships

Catharine Lealtad Scholarships are named for Macalester’s first African American graduate, Catharine Lealtad, who graduated in 1915 and are awarded in her honor annually to a deserving minority student.

Lealtad was a strong and brilliant woman who made strides towards racial, gender and social justice through her life’s work.

She was an important figure in the Macalester history.


Full Description

Lealtad Scholarships are renewable for each year you are enrolled at Macalester, but only if the recipient makes satisfactory progress toward graduation.

There is no minimum GPA required for renewal, but the scholar has to continue achieving academic success.

The number of awards and award amount varies, but it can reach even the amazing $72,000.

All of Macalester’s merit scholarships are awarded for eight semesters.

Who's eligible?

The scholarships are awarded to selected African American, Latino, and Native American students with strong high school records who are trying to enter higher education and achieve advanced goals.

This is a non-need-based scholarship awarded to students admitted to Macalester.

So as to be considered eligible, you need to be a United States citizen or Permanent Resident.

The applicant must not be a transfer student.

Half of Macalester students received a merit-based scholarship.

If you believe that this is the right scholarship for you and that you have a chance to get it, you are highly encouraged to apply once the application process starts.

How to Apply

The Admissions committee’s job is to select recipients and there is no special application to complete, which is not the case with other scholarships.

Students applying Early Decision will be considered for merit-based scholarships as students who apply Regular Decision.

If you happen to be the lucky student selected for merit-based scholarships, you will be notified by the Admissions Office at the same time you are notified of admission.

In case you need more information related to the application process, you can contact the foundation in-person at the following address Macalester College 1600 Grand Ave Saint Paul, MN 55105, by phone: (651) 696-6214 or via e-mail:

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