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Maguire Scholars Program

About the Maguire Foundation

The Maguire Scholarship Program is funded by the Maguire Foundation outside of Philadelphia, PA. Founded by Mr. and Mrs. James J. Maguire, the Maguire Foundation is grounded in the teachings of St. Ignatius Loyola and partners with institutions and organizations to provide families scholarship assistance and grants to create future leaders and responsible citizens. Mount St. Mary’s partnered with the Maguire Foundation’s College Scholars Program in 2018 and provides “last dollar” scholarship support to students graduating from the listed Philadelphia area high schools for four years of matriculation. To maintain the Maguire Scholarship, students must:

  • Remain in good academic standing in accordance with the university.
  • Be an active participant in extracurricular activities and volunteer opportunities.
  • Engage in academic advising and attend annual Maguire events.

Driven by a Mission

At Mount St. Mary’s, Maguire Scholars participate in a four-year plan based on the Mount’s mission statement. Students receive individualized academic support, professional development opportunities, and increased interaction with faculty and staff.

Year One: A Passion for Learning

The first year of the Maguire Scholars Program aims to ease the scholar’s transition into their new academic environment while placing a strong focus on academics. Following their first year, Maguire Scholars are equipped with various study strategies and time management for sophomore year and beyond. Scholars are expected to meet regularly for advising, professional development, and service opportunities over the next three years.

Year Two: Service to God and Others

During their sophomore year, Maguire Scholars are expected to engage in an independent service project or collaborate with their peer scholars in the Mount Suits You Career Closet. Mount Suits You was created in the fall of 2019 by Maguire Scholars to benefit their peers by providing professional clothing at no cost. Maguire Scholars collect clean and gently used professional pieces to help Mount students build their professional wardrobe.

Year Three: Ethical Leaders

By their third year, Maguire Scholars will have formally declared their majors, built strong relationships with the local community and look forward to their professional aspirations. In their junior year, Maguire Scholars meet with their Maguire Scholars Advisor, faculty, and the Career Center to thrive as ethical leaders in their desired field.

Year Four: Leading Lives of Significance

Senior year is bittersweet. Much like their first steps on campus, their last steps on campus are filled with excitement and apprehension. During their last year, the soon-to-be graduates reflect on the previous three years to mentor the Maguire Scholars who are just beginning their time at the Mount. As a Maguire Scholar, these students will graduate and be prepared for a meaningful career and life that is bound to make an impact on the world.

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Apply to Become a Maguire Scholar

The requirements for a successful application are:

  • Submit a FAFSA for the upcoming year. Demonstrated financial need is determined on an annual basis by the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Have at least a 3.0 grade-point average or equivalent in high school.
  • Be engaged in community service and/or extracurricular activities.
  • Preference shall be given to students who graduated from a Maguire Partner High School and students who were Maguire High School Scholars.
  • Agree to participate in regular Maguire Scholar activities in accordance with university requirements.

Submit Your Maguire Scholar Application