To be able to discuss great texts, learn from passionate and demanding tutors, and feel a living part of the community here at St. John’s is a gift for which I cannot thank you enough. This scholarship has allowed me to step into new arenas, and I cannot wait to keep walking.
St. John’s College has taken significant steps to fulfill our obligation, as found in the Statement of the Program, to offer an “education for all.” Our 2019 tuition reset lowered tuition by one-third and eliminated a decade of price increases. One year later, the college launched the Pritzker Promise, which matches a student’s federal Pell Grant funding.
Access to a St. John’s education has improved greatly through these efforts; yet our students still require a very high level of financial support—and this need will almost certainly increase. A growing percentage of students will come to St. John’s from lower-income households, and the amount they can contribute to tuition will shrink.
In this environment, scholarships help to ensure that no student has to choose between a St. John’s education and an alternative that can’t compare.
This scholarship is an incredible financial relief. My family is struggling with medical debt, and without this scholarship I would not have been able to attend St. John’s. Thank you again, as much as I can express, for making it possible for me to experience this incredible community and opportunity.
I am really grateful for your generosity, because you are the reason why I felt free for the first time inside a classroom. Your scholarship has promised me and my parents that an education like this can be accessible to families like mine—a middle-class family in a poor country. I never felt so much relief as the day I got accepted to St. John’s with your generous efforts.
I am so thankful that this scholarship allows me to continue engaging with the ideas that have shaped our civilization and to search for things that are true and beautiful through conversation. This school is truly one of the greatest privileges I have experienced in life.
Attending St. John’s has made me realize that my thoughts and ideas are worth something, and that I no longer need to hide them. None of this would be possible if I hadn’t received this scholarship. You have allowed me not only to study at St. John’s, but also to become a better version of myself.
I had my heart set on St. John’s for years; I believe it is the only college in the world that will teach me how to think for myself and truly become a better person on the other side of four years. With this scholarship, you have given me an incredible opportunity and a true gift.
My home-schooled education and deep love of books ensured that a “normal American college” probably wouldn’t be for me. So here I am, at “the most contrarian college in America,” and I cannot imagine being anywhere else. Thank you for this wonderful scholarship; without it, I would be somewhere else, and I certainly would not be as happy as I am now.
Each week is a new adventure, academic and otherwise. I can feel myself truly learning and connecting the dots of my education like never before. Thanks to this scholarship, I can attend a school where I have found community and purpose.