Our department offers several scholarships for students in Religious Studies, as shown below. Scholarships for Classics can be found here.

Rombach and Bretall Scholarships

Religious Studies majors have benefited from the generosity two major donors to the Religious Studies Program: Lionel Rombach and Ora Bretall. Each fall, outstanding Religious Studies majors receive scholarships from the Rombach and Bretall Scholarship Funds, to apply toward spring tuition and other educational needs. 

Awards will be made based on academic achievement, need, and seniority in the Religious Studies Program (the number of courses taken toward completing the Religious Studies major). Priority will be given to students who have completed more than three courses applying toward their Religious Studies major. Students are encouraged to wait until the fall of their final year in the program to apply, as any awards made typically have higher funding amounts for applicants with the most seniority. Students can receive only one Rombach/Bretall Award. Once a student has received a Rombach or Bretall Award, they are ineligible for future Rombach/Bretall Awards. 

Value of Scholarship: $1,000-$2000

Eligibility Requirements:

  •     Applicants must be Religious Studies majors in good standing
  •     Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  •     Awardees must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units of credit at the University of Arizona during the following Spring semester. Awards are distributed to awardees' bursar accounts to use for educational expenses during the following Spring semester.

Application deadline: November 1, 2020

SILLC Global Award

Religious Studies majors are eligible to apply for the SILLC Global Award, which provides recipients with $1,500 to participate in a UA-approved study abroad program or internship abroad program. Religious Studies majors planning to travel abroad can apply for both the SILLC Global Award and the Donna Swaim International Award (see above).

Value of Scholarship: $1,500-$2,000

Application deadline: January 22, 2021

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Donna Swaim International Award for Religious Studies

The Donna Swaim International Award for Religious Studies enables academically-prepared Religious Studies majors to study the religions of the world in the context of their cultures, through study abroad opportunities. This fund was established in 2014, to honor Professor Donna Swaim’s 50 years of teaching and service at the University of Arizona.

The Religious Studies Program accepts applications for the Donna Swaim International Award each January. Applicants must be Religious Studies majors enrolling in UA-approved Study Abroad (SA) programs for the following Summer or Fall/Spring. The Religious Studies Program will award up to 2 (two) $600 scholarships to be applied to program-related fees and tuition. Recipients will be chosen based on academic excellence and financial need.

Value of Scholarship: $600

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be Religious Studies majors in good standing
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Applicants must be accepted in a UA approved Study Abroad Program (for information on SA Programs and your UA Religious Studies degree, contact Dr. Caleb Simmons at
  • Applicants are also required to apply for the SILLC Global Award (due the week before; more information is here)

Application deadline: January 29, 2021

Fred and Barbara Borga Award

The Fred and Barbara Borga Award supports undergraduate students at the University of Arizona who are majoring in Religious Studies with a concentration in Religious Studies for Health Professionals

The Borga Award was established in honor of Fred and Barbara Borga through the generosity of their son Ross Schwartzberg. The amount of the award varies from year to year.

Value of Scholarship: $1,000-$2000

Application deadline: March 15, 2021  

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a Religious Studies Major with a concentration in Religious Studies for Health Professionals
  • Must be currently enrolled and in good standing at the University of Arizona
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

When applying, students must submit a statement of intent, which includes the following:

  • At the top of your statement, please list 1) your name, 2) your email address, 3) your major(s) (and minor, if any), and 4) your anticipated graduation date.
  • In 1-2 pages, proved a detailed statement about your interests in Religious Studies for Health Professionals, including:
    • Why did you chose the Religious Studies for Health Professionals concentration in the Religious Studies major?
    • What are your academic and/or professional goals, and how does the Religious Studies for Health Professionals major contribute to these goals?
    • Discuss any distinctions you have had as a student at the University of Arizona, such as your academic merit, any extracurricular activities, and any awards, honors, or notable achievements.
    • If applicable, please discuss any challenges (including financial) you have faced in pursuing your goals.