Scholarships

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 Rombach/Bretall 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, 2021

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SILLC Global Award (Study Abroad)

Religious Studies majors are eligible to apply for the SILLC Global Award, which provides recipients with $1,500-$5,000 to participate in a UA-approved study abroad program or internship abroad program. Religious Studies majors who apply for the SILLC Global Award will be automatically considered for the Donna Swaim International Award (see below).

Value of SILLC Global Award Scholarship: $1,500-$5,000

Application deadline: January 21, 2022

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Donna Swaim International Award for Religious Studies (Study Abroad)

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.

Religious Studies majors who apply for the SILLC Global Award will be automatically considered for the Donna Swaim International Award each January. The amount of the award varies. Recipients will be chosen based on academic excellence and financial need.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be Religious Studies majors in good standing
  • Applicants must meet the requirements for the SILLC Global Award.

Application instructions: Apply for the SILLC Global Award by  January 21, 2022. Applicants for the SILLC Global Award who are Religious Studies majors will automatically be considered for the Donna Swaim International Award for Religious Studies.

Application deadline: January 21, 2022

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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 Dr. Ross Schwartzberg. The amount of the award varies from year to year.

Typical Value of the Borga Award Scholarship: $1,000-$2000

Application deadline: March 18, 2022  

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

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