University offers free room, board to Catholic high grads

By Editor

BISMARCK, N.D. — As part of its new Catholic Scholars program, the University of Mary in Bismarck is offering free room and board on campus to graduates of any U.S. Catholic high school who enter as a first-time freshman.

“We are pleased and excited to offer this new way to enable graduates of Catholic secondary schools to further their education at a private Catholic university at a price comparable to what they would pay at a public institution,” said Brenda Kaspari, vice president for enrollment services.

Since 2006, the University of Mary has allowed graduates of Bismarck-Mandan high schools to have free room and board on campus while attending as first-time freshmen. The Catholic Scholars program expands the offer to graduates of Catholic high schools.

Kaspari said the program “is a natural outgrowth of both the University of Mary’s commitment to making an excellent education accessible to worthy students, regardless of their economic situation, and its Christian, Catholic and Benedictine identity.”

The 51-year-old school has nearly 3,000 students from 23 countries and 41 states. Undergraduate tuition for full-time students is $6,400 a semester.