Saint Louis University and the Department of Theological Studies offer numerous opportunities for theology students beyond the classroom, including scholarships and awards.
The department also has established rubrics, reading lists and other resources for graduate students preparing for exams and dissertations.
Mev Puleo (1964-1996) was an educator, photojournalist and social change activist. A 1985 graduate of Saint
Louis University, she used photographs and interviews to draw attention to the struggles
and aspirations of the poor. Puleo had a special love for the people of Latin America
and traveled extensively to Brazil, El Salvador, Mexico and Haiti. Puleo's vocation
of advocacy, education and art was tragically cut short by a malignant brain tumor;
she died in January 1996 at the age of 32. Her parents, Peter and Evelyn Puleo, established
the Mev Puleo Scholarship in Latin American Theology in her honor.
The Mev Puleo Scholarship combines formal study and experiential learning to foster awareness and understanding of the people, religion, and culture of Latin American countries. It is the hope of Peter and Evelyn Puleo that, like Mev Puleo, the recipients will become advocates for social justice.
Every year the Department of Theological Studies selects three outstanding undergraduate students to recognize. Awards include the James Collins Award for Outstanding Student, the Peter Verhaegen, S.J. Award and the St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Award.
The College of Arts and Sciences annually presents the James D. Collins Awards for Excellence in Student Academic Achievement to recognize scholarship and creative achievements among undergraduate students.
The Peter Verhaeven, S.J. Award is given to the senior who demonstrates outstanding potential for theological research. At the age of 29 years, Peter Verhaegen, S.J. became the first Jesuit president of St. Louis College in 1829. He raised the status of the college to a university by acquiring the first charter from the State of Missouri in 1832.
The St. Rose Phillippine Duchesne Award is given to the senior who has best exemplified theology as inculturation and God’s desire to engage peoples in the very concrete circumstances of their lives. Missionary Philippine Duchesne arrived in the St. Louis area in 1818, established the first free schools west of the Mississippi, and worked with the Pottowatomie people in her later years.
SLU’s Theology Club provides an opportunity for undergraduate students and faculty to come together and share ideas, questions and passions for theology in an informal and social environment. It holds regular discussions, sponsor lectures and helps plan an annual undergraduate conference.
The Theology Club is not restricted to only theology majors and minors. Any student or faculty member with an interest in theology are welcome. Religious believers, unbelievers, agnostics and seekers are all welcome. In the Theology Club, the following questions are examined: