Catholic Scholarships

The Catholic faith is the oldest and most established branch of Christianity. The church has vested interest in helping its members find money for college by providing both local scholarships and national awards. The Catholic Church offers scholarships by school, parish, or entire dioceses to make sure they are reaching out to as many members as possible who plan to attend college to achieve their educational goals. The Catholic faith believes strongly in community service, and helping its members. The church also values tradition, and gives a lot of its scholarship money to students who will uphold the Catholic tradition in the future.

To view scholarship information or fill out scholarship applications for common Catholic scholarships, click the links below. For a more complete list of scholarship opportunities, religious and otherwise, conduct a free college scholarship search.

Catholic Financial Life College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Student must be a financial member of Catholic Financial Life for at least one continuous year prior to applying for the scholarship, which means he/she is the primary insured on a life insurance certificate or on a spousal rider, or an annuitant. The student must be 23 years of age or younger. Student must have performed a minimum of ten service hours with one or more of the following: A [...] More

Catholic United Financial Post-High School Tuition Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2018
  • Amount: $500
  • Scholarships are for members of any age seeking to learn a trade, earn a certification or complete a college degree, Catholic United wants to help. Our Post-High School Tuition Scholarship program gives our members tuition assistance for their educational goals. Scholarship awards are one-time benefits, past recipients cannot apply again. While the average scholarship recipient is a recent high [...] More

DeSales University Catholic Schools Grants

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Awards are offered to graduates of Catholic high schools who are entering DeSales in the Fall. Graduates of Catholic Home Schooling agencies do not qualify for the Catholic Schools Grant. [...] More

DeSales University Tuition Incentive Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Thanks to help from our generous donors, DeSales is proud to offer several scholarship opportunities for our students. The Tuition Incentive Program is for graduates of Allentown Diocesan schools and Oblate high schools who are entering DeSales in the upcoming fall semester.

    For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Italian Catholic Federation First Year Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Since 1964, the Italian Catholic Federation has awarded over $2,000,000.00 in scholarships to more than 6,000 high school students, of the Catholic faith, attending college. Applications are received from students in public as well as Catholic high schools in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Illinois.

    Eligibility:
    -Are Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent
    -Live within the Roman Catholic [...] More

John W. McDevitt (Fourth Degree) Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Knights of Columbus awards approximately 36 John W. McDevitt (Fourth Degree) Scholarships annually. An applicant must be a U.S. student entering their freshman year of undergraduate study at a Catholic college or Catholic university in the United States, and a member in good standing of the Knights of Columbus or the wife, widow, son or daughter of such a member or deceased member. These are [...] More

Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Pro Deo & Pro Patria Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Knights of Columbus Pro Deo & Pro Patria Scholarships are awarded annually to students entering the freshman class in an undergraduate program leading to a bachelor's degree. Twelve (12) scholarships are available at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Fifty scholarships are available to students entering other Catholic colleges or universities in the United States.

    To [...] More

Loyola University Catholic Heritage Award

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2017
  • Amount: Varies
  • Chicago Catholic Heritage Award is made to new freshmen graduating from Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Joliet. This award is awarded for four consecutive years of full-time enrollment and is restricted to tuition.

    In order to be considered for any of Loyola University Chicago's academic scholarships, students must submit a completed Application for [...] More

Loyola University Zolp Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2017
  • Amount: Varies
  • This endowed scholarship is available to pay toward tuition to any Catholic student by the last name of Zolp who attends Loyola University Chicago. A copy of a birth certificate and a baptismal or confirmation certificate confirming the last name of Zolp must be filed with the Office of Student Financial Assistance. Prospective candidates must be admitted to Loyola by February 1. Scholarship [...] More

Ruth K. Jacobs Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Choristers Guild was founded in Los Angeles by the late Ruth Krehbiel Jacobs, based on an idea - the systematic development of Christian character in boys and girls through the medium of the church Children's Choir. The Scholarship Fund provides financial aid to full-time students preparing for church music ministry. An applicant must be a junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in music, [...] More

The Mario Cugia Italian Studies Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 8/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Since 1964, the Italian Catholic Federation has awarded over $2,000,000.00 in scholarships to more than 6,000 high school students, of the Catholic faith, attending college. In 1998, to honor Mario Cugia, Past President and Life Member of the Italian Catholic Federation Central Council, an Italian Studies Scholarship Program was created to supplement the Federation's Scholarship Program for [...] More

Young Christian Leaders Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Funded by the law firm of Buttafuoco & Associates, YCL was created to support the next generation of dedicated, Christian professionals who will use their talents to impact their families, communities, and the world. YCL is for the empowerment of students who have shown dedication, character, promise, determination and a desire to apply those qualities to their God-given calling. Young people [...] More

Latest College & Financial Aid News

Colleges Aggressively Fighting Binge Drinking by Banning Fraternities, Sororities

November 14, 2017

by Susan Dutca

Colleges nationwide have stepped-up and implemented indefinite bans on fraternity and sorority activities in hopes of "battling a culture of alcohol abuse." Some student's parents, however, stated that such restrictions "ruined my so-and-so's cultural life." [...]

Thanksgiving College Scholarships for Community Service

November 13, 2017

by Susan Dutca

'Tis the season to be thankful, and Scholarships.com is thankful for its wonderful community of hardworking and dedicated students. As a token of thanks, we've put together a list of scholarships for the most giving, charitable students. Whether you give back through community service or are a part of a social action project, these scholarships award your time and effort by helping you pay for college. For even more giving scholarships, click here. [...]

"OK to Be White" Signs a "Sign of the Times"?

November 7, 2017

by Susan Dutca

"It's okay to be white" signs were scattered on college campuses across the country, as well as in Canada over the past week. Reportedly, the signs were first suggested on an online chat forum called 4chan, calling on people to place posters in their area on Halloween night. At Harvard Law School, at least 20 handmade stickers with the message "It's ok to be white" were posted on light poles and electrical boxes. Harvard Law's Dean of Students Marcia Sells condemned the posters, stating the posters and stickers are "intended to divide us from one another" and that "HLS will not let that happen here." The Department of Public Works removed the stickers shortly thereafter. Even after they had been removed, the message continued to circulate via social media through hashtags and videos, gaining both condemnation and support. [...]

Last Reviewed: November 2017

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