Catholic Scholarships

A college education is appealing to anybody, but attaining a post-secondary degree seems an especially natural goal for Catholic students. After all, what institution values flowing robes and funny hats more than the Catholic Church? In all seriousness, the Catholic faith, as the oldest and most established branch of Christianity, has a vested interest in helping its adherents find money for college by providing both local scholarships and national awards. Catholic scholarships exist to assist members of the Church in attending college and achieving their educational goals. The Catholic faith believes strongly in providing service to the community and financial aid to those in need. Plus, organizations offering Catholic scholarships, like many other scholarship providers, hope that by giving you scholarship money now, they’re putting you in a position where you may be able to donate to their cause once you’re wealthy and successful. Just think—if you win a Catholic scholarship, avoid student loans, and eventually graduate and get a good job, why wouldn’t you want to return the favor a few years down the road and help a student just like you pay for school? Well, lots of people funding Catholic scholarships think that way—they might say it was the Christian thing to do.

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.

Chris Hernandez Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
Chi Rho Associations, Inc., a non-profit corporation founded in 1998, announces that applications are being accepted for its annual Chris Hernandez Memorial Scholarship.

This scholarship is funded by the donations of alumni and friends of Chi Rho Fraternity and is administered by the Chi Rho Foundation. Chris Hernandez was a charter member of the Alpha chapter of Chi Rho Coed Service [...] More

Christ the Teacher Institute Catholic Scholar's Program Scholarship
Application Deadlines: August 26, Annually
The Catholic Scholar's Program is sponsored by the Christ the Teacher Institute, a division within the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University. The program is open to entering or returning Roman Catholic students at Northwestern University. Catholic Scholars enter into a program that integrates academic study, spiritual growth, service, and leadership. Scholars agree to take on [...] More

Fathers and Brothers Maryknoll Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: November 13, Annually
The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers look to Jesus feeding the hungry, healing the sick and reaching out to outcasts as their model of compassion. It does not matter what culture, what language or what tradition. In light of a Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis asks us to focus on following the example of God the Father, who, Jesus says, does not judge us harshly but offers us love and [...] More

Italian Catholic Federation Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
One of the many purposes of the Italian Catholic Federation is to offer college scholarships to further the education of students who are Roman Catholic and of Italian descent (or whose non-Italian Roman Catholic parents, guardians or grandparents are members of the Federation), who maintain a GPA of at least 3.2 and who live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of California, Nevada, Illinois and [...] More

John W. McDevitt (Fourth Degree) Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
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 Deadlines: March 01, Annually
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 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 be [...] More

Loyola University Zolp Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
This endowed scholarship is available to pay toward tuition to any Catholic student with a legal last name of Zolp who attends Loyola University Chicago. A copy of a birth certificate and a baptismal or confirmation certificate must be filed with the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Prospective candidates must be admitted to Loyola by February 1st. Scholarship amounts will vary [...] More

Playing With Purpose Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
In 1996, SportQuest (formerly Athletes of Good News) developed a unique award program that recognizes and rewards Christian athletes. More than 60,000 Christian athletes have been touched by the SportQuest Playing With Purpose program, thousands of dollars in scholarships have been awarded and Christian athletes have received prestigious recognition on a national level through TV, newspaper and [...] More

The Winston-Salem Foundation Emma Kapp Ogburn Memorial Fund
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The Emma Kapp Ogburn Memorial Fund was established in September 1946 by S.C. Ogburn as a memorial to his wife, Mrs. Emma Kapp Ogburn to provide scholars hips to Forsyth County residents of the Methodist denomination who will pursue education for the Methodist ministry or Christian education. The scholarship may provide non-renewable awards of varying amounts based on available income of the fund. [...] More

Young Christian Leaders Scholarship
Application Deadlines:
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

Last Edited: November 2015

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