Catholic Scholarships for College Students

May 08, 2018

College is an expensive part of life. Scholarships can help students lower tuition costs, provided they have good school performance. This article will take a look at some Catholic scholarships for college students.

Scholarship monies are an excellent way to pay for college. This is money that will not need to be repaid, and it can sometimes be renewed to continue through your matriculation. Below, we'll look at some scholarships offered by Catholic organizations.

Scholarship Comparison

Scholarship awards can be given to students in different amounts, depending on award, year, or academic excellence. However, we will look at some of the companies and schools offering these awards, the application deadline, and how many scholarships are granted each year.

Scholarship Name Awarding Institution Name Amount Awarded Number of Scholarships Available Application Deadline*
The National CCAA Scholarship The National Catholic College Admission Association $1,000 8 March 1st
The Catholic University Scholarship The Catholic University of America $10,000-$25,000 Multiple No separate application required
YCL Scholarship Young Christian Leaders $1,000 1 per month The 15th of each month
Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarship Knights of Columbus $1,500 62 March 1st
Catholic United Financial Post-High School Tuition Scholarship Catholic United Financial $500 Multiple April 30
Italian Catholic Federation First Year Scholarship Italian Catholic Federation $400 200 March 15

Source: *Scholarship and College Websites (2018 & 2019)

Catholic Scholarships Summary

Students who have a good GPA or are involved in numerous extracurricular activities may find that they are eligible for a scholarship from a Christian or Catholic foundation or school. The following scholarships explain the eligibility requirements.

The National CCAA Scholarship

Provided by the National Catholic College Admission Association (CCAA), students who apply must be enrolled in a National CCAA-affiliated institute. There are many schools across the country that are members of the National CCAA, so if you are attending a Catholic college, your school may be one of them. Eight scholarships are awarded each year, each to a different region. Only high school students who will be attending college for the first time are eligible.

The Catholic University Scholarship

Students from all of the academic divisions are reviewed for this scholarship, and no application is required to be submitted. The Catholic University of America financial team will look over students' testing scores and grades to see who is eligible. Award amounts vary and are spread throughout the four years of school.

YCL Scholarship

The Young Christian Leaders Scholarship is a $500,000 pledge given by Buttafuoco & Associates law firm. Students should be active in their church, from the Tri-state area, and have a GPA of at least 3.0. Students must be high school seniors or full-time undergraduate students. Each month, a student is selected to receive the award. The $1,000 is given directly to the college or university for the enrolled student.

Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarships

These scholarships are given to freshman who will be attending the Catholic University of America or one of the other Catholic institutions across the nation. Members of the Knights of Columbus or Columbian Squires can also apply if they are seeking a bachelor's degree. These scholarships are given based on academic performance. With good grades, students can continue to renew this scholarship for up to four years.

Catholic United Financial Post-High School Tuition Scholarship

The Catholic United Financial group tries to help communities in various ways. One of these ways is through scholarships for students who are non-traditional as well as traditional. This scholarship is given to anyone who is a member of Catholic United Financial, and those who attend a Catholic institution will be given more than those who are attending non-Catholic colleges. This one-time award can be applied toward a degree, certificate, or diploma; graduate degree programs are not eligible.

Italian Catholic Federation First Year Scholarship

Are you of Italian descent? Are you going to be attending a Catholic university as a first-time student? The Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) has a $400 scholarship that can be renewed and increased each year. Second years can receive $500, third receive $600, and seniors receive $1,000. If you are not Italian, but a family member is part of the Italian Catholic Federation, you may still be eligible. The ICF will award it based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, and financial need.

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