College is expensive. Through scholarships, students are able to reduce the out-of-pocket costs for school. There are several scholarships available to Catholic students, and in this article we'll look at some of these, including their award amounts and requirements.
When comparing scholarships, you want to consider the amount given, the requirements for eligibility, and whether or not you can reapply the following year. Below, we'll look at a list of scholarships and key details about each one.
|Scholarship Name||Amount||Deadline||Total Awarded||Can I Renew?|
|Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria/John W. McDevitt Scholarships||$1,500||March 1||Varies; 450 in 2017-18||Yes, up to four years|
|Catholic Financial Life College Scholarship||$500 or $1,000||March 31||$50,000 (2009-10)||No|
|Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship||$400-$1,000||March 15||approx. 200||Yes, up to four years|
|Cardinal Newman Society Essay Contest||$5,000||February 18||1||No|
|Mary and Orlin Trapp Science Scholarship||$1,000||March 1||2||No|
Sources: Individual scholarship websites
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Overview of Catholic Scholarships
All of the following scholarships are available for Catholic Church members. While some are available in certain regions, others have opened their arms for other denominations. Look at the following scholarships for a better idea of the organizations that offer financial assistance.
Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria/John W. McDevitt Scholarships
The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal order of the Catholic Church. This group works to improve the community and church, while spreading the Catholic faith through charity. The Knights of Columbus award the Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarships. For the 2017-2018 school year, the Knights of Columbus awarded over $711,000 to students who attended the Catholic University of America and other Catholic colleges and universities. In order to apply, applicants or their parents must be a member in good standing with the Knights. These scholarships are awarded based on academic performance.
Catholic Financial Life College Scholarship
If you, your parents, or your grandparents are members of Catholic Financial Life, you can apply for a 1-time scholarship. You must be 23 years old or less, and have completed at least ten hours of community service with a non-profit organization. Financial members must be enrolled for at least a year, prior to the application. Depending on the college you select, your award amount may change. If you are full-time attending a 4-year school, you'll receive $1,000. If you are attending a community college, you'll receive $500.
Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship
This scholarship has some particular qualifications. Those with a family member involved in the Italian Catholic Federation are eligible. Others who do not have a connection to the federation but are Roman Catholic, of Italian descent, and living in Arizona, California, Illinois, or Nevada can also apply. All applicants must have maintained a GPA of 3.2 throughout high school. This scholarship is $400 for the first year of college, and can be applied for another three years. The award amounts continuously increase, $500 for year two, $600 for year three, and $1,000 for year four. Applicants will be evaluated based on financial need, academic standing, and extracurricular activities.
Cardinal Newman Society Essay Contest
The Cardinal Newman Society creates the Newman Guide to help students research and find Catholic colleges and universities. This group also awards a $5,000 scholarship for any Catholic student who uses the Newman Guide and signs up with the society's 'Recruit Me' program. Applicants need to complete a 500-700 word essay on a topic chosen by the society. Topics are often related to why someone would benefit from a Catholic education. Applicants must be 20 years or younger and a high school graduate at the time of submitting. Should an applicant be selected, they must choose one of the colleges that the Newman Guide recommends, or else a new winner could be selected.
Mary and Orlin Trapp Science Scholarship
This scholarship is for those who are studying one of the sciences and are of a Christian faith, either Catholic or Protestant. Applicants must attend one of the Iowa United Methodist Colleges or Iowa State University. Scholarships are awarded for moral character, leadership skills, honesty, community involvement, and academic standing. Along with the application, one must provide three letters of recommendation - from a pastor, community leader, and school advisor - and personal statements regarding community and church involvement.