The Catholic church has long invested in the education of its members, operating everything from small elementary schools to large universities, and teaching the masses with a focus on spiritual growth and development. To help Catholic students further their education, many scholarships are available for use at both secular and religious institutions. These funds help students carry on this proud tradition of learning and prepare them for professional roles in and out of the church.
Catholic Scholarships for Parishioners
Some philanthropic Catholic churches in Indiana fund endowment scholarships for college students through the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Indiana. For instance, the church of St. Teresa of Avila awards scholarships to members of the parish seeking a college education. The scholarship award is not restricted to certain majors. Recipients give back to the church through engaging in activities like mission trips and community outreach. Endowment funds in the foundation are permanent with annual interest being dispersed as scholarship aid. Catholic colleges in Hawaii like Chaminade University also give out endowed scholarships.
Catholic Foundation for Northwest Indiana 9292 Broadway Merrillville, IN 46410 219-769-9292 firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Thomas Groff Scholarship
Catholic seniors graduating from high schools in Dutchess County in New York state can apply for the Frank Thomas Groff Scholarship. The award amount varies from year to year, can be used at any accredited institute to pursue an associate's or bachelor's degree and can be renewed for up to four years. Applicants must have demonstrable financial need, a B average and work or volunteer experience. Additionally, the application requires a letter of recommendation from a parish priest.
Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley 80 Washington St., Ste. 201 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-452-3077 communityfoundationdc.org
Out of State Catholicity Scholarship
The University of St. Thomas, located in Houston, Texas, offers the Out of State Catholicity Scholarship to help students from other areas in the US attend the school. Applicants for the award, which varies in value, must be members of a parish either outside of Texas or the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese and have financial need for scholarships and Catholic grants for college. Freshman and transfer applicants can request to be considered for the award when applying to attend St. Thomas University, and they must be able to provide proof of their parish membership,
University of St. Thomas 3800 Montrose Houston, TX 77006-4626 713-522-7911 stthom.edu
Knights of Columbus Scholarships
The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization, offers the Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarships. Twelve Catholic scholarships are offered for students attending the Catholic University of America, and 50 more can be used at other Catholic schools in the US. Applicants must be Knights of Columbus or the Columbian Squires, or the child of a member. The scholarships are worth $1,500 apiece and can be renewed for four years pending satisfactory academic performance.
Department of Scholarships Knights of Columbus PO Box 1670 New Haven, CT 06507-0901 203-752-4332 kofc.org
Hallie Engel is a food and lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in several international publications. She served as a restaurant critic for "Time Out Abu Dhabi" and "Time Out Amsterdam" and has also written about food culture in the United Arab Emirates for "M Magazine." She holds a bachelor's degree in communications and film studies from University of Amsterdam.