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Thomas and Elsie Deeley

Thomas and Elsie Deeley

The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation is a not-for-profit private foundation that has established annual scholarships at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, Connecticut.

It is headquartered in Orlando, Florida at the following address:

9580 Sloane Street
Orlando, Florida 32827
Phone: (407) 851-0252
Email: cpmted@gmail.com

Background of The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Deeley were longtime residents of Waterbury before retiring to Virginia.  Mr. Deeley worked as a tool-setter for Scovill Manufacturing Company, and Mrs. Deeley raised their children and was active in numerous volunteer organizations.  Although neither of them had the opportunity to attend college, they continually emphasized two critical aspects of life.  The first was the value of an education.  The second was the obligation to give something back to the community.  They sacrificed to ensure that their children would have an opportunity for higher education, yet they still found time to volunteer for community activities.

The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation was established by their two children in 1996 to memorialize the “helping hand” approach engendered by their parents. It is designated as a tax exempt 501(c)3 corporation by the Internal Revenue Service.

The Deeley Foundation offers assistance to eligible high school seniors who qualify for admission to a college or university but lack the financial resources to attend. These scholarships are based on the belief that personal involvement with recipients creates a tangible bond between the student and the donor. Hopefully this bond will encourage our scholarship recipients to offer personal support to someone else after they graduate by “passing it along” - in the form of mentoring and/or financial assistance.

The scholarship was initially restricted to just those Sacred Heart seniors applying to Fairfield University because Fairfield had agreed to a matching arrangement.  In 2002, the Deeley Foundation, in an effort to provide more students an educational opportunity, expanded the scholarship to include students applying to any four-year college or university.  Quinnipiac University and the Deeley Foundation created a matching partnership in 2003 similar to the Fairfield University agreement.  In 2004 the Deeley Foundation entered into a matching partnership with Southern Connecticut State University.  In 2014, in response to rising college costs, the Deeley Foundation broadened its scope once again to include students applying to two-year colleges.  In 2015 the partnerships with Fairfield University and Quinnipiac University were expanded to offer FULL TUITION scholarships to students who meet certain financial need criteria.  Then, in 2016, the Deeley Foundation instituted a scholarship partnership with Boston College, and in 2017 the FULL TUITION partnerships were extended to include the University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University, and the University of Saint Joseph.  Also in 2017, the Deeley Foundation and the Central Connecticut State University Foundation and Western Connecticut State University Foundation entered into a matching partnership similar to the existing arrangement with the Southern Connecticut State University Foundation.

Since its inception in 1996, The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation has funded over $1,500,000 worth of scholarships for 48 Sacred Heart High School students.   These scholarship recipients have a 95% college graduation rate.

The Deeley Foundation provides financial support to 8-12 college students for each academic year. The schools represented by these students include the University of Connecticut, Quinnipiac University, Fairfield University, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Southern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University, The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston University, Gordon College, Coastal Carolina University, St. John’s University, the University of Rhode Island, Williams College, and Hampton University.

Eligibility of Sacred Heart Students

This scholarship is only available to Sacred Heart High School seniors, regardless of race, gender, or religious belief.  We strongly encourage every senior at Sacred Heart to apply for the scholarship, regardless of whether he/she plans to attend a two-year or a four-year institution.

No members of the Deeley family or anyone with business relationships with The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation or the family owned or operated businesses are eligible for this award.

Applicants must submit a completed scholarship application to be eligible for consideration.  After an initial screening, representatives of the Deeley Foundation  interview finalists, and awards are made to the student(s) selected for the scholarship.  The scholarship recipients are usually notified about three to four weeks after the interviews are completed.

Partnerships with Colleges and Universities

The Deeley Foundation has been successful in creating scholarship partnerships with nine universities in the Connecticut area.  All applicants applying to some or all of these colleges are automatically considered for these partnership scholarship programs.

These partnerships vary from school to school and have different criteria.  Specific admission information for each of our partners can be found in the LINKS section at the bottom of this page.

Some partnerships match the scholarship awards made by the Deeley Foundation and other partnerships provide FULL TUITION scholarships in conjunction with the Deeley Foundation as follows:

Applicants to Fairfield University, the University of Bridgeport, and the University of Saint Joseph

There are two types of matching scholarships with Fairfield University.  The first is available to all applicants to Fairfield, and the second is available to any student who has a family income of $65,000 or less.

The first type of scholarship is valued at a minimum of $96,000 for four years. The scholarship is made jointly by Fairfield University and the Deeley Foundation. The Foundation provides awards of up to $12,000 to match the first $12,000 of merit awards from Fairfield University.  Only those candidates who are accepted by Fairfield University and meet the University’s financial need requirements are eligible to receive the scholarship.

The second type is a FULL TUITION scholarship.  Beginning in 2015, Fairfield University and the Deeley Foundation established a FULL TUITION scholarship for students with family incomes of $65,000 or less.  This same arrangement was instituted with the University of Bridgeport and the University of St. Joseph effective in 2017.  The Deeley Foundation contributes $15,000 towards these scholarships, and Fairfield University, the University of Bridgeport and the University of Saint Joseph provide the balance of the tuition.  This scholarship is currently valued at $177,000 for four years at Fairfield University, at $126,520 for the University of Bridgeport. and $145,092 for the University of Saint Joseph  Only those candidates who are both accepted by Fairfield University the University of Bridgeport and/or the University of Saint Joseph and have family incomes of $65,000 or less may receive these scholarships.

Students receiving a FULL TUITION scholarship remain eligible for additional financial aid (e.g., work study, grants, loans, etc.) to assist with the cost of room and board and fees.

Applicants to Quinnipiac University

There are two types of scholarships available to applicants applying to Quinnipiac University, similar to the arrangement with Fairfield University.  The Deeley Foundation has agreed to award  tuition costs up to $6,000 per year, and Quinnipiac University has agreed to match the Deeley Foundation’s award. This matching arrangement brings the total award to $12,000 per year or $48,000 over the course of four years.

Beginning in 2015, Quinnipiac University and the Deeley Foundation established a second type of matching scholarship, a FULL TUITION scholarship for students who are Pell Grant Eligible.  The Deeley Foundation contributes $15,000 towards this scholarship, and Quinnipiac University provides the balance of the tuition, which is currently equal to $27,270.  This scholarship is currently valued at $169,080 for four years.  Only those candidates who are accepted by Quinnipiac University and are Pell Grant Eligible may receive the scholarship.

Students receiving a FULL TUITION scholarship remain eligible for additional financial aid (e.g., work study, grants, loans, etc.) to assist with the cost of room and board and fees.

Applicants to Sacred Heart University

The requirements for this FULL TUITION scholarship are a combination of those from Fairfield University/ University of Bridgeport/University of Saint Joseph and those at Quinnipiac University.

Sacred Heart University and the Deeley Foundation established a partnership scholarship effective in 2018; a FULL TUITION scholarship for students who have a family income of $65,000 or less AND are Pell Grant Eligible.  The Deeley Foundation contributes $15,000 towards this scholarship, and Sacred Heart University provides the balance of the tuition, which is currently equal to $39,570.  This scholarship is currently valued at $158,280 for four years.  Only those candidates who are accepted by Sacred Heart University, have family incomes of $65,000 or less, and are Pell Grant Eligible may receive the scholarship.

Students receiving a FULL TUITION scholarship remain eligible for additional financial aid (e.g., work study, grants, loans, etc.) to assist with the cost of room and board and fees.

Applicants to Southern Connecticut State University and Central Connecticut State University

These scholarships are valued at up to $48,000 for four years.  The Foundations associated with Southern Connecticut State University and Central Connecticut State University have agreed to match the Deeley Foundation’s scholarship awards. The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation has agreed to award up to 50% of the actual cost for tuition and fees, and the universities have agreed to match the amount of the Deeley Foundation’s award. This matching arrangement currently brings the total award to the lesser of the actual tuition and fees or $12,000 per year or up to $48,000 over a four-year period.

There is no specific financial need requirement for a student to receive these scholarships.  The Deeley Foundation selects the students it feels are deserving of a scholarship, and the universities agree to match whatever financial award the Deeley Foundation makes.

As part of our agreement with these two universities, The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation may award up to a total of $18,000 for any academic year, and the schools have agreed to match that same amount for a total of $36,000 in scholarships from each school during any single academic year.  These scholarships could consist of one student each year over a period of four years (i.e., a freshman, a sophomore, a junior, and a senior), or could be used to fund multiple scholarships for a specific year (e.g., four freshman scholarships), or could also be used to fund several partial scholarships.

These scholarships are administered through the Southern Connecticut State University Foundation and the Central Connecticut State University Foundation respectively.  The Deeley Foundation sends its portion to the designated foundation at each school; the school’s foundation then matches this amount and forwards the combined scholarship to the Financial Aid Office at their respective universities.

Applicants to Western Connecticut State University

This scholarship is valued at up to $40,000 for four years.  The Foundation associated with Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) has agreed to match the Deeley Foundation’s scholarship awards up to $5,000 for a total of $10,000 in any academic year.  This matching partnership currently brings the total scholarship award to the lesser of the actual tuition and fees or $10,000 per year; up to $40,000 over a four-year period.

There is no specific financial need requirement for a student to receive this scholarship.  The Deeley Foundation selects the student it feels is deserving of a scholarship, and the Western Connecticut State University Foundation agrees to match whatever financial award the Deeley Foundation makes.

Applicants to Boston College

Boston College meets 100% of a student’s financial needs, but not necessarily the full cost of attendance.  Boston College and The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation have entered into a unique agreement to provide special assistance to students from Scared Heart High School.  This agreement allows the Deeley Foundation to match up to $15,000 of the self-help (non-scholarship financial aid) awards made by Boston College and allows the student to retain the full amount of the self-help awarded by Boston College.  These scholarships have a value of up to $60,000 for four years.  See the News and Updates section of our website for details of this agreement.

Applicants to Other Colleges and Universities

Our scholarship recipients are free to attend the college or university of their choice.  For schools other than those who have partnerships with The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation, the scholarships are valued at up to $48,000 for four years. The Deeley Foundation will make an award equal to the actual tuition costs or $12,000 per year, whichever is less.  There is no specific financial need requirement to receive one of these scholarships from the Deeley Foundation.

In addition to the scholarships described above, the Deeley Foundation sometimes makes partial awards to deserving students.  These awards range from $2,000 to $8,000 per academic year and have a value of $8,000 to $32,000 for four years.

Distribution of Scholarship Awards By College/University

The graph below shows the dollar value of all the scholarship awards made by The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and the colleges/universities to which the awards were made (click on the chart to view an enlarged version).

Foundation Scholarship 6-17

Scholarship Criteria and Qualifications

The criteria for selection consist equally of the following areas:

  • Community Involvement
  • Academic Accomplishments
  • Work Experience
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Financial Need
  • College Goals
  • Personal Interview

We are seeking those individuals who we think will “make a difference”.  This can be because a student demonstrates a special passion for a particular field of interest, has a unique combination of academic and social skills or has positively impacted the lives of other students.

The scholarship award is good for four years, provided the recipient remains in good academic standing, is a full-time student (a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester) and continues to meet the financial need requirements.  “Good academic standing” requires the student to maintain a minimum of a cumulative 2.5 G.P.A. (2.8 G.P.A., in the case of the FULL TUITION scholarships at Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University and the University of Bridgeport and also for scholarships to Boston College) at the end of each academic year.  If a recipient fails to remain in good academic standing or becomes a part-time student, then the scholarship can be terminated.

The Deeley Foundation forwards its portion of the scholarship to the college or university (or, in some cases, to the school’s foundation) and the school directly administers the scholarship by crediting the amount of the scholarship to the recipient’s invoice for the academic semester.

If a student chooses to study abroad, on a university sponsored program of studies, then the amount of the scholarship will be provided to the recipient to be applied towards tuition, travel, housing, and meals.

More specific details about The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation, applying for the scholarship, and the requirements for scholarship programs at various schools can be found by visiting the section of our website called Frequently Asked Questions.