Frequently Asked Questions

On this page we have attempted to categorize and answer most of the questions that have arisen since we started the scholarship.   As new issues arise, we add them to this extensive list of questions and answers. If you have a question and cannot find the answer on this page, please feel free to email The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and we will promptly provide an answer.  If your concern is something that can benefit others, we will add it to this Frequently Asked Questions page.  We also suggest that the News and Updates page of our website be checked for additional information on scholarships.

You can scroll down and read all the questions and their answers.  However, to find a specific answer, simply scroll down through the list of questions below and “left click” your mouse on your particular question, and you will be taken directly to the answer for that question.  After you have read the answer to your question, you can “left click” on “return to questions” and you will automatically be returned to the beginning of the section containing your question.

The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation

The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Scholarship

 Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

 Scholarship Application Process

The Interview Process

Relationships With Colleges and Universities

Full Tuition Scholarships

Deeley Foundation Financial Information

Additional Information


WHO ARE THOMAS AND ELSIE DEELEY?

They were Waterbury residents. Mr. Deeley worked as a tool setter for Scovill Manufacturing Company, and Mrs. Deeley was a part-time worker and full-time wife and mother.  While they worked tirelessly to ensure that their children could attend college, they both also found time to participate in numerous community and volunteer activities.

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WHAT IS THE THOMAS AND ELSIE DEELEY FOUNDATION?

It is a not-for-profit private 501(c)(3) organization and has been granted tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service.  The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation was established in 1996 by the Deeley’s two children, Donna and Ted, who is a Sacred Heart High School graduate.

It is headquartered in Orlando, Florida.  Donations to the Deeley Foundation are subject to IRS guidelines and are tax deductible much like contributions to other charities are tax deductible. Its primary objective is to award college scholarships to exceptionally deserving high school seniors at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, Connecticut.

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HOW DID THE THOMAS AND ELSIE DEELEY FOUNDATION COME INTO BEING?

It was founded in 1996 as a means of fostering the Deeleys’ beliefs (1) that education is one of the most important means of improving one’s life and (2) that an individual has an obligation to give something back to the community.

The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation is currently governed by the Deeley’s children, their spouses and the Deeleys’ grandchildren.

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WHAT IS THE THOMAS AND ELSIE DEELEY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP?

It began as an award given jointly by Fairfield University and The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation to a senior at Sacred Heart High School.  The first scholarship was awarded in 1996 and was originally for four years, at $20,000 per year, to be applied towards the cost of tuition at Fairfield University.  The $20,000 award consisted of $10,000 from the Deeley Foundation and a $10,000 matching scholarship from Fairfield University. It was increased to $24,000 beginning in 1999 and consisted of $12,000 from the Deeley Foundation and $12,000 from Fairfield University.

In 2002, in an attempt to provide financial assistance to a greater number of Sacred Heart High School graduates, the scholarship was expanded to include students who applied to any four-year college or university. In 2014, the scholarship was again expanded to include students attending two-year colleges and planning to transfer to a four-year institution after their first two years.   In 2015, FULL TUITION scholarships with Fairfield University and Quinnipiac University were established.  In 2016, Boston College and the Deeley Foundation entered into a unique agreement to provide special consideration to students from Sacred Heart High School.  In 2017, a third FULL TUITION scholarship was established with the University of Bridgeport.  More information on these scholarships can be found in later F.A.Q.s.

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HOW MANY SCHOLARSHIPS ARE GIVEN OUT EACH YEAR?

There is usually at least one full scholarship awarded each year.  Since its inception, the Deeley Foundation has awarded an average of two four-year scholarships per year.  In some years a single scholarship was awarded, and in other years as many as four scholarships were awarded.

The Deeley Foundation has awarded a combination of “full” scholarships and “partial” scholarships.  These partial scholarships are awarded to students who make a favorable impression on the award committee but do not receive a full scholarship.  Partial scholarship awards are determined on a case-by-case basis and are made at the sole discretion of The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation.

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IF I ENROLL IN A PROGRAM THAT REQUIRES MORE THAN FOUR YEARS TO COMPLETE, WILL THE SCHOLARSHIP CONTINUE BEYOND FOUR YEARS?

No.

The scholarship award is good for four years.  Any studies beyond four years for either under-graduate or graduate studies are the responsibility of the individual student.

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WHAT IS THE COLLEGE GRADUATION RATE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS?

The current graduation rate of our scholarship recipients is 95%, a figure that the Deeley Foundation is extremely proud of and a rate that exceeds the graduation rate at most colleges and universities.

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WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR BEING ELIGIBLE FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP?

An applicant must:

  • be a senior at Sacred Heart High School,
  • have an acceptance at a college or university, and
  • demonstrate a need for financial aid.

Once an applicant meets these basic criteria, then the Deeley Foundation applies additional criteria and evaluations to determine who will receive the award.   Our ideal candidate is someone who is a good student, is active in school and the community, has a part-time job, and, overall, is someone who would derive a great deal of benefit from being awarded the scholarship.

To be considered for the scholarship, each student is required to complete an application that includes several essay questions.  These applications are then evaluated by the Board of Directors of The Thomas ands Elsie Foundation, and the highest rated applicants are selected to be interviewed. Members of the Deeley family visit Sacred Heart in the early part of each year to conduct personal interviews with these selected applicants.

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ARE THERE ANY PLANS TO EXPAND THIS SCHOLARSHIP TO OTHER HIGH SCHOOLS?

No.

We feel Sacred Heart is a special place for learning.  Many of the teachers and administrators are graduates of Sacred Heart and have engendered a special family atmosphere that we don’t feel exists elsewhere.  We are especially impressed with the quality of the students who attend this school.  We feel that all the scholarship recipients have the potential to “make a difference” in our society.

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IS THIS SCHOLARSHIP TARGETED MORE AT THE HIGH ACHIEVING ACADEMIC STUDENT OR IS IT MORE FOR SOMEONE NEEDING FINANCIAL AID?

Neither and both.  

The award is based on the application and the interviews.   We never ask applicants for financial information.  We let colleges and universities make the admission decisions and evaluate the financial aid requirements.  Although academic achievement is a factor, it is not an overriding one.   Historically, only about half of our scholarship recipients have been in the top 20% of their class. Our ideal candidate is someone who is a good student, is active in school and the community, has a part-time job, and most likely is the first person in his/her family to attend college.  In short, we are looking for someone who is focused, hardworking, and has a sense of community.

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HOW MANY STUDENTS USUALLY APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP?

Since the scholarship was expanded to include other colleges and universities, we have had between 30-50 applicants each year.  This means that an applicant has a good chance to be the recipient of a full or partial scholarship.  The odds are certainly far more favorable than with most other scholarships!

We encourage every graduating senior who wishes to attend college to give serious consideration to applying for our scholarship.

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DOES THE FACULTY OR STAFF AT SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL PLAY ANY ROLE IN THE SELECTION PROCESS?

No.

The selection is made solely by The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation.  The staff at Sacred Heart High School is extremely helpful in publicizing the scholarship, encouraging students to apply, scheduling interviews, and providing transcripts and recommendations, but has no role in determining which students are selected for an interview or who is awarded a scholarship.

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WHY DOES THE APPLICATION HAVE FOUR ESSAYS?

The four essays are designed to give the Deeley Foundation some insight into how the applicants think, their future plans and their aspirations and also to provide some conversation topics for the face-to-face interviews.

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WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION?

Every application is read by each member of the review committee, resulting in each application being read multiple times.  These reviewers represent a wide range of business and educational experiences.  After an application is read, it is given a score by each reviewer, and the average score of all the reviews is used to determine who will be granted an interview.

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WHEN WILL I HEAR WHETHER I’VE WON A SCHOLARSHIP?

Notification is usually made 1-4 weeks after the interviews.  We try to make the decision as soon as possible because we know how nerve-racking it can be to not know where you stand.  Delays are usually the result of so many highly qualified candidates, and this makes the selection process much more difficult and a bit more time-consuming.

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DOES EVERYBODY WHO APPLIES FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP GET TO HAVE AN INTERVIEW?

No.

The interviews generally take place at Sacred Heart High School in March.  Regrettably, time limitations allow us to interview only the most impressive applicants.  This means that just about 40-50% of the applicants are selected to be interviewed.  The selection committee bases the selection of the students being interviewed on the reviewers’ ranking of the written applications.

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HOW LONG DOES THE INTERVIEW LAST?

Each interview lasts about 30 minutes.  Two or three interviewers interview every applicant, making a total of one to one and half hours of interviews for each applicant.  The interviewers then rank each candidate and submit these rankings to the rest of the selection committee.

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DO I NEED TO DO ANY SPECIAL PREPARATION FOR THE INTERVIEW?

Nothing special, but you should be prepared to discuss your essays and any activities or other information you list on your application and also have some basic understanding of The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and what it does.

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WHY WAS THE SCHOLARSHIP EXPANDED TO INCLUDE OTHER COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES?

For two reasons.  The first was that there was a pool of really terrific seniors at Sacred Heart High School who were not eligible for the scholarship because it was restricted to someone interested in attending only Fairfield University.  The second was that we wanted the opportunity to explore the possibility of expanding the concept of matching our awards with other colleges and universities.

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ARE THERE ANY LIMITATIONS ON WHICH COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY I CAN APPLY TO?

No.

Applicants are free to choose any college or university.  If you look at the Summary of Scholarship Awards and Colleges Attended page of the website, you will see that most students seem to prefer attending schools in the State of Connecticut.  In addition, several recipients elected to attend schools in Massachusetts.  Recipients have also attended schools in New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia.

The University of Connecticut is the most popular choice followed by Fairfield University, Southern Connecticut State University, and Central Connecticut State University.

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WHY WAS THE SCHOLARSHIP EXPANDED TO INCLUDE TWO-YEAR COLLEGES?

The cost of a college education has increased dramatically since the Deeley Foundation began awarding scholarships.  Many families, even with a generous financial award from a four-year institution, still cannot afford the costs.  For an increasing number of students, attending a two-year college and then transferring to a four-year college/university is a more realistic option. As more and more students opt for this alternative, the Deeley Foundation wanted to be in a position to lend assistance and encouragement to these students as well.

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DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING TWO-YEAR COLLEGES ALSO COVER THE COSTS WHEN THOSE STUDENTS CONTINUE ON TO A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY?

Yes.  All our scholarships are for four years.

For example, if a student receives a full scholarship award and elects to attend Naugatuck Valley Community College for the first two years, then the Deeley Foundation would pay the full annual tuition of $3,432 for the first two academic years.  If the student subsequently transfers to the University of Connecticut for the final two years, the Deeley Foundation would increase the award to cover the $10,000+ annual tuition costs (up to $12,000) for the student’s last two academic years. In this example, the scholarship would be valued at $28,000+ for the full four years.

Students receiving a partial scholarship will receive the same amount for both the two-year and four-year institutions.

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DOES THE DEELEY FOUNDATION HAVE MATCHING OR PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS WITH COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES?

Yes.  We currently have partnerships with nine colleges and universities

There are partnership agreements with Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University, the University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University, and the University of Saint Joseph and matching agreements with Southern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University, Western Connecticut State University, and Boston College. The net effect to the student is that he/she can receive a scholarship from the Deeley Foundation and that scholarship award is funded jointly by the Deeley Foundation and the participating university.  This matching or partnering process is transparent to the student and is administered by the Deeley Foundation.

For Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University the University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University and the University of Saint Joseph; the Deeley Foundation has established agreements where the Deeley Foundation provides $15,000 of funding, and the schools agree to provide a scholarship for the balance of the tuition.  These scholarships are available to students only if they they meet the specific financial need requirements established by each school (family income of $65,000 or less for Fairfield University, the University of Bridgeport and the University of Saint Joseph; being Pell Grant Eligible for Quinnipiac University, and family income of $65,000 or less and Pell Grant Eligible for Sacred Heart University).

In the case of Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) and Western Connecticut State University (WCSU), the SCSU, CCSU, and WCSU Foundations have agreed to match any scholarship made by The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation.  These scholarships are available to students without regard to any specific financial need criteria.  These matching agreements are limited to the total cost of tuition and fees for any one student and apply to both full and partial scholarships.  The total amount of matching funds available in any one academic year is capped at $18,000 by each partner for a total of $36,000 in scholarships.  These awards can take the form of multiple full tuition scholarships and/or a combination of several partial scholarships.

Boston College and the Deeley Foundation have a partnering agreement that allows the Deeley Foundation to match the self-help portion (financial aid other than grants and scholarships) awarded by Boston College.  The amount of this match is the lesser of $15,000 or an amount of aid that makes the student’s total financial aid packages equal to the cost of attendance.

These agreements allow The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation to leverage the use of their funds.  It provides the Deeley Foundation an opportunity to award both more and larger scholarships to students at Sacred Heart High School attending one of these partnering schools.  In addition, each time a student receives a scholarship to one of these matching colleges/universities, the Deeley Foundation is then able to redirect more of its money to fund scholarships for other students.

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ARE THE FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS WITH FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY, THE UNIVERSITY OF BRIDGEPORT, SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF SAINT JOSEPH ONLY FOR STUDENTS WITH A GREAT DEAL OF FINANCIAL NEED? 

Yes and no.

This is a difficult question to answer with any kind of precision.  We can only share our thinking and offer guidance as an answer.  Clearly these programs are directed at students with significant financial need.  However, from what we have seen over the past twenty plus years of awarding scholarships, we feel very strongly that a large number of Sacred Heart High School students will meet the qualifications.

Here is our thinking on why a significant number, perhaps even a majority, of students will qualify for these programs:

-  The criteria for Fairfield University, the University of Bridgeport and the University of Saint Joseph are very straightforward.  If your family’s annual income is $65,000 or less, you qualify for the FULL TUITION scholarship.  The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the average household income for 2013 was $51,939.  This means the $65,000 threshold for the scholarship is 25% greater than the average U.S. household income!  Consequently, it seems fair to assume that a significant number of Sacred Heart High School students will have household incomes of $65,000 or less.

-  The criteria used by Quinnipiac University and Sacred Heart University are a bit more complicated and somewhat more difficult to predict.  However, statistics from these schools provide some insight into how many students are eligible for Pell Grants.  Approximately 15% of their current undergraduate enrollment receive Pell Grants  at both Quinnipiac University and Sacred Heart University.

It is also worth noting that, nationwide, 33% of all undergraduates are receiving Pell Grants.  The total number of Pell Grant recipients for 2013-2014 is 9,200,000 students! This is a significant number of awards, and we expect that a great many Sacred Heart High School students will meet these criteria.

Ultimately students must make their own decisions about whether they think they might qualify for these programs.  Our best advice is that, because the values of these scholarships are truly remarkable, every student should give serious thought to applying for them.

Remember, there is nothing special required to apply for these FULL TUITION scholarships.  When students apply to these specific colleges and universities and also apply for The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Scholarship, they are automatically considered for these FULL TUITION scholarships!  If they are selected to receive one of the Deeley Foundation Scholarships, then the colleges and universities determine whether they meet the financial need criteria for a FULL TUITION award.  All students applying to these colleges and universities remain eligible for full and partial scholarship awards from the Deeley Foundation, regardless of whether they qualify for the FULL TUITION scholarship.

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ARE THERE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF BRIDGEPORT?

Yes.

The first is that a student must demonstrate that his/her family income is $65,000 or less. Applicants are also required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by January 1st to demonstrate their financial need.

The FAFSA form is used determine a student’s eligibility for federal aid to assist with the costs of room and board, books, fees, etc. that are in addition to the cost of tuition.  It also determines eligibility for Federal programs such as work-study and Pell Grants to assist students with the expenses that are not covered by the FULL TUITION award.

More information about applying to the University of Bridgeport and financial considerations can be found at the following links:

Admissions Information

Tuition and Financial Aid Information

It is important to note that no special application or notification is required for a student to be considered for this FULL TUITION scholarship.  All students applying to the University of Bridgeport and for The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Scholarship are eligible and will be considered.  The Deeley Foundation does NOT have access to the financial information on the FAFSA.  The University of Bridgeport makes a determination of financial need and notifies the Deeley Foundation of those students who are candidates for the FULL TUITION award.

In addition, students receiving a FULL TUITION award are required to maintain a 2.8 G.P.A. for the academic year.  This is a higher standard than the 2.5 G.P.A. that the Deeley Foundation requires for scholarship recipients attending other colleges and universities.   If students fall below this level in their freshman year, they are notified and given until the end of their sophomore year to achieve an overall G.P.A. of 2.8.  Failure to meet this academic standard can result in the loss of the scholarship.

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ARE THERE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP WITH SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY?

Yes.

The first is that a student must demonstrate that his/her family income is $65,000 or less. The second is that the student must also be Pell Grant Eligible. Applicants are also required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by January 1st to demonstrate their financial need.

The FAFSA form is used determine a student’s eligibility for federal aid to assist with the costs of room and board, books, fees, etc. that are in addition to the cost of tuition.  It also determines eligibility for Federal programs such as work-study to assist students with the expenses that are not covered by the FULL TUITION award.

More information about applying to the Sacred Heart University and financial considerations can be found at the following links:

Admissions Information

Tuition and Financial Aid Information

It is important to note that no special application or notification is required for a student to be considered for this FULL TUITION scholarship.  All students applying to Sacred Heart University and for The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Scholarship are eligible and will be considered.  The Deeley Foundation does NOT have access to the financial information on the FAFSA.  Sacred Heart University makes a determination of financial need and notifies the Deeley Foundation of those students who are candidates for the FULL TUITION award.

In addition, students receiving a FULL TUITION award are required to maintain a 2.8 G.P.A. for the academic year.  This is a higher standard than the 2.5 G.P.A. that the Deeley Foundation requires for scholarship recipients attending other colleges and universities.   If students fall below this level in their freshman year, they are notified and given until the end of their sophomore year to achieve an overall G.P.A. of 2.8.  Failure to meet this academic standard can result in the loss of the scholarship.

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ARE THERE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF SAINT JOSEPH?

Yes.

The first is that a student must demonstrate that his/her family income is $65,000 or less. The second is that the student is required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by January 1st to demonstrate their financial need.

The FAFSA form is used determine a student’s eligibility for federal aid to assist with the costs of room and board, books, fees, etc. that are in addition to the cost of tuition. It also determines eligibility for Federal programs such as work-study to assist students with the expenses that are not covered by the FULL TUITION award.

More information about applying to the University of Saint Joseph and financial considerations can be found at the following link:

Admissions and Financial Aid Information

It is important to note that no special application or notification is required for a student to be considered for this FULL TUITION scholarship. All students applying to the University of Saint Joseph and for The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Scholarship are eligible and will be considered. The Deeley Foundation does NOT have access to the financial information on the FAFSA. The University of Saint Joseph makes a determination of financial need and notifies the Deeley Foundation of those students who are candidates for the FULL TUITION award.

In addition, students receiving a FULL TUITION award are required to maintain a 2.8 G.P.A. for the academic year. This is a higher standard than the 2.5 G.P.A. that the Deeley Foundation requires for scholarship recipients attending other colleges and universities. If students fall below this level in their freshman year, they are notified and given until the end of their sophomore year to achieve an overall G.P.A. of 2.8. Failure to meet this academic standard can result in the loss of the scholarship.

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ARE THERE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP WITH FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY?

Yes.

The first is that a student must demonstrate that his/her family income is $65,000 or less. Fairfield University also requires that students interested in this scholarship apply for “Early Action” admission.  The acceptance criteria for “Early Action” is the same as for regular admission.  This application is due by November 1st and is non-binding on students but allows them to be notified by mid-December of the status of their applications.

Applicants are also required to submit the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by January 1st to demonstrate their financial need.

The FAFSA form is used determine a student’s eligibility for federal aid to assist with the costs of room and board, books, fees, etc. that are in addition to the cost of tuition.  It also determines eligibility for Federal programs such as work-study and Pell Grants to assist students with the expenses that are not covered by the FULL TUITION award.  More information about applying to Fairfield University and financial considerations can be found at the following links:

Admissions Information

Tuition and Financial Aid Information

It is important to note that no special application or notification is required for a student to be considered for this FULL TUITION scholarship.  All students applying to Fairfield University and for The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Scholarship are eligible and will be considered.  The Deeley Foundation does NOT have access to the financial information on the CSS Profile or the FAFSA.  Fairfield University makes a determination of financial need and notifies the Deeley Foundation of those students who are candidates for the FULL TUITION award.

In addition, students receiving a FULL TUITION award are required to maintain a 2.8 G.P.A. for the academic year.  This is a higher standard than the 2.5 G.P.A. that the Deeley Foundation requires for scholarship recipients attending other colleges and universities.   If students fall below this level in their freshman year, they are notified and given until the end of their sophomore year to achieve an overall G.P.A. of 2.8. Failure to meet this academic standard can result in the loss of the scholarship.

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HOW DOES THE DEELEY FOUNDATION KNOW WHICH FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP I AM APPLYING FOR – THE $12,000 MATCHING AWARD OR THE FULL TUITION AWARD?

We don’t.

All applicants follow the same process, and all will be considered for a scholarship to Fairfield University regardless of their family income.  The Deeley Foundation evaluates the merits of each application without knowing which scholarship category an applicant qualifies for. Only Fairfield University receives the CSS Profile and knows the family incomes of applicants.  It isn’t until Fairfield University completes its review and notifies the Deeley Foundation that we know which of the two categories of scholarship a student is eligible to receive.

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ARE THERE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP WITH QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY?

Yes.

The first is that a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and submit it to Quinnipiac University no later than February 15th. The second is that a student must be “Pell Grant Eligible”. This determination is based on several factors, among them are family AGI (adjusted gross income), the number of children in the family, the amount of assets the family possesses, such as savings and home ownership, and the cost of the school attended.

It is important to note that no special application or notification is required for a student to be considered for this FULL TUITION scholarship. All students applying to Quinnipiac University and for The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Scholarship are eligible and will be considered. The Deeley Foundation does NOT have access to the financial information on the FAFSA. Quinnipiac University makes a determination of Pell Grant Eligibility and notifies the Deeley Foundation of those students who are candidates for the FULL TUITION award.

In addition, students receiving a FULL TUITION award are required to maintain a 2.8 G.P.A. for the academic year. This is a higher standard than the 2.5 G.P.A.  that the Deeley Foundation requires for scholarship recipients attending other colleges and universities. If students fall below this level in their freshman year, they are notified and given until the end of their sophomore year to achieve an overall G.P.A. of 2.8. Failure to meet this academic standard can result in the loss of the scholarship. More information on Pell Grants can be found at the following links:

Pell Grant Information From The U.S. Department of Education

Pell Grant Eligibility

Quinnipiac University indicates that 18% of its students received Pell Grants last year.  We fully expect that a “typical Sacred Heart High School student” would stand a reasonable chance of being eligible for a Pell Grant.

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HOW DOES THE DEELEY FOUNDATION KNOW WHICH QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP I AM APPLYING FOR – THE $6,000 MATCHING AWARD OR THE FULL TUITION AWARD?

We don’t.

All applicants follow the same process, and all will be considered for a scholarship to Quinnipiac University regardless of their Pell Grant Eligibility. The Deeley Foundation evaluates the merits of each application without knowing which scholarship category an applicant qualifies for. Only Quinnipiac University receives the FAFSA information and knows the financial need of applicants. It isn’t until Quinnipiac University completes its review and notifies the Deeley Foundation that we know which of the two categories of scholarship a student is eligible to receive.

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WHERE DOES THE THOMAS AND ELSIE DEELEY FOUNDATION GET ITS MONEY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIPS?

It comes from donations from Deeley family members.  At the present time, The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation does not engage in outside fund-raising activities.

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DOES A “FULL” SCHOLARSHIP MEAN THE DEELEY FOUNDATION PAYS FOR ALL THE COSTS OF ATTENDING COLLEGE?

No.

It is a term used to mean the maximum dollar amount of the scholarship.  It can be as much as $12,000 per year or $48,000 over four years. The exception is that the Deeley Foundation matches Fairfield University merit awards up to $12,000 per year.  This makes a scholarship award to a student attending Fairfield University worth up to $96,000 for four years.

In addition to the “FULL” scholarships there are currently three FULL TUITION matching scholarships.  The first two are between Fairfield University and the Deeley Foundation and the University of Bridgeport and the Deeley Foundation for students with family incomes less than $65,000.  The third is between Quinnipiac University and the Deeley Foundation for students who are Pell Grant Eligible.  The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation contributes $15,000 and each university funds the balance of the tuition.  These scholarships are valued in excess of $170,000 over four years.

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WHAT ARE THE AMOUNTS OF THE “PARTIAL” SCHOLARSHIPS?

They vary.  In the past they have ranged from $2,000 to $8,000 per year, for a total of $8,000 to $32,000 over four years. Currently the minimum amount of a partial scholarship awarded by the Deeley Foundation is $2,000 per academic year.  There are no plans to change this minimum amount.

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IS THE AMOUNT OF THE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD TO STUDENTS NOT ATTENDING FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY THE SAME AS FOR THOSE ATTENDING FAIRFIELD?

No.

The Deeley Foundation matches merit awards from Fairfield University up to a maximum of $12,000.  This means a student attending Fairfield can receive up to $24,000 annually, or a total of $96,000 over four years.   Of course, if Fairfield University elects to award more than $12,000 in merit scholarships, then the Deeley Foundation matches only the first $12,000 of the merit award.

A student attending a school other than Fairfield University may receive a maximum of $48,000 over four years.   At these schools, regardless of whether the schools match our awards, recipients are limited to a total of $12,000 per year or the amount of the tuition, whichever is less.  For example, Quinnipiac University has agreed to match our award, and recipients are granted $6,000 from the Deeley Foundation and $6,000 from Quinnipiac University, for a total of $12,000 per year or $48,000 over four years. If a student attends Southern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University, UConn, or any other colleges or universities where tuition is less than $12,000, we will pay the actual tuition.

In addition to the merit award matching programs, there are also three FULL TUITION scholarships.  The first is funded jointly by The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and Fairfield University, the second is funded jointly by The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and Quinnipiac University, and the third is funded jointly by the University of Bridgeport and The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation.  There is also a financial aid partnership with Boston College.  These scholarships require students to meet certain financial criteria.  See the News and Updates and other sections of this Frequently Asked Questions page for more details regarding these unique scholarship opportunities

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IF I WIN THE SCHOLARSHIP HOW DO I GET THE MONEY?

We never send the money to the student.  If you receive the scholarship, we will send the money directly to your college or university, and it will show up as a credit on your invoice for the semester.

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DO YOU PAY ALL THE MONEY AT ONCE OR IS HALF OF IT PAID EACH SEMESTER?

Half is paid each semester.  If you fail to complete the first semester, then no payment is made for the second semester.

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HOW MANY SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED EACH YEAR SINCE 1996?

We award an average of two scholarships each year.  However, in some years as many as four scholarships were awarded, and in other years a single scholarship was awarded.

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HOW MUCH MONEY HAS THE DEELEY FOUNDATION AWARDED SINCE 1996?

Over $1,500,000 in scholarships have been awarded to Sacred Heart High School students.  This represents an average award of over $30,000 per scholarship recipient over four years of college.

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CAN I USE THE SCHOLARSHIP IF I WANT TO SPEND A SEMESTER ABROAD?

Yes.

We apply the same amount to your costs abroad.  We actually had a student spend her junior year in Japan, where she became fluent in Japanese.  More recently we had a student spend a semester in Spain.  The requirements vary from school to school, and you’ll need to check the specifics with your particular college or university.

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WHAT HAPPENS IF I DECIDE TO TRANSFER FROM ONE COLLEGE TO ANOTHER? WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO KEEP MY SCHOLARSHIP?

Yes.

We will continue to pay the lesser of the original award or the tuition at your new school.   It is the responsibility of the student to handle the process of transferring and to notify the Deeley Foundation in advance of the intent to transfer.

Students transferring from a college that has a matching arrangement with the Deeley Foundation to a college that does not partner with The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation will lose the matching portion of any scholarships.

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WHAT HAPPENS IF I TAKE A YEAR OFF FROM SCHOOL AND THEN WISH TO CONTINUE AFTER A YEAR?

The scholarship is good for four continuous years.  In the past we had a student take a year off for medical reasons, and we agreed to extend the scholarship beyond four years.  The Deeley Foundation makes these exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

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DOES THE DEELEY FOUNDATION COVER THE COST OF GRADUATE SCHOOL?

No.

The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation only has resources to assist undergraduates.  Once a student graduates from a college or university or completes four years, it becomes his/her option to seek and pay for any graduate degrees or additional coursework required to obtain an undergraduate degree.

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DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP COVER THE COST OF SUMMER SCHOOL?

No.

The scholarship is available only for the fall and spring semesters. We had students attend summer school to eliminate the need to take a specific course during the regular academic year or because they changed majors and the new major required additional coursework for graduation.  In all cases the students were responsible for paying for their own summer school tuition.

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WHAT HAPPENS IF I GRADUATE IN LESS THAN FOUR YEARS?

We have had students graduate in less than four years.  In these cases the scholarship ends. The scholarship is good for four continuous  years or until a student graduates, whichever comes first.  We also had a student receive a full tuition scholarship in his senior year from his college and notify us that there was no need for us to provide our scholarship for the last year of college.

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IS A RECIPIENT OF THE SCHOLARSHIP REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN A SPECIFIC ACADEMIC STANDING WHILE IN COLLEGE?

Yes.

A scholarship recipient must continue to be a full-time student (a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester).

A recipient is also required to maintain a G.P.A. of at least 2.5, which is the equivalent of a C+/B- average for an entire academic year.  However, students receiving a FULL TUITION scholarship for Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University or the University of Bridgeport are required to maintain a 2.8 G.P.A. for the academic year.  Also, students participating in the Boston College Scholarship Partnership are required to maintain a 2.8 G.P.A.

A student is allowed to fall below the required average for any given semester, but by the end of the academic year, the cumulative G.P.A. must be at least 2.5/2.8 or the scholarship can be terminated.  At the end of each semester, scholarship recipients are required to provide their semester grades to The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation to demonstrate that they remain in good academic standing.

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HOW DO SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS DEMONSTRATE THEIR FINANCIAL NEED?

We never ask scholarship applicants for financial information.  We assume almost all applicants have some form of financial need.

However, once our decision is made, all Deeley Foundation scholarship recipients are required to provide a copy of their FAFSA awards for the colleges they plan to attend and to note any merit scholarships or other aid they have received. The Deeley Foundation uses this information both to verify financial need and to tailor the Deeley Foundation Scholarship payments to best meet the student’s needs.

If a recipient receives a separate large financial award for just the first year of college, the Deeley Foundation may reduce the amount it pays for the first year and increase the amount it pays in future years.  Our primary focus is always how best to assist a specific student.

These scholarship modifications usually result from very unusual situations, but we have had them occur.  For example, if a student is awarded a full scholarship to attend the University of Connecticut Waterbury Branch from the Deeley Foundation and his/her FAFSA award is equal to the cost of tuition of $11,224, then the Deeley Foundation may elect to NOT make any scholarship payments for the first two years and then increase its scholarship award to $18,678 for the third and fourth years when the student is required to live at the Storrs campus.  When this increased scholarship award is combined with the FAFSA award of $11,224, the entire  cost of attendance of $29,902 is provided for the student’s third and fourth year of college.

No scholarship recipient is allowed to receive more than the total cost of attendance.  If a combination of the FAFSA awards (excluding any loans), other merit scholarships, work study programs, and the Deeley Foundation Scholarship exceeds the total cost of attendance, the Deeley Foundation award will be reduced to an amount that allows the recipient to cover his/her total cost of attendance.

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DOES THE DEELEY FOUNDATION PROVIDE ANY ASSISTANCE OTHER THAN FINANCIAL AID TO RECIPIENTS?

Yes.

We stay in communication with all recipients throughout their college years and oftentimes offer guidance in course selection and career choices.  We’ve also helped scholarship students who are about to graduate in preparing their resumes,  suggesting possible job opportunities, and providing job interviewing tips and techniques.

In most cases we remain in contact with recipients well after they graduate.  Look on the Updates On Past Scholarship Recipients page of our website to see what some of our past recipients are doing.

These past recipients are engaged in a wide range of careers, and, when appropriate, we have called upon this unique network of past recipients to offer mentoring support and guidance to current scholarship recipients who are seeking majors or careers in similar fields or attending the same college or university.

For scholarship recipients who are already in the workplace, we’ve offered advice ranging from job and career changes to starting their own businesses.

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