News and Updates

In this section we describe the development and evolution of our matching partnership programs with various colleges and universities along with other pertinent additions to our scholarship awards.

In the last two years we have greatly expanded the number of our partnership agreements; both with public universities and private universities.  These partnerships allow us to offer more students opportunities to attend college by extending the reach and amount of financial aid offered to Sacred Heart High School graduates.

December 2017

Matching Agreement with the Western Connecticut State University Foundation

We are pleased to announce that The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and the Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) Foundation have entered into a partnership that allows the Deeley Foundation to award scholarships and have the WCSU Foundation match the amount of the Deeley Foundation award.  This award is available beginning with the 2018 academic year (Fall 2018).

The WCSU Foundation has agreed to match any scholarship made by the Deeley Foundation regardless of any specific financial need criteria. This matching agreement applies to both full and partial scholarships. The maximum amount of matching funds is currently capped at $5,000 by each party, for a total of $10,000 of scholarship aid in any one academic year.

October 2017

Full Tuition Agreement With the University of Saint Joseph

We are pleased to announce that The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and the University of Saint Joseph have negotiated a FULL TUITION scholarship agreement beginning with the 2018/2019 Academic Year (Fall 2018).  The Deeley Foundation will provide a scholarship of $15,000, and the University of Saint Joseph will waive the balance of the tuition for all candidates with family incomes of $65,000 or less.

Any student applying to the University of Saint Joseph is eligible to be considered for all Deeley Foundation Scholarships. However, students with family incomes of $65,000 or less will also be considered for the FULL TUITION awards. The current tuition at the University of Saint Joseph is $36,273 per year, making the value of this new scholarship $145,092 for four years.

Here is an example of what this new program offers:

The current tuition at the University of Saint Joseph is $36,273 for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation would pay $15,000 annually, and the University of Saint Joseph would supplement this with a merit award of $21,273. This expanded scholarship award would be worth a minimum of $145,092 for four years of college! Should the tuition increase during the four years the student is enrolled, the University of Saint Joseph would increase the amount of its contribution to offset any increases.

More specific details about this exceptional program can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page of the website.

October 2017

Full Tuition Agreement With Sacred Heart University

We are pleased to announce that The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and Sacred Heart University have negotiated a FULL TUITION scholarship agreement beginning with the 2018/2019 Academic Year (Fall 2018).  The Deeley Foundation will provide a scholarship of $15,000, and Sacred Heart University will waive the balance of the tuition for all candidates with family incomes of $65,000 or less who are also Pell Grant Eligible.

This agreement is essentially a combination of the criteria we have with Fairfield University/University of Bridgeport and Quinnipiac University.  Any student applying to Sacred Heart University is eligible to be considered for all Deeley Foundation Scholarships. However, students with family incomes of $65,000 or less who are also Pell Grant Eligible will be considered for the FULL TUITION awards. The current tuition at Sacred Heart University is $39,570 per year, making the value of this new scholarship $158,280 for four years.

Here is an example of what this new program offers:

The current tuition at Sacred Heart University is $39,570 for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation would pay $15,000 annually, and Sacred Heart University would supplement this with a merit award of $24,570. This expanded scholarship award would be worth a minimum of $158,280 for four years of college! Should the tuition increase during the four years the student is enrolled, Sacred Hear University would increase the amount of its contribution to offset any increases.

More specific details about this exceptional program can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page of the website.

July 2017

Matching Agreement with the Central Connecticut State University Foundation

We are pleased to announce that The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Foundation have entered into a partnership that allows the Deeley Foundation to award scholarships and have the CCSU Foundation match the amount of the Deeley Foundation award.  This award is available beginning with the 2017/2018 academic year (Fall 2017).

The CCSU Foundation has agreed to match any scholarship made by the Deeley Foundation regardless of any specific financial need criteria. This matching agreement applies to both full and partial scholarships. The maximum amount of matching funds is currently capped at $18,000 by each party, for a total of $36,000 of scholarship aid in any one academic year.

This agreement allows the Deeley Foundation to provide scholarships for up to four students attending CCSU on full tuition scholarships at any one time or multiple partial scholarships or a combination of full tuition and partial scholarships.

January 2017

Full Tuition Agreement With The University of Bridgeport

We are pleased to announce that The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and the University of Bridgeport have negotiated a FULL TUITION scholarship agreement, beginning with the 2017/2018 Academic Year (Fall 2017).  The Deeley Foundation will provide a scholarship of $15,000, and the University of Bridgeport will waive the balance of the tuition for all candidates with family incomes of $65,000 or less.

This agreement is essentially identical to the criteria we have with Fairfield University. Any student applying to the University of Bridgeport is eligible to be considered for all Deeley Foundation Scholarships. However, students with family incomes of $65,000 or less will also be considered for the FULL TUITION awards. The current tuition at the University of Bridgeport is $31,630 per year, making the value of this new scholarship $126,520 for four years.

Here is an example of what this new program offers:

The current tuition at the University of Bridgeport is $31,630 for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation would pay $15,000 annually, and the University of Bridgeport would supplement this with an award of $16,630. This expanded scholarship award would be worth a minimum of $126,520 for four years of college! Should the tuition increase during the four years the student is enrolled, the University of Bridgeport would increase the amount of its contribution to offset any increases.

More specific details about this exceptional program can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page of the website.

March 2016

Scholarship Partnership With Boston College

Beginning with the 2017 Academic Year (Fall 2017), Boston College and The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation have entered into a unique agreement to provide special consideration to students from Sacred Heart High School.

It is the policy of Boston College to meet 100% of a student’s Institutional Need. Once Boston College has determined a student’s Institutional Need, which consists of both scholarship grants and self-help awards, the Deeley Foundation has agreed to match all or a portion of the self-help award up to an amount of $15,000 with a scholarship from the Deeley Foundation. All of the original self-help award will continue to be retained by the student. The money awarded by the Deeley Foundation will be in addition to any financial aid package awarded by Boston College. The student receives both the original Boston College financial aid award PLUS the Deeley Foundation scholarship matching the self-help amount.

– In the first instance, any student who has an Institutional Need equal to or greater than the tuition at Boston College (currently $49,324) will have his/her tuition met by a grant of an outright scholarship rather than a mix of scholarships and self-help. The Deeley Foundation will match that portion of the self-help award needed to provide a full tuition scholarship in an amount up to $15,000 with a Deeley Foundation Scholarship. The student will retain any self-help awarded by Boston College to use for the remaining Cost of Attendance such as books, fees, room and board, etc.

– In the second instance, any student with an Institutional Need of less than the tuition will have his/her self-help award matched by a scholarship from the Deeley Foundation in an amount up to $15,000. The student will retain any self-help awarded by Boston College to use for the remaining Cost of Attendance such as unmet tuition, books, fees, room and board, etc.

Here are examples of what this new arrangement offers:

FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP – In this example, a student receives a financial aid award from Boston College of $52,000 (greater than the tuition), consisting of $42,000 of scholarship and $10,000 of self-help. The current tuition at Boston College is $49,324. The Deeley Foundation would supplement this award by contributing the amount of $7,324 needed to create a full tuition scholarship. The student would end up with a total aid package of $59,324 ($52,000 from Boston College and $7,324 from the Deeley Foundation). The entire tuition of $49,324 would be met with a scholarship, and the student would continue to receive a self-help award in the amount of $10,000.

PARTIAL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP – In this example a student receives a financial aid award from Boston College of $40,000 consisting of $33,000 of scholarship and $7,000 of self-help. The Deeley Foundation would match the entire amount of the self–help portion with a $7,000 scholarship. The student would continue to receive the self-help portion of the Boston College award. The student would end up with a total aid package of $47,000 ($40,000 from Boston College and $7,000 from the Deeley Foundation).

Students qualifying for this expanded scholarship must apply to Boston College and request “early action”. This expanded scholarship program applies only to students who have submitted their CSS (College Scholarship Service) Profile by January 1st for “early action” along with their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms. They must also meet the Boston College admission and need requirements.

More information about applying to Boston College can be found at the following links:

Admissions Information

Tuition and Financial Aid Information

Students are required to maintain an annual G.P.A. of 2.8 to remain eligible for this scholarship.

August 2015

Scholarship Partnership With Quinnipiac University Expanded To Include Full Tuition

Late in the summer of 2015, an agreement was reached between The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and Quinnipiac University to expand their matching scholarship program to include a FULL TUITION scholarship.

Beginning with the 2016/2017 Academic Year (Fall 2016), The Deeley Foundation will add a second scholarship with Quinnipiac University. The Deeley Foundation will provide a scholarship of $15,000, and Quinnipiac University will provide the balance of the tuition from other financial sources for all candidates who are “Pell Grant Eligible”. This scholarship is available regardless of the amount of the Pell Grant. This scholarship is in addition to the matching $6,000 (total of $12,000) scholarship the Deeley Foundation already has with Quinnipiac University.

Here is an example of what this new program offers:

The tuition at Quinnipiac University is currently $42,270. The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation would pay $15,000 annually, and Quinnipiac University would pair this with an award of $27,270. This expanded scholarship award would be worth a minimum of $169,080 for four years of college! Should the tuition increase during the four years the student is enrolled, Quinnipiac University would increase the amount of its match to offset any increases.

Pell Grants are made on the basis of the information submitted on a student’s FAFSA form. The formulas for determining “Pell Grant Eligibility” are complicated. It involves several factors, including the adjusted gross income (AGI) of the family, the number of children in the family, the cost of the school applied to, and the value of the family assets (homes, etc.).  Consequently it is not practical or easy to provide an example of which students might qualify for this award.

The amount of a Pell Grant is established by the Federal Government. For the coming academic year, the minimum amount of a grant is $600 and the maximum award is $5,775. It is important to note that Quinnipiac University is committing to award a FULL TUITION scholarship in conjunction with The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation regardless of the amount of Pell Grant a student receives.

Quinnipiac University indicates that approximately 18% of its students receive Pell Grants. Based on this fact and after reviewing statistics about the types of students who qualify for Pell Grants, we feel it is fair to assume that a “typical Sacred Heart student” has an excellent chance of qualifying for a Pell Grant.

More specific details about this exceptional program can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page of the website.

July 2015

Expansion of Scholarship Partnership With Fairfield University To Include Full Tuition

We are pleased to announce that The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and Fairfield University have expanded their matching scholarship program. Beginning with the 2016/2017 Academic Year (Fall 2016), The Deeley Foundation will add a second scholarship with Fairfield University. The Deeley Foundation will provide a scholarship of $15,000, and Fairfield University will waive the balance of the tuition for all candidates with family incomes of $65,000 or less. This new scholarship is in addition to the matching $12,000 (total of $24,000) scholarship the Deeley Foundation already has with Fairfield University.

Students with family incomes in excess of $65,000 will be eligible for the $12,000 matching scholarship valued at $96,000 for four years, and students with family incomes of less than $65,000 will be eligible for this new scholarship, valued at $177,000 for four years.

Here is an example of what this new program offers:

The current tuition at Fairfield University for the 2015-2016 Academic Year is $44,250. The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation would pay $15,000 annually, and Fairfield University would pair this with an award of $29,250. This expanded scholarship award would be worth a minimum of $177,000 for four years of college! Should the tuition increase during the four years the student is enrolled, Fairfield University would increase the amount of its contribution to offset any increases.

More specific details about this exceptional program can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page of the website.

August 2014

Expansion Of Scholarship Eligibility To Include Two Year Colleges

Beginning with the 2015/2016 Academic Year (Fall 2015), students planning to attend two- year colleges prior to continuing on to a four-year school will now be eligible to apply for our scholarship.

Students initially attending two-year colleges are now eligible to receive the same financial awards and support as students attending four-year institutions. The scholarship will apply to their two-year college and then be carried over to their four-year college or university.

For example, if a student receives a full scholarship award and tuition at a two-year college is $4,000 per year, then The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation will pay the full $4,000. 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 current $10,568 tuition costs for the last two academic years. This would make the total value of the scholarship $29,136 ($8,000 for the two-year school and $21,136 for the University of Connecticut).

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

More specific details about this exceptional program can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page of the website.