Summary of Scholarship Awards and Colleges Attended

The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation does not place any restrictions on the choice of schools. Scholarship recipients are free to select any college or university they wish to attend. Our scholarship recipients have attended 15 different colleges and universities.

Number of Scholarship Recipients By School

The chart below shows the colleges and universities selected/attended by our 51 scholarship recipients.  It also provides an indication of the number of students who have attended each school. Since some students transferred to other colleges or spent two years at the Waterbury UConn Branch before moving on the to the main UConn campus at Storrs, the total exceeds the number of scholarships awarded.

While we do not place any restriction on the colleges our students attend, it is worth noting that about half of our scholarship recipients attend one of our partner colleges.  In fact, we attempt to form partnerships with those colleges that most of our applicants seem to be interested in attending.


Profiles of Our Scholarship Recipients

All of our applicants are required to meet the basic criteria to be eligible for one of our scholarships:

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

However, the criteria we most look for is somewhat intangible.  We are looking for someone we feel is going to “make a difference”.   It can be because a student has a real passion for something, or demonstrates a unique set of skills (academic and/or social) that is impressive, or it could be a student who has impacted other students in a positive manner.

These intangible qualities transcend simple academic accomplishments.   The academic standing of our recipients varies widely.     Of the 51 scholarships awarded, 13 students are still working towards their degrees while 38 have already graduated from college.

Of the 38 students who have been awarded scholarships and successfully graduated from college, only 26% were in the top 10 of their class at Sacred Heart High School.  By far the largest single segment of scholarship recipients are the 74% with a class rank other than in the top 10.  Scholarships have been awarded to students with class rankings as high as the 60s and 70s and we find these students are every bit as successful as those with better academic rankings.

The chart below shows the distribution of class rankings at Sacred Heart High School for the 38 scholarship recipients that have already graduated from college.


As you can see from the above chart, significant numbers of students in each group of class rankings have gone on to obtain advanced degrees.  Over 42% of recipients have gone on to receive an advanced degree and several have received multiple advanced degrees.  Our scholarship awards are about equally distributed between female and male recipients;  47% of our recipients are males and 53% are females.

Locations of The Colleges and Universities Attended

Most of our recipients attend schools in Connecticut, but students have also attended schools in Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, South Carolina, Florida and Virginia.


Those students who attend graduate school do so mostly in the east coast corridor ranging from Massachusetts to Florida. Advanced degrees have been earned at Yale University, Fairfield University, Florida State University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the University of New Haven, Fordham University, Syracuse University, Central Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University, the University of Connecticut, and Scranton University.