Summary of Scholarships Offered

As our scholarship program has evolved over time, the number and types of scholarships we offer have also evolved.  We have added this summary section to help characterize the various types of scholarships that are available from The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation.

There are three basic types of scholarships available.  This section provides a brief description of each type of scholarship.  For more detailed information about specific scholarships please go to the Frequently Asked Questions page of our website.


These scholarships are based on agreements negotiated between The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and specific colleges and universities (currently Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University, the University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University and the University of Saint Joseph).  In general, these agreements require the Deeley Foundation to make larger specific contributions of $15,000 per academic year in exchange for the schools providing the difference between the contribution from The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and the annual tuition. The total value of these scholarships exceeds $130,000 for four years.

These scholarships also have specific financial need requirements for students to be eligible. The financial need is based on criteria established by the individual colleges and universities and varies from school to school.  There is also a requirement to maintain a 2.8 G.P.A with these awards.


These scholarships refer to the maximum dollar award made by the Deeley Foundation itself. These scholarships are available for any college or university and have no specific financial need requirements.   In some cases there are matching agreements with specific schools.

The scholarships are limited to the smaller of the tuition or a maximum dollar amount, usually between $12,000 (most colleges) to $24,000 (Fairfield University) per year.  In some cases, for schools with less costly tuition, such as public universities like the University of Connecticut, Southern Connecticut University, Central Connecticut University, Western Connecticut State University, and other state colleges, these awards can equal the full cost of tuition.  In other cases, usually at private colleges and universities, these Full Foundation Scholarships cover only a portion of the full cost of tuition.  There is also a requirement to maintain a 2.5 G.P.A with these awards.


From time to time the Deeley Foundation interviews students who are not selected for either Full Tuition Scholarships or Full Foundation Scholarships, but have made a favorable impression on the selection committee. In these cases, the Deeley Foundation awards Partial Foundation Scholarships to these deserving students.

The amounts of these Partial Foundation Scholarships range from a minimum of $2,000 per year to a maximum of $8,000 per year.  These scholarships have a total value of $8,000 to $32,000 over four years.  There is also a requirement to maintain a 2.5 G.P.A with these awards.