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 four basic types of scholarships available and scholarship applicants DO NOT have to do anything to indicate a preference for which type of scholarship they want; they are automatically considered for every type of scholarship for which they are eligible. 

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.

FULL NEED SCHOLARSHIPS

This scholarship is available for students attending Fairfield University, Stonehill College, or Albertus Magnus College.  These institutions have agreed to fund 100% of a student’s demonstrated financial need up to the total cost of attendance.  Most colleges (except for a few Ivy League schools) do NOT provide funding for 100% of a student’s demonstrated financial need.  These scholarships have no specific financial need requirements for students to be eligible.

This unique agreement requires the Deeley Foundation to contribute up to $15,000 towards the scholarship and colleges fund the balance of the students demonstrated financial need as determined from their FAFSA filing.  Students with greater financial need will receive a larger scholarship and those with less need will receive a smaller scholarship.  In addition to the scholarship, students will remain eligible for federal aid such as Pell Grants and Work Study programs.

All scholarship applicants applying to these schools are automatically considered for this FULL NEED scholarship along with FULL FOUNDATION and PARTIAL FOUNDATION scholarships.

The maximum value of this scholarship for students with no expected family contribution ranges from $231,82 to $257,300 for four years.   There is also a requirement to maintain a 2.8 G.P.A with these awards.

FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS

These scholarships are based on agreements negotiated between The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and specific private colleges and universities (currently Quinnipiac University, the University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University, and the University of Saint Joseph).  These scholarships are only available to students with family incomes of $65,000 or less.

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.

Below are the four-year values of the arrangements we currently have in place with private universities:

Quinnipiac University – Deeley Foundation portion is $60,000, and the value of the scholarship is $169,000+.

Sacred Heart University – Deeley Foundation portion is $60,000, and the value of the scholarship is $158,000+.

University of St. Joseph – Deeley Foundation portion is $60,000, and the value of the scholarship is $145,000+.

University of Bridgeport – Deeley Foundation portion is $60,000, and the value of the scholarship is $126,000+.

All scholarship applicants applying to the above schools are automatically considered for this FULL TUITION scholarship along with FULL FOUNDATION and PARTIAL FOUNDATION scholarships.

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.

FULL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

These scholarships refer to the maximum dollar award made by the Deeley Foundation itself. These scholarships are available for any college or university, including those with FULL TUITION and FULL FUNDING partnerships, and have no specific financial need requirements.

In some cases there are matching agreements with specific schools and these partnerships are used for both Full Foundation Scholarships and Partial Foundation Scholarships.  Below are the annual values of the arrangements we have with both public and private colleges/universities:

Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) – Maximum dollar amount  available for matching  is $18,000 from the SCSU Foundation and the Deeley Foundation for total annual awards of $36,000.

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) - Maximum dollar amount available for matching  is $18,000 from the CCSU Foundation and the Deeley Foundation for total annual awards of $36,000.

Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) – Maximum dollar amount available for matching is $18,000 from the ECSU Foundation and the Deeley Foundation for total annual awards of $36,000.

Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) - Maximum dollar amount available for matching  is $5,000 from the WCSU Foundation and the Deeley Foundation for total annual awards of $10,000.

Boston College – Maximum dollar amount available for matching is $15,000 used for matching self help financial aid to provide additional merit scholarships.

These scholarships are limited to the cost of the tuition as a  maximum dollar amount, usually between $10,000 and $12,000  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, 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 specific G.P.A with these awards.

All scholarship applicants applying to any of these schools or any other college or university are automatically considered for FULL FOUNDATION and PARTIAL FOUNDATION scholarships.

PARTIAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

From time to time the Deeley Foundation interviews students who are not selected for Full Need Scholarships, 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.  These scholarships are available for any college or university and have no specific financial need requirements.

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 specific G.P.A with these awards.