The Four Types of Scholarships Offered

As our scholarship program has evolved over time, the number and types of scholarships we offer have also evolved.  This evolution is the result of two types of modifications.  The first are changes made by The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation (e.g., expanding scholarships to universities other than Fairfield University, making scholarships for two-year colleges available, providing partial scholarships, etc.).  The second modification is a major expansion of the number of partnerships with colleges and universities.  There are now partnerships with twelve colleges and universities.

The chart below illustrates how the number of partnerships with colleges and universities in the Connecticut area has grown over time.

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There are four basic types of scholarships available from The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation.  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. 

The Deeley Foundation attempts to form partnerships with colleges that many of our scholarship applicants are interested in attending.  Although students have no restrictions on where they can attend college, about half our scholarship recipients attend one of our partner colleges as can be seen from the chart below:

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This next section provides a brief description of each of the four types of scholarships available from The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation.  For detailed information about the specific scholarship requirements for a college/university, please go to the Frequently Asked Questions page of our website.

FULL NEED SCHOLARSHIPS

These scholarships are 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 (DFN) up to the total cost of attendance (COA).  Since most colleges (except for a few Ivy League schools) are unable to provide funding for 100% of a student’s demonstrated financial need, this is a very exceptional scholarship opportunity.  These scholarships have no specific financial need requirements for students to be eligible.

Theses unique agreements require 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 while 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.

Below are the four-year values of the arrangements we currently have in place.  The values of each scholarship are the maximum award when a student has no expected family contribution; his/her defined financial need is equal to the entire cost of attendance.  Students with a defined financial need less than the cost of attendance will receive a smaller scholarship award.

Fairfield University – Deeley Foundation portion is $60,000, and the value of the  scholarship is up to $248,000+.

Stonehill College – Deeley Foundation portion is $60,000, and the value of the scholarship is up to $224,000+.

Albertus Magnus College – Deeley Foundation portion is $60,000, and the value of the scholarship is up to $180,000+.

All scholarship applicants applying to these schools are automatically considered for this FULL NEED scholarship along with FULL FOUNDATION and PARTIAL FOUNDATION scholarships.  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; Quinnipiac University, the University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University, and the University of Saint Joseph.  In addition to the scholarship, students will remain eligible for federal aid such as Pell Grants and Work Study programs.  These scholarships are only available to students with family incomes of $65,000 or less and/or students who are Pell Grant eligible.

These agreements require the Deeley Foundation to make contributions of $15,000 per academic year and the colleges to fund the balance of the annual tuition at each college/university.  If the tuition increases during a students four years, the colleges will also fund any increases.

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 $170,000+.

Sacred Heart University – Deeley Foundation portion is $60,000, and the value of the scholarship is $160,000+.

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.  More information about the specific requirements for each college can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website.  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 and are limited to a maximum of $12,000 per academic year. 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 (can be used for multiple students) 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 (can be used for multiple students) 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 (can be used for multiple students) 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 and fees as a  maximum dollar amount, usually between $10,000 and $12,000  per year.

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.  If these awards are made for students attending one of the colleges participating in our FULL FOUNDATION scholarships, there will be matching amounts made by the colleges.  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.