The Five 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 is due to 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 four public universities and nine private 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 five 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 five 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, and 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.

Below are the four-year values of the arrangements we currently have in place with private universities.  Since the value of these scholarships vary with a student’s financial need, it is difficult to place a specific value on them.  Consequently we are showing the maximum amount if a student has no Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the actual awards will most likely be less.

Fairfield University – Deeley Foundation portion is $60,000 and the maximum value of the scholarship for a student with no EFC is $250,000+

Stonehill College – Deeley Foundation portion is $60,000 and the maximum value of the scholarship for a student with no EFC is $228,000+

Albertus Magnus College – Deeley Foundation portion is $60,000 and the maximum value of the scholarship for a student with no EFC is $200,000+

All scholarship applicants applying to the above schools  are also automatically considered for the FULL FOUNDATION AND MATCHING and PARTIAL FOUNDATION scholarships. There is also a requirement to maintain a 2.8 G.P.A with these awards.

FULL TUITION PLUS SCHOLARSHIP

These scholarships are available for students attending the University of Saint Joseph and Sacred Heart University. The universities have agreed to offer FULL TUITION scholarships to any scholarship recipient who is Pell Grant Eligible.

There is no family income requirement for these scholarships as there is with our FULL TUITION scholarships.  All a student has to do is be Pell Grant Eligible.

If a scholarship recipient originally received a financial aid package that, when combined with a $15,000 contribution from the Deeley Foundation, exceeds the cost of tuition, the scholarship recipient will retain the original financial aid award from the school and may receive a FULL TUITION PLUS scholarship that exceeds the cost of tuition.

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

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

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

Students remain eligible to receive Pell Grants, work study and student loans in addition to the scholarship award.

All scholarship applicants applying to the University of Saint Joseph and Sacred Heart University are automatically considered for the FULL FOUNDATION AND MATCHING 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 universities; Quinnipiac University, the University of Bridgeport,  and the University of Hartford.

In addition to the scholarship, students will remain eligible for federal aid such as Pell Grants and Work Study programs.  These scholarships are available only 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 university to fund the balance of the annual tuition.  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+.

University of Bridgeport – Deeley Foundation portion is $60,000, and the value of the scholarship is $125,000+.

University of Hartford – Deeley Foundation portion is $60,000, and the value of the scholarship is $180,000+.

All scholarship applicants applying to the above schools are automatically considered for this FULL TUITION scholarship along with FULL FOUNDATION AND MATCHING 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 universities and varies from school to school.  More information about the specific requirements for each university 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 AND MATCHING SCHOLARSHIPS

These scholarships refer to the maximum dollar award made by the Deeley Foundation itself to non partner institutions and are limited to a maximum of $12,000 per academic year. These scholarships are available for any college or university, both 2-year and 4-year institutions, including those with FULL TUITION and FULL NEED 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 And Matching scholarships and Partial Foundation scholarships and are limited to the amount of tuition and fees which can exceed the $12,000 limit for non partner institutions.  Below are the annual values of the arrangements we currently 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.  This funding can be used for multiple scholarship awards to several students.

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.  This funding can be used for multiple scholarship awards to several students.

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.  This funding can be used for multiple scholarship awards to several students.

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.  This funding is for a scholarship award for a single student.

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

In other cases, at colleges and universities without a partnership agreement with the Deeley Foundation, the maximum amount of scholarship awards is $12,000 per year or $48,000 over four years.  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 MATCHING 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 Matching 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, both 2-year and 4-year institutions 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 AND MATCHING scholarships, there will be matching amounts made by the colleges.  These scholarships have a total value of between $8,000 to $32,000 over four years.  There is also a requirement to maintain a specific G.P.A with these awards.