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 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 eleven 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 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 five types of scholarships are:

  • FULL NEED SCHOLARSHIPS - only available at our partner schools.  A student’s full Demonstrated Financial Need (DFN), as determined by the FAFSA report, is provided.  The four-year value of these scholarships ranges from $200,000 to $300,000+.  Students remain eligible to receive Pell Grants, work study and loans to help cover the cost of any “unmet need”.
  • FULL TUITION PLUS SCHOLARSHIPS – only available at our partner schools.  A student’s tuition costs, including annual increases are met.  The four-year value of these scholarships is $145,000 to $160,000+.  Students remain eligible to receive Pell Grants, work study and loans to help cover the cost of room and board and other costs associated with attendance.
  • FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS – only available at our partner schools.  Student’s either with family incomes of $65,000 or less or who are Pell Grant eligible receive aid equal to the cost of tuition including annual increases.  The four-year value of these scholarships is $125,000 to $180,000.  Students remain eligible for Pell Grants, work study and student loans to cover the cost of room and board and other costs associated with attendance.
  • FULL FOUNDATION AND MATCHING SCHOLARSHIPS - available at any school Students receive aid up to $12,000 per year to apply towards their cost of attending college.  The four-year value of these scholarships is up to $48,000.  Students remain eligible for additional financial aid from the college or university.  For students commuting to college, this often covers the cost of their tuition.
  • PARTIAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS – available at any school. Students receive aid up to $8,000 per year to apply towards their cost of attending college.  Students remain eligible for additional financial aid from the college or university.  The four-year value of these scholarships is up to $32,000.

The current list of our college and university partners follows:

FULL NEED PARTNERSHIPS

        • Albertus Magnus College
        • Fairfield University
        • Stonehill College
        • Trinity College (new partner)
        • University of New Haven (new partner)

FULL TUITION PLUS PARTNERSHIP

        • Sacred Heart University (updated/improved)
        • University of Saint Joseph (updated/improved)

FULL TUITION PARTNERSHIPS

        • Quinnipiac University
        • University of Bridgeport
        • University of Hartford (new partner)

FULL FOUNDATION AND MATCHING PARTNERSHIPS

        • Boston College
        • Central Connecticut State University
        • Eastern Connecticut State University
        • Southern Connecticut State University
        • Western Connecticut State University

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 following chart:

FOUNDATION STUDENTS BY SCHOOL

The Deeley Foundation has provided over $1,900,000 of scholarships to 55 students from Sacred Heart High School.  A summary of the institutions receiving this funding is shown below.

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Details of the Five Types of Scholarships From the Deeley Foundation

This next section provides a detailed description of each of the five types of scholarships available from The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation.  The values listed for each scholarship are the four-year values.  For more 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, Trinity College, the University of New Haven, 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.

In addition to meeting 100% of a student’s DFN, these scholarships allow a student to remain eligible for financial aid from Pell Grants, work study programs, and loans to cover the additional unmet costs associated with a college education.

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 lower.

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

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

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

Trinity College – The Deeley Foundation contribution is $60,000, and the maximum value of the scholarship for a student with no EFC is $300,000+

University of New Haven – The Deeley Foundation contribution is $60,000, and the maximum value of the scholarship for a student with no EFC is $220,000+

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

Full Tuition Plus Scholarships

These scholarships are available for students attending the University of Saint Joseph and Sacred Heart University. These 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 these universities:

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

University of Saint Joseph – The Deeley Foundation contribution 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 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.

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 student’s four years, the colleges will also fund any increases.

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

Quinnipiac University – The Deeley Foundation contribution is $60,000, and the value of the scholarship is $170,000+.

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

University of Hartford – The Deeley Foundation contribution 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 both partner and non-partner institutions and are usually 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 for PARTIAL FOUNDATION scholarships and are limited to the amount of tuition and fees.  Below are the four-year values of the arrangements we currently have with both public and private colleges/universities:

Boston College – The Deeley Foundation portion is up to $60,000, to match self help aid, and the value of the scholarship is $60,000.

Central Connecticut State University (SCSU) – The Deeley Foundation contribution is $24,000+; this amount is matched by SCSU, and the value of the scholarship is $48,000+.

Eastern Connecticut State University (CCSU) – The Deeley Foundation contribution is $24,000+; this amount is matched by CCSU, and the value of the scholarship is $48,000+.

Southern Connecticut State University (ECSU) – The Deeley Foundation contribution is $24,000+; this amount is matched by ECSU, and the value of the scholarship is $48,000+.

Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) – The Deeley Foundation contribution is $20,000; this amount is matched by WCSU, and the value of the scholarship is $40,000.

Any Other College or University – The Deeley Foundation portion is up to $12,000; there is no matching arrangement, and the value of the scholarship is up to $48,000.

Recipients are required to maintain a G.P.A. of 2.5 – 2.75 to remain eligible for these scholarships.

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 AND 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/or any of our partner 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.

Any College or University (Including Partners) – The Deeley Foundation portion is up to $8,000; there may or may not be a matching amount from a partner institution and the value of the scholarship is up to $32,000.

We have, on occasion, made exceptions to these guidelines and modified our awards to better match the needs of our recipients.  This can take the form of reducing the amount of scholarship in one year and increasing it in subsequent years.  In all cases we are guided by what is needed to help a student succeed.