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.
FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS
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.
Below are the four year values of the arrangements we currently have in place with private universities:
Fairfield University – Deeley Foundation portion is $60,000 and the value of the scholarship is $177,000+.
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+.
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 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 funds 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 funds available for matching is $18,000 from the CCSU Foundation and the Deeley Foundation for total annual awards of $36,000.
Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) - Maximum funds available for matching is $5,000 from the WCSU Foundation and the Deeley Foundation for total annual awards of $10,000.
Boston College – Maximum funds 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 to $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 2.5 G.P.A with these awards.
PARTIAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
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.