Welcome to the website for The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation.
This website includes several informational pages about our scholarship, the criteria for applying, the types of scholarships we offer, past scholarship recipients, frequently asked questions, and an application that can be submitted electronically.
The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation is a not-for-profit private foundation that has established annual scholarships at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, Connecticut for those graduating seniors planning to attend college.
It is headquartered in Orlando, Florida at the following address:
9580 Sloane Street
Orlando, Florida 32827
Phone: (407) 851-0252
Cell (352) 422-1221
Email: [email protected]
Background of The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation
“If your plan is for one year, plant rice.
If your plan is for ten years, plant trees.
If your plan is for one hundred years, educate children.”
Confucius and/or Guan Zhong
Mr. and Mrs. Deeley were longtime residents of Waterbury before retiring to Virginia. Mr. Deeley worked as a tool-setter for Scovill Manufacturing Company, and Mrs. Deeley raised their children and was active in numerous volunteer organizations. Although neither of them had the opportunity to attend college, they continually emphasized two critical aspects of life. The first was the value of an education. The second was the obligation to give something back to the community. They sacrificed to ensure that their children would have an opportunity for higher education, yet they still found time to volunteer for community activities.
The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation was established by their two children, Ted and Donna, in 1996 to memorialize the “helping hand” approach engendered by their parents. It is designated as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) corporation by the Internal Revenue Service.
The Deeley Foundation offers assistance to eligible high school seniors who qualify for admission to a college or university but lack the financial resources to attend. These scholarships are based on the belief that personal involvement with recipients creates a tangible bond between the student and the donor. Hopefully, this bond will encourage our scholarship recipients to offer personal support to someone else after they graduate by “passing it along” – in the form of mentoring and/or financial assistance.
History of Our Partnerships With Colleges and Universities
The scholarship was initially restricted to just those Sacred Heart High School seniors applying to Fairfield University because Fairfield had agreed to a matching arrangement. In 2002, the Deeley Foundation, in an effort to provide more students an educational opportunity, expanded the scholarship to include students applying to any four-year college or university. Quinnipiac University and the Deeley Foundation created a matching partnership in 2003, similar to the Fairfield University agreement. In 2004, the Deeley Foundation entered into a matching partnership with the Southern Connecticut State University Foundation. In 2014, in response to rising college costs, the Deeley Foundation broadened its scope once again to include students applying to two-year colleges.
In 2015, the partnerships with Fairfield University and Quinnipiac University were expanded to offer scholarships to students who meet certain financial need criteria. Then, in 2016, the Deeley Foundation instituted a scholarship partnership with Boston College; and, in 2017, the partnerships were extended to include the University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University, and the University of Saint Joseph.
Also in 2017, the Deeley Foundation and the Central Connecticut State University Foundation and the Western Connecticut State University Foundation entered into matching partnerships, similar to the existing arrangement with the Southern Connecticut State University Foundation. In 2018, a matching partnership agreement was formed with the Eastern Connecticut State University Foundation.
More recently the partnership with Fairfield University was expanded to provide support for 100% of a student’s demonstrated financial need. In late October of 2018, a new partnership was formed with Stonehill College and, in early November, with Albertus Magnus College. Both these new partnerships also agreed to provide support for 100% of a student’s demonstrated financial need. In early 2019, the University of Hartford agreed to a partnership providing tuition and later in 2019, Trinity College and the University of New Haven became partners offering scholarships.
A summary of the evolution of these partnerships is shown in the following chart:
Profile of Our Scholarship Recipients
We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our scholarship recipients. Our recipients have a 97% graduation rate (much better than almost all colleges and universities), and it demonstrates the determination of these students to succeed. Many of our recipients are the first person in their families to attend college. Over half of them have not only obtained their undergraduate degrees, but have also gone on to obtain advanced degrees, as can be seen from the following chart:
The Deeley Foundation provides financial support to 10-15 college students for each academic year. The schools represented by these students include the University of Connecticut, Quinnipiac University, Fairfield University, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Southern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University, The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston University, Gordon College, Coastal Carolina University, St. John’s University, the University of Rhode Island, Williams College, the University of Central Florida, Castleton University, Stonehill College, and Hampton University.
Our recipients attend schools up and down the east coast. About 60% of our scholarship recipients have elected to attend one of our partner colleges or universities. The following chart shows the number of scholarship recipients attending each college or university.
Although academic achievement certainly is a factor in our selection process, we do NOT necessarily select students who are in the top of their class for our scholarships. Academic achievement is just one of the many factors that go into selecting our scholarship recipients. Only about a third of our scholarship awards are made to students in the top 10% of their class; almost twice as many of our scholarship recipients are NOT in the top 10%. We view every student at Sacred Heart as a potential scholarship recipient regardless of academic standing.
We are seeking those individuals who we think will “make a difference” in the future. A recipient can be a student who demonstrates a special passion for a particular field of interest, has a unique combination of academic and social skills, and/or has positively impacted the lives of other students.
Applying For The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship is available only to Sacred Heart High School seniors, regardless of race, gender, or religious belief. All Sacred Heart High School seniors are eligible to receive a Deeley Foundation scholarship. Students are free to attend any college they choose. We strongly encourage every senior to apply for the scholarship, regardless of whether he/she plans to attend a two-year or a four-year institution.
No members of the Deeley family or anyone with business relationships with The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation or the family owned or operated businesses are eligible for this award.
Applicants must submit a completed scholarship application by December 31st to be eligible for consideration. Each written application is reviewed by several members of the Deeley Foundation. After an initial screening, representatives of the Deeley Foundation select about 18 students to be interviewed. These interviews are held in the spring. After the interviews are complete, our panel reviews the results of the interviews and makes a final selection of those students being awarded a scholarship. The scholarship recipients are usually notified about three to four weeks after the interviews are completed.
The number of scholarships awarded each year varies from one to four students. The average number of awards is slightly over two each year, but with our recently expanded partnership agreements with colleges and universities, we have been able to increase the number of recipients.
The chart below depicts the number of students receiving scholarships for each academic year. These figures include students in each of the four years of their academic endeavors, ranging from freshmen to seniors, and sometimes includes students in graduate school. For the 2020-2021 academic year there were 15 former Sacred Heart High School students receiving scholarships from the Deeley Foundation (12 undergraduates and 3 students who had already received their undergraduate degrees).
The criteria for scholarship selection consist equally of the following areas:
- Community Involvement
- Academic Accomplishments
- Work Experience
- Extra-Curricular Activities
- Financial Need
- College Goals
- Personal Interview
Regardless of a student’s class ranking at Sacred Heart High School, we find the above attributes provide more predictability of college success than any other single factor. The chart below provides a comparison of students ranked in the top 10% at Sacred Heart compared to other scholarship recipients. It is clear that, in our experience, both categories of students are equally successful in college.
The scholarship award is good for four years, provided the recipient remains in good academic standing, is a full-time student (a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester), and continues to meet the financial need requirements. “Good academic standing” requires the student to maintain a minimum of a cumulative 2.5 G.P.A. (2.8 G.P.A., in the case of scholarships with many of our partners) at the end of each academic year. If a recipient fails to remain in good academic standing or becomes a part-time student, then the scholarship can be terminated.
The Deeley Foundation forwards its portion of the scholarship to the college or university or, in some cases, to the school’s foundation, and the school directly administers the scholarship by crediting the amount of the scholarship to the recipient’s invoice for the academic semester.
If a student elects to study abroad on a university sponsored program of studies, then the amount of the scholarship will be provided to the recipient to be applied towards tuition, travel, housing, and meals.
Our Partnerships with Colleges and Universities
The Deeley Foundation has been successful in creating scholarship partnerships with several colleges and universities; all four Connecticut State Universities and eleven private colleges and universities in the Connecticut area. These partnerships allow the Deeley Foundation to stretch our funding dollars and award more money and scholarships to students.
Only one of our partnerships has a specific financial need requirement for a student to be eligible. The remaining partnerships have no specific financial need requirement. There are five different categories of scholarships offered by the Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation. Each category is characterized by different funding and eligibility requirements depending upon the agreement with specific partners. We encourage all applicants to review the types of scholarships available and, when appropriate, select schools meeting their specific circumstances.
There is no need for a scholarship applicant to apply for a specific type of scholarship. All applicants to colleges and universities partnering with the Deeley Foundation are automatically considered for all scholarship programs that relate to the school(s) to which they have submitted applications.
The current list of our college and university partners follows:
FULL NEED PARTNERSHIPS
- Albertus Magnus College
- Fairfield University
- Stonehill College
- Trinity College
- University of New Haven
FULL TUITION PLUS PARTNERSHIPS
- Sacred Heart University
- University of Bridgeport
- University of Hartford
- University of Saint Joseph
FULL TUITION PARTNERSHIPS
- Quinnipiac University
FULL FOUNDATION AND MATCHING PARTNERSHIPS
Central Connecticut State University
Eastern Connecticut State University
Southern Connecticut State University
Western Connecticut State University
These partnerships vary from school to school and have different criteria. Specific admission information for each of our partners can be found in the EXTERNAL LINKS section at the bottom of each website page.
The Five Types of Scholarships Available From The Deeley Foundation
This next section provides a description of each of the five types of scholarships available from The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation. The values given below for each type of scholarship are for the four years of college. 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.
The value of these scholarships vary with a student’s financial need, and 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, the University of Bridgeport, the University of Hartford, and Sacred Heart University. The universities have agreed to offer the minimum of a FULL TUITION scholarships to any Deeley Foundation scholarship recipient. Students remain eligible to receive Pell Grants, work study assistance, and loans to help cover the cost of room and board and other costs associated with attendance.
There is no financial need requirement for these scholarships as there is with our FULL TUITION scholarships.
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 private universities:
Sacred Heart University – The Deeley Foundation contribution is $60,000, and the value of the scholarship is $160,000+.
University of Bridgeport – The Deeley Foundation contribution is $60,000, and the value of the scholarship is $128,000+.
University of Hartford – The Deeley Foundation contribution is $60,000, and the value of the scholarship is $180,000+.
University of Saint Joseph – The Deeley Foundation contribution is $60,000, and the value of the scholarship is $145,000+.
All scholarship applicants applying to the University of Saint Joseph, the University of Bridgeport, the University of Hartford, and Sacred Heart University 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 Scholarships
This scholarship is based on an agreement negotiated between The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and Quinnipiac University.
This scholarship is available only to students who are Pell Grant eligible. This is the only category of scholarships that has a specific financial need requirement.
This agreement requires the Deeley Foundation to make contributions of $15,000 per academic year and Quinnipiac University to fund the balance of the annual tuition. Quinnipiac includes financial aid from any and all sources including institutional aid, federal aid and aid from outside sources when determining its matching requirements. If the tuition increases during a student’s four years, the college will also fund any increases.
Below is the four-year value of the arrangement we currently have in place:
Quinnipiac University – The Deeley Foundation contribution is $60,000, and the value of the scholarship is $170,000+.
All scholarship applicants applying to Quinnipiac University are automatically considered for this FULL TUITION scholarship along with FULL FOUNDATION AND MATCHING and PARTIAL FOUNDATION scholarships.
There is 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 solely by the Deeley Foundation to non-partner institutions or to those partnerships that match the Deeley Foundation on a dollar for dollar basis. These scholarships are usually limited to a maximum of $12,000 per academic year or the amount of tuition, whichever is lower.
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; they are limited to the amount of tuition and fees. Below are the four-year values for 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 (CCSU) – The Deeley Foundation contribution is $24,000+; this amount is matched by CCSU, and the value of the scholarship is $48,000+.
Eastern 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+.
Southern 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+.
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 per year; there is no matching arrangement, and the value of the scholarship is up to $48,000.
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.
Recipients are required to maintain a G.P.A. of 2.5 – 2.75 to remain eligible for these 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 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 per year; 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.
Distribution of Deeley Foundation Scholarship Awards By College/University
Although our scholarship recipients are free to attend any college of their choosing, they generally attend colleges and universities up and down the east coast. The map below shows the geographic location of the colleges and universities that our recipients have attended:
The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation has awarded over $2.0 million dollars in scholarships to over 55 Sacred Heart High School students. Although the amounts of individual scholarships vary, the average value of a four-year scholarship is over $30,000.
The graph below shows the dollar value of the scholarship awards made by The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and the colleges/universities to which the awards were made.
Additional Support From The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation
We are very proud of our voluntary mentoring program with former scholarship recipients. This program matches new scholarship recipients with former recipients who either have the same major or have attended the same college or university. Over one third of our scholarship recipients are serving as mentors for one or more of our newer scholarship recipients. These past recipients are engaged in a wide range of careers and activities, and we can call upon this unique network to offer mentoring and guidance to current scholarship students. Every previous scholarship recipient we have asked to serve as a mentor for a new scholarship recipient has gladly agreed to do so!
Since recipients submit their grades to The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation at the end of every semester, there is on-going communication between recipients and the Deeley Foundation throughout their four years of college. When requested by a scholarship recipient, we offer help in several areas. This can take the form of suggesting majors, helping with course selections, finding sources for additional academic help, or other support.
We’ve also help scholarship students who are about to graduate in preparing their resumes, suggesting possible job opportunities, providing references, writing letters of recommendation, reviewing resumes, and providing job interviewing tips and techniques.
For scholarship recipients who are already in the workplace, we’ve offered advice in areas ranging from job and career changes to starting their own businesses.
In most cases we remain in contact with recipients well after they graduate. Look on the Updates On Past Scholarship Recipients page of our website to see what some of our past recipients are doing.
More specific details about The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation, the scholarship application process, and the requirements for scholarship programs at various schools can be found by visiting the section of our website called Frequently Asked Questions.