Scholarship Application

The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation

42756 Threadfin Terrace
Ashburn, Virginia 20148
Cell: (352) 422-1221
Email: [email protected]


All scholarship applications must be submitted using this form.  The deadline for submitting applications is December 31st.  Any applications received after midnight on December 31st will NOT be considered.

All personal information should be entered using the form fields below.  Essays can be entered into the application either by typing the essay directly into the box provided or by using “cut and paste functions” to insert an essay from Microsoft Word or other word processors.  After your application is completed, please remember to click on the “Send” button at the end of the application.

Your completed application will then be electronically sent to the scholarship committee, and an acknowledgement of its receipt will be sent to the email address provided in your application within 24 hours.  In addition, an electronic copy of your submitted application will be sent to your email address.  If you have no email address, then you will be notified by phone at the number provided. If you do not receive a confirmation within 5 days, no application was received on your behalf – contact your guidance office immediately.

If you wish to submit additional information supporting your application (e.g., poems, newspaper or literary magazine articles, videos of cultural or other activities, etc.) to The  Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation, please forward this information to our email address: [email protected].

If you have any questions about the scholarship, please feel free to contact us at the email address above.


Parental information MUST be completed for all parents/guardians regardless of whether they are present in the home or not. Failure to provide information on all parents/guardians may result in rejection of your application.


You may prepare your responses for Academic Honors, Work Experience, Extra-curricular Activities, Community Service, College/University Choices, and the Essays using a word processor, where you can utilize spell checking and grammar checking tools and then cut and paste them into the designated boxes for each answer.

Please read and follow the directions carefully. When asked to "LIST ITEMS BY YEAR", do not provide a narrative, just a listing of ALL specific items that are applicable for each of your high school years.

List All Academic Honors Achieved BY YEAR (e.g., Awards, Honor Roll, National Honor Society, etc.):

List All Work Experience (Include Part Time, Summer Employment, And Number Of Hours Worked Per Week), Summarized BY YEAR And Indicate Whether It Was Summer Employment Or Employment During The School Year:

List All Extracurricular Activities Within School (e.g., Clubs, Sports Teams, Student Government, School Newspaper, Leadership Positions, etc.), Summarized BY YEAR:

List/Describe All Community Service And Activities Outside Of School (e.g., Church Groups, Social Clubs, Tutoring Programs, Special Hobbies, etc.), Summarized BY YEAR:

List All Colleges/Universities To Which You Have Actually Applied And Note Your First Choice:

(NOTE: Since we provide our partner colleges with a list of all applicants who have applied to a given college, it is important that you include only those colleges that you have actually applied to or plan to apply to.

Our partner colleges also require that you provide your FAFSA Form (some also require the CSS Profile Form) so they can determine your financial need.)


(NOTE: Comprehensive, well developed, and concise essays are better than long, run-on, and repetitive essays.

When providing answers to the ESSAYS, please be sure to include all the information requested.)

Essay #1: Write a letter to your first-year roommate at college. Tell him/her what it will be like to live with you (be sure to highlight what you believe are your best and worst attributes), what you are most looking forward to about college, the high school you are graduating from (important to include), your planned major and why you chose it, and why you believe you were awarded the Deeley Foundation scholarship.

Essay #2: If you could go anywhere in the world, complete any activity while you were there, and bring any two people (excluding family members, friends, and deities), where would you go, why would you go, whom would you take. what would you do there, and how long would you be there?

Essay #3: The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did you deal with it? What were you hoping to accomplish and what would you have done differently, if anything? How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

Essay #4: Imagine it is the year 2055 and you have just completed an interview with your local news media because of your recent successes. Show how the media would report your interview by providing a transcript of the interview.


In addition to the above information, two recommendations are required. At least one of these recommendations must be from one of your high school instructors.

The St. Paul's Guidance Department will automatically forward copies of the recommendations from faculty and staff and academic transcripts used for your college applications directly to The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation. When you submit an application and receive an email confirming receipt of your application, a copy of this email is also sent to your Guidance Department. After receiving this confirming email, your Guidance Department will forward copies of your recommendations and academic transcripts directly to the Deeley Foundation via electronic means.

For students applying from Holy Cross High School, we will send a group request to the Guidance Department at Holy Cross on your behalf to request this information, and they have agreed to provide it to us. There is no need for students to make individual requests. Any students from other high schools must contact their own Guidance Department to request that this information be emailed to us at [email protected]

If you wish to submit recommendations from other sources, please forward them to either the email or postal address above.

We strongly recommend that all students complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Forms and the CSS (College Scholarship Service) Profile Forms. Completion of these forms is required for those wishing to be considered for many of the scholarships from The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and our partner colleges and universities.

Please note that not every school uses both forms and applicants should check the specific requirements for the colleges/universities to which they are interested in applying.


Our agreements with our partnering colleges and universities may require an exchange of admission and financial information between them and The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation.

Consequently, we require the permission of any student applying to these schools to allow the schools to provide this information to The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation. When submitting this application, you are agreeing to provide this permission as follows:

"I and my parent(s) or guardian(s) are granting permission for the University of New Haven, Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University, the University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University, the University of Saint Joseph, Stonehill College, Albertus Magnus College, Trinity College, the University of Hartford, Southern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University, Western Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, and/or Boston College to share the decision results of my admission application and, if admitted, the components of my financial aid award granted by the university or college with The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation. I acknowledge that this information will be shared with The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation for the sole purpose of consideration of scholarship funding by The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation."


I hereby certify that the information in this application is true and correct. I understand that if any of the above information is found to be incorrect, it may be grounds for eliminating me from consideration for the scholarship. I further stipulate that, to the best of my knowledge, neither my parents nor I are related to or conduct business with The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation or members of the Thomas and Elsie Deeley family.

I have read the statements on this website describing the scholarship and agree with the rules and regulations for the administration of the scholarship.

I understand and agree that, if I am awarded the scholarship, I must continue to meet the financial need requirements, remain a full-time student (a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester) and maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 (a 2.8 G.P.A. for the FULL NEED/FULL TUITION PLUS/FULL TUITION scholarships at Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University, the University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University, the University of Saint Joseph, Stonehill College. Albertus Magnus College, the University of Hartford, Trinity College, the University of New Haven, and the scholarship with Boston College and a 2.75 G.P.A. for the scholarship at Eastern Connecticut State University) to remain eligible for the scholarship.

To verify my G.P.A., I agree to submit copies of my official college grades to The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation at the end of every semester and recognize that a failure to do so may result in my Deeley Foundation scholarship being terminated.

To demonstrate my financial need, I agree to provide a copy of my FAFSA awards and identify any other merit scholarships or financial aid I receive to The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation for each academic year. I understand that a failure to provide this information may result in my Deeley Foundation scholarship being terminated.

By clicking on this box, I am agreeing to these terms and conditions.