Frequently Asked Questions

On this page we have attempted to categorize and answer most of the questions that have arisen since we started the scholarship.   As new issues arise, we add them to this extensive list of questions and answers. If you have a question and cannot find the answer on this page, please feel free to email The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation, and we will promptly provide an answer.  If your concern is something that can benefit others, we will add it to this Frequently Asked Questions page.  We also suggest that the News and Updates page of our website be checked for additional information on scholarships.

You can scroll down and read all the questions and their answers.  However, to find a specific answer, simply scroll down through the list of questions below and “left click” your mouse on your particular question, and you will be taken directly to the answer for that question.  After you have read the answer to your question, you can “left click” on “return to questions“, and you will automatically be returned to the beginning of the section containing your question.

The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation

The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Scholarship

 Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

 The Scholarship Application Process

The Interview Process

Relationships With Colleges and Universities

Full Need Scholarships

Full Tuition and Full Tuition Plus Scholarships

Deeley Foundation Financial Information

Additional Information


WHO ARE THOMAS AND ELSIE DEELEY?

They were Waterbury residents. Mr. Deeley worked as a tool setter for Scovill Manufacturing Company, and Mrs. Deeley was a part-time worker and full-time wife and mother.  While they worked tirelessly to ensure that their children could attend college, they both also found time to participate in numerous community and volunteer activities.

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WHAT IS THE THOMAS AND ELSIE DEELEY FOUNDATION?

It is a not-for-profit private 501(c)(3) organization and has been granted tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service.  The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation was established in 1996 by the Deeleys’ two children, Donna and Ted, who is a Sacred Heart High School graduate.

Donations to the Deeley Foundation are subject to IRS guidelines and are tax deductible much like contributions to other charities are tax deductible. The Deeley Foundation’s primary objective is to award college scholarships to exceptionally deserving high school seniors at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, Connecticut.

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HOW DID THE THOMAS AND ELSIE DEELEY FOUNDATION COME INTO BEING?

It was founded in 1996 as a means of fostering the Deeleys’ beliefs (1) that education is one of the most important means of improving one’s life and (2) that an individual has an obligation to give something back to the community.

The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation is currently administered by the Deeleys’ children, their spouses, and the Deeleys’ grandchildren.

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WHAT IS THE THOMAS AND ELSIE DEELEY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP?

It began as an award given jointly by Fairfield University and The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation to a senior at Sacred Heart High School.  The first scholarship was awarded in 1996 and was originally for four years, at $20,000 per year, to be applied towards the cost of tuition at Fairfield University.  The $20,000 award consisted of $10,000 from the Deeley Foundation and a $10,000 matching scholarship from Fairfield University. It was increased to $24,000 beginning in 1999 and consisted of $12,000 from the Deeley Foundation and $12,000 from Fairfield University.

In 2002, in an attempt to provide financial assistance to a greater number of Sacred Heart High School graduates, the scholarship was expanded to include students who applied to any four-year college or university.   In 2004 a matching partnership was formed with the Southern Connecticut State University Foundation.  In 2014, the scholarship was again expanded to include students attending two-year colleges and planning to transfer to a four-year institution after their first two years.   In 2015, FULL TUITION scholarships with Fairfield University and Quinnipiac University were established.  In 2016, Boston College and the Deeley Foundation entered into a unique agreement to provide special consideration to students from Sacred Heart High School.

In 2017 FULL TUITION scholarships were established with the University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University, and the University of St. 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 was formed with the Eastern Connecticut State University Foundation.  Later in 2018 the agreement with Fairfield University was amended to meet 100% of the Demonstrated Financial Need (DFN) of a student, and shortly after that new partnerships were formed with Stonehill College, Trinity College, the University of New Haven, and Albertus Magnus College to meet 100% of the Demonstrated Financial Need of a student.  In 2019 a partnership was formed with the University of Hartford to provide FULL TUITION scholarships.  More information on these specific scholarships can be found in later F.A.Q.s.

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HOW MANY SCHOLARSHIPS ARE GIVEN OUT EACH YEAR?

There is usually at least one full scholarship awarded each year.  Since its inception, the Deeley Foundation has awarded an average of two four-year scholarships per year.  In some years a single scholarship was awarded, and in other years as many as four scholarships were awarded.

The Deeley Foundation has awarded a combination of “full” scholarships and “partial” scholarships.  These partial scholarships are awarded to students who make a favorable impression on the award committee but do not receive a full scholarship.  Partial scholarship awards are determined on a case-by-case basis and are made at the sole discretion of The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation.

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IF I ENROLL IN A PROGRAM THAT REQUIRES MORE THAN FOUR YEARS TO COMPLETE, WILL THE SCHOLARSHIP CONTINUE BEYOND FOUR YEARS?

No.

The scholarship award is good for four years.  Any studies beyond four years, for either under-graduate or graduate studies, are the responsibility of the individual student.

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WHAT IS THE COLLEGE GRADUATION RATE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS?

The current graduation rate of our scholarship recipients is 97%, a figure that the Deeley Foundation is extremely proud of and a rate that exceeds the graduation rate at most colleges and universities.

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WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR BEING ELIGIBLE FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP?

An applicant must:

      • be a senior at Sacred Heart High School,
      • have an acceptance at a college or university,
      • demonstrate a need for financial aid, and,
      • complete and submit an application to the Deeley Foundation by December 31st.

Once an applicant meets these basic criteria, then the Deeley Foundation applies additional criteria and evaluations to determine who will receive the award.   Our ideal candidate is someone who is a good student, is active in school and the community, has a part-time job, and, overall, is someone who would derive a great deal of benefit from being awarded the scholarship.

To be considered for the scholarship, each student is required to complete an application that includes several essay questions.  These applications are then evaluated by the Board of Directors of The Thomas and Elsie Foundation, and the highest rated applicants are selected to be interviewed. Members of the Deeley family conduct personal interviews with these selected applicants in the spring.

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DOES A STUDENT HAVE TO BE A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES TO RECEIVE THE SCHOLARSHIP?
No.

All students at Sacred Heart High School are eligible for The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Scholarship. However, students who are not citizens would not be eligible for any federal aid (Pell Grants, work study programs, and student loans).

Students who are not citizens would remain eligible for direct institutional aid from the college or university.  This aid can take the form of grants, need based scholarships, and merit based scholarships.

It is worth noting that some of the past recipients of the Deeley Foundation Scholarship were not citizens of the United States.

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ARE THERE ANY PLANS TO EXPAND THIS SCHOLARSHIP TO OTHER HIGH SCHOOLS?

Not at this time.

We feel Sacred Heart High School  is a special place for learning.  Many of the teachers and administrators are graduates of Sacred Heart and have engendered a special family atmosphere that we don’t feel exists elsewhere.  We are especially impressed with the quality of the students who attend this school.  We feel that all the scholarship recipients have the potential to “make a difference” in our society.

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ARE THESE SCHOLARSHIPS TARGETED MORE AT THE HIGH ACHIEVING ACADEMIC STUDENT OR IS IT MORE FOR SOMEONE NEEDING FINANCIAL AID?

Neither and both.  

The award is based on the application and the interviews.   We never ask applicants for financial information.  We let colleges and universities make the admission decisions and evaluate the financial aid requirements.  Although academic achievement is a factor, it is not an overriding one.   Historically, only about a third of our scholarship recipients have been in the top 10% of their class. Our ideal candidate is someone who is a good student, is active in school and the community, has a part-time job, and most likely is the first person in his/her family to attend college.  We are looking for someone who is focused, hardworking, and has a sense of community.

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HOW MANY STUDENTS USUALLY APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP?

Since the scholarship was expanded to include all colleges and universities, we have had between 30-50 applicants each year.  This means that an applicant has a very good chance to be the recipient of a full or partial scholarship.  The odds are certainly far more favorable than with most other scholarships!

We encourage every graduating senior who wishes to attend college to give serious consideration to applying for our scholarship.

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DOES THE FACULTY OR STAFF AT SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL PLAY ANY ROLE IN THE SELECTION PROCESS?

No.

The selection is made solely by The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation.  The staff at Sacred Heart High School is extremely helpful in publicizing the scholarship, encouraging students to apply, scheduling interviews, and providing transcripts and recommendations, but has no role in determining which students are selected for an interview or who is awarded a scholarship.

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WHY DOES THE APPLICATION HAVE FOUR ESSAYS?

The four essays are designed to give the Deeley Foundation some insight into how the applicants think, what their future plans and aspirations are, and what might be some good conversation topics for the face-to-face interviews.

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WHY DO I HAVE TO LIST MY FIRST CHOICE OF COLLEGE AND THE OTHER COLLEGES I APPLIED TO?

We use the first choice of college for planning purposes.

We ask for this information so we can get a sense of the colleges where the students who are selected for the interview are hoping to attend. It helps us make an estimate of the number of scholarships we can plan to award. For example, if most students select one of our partner schools as their first choice, then we would expect to award both more and larger scholarships than if most students selected other, non-partner colleges as their first choice.

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IF I FAIL TO SUBMIT A FAFSA FORM, AM I STILL ELIGIBLE FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP?

Most of the scholarships with our college partners require that a FAFSA Form be submitted.  Applicants without a FAFSA on file remain eligible only for those scholarships where no specific financial need is required to receive the scholarship (FULL FOUNDATION AND MATCHING and PARTIAL FOUNDATION scholarships).

All applicants are encouraged to submit a FAFSA form to the colleges they applied to so they can maximize the amount of financial aid they might receive.  Students failing to complete a FAFSA Form make it difficult to determine their financial need and diminish their chances of being considered for a scholarship from the Deeley Foundation.

Without a FAFSA Form, students cannot be considered for Pell Grants, work study programs, and student loans.  They will remain eligible only for merit and other institutional aid provided directly by the colleges

We also use this FAFSA information to insure that, when we award a scholarship, we do not exceed the Cost of Attendance (COA).  If by awarding a Deeley Scholarship to a student, the Cost of Attendance would be exceeded, then we reduce the amount of our scholarship so that the total financial aid a student receives equals the Cost of Attendance.

A situation where a student receives so much financial aid that the COA is exceeded is very rare.  In some cases students receive one-time financial awards from local organizations that create a situation where their COA is exceeded for just one year.  When that situation arises, the Deeley Foundation attempts to reallocate whatever reduction was made to our scholarship for that year by increasing our scholarship award in subsequent academic years, when the one-time awards are no longer available.

Other situations we have encountered are with students who, after we award a scholarship, then decide to commute to college for a year or two rather than become resident students.  When this occurs, their college costs are significantly reduced.  If, as a result, we are required to reduce the amount of our scholarship for their commuter schooling, we then try to increase the size of their scholarship later when/if they do become a resident student.

In all cases, we are guided by what is the best way to help a student be successful.

The requirement to provide FAFSA award information to the Deeley Foundation continues every year until a student graduates or the scholarship is terminated.

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WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION?

Every application is read by each member of the review committee, resulting in each application being read multiple times.  These reviewers represent a wide range of business and educational experiences.  After an application is read, it is given a score by each reviewer, and the highest average scores of the reviews are used to determine who will be granted an interview.

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WHEN WILL I HEAR WHETHER I’VE WON A SCHOLARSHIP?

Notification is usually made 1-4 weeks after the interviews.  We try to make the decision as soon as possible because we know how nerve-racking it can be to not know where you stand.  Delays are usually the result of having so many highly qualified candidates; this makes the selection process much more difficult and a bit more time-consuming.

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DOES EVERYBODY WHO APPLIES FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP GET TO HAVE AN INTERVIEW?

No.

The interviews generally take place in March/April.  Regrettably, time limitations allow us to interview only the most impressive applicants.  This means that just about 40-50% of the applicants are selected to be interviewed.  The review committee bases the selection of the students being interviewed on the reviewers’ ranking of the written applications.

Until 2020 the interviews were conducted on-site at Sacred Heart High School.  The COVID-19 pandemic caused us to alter our regular on-site interviews.  The interviews were conducted remotely with the TEAMS software used by Sacred Heart for their remote learning.  This approach worked so well that, in the future, we intend to conduct all interviews remotely.

This new approach to interviewing provides everyone greater flexibility.  Our interviewers no longer have to coordinate schedules, spend three days traveling and interviewing, spend two nights in hotels, and be subject to flight delays or cancellations due to inclement weather.  Students can still be interviewed at school or in their homes in the event of inclement weather.

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HOW LONG DOES THE INTERVIEW LAST?

Two or three interviewers interview every applicant.  Each interview lasts about 25-30 minutes, making a total of one to one and half hours of interviews for each student.  The interviewers then rank each candidate and submit these rankings to the rest of the selection committee for final review and decisions.

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WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO CHANGE MY FIRST CHOICE OF COLLEGE AFTER I SUBMIT MY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION OR AFTER THE INTERVIEW PROCESS?

We understand that, at the time the scholarship applications are submitted, students don’t necessarily know if they’ve been accepted or are still interested in attending some or all of the colleges they have applied to.

During the interview in March/April, we review the list that students provided in their application and confirm whether they were accepted or not and the amount of any financial aid they received.

We ask all students whether their first choice of college has changed and note any changes. We use this information to communicate and coordinate with colleges to make decisions about the amount of financial aid we intend to award to students.

If, after we make a decision to award a student a scholarship, a recipient changes his/her college selection, we cannot guarantee that an award will be made.  By then, the Deeley Foundation, colleges, and universities have already finalized their financial aid allocations and no longer have as much flexibility.  We will, however, make our best efforts to accommodate a student’s change, but we cannot guarantee students will receive the same dollar amount of scholarship for their new choice of schools.

For example, if a student receives a FULL NEED scholarship to Fairfield University valued at $25,000 and then decides to go to a college that doesn’t partner with us, like Yale, we would make a best effort to provide a scholarship award to attend Yale, but it would not be in the same amount of the $25,000 scholarship to attend Fairfield University.  On the other hand, if we award a scholarship to a student wishing to attend Yale in the amount of $5,000 and, after the award is made, the student then decides he/she wants to attend Fairfield University, the student would not be entitled to receive a FULL NEED scholarship.

The amount of any adjustments to scholarship awards made in these situations would depend on specific circumstances at the time and would be made using the sole discretion of The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Board of Directors.

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DO I NEED TO DO ANY SPECIAL PREPARATION FOR THE INTERVIEW?

You should be prepared to discuss your essays and any activities or other information you list on your application.  It would also be helpful to have some basic understanding of The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and what it does.

All students receiving interviews should also be prepared to discuss their acceptance and financial aid status for each of the colleges listed on their scholarship application.

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WHY WAS THE SCHOLARSHIP EXPANDED TO INCLUDE OTHER COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES?

For two reasons.  The first was that there was a pool of really terrific seniors at Sacred Heart High School who were not eligible for the scholarship because it was initially restricted to someone interested in attending only Fairfield University.  The second was that we wanted the opportunity to explore the possibility of expanding the concept of matching our awards with other colleges and universities.

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ARE THERE ANY LIMITATIONS ON WHICH COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY I CAN APPLY TO?

No.

Applicants are free to choose any college or university.  If you look at the Summary of Scholarship Awards and Colleges Attended page of the website, you will see that most students seem to prefer attending schools in the State of Connecticut.  In addition, several recipients elected to attend schools in Massachusetts.  Recipients have also attended schools in New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Florida, Vermont, and Virginia.

The University of Connecticut is the most popular choice, followed by Fairfield University, Southern Connecticut State University, and Central Connecticut State University.

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WHY WAS THE SCHOLARSHIP EXPANDED TO INCLUDE TWO-YEAR COLLEGES?

The cost of a college education has increased dramatically since the Deeley Foundation began awarding scholarships.  Many families, even with a generous financial award from a four-year institution, still cannot afford the costs.  For an increasing number of students, attending a two-year college and then transferring to a four-year college/university is a more realistic option. As more and more students opt for this alternative, the Deeley Foundation wanted to be in a position to lend assistance and encouragement to these students as well.

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DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING TWO-YEAR COLLEGES ALSO COVER THE COSTS WHEN THOSE STUDENTS CONTINUE ON TO A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY?

Yes.  All our scholarships are for four years.

For example, if a student receives a full scholarship award and elects to attend Naugatuck Valley Community College for the first two years, then the Deeley Foundation would pay the full annual tuition for the first two academic years.  If the student subsequently transfers to the University of Connecticut for the final two years, the Deeley Foundation would increase the award to cover the annual tuition costs (up to $12,000) for the student’s last two academic years.

Students receiving a partial scholarship will receive the same amount for both the two-year and four-year institutions.

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DOES THE DEELEY FOUNDATION HAVE MATCHING OR PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS WITH COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES?

Yes.  We currently have partnerships with several colleges and universities.

These agreements allow The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation to leverage the use of our funds.  In some cases these partnerships allow us to award scholarships valued at over four times what a student might receive from the Deeley Foundation alone!

They provide the Deeley Foundation an opportunity to award both more and larger scholarships to students at Sacred Heart High School attending one of these partnering schools.  Whenever a student receives a scholarship to one of these partnering colleges/universities, the Deeley Foundation is then able to redirect more of its own money to fund scholarships for other students.

There are partnership agreements with Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University, the University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University, Stonehill College, Albertus Magnus College, the University of Saint Joseph, Trinity College, the University of New Haven, and the University of Hartford and matching agreements with Southern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Western Connecticut State University, and Boston College.

The net effect to the student is that he/she can receive a scholarship from the Deeley Foundation and that scholarship award is funded jointly by the Deeley Foundation and the participating university.  This matching or partnering process is transparent to the student and is administered by the Deeley Foundation.

For Fairfield University, Stonehill College, Trinity College, the University of New Haven, and Albertus Magnus College, students are eligible to receive a scholarship equal to 100% of their Demonstrated Financial Need, FULL NEED scholarships.  This is a wonderful opportunity, one that most colleges and universities are unable to offer.  The Deeley Foundation provides up to $15,000 and the colleges meet the remainder of the student’s need.  Recipients are required to maintain a G.P.A. of 2.8 to remain eligible for this scholarship. There is no specific financial need requirement to be eligible for these scholarships

For Quinnipiac University, the University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University, the University of Saint Joseph, and the University of Hartford, the Deeley Foundation has established agreements where the Deeley Foundation provides $15,000 of funding, and the schools agree to provide a scholarship for the balance of the tuition, FULL TUITION or FULL TUITION PLUS scholarships.  Recipients are required to maintain a G.P.A. of 2.8 to remain eligible for these scholarships.

Note that Quinnipiac University has a specific financial need requirement, a student must be Pell Grant Eligible.  There is no financial need requirement to be eligible for the FULL TUITION PLUS Scholarships at the University of Saint Joseph, the University of Hartford, Sacred Heart University, and the University of Bridgeport.

In the case of Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU), and Western Connecticut State University (WCSU), the SCSU, CCSU, ECSU, and WCSU Foundations have agreed to match any scholarship made by The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation.  These matching agreements are limited to no more than the total cost of tuition and fees for any one student.

These scholarships to the four public Connecticut State Universities are available to students without regard to any specific financial need criteria.

The total amount of matching funds available in any one academic year for SCSU, CCSU, and ECSU is capped at $18,000 by each partner for a total of $36,000 in scholarships.  The maximum amount of matching funds available in any one academic year for WCSU is capped at $5,000 by each partner for a total of $10,000 in scholarships.  These awards can take the form of multiple full tuition scholarships and/or a combination of several partial scholarships.  Recipients are required to maintain a G.P.A. of 2.5 – 2.75 to remain eligible for these scholarships

Boston College and the Deeley Foundation have a partnering agreement that allows the Deeley Foundation to match the self-help portion (financial aid other than grants and scholarships) awarded by Boston College.  The amount of this match is the lesser of $15,000 or an amount of aid that makes the student’s total financial aid packages equal to the cost of attendance.

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HOW DOES THE DEELEY FOUNDATION DECIDE WHICH COLLEGES TO TRY TO ESTABLISH PARTNERSHIPS WITH?

We initially began by contacting colleges where we had a relationship because we were already funding scholarships for students attending the institution.

Once we had some early success, we expanded our scope by looking at the colleges where most of our scholarship applicants applied.  This strategy directed us to contact colleges and universities in Connecticut and nearby states.  There really is no benefit to forming partnerships with college and universities that might not ever get used in states other than the surrounding area.

As new opportunities present themselves, we try contacting the college to explore the possibility of forming a partnership.  We find that most institutions are receptive to these approaches, and in recent years, we have greatly increased our partnerships, and this number continues to grow.

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WHY DOESN’T THE DEELEY FOUNDATION HAVE A PARTNERSHIP WITH UCONN?

Good question and one that requires a detailed explanation!

We have tried to negotiate a partnership with UConn over the course of several years without success. They are reluctant to form partnerships with outside organizations.

We did make some useful progress towards forming a partnership to provide matching $5,000 awards to our scholarship recipients, but reached an impasse over one of UConn’s financial aid policies. Unfortunately, UConn insisted on applying a “not stacked” strategy for administering financial aid.  This strategy meant that, if a student was already receiving at least $5,000 in financial aid from UConn, then UConn would consider that their matching partnership obligation was already met and no additional funding would be made available by UConn.  However, The Deeley Foundation would still be obligated to provide its share of the $5,000 match, while UConn contributed nothing more.  On the other hand, if a student received little or no financial aid from UConn, only then would UConn provide up to an additional $5,000 in matching funds.  This did not meet our understanding of a partnership.

Our expectation was that a partnership should provide financial aid to students ABOVE AND BEYOND the aid they would normally receive if they were not selected for a Deeley Foundation Scholarship. This is how all our existing partnerships are structured.

The impact of the proposed partnership would essentially be no different from the “stand alone” financial aid the Deeley Foundation is currently providing.  The Deeley Foundation funding would be the only additional source of funding that a student with significant financial need would receive.   We would still be required to provide $5,000 of funding, even when UConn provided no additional matching funds.  We would also lose the flexibility to make partial scholarship awards of less than $5,000.

Most of our scholarship students already receive at least $5,000 in financial aid from UConn.  In fact, over the last 10 years, we awarded scholarships to 13 students attending UConn and only 1 would have received any additional financial aid from the proposed UConn partnership.  The proposed partnership would benefit only more financially well-off students who initially received little or no financial aid from UConn

We carefully reviewed the implications of the UConn proposal and determined that it was not in the best interests of the Deeley Foundation for us to accept the UConn offer of a partnership.

 We are obviously disappointed by this outcome.  In spite of our disappointment, we will continue to seek a meaningful partnership with UConn, but the terms would have to benefit all of our scholarship recipients, not just financially better-off students.

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DOES THE DEELEY FOUNDATION STILL AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDENTS WISHING TO ATTEND UCONN?

Of course!

Students are free to apply to the colleges of their choosing.  In fact, for a recent academic year, the Deeley Foundation provided over $45,000 in scholarships to students attending UConn, a record level for any one school. These scholarship awards were made by the Deeley Foundation without the benefit of any matching partnership with UConn.

UConn is the premier public university in the state and the most popular college among our scholarship recipients.  The number of scholarship recipients attending UConn is greater than the number of recipients at either Fairfield University or Southern Connecticut State University, our next two most popular colleges, both of which have partnerships with The Deeley Foundation.

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ARE THERE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FULL NEED SCHOLARSHIP WITH FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY?

Yes.

Fairfield University requires that students interested in this scholarship apply for “Early Action” admission. The acceptance criteria for “Early Action” is the same as for regular admission. This application is due by November 1st and is non-binding on students but allows them to be notified by mid-December of the status of their applications.

Applicants are also required to submit the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form to demonstrate their financial need.

The FAFSA Form and CCS Profile are used to determine a student’s Demonstrated Financial Need and to determine eligibility for federal aid.  Students are eligible for Federal Pell Grants and Federal Work Study aid in addition to the FULL NEED scholarship.

It is important to note that no special application or notification is required for a student to be considered for this FULL NEED scholarship. All students applying to Fairfield University and for The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Scholarship are eligible and will be considered. The Deeley Foundation does NOT have access to the financial information on the CSS Profile or the FAFSA Application. Fairfield University makes all determinations of financial need.

In addition, students receiving a FULL NEED award are required to maintain a 2.8 G.P.A. for the academic year. This is a higher standard than the 2.5 G.P.A. that the Deeley Foundation requires for scholarship recipients attending other colleges and universities. If students fall below this level in their freshman year, they are notified and given until the end of their sophomore year to achieve an overall G.P.A. of 2.8. Failure to meet this academic standard can result in the loss of the scholarship.

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ARE THERE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FULL NEED SCHOLARSHIP WITH STONEHILL COLLEGE?

Yes.

Stonehill College requires that students interested in this scholarship apply for “Early Action” admission. The acceptance criteria for “Early Action” is the same as for regular admission. This application is due by November 1st and is non-binding on students but allows them to be notified by mid-December of the status of their applications.

Applicants are also required to submit the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form to demonstrate their financial need.

The FAFSA Form and CSS Profile are used to determine a student’s Demonstrated Financial Need and to determine eligibility for federal aid.  Students are eligible for Federal Pell Grants and Federal Work Study aid in addition to the FULL NEED scholarship.

It is important to note that no special application or notification is required for a student to be considered for this FULL NEED scholarship. All students applying to Stonehill College and for The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Scholarship are eligible and will be considered. The Deeley Foundation does NOT have access to the financial information on the CSS Profile or the FAFSA Application. Stonehill College makes all determinations of financial need.

In addition, students receiving a FULL NEED award are required to maintain a 2.8 G.P.A. for the academic year. This is a higher standard than the 2.5 G.P.A. that the Deeley Foundation requires for scholarship recipients attending other colleges and universities. If students fall below this level in their freshman year, they are notified and given until the end of their sophomore year to achieve an overall G.P.A. of 2.8. Failure to meet this academic standard can result in the loss of the scholarship.

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ARE THERE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FULL NEED SCHOLARSHIP WITH ALBERTUS MAGNUS COLLEGE?

Yes.

Albertus Magnus College requires that students interested in this scholarship apply for “Early Action” admission. The acceptance criteria for “Early Action” is the same as for regular admission. This application is due by December 31st and is non-binding on students but allows them to be notified by mid-December of the status of their applications.

Applicants are also required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form to demonstrate their financial need.

The FAFSA Form is used to determine a student’s Demonstrated Financial Need and to determine eligibility for federal aid such as Pell Grants and Federal Work Study programs. Students are eligible to receive federal financial aid in addition to the FULL NEED scholarship.

It is important to note that no special application or notification is required for a student to be considered for this FULL NEED scholarship.  All students applying to Albertus Magnus College and for The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation scholarship are eligible and will be considered. The Deeley Foundation does NOT have access to the financial information on the FAFSA application.  Albertus Magnus College makes all determinations of financial need.

In addition, students receiving a FULL NEED award are required to maintain a 2.8 G.P.A. for the academic year. This is a higher standard than the 2.5 G.P.A. that the Deeley Foundation requires for scholarship recipients attending other colleges and universities. If students fall below this level in their freshman year, they are notified and given until the end of their sophomore year to achieve an overall G.P.A. of 2.8. Failure to meet this academic standard can result in the loss of the scholarship.

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ARE THE FULL TUITION AND FULL TUITION PLUS SCHOLARSHIPS WITH QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY, THE UNIVERSITY OF BRIDGEPORT, SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY, THE UNIVERSITY OF SAINT JOSEPH, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD ONLY FOR STUDENTS WITH A GREAT DEAL OF FINANCIAL NEED? 

Yes and no, mostly no.

Although several of our partnerships initially required specific financial need as a condition of eligibility, the only partnership remaining with a specific financial need is with Quinnipiac University.  Quinnipiac University requires that a recipient be Pell Grant Eligible.  Over time, all the other colleges and universities have modified their partnerships to eliminate a specific financial need requirement.  It is strongly suggested that students interested in attending these schools apply for “Early Action” acceptance.

Remember, there is nothing special required to apply for the FULL NEED, FULL TUITION and FULL TUITION PLUS scholarships.  When students apply to these specific colleges and universities and also apply for The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Scholarship, they are automatically considered for these scholarships.  If they are selected to receive one of the Deeley Foundation Scholarships, then the colleges and universities determine whether they meet the financial need criteria for a scholarship award.  All students applying to these colleges and universities remain eligible for full and partial scholarship awards from the Deeley Foundation regardless of whether they qualify for the FULL NEED, FULL TUITION PLUS, or FULL TUITION scholarship.

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ARE THERE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FULL TUITION PLUS SCHOLARSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF BRIDGEPORT?

Yes.

Applicants are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form by January 1st to demonstrate financial need.

The FAFSA Form is used to determine a student’s eligibility for federal aid to assist with the costs of room and board, books, fees, etc. that are in addition to the cost of tuition.  It also determines eligibility for Federal programs such as work-study and Pell Grants to assist students with the expenses that are not covered by the FULL TUITION PLUS award.

It is important to note that no special application or notification is required for a student to be considered for this FULL TUITION PLUS scholarship.  All students applying to the University of Bridgeport and for The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Scholarship are eligible and will be considered.  The Deeley Foundation does NOT have access to the financial information on the FAFSA.  The University of Bridgeport makes a determination of financial need and notifies the Deeley Foundation of those students who are candidates for the FULL TUITION PLUS award.

Scholarship recipients remain eligible for Pell Grants, work study programs, and student loans in addition to the FULL TUITION PLUS scholarship.

In addition, students receiving a FULL TUITION PLUS award are required to maintain a 2.8 G.P.A. for the academic year.  This is a higher standard than the 2.5 G.P.A. that the Deeley Foundation requires for scholarship recipients attending other colleges and universities.  If students fall below this level in their freshman year, they are notified and given until the end of their sophomore year to achieve an overall G.P.A. of 2.8.  Failure to meet this academic standard can result in the loss of the scholarship.

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ARE THERE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FULL TUITION PLUS SCHOLARSHIP WITH SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY?

Yes.

Applicants are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form by January 1st to demonstrate their financial need.

The FAFSA Form is used to determine a student’s eligibility for federal aid to assist with the costs of room and board, books, fees, etc. that are in addition to the cost of tuition.  It also determines eligibility for Federal programs, such as the work-study program, Pell Grants, and student loans  to assist students with the expenses that are not covered by the FULL TUITION PLUS award.

It is important to note that no special application or notification is required for a student to be considered for this FULL TUITION PLUS scholarship.  All students applying to Sacred Heart University and for The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Scholarship are eligible and will be considered.  The Deeley Foundation does NOT have access to the financial information on the FAFSA.  Sacred Heart University makes a determination of financial need and notifies the Deeley Foundation of those students who are candidates for the FULL TUITION PLUS award.

If a recipient is awarded institutional financial aid that, when combined with the Deeley Foundation contribution of $15,000, exceeds the cost of tuition, the student will be awarded the total amount of the awards, regardless of whether they exceed the cost of tuition.  Scholarship recipients remain eligible for Pell Grants, work study programs, and student loans in addition to the FULL TUITION PLUS scholarship.

In addition, students receiving a FULL TUITION PLUS award are required to maintain a 2.8 G.P.A. for the academic year.  This is a higher standard than the 2.5 G.P.A. that the Deeley Foundation requires for scholarship recipients attending other colleges and universities.   If students fall below this level in their freshman year, they are notified and given until the end of their sophomore year to achieve an overall G.P.A. of 2.8.  Failure to meet this academic standard can result in the loss of the scholarship.

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ARE THERE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FULL TUITION PLUS SCHOLARSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF SAINT JOSEPH?

Yes.

This scholarship is available to all applicants regardless of financial need.  The only requirement is that an applicant must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form by January 1st to determine financial need.

The FAFSA Form is used to determine a student’s eligibility for federal aid.  This federal aid is in addition to the FULL TUITION PLUS Scholarship and can be used to assist with the costs of room and board, books, fees, etc. that are in addition to the cost of tuition. It also determines eligibility for Federal programs such as work-study, Pell Grants and student loans to assist students with the expenses that are not covered by the FULL TUITION PLUS award.

It is important to note that no special application or notification is required for a student to be considered for this FULL TUITION PLUS scholarship. All students applying to the University of Saint Joseph and for The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Scholarship are eligible and will be considered. The Deeley Foundation does NOT have access to the financial information on the FAFSA. The University of Saint Joseph makes a determination of Pell Grant eligibility and notifies the Deeley Foundation of those students who are candidates for the FULL TUITION PLUS award.

If a recipient is awarded institutional financial aid that, when combined with the Deeley Foundation contribution of $15,000, exceeds the cost of tuition, the student will be awarded the total amount of the awards, regardless of whether they exceed the cost of tuition (FULL TUITION PLUS) .  Scholarship recipients remain eligible for Pell Grants, work study programs, and student loans in addition to the FULL TUITION PLUS scholarship.

In addition, students are required to maintain a 2.8 G.P.A. for the academic year. This is a higher standard than the 2.5 G.P.A. that the Deeley Foundation requires for scholarship recipients attending other colleges and universities. If students fall below this level in their freshman year, they are notified and given until the end of their sophomore year to achieve an overall G.P.A. of 2.8. Failure to meet this academic standard can result in the loss of the scholarship.

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ARE THERE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP WITH QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY?

Yes.

The first is that a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form and submit it to Quinnipiac University no later than February 15th. The second is that a student must be Pell Grant Eligible. This determination is based on several factors, among them are family AGI (adjusted gross income), the number of children in the family, the value of the assets the family possesses (such as, savings and home ownership), and the cost of the college attended.

It is important to note that no special application or notification is required for a student to be considered for this FULL TUITION scholarship. All students applying to Quinnipiac University and for The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Scholarship are eligible and will be considered. The Deeley Foundation does NOT have access to the financial information on the FAFSA Form. Quinnipiac University makes a determination of Pell Grant Eligibility and notifies the Deeley Foundation of those students who are candidates for the FULL TUITION award.

Quinnipiac University uses a combination of both institutional aid and federal aid to fund their share of the FULL TUITION scholarship.  This means the amount of financial aid for this scholarship is limited to the cost of tuition.

In addition, students receiving a FULL TUITION award are required to maintain a 2.8 G.P.A. for the academic year. This is a higher standard than the 2.5 G.P.A.  that the Deeley Foundation requires for scholarship recipients attending other colleges and universities. If students fall below this level in their freshman year, they are notified and given until the end of their sophomore year to achieve an overall G.P.A. of 2.8. Failure to meet this academic standard can result in the loss of the scholarship.

Quinnipiac University indicates that 18% of its students received Pell Grants last year.  We fully expect that a “typical Sacred Heart High School student” would stand a reasonable chance of being eligible for a Pell Grant.

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ARE THERE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FULL TUITION PLUS SCHOLARSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD?

Yes.

The first is that a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form and submit it to the University of Hartford no later than December 1st. The second is that a student must apply for “Early Action” and submit an application by December 31st. “Early Action” does NOT obligate a student to attend the University of Hartford, and no final acceptance decision must be made by a student until May 1st.

It is important to note that no special application or notification is required for a student to be considered for this FULL TUITION PLUS scholarship. All students applying to the University of Hartford and for The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Scholarship are eligible and will be considered. The Deeley Foundation does NOT have access to the financial information on the FAFSA. The University of Hartford makes a determination of financial need for a student and notifies the Deeley Foundation of those students who are candidates for the FULL TUITION PLUS award.

Scholarship recipients remain eligible for Pell Grants, work study programs, and student loans in addition to the FULL TUITION PLUS scholarship.

In addition, students receiving a FULL TUITION PLUS award are required to maintain a 2.8 G.P.A. for the academic year. Failure to meet this academic standard can result in the loss of the scholarship.

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WHERE DOES THE THOMAS AND ELSIE DEELEY FOUNDATION GET ITS MONEY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIPS?

It comes from donations from Deeley family members.  Currently The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation has enough assets to fulfill all existing commitments made to students and to insure it will remain self-sustaining for future years.

At the present time, The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation does not engage in outside fund-raising activities.

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DOES A FULL FOUNDATION AND MATCHING SCHOLARSHIP MEAN THE DEELEY FOUNDATION PAYS FOR ALL THE COSTS OF ATTENDING COLLEGE?

No.

“FULL” is a term used to mean the maximum dollar amount of the scholarship and describes awards other than our FULL NEED, FULL TUITION PLUS, and FULL TUITION scholarships.

The maximum award we make to colleges/universities that do not have partnership agreements with the Deeley Foundation is $12,000 per academic year.  For those schools that have matching partnerships with the Deeley Foundation, our matching agreements restrict the amount of the scholarship to the cost of tuition and fees.  Both of these types of scholarships would be considered FULL FOUNDATION AND MATCHING scholarships.

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WHAT ARE THE AMOUNTS OF THE PARTIAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS?

They vary.  In the past they have ranged from $2,000 to $8,000 per year, for a total of $8,000 to $32,000 over four years. Currently the minimum amount of a PARTIAL FOUNDATION scholarship awarded by the Deeley Foundation is $2,000 per academic year.  There are no plans to change this minimum amount.

These scholarships are available to all colleges, regardless of whether they have partnerships with the Deeley Foundation.  When a PARTIAL FOUNDATION scholarship is made to a student attending a college with a matching partnership with the Deeley Foundation, the college provides a matching amount towards the total amount of the award.

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IF I WIN THE SCHOLARSHIP HOW DO I GET THE MONEY?

We never send the money directly to the student.  If you receive the scholarship, we will send the money to your college or university, and it will show up as a credit on your invoice for the semester.

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DOES THE DEELEY FOUNDATION PAY ALL THE MONEY AT ONCE OR IS HALF OF IT PAID EACH SEMESTER?

Half is paid each semester.  If you fail to complete the first semester, then no payment is made for the second semester.

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HOW MANY SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED EACH YEAR SINCE 1996?

We award an average of two scholarships each year.  However, in some years as many as four scholarships were awarded, and in other years a single scholarship was awarded.

More recently, because of the increase in the number of partnerships we have with colleges and universities, we have been awarding more than the average number of scholarships.  We have a total of 15 scholarships recipients attending schools during the current academic year.

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HOW MUCH MONEY HAS THE DEELEY FOUNDATION AWARDED SINCE 1996?

Over $2,000,000 in scholarships has been awarded to Sacred Heart High School students.  This represents an average award of over $30,000 per scholarship recipient over four years of college.

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CAN I USE THE SCHOLARSHIP IF I WANT TO SPEND A SEMESTER ABROAD?

Yes.

We apply the same amount to your costs abroad.  We actually had a student spend her junior year in Japan, where she became fluent in Japanese.  More recently we had students spend a semester in Spain and China.  The requirements vary from school to school, and you’ll need to check the specifics with your particular college or university.

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IF I DECIDE TO TRANSFER FROM ONE COLLEGE TO ANOTHER, WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO KEEP MY SCHOLARSHIP?

Yes.

We will continue to pay the lesser of the amount of your original scholarship award or the tuition at your new school.   It is the responsibility of the student to handle the process of transferring and to notify the Deeley Foundation in advance of the intent to transfer.

Students transferring from a college that has a matching arrangement with the Deeley Foundation to a college that does not partner with The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation will lose the matching portion of any scholarships.

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WHAT HAPPENS IF I TAKE A YEAR OFF FROM SCHOOL AND THEN WISH TO CONTINUE AFTER A YEAR?

The scholarship is good for four continuous years.  In the past we have had students interrupt their four year college experience by taking time off, sometimes for several years, and we have agreed to extend their scholarship beyond four years.  We are committed to helping our scholarship recipients become successful.

The Deeley Foundation makes these exceptions on a case-by-case basis in the sole discretion of the Deeley Foundation.

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DOES THE DEELEY FOUNDATION COVER THE COST OF GRADUATE SCHOOL?

No, not usually.

The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation only has resources to assist undergraduates.  Once a student graduates from a college or university or completes four years, it becomes his/her option to seek and pay for any graduate degrees or additional coursework required to obtain an undergraduate degree.  It is worth noting that over half our scholarship recipients have gone on to obtain advanced degrees.

We have had situations where a student’s financial aid from a school was such that the full amount of the Deeley Scholarship Award was not needed to complete his/her undergraduate education.  In those special cases, we have sometimes offered to provide a portion of the unspent balance of the original Deeley Scholarship towards graduate school.

These special arrangements are made on a case-by-case basis and in the sole discretion of the Deeley Foundation.

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DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP COVER THE COST OF SUMMER SCHOOL?

No, not usually.

The scholarship is available only for the fall and spring semesters. There have been occasions where students attend summer school to eliminate the need to take a specific course during the regular academic year or because they changed majors and the new major required additional coursework for graduation.  In these cases the students were responsible for paying for their own summer school tuition.

We have also had situations where a student’s financial aid from a school is such that the full amount of the Deeley Scholarship Award is not needed to complete their undergraduate education.  In those special cases, we have sometimes offered to provide a portion of the unspent balance of the original Deeley Scholarship towards summer school.

These special arrangements are made on a case-by-case basis and in the sole discretion of the Deeley Foundation.

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WHAT HAPPENS IF I GRADUATE IN FEWER THAN FOUR YEARS?

We have had students graduate in fewer than four years.  In these cases the scholarship ends. The scholarship is good for four continuous  years or until a student graduates, whichever comes first.  We also had a student receive a full tuition scholarship in his senior year from his college and notify us that there was no need for us to provide our scholarship for the last year of college.

In some special cases we have extended the unused portion of the scholarship to cover some of the costs of graduate school.

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IS A RECIPIENT OF THE SCHOLARSHIP REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN A SPECIFIC ACADEMIC STANDING WHILE IN COLLEGE?

Yes.

A scholarship recipient must continue to be a full-time student (a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester).

A recipient is also required to maintain a G.P.A. of at least 2.5, which is the equivalent of a C+/B- average for an entire academic year.  Note that students receiving a scholarship for Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University, the University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University, the University of Saint Joseph, Trinity College, the University of New Haven, or the University of Hartford, are required to maintain a 2.8 G.P.A. for the academic year.  Also, students participating in the Boston College Scholarship Partnership are required to maintain a 2.8 G.P.A.  Students receiving scholarships to Eastern Connecticut State University are required to maintain a 2.75 G.P.A.

A student is allowed to fall below the required average for any given semester, but by the end of the academic year, the cumulative G.P.A. must be at least 2.5/2.75/2.8 or the scholarship can be terminated.  At the end of each semester, scholarship recipients are required to provide their semester grades to The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation to demonstrate that they remain in good academic standing.

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HOW DO SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS DEMONSTRATE THEIR FINANCIAL NEED?

We never ask scholarship applicants for financial information.  We assume almost all applicants have some form of financial need.

However, once our decision is made, all Deeley Foundation scholarship recipients are required to provide a copy of their FAFSA Awards for the colleges they plan to attend and to note any merit scholarships or other aid they have received. The Deeley Foundation uses this information both to verify financial need and to tailor the Deeley Foundation Scholarship payments to best meet each student’s needs.

If a recipient receives a separate large financial award for just the first year of college, the Deeley Foundation may reduce the amount it pays for the first year and increase the amount it pays in future years.  Our primary focus is always how best to assist a specific student.

These scholarship modifications usually result from very unusual situations, but we have had them occur.  For example, if a student is awarded a scholarship to attend the University of Connecticut Waterbury Branch from the Deeley Foundation, and his/her FAFSA award is equal to the cost of tuition, then the Deeley Foundation may elect to either reduce or omit any scholarship payments for the first two years and then increase its scholarship award for the third and fourth years, when the student is required to live at the Storrs campus.  When this increased scholarship award is combined with the FAFSA aid, then it is possible that entire cost of attendance could be provided for the student’s third and fourth years of college.

No scholarship recipient is allowed to receive more than the total Cost of Attendance (COA).  If a combination of the FAFSA awards (excluding any loans), other merit scholarships, work study programs, and the Deeley Foundation Scholarship exceeds the total cost of attendance, the Deeley Foundation award will be reduced to an amount that allows the recipient to cover his/her total Cost of Attendance.

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DOES THE DEELEY FOUNDATION PROVIDE ANY ASSISTANCE OTHER THAN FINANCIAL AID TO RECIPIENTS?

Yes.  We provide more than just financial assistance.

One of the activities of which we are most proud is our voluntary mentoring program.  This program matches new scholarship recipients with former recipients who have either attended the same college or have the same academic major.  We attempt to assign at least one mentor to every new scholarship recipient.

About a third of our scholarship recipients have or are currently participating in this mentoring of newer scholarship recipients.  More have offered to serve as mentors when and if the need arises.  These past recipients are engaged in a wide range of careers and activities, and they have been very helpful to our newer recipients.

We stay in communication with all recipients throughout their college years and often offer guidance in course selection, changes in majors, and career choices.  We have also helped scholarship students who are about to graduate in preparing their resumes, suggesting possible job opportunities, providing references, writing letters of recommendation, and providing job interviewing tips and techniques.  For scholarship recipients who are already in the workplace, we have 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. 

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