The Catholic church has long invested in the education of its members, operating everything from small elementary schools to large universities, and teaching the masses with a focus on spiritual growth and development. To help Catholic students further their education, many scholarships are available for use at both secular and religious institutions. These funds help students carry on this proud tradition of learning and prepare them for professional roles in and out of the church.
Scholarships for Teachers of Children With Special Needs
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas provides $1,000 scholarships for teachers who wish to pursue further education to prepare them for special needs education. Recipients of the scholarship must "promise to share the knowledge acquired in their courses with other teachers," according to the organization, and must also remain teaching in their current school for a year after receiving the award.
Catholic Daughters of the Americas
10 West 71st St.
New York, NY 10023
Frank Thomas Groff Scholarship
Catholic seniors graduating from high schools in Dutchess County in New York state can apply for the Frank Thomas Groff Scholarship. The award amount varies from year to year, can be used at any accredited institute to pursue an associate's or bachelor's degree and can be renewed for up to four years. Applicants must have demonstrable financial need, a B average and work or volunteer experience. Additionally, the application requires a letter of recommendation from a parish priest.
Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley
80 Washington St., Ste. 201
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Out of State Catholicity Scholarship
The University of St. Thomas, located in Houston, Texas, offers the Out of State Catholicity Scholarship to help students from other areas in the US attend the school. Applicants for the award, which varies in value, must be members of a parish either outside of Texas or the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese and have financial need. Freshman and transfer applicants can request to be considered for the award when applying to attend St. Thomas University and must be able to provide proof of their parish membership.
University of St. Thomas
Houston, TX 77006-4626
Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarships
The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization, offers the Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarships. Twelve scholarships are offered for students attending the Catholic University of America, and 50 more can be used at other Catholic schools in the US. Applicants must be Knights of Columbus or the Columbian Squires, or the child of a member. The scholarships are worth $1,500 apiece and can be renewed for four years, "pending satisfactory academic performance," according to the Knights' website.
Department of Scholarships
Knights of Columbus
PO Box 1670
New Haven, CT 06507-0901
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