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Grants & Scholarships

Various grants and scholarship opportunities can help further offset the cost of your DeSales education. We've assembled a list of helpful resources for your consideration.

Adult Studies Scholarships

  • The DeSales Community College Transfer Scholarships

    DSU automatically awards this scholarship to new students entering the Adult Studies program for the 2023-2024 academic year who have earned an A.A., A.S. or A.A.S. degree from a community college. They must be enrolled in a certificate or degree program.

    Qualified students will be awarded a $1500 scholarship that is disbursed in $500 increments for the first three courses taken. Students must remain in good academic standing to receive the scholarship and complete the three courses within the academic year awarded.

    * Restrictions apply. Courses must be completed within the session taken and remain in good academic standing.

  • The AAUW for Studies Interrupted Scholarship

    The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the largest and oldest national organization of women who are college graduates.  AAUW promotes education and equity for women and girls. 

    To qualify applicants must meet the following requirements:  

    • Must be a female in the Adult Studies program who has had her studies interrupted at some point for at least six months.  
    • Completed a minimum of 15 credits. 
    • Returning or new student, accepted for the fall 2023 session 1 or 2 for undergraduate studies.  
    • Must take 2 classes during the fall sessions 1 and 2. 
    • Must be in good standing. 

    If applying and have attended another university, an official transcript from the respective university must be submitted to verify the completion of at least 15 credits and to verify a six-month or greater gap between semesters/sessions. Two recipients will be awarded $2000 towards the tuition for sessions 1 and 2. For information on how to apply, contact Adult Studies at adultstudies@desales.edu or 610-282-4361. 

     

  • Father Alexander Pocetto, OSFS, Adult Studies Scholarship

    Since 2012, we have been awarding the Father Alexander Pocetto, OFSF, Adult Studies Scholarship. This fund honors the Adult Studies program founder and is awarded to Adult Studies students only. For the 2023-2024 academic year, scholarship recipients will be awarded $1,620, the tuition of one, three credit course. Six scholarships will be awarded, and recipients will be notified in August 2024. Application deadline is July 15, 2024. Qualified applicants will be notified through email and invited to apply. Qualifications include:

    · Must be an Adult Studies student
    · Good academic standing
    · Completed at least 5 courses at DeSales
    · Essay is required
  • David M. Petzold Scholarship

    This scholarship has been established in memory of Officer David M. Petzold, who was killed in the line of duty on November 6, 2006. David was an alumnus of DeSales University Adult Studies criminal justice program.

    This scholarship will preserve David’s memory and will assist a current student to achieve his or her educational goal. For the 2023-2024 academic year, the scholarship recipient will be awarded $1,620, the tuition of one, three credit course.

    The scholarship recipient will be notified in August 2024. Application deadline is July 15, 2024. Qualified applicants will be notified through email and invited to apply. 

    Qualifications include: 

    • Be an Adult Studies student 
    • Be a CJ major 
    • GPA of 2.5 or above 
    • Complete a minimum of 15 credits at DeSales 
    • Currently employed as a police officer* 
    • Have a record of service to the community 

    *Adult Studies program reserves the prerogative to award scholarship to a criminal justice major, other than a police officer, when appropriate. 

  • Addictions.com Scholarships

    $5,750 In College Scholarships To Be Awarded

    Are you a full-time college student in the U.S.? Do you have a passion for raising awareness about the dangers associated with substance abuse and addiction?

    If you answered “yes” to both questions, you’ll want to enter the Addictions.com Scholarship Contest. Five scholarships will be awarded to qualified college students who write the winning essays (for first, second, third, fourth, and fifth places).

    Learn more at Addictions.com

Non-DeSales U. grants and scholarships

  • The Pennsylvania Society Scholarship Program with the Maguire Foundation

    The Maguire Foundation has partnered with The Pennsylvania Society to create a scholarship to assist Pennsylvania high school seniors who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited, non-proprietary four-year college or university which must be located within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the entire academic year. Awards are eligible for renewal for up to three years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first.

    If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an annual award of up to $8,000. Up to 25 awards will be granted.

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW)

     The American Association of University Women, Harrisburg branch, announces six college scholarships available to women from Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry County who are pursuing degrees in the 2023-2024 academic year. 

     The Beverly J. Smith Memorial Scholarship ($2,500) will be awarded to a female resident of Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry County who attends an accredited college or university in Pennsylvania in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Requirements include completion of 60 credits, a minimum 3.40 GPA, demonstration of financial need, and enrollment as a full-time student for the 2023-2024 academic year. 

    The Member Memorial Scholarship ($1,500) will be awarded to a female resident of Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry County who attends an accredited college or university in Pennsylvania in pursuit of an associate or bachelor’s degree. Requirements include completion of 15 credits, minimum 3.00 GPA, demonstration of financial need, and enrollment on at least a half-time basis (6 credits per term) for the 2023-2024 academic year. 

    The Ronald D. and Kathleen A. Krausse STEM Scholarship ($1,500) will be awarded to a female resident of Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry County who attends an accredited college or university in Pennsylvania in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in a STEM major. Requirements include completion of 30 credits, minimum 3.00 GPA, demonstration of financial need, and enrollment as a full-time student in the 2023-2024 academic year. 

    The Sally C. Chamberlain Scholarship ($1,500) will be awarded to a female resident of Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry County who is seeking to resume or renew academic work for credit towards career employment or advancement, for example, those who have experienced interruptions in their post-secondary education and want to resume their studies. Requirements include completion of 15 credits toward an associate or bachelor’s degree, a minimum 2.9 GPA, demonstration of financial need, and enrollment on at least a half-time basis (6 credits per term) at a college or university in Pennsylvania for the 2023-2024 academic year. 

    The Jack Sherwin Memorial Humanities Scholarship ($1,500) will be awarded to a female resident of Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry County who attends an accredited college or university in Pennsylvania in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in the humanities (e.g. history, philosophy and religion, modern and ancient languages and literatures, fine and performing arts, media and cultural studies). Requirements include completion of 30 credits, minimum 3.00 GPA, demonstration of financial need, and enrollment as a full-time student in the 2023-2024 academic year. 

    The Jack Sherwin Memorial Political Science Scholarship ($1,500) will be awarded to a female resident of Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry County who attends an accredited college or university in Pennsylvania in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in political science, international studies, foreign policy, or related academic majors. Requirements include completion of 30 credits, minimum 3.00 GPA, demonstration of financial need, and enrollment as a full-time student in the 2023-2024 academic year. 

    Deadline: Postmarked or received by email July 15, 2023 

    Details and Application Forms are Available Online at http://harrisburg-pa.aauw.net 

    Contact Information: AAUW Scholarship Committee at HbgAAUWScholarship@gmail.com 

  • The Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council Scholarship Program

    The LVMAC Scholarship Program target audience is:

    1. Veterans of working age seeking meaningful first-time civilian employment
    2. Veterans of working age seeking meaningful reemployment due to job loss
    3. Children of Veterans
    4. Children and Un-Remarried Spouses of Service members Killed in Action
    5. Children of Non-Veterans who will make an active duty service commitment through ROTC

    Average Annual Scholarship is $1,000.

    Visit LVMAC's website from February 1 through May 31 to apply.

  • Horatio Alger Honeywell Scholarship Program

    Open to current college freshmen studying in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) fields, with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.

    Application available is available January 15 - March 15. Visit the Horatio Alger Association website during those dates.

  • Northampton County Medical Society Alliance Scholarships

    Northampton County Medical Society Alliance provides $1000 scholarships to eligible medical, nursing and physician assistant students.

    To learn about eligibility criteria and apply, go to http://ncmsa.org/scholarship.

  • Mensa Foundation's College Scholarship Program

    Mensa Foundation's college scholarship program bases its awards totally on essays written by the applicants. Consideration is not given to grades, academic program or financial need.

    Application process opens September 15 and closes January 15.

  • Annual Harris Lowry Manton LLP Civil Justice Scholarship

    Scholarship award

    $5000

    Eligibility and requirements

    To be eligible for the award, applicants must submit the following no later than June 1.

    • Proof of enrollment for the upcoming academic year
    • One recommendation from a member of the faculty or staff at the university or school (incoming IL students may submit a letter from a teacher from the previous year)
    • An essay of no more than 1,000 words about the importance of the right to a trial by jury

    The scholarship will be awarded, and the student notified of his or her selection, prior to August 1.

    Scholarship Application

    https://www.hlmlawfirm.com/annual-harris-lowry-manton-llp-academic-scholarship-award

  • Nursing Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Students

    Several scholarship opportunities are available for high school seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community.

    Amounts: varies by scholarship

    Deadline: varies by scholarship

    For more information: Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Students | NurseJournal.org

  • Nordson BUILDS Scholarship Program

    The mission of Nordson BUILDS is to attract and develop a diverse, highly-skilled talent pool for careers in the manufacturing industry.  It is designed to help bright and motivated students access and complete postsecondary education by lessening the financial barriers of enrolling in college for many, and decreasing the loan burden for individuals that apply for financial aid.  Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible to receive a Nordson BUILDS Scholarship. 

    Business, Finance, Accounting, STEM, and IT majors can apply. 

    Learn more

  • Study.com Student Scholarships

    A variety of scholarships are offered through Study.com, most of which have an annual deadline of May 1. Study.com Scholarships are awarded annually. Any applications received after the deadline will be considered for the following year.

    For a full list of scholarships available, visit Study.com

  • Citizens Scholarship

    0 essays. 0 report cards. 1 solid financial bump.

    Enter to win, and you're in the running for a monthly $2,500 prize, and eventually our yearly $15,000 prize towards tuition.

    Deadline: 6/30/2024

    citizensbank.com/student-lending/scholarship.aspx

  • The Andrew Budraitis Foundation

    In honor of Military Veteran Andrew Budraitis, this foundation was established by his family members, including DSU alums Alyssa and Laura Budraitis. Since its founding in 2022, this foundation has awarded over $22,000 to DeSales students. For more information, visit https://budraitisfoundation.org.

Accelerated BSN Scholarships

  • Loan Forgiveness Opportunities - up to $40,000

    Select ABSN students may be eligible for up to $40,000 in loan forgiveness opportunities.
    Learn more by completing this inquiry form: 

    Request info about the ABSN Loan Forgiveness Program

  • The Stabler Scholarships - up to $5000 for qualified applicants

    Scholarships from the Stabler Grant are a “debt of conscience” in that recipients are asked to “pay it forward” with future donations to the Stabler Grant endowment fund.

    The Stabler Scholarship for DeSales Accelerated BSN students is primarily need-based, although academic excellence may also be considered. Qualified applicants can receive up to $5,000.

    Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler founded this generous scholarship in recognition that many people might not be able to afford higher education without financial assistance. The Stablers believed that those receiving financial aid should recognize an obligation to reciprocate by aiding future students in the future. 

  • The Dr. Carolyn Hollshwandner Scholarship - up to $5000 for qualified applicants

    The Dr. Carolyn Hollshwandner Scholarship is primarily a need-based scholarship, although academic excellence may also be considered. Qualified recipients can receive up to $5,000. 

    This scholarship is named for the founder and long-time nursing department chair at DeSales.

  • ABSN Scholarship Deadlines and How to Apply

    Scholarship applications will be accepted until end of January.

    Only accepted students who have secured their seat for the upcoming May cohort can apply. Scholarship money will be awarded and divided into four equal amounts to be disbursed over all four academic terms

    How to Apply

    1. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA).
    2. Submit an essay which includes the following:
      • Why you are applying for the Stabler/Hollschwandner Scholarship
      • Describe your financial need (including relocation or housing needs)
      • Provide any additional special circumstances that pertain to your need for a scholarship
      • Describe how this scholarship will impact your future endeavors in nursing

    Send your completed essay as an attachment to:
    Nursing@desales.edu
    Subject line: ABSN Scholarships
    Include the date of your FASFA submission in the email.

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Office of Financial Aid - Here to Help

We'll guide you to make the best choices to fund your education at DeSales University. We can help make your college expenses affordable through a combination of grants, loans, student employment, and scholarship resources. 

DeSales Financial Aid Office
610.282.1100, ext. 1287
Fax: 610.282.0131
finaid@desales.edu
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.