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DeSales Scholarships

Thanks to the great generosity of DeSales donors, we are able to offer our students the following scholarship opportunities.

Catholic Schools Grants ($3,000)

Awards are offered to graduates of Catholic high schools who are entering DeSales in the Fall.

Sorry, but graduates of Catholic Home Schooling agencies do not qualify for the Catholic Schools Grant.

Leadership Scholarship (6 Full-Tuition Scholarships)

This is your chance to earn one of six DeSales University full-tuition scholarships. The leadership scholarship is offered to six students who have shown outstanding leadership in their high school careers and who plan to continue to develop those skills at DeSales.

To be considered, complete a written essay: Tell us about your character and leadership experience by selecting one of the following leadership traits and writing an essay (500 words or less) on that selected trait:

  • Courage
  • Humanity
  • Justice
  • Temperance
  • Wisdom
  • Transcendence

Scholarship finalists will be invited for an interview with student life staff to determine if you're one of our six Leadership Scholarship recipients!

Apply and submit your essay now


  • You must enter DeSales University in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 as a freshman, full-time, traditional day student.
  • You must apply to DeSales University no later than December 1, 2018. Completed scholarship application, essay, and resume must be returned by December 1, 2018.
  • The scholarship is not transferable to any other institution and current students are not eligible.

Merit Scholarships

DeSales University recognizes students' academic achievement in high school by awarding two categories of academic merit scholarships. Priority consideration is granted to students who have applied by December 1 of their senior year. A separate application is not required. Academic scholarships are available for up to eight semesters.

The selection process for these scholarships is competitive with awards going to top-ranking applicants based upon grade point average, class rank (if available), and SAT or ACT scores (if provided).

Presidential Scholarships - $22,000 to full tuition annually

Trustee Scholarships - $5,000 to $15,000 annually

Scholarship notification

If you file your FAFSA prior to January 1: Notification of scholarships will be included in your financial aid package

If you file your FAFSA after January 1 (but prior to Feb 1 deadline): Notification will be sent independently of your financial aid package

Because we are an NCAA Division III institution, leadership in athletics cannot be considered in the awarding any scholarships or grants.

For Transfer Students

DSU automatically awards merit scholarships for transfer students with a qualifying GPA. Award amount is based on factors such as GPA, courses completed, and credits accumulated. DSU offers three levels of transfer scholarships:

  • Aviat I: $8000/year
  • Aviat II: $10,000/year
  • Aviat III: $12,000/year

Additional opportunities:

Did you graduate from a Catholic High School? DSU offers a Catholic School Grant that is worth $3000/year. Graduates of the Allentown Diocesan High Schools and Oblate High Schools are offered $5,000 awards through the Tuition Incentive Program.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship: Accepted students who are members of PTK will receive a $2,000/year PTK scholarship, in addition to any transfer scholarship the student qualifies for.

Tuition Incentive Program ($5,000)

Graduates of Allentown Diocesan schools and Oblate high schools who are entering DeSales in the Fall are offered $5,000 awards.