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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.

Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunties

  • 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 2021 or Spring 2022 as a freshman, full-time, traditional day student.
    • You must apply to DeSales University no later than December 1, 2020. Your completed scholarship application, essay, and resume must be returned by December 1, 2020.
    • 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 - $21,000 - $24,000
    • Trustee Scholarships - $17,000 to $19,000

    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.

  • Transfer Student Scholarships

    Scholarships start at $16K

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

    • Aviat I: $16,000/year
    • Aviat II: $18,000/year
    • Aviat III: $20,000/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.
  • Catholic Liturgical Music Scholars Program

    This generous award provides 3/4 tuition scholarships to three incoming freshman who exhibit significant choral singing ability.

    The award is automatically renewed for each of your four years at DeSales. This select group of 12 singers serves as the core members of all three DeSales University choirs. As a recipient of the award, you will also private weekly voice lessons. 

    The Play it Forward Endowment presents an unique opportunity for CLM Scholars who complete the program to apply for a $2,500 cash award to “play it forward”—that is, to go forth and contribute to the musical life of their parishes, churches, schools, or communities.

    Learn more about the CLMS program

    Note: It is NOT required that you be a Catholic to receive this award—singers of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome in our choirs. Also, note that this scholarship represents the full funds you can receive from DeSales University and would supersede any other university award you may have received.

  • DeSales Choral Scholarship

    Ranging from $1000 to $4000, recipients will receive this award each year for participation in the DeSales University Choirs.