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:
Scholarship finalists will be invited for an interview with student life staff to determine if you're one of our six Leadership Scholarship recipients!
- 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.
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
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
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 two incoming first-year students 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.
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.
The Joseph F. Mullen, Jr., and Kelly J. Mullen Endowed Scholarship
Through the generosity of Joseph F. Mullen '85 and Kelly J. (Conley) Mullen '87, DeSales is pleased to offer this needs-based scholarship for students interested in studying in the business or nursing disciplines.
The selected student will receive this scholarship for four (4) years, provided they continue to meet the following criteria:
- is a full-time undergraduate student at DSU
- has a demonstrated financial need
- is in good academic standing with University guidelines
The Mullens are very proud alumni of DeSales University and want to give back to future students to help with the recruitment and retention of quality individuals in the spirit of St. Francis de Sales.
Preference for this scholarship will be given to a student in Business or Nursing. The Associate VP for Enrollment Management and the Director of Financial Aid will select the student according to the criteria outlined above. DeSales University reserves the right to reinvest the amount of the award back into the corpus if there is no student matching the criteria.
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:
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
Applications will be accepted starting February 1, 2022.
Applications are due no later than March 15, 2022.
- Decisions regarding the scholarship recipients will be made by the scholarship committee.
- Scholarship money will awarded and divided into four equal amounts to be disbursed over all four academic terms.
- The scholarship money will be awarded per matriculated student based upon demonstrated need and the number of applications submitted. Recipient students will be notified no later than May 19, 2022. A sample of the Stabler Foundation Information handout that is provided when scholarships are awarded is enclosed with this application document for your review.
How to Apply
- Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) form no later than March 15, 2022.
- 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:
Subject line: ABSN Scholarships
Include the date of your FASFA submission in the email.