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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 2020 or Spring 2021 as a freshman, full-time, traditional day student.
    • You must apply to DeSales University no later than December 1, 2019. Your completed scholarship application, essay, and resume must be returned by December 1, 2019.
    • 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 - $20,000 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.

  • Transfer Student Scholarships

    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: $10,000/year
    • Aviat II: $12,000/year
    • Aviat III: $14,000/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.
  • NEW! Catholic Liturgical Music Scholars Program

    DeSales University offers a partial (75%) tuition scholarship to three students each year throughout the course of undergraduate study.

    The focus of the program encompasses advanced musical development at the individual level, while also focusing on ensemble and leadership skills. This is done through the exploration of great sacred music and traditions, including the rich body of Roman Catholic Church music of the past century and beyond.

    These twelve students also serve as the core singers of the DSU Schola Cantorum and receive private voice lessons each week as part of their course of study. 

    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 Fund

    This program allows eligible students to receive an annual scholarship for participation in the DeSales University Choirs. Accepted or prospective students must audition during the University’s Fall Scholarship Day programs to be considered for a financial award for the coming academic year. Current students may audition at any time contingent upon the availability of awards.