Though there are few scholarships intended specifically for Catholic students, there are some scholarships designed especially for students entering Catholic colleges. If you are entering a Catholic college and want to exhaust all possible funding opportunities, be sure to check out some of these scholarships that might be right for you.
The Knights of Columbus award $1500 to more than 60 students entering a Catholic college or university as a freshman. They reserve 12 awards for students at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., but the other 50 awards go to students at any Catholic institution. The award is renewable each year for four years so long as the student performs well in school. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit, but students must be members of the Knights of Columbus, a child of a member, or a member of the Columbian Squires.
Also administered through the Knights of Columbus, the John W. McDevitt Scholarship awards $500 to 36 students entering their freshman year at a Catholic university or college. Unlike the Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarships, there is no institutional quota to fulfill. But applicants must be members of the Knights of Columbus or the child of a member.
Formerly the Catholic Aid Association, Catholic United Financial offers scholarships for students who have been members of their organization for at least two years. They offer $500 to students attending Catholic colleges and universities and $300 to students attending any other accredited institution. To be eligible, students must be entering their freshman or sophomore year of college, though applicants can be any age. They do not, however, give scholarships to students who have received an award in the past.