Thanks to the generous support of Catholic University alumni, donors, and friends, we can offer a range of scholarships that recognize and reward you for outstanding academic performance in high school — as well as exceptional leadership and service in your school, church, and community.

All First-Year and Transfer scholarships are awarded by the Office of Admission. Only undergraduate students are eligible for consideration for Admission scholarships. Consideration for university scholarships is made during the admission application process. Late applications or applications from continuing students will not be considered. University scholarships are awarded based on prior academic performance and are not subject to future increases (except for the Archdiocesan Scholarship).

University scholarships can only be applied to tuition charges billed by The Catholic University of America during the academic year (i.e. during the fall and spring semesters) and are automatically renewed up to eight semesters or until you complete your current degree, whichever comes first. Transfer students' length of eligibility is prorated based on the number of credit hours accepted by their academic departments. University scholarships require that a student maintains continuous full-time enrollment status (a minimum of 12 credit hours) in a degree program and is registered by the end of the add/drop period (as published in the University Announcements and Schedule of Course Booklet) each semester. Students are responsible for adhering to all scholarship requirements. Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined in the University Announcements and under the Policies and Procedure section of the Financial Assistance website.

Archdiocesan Scholarship 

Qualifications: For consideration, students must be at the top of their high school class with at least a 3.8 unweighted GPA in a highly demanding curriculum. Finalists will be asked to participate in an interview with University faculty.  No separate application is required.

In addition to maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), Archdiocesan Scholarship recipients are required to maintain a 3.20 cumulative grade point average at all times. 

The Catholic University Scholarship 

The amount awarded varies, with the current four-year scholarship ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. 
Qualifications: Candidates must have an exceptional academic profile as determined by the quality of their high school curriculum, GPA, and class rank (if provided). Catholic University is test-optional; students will receive full consideration for all merit awards regardless of whether they submit standardized test scores.
Application: No separate application is required. 

Most Reverend David M. O’Connell Service Scholarship

Established in 2010, this scholarship will be awarded each year to an entering freshman student from the Diocese of Trenton in New Jersey who embodies Bishop David M. O’Connell’s dedication to service. The scholarship honors Bishop O’Connell, C.M., who was appointed coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Trenton by Pope Benedict XVI in June 2010. Bishop O’Connell served as the 14th president of Catholic University for 12 years before stepping down. During his tenure, Bishop O’Connell emphasized commitment to service, a reflection of his episcopal motto – Ministrare non ministrari – meaning “to serve and not to be served,” from the Gospel of St. Mark.

This four year, full-tuition scholarship will be awarded to a student with a demonstrated record of service, and a commitment to service while at Catholic University. This award does not require a separate application or nomination form, but students who are interested are strongly encouraged to submit a service resume highlighting service to their communities, schools, and parishes. Applicants are considered for this award based upon the completed Undergraduate Application for Admission. Finalists will be asked to participate in an interview.

Parish Scholarship

First-year and transfer applicants who are parishioners of Catholic churches in the United States and Puerto Rico are eligible for consideration for this $3,000 scholarship, renewable for up to four years. Receipt of this scholarship is not automatic and only one Parish Scholarship will be awarded per student.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure the Parish Scholarship information is completed as part of the admission application process. Applicants seeking consideration are required to complete the Parish Scholarship information section included on the Common Application. The required information must be submitted with the application and students cannot request consideration at a later date. No adjustments to scholarship awards will be made after admission and scholarship decisions have been rendered.

Legacy Grant

Beginning with the Fall 2017 enrollment term, first-year and transfer students who have a parent, grandparent, or sibling who graduated from Catholic University (undergraduate, graduate, law) are eligible for the Legacy Grant, which is a $1,000 grant renewable for up to four years.

No separate application is required. All first-year and transfer students who are offered admission and meet the above criteria will automatically receive this grant.

School and Departmental Scholarships

Some schools and departments within the University offer scholarships to students applying to study in certain fields. Top applicants will be automatically considered for these scholarships during the admission review process, but awards are limited. A separate application is not required. 

Phi Theta Kappa (Transfer Students Only) 

Available to transfer applicants who are active members of Phi Theta Kappa at their current two-year colleges. To qualify for this award, applicants must provide a copy of their PTK certificates with their application for admission.

Donor-Sponsored Scholarships

Alumni and Friends of The Catholic University of America have generously provided funding for our students. A portion or all of your scholarships and or need-based grant may be funded through one or more of the following Donor-Sponsored Scholarship funds. Please note: you may not apply directly for these scholarships. 
  • Adela Pavia-Soto Scholarship for Hispanic Students
  • Andrew B. Candelaria Scholarship
  • Annie Lee Knowles Horton
  • Bishop of Pittsburgh Scholarship
  • Brady Family
  • Brother Patrick Ellis Scholarship
  • Carl A. Westerkamp American Indian Scholarship
  • Casey Korbecki
  • Charles Genovese Memorial
  • Class of 1959
  • Class of 1984
  • Collier Chemistry Scholarships
  • Craves Family Scholarship
  • Daniel E. Finnegan
  • David Lynch Scholarship
  • Dennis & Johanna Cadigan
  • Diocese of Rapid City Scholarship
  • Dolores Wahl Griswold
  • Double H Housing Corp.
  • Dr. James Donnelly
  • Edward J. Pryzbyla Scholarship
  • Farone Foundation
  • Flanigan
  • Frank A. Grasso Scholarship
  • Good Thief Hyland Scholarship
  • H.R. Franco Scholarship
  • Helene Monney
  • Horace McKenna
  • Hurley Diconcini Scholarship
  • James L. DeChard
  • John A. and Eileen F. Carr Scholarship
  • John Mosby Russell Scholarship
  • Joseph & Eunice Rankin
  • Joseph & Mary Della Ratta Scholarship
  • Kast Family Scholarship Fund
  • Loughran Foundation
  • Martin Richard Smith
  • Mary J Feik Scholarship Fund
  • Maureen Daley Favo Scholarship
  • Milholland Memorial Scholarship
  • Monsignor James Magner
  • Monsignor John J. McMahon
  • Mother Theresa Scholarship
  • Murray/Talbot
  • Nicholas Michael Hand
  • Noel J. Slakey Scholarship Fund
  • Olive S. and Edward C. Sweeney Scholarship
  • Patrick X Garvin Endowment
  • Patton Memorial Scholarship
  • Richard W. Clifford
  • Roman Catholic High School
  • Schmitt Family Scholarship — Music
  • Schmitt Family Scholarship — Science
  • Senator’s Club Scholarship
  • Talbot/Richard Scholarship
  • The Alpha Delta Gamma Scholarship
  • The Anthony Miranda Scholarship Fund
  • Toomey Family
  • USX Scholarship Fund
  • Walter E. Norris Scholarship
  • William J. Byron Scholarship

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Through the D.C. Consortium, Catholic University students may choose to enroll in one of the following programs. Please contact the appropriate office for more information.

Through Georgetown University: Hoya Battalion
Contact Phone Number: 202-687-7023
Contact Email:

Through The George Washington University (nursing students only)
Contact Phone Number: 202-994-5880
Contact Email: 

Air Force ROTC
Through Howard University
Contact Phone Number: (202) 806-6788
Contact Email: 

Additional scholarship information for prospective ROTC students:

Private Scholarships

The listed scholarship search sites are free to search and are not affiliated with CUA. Most scholarship databases do not charge a fee to utilize their search process but may contain individual scholarships that require an application fee or membership to an organization. Make sure to research all scholarship requirements before applying. The Office of Student Financial Assistance recommends FastWeb as our top choice for free online scholarships searches.

FastWeb Scholarship Search

Recommended by over 15,500 high schools and 3,500 colleges, FastWeb is the nation’s largest, most accurate and most frequently updated scholarship database online. FastWeb provides free scholarship searches, personalized scholarship matching, and automatic email notification of new scholarships that match a student’s profile.
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College Board’s Scholarship Search

Complete a brief questionnaire and Scholarship Search will find potential opportunities from their database of more than 2,300 sources of college funding that match your education level, talents and background. All of the scholarship information is based on the College Board’s Annual Survey of Financial Aid Programs, which is mailed out to over 1,200 sponsoring organizations each year.
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U.S. Department of Labor Statistics (Career One Stop) Scholarship Search

Search more than 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities.
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