Scholarships

Holy Family Scholarships

Holy Family Scholarships are available to all applicants for admissions enrolled full-time in a first undergraduate degree program. Holy Family Scholarships are awarded based on admissions academic criteria and range in amount from $8,000 - $21,000. All applicants are considered, and no additional application is required.

Named Scholarships

Named scholarships at Holy Family have been generously funded by alumni and friends of the University. The number of scholarships and the amounts awarded annually depend on the income available from endowment funds and the annual gifts made by donors, which vary every year.

To be considered for a named scholarship, students must complete the Named Scholarship Application every fall. All applicants will be notified of their status after named scholarships are awarded by the Institutional Scholarship Selection Committee in the following spring. To be eligible, students must have completed at least one semester at Holy Family, not be pursuing a second bachelor’s degree, and be in good academic standing.

While many named scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and include specific criteria, such as major, class year, GPA, and service to the University and community, most also include a consideration of financial need. To be considered for any scholarship awarded on the basis of financial need, students must have a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid on file with the Financial Aid Office.

The scholarship was established in memory of Adele Smythe Leboy ’62, who majored in Chemistry, to encourage and assist women students whose academic achievement and commitment to careers in science indicate their ability to excel. It was established in 2006 by Adele’s husband, Edward Leboy, her business partner, Marcia Borysthen, colleagues, family, and friends and is awarded on the basis of academic merit and need.

The scholarship was established by the late Holy Family Trustee Albert W. Tegler, Jr. It honors the memory of his parents and is awarded annually to one or more students with demonstrated financial need who have excelled in theology or philosophy courses.

Established in 1978 by the Holy Family Alumni Association, this endowed scholarship is awarded to the children of Holy Family graduates. The recipients are at least sophomore students, have a satisfactory scholastic record, and give evidence of financial need. It is not renewable. The selection of this award is governed by the Alumni Association and the Assistant Director for Alumni and Parent Relations.

The scholarship is awarded to a nursing student in good standing.

The scholarship is awarded to a Holy Family undergraduate student on the basis of academic merit and all-round excellence, and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 is required. It is restricted to graduates of Nazareth Academy High School, the alma mater of Mary Ann. If there are no eligible graduates of Nazareth Academy, then preference is given to a promising student majoring in Nursing.

The scholarship was established in 2017 to recognize an outstanding member of Holy Family’s Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. It is awarded annually to a member of Campus Chapter in good standing academically and within the organization. Preference is given to a leadership position.

The scholarship was established to honor Christine Gibson, a 1974 alumnae, the chronically ill sister of Mark and Roy Gibson, the donors. It will be awarded to a deserving Woman’s Basketball player, majoring in Education. If a suitable basketball player is not found, then a Softball, Volleyball, or Women’s Soccer player may be considered.

These scholarships are awarded to students in good academic standing.

This scholarship is reserved for students who have shown an extraordinary commitment to community service and who have demonstrated creativity in shaping their volunteer activities. It is given periodically to specific students named by their institutions, all of which are members of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania.

The scholarship was established in memory of the late dean of the School of Business Administration by his widow, Dr. Catherine Akel. It is awarded annually to one or more outstanding business students with demonstrated financial need.

The scholarship is established in memory of Dennis McDaniels ’05, husband of Mary Ellen ’05. In recognition of Dennis being a cross country runner as a student, the goal is to make a $1,000 award annually to a student-athlete. Recipients will be in good academic standing, and will receive the scholarship for one year. It may be awarded to the same recipient in subsequent years providing the recipient remains in good academic standing. Recipients will be recommended by the Director of Athletics.

The scholarship is awarded to a nursing student in good standing.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who demonstrates a continued contribution to the mission and community of Holy Family and scholastic promise. All full-time, part-time, and accelerated undergraduate students who do not receive need-based financial aid are eligible for the scholarship. Members of the faculty fund the scholarship and recommend the recipient.

Merit and financial need as well as a 2.5 or above grade point average are the basic requirements for students receiving this endowed scholarship. Additional criteria include service to others and involvement in campus activities and organizations, or volunteer work in the community, with special emphasis on leadership roles. An equally qualified candidate who is the son or daughter of an active member of the Family and Friends of Holy Family University will be given preferred consideration. The recipient must accept a commitment to become involved with the Family and Friends Organization as a volunteer-liaison with parents of students.

The scholarship is based on financial need and is awarded to a student who maintains a 2.8 cumulative GPA, is involved in the Department of Athletics and one other campus organization, displays both strong leadership qualities and has a good sense of humor. Five members of the Class of 1999 established this scholarship in Father McCafferty’s memory.

 

An endowed scholarship awarded annually by the Gondek families, it honors the memory of Florence S. Gondek, beloved wife of John Gondek, a long-time friend of Holy Family. The award is based on merit and need and recognizes loyalty to the University and potential for success.

The endowed scholarship was established in memory of Francis T. Markiewicz, beloved brother of Theresa M. Krawiec. The award is based on academic merit and financial need and recognizes loyalty to the University and potential for success.

Reflecting the Rotary motto, “Service above Self,” the scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit, financial need and service to others. The recipient must be a resident of Northeast Philadelphia.

Established in 2010, this endowed scholarship is awarded to a full-time, undergraduate student with a 3.0 grade point average or above on the basis of a strong work ethic and potential for success, service and caring for others, and financial need.

The scholarship was established by Dennis Colgan to honor his wife, Gerry, by assisting undergraduate students in need and of promise. Evidence of the ability to do college-level work is required. It aims to discover a vision of excellence and achievement in the students’ lives, and those whom others recognize as having the potential for success.

The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student-athlete majoring in Nursing. It was established to recognize, encourage, and honor the individual that embodies and exemplifies every aspect of a dedicated student and a contributing athlete. The student-athlete is able to balance the rigorous nursing curriculum as well as the demands of collegiate athletics. This person openly demonstrates sportsmanship and is viewed as a role model among his/her peers. It is awarded for student-athletes entering their Junior year or higher with a grade point average of 3.0 or better, along with endorsement by the student-athlete’s coach and the recommendation of the Director of Athletics.

The scholarship is awarded annually to one undergraduate student in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need.

The scholarship is awarded to a Junior or Senior undergraduate student majoring in any area of the humanities, with preference given to majors in English, Communications, Philosophy, or Psychology. Recipients must carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above, and give evidence of serious volunteer engagement, either leadership and service on campus or in the community. Financial need is not the major criteria for selection, but there should be some documented need. It was established in 2010 by Margaret Swoboda Kelly, vice president for Mission at Holy Family, in memory of her parents.

The scholarship is awarded annually to one or more students who are majoring in Accounting; have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better; have demonstrated Holy Family’s mission and core values, and have financial need.

The scholarship is awarded annually to athletes, selected by the Department of Athletics, from each grade level, with the highest GPA. This award also recognizes and encourages athletes who balance athletic responsibilities with university studies. An additional qualification for the Senior is that, without interruption, they will continue degree studies at Holy Family.

The scholarship encourages and supports a values-oriented Senior or graduate student of good character, with an inspiring gift for learning. This scholarship is strictly available for immigrants or first- or second-generation descendants of immigrants, U.S. citizens or not. They realize that university studies are a unique opportunity to become as knowledgeable, wise, and competent as possible about one’s future contributions to our community, country, and world. Janet is a grandchild of both maternal and fraternal immigrants from Poland.

The endowed scholarship was established in 1992 by the late Emanuel S. Kardon in honor of his secretary of 25 years, Jaye Grochowski, and is awarded annually. It recognizes academic merit and financial need as well as the qualities of character for which Jaye Grochowski is known: loyalty, dedication, service, caring, and commitment to Judeo-Christian values.

The scholarship will be awarded to a Senior female student in the School of Business Administration earning a grade point average of at least a 3.0. The recipient will embody the character and special traits for which Jeanette, a true Woman of Valor, will be remembered: love of family, integrity, kindness, passion for helping others, a zest for life, and the ability to bring joy to others.

The Richards family established the scholarship in 2017 to honor their daughter who was tragically killed in an automobile accident, and is awarded to a member of the Women’s Soccer program. It is given to an outstanding Women’s Soccer player who has a strong sense of commitment and dedication to being her best, strives to exceed her potential, and is committed to developing every aspect with an emphasis on strength and conditioning.

The endowed scholarship, established by their now deceased son, Casimir J. Machowski, is awarded to a student who values the freedoms of a citizen of the United States and lives them responsibly. In particular, attention is given to those who by their actions demonstrate the values of religious freedom, political involvement, or education.

The scholarship honors the memory of John Barclay, controller and School of Business Administration faculty member at Holy Family from 1984 to 1989. Established by his family, it is awarded on merit and need to a student majoring in Business and earning a grade point average of at least 3.0. The award varies in amount and is given annually to a student(s) exemplifying the qualities for which John Barclay will be remembered: integrity, loyalty, caring and dedication.

Awarded for the first time in 1991, the scholarship was established in memory of Jozef and Bronislawa Markiewicz by their children. An endowed scholarship, it recognizes the importance of education and the priority placed on it, even at great sacrifice, as demonstrated by the Markiewicz’s sacrifice for their children’s education. It is awarded to a serious student, qualified on the basis of both scholastic ability and financial need.

The scholarship is awarded to Philadelphia firefighters who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the Fire Science and Public Safety Administration Program. Recipients of this scholarship are generally Junior- and Senior-level students. It is geared toward supporting students who will assume leadership roles in emergency management and safety administration.

Professor Emeritus Lawrence Riley, PhD, who retired from teaching history at Holy Family in 2000, established this scholarship in conjunction with his wife, Adrienne. The purpose is to promote greater interest in history at Holy Family by granting a scholarship to the most outstanding current Holy Family Junior- or Senior-level History major. It is awarded at the recommendation of qualified candidates from the History faculty.

Established by Sister M. Rita Partyka, CSFN, ’65 in memory of her sister, the scholarship recognizes a non-traditional female student, whose college/university career was delayed by personal obligations involving humanitarian care.

The family, colleagues, and friends of Linda Gallagher established this scholarship to honor her commitment to teaching and the principles which she exemplified as a faculty member in the School of Nursing. It is awarded to a student majoring in Nursing who exemplifies leadership, professionalism and a spirit of service.

The family and friends of Marion Ahrens Von Rosenstiel established this memorial scholarship to honor her life’s commitment to teaching and the principles to which she dedicated her creative energies as a member of the English Department from 1964 to 1987. It is awarded to a Junior majoring in English or Communications and is based on academic merit and scholastic promise. It is given only when the English and Communications faculty recommends an exceptional student.

This award is provided through the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania by the McLean Contributorship, which established an endowment in 1998. It is awarded to a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a nursing or physician assistant program at one of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities member institutions. The recipient must have at least a 3.0 grade point average, have an extraordinary commitment to community service, and demonstrate creativity in shaping volunteer activities.

The scholarship is presented to a student-athlete who demonstrates passion for the sport of soccer and the ability to carry on the athletic and academic traditions of the Men’s Soccer program.

The scholarship was established by retired School of Nursing faculty member Dr. Mary Wombwell ’81 and her husband, Robert Wombwell M’15. It celebrates the Wombwells’ long connection with Holy Family and is awarded annually to one or more students with demonstrated financial need who have excelled in Nursing courses.

Established by Brenda Nadijcka-Higgins ’73 and Brian Higgins, the scholarship will be awarded annually with the purpose of providing support to a student enrolled in the School of Arts & Sciences who demonstrates financial need, as determined by the University’s Financial Aid Office, beginning in their freshman year. It will be awarded to the same recipient in subsequent years providing the recipient remains in good academic standing.

The scholarship will be awarded annually with the purpose of providing financial support to a student from the City of Philadelphia who demonstrates financial need, as determined by the University’s Financial Aid Office, beginning in their freshman year. It will be awarded to the same recipient in subsequent years providing the recipient remains in good academic standing.

The scholarship honors the memory of Regina “Gerty” Rocks. Gerty was a loyal fan and supporter of her nieces, Mary Ellen ‘15 and Christine ’10 McCollum and the entire Women’s Basketball program at Holy Family. This scholarship was established as a tribute to Gerty by the McCollum Family. It is based on merit and/or need and is awarded to a Women’s Basketball player who shows dedication, commitment and loyalty to the game of basketball and the Women’s Basketball program. The award will vary in size and will be given annually to the Women’s Basketball player who exemplified all of these qualities that Gerty will forever be remembered for.

The Reuscher-Fitzgerald Softball Scholarship was established in 2017 to honor Colleen Fitzgerald and Marilyn Fitzgerald, mother and grandmother, respectively, of Cassandra Fitzgerald-Black ’12 and Raymond and Cyndi Reuscher, the late parents of Tori Reuscher ’15. It is awarded to an outstanding Softball player with a strong grade point average, effective leadership, dedication to the sport of softball, and financial need. Preference is given to History majors.

The endowed scholarship was established in memory of Robert F. McKeon by his cousin, Walter H. McKeon. It is awarded to a Junior or Senior English or Communications major who plans a career in journalism or related fields on the basis of merit, need, and potential for success.

Established by family and friends, the scholarship honors Samuel and Edith Veitz, parents of Sister M. Frances Veitz, CSFN, ’62, EdD. It is awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need to a co-op or internship student who has successfully completed at least one semester at a work-site related to his/her academic major.

The scholar-athlete recipient will be a talented, organized, and disciplined student who knows that to excel in sports as well as studies one has to make sacrifices and use time and energy wisely. The award encourages students who are achieving the goal of being well-rounded students and recognizes them as models for their teammates. It is awarded to a full-time student who has displayed superior performance in one or more sports, and who has excelled academically.

The scholarship is awarded annually to one or more students with demonstrated financial need, who have excelled in math or science at Holy Family. It is funded annually by Dr. Joseph Bushra ’92, Dr. Tracy Dahlke ’85, Mr. Vincent Frascatore ’90, Dr. Kimberly Heyer-Cuesta ’89, Dr. Keith Lafferty ’89, Dr. Lynda Micikas, Dr. Prem Rabindranauth ’90 and Dr. Gerald Wydro ’90 to honor the memory of their classmate, leader, and mentor, Dr. Susan Nowak, and in gratitude for the guidance, encouragement, and passion provided to all of them by Holy Family faculty and staff.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a student in the School of Education with demonstrated commitment to community service. It is funded by Dr. Linda Tinelli Sheive ’62 to honor the memory and accomplishments of her great aunt, Sister Clara Grochowska, CSFN, PhD, who served as chair of the Foreign Language Department and also as academic dean during Holy Family’s early years.

An endowed scholarship, the award provides partial tuition to a full-time undergraduate Senior who is majoring in Psychology. It is awarded to students on the basis of academic achievement with a 3.5 GPA and participation in scholarly or service activities in Psychology, especially activities on campus related to the profession.

Formerly known as The Sister Frances Veitz Award, the scholarship will be awarded on the basis of: 

  • Demonstrate a deeper understanding of the Mission and Core Values of the University through actions, activities, communication with others, community service, and intentionality. 
  • Are set to represent the University community after graduation in the job market in a positive light. 
  • Have participated and attended in various professional development opportunities; career fairs, workshops, employer panels, etc.
  • Recipients will be a Junior, in good academic standing, who will receive the scholarship in their Senior year.
  • Recipients will be recommended by the Director of Experiential Learning.

Alumni and friends established this endowed scholarship on the occasion of Sister Francesca’s 25th anniversary as president of Holy Family. The scholarship is awarded at the prerogative of the University president and are restricted to first-time, full-time freshmen.

The scholarship was established in memory of Sister Lillian Budny, CSFN, PhD, the third president (1971-1981) and professor of biology (1959 to 1979) at Holy Family. This non-renewable scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school Senior on the basis of academic merit, good character, scholastic promise, and financial need.

The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student in recognition of their leadership and service within the Student Government Association. The recipient must have a grade point average of 2.5 or above and have been a Holy Family student for a least two semesters. Qualified candidates should possess strong leadership abilities in light of the mission and core values of the University. Financial need is also considered.

Established by the Class of 1997 and continued through other funding, the scholarship is awarded to a student involved in a variety of University and community-related volunteer activities.

The scholarship is awarded to a student of outstanding academic achievement, who is involved on campus and has significant need. Its purpose is to recognize, encourage and assist gifted students who persevere in their studies amidst financial and other challenges. It was established on the occasion of the 125th Anniversary of the Congregation’s presence in America in 2010 and funded by the Holy Family Province, headquartered in Chicago, on behalf of all of the Sisters serving in America. Requests for consideration, while accepted at any time are only reviewed in the spring, should be addressed to the University president.

The scholarship was established at Holy Family in 2006 by the firm’s owners, the Geib Family, to provide recognition and encouragement and to assist a deserving student who maintains average or above average grades (2.5 GPA or above) and has shown perseverance and resourcefulness in meeting their responsibilities.

The endowed scholarship was established in memory of Stanislaus J. Markiewicz, beloved brother of Theresa M. Krawiec. It is awarded based on academic merit and financial need and recognizes loyalty to the University and potential for success.

The endowed scholarship was established in 2008 by Marianne G. Bradley, in memory of her parents, Mr. Stanley J. and Regina R. Gwiazda. Mr. Gwiazda served Holy Family and its students as an academic advisor for many years. The selection of this scholarship’s recipient is based on a combination of merit and financial need.

Established by Sister Aloysius Sabacinska, CSFN, PhD, and her family, the endowed scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit, financial need, loyalty to Holy Family, and potential for success. Sister Aloysius served as the second president of the University (1959-1971), and continued to serve as Records Assistant and Data Entry Specialist in Continuing Education from 1984 until she retired in 2002. The award honors the memory of her beloved brother-in-law, Stephen.

The scholarship was established by Holy Family classmate Marianne Clisham Harrington ’60 in memory of her friend. It is awarded to an outstanding student in the School of Education with demonstrated financial need.

Sun East Federal Credit Union provides a Holy Family University student the opportunity to apply for the "People Helping People" Award for $1,000. This award is for a student who participated in community service within the last year and can demonstrate having made a positive influence on the community. Criteria: student of Holy Family University, minimum of 30 credits and in good academic standing, and participated in a community service event within the last 12 months.

An endowed scholarship, the award was first awarded in 1992, and thereafter annually to a Holy Family student who is of Polish descent (the son or daughter of either mother or father of Polish lineage/background). Awards are made on the basis of need and merit.

Recognizing a UPS Scholar selected by Holy Family University on the basis of scholastic achievement, citizenship, and leadership, the scholarship is one of many given by United Parcel Service to specific students named by their institutions, all of which are members of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania.

The Van Dyke Nursing Scholarship is given annually in memory of George S. Van Dyke, Jr. and Helene B. Van Dyke by Dr. Kathryn Van Dyke Hayes, Professor of Nursing, and is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate nursing student with demonstrated financial need.

The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust, established under the will of William Wikoff Smith, has made funds available for student financial aid since its inception in 1977. Recipients are selected by the Financial Aid Office, and grants are made to full-time undergraduate students who are permanent residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties or the City of Camden, New Jersey. Grants are renewable in multiple years for students in good academic standing.

The scholarship was established by the family and friends of Walt Swartz ’92, who served in the Department of Athletics as student and alumnus for 20 years. It is awarded to a student who serves the Department of Athletics with the same generous enthusiasm which Walt exhibited.

Established by Matthew Weed ’18, Vontae (Tae) Hilliard ’18, and Taurai Augustin ’18, the scholarship will be awarded to a student-athlete who is successful in Track and Field and/or Cross Country, and in the classroom along with having a team-first mentality. A minimum grade point average of 2.8 is required, and preference is given to a rising Senior of the Men’s Track and Field and/or Cross Country teams.

The scholarship is presented to a student-athlete who demonstrates passion for the sport of soccer and the ability to carry on the athletic and academic traditions of the Women’s Soccer program.