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 - $18,000. All applicants are considered, and no additional application is required.
Scholarships at Holy Family have been established through the generosity of benefactors of the University, including corporations, individuals, and foundations. The amounts and number of scholarships depend on annual income from endowment funds and annual gifts provided by donors and vary each year.
Students must apply for these awards by completing the Scholarship Application Form, available during the Fall semester on the Holy Family website. Usually, students must have completed at least one semester at Holy Family University before consideration is given for an award. Consideration is not typically given to students pursuing a second bachelor's degree.
While many named scholarships are based on merit and include a variety of specific criteria, most also include consideration of financial need. It is in the student’s best interest to have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file in the Financial Aid Office. This helps to document the student’s relative case for financial consideration as part of the competitive process. Policy may mandate that the FAFSA be on file to be considered for any named scholarship that includes need as a criterion; please check at the time of application. The Institutional Scholarship Selection Committee selects recipients of most named scholarships. Committee membership includes administrators, faculty, and staff.
The following are awards based on merit only, need only, or merit and need. Awards are given in varying amounts depending on available funding, and the eligibility of candidates to receive awards. Many scholarships have additional criteria, such as service, loyalty to the University, qualities of character, or pursuit of a particular academic major or career path.
Note that every scholarship is not offered every year. Awards depend upon candidate eligibility as well as available funds. New scholarships may be added at any time.
The Adele Leboy Scholarship for Women in Science was established in memory of Adele Smythe Leboy, Chemistry major, Class of 1962, to encourage and assist Sophomore, Junior, or Senior women students of great promise, whose academic achievement and commitment to careers in science indicate their ability to excel in the area of science to which they are committed. The scholarship was created in 2006 by Adele's husband, Edward Leboy, her business partner, Marcia Borysthen, colleagues, family, and friends as a tribute to Adele's personal and professional achievement, including her gift for mentoring others. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit and need, and is restricted to candidates who meet the required academic profile.
This scholarship was created by Holy Family Trustee Al Tegler. 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 University Alumni Association, this endowed scholarship is awarded to the children of Holy Family graduates. The recipients are at least sophomore students, have a satisfactory record, and give evidence of financial need. It is not renewable.
This Scholarship was created by Dr. Beth Ann Swan '80 BSN to honor her grandmother. The Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more nursing students in good standing.
The Anthony J. and Mary Ann Szuszczewicz Merit Scholarship is awarded to a Holy Family University 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.
This scholarship was established in 2017 to recognize an outstanding member of Holy Family's Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The scholarship is awarded annually to a member of Campus Chapter in good standing academically and within the organization. Preference is given to leadership positions.
The Carl F. and Elizabeth M. Gregory Scholarship is awarded to a student athlete on the basis of merit and need. It seeks to recognize and assist those who have distinguished themselves in their sport and in the classroom. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required and preference is given to a member of the basketball or soccer teams.
The Chris and Bobby Himes-Viskovich Memorial Scholarship was established in 2009 by the family and friends of these two brothers in remembrance of their lives and talents. It is awarded on the basis of merit and need to a student who is taking or has taken art classes at Holy Family University.
This scholarship was created to honor Christine Gibson, a 1974 alumnae, the chronically ill sister of Mark and Roy Gibson, the donors of the scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving woman basketball player, majoring in education. If a suitable basketball player is not found, then a woman softball, volleyball, or soccer player may be considered. Christine was a dedicated teacher and member of the NJEA who was stricken with Alzheimer's disease at a very early age.
This Scholarship celebrates the Holy Family Class of 1960. It was created at the suggestion of Virginia "Gini" Fluehr Campbell '60, who has actively encouraged her fellow classmates to help provide the needed funding. The scholarship is awarded annually to one or more students in good standing.
This scholarship celebrates the Holy Family Class of 1964 and is awarded annually to one or more students in good 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.
This scholarship was created in memory of the late Dean of the Holy Family School of Business by his widow, Dr. Catherine Akel. It is awarded annually to one or more outstanding business students with demonstrated financial need.
The scholarship honors Dr. Thomas J. McCormick, who taught English at Holy Family for twenty-nine years, and retired in 2000 as professor emeritus. This scholarship was established by a former student of Dr. McCormick to assist a full or part-time junior or senior on the basis of merit and financial need. Preference is given to students majoring in humanities disciplines or education specializing in a humanities area. The recipient must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and a strong commitment to the humanities as a vocation.
This Scholarship was created by Dr. Beth Ann Swan '80 BSN to honor her parents. The Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more nursing students in good standing.
The Faculty Senate Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who demonstrates a continued contribution to the Mission and community of Holy Family University and who demonstrates scholastic promise. All full-time, part-time, and accelerated under-graduate students who do not receive need-based financial aid are eligible to petition for the scholarship.
Merit and financial need as well as a 2.5 or above grade point average are the basic requirements for students receiving this award. 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 Organization of Holy Family University will be given preferred consideration.
This scholarship is awarded to a student who maintains a 2.8 cumulative GPA, is involved in the athletic department and one other campus organization; displays both strong leadership qualities and a good sense of humor; and shows financial need. 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 University. The award is based on merit and need and recognizes loyalty to the University and potential for success.
The Francis T. Markiewicz Memorial Scholarship is an endowed scholarship 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," this scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit as well as financial need and also recognizes 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 Gerardine Colgan Endowed Scholarship was established in December 2007 by Dennis Colgan, to honor his wife, Gerry, in perpetuity by assisting undergraduate students in need and of promise. The scholarship favors graduates of Little Flower High School for Girls and requires evidence of the ability to do college-level work. The scholarship aims to discover a vision of excellence and achievement in the students' lives, but whom others recognize as having the academic potential for success.
This scholarship is given to an outstanding student-athlete majoring in nursing. The scholarship 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. This scholarship 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.
This scholarship is awarded annually to one undergraduate student in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need.
This 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. The scholarship was established in 2010 by Margaret Swoboda Kelly, VP for Institutional Advancement at Holy Family University, in memory of her parents.
The James F. Higgins Annual 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 Janet V. Mackiewicz Endowed Scholar-Athlete Award is given annually to athletes, selected by the University's 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, he or she will continue degree studies at Holy Family. These awards can be applied toward tuition, books, room, board, or other outstanding expenses owed to the University. The Institutional Scholarship Selection Committee will serve as steward for the award. Janet V. Mackiewicz is an athlete and retired teacher, who earned a dual B.A. in Psychology/Elementary Education from Holy Family in 1999 and a Masters of Education in 2009. Her GPA was 4.0. After retirement, she continued studies in art.
The Janet V. Mackiewicz Endowed 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, US citizens or not. A 3.5 cum or above is required with the recognition that GPA represents the scholar's desire to delve into content above and beyond what is required, because he or she realizes that university studies are an unique opportunity to become as knowledgeable, wise, and competent as possible about one's future contributions to our community, country, and world. This scholarship acknowledges the struggles and dynamics of world citizens within this group, no matter what the country of heritage. Janet is a grandchild of both maternal and fraternal immigrants from Poland.
This endowed scholarship was created in 1992 by the late Emanuel S. Kardon in honor of his secretary of 25 years, Jaye Grochowski, and is awarded annually. The scholarship 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 Jeanette Sardella Narcisi 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 scholarship is funded by Jeanette Narcisi Lacovara '62 to honor the memory and accomplishments of her mother, an astute pioneering businesswoman.
The Richards family established the Jenna Richards Memorial Scholarship in 2017 to honor their daughter who was tragically killed in an automobile accident. The scholarship will be presented to a member of the women’s soccer program who has a strong sense of commitment, dedication to being her best, strives to exceed her potential, and is committed to developing every aspect with an emphasis on strength and conditioning.
This endowed scholarship, established by their now deceased son, Casimir J. Machowski, is given 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, comptroller and business faculty member at Holy Family University from 1984-1989, who died in a tragic accident shortly thereafter. The scholarship was created as a tribute to John by his family. It is based on merit and need and is given to a student majoring in business and earning a grade point average of at least a 3.0. The award varies in size and is given annually to a student(s) exemplifying the qualities for which John Barclay will be remembered: integrity, loyalty, caring and dedication.
Given for the first time in 1991, the scholarship is awarded 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. The scholarship is awarded to a serious student, qualified on the basis of both scholastic ability and financial need.
This scholarship is awarded to Philadelphia firefighters who are pursuing a bachelor's degree in the Fire Science and Public Safety Administration Program. Recipients of the scholarships are generally Junior and Senior level students. It is geared toward preparing students for leadership roles in emergency management and safety administration as well as in developing critical thinking and decision-making abilities.
Professor Emeritus Dr. Lawrence Riley, who retired from teaching history at Holy Family University in 2000, created this award in conjunction with his wife, Adrienne. The purpose is to promote greater interest in history at Holy Family University by granting a scholarship to the most outstanding current Holy Family Junior or Senior level History major. It is given at the recommendation of qualified candidates from the History faculty.
Established by Sister M. Rita Partyka on behalf of her sister, Leona Patterson, this scholarship is for a non-traditional female student, perhaps a needy adult who was not able to start or to continue her college/university studies because of a past serious, personal condition or obligating humanitarian situation which required her full-time care.
The family, faculty, and friends of Linda Gallagher created this award to honor her commitment to teaching and principles to which she dedicated her creative energies as a member of the Nursing division from 1984 to her sudden death on November 8, 1990. This scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in nursing, who exemplifies the characteristics that Linda exemplified: leadership in nursing, professionalism in nursing, scholarship in nursing, and service.
The family and friends of Marion Von Rosenstiel created 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. The endowed scholarship is awarded to a Junior majoring in English or Communications, is based on academic merit with a 3.5 GPA and scholastic promise. It is given only when the English and Communications faculty, in cooperation with an ISSC representative, 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.
This award 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.
This scholarship was created by faculty member Dr. Mary Wombwell and her husband, Robert Wombwell. 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 NewCourtland Senior Services, 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. The scholarship will be awarded to the same recipient in subsequent years providing the recipient remains in good academic standing.
This scholarship honors the memory of Regina "Gerty" Rocks. Gerty was a loyal fan and supporter of her nieces, Mary Ellen and Christine McCollum and the entire women's basketball program at HFU. For eight straight seasons from 2006 to 2014 she attended every home game and any away games that she could. This scholarship was created as a tribute to Gerty by the McCollum Family. It is based on merit and need and is given to a women's basketball player who shows dedication, commitment and loyalty to the game of basketball and the Holy Family Women's 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. The scholarship is given 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.
This endowed scholarship was established in memory of Robert F. McKeon by his cousin, Walter H. McKeon. The scholarship is awarded to an English/Communications major, who is a Junior or Senior student and who plans a career in journalism or related fields. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit, need, and potential for success.
Created by family and friends, this scholarship honors Samuel and Edith Veitz, parents of Sister M. Frances Veitz, CSFN, '65, EdD, former Director of Cooperative Education. 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 selected will be a talented, organized, and disciplined student who knows that to excel both athletically and academically requires sacrifice and effective time management skills. The award encourages student-athletes who strive to be well-rounded and recognizes them as role models for their teammates. It is given to a full-time student-athlete who has displayed superior performance in one or more sports, and who has excelled academically.
This scholarship is awarded annually to one or more students with demonstrated financial need, who have excelled in math or science at Holy Family University. The scholarship is funded annually by a group of alumni, who studied together and motivated each other to succeed during their time at Holy Family, and who have created this scholarship 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, particularly Dr. Arthur Grugan, Mr. George Haynes, Sister Grace Kuzawa, Dr. Thomas McCormick, and Dr. Lynda Micikas.
This scholarship is awarded annually to a student in the School of Education with demonstrated commitment to community service. The scholarship is funded by Dr. Linda Tinelli Sheive '62 to honor the memory and accomplishments of her great aunt, Sister Clara Grochowska, CSFN, PhD. Sister Clara 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 a partial tuition scholarship to a full-time undergraduate Senior who is a concentrator in Psychology. The scholarship is awarded 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.
Established by Sister M. Frances Veitz, CSFN, '65, EdD, former Director of Cooperative Education, the scholarship is awarded to a senior who has attended and participated in various professional development opportunities; career fairs, workshops, employer panels, etc., and who will represent the University community after graduation in the job market in a positive light.
Donations were made to the newly established endowment fund in honor of Sister Francesca’s 25 years as President of Holy Family University. The funds generated by the endowed scholarship are awarded at the prerogative of the University President and are restricted to first-time, full-time freshmen.
Sister Marcella Binkowski, CSFN Scholarship for Meritorious Service is awarded to an undergraduate student in recognition of the merit of his/her leadership and service within the Student Government Association. The recipient must carry a grade point average of 2.5 or above and have been a Holy Family student for at least two semesters. Qualified candidates should possess strong leadership abilities in light of the mission and core values of the university with their Student Government responsibilities. Financial need is also considered.
This award is given annually in memory of Sister Mary Lillian Budny, the third president (1972-1981), and professor of biology, who taught at Holy Family from 1959-1979. The 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 non-renewable and varies in size.
Initiated by the Class of 1997 and continued through other funding, this scholarship is awarded to a student involved in a variety of University and community-related volunteer activities.
This scholarship is awarded to a student of outstanding academic achievement, who also has significant need. Its purpose is to recognize, encourage and assist gifted students who persevere in their studies amidst financial and other challenges. The scholarship 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.
The Southampton Window Cleaning and Janitorial Service Scholarship was established at Holy Family University 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.
This endowed scholarship is given in memory of Stanislaus J. 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.
This 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 University and its students as an academic advisor for many years. He also served as a professor of Mechanical Engineering and Dean of the Evening College at Drexel University. The selection of this scholarship is based on a combination of merit and financial need.
Established by Sister Aloysius Sabacinska, CSFN, PhD, and her family, this endowed scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit, financial need, loyalty to the University and potential for success. Sister Aloysius was 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.
This scholarship was created by Holy Family classmate Marianne Clisham Harrington 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.
The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust, established under the will of William Wikoff Smith, awards these trust grants annually. Grants favor students with financial need, disadvantaged or minority students, and those with special needs. Awards are made to full-time students maintaining a grade point average of 2.5 or better and on the basis of need and potential for success. Grants cover the full academic year and have the possibility for renewal. Recipients often have displayed caring and service toward others, reflective of the mission of the Smith Trust to better the Delaware Valley by helping those most in need.
An endowed scholarship, the award was first given in 1992, and thereafter, annually, to a Holy Family University 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 Walter J. Swartz, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund was created by the family and friends of Walt Swartz, '92, who worked for the Athletic Department since his freshman year, serving as event staff manager for men's and women's basketball and volleyball for 20 years until his sudden death at the age of 38 in September 2009. Son of Holy Family alumna Catherine Morse Swartz and Walter J. Swartz, Sr., young Walt was fun-loving and enthusiastic, a spirited and dedicated volunteer for the University. The scholarship is awarded to a student who continues in Walt's footsteps to serve the Athletic Department.
The Women's Soccer Alumni 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.