[CUA Office of Public Affairs]

Oct. 26, 2001


In First Year, Parish Scholarship Program Benefits Students From 38 States

CUA Initiates Two New National Scholarship Programs

The Catholic University of America is renewing a nationwide parish scholarship program that “exceeded every expectation” in its inaugural year and has benefited hundreds of new freshmen currently enrolled at the university.


The university is also launching two new national scholarship programs that will be offered to graduating high school seniors: one for those who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and one for those with outstanding records of service.


Last year, Catholic pastors throughout the United States were invited to nominate high school seniors from their parishes for the Parish Scholarship Program. Catholic University offered an annually renewable $3,000 scholarship to every parish-nominated high school senior accepted for admission at the university for the fall 2001 semester.


More than 800 students from parishes in 43 states were nominated. Of that number, 555 students were admitted and 256 high school seniors from 38 states enrolled. Forty percent of the incoming freshman class received parish scholarships.


“The Parish Scholarship Program was created as one tangible way that we could express our appreciation for the generous support that The Catholic University of America receives from parishes across the country in our role as the national Catholic university of the Church in America,” said the Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of CUA.  “Response to the program exceeded our every expectation and I hope we can award more scholarships in the second year, as the program becomes better known.”


Catholic University is the only institution of higher learning in the United States created by the U.S. Catholic bishops and the university receives substantial annual support from Catholic parishes through a nationwide diocesan collection.


Dale M. Herold, dean of enrollment at Catholic University, announced that for the 2002-2003 academic year Catholic University is initiating two new scholarships for which high school officials across the country will have an opportunity to nominate deserving students.


The Award of Excellence is an annually renewable $10,000 scholarship to students who  have an SAT score of 1300 or an ACT score of 28; have a GPA of 3.5 or are in the top 20 percent of their class; and are applicants in the Early Decision program (apply by Dec. 15, 2001, and make a commitment within 30 days of receiving their acceptance notice to attend Catholic University).


The Leadership/Service Scholarship is an annually renewable scholarship of $5,000 to students who have made important contributions of leadership and service to their school, church or community; have an SAT score of 1200 or ACT score of  28; and a GPA of 3.4.


“We have sent information about these two new scholarship programs to thousands of high schools across the country,” said Herold. “Our goal is to attract to our national university students from all over the United States who have worked hard and achieved much in the classroom as well as those who have given of themselves and have served with distinction.”


High school officials are being invited to nominate as many qualified students as they wish; however, only three scholarships in each of the two programs (Award of Excellence and Leadership/Service) will be awarded per school.


Qualified students are eligible to receive both the Parish Scholarship and either the Award of Excellence or the Leadership/Service Scholarship. The latter two scholarships cannot be combined.


More information on the three scholarship programs can be found at http://admissions.cua.edu/ or by calling 1-800-673-2772.


Located in a picturesque residential area of Washington, D.C., Catholic University offers undergraduates more than 80 majors and programs including business, communications, computer science, politics, drama, music, architecture, engineering, biology, nursing, philosophy, theology, pre-medical and pre-law. Established in 1887 as a graduate and research center, the university began offering undergraduate education in 1904. More than 5,500 graduate and undergraduate students are enrolled there.


For more information, contact Victor Nakas or Chris Harrison at 202-319-5600.





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