Scholarships and Resources for Catholic Students

Find faith-driven scholarships for public service education and other academic tracks, plus explore student support resources to help you reach your career goals.

Whether planning to attend one of the nation’s 250+ Catholic universities or a public college, students in the Catholic community can find plenty of financial aid and other student support to help make their education and career dreams a reality. In this guide, we provide details on 20 scholarships for Catholic students, including those who want to earn degrees that train them for various public service careers, where they can use their education to make the world a better place. Also included is a comprehensive list of advocacy groups, financial aid guides, and other resources that provide additional support during and after college.

Scholarships & Grants for Catholic Students

Scholarships and grants are an important source of funding for all students, and those who want to earn public service-related degrees—such as social work, public health, counseling, and public safety degrees—are no exception. Get started by checking out 20 standout Catholic scholarships we’ve listed below.

General Scholarships & Grants

Organization

Catholic Community Foundation

Amount

$750 - $5,000

Deadline

Varies

Eligibility

Multiple scholarships are available to students who have attended a Catholic high school in Arizona.

How to Apply

Students should submit two letters of recommendation and demonstrate their commitment to the church, academic achievement, and extracurricular activities.

Organization

Catholic Order of Foresters

Amount

$600

Deadline

11/30/20 (Annual)

Eligibility

This scholarship is available to members of the Catholic Order of Foresters who are at least 17 years old and plan to attend an accredited college.

How to Apply

Students who have been a member for at least two years can apply on the organization’s website.

Scholarships & Grants in Public Service

Organization

Aquinas College

Amount

$1,000 - $3,000

Deadline

Varies

Eligibility

This scholarship is for students at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee who are enrolled in a teacher education program.

How to Apply

Log on to the school’s website to apply.

Organization

Annuvia

Amount

$500

Deadline

7/31/20 (Annual)

Eligibility

This scholarship is offered to students studying to enter a public safety field, such as emergency medical services, public safety administration, and public health.

How to Apply

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and enrolled in a two- or four-year college. An essay is required with the application.

Student and Career Resources for Catholic Students

There are several education, academic, social, and financial resources available to help assist Catholic students as they pursue their studies. Here are some of the most helpful examples.

Financial Aid

30 Top Scholarships for Public Service StudentsOn this page, public service students can find our curated list of the top sources for scholarships.

Getting Financial Aid for Your Public Service DegreeThis page on our website includes information on how to find and apply for different types of financial aid to fund a public service degree.

Knights of ColumbusThe Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal organization that is dedicated to providing financial assistance to its members and the families of members.

National Catholic College Admission AssociationThis organization provides information on various types of ways Catholic students can fund their education, including grants and scholarships.

Reducing Your Student Loans Through Acts of Public ServiceOn this page, we explain how loan forgiveness programs work and how public service students can take advantage of them.

Professional Development and Networking

Catholic Psychotherapy AssociationThe Catholic Psychotherapy Association is an interdisciplinary organization that connects clinical therapists, psychology professors, members of the clergy, and students in the shared goal of promoting mental health practice rooted in the tenets of the Catholic faith.

Catholic Social Workers' National AssociationThis organization is designed to connect Catholic social workers in the dual dedication to their profession and their faith. The group provides resources to members, as well as the opportunity to connect at an annual conference.

National Catholic Educational AssociationThis organization is dedicated to strengthening Catholic education through leadership, advocacy, and professional development. Some activities Catholic educators can participate in include events that provide hands-on training and webinars covering various topics in Catholic education.

Young Catholic ProfessionalsYoung Catholic Professionals is a national organization designed to inspire workers in their 20s and 30s to excel in their careers as they incorporate their faith into their work. The organization has local chapters around the country that allow members to meet regularly, as well as a conference where all members can get together to expand their networks as they engage in religious activities.

Advocacy Groups

Catholic Health Association of the United StatesThe CHA is made up of professionals at health facilities around the country who provide care with the compassion that the Catholic faith calls for. The organization works to promote the profession and tell the story of Catholic healthcare workers to legislators in order to improve the medical system.

National Black Catholic CongressThis group works in concert with National Roman Catholic organizations to represent the needs of African-American Roman Catholics. The association offers various resources to educate the community about African-American Roman Catholics around the world.

NETWORKFounded by Catholic Sisters, this organization promotes and encourages social justice, peace, female leadership, equality, and diversity. Grounded in strong advocacy work, the group lobbies politicians on issues that help Catholic people improve conditions in their communities.

Public Service Education

American Counseling AssociationThe ACA provides counseling articles, practice briefs, continuing education, and podcasts on this page.

Council on Social Work EducationThis page includes various resources from CSWE initiatives that cover topics such as social policy, gerontology, mental and cognitive health, and medication management.

Health Resources and Services AdministrationThis page from the HRSA includes resources that are useful for people in the public health field.

National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers & StudiesThere are resources for cybersecurity professionals, as well as students training to enter the field, on this page.

Teacher.orgThis website includes free guides, articles, and lesson plans for teachers.