We are no longer accepting applications for academic year 2021-22.
The Sister Thea Bowman Black Catholic Educational Foundation provides scholarship opportunities to those young African-Americans who might not otherwise have access to quality, Catholic higher education.
Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the scholarship:
- Must be African-American
- Must have explicit need for financial assistance
- Must have applied to one of the Catholic colleges or universities with whom we partner (listed below)
Scholarship awards range from $2,000 - $7,500 annually, dependent on need. These funds are available on a year-by-year basis as donations are received by the governing board of the Foundation. Scholarships are available to high school students who are transitioning to college. Scholarship awards will be applied toward tuition, on-campus room and board, and books.
Scholarships are available for undergraduate degrees only and cannot be used to pay off existing student loans.
High school students interested in pursuing a college degree are encouraged to apply for the Sister Thea Bowman Foundation Scholarship.
To be considered, please complete the Online Scholarship Application, and email the remaining documents to the address on the application page. Applications must be submitted no later than March 26th of the current year to be considered. Further instructions can also be found on the Application Page.
College and University Partners
The following Catholic colleges and universities partner with the Sister Thea Bowman Black Catholic Educational Foundation to offer scholarships:
- Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
- La Roche University, Pittsburgh, PA
- Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA
- Assumption University, Worcester, MA
- The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
- Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
- DePaul University, Chicago, IL
- Dominican University, River Forest, IL
- University of St. Mary, Leavenworth, KS
Scholarship Recipient at The Catholic University of America
"I think one difference between me and some other people is that I'm content to do my little bit. Sometimes people think they have to do big things in order to make change, but if each one of us would light a candle, we'd have a tremendous light."
Sister Thea Bowman, Interview with Mike Wallace, "60 Minutes," CBS, 1987