Scholarship Opportunities

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.

Scholarship Requirements

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.

Scholarship Application

Please download the Scholarship Application, complete it, and mail it to the address on the application. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1 of the current year to be considered. Instructions can also be found on the Application Page.

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