Annual and Endowed Scholarships

List of  Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students as a result of the generosity of our donors who believe in the value of a La Roche University education.

Below are descriptions of the scholarships that list both the eligibility requirements and renewal guidelines. To apply, please visit our scholarship application pageThe deadline for applications is Monday, March 11, 2019.  Questions can be directed to scholarships@laroche.edu.

Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship

Description:  The Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship was established by the Alumni Association Board in 2009 to benefit children (natural-born and adopted), stepchildren, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of alumni of La Roche University. Numerous alumni from all majors have given generously of their resources throughout the years to make this scholarship possible. Non-renewable award.
Requirements:  Applicants must be children (natural-born or adopted), stepchildren, grandchildren, nieces or nephews of alumni of La Roche University.  Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.  Essay and two letters of recommendation are required (incoming freshman must have letters from their high school teachers; current La Roche students must provide letters from La Roche faculty).
 

Angela J. Longo '89 Endowed Scholarship

Description:  Alumna Angela J. Longo established the scholarship as a result of her profound belief in the value of a college education and her interest in assisting individuals who are either beginning their higher education or returning to college to complete their education as adult learners (age 24 and older). This scholarship will help to remove some of the financial barriers that may hinder the achievement of their academic and professional goals. Renewable award.
Requirements:  Applicants must be a full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student from any major at La Roche University. Preference will be given to students who have the greatest need for financial assistance, the greatest potential to succeed, and who are beginning or returning to college as adult learners (age 24 and older).  Applicants must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and remain in good academic standing during the award term.  Essay and two letters of recommendation are required.
 

Campana Modern Languages Endowed Scholarship

Description:  Established by Dr. Louis F. Campana, in memory of Sister Mathia Pfeil and Sister Godfreda Pfeil, to encourage the study of foreign languages. Non-renewable award.
Requirements:  Applicants must have completed at least one full year of modern language study at La Roche, are currently enrolled in a modern language course and who plan to use a modern language in their career. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required and must be from La Roche faculty.
 

Carol '81 & Hugo Churchill Endowed Scholarship

Description:  This award commemorates the late Mrs. Churchill's educational experience at La Roche University. Non-renewable award.
Requirements:  The scholarship provides for an annual award to a junior or senior the next academic year with 60 or more credits (30 obtained at La Roche) with demonstrated financial need and academic achievement. Preference will be given to adult learners returning to college after a period of absence and who have shown an interest in women’s issues, rights or equality. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required and must be from La Roche faculty.
 

Christina Fragasso Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Description:  This scholarship, established by Robert Fragasso, La Roche University Trustee, is in memory of his parents, Christina and Alfonso Fragasso, who worked extremely hard to provide their son with opportunities for a better life. His parents' belief in the value of education, along with the guidance he received from dedicated teachers, supportive friends and military instructors were instrumental in his success as an entrepreneur and investment advisor. Renewable award.
Requirements:  Applicants must be a full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student from any major. Preference will be given to students having the greatest need for financial assistance and who have the greatest potential to succeed. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and remain in good academic standing during the award term. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required (incoming freshman must have letters from their high school teachers; current La Roche students must provide letters from La Roche faculty).
 

Coach Scott Lang Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Description:  Donations from family and friends of Scott Lang have enabled the establishment of this endowed scholarship in his memory. Coach Lang was in his 18th year at La Roche University and 14th year as the beloved head coach of the Men's basketball team. His legacy exemplifies what coaching means to a team and its players - dedication, mentoring and taking a sincere interest in students as individuals. Renewable award.
Requirements:  Applicants must be a full-time domestic or international student in any of the following majors: Child & Family Studies, Criminal Justice, Religious Studies, Elementary Education and English Education (Language & Literature). Applicants must have a minimum 2.75 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required (incoming freshman must have letters from their high school teachers; current La Roche students must provide letters from La Roche faculty).
 

Daniel W. Schneider Memorial Endowed Scholarship I

Description:  Established in 1979 in memory of Daniel W. Schneider. Renewable award.
Requirements:  The applicant must be a junior the following academic year and demonstrate curricular and extracurricular involvement. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required and must be from La Roche faculty.
 

Daniel W. Schneider Memorial Endowed Scholarship II

Description:  Established in 1987 in memory of Daniel W. Schneider. Non-renewable award.
Requirements:  This scholarship is open to any student in any major who is a sportsman or sportswoman and is associated with or has close contact with a building trades union. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required (incoming freshman must have letters from their high school teachers; current La Roche students must provide letters from La Roche faculty).
 

Divine Providence Endowed Scholarship

Description:  The purpose of the Divine Providence Endowed Scholarship is to provide a full-time student at La Roche with financial assistance and the opportunity to continue their education. Renewable award.
Requirements:  Applicants must be under-represented students who have an interest in women's issues. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and academic progress of at least 24 credits. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required (incoming freshman must have letters from their high school teachers; current La Roche students must provide letters from La Roche faculty).
 

Dr. A. Kenneth & Doris Hesselberg Endowed Scholarship

Description:  Established by the estate of Dr. A. Kenneth Hesselberg, this scholarship provides one annual award available to a full-time undergraduate student in any major. Renewable award.
Requirements:  Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and demonstrate outstanding academic merit with or without financial need. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Applicant may reapply for subsequent awards provided the student maintains eligibility. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required (incoming freshman must have letters from their high school teachers; current La Roche students must provide letters from La Roche faculty).
 

Dr. Edward and Donna Brett Scholarship

Description:  Dr. Edward and Donna Brett have established the scholarship because of their strong belief in the need for under-represented students from low-income families having access to higher education. This scholarship will assist in removing the financial barriers for those students with academic promise and a commitment to succeed to start and continue their post-secondary education. Renewable award.
Requirements:  This scholarship is open to incoming freshmen students, or current awardee, in any major. The applicant must be from an under-represented population, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States, and have great financial need. Preference given to current awardee. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Essay and two letters of recommendation from high school teachers are required.
 

Dr. MariJean Ferguson Sociology Endowed Scholarship

Description:  This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. MariJean Ferguson, former faculty member and chair of the Department of Sociology, by her family. Non-renewable award.
Requirements:  Applicants must be full-time students with merit and need, and who have an interest in women's issues, rights or equality. Applicants must be beginning or returning to higher education to purse an undergraduate sociology degree after having postponed attainment of that degree due to extenuating circumstances. Freshman applicants must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0. Upperclassmen applicants must have completed at least 15 credit hours and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applicants must maintain full-time student status during the award period. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required.
 

Founders Scholarship Award

Description:  Created by the Sisters of Divine Providence, Marie de la Roche Province, the scholarship awards provide financial assistance to students with merit and significant need as determined by the La Roche University Financial Aid Office. The number and value of awards will vary each year; however, awards are for full tuition, less financial aid received. Renewable award.
Requirements:  Applications are open to any student from any major. Students must be pursuing a degree from La Roche University and maintain the minimum 3.0 GPA throughout the award period. Applicants must satisfy all other educational costs, including, but not limited to: room/board, fees, medical insurance, books, loans, and any outstanding balances owed to La Roche University. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required.
 

Frank & Josephine Zappala Endowed Scholarship

Description:  The scholarship is open to domestic and international undergraduate students. Renewable award.
Requirements:  Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Additionally, applicants must participate in community service, and have a demonstrated interest in international culture, society, language and customs. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required.
 

Frank and Stephanie Palivoda Memorial Scholarship

Description:  This scholarship was established in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Palivoda who were advocates of the extraordinary benefits provided by a Catholic education. From parochial elementary schools where children begin their first formal instruction in age-appropriate ways, to Catholic colleges and universities where students develop the advanced knowledge and skills that will prepare them for successful careers and personal achievements, all students receive a values-oriented education shaped by the Catholic teachings on faith, service and social justice. Renewable award.
Requirements:  Application is open to full-time, undergraduate students from any major who have completed their freshman year or are an incoming transfer student to La Roche University. Preference will be given to students who have attended Catholic school in the past (elementary, middle, high school or college). Applicants must demonstrate either an interest in performing community service/volunteer activities, be currently involved in community service/volunteer activities or have a past history with or a commitment to community service/volunteer activities. A brief essay showing how the applicant meets the scholarship criteria and how the scholarship award will benefit his/her career aspirations and two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's commitment, character and integrity are required. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have financial need. Recipient/s must remain in good academic standing during the award term.
 

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Endowed Scholarship

Description:  This scholarship was established by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Non-renewable award.
Requirements:  This scholarship provides one award for a full-time, undergraduate student or incoming freshman. Full-time student applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and incoming freshman applicants must have a minimum 3.5 GPA. Preference will be given to individuals who demonstrate a sincere interest in and enthusiasm for Greek culture, society, language and customs. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required.
 

John Sorbara Memorial Scholarship

Description:  This endowed scholarship was created in memory of the late John Sorbara, a La Roche University student who passed away in 2004. During his time at La Roche, John was a member of the baseball team and greatly appreciated the support and encouragement of the La Roche coaching staff. John loved playing and coaching others in various sports, in particular, baseball and soccer. Renewable award.
Requirements:  Applicants for this scholarship must be a full-time undergraduate student in a health-related program at La Roche University and must be a sophomore, junior or senior (having completed at least 30 undergraduate credits) in order to be eligible for this scholarship. Students majoring in Nursing or Radiologic Technology are ineligible. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and remain in good academic standing during the award term. First preference will be given to a student majoring in Exercise and Sports Science, or pursuing the Athletic Training Program or majoring in Health Science. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required. Renewable award.
 

Joseph E. Homer Memorial Nurse Anesthetist Endowed Scholarship

Description:  Established in memory of Joseph E. Homer '98, who was a second-year nurse anesthetist graduate student. Non-renewable award.
Requirements:  Applicants must be a nurse anesthetist student currently in their first year and who will be a second year student at the time of the award. Financial need and a minimum GPA of 3.5. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required.
 

Judge Timothy F. & Mrs. Rhea Ryan Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Description:  Established by Andrea and the late Thomas C. Ryan in memory of his parents. Non-renewable award.
Requirements:  This annual award is made to a student majoring in Administration & Management, having completed 30 or more credits from La Roche, and demonstrates academic merit and college/community involvement. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required.
 

Kathryn A. Jolley '81 and Gregory P. Madej Scholarship

Description:  This endowed scholarship, established by alumna Kathryn A. Jolley '81 and her husband, Gregory P. Madej. Renewable award.
Requirements:  Applicants must be full-time or part-time degree-seeking students majoring in Interior Design. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and financial need. Applicants must have completed the conclusive design review. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required.
 

Kris Rosenberg Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Description:  Created in memory of Kris Rosenberg, a former adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology. Non-renewable award.
Requirements:  This scholarship provides for adult learners (age 24 and older) who are either returning to higher education or are beginning their degrees after a period of absence. Returning applicants must have completed at least 15 credit hours during the previous 12 months at the University and have attained a minimum GPA of 3.25. Applicants must have demonstrated financial need and maintain a schedule of at least 9 credit hours a semester during the award period. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required.
 

Manley Scholarship

Description:  This non-endowed scholarship was established by alumna Rose Marie Manley '90 and her husband, Jack Manley, because of their strong belief in the economic and social value of higher education. Renewable award.
Requirements:  This award is for a full-time or part-time junior or senior student for the next academic year who is pursuing a degree in Accounting at La Roche University. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Preference will be given to students with financial need; however, financial need is not a pre-requisite for receiving this award. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required and must be from La Roche faculty.
 

Pacem in Terris Scholarship

Description:  The Pacem in Terris Scholarship is open to all full-time, undergraduate students who have had personal experience with conflict, post-conflict or developing nations. Renewable award.
Requirements:  Applicants must have complied with all United States immigration regulations and completed all secondary studies and all required government examinations for entrance into a university. Applicants must not have the personal finances or access to financial resources sufficient to afford a college education. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, be of good character and motivated to succeed. Applicants must participate in community service activities while enrolled at La Roche. Applicants must commit to return to homeland at some time after graduation and work to improve conditions there. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required.
 

Raymond and Regina Dennis Memorial Award

Description:  This award was established in honor and memory of Raymond and Regina Dennis, who were devout in their faith and proponents of the values-centered Catholic educational system. Non-renewable award.
Requirements:  The applicant must be a full-time or part-time, undergraduate student in any business major with demonstrated financial need and academic merit. Student must be a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident of the United States, and have a minimum 3.5 GPA. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required.
 

Rebecca Bartoldi Memorial Scholarship

Description:  This endowed scholarship was created in memory of the late Rebecca A. (Becky) Bartoldi, a graduate of Shaler Area High School, who pioneered the Occupational Therapy program at La Roche University. After completing her studies at La Roche, Becky went on to earn her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Duquesne University. Becky was an outstanding and beloved student who had a passion for the health sciences field and for academic achievement. Non-renewable award.
Requirements:  Applicants must be a full-time student in a health-related field at La Roche and be in their last year of study at La Roche before transitioning into a cooperative program, or in their final year before graduating from La Roche University. First preference will be given to a student planning to pursue occupational therapy, physical therapy or physician assistant studies. The applicant must have a 3.0 GPA. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required. Non-renewable award.
 

Robert B. Anticole Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Description:  Created in memory of Robert Blaise Anticole who was a strong advocate of the importance of education. Non-renewable award.
Requirements:  This scholarship provides one annual award to a full-time student majoring in Computer Science, Computer Information Science or Information Technology. Applicants must be a junior or senior for the next academic year and have a minimum GPA of 3.65. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required and must be from La Roche faculty.
 

Sister Lisa Paffrath, CDP, Scholarship

Description:  Former Trustee Don L. Canterna and his wife, Catherine Paffrath Canterna, have established the scholarship in honor of Sister Lisa Paffrath, CDP, who is Catherine’s sister. In 2013, Sister Lisa celebrated her 50th anniversary of consecrated life; and, throughout her more than five decades as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence, she has ministered to those in need and from disadvantaged backgrounds. As a counselor in the addiction and mental health fields for more than 20 years, she assisted individuals and families with planning for better life outcomes. Sister Lisa also was a Congregation leader and in the faith formation ministry, each for more than a decade. She is active in the vocation ministry, helping those drawn to the religious life discern how to continue their journey through the intercession of the Holy Spirit.
Requirements:  Applicants must be a full-time undergraduate student from any major and have completed at least 30 credits at La Roche University. In addition, applicants must meet one or more of the following criteria: be from an international and/or disadvantaged background; have a great financial need (particularly if due to a recent financial or family crisis); exhibit a demonstrable spirit of service or ministry to others; be enrolled in La Roche University's Providence Institute, and through this program show the potential for academic success. Essay showing how applicant meets the scholarship criteria and how the scholarship award will benefit his/her career aspirations and two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's commitment, character and integrity are required. Recipient/s must remain in good academic standing during the award term.
 

Sister Mary Joan Coultas and Sister Mary Thomas Kadyszewski Endowed Scholarship

Description:  Alumnus Michael Mlinac '77 established the scholarship to show his heartfelt appreciation and respect for both Sisters. Sister Mary Joan, who is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence, and the late Sister Mary Thomas, who was a member of the Felician Sisters of Coraopolis, were his most influential instructors, mentors and role models while he was at La Roche University. He attributes much of his personal and professional success not only to their academic and managerial excellence, but also their ability to develop a student's intellectual curiosity to ask questions and confidence to pursue the answers. Renewable award.
Requirements:  Applicants must be a full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in either math, business administration or accounting at La Roche University. Preference will be given to students who have the greatest need for financial assistance and the greatest potential to succeed. Applicants must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and remain in good academic standing during the award term. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required.
 

Stanley Michalek Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Description:  This scholarship was established in memory of Stanley Michalek. Non-renewable award.
Requirements:  This annual award is made to a full-time undergraduate student with 90 or more credits majoring in Administration & Management with preference given to an accounting major. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required.
 

Tem Tipton Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Description:  The Tem Tipton Memorial Endowed Scholarship has been established by her family in tribute to her professional achievements as a reference librarian and teacher and in honor of her community service.
Requirements:  Applicants must be full-time, undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree in Education or English and have completed their freshman year. Financial need and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants must demonstrate current or past involvement with community or volunteer activities.
 

The Honorable William J. Coyne Memorial Scholarship

Description:  This scholarship was created in memory of the late Congressman William J. Coyne, who represented Pittsburgh with distinction in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 2003. Before embarking on his long and successful career in public service, Congressman Coyne earned a B.S. in Accounting degree while working as a corporate accountant. This formed the basis of his support of higher education and, in particular, opportunities available for non-traditional students. His father was an emigrant from County Galway, Ireland, and he was particularly proud of his Irish roots and of being a first-generation college graduate. Renewable award.
Requirements:  Applicant may be a full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student from any major. Preference will be given to students having the greatest need for financial assistance and who have the greatest potential to succeed. Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and remain in good academic standing during the award term. First preference will be granted to a student who meets some or all of the following criteria: represents the first generation of their family to attend college; demonstrates a sincere interest in and enthusiasm for the Irish culture, heritage, society and customs; is a veteran of any of the Armed Services of the United States; whose parents/guardians (living or deceased) are members or veterans of any of the Armed Services of the United States; whose parents/guardians (living or deceased) are active or retired members of a governmental or law enforcement body; or can demonstrate that they are preparing to pursue a career in public service. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required.
 

Walter & Dolores Bold Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Description:  This endowed scholarship was established on behalf of the late Walter and Dolores Bold who were well known for their generosity in support of education and the arts in the Pittsburgh area. For more than twenty years, Mrs. Bold remained a close friend of La Roche University and an advocate of the institution's mission and long-term future. Renewable award.
Requirements:  Applicants for this scholarship must be a sophomore, junior or senior for the following academic year and may be a full-time domestic or international student in any major. Minimum 3.0 GPA must be maintained throughout award term. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required and must be from La Roche faculty.
 

Zaffuto Family Endowed Scholarship

Description:  Established by alumnus George T. Zaffuto '85, in memory of his parents Gerlando "George" and Ignatias "Betty" Zaffuto. Non-renewable award.
Requirements:  This scholarship award provides one annual award to a full-time or part-time graduate student in the Human Resource Management Master's Degree Program. Applicants must demonstrate academic merit with financial need, have a minimum GPA 3.0, and be a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident of the United States. Essay and two letters of recommendation are required.