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.

To apply, please visit our scholarship application pageThe deadline for applications is Monday, April 13, 2020.  Questions can be directed to

Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship

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. 

Angela J. Longo '89 Endowed Scholarship

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.

Campana Modern Languages Endowed Scholarship

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. 

Carol '81 & Hugo Churchill Endowed Scholarship

This award commemorates the late Mrs. Churchill's educational experience at La Roche University. Non-renewable award. 

Christina Fragasso Memorial Endowed Scholarship 

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.

Coach Scott Lang Memorial Endowed Scholarship 

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.

Cora Stehman Dwyer Memorial Scholarship 

This non-endowed scholarship was established by alumna Janice L. McCarthy '02, MSW, LSW in memory of her mother, Cora Stehman Dwyer. Mrs. Dwyer was known for her compassionate, caring and nurturing demeanor, always sensitive to the needs of others. In recognition of Mrs. Dwyer's spirit, this scholarship will provide financial assistance to students pursuing a career in nursing - a helping and caring profession that makes a difference for patients on a daily basis. Renewable award. 

Daniel W. Schneider Memorial Endowed Scholarship I 

Established in 1979 in memory of Daniel W. Schneider. Renewable award.

Daniel W. Schneider Memorial Endowed Scholarship II 

Established in 1987 in memory of Daniel W. Schneider. Non-renewable award.

Divine Providence Endowed Scholarship

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. 

Dr. A. Kenneth & Doris Hesselberg Endowed Scholarship 

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. 

Dr. Edward and Donna Brett Scholarship

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. 

Dr. MariJean Ferguson Sociology Endowed Scholarship

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.

Founders Scholarship Award

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.

Frank & Josephine Zappala Endowed Scholarship 

The scholarship is open to domestic and international undergraduate students. Renewable award. 

Frank and Stephanie Palivoda Memorial Scholarship

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. 

George O. Lauth Memorial Scholarship

This non-endowed scholarship was established by alumna Sandra Lauth Mervosh '91, SPHR, and her husband George, in memory of her father, George O. Lauth. The late Mr. Lauth raised three daughters and believed strongly in opening the opportunity to obtain higher education to women. Non-renewable award. 

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Non-renewable award.

John Sorbara Memorial Scholarship

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. 

Joseph E. Homer Memorial Nurse Anesthetist Endowed Scholarship

Established in memory of Joseph E. Homer '98, who was a second-year nurse anesthetist graduate student. Non-renewable award. 

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

Established by Andrea and the late Thomas C. Ryan in memory of his parents. Non-renewable award. 
Kathryn A. Jolley '81 and Gregory P. Madej Scholarship 

This endowed scholarship, established by alumna Kathryn A. Jolley '81 and her husband, Gregory P. Madej. Renewable award.

Kris Rosenberg Memorial Endowed Scholarship 

Created in memory of Kris Rosenberg, a former adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology. Non-renewable award. 

Manley Scholarship

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.

Pacem in Terris Scholarship

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. 

Raymond and Regina Dennis Memorial Award 

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.

Rebecca Bartoldi Memorial Scholarship

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. 

Robert B. Anticole Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Created in memory of Robert Blaise Anticole who was a strong advocate of the importance of education. Non-renewable award. 

Sister Lisa Paffrath, CDP, Scholarship 

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.

Sister Mary Joan Coultas and Sister Mary Thomas Kadyszewski Endowed Scholarship 

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. 

Sister Mary Thomas Kadyszewski Distinguished Service Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established as a tribute to Sister Mary's 22 years of service to the La Roche University community as a member of the faculty. Non-renewable award. 

Stanley Michalek Memorial Endowed Scholarship 

This scholarship was established in memory of Stanley Michalek. Non-renewable award.

Tem Tipton Memorial Endowed Scholarship 

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. 

The Honorable William J. Coyne Memorial Scholarship

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.

Walter & Dolores Bold Memorial Endowed Scholarship 

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. 

William Sherman Feeny Endowed Scholarship

Established in memory of William Sherman Feeny by his sister, Anne Louise Feeny, the scholarship provides an award to a motivated student from any major who will be a senior in the fall semester and has financial need.

Zaffuto Family Endowed Scholarship 

Established by alumnus George T. Zaffuto '85, in memory of his parents Gerlando "George" and Ignatias "Betty" Zaffuto. Non-renewable award.