We know that investing in Catholic education is a sacrifice for many families. Below is an overview of how to apply for financial aid, scholarships available, and expenses to anticipate. If you have any questions about our tuition assistance program, or if you have any changes to your financial situation throughout the year, please call or email the business office.
Applying for Financial Aid
Applications are due March 16, 2020 for financial aid for the 2020-2021 school year.
All applications for OLSH Tuition Assistance are due Monday, March 16, 2020, and are only accepted online through FACTS Tuition Management System.
To apply for OLSH Tuition Assistance via FACTS:
- Access the OLSH Tuition Assistance Application via the FACTS logo (to the right or bottom of the page) or by clicking here.
- Once you access FACTS Tuition Management for the first time, you will be prompted to create a new account and create a username and password. Please make sure you keep track of your username and password for future reference.
- Under “FACTS Grant & Aid”, you will see “Apply for Financial Aid with FACTS”. Click on the “Start Application” button.
- Complete the application and pay the $25 non-refundable application fee.
- Be sure to complete and submit your 2019 taxes as soon as possible to finalize your application
- Please Note: If the child for whom you are requesting financial aid is not listed as a dependent on your 1040, you must submit the Individual Income Tax Return of the person claiming the child.
Financial aid is comprised from a variety of sources, including individual donations, Pennsylvania's EITC and OSTC programs, and subsidies from the Felician Sisters and other groups. Families are encouraged to apply for financial aid by the deadline to ensure consideration for assistance.
Scholarships Available to Incoming Freshmen
St. Francis and St. Clare Scholarships
The St. Francis and St. Clare Scholarships will be awarded annually to a well-rounded, motivated incoming freshman boy and girl who displays academic achievement, demonstrates leadership potential, exemplifies a life a true Christian presence, and is involved in extra-curricular activities and community service. The scholarship will be a one-time financial award of $1,000. This merit scholarship will not adversely affect other financial assistance that the student may receive.
St. Felix Scholarship
The St. Felix Service Scholarship will be awarded annually to an incoming freshman boy who displays academic achievement, exemplifies a life a true Christian presence, and a commitment of service to parish and community. The scholarship will be a one-time financial award of $1,000. This merit scholarship will not adversely affect other financial assistance that the student may receive.
Sr. Mary Denise Bernas Scholarship
The Sister Mary Denise Bernas Scholarship is awarded to a well-rounded incoming freshman boy who manifests good character and judgment through a spirit of volunteerism in a school, parish, or community. This young man will demonstrate financial need. The amount of the scholarship is determined annually.
Sr. Mary Pulcheria Saukaitis Endowed Scholarship
The Sr. Mary Pulcheria Saukaitis Endowed Scholarship was established in honor of Sr. Mary Pulcheria Saukaitis ‘39, former OLSH teacher and principal. It will be awarded annually to an incoming freshman student who demonstrates financial need and meets other eligibility requirements to be announced. This scholarship is a renewable annual financial award of $1,000, if the student maintains the scholarship’s eligibility requirements.
William J. Wolf Endowed Scholarship
The William J. Wolf Endowed Scholarship was established in memory of OLSH benefactor William J. Wolf. It will be awarded annually to four incoming freshman girls who are Catholic, demonstrate financial need and exceptional academic ability, and were enrolled at a Catholic elementary school. The scholarship is a renewable annual financial award of $2,000, if the student maintains the scholarship’s eligibility requirements.
Sr. Mary Christopher Moore Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman who demonstrates a sincere desire to be known, transformed and inspired as a student at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School. In the 2018-2019 school year, the amount of the scholarship has been set at $2,000, and will be renewable in part or full throughout the student’s tenure at OLSH.
Michael McNally Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship will benefit a student who has experienced a life-changing personal or family challenge or hardship. The scholarship awardee will have demonstrated perseverance and courage to overcome, and/or an acceptance of their circumstances with faith, hope and love. The scholarship of $1,000 per school year is renewable through the recipient's senior year. This scholarship is offered once every four years, and will re-open for incoming freshman applicants to the 2022-2023 school year.
St. Therese of Lisieux Annual Scholarship
This scholarship will benefit a student who has been personally impacted by chronic illness and exemplifies resilience in the face of adversity. This $500 renewable scholarship will be awarded annually to incoming freshman students, and is renewable annually provided renewability criteria are met.
Scholarships Available to Current OLSH Students
The Poleski Family Scholarship
The Poleski Family Scholarship benefits a student completing his or her freshman year who is in need of tuition assistance for the sophomore year of study. This full-tuition* scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who demonstrates a love of learning as well as a propensity for helping people, and who exudes empathetic concern for others. The scholarship is renewable in the junior and senior years if the student maintains the scholarship's eligibility requirements.
*"Full-tuition" is satisfied by totaling any and all financial aid and scholarship support already received by the selected recipient and then adding financial support from the Poleski Family Scholarship Fund to address the remaining tuition amount due. Fees and other expenses will remain the responsibility of the scholarship recipient's family.
The Collier Family Incentive Scholarship
The Collier Family Incentive Scholarship benefits a student completing his or her freshman year who is in need of tuition assistance for the sophomore year of study. The recipients are drawn from the Poleski Scholarship pool of applicants. This scholarship will be awarded on an as-needed basis (as determined by the benefactor) to a student who demonstrates a love of learning as well as a propensity for helping people, and who exudes empathetic concern for others. The scholarship is renewable in the junior and senior years if the student maintains the scholarship's eligibility requirements.
John A. Mihaloew Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded annually to an OLSH student entering his or her senior year of study, who demonstrates creativity and “out of the box thinking”, and who has made a significant impact at OLSH and/or in the community. This $2,000 scholarship is awarded in the spring of the student's junior year, and does not require an application process as the recipient is selected by a committee.
Other Sources of Scholarships & Tuition Assistance
Diocesan Bishop's Education Fund: Application due March 16, 2020
A limited pool of tuition assistance is available through the Diocese of Pittsburgh's Bishop's Education Fund (BEF) program, and is independent of the OLSH tuition assistance program. BEF monies are available for families applying to OLSH who are registered members of a Catholic parish within the Diocese of Pittsburgh. These monies are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the Diocese, and are typically awarded over the summer.
To apply for BEF monies, complete your FACTS application for OLSH as normal, indicating your intent to apply for BEF where listed in the application. Be sure to also complete the Pastor Verification Form, have your pastor sign the form, and submit it to the OLSH Business Office as soon as possible.
Additional aid may be available through other local non-profit organizations including the Knights of Columbus, Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, The Crossroads Foundation, The Kyle B. Wilson Foundation, and the The Poise Foundation. For more information on these programs please visit their websites. Please note that additional scholarships may be available through other organizations such as your parish, parochial school, local Knights of Columbus, and others.
OLSH Scholarship and Tuition Assistance Information Night - Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 6:30 pm
This informative evening with Mrs. Jessica Sellman (Admissions) and Mrs. Cathy Neubert (Business Office) will assist prospective families in planning for the financial aid and scholarship application process. Learn how to maximize your investment in an OLSH education for your child! We also invite you to meet with us if you have extensive questions regarding the application process -- contact the Admissions Office at (412) 262-3300 to make an appointment.