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 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 2019-2020 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.
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 shows an enthusiasm for learning, especially in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subject areas . 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.
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.
Frank J. Smida Jr. Annual Scholarship
This scholarship will benefit a working-class family with demonstrated financial need who have a strong desire to provide their children with a Catholic education. This $2,500 renewable scholarship will be awarded annually to incoming freshman students, and is renewable annually provided the recipient maintains the eligibility requirements.
The St. John Neumann Endowed Scholarship
The St. John Neumann Endowed Scholarship is a four-year renewable merit scholarship awarded annually to two incoming freshmen. This scholarship is reserved for those who have a deep intellectual curiosity, are committed to excellence in their academic work, and will undertake the most rigorous academic programs at OLSH. To be considered for this scholarship, students must apply to and be accepted to OLSH, submit their seat deposit, and demonstrate academic and leadership potential at the elementary/middle school level. Students will be selected based upon the materials in their application file (including but not limited to standardized test scores, middle school grades, and behavior/conduct marks) as well as their performance on the placement exam. Selected students will receive a $7,500 academic merit scholarship per academic year to OLSH, provided renewability criteria are met annually. The scholarship awarded may not exceed the amount of tuition when combined with other scholarships or grants received, and recipient families will be responsible for the remaining tuition as well as all fees.
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.
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 Monday, 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) assists families in planning for the financial aid and scholarship application process. It is open to any family, current or prospective, with students who plan to attend OLSH. 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. (Click below for a copy of the slides from January 2020.)