At Donnelly, we are committed to helping you receive plenty of financial aid and to making the process as simple as possible.

To apply for scholarships/grants at Donnelly:

  1. Complete the admissions application

  2. Complete the scholarship/grant application - 30+ Scholarship opportunities on one application! 

Note: Priority deadline for all 2017 -18 scholarships is March 1, 2017 (unless otherwise noted).

Note: Total institutional scholarship amount cannot exceed total tuition and fees. Check with Financial Aid for more information.  


Complete list of scholarship opportunities can be found here


Presidential Scholarship

Merit-based award covers 100% of tuition and fees 


3.5 cumulative high school GPA

Minimum 24 on ACT or Donnelly placement test equivalent

Renewable up to 4 semesters with a 3.25 college GPA 

Limit of 5 new recipients per year

Bloch Scholarship

Merit-based award covers 100% of tuition while at Donnelly College and tuition after transferring to UMKC to complete a four-year degree


U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident

Demonstration of financial need (Pell Grant eligible)

Less than 36 hours of college credit as of August 2016

Must live in Kansas City metropolitan area

High school diploma or GED

Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

Sister Jerome Scholarship

Merit-based award covers 75% of tuition and fees


3.25 cumulative high school GPA

Demonstrated financial need

Renewable up to 4 semesters with a 3.25 college GPA

Limit of 5 new recipients per year

Bishop Donnelly Scholarship

Merit-based award covers 50% of tuition and fees


3.0 cumulative high school GPA

Completion of FAFSA by March 1st

Renewable up to 4 semesters with a 3.25 college GPA

Limit of 5 new recipients per year


Catholic High School Award

$1,000 per semester


Provide an official transcript from an accredited Catholic high school

Maintain full-time enrollment status

Renewable up to 8 semesters (excludes summer)

Heartland College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) Grant

Merit-based award of $1,650 per semester plus first year academic and social support and loaner laptop. 


Be a US citizen or permanent resident

Be identified as a current or former migrant (Definition: Student has, or has at least one immediate family member who has, spent a minimum of 75 days during the past 24 months as a migrant or seasonal farmworker; or is eligible to participate, or has participated, in a Migrant Education Program or the National Farmworkers Jobs Programs)

Enroll as a full-time student with freshman status

Commit to participate in all required Heartland CAMP services and activities

Renewable up to 2 semesters (excluding summer)

National Science Foundation STEM Scholarship (more info) 

Need-based renewable award of $2,000/year 


US citizen, nationals of the US, aliens admitted as refugees, or permanent residents

Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems or an Associate degrees with emphasis in Information Technology, Math or Natural Science

Renewable each semester through graduation as long as you maintain a 3.0 GPA in STEM courses

Must have at least a 3.0 GPA overall or a STEM GPA of at least 2.5 from high school or transfer institution

Students receiving scholarship support must maintain full-time student status (minimum 12 credit hours per semester and participate in all required Project S4 activities

Both incoming freshmen and transfer students may qualify; associate degree students must be incoming freshmen

Demonstrated financial needs as defined for undergraduate students by the FAFSA

BizFest Scholarship

Merit-based award of $2,000 per semester


3.5 cumulative high school GPA

Participation in BizFest (certificate required)

Minimum 18 on ACT or Donnelly placement test equivalent

Award is renewable with a 3.25 college GPA

Limit of 4 new recipients per year

Endowed Scholarships

More than 25 need, merit, and criteria-based scholarship opportunities of different award amounts 

Scholarships have various selection criteria that may include:  

Financial need

Academic achievement

Course of study 



Religious affiliation 

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Note the scholarship-specific application processes and deadlines

Student Support Services (TRIO) Grant Aid Award

Limited to current students only; based on availability, 


Pell Grant eligible (determined by FAFASA)

First-generation college student and/or financial need

GPA above 2.0 and in academic good standing

How to apply:

Submit completed application to Mary Pflanz in room 211b

Deadline: April 15 for fall semester; November 15 for spring semester

KC Scholars 

Whether you're a high school student or adult learner who is looking to continue your education, you may be eligible to apply for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation's new KC Scholars program and attend Donnelly College.

KC Scholars is available to low and modest income students living in Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in Missouri, and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. 

Donnelly College will accept these two scholarships from the KC Scholars Program:

Traditional Scholarship (available for students starting Fall 2018 or later)
- applications submitted by students in their 11th grade year 
- awarded up to $10,000 per year, renewable up to five years 
- must maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher 

Adult Learner (available for students starting Fall 2017 or later)
- must be age 24 or older 
- awarded up to $5,000 per year, renewable up to five years 

Applications can be submitted online. For more information about KC Scholars, visit


Michael T. Pepple, Jr.
Director of Financial Aid
(913) 621-8740