To be considered for scholarships complete the Application for Admission to become a Donnelly College student. By doing this you are automatically considered for most Donnelly College scholarships, including Guaranteed Merit Scholarships and more than 50 need-, merit- and criteria-based scholarships!

If you are interested in applying for the Presidential Scholarship or the Henry W. Bloch Scholars Program, please see below for additional requirements. 

Competitive Scholarships

Presidential Scholarship

Merit-based award covers 100% of tuition and fees per semester.


  • Donnelly Presidential Scholarship Application deadline is February 1. 
  • Awarded by scholarship committee based on ACT, GPA and essay. General guidelines for committee include 3.5 cumulative high school GPA or higher and minimum 24 on ACT or Donnelly placement test equivalent
  • Renewable up to 4 semesters with a 3.25 college GPA and full-time enrollment 
  • Limit of 5 new recipients per year

Henry W. Bloch Scholars Program

Need-based award covers 100% of tuition and fees for up to six semesters at Donnelly College and 100% tuition for up to six semesters upon transfer to UMKC. 


  • Application deadline is March 1.
  • Have financial need and be Pell grant eligible, and not be considered for traditional scholarships due to past academic performance or life circumstances. 
  • Be a graduating high school senior or have a GED, or be a current Donnelly College student with no more than 30 credit hours earned and a 2.5 GPA
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. resident residing in the Kansas City Metro Area
  • Must complete an additional application, provide transcripts, supplemental essay, and two letters of recommendation

Learn more and apply for the Henry W. Bloch Scholars Program 

Nursing, Middle and Secondary Education degrees are excluded


Outside and Matched Scholarship Opportunities

Hispanic Development Fund

Awarded annually based on availability from Hispanic Development Fund - Donnelly matches all scholarships provided by the Hispanic Development Fund up to $2,000 per semester


  • Be of Hispanic Heritage.
  • Graduating/have graduated from a Greater Kansas City metropolitan area high school or obtain a general equivalency diploma (GED) from a local organization. (The Greater Kansas City metropolitan area is generally defined as Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, Johnson and Wyandotte counties).
  • Attend/have attended a Greater Kansas City metropolitan area high school for the last three years prior to graduation.
  • Accepted or enrolled in a fully accredited college or university and working toward an associate, bachelor, or graduate degree. (Applicants attending vocational or trade schools are ineligible).
  • Enroll or be enrolled as a full-time student. (A minimum 12 credit hours for undergraduate and 9 credit hours for graduate).

Scholarship applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Proven academic merit as reflected in GPA and answer to essay question.
  • Demonstrated need for financial assistance as exhibited by family's gross income, size of family, and other financial need.
  • Demonstrated community involvement as reflected in the application.

How to apply:
Visit the Hispanic Development Fund website

Applications available January 1 - March 1


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.

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

Learn more about KC Scholars. 


Guaranteed Merit Scholarships

Guaranteed award to students based on GPA and test scores in chart below. Renewable for up to 8 semesters with a qualifying college GPA and full-time enrollment. 

No FAFSA? No problem! Don't let being ineligible for the FAFSA stop you from pursuing your goals. We have many scholarships that do not require you to be eligible for the FAFSA.

No ACT? No problem! Students applying without ACT or SAT scores (or those whose scores do not represent them well) are eligible for all our academic scholarships. Placement testing is offered at Donnelly College for free! 

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Sister Jerome Scholarship*

Merit-based award covers 75% of tuition and fees per semester

Bishop Donnelly Scholarship*

Merit-based award covers 50% of tuition and fees per semester

Donnelly Opportunity Scholarship*

Merit-based award of $1,000 per semester

*Less any federal grants. 


Endowed Scholarships

More than 50 need-, merit- and criteria-based scholarship opportunities of varying award amounts provided by Donnelly’s generous supporters and friends. Scholarships have various selection criteria that may include:

  • Financial need
  • Academic achievement
  • Course of study
  • Ethnicity
  • Residency
  • Religious affiliation
  • Veterans status


Additional Scholarship Opportunities

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

Catholic High School Award

One-time, $1,000 award


  • Current high school graduate 
  • Provide an official transcript from an accredited Catholic high school
  • Limit of 5 new recipients per year 
  • Can be stacked with other awards, grants, and/or scholarships 


Migrant Assistance Program Scholarship (MAP)

Need-based award stacked with any Pell awards to cover up to 100% tuition and fees per semester, plus $250/semester stipend. 


  • US citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • FAFSA/Pell Grant eligible. 
  • Preference is given to students who are identified as a current or former migrant student. (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
  • Renewable up to 2 semesters (excluding summer)
  • Veterans status


Note: Deadline for the Presidential Scholarship is February 1. Deadline for Henry W. Bloch Scholars Program is March 1. These scholarships have additional application requirements beyond the one institutional application. Total institutional scholarship amount cannot exceed total tuition and fees. Most scholarships are not stackable with other institutional aid. Students in nursing programs are not eligible for institutional scholarships. For additional information and requirements contact Admissions or call (913) 621-8706.

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