College can be affordable, especially at Donnelly! 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 2020-21 scholarships is February 1, 2020 

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

PDF of available scholarship opportunities.

Presidential Scholarship

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


  • 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

Henry W. Bloch Scholarship

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


  • 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
  • Plan to attend Donnelly College
  • 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 about the Henry W. Bloch Scholarship. 

Nursing, Middle and Secondary Education degrees are excluded

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)

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)

National Science Foundation STEM Scholarship 

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


  • US citizen, nationals of the US, individuals 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

Learn more here. 

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 50 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
  • Ethnicity
  • Residency
  • 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 FAFSA)
  • 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 109

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

Hispanic Development Fund

Awarded annually based on availability


  • 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.

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

Traditional Scholarship

  • 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

  • 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

Learn more about KC Scholars. 

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