Scholarships

Seminary Scholarship Opportunities

The Pontifical College Josephinum offers access to a variety of scholarships for seminarians, each with unique qualifications and prerequisites.

As a supplement to federal and state programs, the Pontifical College Josephinum makes financial aid available from its own resources and development efforts. These scholarships are distributed from various funds honoring specific donors, as noted below. They are available to all full-time students who are accepted as candidates for the priesthood by the Josephinum. Our founder dedicated his life to assisting students in need, particularly as he recalled his own journey to priesthood. For this reason, a significant amount of available funds is reserved for scholarships. In order to qualify for a Jessing scholarship, the student must file a FAFSA and thoroughly investigate all other avenues of aid.

Msgr. Jessing also recognized the importance of encouraging academic excellence and leadership skills. As priests are called to teach, to sanctify, and to lead in the Church, the Pontifical College Josephinum actively seeks to challenge, nurture, and develop the personal gifts candidates bring to vocational discernment and priestly formation. The Josephinum encourages gifted students and motivated leaders to put their best gifts at the service of the Church.

This program memorializes our founder’s mission that no worthy candidate be denied a chance to study for the priesthood because of finances. In 1992, with the celebration of the Josephinum’s centennial as a pontifical seminary, a special fund was established to assist students in need. Scholarships are disbursed in accord with the norms of state and federal programs.

Beginning in 1992, students from the Diocese of Columbus were awarded scholarships based on their residence in Columbus, their need, and merit. Other criteria include academic records, Church involvement, and recommendations. This scholarship is renewable with a 2.5 GPA or better and can be used for tuition.

As part of the Mildred M. Daniel Memorial Endowment Fund, financial aid is given to students in need, with preference to students from Seneca County and northwest Ohio. Miss Daniel, a devout Catholic, was particularly interested in fostering vocations to the priesthood. This scholarship can cover tuition in whole or part, and is renewable at the discretion of the administration, provided that continued leadership in the Josephinum is coupled with a GPA of 2.5 or better.

A scholarship endowment was established by the William H. Davis, Dorothy M. Davis and William C. Davis Foundation in memory of Arthur Prendergast, an attorney who for many years served as a member of and adviser to the Board of Trustees of the Josephinum. The recipients are known as the Arthur Prendergast Scholars. High school GPA and class rank, SAT/ACT scores, and evidence of personal motivation are taken into account as additional criteria for the award. This scholarship may cover tuition and is renewable at the discretion of the administration, provided that a GPA of 2.5 or better is maintained and significant contribution to the life of the seminary community is made by the applicant.

An alumnus of the Josephinum, Mr. Dechant has served as Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus. A former member of the Board of Trustees, he – along with his wife, Ann – have supported the Josephinum for many years. In 1992, the Bishops in the United States established a scholarship at the Josephinum in the Dechants’ names for the purpose of assisting students in need who also demonstrate academic ability. Other criteria taken into consideration include high school GPA and class rank, SAT/ACT scores, and evidence of personal motivation in application essays, letters of recommendation, and previous life experiences. This scholarship may cover tuition and is renewable at the discretion of the administration, provided that a GPA of 2.5 or better is maintained and significant contribution to the life of the seminary community is made by the applicant.

In honor of our former Registrar and Alumni Director, this scholarship is awarded to college seminarians who have demonstrated academic ability in at least one year at the Josephinum. It is renewable and may be applied to tuition.

To apply for this scholarship, the FAFSA must be filed. High school GPA and class rank, SAT/ACT scores, and evidence of personal motivation are taken into account as additional criteria for the award. This scholarship may cover tuition, room, and board, and is renewable at the discretion of the administration, provided that a GPA of 2.5 or better is maintained and significant contribution to the life of the seminary community is made by the applicant.

This scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit to a full-time student who has demonstrated superior academic achievement. Msgr. Klausing was an alumnus of the Josephinum, Class of 1936, and taught classical languages at his alma mater for over 40 years. Criteria include high school GPA and class rank, SAT/ACT scores, and evidence of personal motivation in application essays, letters of recommendation, and previous life experiences. This scholarship covers tuition only and is renewable at the discretion of the administration, provided that a GPA of 3.50 or better is maintained and significant contribution to the life of the seminary community is made by the applicant.

A close friend of the Josephinum’s fifth rector, Monsignor Adrian F. Brandehoff, Mr. Ramm designated the scholarship to be awarded to the most academically qualified student beginning seminary training at the Josephinum. Criteria taken into consideration include high school GPA, class rank, and SAT/ACT scores.

This scholarship was established to honor a devoted alumnus who also served as the Josephinum’s Treasurer and Vice Rector. A priest of the Diocese of Toledo, Msgr. Schmenk contributed significantly to the present financial stability of the Josephinum. Preference is given to students from the Diocese of Toledo on the basis of need.

A scholarship endowment was established to subsidize the education and formation of seminarians at the Josephinum at the discretion of the President/Rector.

A scholarship Endowment was established through a bequest to the Josephinum to create a permanent full tuition scholarship for needy students.

An endowment scholarship fund was established by the family and friends of Monsignor David Gernatt to provide tuition, room, and board to qualified students. High school rank and SAT/ACT scores and personal motivation are taken into account for the award.

A scholarship Endowment was established through a bequest to the Josephinum to create a permanent scholarship for seminarians.

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