If you are a high school student or if you have been out of high school for less than four years, the top section is for you! 

If you graduated high school more than four years ago, you'll want to skip down to this section.


Carlow Merit Scholarships


A Chart of merit-based scholarships available at Carlow University for first time students

Carlow Awards

These awards, available to full-time, traditional first-year students, may be combined with merit/athletic scholarships and institutional grants as long as they do not exceed the cost of tuition.

  • Legacy Award: Children of alumni (who completed a degree at Carlow University) will qualify for a $2,000/year award.
  • Catholic High School Award: Graduates of a Catholic high school will qualify for a $2,000/year award.
  • Crossroads Award: Crossroads Foundation Scholars who are graduates of a Catholic high school will qualify for a $3,000/year award. This replaces the Catholic High School Award.
  • Mercy High School Award: Graduates of a Mercy-sponsored or Mercy-affiliated high school will qualify for a $5,000/year award. This replaces the Catholic High School Award.


Carlow Need-Based Grants

Full-time, traditional first-year students may qualify for the following grants, as determined by need according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Carlow’s financial aid packaging policy. Amounts vary based on need, with a maximum of $2,000/year per grant. 

  • College in High School Grant: For students who successfully complete a transcripted Carlow University College in High School course with a grade of "C" or better.
  • City of Pittsburgh Grant: For dependent children of an employee of the City of Pittsburgh.
  • Diocese of Pittsburgh Grant: For dependent children of an employee of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh or any parish or school within the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
  • Courtesy Grant: For nieces, grandnieces, nephews, grandnephews, and siblings of a living Sister of Mercy. 
Carlow Grant: For students who demonstrate sufficient need according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Eligibility is limited to a maximum of four academic years as long as the student maintains full-time enrollment and completes an annual FAFSA. Please be advised that moving out of the residence hall will impact eligibility for Carlow Grant.

Note: Because of the nature of federal, state, and institutional guidelines affecting financial aid programs, the information contained in this website is subject to change.  

Carlow Scholarships and Awards, awarded to students at the time of admission, and Need-Based Grant, awarded based on the results of the FAFSA, are available to students who qualify for a maximum of four academic years or eight semesters. 


If you graduated high school more than four years ago, things are a little different for you. Adult students pay a discounted tuition rate and are eligible for the items listed below. 

Scholarships

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship | $2,000 

Available to transfer students with documented membership in Phi Theta Kappa with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and who enroll at Carlow University. May be combined with other scholarships. 

City of Pittsburgh Discount | 20% of tuition

Carlow offers City of Pittsburgh employees and their spouses or partners a 20 percent tuition discount. Annual verification of employment must be provided by the City of Pittsburgh Human Resources Department. Download Verification Form

Endowed Scholarships

Adult undergraduate students (those students who have graduated from high school four or more years ago) may be eligible to apply for scholarships to attend Carlow. A limited number of endowed scholarships listed below will be available for adult students who demonstrate financial need and who enroll at Carlow University as new undergraduate students for Fall 2018. The deadline is August 1st. Click here for the application.

Beverly Childs Endowed Scholarship 
Endowed in memory of Beverly Childs, graduate and administrator at Carlow, for adult student with need

Clark Memorial Scholarship 
Established by Eleanor Clark Quigley '75 in loving memory of her parents for a female adult with financial need

Marva Harris Woman of Spirit® Endowed Scholarship 
Established by PNC Bank in honor of Marva Harris, a Carlow University Woman of Spirit, for an adult with need

Hearst Endowment 
Endowed by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation for adult students with financial need

Mary A. and Frank J. Hren Memorial Endowed Scholarship 
Established by Ray and Carol Hoare Hren, PhD, Class of 1962 and former Carlow University trustee, in loving memory of Carol's parents for adult students with financial need

Anna Mihalik Pupo Scholarship 
Established by her granddaughter and Woman of Spirit ®, Lisa Pupo Lenihan, with the assistance of family members, for a female adult student with financial need

Martha Welsch Crane Endowment 
Established by Martha Crane, this scholarship is for a female adult student with financial need who has overcome challenges to pursue her degree, with preference to graduates of St. Joseph's High School in Natrona Heights.

Regina and Dennis Stover Scholarship 
Preference for this scholarship will be given to students who demonstrate financial need and who are struggling to make a change for the better in their lives through education.

Jacob A. and Frieda M. Hunkele Charitable Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation 
Intended for Adult students with demonstrated financial need. Preference to students who are Pell eligible.

Lt. Col. Charles R. Luke ’50 Scholarship 
Charles R. Luke was a veteran who enrolled at Carlow (then Mount Mercy College) after World War II. This scholarship is for a Pell eligible adult student with less than 70 college credits, enrolled at least half-time, without the benefit of tuition assistance from employer.

Mary Ellen Quinn Endowed Nursing Scholarship 
This need-based scholarship is for a full or part-time adult majoring in Nursing. 

Nancy Dunn Student Book Assistance Fund
This need-based scholarship is for an adult student, to be used for books. Preference will be given to students pursuing a degree in the field of education who demonstrate academic excellence.

Note: Because of the nature of federal, state, and institutional guidelines affecting financial aid programs, the information contained in this website is subject to change.