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Scholarships and Aid

Federal and National Programs

The Federal Student Aid Web site contains information on loan cancellation for both Stafford and federal Perkins loans. The qualifications for cancellation are outlined for each. A possible qualification for cancellation with both loan types is teaching in a school designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a "low-income school." Access the database of schools using the Web site listed below.

For information on Summer Student Loans, please visit Financial Aid's website.

Cancellation/Deferment Options for Teachers

U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid Office

Awards and Scholarships Available To Undergraduate and Graduate Students

William P. Faith Memorial Award

This is a scholarship available to a Sophomore (minimum of 30 credits taken at Duquesne University) within the School of Education, who demonstrates general excellence in the School of Education and potential for excellence in teaching. The applicant will submit to the Office of the Dean (107 Canevin Hall) a narrative statement indicating professional interests, university activities and community work and/or involvement no later than October 1, 2016. Please mark envelope "William P. Faith Memorial Award". Resumes are not to be included.

Lawrence A. Roche Memorial Award

This is a need based scholarship available to a Junior (74-90 credits earned at Duquesne University) within the School of Education, who demonstrates general excellence in the School of Education and possesses a QPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicant will submit to the Office of the Dean (107 Canevin Hall) a brief statement indicating professional interests, university activities and involvement and community work experience and/or involvement no later than October 1, 2016. Resumes are not to be included. Please mark envelope: "Lawrence A. Roche Memorial Fund".

Dean's Teaching Fellow Award

As an assurance of the quality of the most outstanding graduates from Duquesne University's School of Education, the School designates a limited number of qualifying students as Dean's Teaching Fellows. The Dean's Teaching Fellows must exhibit academic excellence, outstanding student teaching experiences, and significant volunteer/community service. Benefits accruing to Fellows include special consideration for masters or doctorate work at the School, as well as individualized support from the Dean on behalf of a Fellow when that person is a finalist in a school district or private school hiring process.  Deadline April 15, 2016. Related links: DTF Info Sheet | DTF Application

Awards and Scholarships Available To Undergraduate Students

50% Tuition Scholarship

The tuition scholarship represents our commitment to ensuring that the best-prepared teachers are available for the classrooms of the future. It's our way of responding to a variety of adverse factors in the current market. 

Awards and Scholarships Available To Graduate Students Only

Educational Discount

Beginning in January of 2009, all students who enroll full-time (six credits or more per semester) while maintaining continuous enrollment in certain programs are eligible to receive a scholarship, discounting tuition significantly over the length of your program. Find a list of our programs wtih special financial opportunities. 

Financial Aid Forms and Tuition 25% Award Application

Graduate Assistant Positions

Assistantships and employment are available for graduate students at Duquesne University.

For Employees Of Roman Catholic Affiliated Institutions

Lay Teachers

Current full-time lay teachers or high school administrators required to obtain Administrative I Certification in a Catholic School located in Roman Catholic schools in Pittsburgh, Greensburg, or Altoona-Johnstown Dioceses or lay teachers from other dioceses who have completed a minimum of two years of full-time teaching in a Catholic school may be eligible to receive a 50% discount of basic tuition rate of school or rate of school enrollment, whichever is lower.

Lay Ministers

Men and women employed as lay ministers within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh as Pastoral Associates, Professional Youth Ministers, Parish Social Ministers, and Campus Ministers may be eligible to receive a 50% discount of basic rate, or rate of school enrollment, whichever is lower.  Eligibility must be verified by the Institute for Ministers of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

*Please note that multiple University-issued awards and scholarships cannot be issued to a student's account.  For example, a student cannot receive both the Lay Minister Discount and the Educational Discount.

External Scholarships

TEACH Grant

Available to School of Education Juniors, Seniors, and all School of Education Graduate Students who are in the following programs:

Undergraduate

  • Secondary Education Mathematics

Graduate

  • Reading Language Arts
  • Secondary Education Biology
  • Secondary Education Chemistry
  • Secondary Education Mathematics
  • Secondary Education Physics
  • Special Education PreK-8 OR 7-12

Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.
For more information and how to apply, please contact Michael Dolinger, Director, at 412.396.6647 or dolingerm@duq.edu.

Sabina Hilger Walsh and Harold Rex Walsh Scholarship Fund

To provide scholarships to sophomores attending four-year colleges or universities in Pennsylvania.

Eligibility:

Pursue a degree or studies in: Education
Have a residence in: Beaver or Allegheny County
Demonstrate financial need.
Institution at which to use scholarship: 4 yr college in Pennsylvania
Preference will be given to U.S. citizens.
Complete an application.
Maintain a GPA of: 3.00
Write and submit an essay: One-page essay about yourself and your goals.
How to apply:

Scholarship Application
Provide a college transcript.
Provide a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR).
Provide one letter of reference.
Write and submit an essay: One-page essay about yourself and your goals.
Contact for more information:

The Pittsburgh Foundation: Deborah Turner

Janikowski Family Scholarship Fund

To provide scholarships for sophomore students at Duquesne University enrolled in the School of Education.

Eligibility:
- Pursue a degree or studies in: Education
- Demonstrate financial need.
- Institution at which to use scholarship: Duquesne University
- Preference will be given to students of Polish descent, Catholic faith.
- Complete an application.
- Applicants requested to submit a photograph.
- Recipients may re-apply. Renewal considered only if academic performance continues to be "B" average.
- Maintain a GPA of: 3.00
- Write and submit an essay: Telling a little about theirself, why they have chosen teaching for a profession, and why they feel they should be selected for the scholarship.

Apply online

Elora's H.O.P.E Scholarship

The scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in Special Education with the intention of using their degree to teach. Application deadline is June 30th.

In April 2006, Elora, a 7th grader in the North Allegheny school district, lost her life after a courageous battle with Leukemia. Though she had a variety of special needs, Elora loved 5K races. She would arrive long after everyone had crossed the finish line - but that never stopped her from encouraging others along the way. Elora brought out the best in others and Elora's H.O.P.E. wants to continue Helping Others to Persevere and Endure.

Application and Guidelines