Parish Matching Scholarship
Amount: Matched up to $2,000 Per Year
Eligibility: High School Seniors
High school seniors awarded a scholarship by a parish in any Catholic diocese are
eligible for this matching program at University of Dallas. The university will match
parish gifts up to, but not exceeding, $2,000 per academic year for a total of eight
The following is a list of scholarship provisions and requirements for the University
of Dallas Parish Matching Scholarship program which must be completely reviewed by
each participating parish:
1. The scholarship program applies to full-time undergraduate students only.
2. Gifts from denominations (e.g. Knights of Columbus, Newman Society, etc.) or other
parachurch organizations (e.g. Campus Crusade for Christ, Focus on the Family, etc.)
are not included in this matching gift program. This is a matching gift scholarship
program for individual parishes only.
3. Scholarships under this policy are applicable for the fall and spring terms only.
Scholarships may only be applied to the student's tuition charges, and used for current
student accounts (within the last 12 months) and not for past bills on student accounts.
4. Before a scholarship gift is made to UD, the parish must determine that this scholarship
program is within its benevolent and charitable purposes. Then, the treasurer or priest
may recommend a specific student for the scholarship, although the ultimate discretion
regarding which student(s) from the church will be awarded the scholarship funds resides
5. The recommended student must have been an active member in his or her parish. The
student must meet the admissions standards of University of Dallas and possess a record
of ecclesiastical or community service.
6. Checks should be made payable to University of Dallas. Notation should be made
on the parish check identifying the student who is recommended to receive the scholarship
by name and student ID number. Checks should be sent to the Office of Financial Aid.
7. Scholarship funds given to UD by the parish regarding a recommended student cannot
originate with the student or the student's family member(s), such as parents and
grandparents, nor can the funds be a "pass through" gift specifically benefiting a
designated student. The parish must explain to individuals who contribute to the scholarship
fund that federal law, particularly the Internal Revenue Code and relevant IRS regulations,
restricts the ability of family members to financially support relatives who are students
through scholarships for the purpose of obtaining or creating a tax benefit. Contributions
to the scholarship funds for which a tax benefit will be sought should not be motivated
by a desire to assist a specific student, but rather a general desire to assist students
from the parish who are pursuing their education at UD. Any questions regarding this
issue should be independently directed to a competent attorney, CPA or tax consultant.
Please note that no provisions of this policy constitute or may be relied upon as
legal advice to a parish or individual.