Parish Matching

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 semesters.

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 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 with UD.

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 social security 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.

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