Scholarships and Grants


Villa Maria College is one of the most affordable, private educational institutions in Western New York. Our admissions and financial aid counselors are committed to working with each and every student to assist them in making their time with us as comfortable as possible, so that may devote their time and energies to their studies and toward earning a degree in their field of choice.

Attending college can be overwhelming, but paying for it shouldn’t be. The information that follows details the many scholarships available through Villa Maria College, as well as the many outside scholarships for which you may be eligible.

Academic Excellence Merit-Based Scholarships for Full-Time High School Students

Villa Honors Scholarship
An award up to $7,000 annually given to students with a high school average of 90 and above who earned a NYS Regents diploma or equivalent. A GPA of 3.0 is required to maintain this award in subsequent years.

Presidential Scholarship
An award up to $2,000 annually given to students with a high school average between 85 and 89. A GPA of 3.0 is required to maintain this award in subsequent years.

Villa Merit Scholarship
An award up to $1,500 annually given to students with a high school average between 80 and 84.  A GPA of 3.0 is required to maintain this award in subsequent years.

College Transfer Merit-Based Scholarships

Felician Grant Scholarship: An award of $3,000 per year given to transfer students with a transfer GPA of 3.0; must maintain a GPA of 3.25 during sophomore year.

Franciscan Grant Scholarship: An award of $2,500 per year given to transfer students with a transfer GPA of 2.5; must maintain a GPA of 2.75 during sophomore year.

Founders Grant Scholarship: An award of $2,000 per year given to transfer students with a transfer GPA of 2.0; must maintain a GPA of 2.25 during sophomore year.

Villa Maria College Talent Grant

Students may be eligible for additional grant scholarship funds though our Special Talent Grant Scholarship program. These funds are disbursed by the Grant-In-Aid Scholarship review committee each semester. These need based grants recognize students who demonstrate exceptional academic, artistic, or musical talent.

In addition, in an effort to encourage students to realize their intellectual, creative, professional, and spiritual potential, the college may award additional scholarships for students who demonstrate the college’s mission and vision.

If you have any specific questions about Villa Maria College’s financial aid programs, please feel free to contact the Financial Aid office at (716) 961-1850.

Villa Scholarships

  • BOCES: Scholarships are available for current high school students who complete a BOCES program
  • Cheerleading: Learn more about scholarship cheerleading here
  • eSports: Learn more about scholarship eSports here
  • Alumni: Villa’s dedicated alumni support future Vikings by offering a graduate-funded scholarship
  • Endowed: Funded by supports of Villa Maria College, endowed scholarships are available to support future Vikings
  • Success Grant

For information on applying for any of the scholarships listed above, contact Aimee Murch, director of financial aid, at 716-961-1849.

Say Yes Buffalo

Students in the Say Yes Buffalo program from the Buffalo Public School system, as well as all city charter schools, may be eligible for a Say Yes scholarship.  Say Yes scholarships will cover the remaining balance of a student’s tuition after state, federal, and/or institutional grants and scholarships have been applied. The award covers tuition only and does not include costs for room and board, books, and other fees.

Villa Maria College provides Say Yes Tuition Scholarship to a limited number of students from families with an income of less than $75,000. Say Yes Scholarships are typically awarded to students with the highest financial need and highest academic and extra-curricular accomplishments first. Students from families whose income is more than $75,000, who plan on attending Villa Maria College, may receive the Choice Grant. This grant offers up to $5,000 per year. Choice Grants, when combined with state, federal, and institutional grants and scholarships, are not to exceed the cost of full-time tuition.

The Say Yes Buffalo Tuition Scholarship is available to students who:

  • Reside in the city of Buffalo
  • Graduate from a Buffalo public school or charter school, located in the city (beginning in June 2013).
  • At minimum, complete grades 9-12, in consecutive years, at a Buffalo public or charter school located in the city.
  • Successfully complete and submit a Say Yes Buffalo Tuition Scholarship Application and all other required documentation of residency and public school attendance.
  • Apply for federal and state financial aid programs available.
  • Enroll as a full-time college student in an eligible college within 15 months after high school graduation.

Requirements must be met annually in order for students to maintain the Say Yes Buffalo Tuition Scholarship.

Process and Timeline for Say Yes students at Villa Maria College:

  1. Complete and submit a Say Yes Student Certification Form (Click Here) by April 1
  2. Apply and be admitted to Villa Maria College (Click Here)
  3. Apply for Financial Aid (complete and submit FAFSA and TAP applications) April 1
  4. Notify Villa Maria College and Say Yes Buffalo on your intent to enroll by April 1

For more information on the Say Yes Program visit or chat with our Villa Say Yes contact:

Becky Strathearn
Director of Admissions
(716) 961-1870
[email protected]

Federal Grants

Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are available to students who do not already have a bachelor’s degree, have not depleted their lifetime PELL grant eligibility and who demonstrate high need. The eligibility for and amount a student may receive depends upon the student’s expected family contribution (EFC) which is determined from information provided on the FAFSA.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant is a federally-funded program administered by Villa Maria College. To qualify, students must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), be Pell eligible, exhibit exceptional need and be registered for at least six credit hours as matriculated students.

State Grants

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. Depending on the academic year in which you begin study, an annual TAP award can be up to $5,165. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back. Undergraduate students enrolled in four-year programs may receive up to four years (eight payments) of assistance for full-time study. Although an estimate of a student’s eligibility may be included on their award letter, the state’s notification is their official approved award.

Enhanced Tuition Awards

The Enhanced Tuition Awards (ETA) program provides tuition awards to students who are New York State residents attending a participating private college located in New York State. Recipients will receive $6,000 through a combination of their TAP award, ETA award and a match from their private college.

Search for More Scholarships

Learn more about the Kathryn Piatek Memorial Scholarship here

Apply for an endowed Scholarship here

Apply for the Faculty Senate / Administrative Affairs Scholarship here

For a list of local, state and national scholarship opportunities, click here

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