An application must be on file in the Admissions Office before a student can be considered for a scholarship.
Villa Maria awards merit-based academic scholarships. To be an academic scholarship candidate, applicants typically must score in the 98th percentile or above on our Entrance–Scholarship Exam and demonstrate strong academic achievement in the classroom. Applicants are notified if they are scholarship candidates when they receive the results of the Entrance–Scholarship Exam. Scholarship candidates are then asked to schedule an interview with the Admissions Office.
Villa Maria awards music scholarships based upon audition. Read more about the application and requirements here.
- IHM Charism
Villa Maria offers IHM Charism Scholarships. These partial four-year scholarships are awarded to applicants who strongly demonstrate one or more of the ideals of the IHM charism—fidelity, creative hope, and love. Leadership, service, character, and academic performance are also considered. Scholarship applications are provided to the principals of our partner Catholic schools in the fall. The principals can each nominate one student for this scholarship.
- Named Scholarships
Doctor Anne Salmon Thompson Scholarship
Doctor Anne Salmon Thompson was a Villa Maria graduate from the Class of 1959. She was also a graduate of Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and a Professor of Medicine at George Washington University in Washington, DC. She spent much of her career as a private practitioner in the Washington, DC area and resided in Great Falls, VA. She was a wonderful mother, wife and daughter. The scholarship in her name was started in 2011 after Anne passed away peacefully. As a doctor, Anne had a strong affinity for the sciences and so to help contribute to this field and also to help nurture a student at her Alma Mater, a scholarship of $2,500 is given every year to a rising senior who displays a strong attraction, promise and potential in the field of science.
The Sister Mary Kelly, IHM Scholarship
Sister Mary Kelly, IHM was a graduate (Class of 1946), teacher (1957–66) and eventually principal (1981–99) of our beloved Villa Maria. She was a well-known figure in the community among graduates and students and was known for her courageous vision, compassionate leadership and demand for excellence. She forged the first capital campaign at Villa Maria to expand the campus and academic facilities to align with a 21st century vision that would position the school for excellence into the foreseeable future. Her focus was always to improve the lives of the students, faculty and families in the community as well as the health of the campus and academic programs that sustained the culture and character of the school. Since 2001, the Alumnae Association has focused their efforts to raise funds throughout the year with events and stewardship to support this scholarship, which was named in sister’s honor for her dedication to Villa Maria and the religious life. Unfortunately, Sister Mary Kelly passed away in January of 2013. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman each year in the amount of 10% of their tuition, which is then carried throughout the four years that she is a student at the school.
The Brenda Ruggiero Scholarship
Brenda Ruggiero was a 1981 graduate of Villa Maria who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1987 at the age of 24. She was in her third year of law school at Villanova University at the time of her passing. Her parents, Dr. Robert and Arlene Ruggiero, began a scholarship in loving memory of their daughter. She was a young woman who embodied all the characteristics of a Villa Maria student—hard-working, strong-minded, curious and kind. Brenda was involved in many activities while a student—Chorus, Madrigals, Music Honor Society, Orchestra, intramurals and Prom Committee. Her family wished to present this scholarship to a student who exemplified fortitude in life. As well as an interest in academics and the vast opportunities Villa Maria has to offer any girl who wishes to seize her chance to grow as an individual while attending the school. This award in the amount of $3,000 is presented to an incoming freshman every four years, which carries with the student each year she attends Villa Maria.
The Gerard A. and Marie Hageney Memorial Scholarship Fund
Gerard and Marie Hageney are the parents of Barbara O’Keefe (Past Parent) and grandparents of Meghan ‘08 and Erin ‘14 O’Keefe. An endowment fund was established in their name to provide scholarship support to a rising senior who demonstrates and embodies the charism of Villa Maria and who displays a commitment to serving others (in school, community and home), a strong work ethic, and admirable leadership qualities. Preference will be given to a student who has at least one relative who attends/attended Villa Maria. Someone with a strong affinity towards Math or Writing would also be a highlighted candidate. From 2015-2017, $1300 will be awarded to a rising junior.
Abbey Mallon Memorial Scholarship
Abbey was a 2014 graduate of Villa Maria who was unexpectedly called to God shortly after her graduation in July. Only 18-years-old when she passed away, Abbey was known for her quick smile, kind spirit and thoughtful nature among her friends. She was an extremely gifted soccer player and showed immense talent for the arts. She also participated in track & field and was a member of Villa Maria’s peer ministry team. She had an incredibly strong faith for such a young woman and one of her favorite quotes came from the bible passage (2 Corinthians 4:18) she shared with several of her friends and classmates: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Abbey’s favorite flower was a sunflower and she is remembered by this in various spots around campus. She was also a great sister to Rebecca ‘13 and her little brother, Thomas. Her parents, Tom and Diane, wished to designate the Abbey Mallon Memorial Scholarship to a deserving student each year who represents the values of Villa Maria, embodies the spirit of Abbey and whose family is committed to a Catholic education, but may not necessarily have the means to support this commitment.
The Nina R. Baldi Scholarship Fund
Nina Rita Gallo Baldi was the loving mother of Theresa Baldi Toohey ‘66, Anita Baldi Gabler ‘67, Patty Baldi Holloway ‘73 and Ginny Baldi Marks ‘76 and grandmother of Lindsay Holloway Fox ‘05. Nina was born and raised in South Philadelphia and attended South Philadelphia High School for Girls and Pierce School of Business where she received her associate’s degree. She was married to Alfonso Baldi, Jr. (deceased 2012), a renowned chemist and metallurgist. She lived a long and full life before passing away at the age of 93 in November 2014. Most of her married years were spent in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania as a devoted wife and mother raising a loving family of six children. Nina was involved in extensive volunteer work including: St. Bernadette Church and School, Villa Maria, and the Medical Mission Sisters. After raising her children, she worked at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, PA in the Outpatient Laboratory and Pre-Admission Center. Mrs. Baldi enjoyed her large family and hosted many events. Her Catholic faith was the pillar of her life. Her daughter Patty said that her mom was so convinced of the value of a Villa Maria education that she went to work so their family could send their four daughters here. To honor her vision, the family has created the Nina R. Baldi Endowed Scholarship Fund at Villa Maria to provide access and opportunities for future generations of young women committed to an enriched Catholic education.
The Andrea Thompson Scholarship
Andrea was a 1995 graduate of Villa Maria who was a critical part of the 1994 Field Hockey State Championship team. She was a stand-out player and known for her athletic skills and academic promise. Andrea attended The University of Scranton and in the summer of 1998 was tragically struck by a car at the shore. She suffered head trauma and at the young age of 21, passed away only four days later.
At Villa Maria, she participated in Student Council and was elected Class Officer her senior year. On top of being a field hockey player, Andrea was a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Chorus, Orchestra, Softball, Mathletes and Music Honor Society. She was an incredibly gifted pianist with a true love and passion for music. She would play the piano for hours on end—challenging herself daily and drawing inspiration from those ranging from Billy Joel to Sarah McLachlan.
She was a top defensive recruit for field hockey out of Villa Maria and has been placed in University of Scranton’s Hall of Fame. She led the Lady Royals to its best season ever and first berth into the NCAA tournament. Andrea was known as a true leader on and off the field, often giving great advice to friends and teammates struggling through personal issues both small and large. She was wise beyond her years and knew how to motivate others to be better people. Her personality, determination, faith and leadership set her in a league all her own. In a recommendation letter to Scranton, her guidance counselor at Villa Maria once described her as a beautiful kaleidoscope. She mastered so much yet the beautiful part about Andrea was her humility. She was kind, genuine, gifted and real.
Not only was she a phenomenal athlete, but she excelled in the classroom as well. Andrea received the Ignatian Scholarship, the highest academic award granted by Scranton. She focused her attention to her major in neuroscience and was a top student among her peers.
Her family, friends and classmates wanted to honor this extremely special young woman and her impact on the lives she touched as a student and the talent she displayed in her commitment to academics, athletics and the human spirit. The Andrea Thompson Scholarship is awarded to a rising junior in the amount of $500 and it is preferred that this student is an athlete who embodies the talent, energy and spirit of Andrea.