Scholarships and Tuition Assistance

Ursuline Academy continues our mission of serving a diverse group of girls in New Orleans. We are pleased to offer both financial assistance and scholarship opportunities. Tuition Assistance may be available to any qualifying student in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Scholarships are open to 5th graders and above. Students may qualify in the spring before the upcoming school year.

The following scholarships are available to current and newly admitted students: *Please note the year of availability denoted next to the scholarship name.

2018-19 Automatic Notification Scholarships

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  • President's Merit Scholarship

    Incoming 8th grade / $5,000 / Renewable / Awarded annually
    Incoming 8th grade students who earned a High School Placement Test score of 98 or 99 and have a non-weighted 3.8 GPA or above are eligible for the President’s Merit Scholarship worth $5,000. Awarded students must maintain a weighted GPA of 3.8 and earn no semester grade lower than a B in order for the full scholarship amount to be renewed for grades 9-12. Qualifying students will be automatically notified via mail.
  • Principal's Merit Scholarship

    Incoming 8th grade / $4,500 / Renewable / Awarded annually
    Incoming 8th grade students who earned a High School Placement Test score of 96 or above and a non-weighted 3.6 GPA or above are eligible for the Principal’s Merit Scholarship worth $4,500. Awarded students must maintain a weighted GPA of 3.6 and earn no semester grade lower than a B in order for the full scholarship amount to be renewed for grades 9-12. Qualifying students will be automatically notified via mail.
  • Dean's Merit Scholarship

    Incoming 8th grade students, who have earned a 6th grade ACT Aspire combined score of 1730 (Math, English, Reading, and Science) with all percentiles at or above 90%, a non-weighted GPA of 3.6, and a letter of recommendation from their Elementary school principal, are eligible for the Dean’s Merit Scholarship worth $4000. Awarded students must maintain a weighted GPA of 3.6, with no letter grade lower than a B, in order for the full scholarship amount to be renewed for grades 9-12.

    *Scholarships cannot be combined however, a Dean’s Merit Scholarship can be increased to a President’s or Principal’s Scholarship with qualifying HSPT scores.
To be considered for the following, applicants should complete the Ursuline Scholarship Application, as well as the following:
  • an essay with a minimum of 500 words that describes, in detail, an applicant’s educational goals and commitment to community service
  • one letter of recommendation from applicant’s current teacher
  • parent or guardian must fill out a SMART Aid online application at www.smartaidforparents.com.
  • Applications must be submitted by March 30, 2018.

2018-19 Application Based Scholarships

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  • Alumnae Scholarship

    Incoming 8th or 9th grade / $500-$2,500 / Renewable / Awarded annually
    Ursuline Academy offers a total of two (2) Ursuline Alumnae Scholarships. These are partial tuition scholarships offered to incoming 8th and 9th grade students who are legacies to Ursuline Academy, meaning a daughter or granddaughter of an Ursuline Academy of New Orleans graduate.
  • Gironde Merit Award

    8th grade / $1,000 / One-time award / Awarded annually
    Incoming 8th grade students may apply for a Gironde Merit Scholarship, a one-time partial tuition award worth $1,000. This award was established to recognize a student’s exemplary academic performance in current and prior school years.
  • Coleman Family STEM Scholarship

    Incoming or rising 11th or 12th grade / $500 / One-time award / Awarded annually
    Incoming or rising 11th and 12th grade students may apply for a Coleman Family STEM Scholarship, a one-time partial tuition award worth $500.
  • Helen and Vincent McGrail Scholarship

    8th grade / $500-$2,500 / Renewable / Awarded annually
    The Helen & Vincent McGrail Need-Based Scholarship is a partial tuition award and varies from $500 to $2,500. In order to maintain and renew this scholarship, awarded students must continue academic excellence by earning a cumulative weighted 3.0 GPA or above, earn no semester grade lower than a C, have good conduct, and embrace the Ursuline ideal of Serviam by completing required service hours each year.
  • Peyroux-Taylor Scholarship

    8th Grade / $2,500 / Renewable / Available school years 2021-22 and 2022-23
    Ursuline Academy offers a total of two (2) Peyroux-Taylor Scholarships. The Peyroux-Taylor Scholarship is a $2,500 partial tuition award. In order to maintain and renew this scholarship, awarded students must continue academic excellence by earning a cumulative weighted 3.6 GPA or above, earn no semester grade lower than a C, have good conduct, and embrace the Ursuline ideal of Serviam by completing required service hours each year.
  • Superior Energy Inc. Scholarship

    8th Grade / $2,500 / Renewable / Available school years 2021-22 and 2022-23
    Ursuline Academy offers a total of two (2) Superior-Energy Inc. Scholarships. The Superior Energy Inc. Scholarship is a $2,500 partial tuition award. In order to maintain and renew this scholarship, awarded students must continue academic excellence by earning a cumulative weighted 3.6 GPA or above, earn no semester grade lower than a C, have good conduct, and embrace the Ursuline ideal of Serviam by completing required service hours each year.
  • Emmanuel & Madeleine Blessey Scholarship

    8th Grade/ $3,000 /Renewable / Available school year 2021-22
    The Emmanuel and Madeleine Blessey Scholarship is a $3,000 partial tuition award. In order to maintain and renew this scholarship, awarded students must continue academic excellence by earning a cumulative weighted 3.6 GPA or above, earn no semester grade lower than a C, have good conduct, and embrace the Ursuline ideal of Serviam by completing required service hours each year.
  • Valda Gisevius Memorial Scholarship

    Incoming 8th or 9th Grade/ $2,300 / Renewable / Available school year 2018-19
    The Valda Gisevius Memorial Scholarship is a $2,300 partial tuition award. In order to maintain and renew this scholarship, awarded students must continue academic excellence by earning a cumulative weighted 3.6 GPA or above, earn no semester grade lower than a C, have good conduct, and embrace the Ursuline ideal of Serviam by completing required service hours each year.
  • Joan Gisevius Johnson Scholarship

    $5,000 / Renewable / Available school year 2019-20
    The Joan Gisevius Johnson Scholarship is a $5,000 partial tuition award. This scholarship at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee and is based on financial need, leadership, and academic excellence.  In order to maintain and renew this scholarship, awarded students must continue academic excellence by earning a cumulative weighted 3.6 GPA or above, earn no semester grade lower than a C, have good conduct, and embrace the Ursuline ideal of Serviam by completing required service hours each year.
  • Mary Ann Valentino Scholarship

    $1,000 / Renewable / Available school year 2019-20
    The Mary Ann Valentino Scholarship is a $1,000 partial tuition award. This scholarship at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee and is based on financial need, leadership, and academic excellence.  In order to maintain and renew this scholarship, awarded students must continue academic excellence by earning a cumulative weighted 3.6 GPA or above, earn no semester grade lower than a C, have good conduct, and embrace the Ursuline ideal of Serviam by completing required service hours each year.
  • Deborah Augustine Elam Leadership Scholarship

    11th and 12th Grade / $1,500 / Awarded annually to an 11th grader, renewable for 12th grade
    The Deborah Augustine Elam Leadership Scholarship is awarded to one 11th grade student and one 12th grade student who shows exemplary leadership both inside and outside of the Ursuline community. The recipient must maintain a 3.6 average and participate in at least one extracurricular activity at Ursuline Academy.
  • Soeur Teresita Rivet, OSU Scholarship

    5th, 6th, and 7th Grade / $1,000 / Awarded annually to a 5th grader, renewable for 6th and 7th grades
    The Souer Teresita Rivet, OSU Scholarship is awarded to a Middle School student of Ursuline Academy and is renewable. The student must demonstrate excellent academic performance and a commitment to community service.
  • McNay Opportunity Scholarship

    Middle and High Schools / Amount varies / One-time Award / Awarded annually
    The McNay Opportunity Scholarship provides financial assistance to current Ursuline Academy students wishing to participate in extracurricular academic activities, including but not limited to Duke TIP and study abroad programs. Scholarships are distributed based on financial need or merit, as determined by the donor.

Tuition Assistance

Smart Aid deadline: March 30, 2018

Available to all Ursuline Academy students in K – 12th Grades
Ursuline Academy offers a limited amount of partial tuition assistance on the basis of financial need. The school cannot guarantee that the amount of tuition assistance a family needs can be provided. Students must maintain a cumulative semester 2.0 GPA, demonstrate good conduct and Serviam to receive financial assistance. Ursuline Academy requires that students in grades 5-12 seeking financial assistance for tuition participate in a work study program. All student must complete 30 hours of service in an assigned position to receive funding. For students in grades K-4, parents must fulfill the 30 hour service requirement. Work study funds will not be provided until all 30 hours of service are complete.

All families must apply for financial assistance through Smart Aid for Parents (www.smartaidforparents.com) by March 30, 2018.
 
For questions regarding Tuition Assistance/Work Study, contact the Business Office at (504) 866-8385.

Ursuline School ID Code: 12991

How to Apply Online for Tuition Aid
To access the online application, please go to www.smartaidforparents.com. For first time applicants, you will need to register as a new user. From there you will be prompted to enter a valid e-mail address along with a password of your choice. It is important your e-mail address is correct, as email is the first line of communication.  For returning applicants, simply log in with your previous year’s login information. For assistance in filling out the application, general questions or retrieving login information please contact Smart Tuition Aid either by phone at 1-800-360-8027 or by e-mail at support@smarttuitionaid.com.