Villanova seeks to ensure that each qualified student has the opportunity to join our community, regardless of the family’s ability to afford the full cost of a Villanova education. If your family has made it a priority to invest in a Villanova education, we promise to work with you to make it happen!
The high school years are the most formative in a young person’s life. Villanova offers a community of motivated teachers and learners to ensure success in and out of the classroom. The Villanova student body is global and while each of our student’s backgrounds may differ, their desire to learn and to succeed are the same.
In this rigorous academic environment steeped in Catholic values, students are comfortable taking risks, trying something new and accepting personal responsibility to achieve more than they ever thought possible. Villanovans score nearly 300 points higher than the state and national average on the SAT exam and all receive college acceptances, many with substantial merit scholarships. We invite you to have a conversation with us to discover the way, together, we can make the Villanova experience possible for your family.
The Villanova Promise is our commitment to bridge the gap between what the family can contribute and what it actually costs to attend the school. When your family commits to making a Villanova education a financial priority, Villanova promises to work together with you to make it happen. In 2012-13, more than $800,000 was awarded to 130 families representing a broad range of income levels. Villanova utilizes objective financial analysis gathered through the School and Student Service (SSS) for Financial Aid applications, administered by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
Download the Financial Aid form here. Please be sure to submit all items by February 11. Awards may not be available if submitted after this due date.
The SSS by NAIS provides the Family Guide to Financial Aid to help you become familiar with the financial aid process. This publication can be found at the SSS website http://sss.nais.org/parents, along with the necessary Parents Financial Statement (PFS) that is a vital component to this financial aid application. You may complete this form online or mail it directly to SSS. Contact the admission office if you would like us to mail you a printed copy of the PFS.
The Financial Aid Committee reviews the recommendations of the School and Student Service, your tax return, and other requested information. Decision notifications for all financial aid applications completed by the due date will be mailed in early March.
Villanova makes every effort to meet the need of all eligible applicants. However, decisions are influenced by the availability of School resources, the number of qualified applicants, and overall budgetary constraints.
In addition to the need-based financial aid pool, Villanova also offers the following awards and scholarships. Students may only be awarded one of the following scholarships and, therefore, may only apply for one of the named scholarships. Click on the title of the scholarship to obtain the necessary application. Students awarded the Villanova Merit Scholarship will not be considered for a named scholarship.
Villanova Merit Scholarship – Each year Villanova awards a number of Villanova Merit Scholarships to incoming freshmen students who score in the top 3 percentile in the country on the High School Placement Test or on the Secondary School Admission Test on either of their first two attempts. A second attempt of the same test cannot take place within 60 days of the first attempt. A student achieving these high scores on the placement test, and who demonstrates a commitment to excellence through his or her application and interview process, will be eligible to receive the Villanova Merit Scholarship. This award does apply throughout all four years of attendance at Villanova, as long as the student remains in good standing academically and otherwise.
Fr. John Glynn, O.S.A. Scholarship – awarded to students of promise in one or more foreign languages
An Augustinian dedicated to learning and students, Fr. Glynn taught at Villanova for 38 years. Latin was his first love, Spanish and French came later. “A second language enables a person to be twice-over whatever skills and talents he or she develops.”
Fr. John Glynn, O.S.A. Scholarship is awarded to students of promise in one or more foreign languages. Students should be actively learning a new language, which increases their understanding of another culture.
Fr. John Howard, O.S.A. Scholarship – awarded to students with leadership experience
As our first Headmaster, Fr. Howard’s leadership in bringing Villanova to life with steadfast energy and purpose is an example of one person’s ability to form community and shape an organization for lasting good. Development of servant leadership for the common good is a gift Villanova cherishes.
Fr. John Howard, O.S.A. Scholarship is awarded to students with leadership experience. Students should intend to continue fostering these leadership skills and are expected to be actively involved in student leadership at Villanova Prep.
Fr. Patrick Keane, O.S.A. Scholarship – awarded to students who are active participants within the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish of Ojai
Fr. Keane gave himself to the service of the people of the Ojai Valley as pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas parish, Ojai. As a distinguished educator in previous assignments, he gave special attention to the young people of the parish. This award continues Villanova’s special concern for students from the Valley.
Fr. Robert McGrath, O.S.A. Scholarship – awarded to students who are active participants within the Catholic community of Ventura County
A 1928 Villanova Prep graduate, Fr. McGrath was the son of one of the founding Oxnard families of the school and the first Villanova grad to be ordained a priest. This scholarship renews the heritage of Oxnard and Ventura families who sought a local Catholic high school for their children. Fr. McGrath taught at Villanova for twelve years.
Br. Stephen McKenna, O.S.A. Scholarship – awarded to students of promise in the study of history and social studies
Brother Steve was a history enthusiast, a Civil War re-enactor and an engaging teacher of religion and social studies. With an historical perspective on world cultures, he gave special pastoral concern to resident students and encouraged students in their study of history.
Br. Stephen McKenna, O.S.A. Scholarship is awarded to students of promise in the study of history and social studies. Students should be academically successful in their current social sciences courses and show an interest in this area of study.
Fr. Thomas McLaughlin, O.S.A. Scholarship – awarded to students of promise in math and science
Father McLaughlin was an example to Villanova students of dedication to the faith and the sciences. Well known for his white scientist’s jacket put on over his Augustinian habit he taught several generations of Villanova scientists and was the school’s spiritual leader.
Fr. Thomas McLaughlin, O.S.A. Scholarship is awarded to students of promise in math and science. Students should have an interest in and be academically successful in math and science.
Fr. John Sanders, O.S.A. Scholarship – awarded to students with exemplary service within the Catholic community
Fr. Sanders began his teaching career at Villanova in 1974. While teaching religion and social studies, he was deeply involved in connecting Villanovans with the Ojai community. With great enthusiasm he enriched community life and student activities, he originated Villanova’s signature Wildcat Day event.
Fr. John Sanders, O.S.A. Scholarship is awarded to students with exemplary service within the Catholic community. Students should have a minimum of twenty hours completed with a particular organization or project, with the intent to continue that service.
Fr. John Sparrow, O.S.A. Scholarship – awarded to students of promise in writing and language arts
Fr. Sparrow, with a Ph.D. in English and former teacher at Villanova University, brought a depth of knowledge and love for learning to Villanovans for thirteen years. His love for literature was shared in his vigorous teaching style and high expectations of students.
Fr. John Sparrow, O.S.A. Scholarship is awarded to students of promise in writing and language arts. Students should be academically successful in their current language arts or literature course and show an interest and talent for writing.
Fr. Anthony Wasko, O.S.A. Scholarship – awarded to students of promise in performing arts
With special skills in speech and drama, as headmaster and teacher Fr. Wasko brought Villanova’s programs to new levels. The remarkable tradition of student success and opportunities for student expression in Villanova’s speech and drama programs is a credit to his memory.
Fr. Anthony Wasko, O.S.A. Scholarship is awarded to students of promise in the performing arts. Students should have experience in one or more of the performing arts and are expected to continue this involvement and share their talents with the Villanova community.