DSHA is committed to providing an outstanding college-preparatory Catholic education to qualified students regardless of a family's financial circumstances. DSHA offers merit and need-based scholarships, as well as other forms of financial aid.
Incoming families | Families of incoming freshmen must apply for financial aid in the fall during the admissions application period. The online application is available October 9–November 8, 2019. Applications must be complete by the November 8 deadline to be eligible for need-based financial assistance. Awards will be sent with admissions decisions in January 2020.
Current families | Families of rising sophomores - seniors must reapply for aid between February 10 - March 13, 2020. 2019 tax information is needed to complete the application. Applications must be completed by the March 13 deadline to be eligible for need-based financial assistance. Financial aid awards will be mailed in April 2020.
The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) provides renewable vouchers for tuition, fees, and textbooks for families who live in the City of Milwaukee and meet the program’s income criteria. DSHA holds its open enrollment period for MPCP in February. Applications are available on February 1 and are due on or before February 20. Incoming families who plan to apply for MPCP should also submit a financial aid application in the fall. Click here for more information on MPCP.
Wisconsin parents/guardians are eligible for a maximum deduction of $4,000/child in grades K-8 and $10,000/child grades 9-12 for eligible payments made during the calendar year. Students transitioning from 8th to 9th grade are eligible for a combined deduction up to $10,000. Amounts paid to the private school for tuition and some fees qualify for this deduction. We suggest you contact your tax professional to see how this credit impacts you.
This scholarship provides a renewable full-tuition scholarship to at least one high-achieving African American student. Incoming freshman from the City of Milwaukee with a demonstrated financial need are eligible.
Students must meet the following criteria:
A strong recommendation by middle school teachers or administrators for potential to succeed in a college-prep environment
Score above the 50th percentile on the DSHA entrance exam
Demonstrated commitment by the student and parents as indicated through an interview with representatives from DSHA
Eligible students will be selected during the DSHA Admissions process. No extra application is required.
This award provides a renewable $5,000 scholarship to one incoming freshman who demonstrates vocal musical talent and academic achievement. Students applying for this scholarship must meet the following criteria: exhibit an interest in all areas of academics, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better, and demonstrate vocal musical talent, promise, and participation.Among the group of applicants who meet the first three criteria, preference will be given to the applicant who shows the greatest need for financial assistance.Continued participation in choir at DSHA is a requirement of renewal.
To be eligible, incoming freshman must complete an application.
These awards are based on outstanding leadership in school, parish, or community and/or demonstrated accomplishment in volunteering and service to the community. Applicants for these awards should go above and beyond their required school service requirement. Awards are between $500-$1,000 and are non-renewable.
To be eligible, incoming freshman must complete an application.
Merit-Based Scholarships | Sophomore - Senior Years
DSHA’s alumnae are committed to honoring our Catholic tradition of service, and therefore wants to recognize the tremendous impact of student efforts to serve the poor and vulnerable — a tradition fostered at Holy Angels Academy, Divine Savior High School, and is currently a hallmark of the student service experience at DSHA. All sophomores and juniors may apply, this scholarship is awarded to one student.
The Beatrice Haggerty Scholarship was established in 1994 by Beatrice Menne (Menay) Haggerty who was an alumna of Holy Angels Academy class of 1931.Following her education at Holy Angels Academy, Beatrice received a BA at Mount Mary College and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago.She participated in many civic and social organizations and received numerous honors during her long, successful life.Her husband, Patrick Haggerty, was one of the Founders of Texas Instruments.Her great-granddaughter graduated in the DSHA Class of 2010. One sophomore and one junior receive the award based on TSC recommendations.
*The Beatrice Haggerty Scholarship will provide two scholarships, one to a sophomore and one to a junior who demonstrate outstanding achievement in math and science, display leadership skills and are involved in extra-curricular and community service activities.
The Angela T. Pienkos Scholarship was established in 1998 by friends of DSHA to honor Dr. Pienkos for her advocacy of single-sex education for girls.Dr. Pienkos, an alumna of Divine Savior High School Class of 1958, was DSHA’s Chief Administrator for twenty-one years.Dr. Pienkos has a special interest in history and chose to devote her scholarship to students with outstanding achievement in Social Studies.
One junior who excels at and demonstrates interest in Social Studies is selected by the Social Studies Department.
This scholarship was established by Edna Zadravetz Jensen, Class of Holy Angels 1933.Of her high school experience, Edna is quoted as saying, “The Sisters instilled in us the all-important virtues of self-respect and respect for others.I am convinced that an all girls high school enables girls to develop a higher self-esteem and I’m very grateful for the opportunities that I had at Holy Angels.”
It was Mrs. Jensen’s desire to assist a student who shows talent and promise in an area of the fine arts. One sophomore or junior is selected by the Fine Arts Department.
The Public Policy Scholarship honors Mary Mross, a highly respected and well-loved social studies teacher who retired from DSHA in 2001. In her more than three decades of teaching, her passion for American government and civic engagement motivated and shaped the career choice of a number of alumnae. The scholarship was established by a group of passionate alumnae and was first awarded in May 2013. The scholarship recognizes a DSHA student who shares Ms. Mross’ passion for public policy and is to be used toward her tuition for the next academic year.
The scholarship will be awarded to the DSHA student who writes and submits the most compelling essay and statement of goals. The essay and the statement should illustrate depth of understanding and your present and future commitment to public policy issues, as well as your commitment to fulfill DSHA’s goal of educating women who will live lives that will make a difference.All sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply. Traditionally awarded to one student.Applications will be judged based on who articulates her answers best, not who has the best position.
This scholarship is a special tribute to a very courageous young woman, Sarah Hegarty. Sarah was a member of the DSHA class of 1998 and an extraordinary athlete. She became ill in the spring of her sophomore year, underwent numerous surgeries and passed away during her senior year at age 17 shortly after receiving a triple organ transplant. During Sarah’s two-year illness, she taught the meaning of faith, courage, and humor to all who knew her. In turn, her classmates learned lessons in integrity, determination and friendship.
The Sarah M. Hegarty Memorial Scholarship is an annual award established by the Hegarty family at the time of Sarah’s death. Memorial donations built the fund that supports this annual scholarship that is given in memory of Sarah and what she meant to this school community. As such, it is a wonderful tribute to Sarah that will live forever. From a list of eligible juniors, the faculty and staff nominate five candidates and the junior class votes to select the recipient.
The Sarah M. Hegarty Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a junior who will benefit from tuition support and:
• exhibits leadership qualities
• is strongly goal oriented
• a person of strong character who is willing to reach out to all groups of people
• is friendly and outgoing
• has an acceptable academic grade point
• and exhibits an interest in co-curricular activities
The Paul and Christina Scoptur Family established the DSHA Woman of Character Scholarship in 2007. Paul and Chris are the parents of Kate, DSHA class of 2004, and Ali, DSHA class of 2008. Chris is an alumna of Holy Angels Academy class of 1970. Paul and Chris recognize that as peers you are role models to one another. Faculty and staff have selected one student from each class who represents the DSHA Woman of Character criteria: a proactive and dynamic student who is:
an enthusiastic learner inside and outside of the classroom
a bold explorer willing to go out of her comfort zone
a courageous achiever
and a community builder within our high school
One freshman, one sophomore, and one junior are selected by TSC recommendations.