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Cornelian Scholarship

Students who have exemplified excellence in academics and a commitment to social justice are eligible for the full-tuition Cornelian Scholarship. Students must have a 3.5 GPA or higher.

The scholarship is named for Cornelia Connelly, the founder of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, and covers full tuition and fees at Rosemont College.

Finalists will be notified from the office of undergraduate admissions and invited to campus for a brief interview with the selection committee on February 15, 2021.

What You Need to Apply

Due January 18, 2021

Essay: Submit a 500-word essay on the following topic: The Cornelian mission is based on persistence and courage in promoting justice with compassion. Describe a personal experience in which you promoted a cause that you felt was just. What was the result? What did you learn from this experience?

Letter of Recommendation: Submit one letter of recommendation from a source other than that used for your Rosemont College application. This could be a counselor, teacher, or a member of the community who is familiar with your academic work and/or your community service work.

Please email all materials to with the subject line, “Cornelian Scholarship Materials."

You can also mail the information to:

Rosemont College
Admissions Office
1400 Montgomery Ave
Rosemont, PA 19010 

Cornelian Scholars


Marina Garagozzo  

I had grown up hearing stories about my mom's time at Rosemont, so the school was on my radar for quite a while. I always asked her questions about her bright orange graduation shirt with a weird-looking monster mascot in the middle. I decided to put Rosemont on my college list, but then I started to look into it more on my own. I've gone to small schools my whole life, so I was mainly looking at small liberal arts schools. I noticed Rosemont's motto --  POWER of small -- and I really liked it. I liked the idea of having smaller classes where you're able to have more one-on-one time with teachers. When I read the mission statement, it resonated with me and the things I stand for and was looking for in a college. I decided to apply and when I was accepted and received the scholarship, I was so excited and grateful. I've really enjoyed my freshman year so far, as well as the time that I got to spend on campus. I am very happy that I chose Rosemont!


Zach Young

I knew I wanted a small school from the start. Coming from a small Catholic high school, I wanted the same big-fish, small-pond feeling.  I also wanted to ensure I could be involved in soccer. Being able to play here on the men’s soccer team was the icing on the cake.  As soon as I got on campus, I felt at home. The beautiful scenery, close-knit community, and caring professors really allowed me to grow and feel part of the college.  It’s been the greatest decision I’ve made, and I can happily say that my college experience has been nothing shy of amazing. It has allowed me to create interpersonal relationships; I learn and grow in a community where my peers are equally invested and focused on their future.  My decision-making and moral compass has also developed, and I’ve noticed growth in myself as a person.  It’s nice to be surrounded by people serving the same mission statement with the very same motivated and open-minded attitude that I have.  


Catherine McCarthy

Rosemont College is a unique environment that fosters the intellectual and personal growth for everyone who chooses to attend. I knew from the moment I stepped on campus that this was the place I needed to be to further my education. The welcoming atmosphere of the students, faculty, and staff made the campus feel familiar, like I had been there for a semester already. It was important for me to choose a college that made me feel like I belonged there, and Rosemont did just that. After being told the student-to-faculty ratio and learning that the classes are relatively small, I knew I would thrive in this environment and could build lifelong connections with my professors. The professors at Rosemont consistently enforce the College’s mission statement, which harbors all my values. The pleasant environment of classrooms where we can enjoy conversations with peers and professors motivates me to continue learning and to never stop questioning. I can take classes that directly relate to my major or something that just interests me. Advisors never tell a student they can't take a certain class, and that makes Rosemont incredibly special for encouraging the wide range of learning opportunities that are offered. So far during my year and half at Rosemont, I have made lifelong friends, meaningful connections with faculty and staff, and have yet to shy away from any challenge that comes my way -- including the desire to go to law school!