The Diocese of Scranton and King’s College have signed a memorandum of understanding that guarantees admission and minimum scholarships to King’s for graduates of the four Diocesan high schools who meet eligibility requirements. From left: Father John Ryan, C.S.C., President of King’s College and Jason W.S. Morrison, Diocesan Secretary of Catholic Education and Chief Executive Officer, Diocese of Scranton, sign the agreement.

Formalizing a decades-old relationship, officials from King’s College and the Diocese of Scranton recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will guarantee admission and a renewable four-year scholarship up to a potential maximum four-year value of between $56,000 and $88,000 to seniors who attend any of the diocese’s four Catholic high schools and who meet academic eligibility criteria.  The agreement will take effect for students applying for admission starting with the 2020-21 academic year.

Under the agreement, King’s College will guarantee admission to a vast majority of the College’s academic programs and a four-year renewable scholarship to senior students from Holy Cross, Holy Redeemer, Notre Dame, and St. John Neumann high schools.  Eligible students must have required minimum standardized test scores and a 2.75 or higher grade point average.  Students meeting the GPA requirement have the option of applying to King’s as test optional applicants.

Students who meet the criteria will receive a scholarship ranging from $14,000 and to $22,000 per year which is renewable each year for up to four years. The student must maintain an appropriate, pre-determined GPA based on the value of the scholarship in order to renew annually

First row, from left: Michelle Oliva, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, King’s College; Father John Ryan, C.S.C., President of King’s College; Jason W.S. Morrison, Diocesan Secretary of Catholic Education and Chief Executive Officer, Diocese of Scranton; Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop, Diocese of Scranton. Second row, from left: Robert Reese, Vice President for Enrollment Management & Marketing, King’s College; Alisia McNamee, Principal, Saint John Neumann Jr./Sr. High School, Williamsport; Doreen Dougherty, Principal, Holy Redeemer High School, Wilkes-Barre; Jeffrey Lyons, Principal, Notre Dame Jr./Sr. High School, East Stroudsburg; Benjamin Tolerico, Principal, Holy Cross High School, Dunmore; Kristen Donohue, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Scranton

Different grade-point-average and standardized test score requirements will apply to students applying for the King’s Physician Assistant program and the College’s engineering and nursing majors.

“This agreement recognizes students from schools within the Scranton Diocese who have worked hard to achieve in their academic studies,” said Robert Reese, vice president for enrollment management at King’s.  “With this scholarship, a quality education at King’s College will be more affordable for these excellent students.”

“Since its founding, King’s College has been a leader in higher education, challenging students not only in the classroom but inspiring them to become the faith-filled leaders of tomorrow. This partnership that we have signed today is a tremendous opportunity for the students of our four Diocesan high schools to build upon the values and traditions they have already learned and experienced with us,” said Jason W.S. Morrison, Diocesan Secretary of Catholic Education and Chief Executive Officer.

For more information about the memorandum of understanding, contact Diocese of Scranton Catholic Schools Office at 570-207-2251, or Michelle Oliva, director of undergraduate admissions at King’s at or 570)208-8390.