Established in 2007 by the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, this scholarship honors Rev. Demetrius A. Gallitzin. Prince Gallitzin, of Russian royalty, immigrated to the United States in 1792. He was ordained a priest in Baltimore, Maryland, the first to receive the Holy Orders in this country. Gallitzin then traveled to what is now Cambria County and founded a town that he named Loretto. From this town he would exercise his lifelong ministry as well as write a series of letters in support of the Catholic faith, most notably Defence of Catholic Principles in A Letter to A Protestant Minister.

Criteria:
  • Financial need.
  • Must be a student who is a practicing Catholic, residing in any of the eight counties that comprise the Diocese (Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clinton, Fulton, Huntingdon, or Somerset).