A scholarship requires a student application and has specific conditions that each candidate must meet in order to be successful (i.e. a minimum GPA, involvement in extracurricular activities, participation in their home parish, etc.).
The award is made via a competitive review process. Named scholarship awards will be given in increments of $1,000 or more. Donors must make either a gift or a pledge to establish a named scholarship by October 1 of the year preceding the award year.
- Example A: John Smith decides to establish a $2,500 scholarship in memory of his late mother, Betty Smith. John notifies SCHS of this intention in writing on September 1st, 2010. SCHS staff work with John to identify the criteria for the Betty Smith Award. Students apply for the award in the fall of 2010, a winner is announced in the spring of 2011, and an award is made for the 2011-2012 school year.
- Example B: Jane Jones wishes to create a Jones Family Scholarship for excellence in math. She approaches the Development staff with this idea in April of 2011. Staff work with Jane to identify the criteria for the Jones Family Scholarship. Students apply for the award in the fall of 2011, a winner is announced in the spring of 2012, and an award is made for the 2012-2013 school year.
Financial aid is awarded primarily on the basis of need. Other criteria may apply (i.e. preference is given to students from San Juan Diego Middle School), but the principal determinant is always the family’s ability to pay. St. Catherine’s will accept gifts to the financial aid program at any time, in all amounts and with no deadlines.