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Scholarship Opportunities

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
INCOMING FRESHMEN APPLICANTS

The Father Bill Atkinson Scholarship
(All Grades)

The Father Bill Atkinson Foundation awards scholarships each year to deserving students who want to attend Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School.  For a scholarship application, please visit www.fatherbillatkinson.org .

 

Josephine C. Connelly Achievement Award Program
(Freshmen Applicants Only)

Achievement can be defined in many ways, and the Josephine C. Connelly Achievement Awards are presented to eighth grade students who strive to realize their fullest academic potential, strongly desire to attend an Archdiocesan Catholic high school, and who best demonstrate the value of Catholic education. Named in honor of our foundation’s co-founder, Josephine C. Connelly, the awards are offered to students graduating from each and every Philadelphia parish elementary school in recognition of family commitment to Catholic education. For more information, go to www.connellyfdn.org.

AOH Dennis Kelly Divison 1 of Havertown Scholarship
(Incoming Freshman Applicants Only)

Applications will be accepted March 17th 2021 until May 10th 2021.
 
The Dennis Kelly Division has a Scholarship Program for 8th Graders intending to attend Cardinal O’Hara, Archbishop John Carroll or Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast for the 2021/2022 School Year. The amount of the scholarship varies from year to year but for 2021/2022, we intend to offer two (2) one thousand-dollar ($1,000.00) scholarships. To be eligible for this scholarship a student must possess a minimum of a 90 average and participate in at least one extracurricular activity. The only prohibition is that this scholarship is not offered to relatives of AOH members.
 
The AOH’s motto is “Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity.” We require the student to submit a one (1) page essay regarding how that student lives their life pursuant to our motto. Specifically, how they conduct themselves in a way that promotes friendship, unity and charity. Please note that a student may apply themselves or be nominated by another. Completed application packages can be submitted via mail to P.O. Box 1606, Havertown, PA 19083-1606 or via e-mail to denniskellyaoh@gmail.com. 
 

Ellis Trust Grant
(All Grades)

Application: See Right-Side Panel to Download
 

The Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls (The Ellis Trust) helps eligible young women in Philadelphia excel in high school and be prepared for post-secondary success.  Applications for Ellis Trust Tuition Assistance Grants are accepted online from January 1 to March 15.  For additional information visit www.ellistrust.org.  You can contact The Ellis Trust directly by emailing ellistrust@philadelphiafutures.org

Eligibility: Grants from The Ellis Trust are awarded to girls in grades nine through twelve who meet the following criteria:

• Live in Philadelphia.
• Live in a household where one or both parents are absent, or mentally or physically disabled.
• Meet the family income eligibility requirements for reduced-priced lunch under the National School Lunch Program.
• Have grades of “C” or better in major school subjects.
• Are making academic progress toward timely graduation.
• Can prove their dependency status (name appears on their family’s tax return or DPA document.
• Are in a family that does not own property other than their primary home.

Hallahan Alumnae Association Legacy Scholarship
(Incoming Freshman Applicants Only)

Application: See Right-Side Panel to Download
Deadline: Monday, May 3rd, 2021
 
Since 2015, the Hallahan Alumnae Association has been awarding scholarships to four legacy students to attend John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School. With the impending closure, Legacy Scholarships will now be awarded to deserving Eighth Grade girls who attend an Archdiocesan High School.
 
Any student whose mother/grandmother/sibling/aunt/cousin graduated from John W. Hallahan will be eligible to apple for a scholarship of $1,500 per year to honor their commitment to Catholic education, and to further recognize the respected connection among all Archdiocesan Schools. Requirements are listed in the application found on the right-hand side of this page.
 
St. Thomas More Alumni Scholarship (All Grades)
The Saint Thomas More Alumni Association is proud to report that since the Scholarship Program began in the 1980's, they have awarded more than $1.8 million in Scholarships, thus helping students to continue the tradition of receiving the benefit of a Catholic School Education. A few years ago, a new fund called the STMAA National Catholic Education Fund was established. This fund provides students related to or recommended by an STM Alumnus the chance to receive a $1,000 Scholarship Grant to their Archdiocesan high school.  Recipients must be active in school, sports, or church activities, have a good academic record, and be involved in community service.  Applicants must be related to or recommended by a STM alumnus.
 
 
St. James Alumni Scholarship
The mission of the Saint James Alumni Association Scholarship is “To perpetuate the memory and spirit and keep alive the ideals and traditions of St. James Catholic High School. And secondly, “To support and promote Catholic education within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.” Since 1993 and with the awarding of scholarships for the 2020 – 2021 academic school year, the St. James Alumni Association has awarded nearly 1.4 million dollars ($1,360,300.00) in tuition assistance to deserving young men and women, enabling them to continue their Catholic education. Membership in the Alumni Association now stands at nearly 1,550 active members. Membership contributions and Alumni Association fund raising events and programs help to provide for continuing membership communications and services as well as Scholarship Fund growth.
Applications, directions and deadlines are provided directly from the St. James Alumni Association. You must contact them for an application, however, details are not yet up on their website.
 
 

Neumann Scholars Program
(Incoming Freshmen Only)

Application: Foundation Invite Only (Based on Elementary Academic Performance)

With academic excellence as its hallmark, the Neumann Scholars Program invites industrious eighth grade students attending Catholic parish elementary schools to compete for full and half scholarships to attend any of the 21 high schools operated by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Approximately 1,500 students who meet eligibility criteria accept this invitation annually. The young men and women who achieve the highest scores within each of the twelve Archdiocesan school districts in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties are offered scholarships. On average, 55 scholarships are offered each year. Since the inauguration of the Neumann Scholars Program in 1995, 581 students at 70% of the parish elementary schools have earned these prestigious awards.

To be eligible for the program, the student must have:

  • attended a parish elementary school in seventh and eighth grade
  • achieved a GPA of 92 in seventh grade
  • achieved a GPA of 90 in first quarter marking period of eighth grade
  • a strong desire to attend one of the 22 Archdiocesan high schools
  • received an invitation to take the Neumann Scholar exam, given in January at 5 separate locations
 
 

Sean P. Miller Scholarship Fund
(Incoming Freshmen Applicants Only)

Application: http://seanpmillerscholarship.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/SEAN-P.-MILLER-SCHOLARSHIP-APPLICATION.pdf

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide funding to students who display the character and spirit that embodies the teachings of their Catholic Education. This scholarship is in memory of Sean P. Miler who graduated from Northeast Catholic High School Class of 1998 and passed away suddenly in 2015. A $1,000.00 scholarship toward a Catholic High School tuition will be awarded. The Sean P. Miller committee will choose recipients based on the applicants each year. If awarded, the recipients will have the opportunity to apply each year while attending a Catholic High School.

The criteria of the applicant must be a student attending Catholic High School and displays the character and spirit needed to succeed in a Catholic High School.

Application Process:

Complete the application (which can be found at link below)
Obtain one (1) letter of recommendation from a teacher, school administrator, recreation leader, etc.
Obtain a copy of your last report card.
 

Forward the three (3) items listed above to:

Elaine Crowley
436 W. Baker Avenue
Wildwood, New Jersey 08260

Scholarship applications will only be accepted from March 1st, to May 15th for consideration for the following school year.

Norphans Grant
APPLICATION: https://forms.gle/2zwMN88db3SGJQ34A  

We are Alumni of Northeast Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA). Our purpose is to bring together as many fellow Falcons through different events throughout the year. Our goal is to raise money to assist families with the ever increasing cost of a Catholic education in Philadelphia. We will also raise money for other select charities in the Philadelphia area. Our Alma Mater may be closed, but the Falcon spirit shall never die.

The Norphans was Incorporated with the State of Pennsylvania in 2014 . The Norphans grants are $500 scholarships eligible for children & grandchildren of North Catholic in which they apply each year based on their grades & financial status. . The Corporal Jimmy O’Connor Memorial Scholarship is a 4 year $500 scholarship given to a student whose parent(s) or grandparent is a current or retired police officer – they do not have to be North Catholic related. Our website is www.norphans.org to learn more about us.

Corporal Jimmy O'Connor Memorial Scholarship
APPLICATION: https://forms.gle/i4QSWHZfAUjTccUP6 

The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 opened a memorial fund in memory of fallen Philadelphia SWAT Cpl. James O’Connor IV. O’Connor was killed in the line of duty in March 2020 while serving a fugitive arrest warrant for a murder suspect in Frankford. “The outpouring of support for James O’Connor IV, his family and Philadelphia Police Department has been overwhelming,” FOP 5 President John McNesby said in a statement. This is a newly started fund in conjunction with the Norphans Board, which oversees the above scholarship as well.

The Monsignor Mitchell Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

Cardinal Justin Rigali, then Archbishop of Philadelphia, announced on Monday, March 3, 2008, that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia had received a bequest to fund a scholarship in honor of Monsignor John T. Mitchell. Monsignor Mitchell served as a priest of the Archdiocese from 1939 through 1981. During that time, he was the Pastor of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Saint Francis de Sales Parishes in West Philadelphia, where he was known for his faithful ministry to African American Catholics. In light of this, the Monsignor Mitchell Scholarship Fund will support high school students in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who are Catholic and African American, with academic ability and financial need. One (or more, if economically feasible) one-year scholarship(s), up to $2,500, will be awarded annually based upon the determination of the Selection Committee. Student recipients must reapply each year

Criteria for selection:

  • African American Roman Catholic
  • Registered and active at a parish within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Academic Excellence - with at least a cumulative “B” average - or the numerical equivalent thereof - at the time of the scholarship award
  • Financial Need – as determined by a completed FACTS application
  • Attend or desire to attend a Roman Catholic High School - an initial emphasis for candidate selection will be to attend high school in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as per the Trust

Use the link below to see the full application and requirements:

 

 

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
UPPERCLASSMEN APPLICANTS

 
The George and Mary Trucksess Scholarship
 
George and Mary Trucksess, understanding the value of a faith based education, chose Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast for their 7 children despite the great financial struggle it presented for them.   Mr. Robert Trucksess ’74 has established this scholarship in gratitude of his parents, for providing him and his siblings with an education that ensured the presence of God throughout their daily lives, in an environment that stressed academics, morals, values, and community.
 
The purpose of this scholarship shall be to provide recognition and financial assistance to students of Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School who show a financial need, and require tuition
assistance.
 
Recipients of this scholarship shall be awarded by the school Tuition Assistance/Scholarship Committee.  
 

 

The Monsignor Mitchell Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

Cardinal Justin Rigali, then Archbishop of Philadelphia, announced on Monday, March 3, 2008, that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia had received a bequest to fund a scholarship in honor of Monsignor John T. Mitchell. Monsignor Mitchell served as a priest of the Archdiocese from 1939 through 1981. During that time, he was the Pastor of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Saint Francis de Sales Parishes in West Philadelphia, where he was known for his faithful ministry to African American Catholics. In light of this, the Monsignor Mitchell Scholarship Fund will support high school students in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who are Catholic and African American, with academic ability and financial need. One (or more, if economically feasible) one-year scholarship(s), up to $2,500, will be awarded annually based upon the determination of the Selection Committee. Student recipients must reapply each year

Criteria for selection:

  • African American Roman Catholic
  • Registered and active at a parish within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Academic Excellence - with at least a cumulative “B” average - or the numerical equivalent thereof - at the time of the scholarship award
  • Financial Need – as determined by a completed FACTS application
  • Attend or desire to attend a Roman Catholic High School - an initial emphasis for candidate selection will be to attend high school in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as per the Trust

Use the link below to see the full application and requirements:

 

 

Nicole Gallo ’08 Sunshine and Bubbles Scholarship
(Rising Sophomore Girl Applicants Only)

Application: See Application Procedure listed below

The Gallo Family has established a scholarship in memory of Nicole Gallo ’08 to benefit Sophomore, Junior and Senior year students attending Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School (MBAP). Nicole was an active member of the Bonner and Prendie Family; while at Prendie she was a member of the soccer, track and dance teams and participated in the school shows. She was dedicated to community service and had an indomitably positive attitude and strong faith. This scholarship will be awarded annually through proceeds made by the Nicole Gallo Soccer Tournament and Nicole Gallo Sunshine and Bubbles 5K, as well as being open to contributions from other family or interested parties.

Eligibility:

Consideration shall be given to students enrolled and in good standing at MBAP, with preferences given to:

  • Students who show financial need
  • Students who are female
  • Students who participate in Community Service and/or Ministry activities
  • Students who have a minimum “B” academic average
  • Students must maintain an 85 discipline record
  • Students who reflect Nicole Gallo’s positive outlook on life.
 

Application Procedure:

  • Applicants are invited to write an essay about why she attends Bonner & Prendie and how it has influenced her.
  • Essays along with a profile of the student will be evaluated by the Gallo family in consultation with MBAP.
  • The student will be selected in late May.
  • Each scholarship shall be awarded for 1 academic year. Students are eligible to receive the award for more than one year if they continue to meet the established criteria.
 

 

Rev. Paul Morrissey ’57 Scholarship
(Juniors Applicants Only)

APPLICATION: See Right-Side Panel to Download
 

Fr. Paul Morrissey (Bonner ’57), his sister, Mary Johnson (Prendie ’62) and her husband, Michael (Bonner ’59) celebrated Fr. Paul’s 50th anniversary of joining the Augustinians on the occasion of a Jubilee Celebration led by Archbishop Charles Chaput at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, September 8, 2013.

The family of Rev. Paul F. Morrissey, OSA has set up a scholarship in the name of their brother.  This scholarship will honor Fr. Morrissey for his dedication to all of the people who have sought his spiritual guidance over the years.  Fr. Morrissey is an award winning author, counselor to the poor and needy, and a humanitarian.

This $2000 scholarship will be awarded each year to the junior WHO most exemplifies Fr. Morrissey’s  love of God and life.  The deadline for applications is April 15.  Please, print the application from the right-side download panel, complete, and return to Sister Kathleen Looby in the Institutional Advancement Office.

If you would like to contribute to this worthy scholarship, please make your check payable to MBAP, noting on the memo section “Rev. Paul Morrissey Scholarship”.  You may send your donation to:   MBAP, 403 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA  19026.

 

Brendan Seward ’11 Memorial Scholarship
(Rising Senior Applicants Only)

Application: See Right-Side Panel to Download

Brendan Seward '11 was a special young man and Bonner student that left this world way too soon.  With the love of his family and friends from the Bonner & Prendie Community, a scholarship has been established in his name. This scholarship is intended to honor a senior who represents everything for which Brendan's spirit and the Bonner & Prendie community stands. The recipient will be a giving, caring, thoughtful, concerned and considerate student.  He or she will be someone that is generous with their time and talents, and willing to share a smile with everyone. Brendan would want this recipient to love Bonner & Prendie, not necessarily the best athlete in the school or even the student with the highest GPA. The Brendan Seward Scholarship Winners will each receive a minimum $2,000 scholarship towards his/her Senior year tuition at Bonner & Prendie. 

Please review criteria and application, available for download on the right-side panel.

 

Charlotte Drummond Memorial Scholarship Foundation
(Rising Juniors and Rising Seniors)
Application Deadline: Friday, April 2nd
Application Attached to Right Side Panel
The Charlotte Drummond Memorial Scholarship is a legacy scholarship that keeps the spirit of Charlotte Drummond and her dedication to Catholic education alive. In 2021-2022, we’re awarding one $2,000 and two $1,000 scholarships.  The Foundation was started to honor Charlotte Drummond, who taught for 40 years at Cardinal Dougherty High School (Philadelphia, PA), and another 5 years at Cardinal O’Hara High School (Springfield, PA). Charlotte oversaw Student Council and the Yearbook, among many other activities and events, during her tenure at Cardinal Dougherty. In summer 2013, Charlotte was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. She fought a courageous battle until her passing on March 23, 2016. Charlotte had a lasting impact on hundreds of alumni from both Dougherty and O’Hara, which is evident in thousands of photographs personally taken over four decades.

 

Ken DeFeo ’78 Memorial Scholarship
(Rising Junior Boy Applicants Only from Football Team)

Application:
Deadline: June

This scholarship is in memory of Ken DeFeo Class of ’78 from Monsignor Bonner High School who died of a sudden heart attack on December 28, 1997. At Bonner, Ken was an honor student, member of student council and a star player on the football, baseball and track team. A golf outing and social is held each year to raise the funds to support this scholarship. Since its inception in 1999, the family has awarded seven scholarships.

The applicant must be a member of the football team who has completed his sophomore year at Bonner, achieved a grade point average of 85 or higher, holds an exemplary discipline record, and attends mass every Sunday. For more information contact Charles DeFeo at 610-359-4949.

Please mail application to: 

Ken DeFeo Memorial Scholarship Fund
C/O Charles DeFeo
305 Langford Road
Broomall, PA 19008

 

Robert L. Kitzinger, Jr. ’76 Memorial Scholarship
(Senior Applicants Only)

Application:
Deadline:

This scholarship is in memory of Robert L. Kitzinger, Jr. Robert was a member of the Monsignor Bonner Class of ’76 and 21-year veteran of the U.S. Navy. Robert, while on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, fell down an elevator shaft, and died in September 1998.

Under the coordination of Paul Baker, a member of the Monsignor Bonner Class of ’76, nine Bonner graduates and an Upper Darby graduate pool money together for this scholarship. Candidates should be Bonner and Prendie seniors with a grade point average of a B or better and in need of financial aid to further their education beyond high school (college, trade school, military academy, etc.). For more information contact Paul Baker at 610-446-1042.

 

Jesse Landi Memorial Scholarship (Fathers’ Club & Landi Family)

Mr. Jesse Landi was a member of the Monsignor Bonner Father and Son’s Association for over 40 years. Jesse was proud to be a member of the Fathers Club and their work to support Monsignor Bonner and Catholic education. The Father and Son’s Association in conjunction with the Landi Family established a scholarship in his memory.

The scholarship is to support a student who has completed at least one year at Monsignor Bonner, maintains an 80+ average, has no discipline problems and is involved with school activities. The scholarship may also be need based. Preference will be given to students who have a parent/guardian involved with support of school activities.

Candidates for this scholarship may be nominated by faculty members at Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast or a local Parish Priest. The Association will appoint a board each year to review applicants and award this one time scholarship at least once each year.

Nomination letters must be submitted to the Association no later than April 30th.

Daniel J. Van Belle Award for Excellence in English
(Graduating Seniors Only)

Deadline:  May 30th, 2019

The Daniel J. Van Belle Award is a $500 annual award to be given to the graduating senior pursing a degree in education displaying an appreciation of language, written and spoken.

Please submit a (1) page, double spaced paper about your favorite word or phrase to JCRMEDIA@AOL.COM  with "Bonner/Prendie" in the subject line. 

If any questions, please contact Georgine Rickards at rickards@bonnerprendie.com