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Scholarship Opportunities



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


Maguire Scholars Program
(Incoming Freshman Applicants ONLY)

Maguire Foundation, in partnership with the Faith in the Future Foundation (“Foundation”), will award $3,000 per-year scholarships to at least six students in each of the eighteen qualifying Philadelphia-area Catholic high schools. The current application is specific to eighth graders entering the high school Class of 2021. The scholarship is renewable for each of the four years of high school, given that the Maguire Scholar maintains standards consistent with the qualifications listed on the application.

Ellis Trust Grant
(All Grades)

Application: See Right-Side Panel to Download
Deadline: March 15, 2020

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  You can contact The Ellis Trust directly by emailing

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.


The Father Bill Atkinson Scholarship
(All Grades)

Application: See Right-Side Panel to Download

The Father Bill Atkinson Foundation awards scholarships each year to deserving students who want to attend Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast High School.  For a scholarship application, please visit or see the right-side panel to download.

Neumann Scholars Program
(Incoming Freshmen Only)

Application: Foundation Invite Only (Based on Elementary Academic Performance)
Deadline: Test will be September 30, 2018

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)

Deadline: May 1, 2020

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.




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

Application: See Application Procedure listed below
Deadline: TBA

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.


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 and receive the award at the end of year Freshmen Assembly.
  • 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
Deadline: TBA

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.


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

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)


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