Scholarship Opportunities

Cathedral Catholic High School awards over $4 million dollars annually in scholarships and financial aid. The Cathedral Catholic Scholarship Fund is comprised of many diverse scholarship opportunities available to all of our student scholars, athletes, artists, musicians and ministers. We believe that students should be given opportunities to be rewarded for academic excellence and other achievements.

These funds are allocated from our general budget while we continue to protect and grow our $1 million endowment for scholarships. Our goal is to increase this endowment to at least $10 million over the next 3 years and we encourage you to join us in supporting our Scholarship Fund as we continue to create opportunities and transform the lives of our students.

We are pleased to announce that as a result of fundraising events and individual donations, we are able to add twenty-three new scholarships for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. The newest scholarships are listed at the top of the scholarship list below.

 

Below is a list of scholarships available to students.
Scholarship applications open on December 20, 2018

Scholarships listed below are subject to change. 

The following scholarships are available to all CCHS students currently in their freshman through junior years. Those scholarships indicated with an asterisk are also available to incoming freshmen students. All applications must be submitted online no later than Thursday, January 31, 2019. Scholarships are awarded based on applications and the listed criteria, and will be applied to the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year. If you are applying for more than one scholarship, please use the common application that you may access through any of the links listed on the page below. Once you select a single scholarship, you may click on multiple scholarships from the scholarship listing. Your application will be considered for each scholarship selected. Please make sure that you meet the qualifications of all scholarships you are applying for using the common application.

 

 

Scholarships

*Scholarships available to incoming Freshmen

Ethan Olson Memorial Scholarship
Ethan Olson ’19 passed away during his senior year at CCHS.  Ethan was part of the founding students in the Academy program. These two scholarships were established by several generous donors to provide an annual scholarship to assist a Learning Center, Academy or Options student and an additional scholarship for an outstanding mentor in the CCHS Options or Academy Program.

The first scholarship is awarded to a current Options, Academy or Learning Center student who exemplifies the qualities of a Cathedral Catholic High School student; including Faith, Knowledge, Character and Responsibility.

Recipient chosen by the Administration with input from the Special Education personnel. 2019-2020 projected award: $2,000

The second scholarship is awarded to a current outstanding Student Mentor in either the Options or the Academy programs.

Recipient chosen by the Administration with input from the Special Education personnel. 2019-2020 projected award: $2,000

 

Academic Merit Scholarships
Merit Scholarships awarded to one rising junior (’21) or rising senior student (’20) in each of the following school subject areas who exemplify the value of academic excellence in that field of study and outstanding citizenship. Recipients chosen by the Administration with input from the Academic Chairs of each academic department at CCHS.
2019-2020 projected awards: $500 each

  • Religious Studies
  • English
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Social Science
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Science

 

Honor Society Merit Scholarships
Merit Scholarships awarded to one student member of each of the following Honor Societies who exemplify the values of academic excellence, leadership and service. Recipients chosen by the Administration with input from the Faculty Moderators of each Honor Society at CCHS.

2019-2020 projected awards: $500 each

  • National Honor Society
    Recognizes and encourages Academic Scholarship, voluntary service, student leadership and excellent character.
  • California Scholarship Federation
    Recognizes and encourages academic achievement and community service.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) Honor Society at Cathedral Catholic High School
    Honoring student accomplishment in the study of ASL.
  • Chi Sigma Epsilon National English Honor Society
    Recognizes special accomplishments in the study of English.
  • International Thespian Society
    Honoring student achievement in Theatre.
  • National Art Society
    Honoring a student who has attained their highest potential in all forms of art.
  • National Junior Classical League Latin Honor Society
    Honors student for outstanding academic achievement and citizenship in Latin class.
  • Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society
    Recognizes student excellence in the field of Social Studies.
  • Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Chapter Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica
    Also known as the Spanish Honors Society, recognizes student excellence in the study of the Spanish language.
  • Societe Honoraire de Francais
    Also known as the French Honor Society, recognizes student excellence in the study of the French language.

 

Monsignor Dennis R. Clark Memorial Scholarship
Monsignor Dennis R. Clark dedicated much of his pastoral ministry to improving and establishing our Diocesan Schools and was one of Cathedral’s principal visionaries. His tenure as Superintendent of Diocesan Catholic Schools was defined by a rigorous pursuit of high-quality curriculum and school management.

This scholarship will be awarded to a current Cathedral Catholic High School student who exhibits a dedication to his or her Roman Catholic faith, is an individual of exceptional moral character and whose family is dedicated and aspiring to live by the precepts of the Church. Such individual should take pride in his or her studies and athletic pursuits, while not losing sight of the fact that their relationship with God is primary.

Recipient chosen by the Administration, Mission and Ministry personnel and review of a personal application essay submitted by the student.

2019-2020 projected award: $20,000

 

*Monsignor Dickie Scholarship
Monsignor Dickie was a founding priest at the University of San Diego High School.  His life as a priest was dedicated to education. This scholarship is awarded in his honor.  The scholarship is available to incoming freshman to rising seniors.
This is a need-based scholarship.
GPA 3.0 or above
Recipient chosen by the Administration
2019-2020 projected award: $2,000

 

Balo Family Scholarship
Awarded to a current Cathedral Catholic student who will be in grades 10-12 during the upcoming 2019 -2020 academic year who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and an ongoing commitment to community service.
GPA: 3.75 or above
Please submit a brief essay describing your academic achievements and your service to the community (including number of hours completed). Please be sure to include what makes you uniquely qualified to receive this scholarship.
Recipient chosen by the Balo Family
2019-2020 projected award: $2000

 

Mary E. (Lyons) Irvine Memorial Scholarship
Mary Irvine was a graduate of the Summerville School of Nursing in 1950. She was a native of Roxbury (Boston), Massachusetts, served as a U.S. Navy nurse from 1951 – 1955, and dedicated her life’s work to nursing, including a time where she served as a school nurse.
This scholarship will be awarded to a current Cathedral Catholic High School student who has demonstrated academic success in the area of health related sciences and expresses an interest in pursuing a nursing career.
GPA 3.5 or above
Recipient chosen by the Administration with input from the Science department
2019-2020 projected award: $2,000

 

Barbara Gilshian Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a current student who participates actively in community service and practices strong Christian values.
Priority based on financial need
GPA 2.5 or above
Recipient chosen by the Administration
2019-2020 projected award: $5,500

 

CCHS M&T Trust Scholarship
Awarded to a rising junior or senior who has participated in a varsity sport.
Priority based on financial need
GPA 3.0 or above
Recipient chosen by the Administration
2019-2020 projected award: $7,400

 

Christine M. Ross Memorial Scholarship
Christine Ross ’86 was a student at USDHS who has passed away. She exemplified what it meant to be a Don. Her parents established a scholarship in her honor.
Awarded to a current junior. Student must have demonstrated participation in one year of athletics and one year of extracurricular activities. Student should exemplify the personal qualities of character that demonstrate Christian compassion and spontaneity for life.
GPA 2.5 or above
Recipient chosen by the Ross Family
2019-2020 projected award: $4,500

 

Richard E. Gerding/Louis J. Bitterlin Grandfathers Scholarship
This award is given in memory of two USDHS grandfathers who faithfully and proudly supported six grandchildren who are current or former DONS.
Awarded to a current junior, the recipient is chosen on the basis of demonstrating distinctive qualities of leadership, courage, character and commitment to excellence. Must participate on a varsity sports team and be involved in an extracurricular activity.
GPA 3.2 or above
Recipient chosen by Administration, and Bitterlin Family
2019-2020 projected award: $3,000

 

Robert E. “Bull” Trometter Memorial Scholarship
One of the original coaches at USDHS Coach Trometter gave us our colors by bringing the uniforms from MCRD when the Marines dropped their football program. He was also the father of four USDHS alum.
Awarded to a current student who has at least one year of participation on the freshman, junior varsity or varsity football team. Must demonstrate responsible citizenship.
GPA 2.5 or above
Recipient chosen by Administration after a nomination by the head football coach
2019-2020 projected award: $2,800

 

CCHS George H. Mayr Foundation Scholarship
Awarded to a current student who is a resident of the State of California.
Priority based on financial need
Recipient chosen by the Administration and Executives of the foundation
2019-2020 projected award: Two at $2,500 each

 

Father Michael Ortiz Scholarship
Fr. Ortiz has been very generous in supporting the students at Cathedral Catholic High School. He donated the funds to build the For God and Country Plaza.
Awarded to a current student who participates actively in community service and practices strong Christian values.
Priority based on financial need
GPA 2.5 or above
Recipient chosen by Father Ortiz
2019-2020 projected award: $3,000

 

Coach Dick Serrano Scholarship
Coach Serrano gave 40 plus years of his life to the Dons at USDHS and Cathedral Catholic. He is definitely Mr. Don. Coach Serrano is one of the winningest coaches in the county for baseball. You will often see Coach on campus for many events.
Awarded to a minority student who has participated in CCHS athletics. The student should be actively involved in the CCHS school community.
GPA 2.5 or above
Recipient chosen by Coach Serrano and the Administration
2019-2020 projected award: $3,400

 

John Atilano Memorial Scholarship
John was a long time teacher in the Language Department at USDHS. He influenced many students’ lives.
Awarded to a current student of Mexican heritage who demonstrates outstanding CCHS school involvement.
Priority based on financial need
GPA 2.5 or above
Recipient chosen by the Foreign Language Department
2019-2020 projected award: $2,000

 

Richard G Balelo Sr. Scholarship
Along with his wife Dalny, Richard committed to the sacrifice of providing all five of their children (Richard Jr. ’79, Paul ’81, Kristen ’91, Steven ’92, and Andrew ’99) an outstanding Catholic education. This scholarship honors his memory and a continued support of the Dons that began over five decades ago.
Awarded to a current student who has at least one year of participation in athletics at Cathedral Catholic High School. Must demonstrate responsible citizenship.
Priority based on financial need
GPA 2.8 or above
Recipient chosen by the Administration
2019-2020 projected award: $2,000

 

Brother John Cislo Memorial Scholarship
Brother John is an alum from the class of 1971. He came back to teach at USDHS in the late 70’s to early 80’s. He was a great spiritual leader for the students.
Awarded to a minority student who demonstrates outstanding CCHS school involvement.
Priority based on financial need.
GPA 2.5 or above
Recipient chosen by the Administration
2019-2020 projected award: $2,000

 

John Covell Memorial Scholarship
John was a graduate of USDHS class of 1982 who has passed away. He was very involved within the Dons community.
Awarded to a rising junior who demonstrates all around school involvement.
GPA 2.5 or above
Recipient chosen by the Administration
2019-2020 projected award: $2,000

 

*Dons Alumni Scholarship
Typically, awarded to a student who is a descendent of a Dons alumni. Others may apply but priority is given to a descendent of a Dons alumni. Student must have demonstrated participation in community service or extracurricular activities.
GPA 2.5 or above
Recipient chosen by Dons Alumni Association
2019-2020 projected award: $2,000

 

Fr. Lanphier Scholarship
Fr. Lanphier taught at USDHS for many years and was the mainstay of the Jesters. He ran a wonderful program in our little “theater” at UNI.
Awarded to a student who participates in the CCHS arts.
Priority based on financial need
GPA 2.5 or above
Recipient chosen by the Administration
2019-2020 projected award: $2,000

 

Fr. Tassi Memorial Scholarship
Fr. Tassi was a spiritual leader and teacher at USDHS for many years. He also directed many community service programs.
Awarded to a current student who demonstrates outstanding CCHS school involvement and actively participates in community service.
Priority based on financial need
GPA 2.5 or above
Recipient chosen by the Administration
2019-2020 projected award: $2,000

 

Butch Lee Memorial Scholarship
Butch Lee was girls’ soccer coach from 1986-1998 and led his team to 8 straight CIF Championships and 10 Western League Championships in his 12 years as coach. Butch Lee passed away in December of 1998 from brain cancer. This scholarship is awarded to a JV or Varsity girls’ soccer player in his memory.
Awarded to a JV or Varsity girls’ soccer player that is in need of financial assistance.
GPA 2.5 or above
Recipient will be chosen by Dawn Lee (Head Soccer Coach) and Family
2019-2020 projected award: $2,000

 

Hector Macis Scholarship
Coach Macis was a long time PE instructor and basketball coach at USDHS. He still enjoys attending events at CCHS.
Awarded to a minority student who demonstrates outstanding CCHS school involvement and participation in CCHS athletics.
Priority based on financial need.
GPA 2.5 or above
Recipient chosen by the Administration
2019-2020 projected award: $2,000

 

*Richard E. Kelly Scholarship
Dr. Kelly was a principal at USDHS with the longest tenure. He brought real stability to the Dons community as a leader. He was the first Dons President.
Awarded to an incoming or current student. Student must actively participate in community service and demonstrate Christian qualities and character.
Priority based on financial need
GPA 2.5 or above
Recipient chosen by the Dr. Richard Kelly Scholarship Committee
2019-2020 projected award: $2,000

 

*Monsignor George M. Rice/Cathedral Girls’ Alumnae Scholarship
Typically, awarded to a student who is a descendent of a Cathedral Girls’ Alumnae. Others may apply but priority given to a descendent of a Cathedral Girls’ Alumnae. Student must have demonstrated participation in community service or extracurricular activities.
GPA 2.5 or above
Recipient chosen by the Cathedral Alumnae Committee
2019-2020 projected award: $2,000

 

Matthew J. Siesel Memorial Scholarship
Matt was a graduate of USDHS and passed away in a car accident. Matt was involved in baseball and football. Matt’s Mom and Dad have supported UNI/Cathedral Catholic for many years. You may recognize the name from Siesel’s Old Fashioned Meats.
Awarded to a rising sophomore involved with, or planning to participate in, the football or baseball program. Student should exemplify love of life and compassion for fellow students.
GPA 2.5 or above.
Recipient chosen by the Administration
2019-2020 projected award: $2,000

 

Tom Steve’s Memorial Scholarship
Tom spent many years as a teacher at USDHS before passing away. Tom was actively involved on campus and was beloved by his students and colleagues.
Awarded to a rising junior who has completed two years of a foreign language. Student should exemplify personal qualities that demonstrate Christian compassion and spontaneity for life.
GPA 2.5 or above
Recipient chosen by the Foreign Language Department
2019-2020 projected award: $2,000

 

Michael Timmons Scholarship
Michael was a student at USDHS and passed away in an accident his sophomore year. He was involved on campus and his parents have been very generous in supporting Dons students through this scholarship.
Awarded to a rising sophomore or junior. Student must demonstrate a record of above average academic achievement, positive school citizenship and community service.
GPA 3.0 or above
Recipient chosen by the Administration
2019-2020 projected award: 4 at $3,000 each

 

CCHS Parents Association Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by the Parent Association uniform recycling program.
Awarded to a rising sophomore, junior or senior. Students must demonstrate continuous academic achievement at Cathedral Catholic High School and involvement in extracurricular activities and community service. In 500 words or less, please tell us everything you are passionate about, interested in, or something about yourself that you would like to share.
GPA 3.0 or above
Recipients chosen by the CCHS Parents Association Uniform Recycle Program Representatives
2019-2020 projected awards: 4 awards of $1,500

 

*Row it Forward Scholarship
Awarded to an incoming or current student who would like to participate on the Crew team at Cathedral Catholic High School and who is actively involved in school or in their community.
Priority based on financial need.
GPA 2.5 or above
Recipient chosen by the Administration with input from the donors’ families
2019-2020 projected award: $1,500

 

Richard Charles Albanese Memorial Scholarship
Richard was a parent of a student at Cathedral Catholic. As an avid runner his family wanted to remember him in this special way.
Awarded to a current student who has participated in Track and Field or Cross Country at Cathedral Catholic High School and is involved in their Catholic faith.
Priority based on financial need
GPA: 2.5 or above
Recipient chosen by the Albanese Family and friends
2019-2020 projected award: $1,000

 

*CCHS Charles and Bessie Hannan Scholarship
Awarded to an incoming or current student.
Priority based on financial need. Student must be a U.S. Citizen.
Recipient chosen by the Administration
2019-2020 projected award: Three at $1,000 each

 

Joseph King Memorial Scholarship
Joseph was the father of two UNI alums and the husband of Margaret King, a long time teacher at UNI/Cathedral Catholic High School.
Awarded to a current student who demonstrates responsible citizenship, involvement in school sports at Cathedral Catholic High School (varsity or junior varsity level) and community or school service programs.
Financial need considered but not required
GPA: 2.75 or above
Recipient chosen by the King Family
2019-2020 projected award: $500

 

Olivia Scott, Why Not Me Scholarship
Awarded to a current student who participates in athletics at Cathedral Catholic High School.
Priority based on financial need.
Recipient chosen by the Administration
2019-2020 projected award: $500

 

Scholarship Application