Scholarship Opportunities

Cathedral Catholic High School awards almost $5 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 each year 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.


2021-2022 Scholarship Recipients

First Last Scholarship
Sasha Naughton Academic Merit Scholarship English
Olivia Worthen Academic Merit Scholarship Languages
Ryan Shakiba Academic Merit Scholarship Mathematics
Teresa Temprendola Academic Merit Scholarship Religious Studies
Andrew Cowling Academic Merit Scholarship Science
Colleen Lyons Academic Merit Scholarship Social Science
Natasha Tavares Academic Merit Scholarship Visual and Performing Arts
Jaedyn O’Hara Honor Society Merit Scholarship American Sign Language
Ava Rusnak Honor Society Merit Scholarship California Scholarship Federation
Anne St. Marie Honor Society Merit Scholarship Chi Sigma Epsilon National English Honor Society
Addison Steele Honor Society Merit Scholarship International Thespian Society
Nevin Joseph Honor Society Merit Scholarship Mu Alpha Theta, Mathematics Honor Society
Heather Lyons Honor Society Merit Scholarship National Art Honor Society
Michael Mistica Honor Society Merit Scholarship National Chinese Honor Society
Graziella Aiello Honor Society Merit Scholarship National Honor Society
Jack Terry Honor Society Merit Scholarship National Junior Classical League Latin Honor Society
Isabella Federico Honor Society Merit Scholarship Quill & Scroll Honor Society
Alexandra Evans Honor Society Merit Scholarship Rho Kappa Social Science Honor Society
Maximilian Platovsky Honor Society Merit Scholarship Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Chapter Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica
Carolina Ternero Honor Society Merit Scholarship Science National Honor Society
Sahara Kiskis Honor Society Merit Scholarship Societe Honoraire de Francais
Nathan Joseph Balo Family Scholarship
Courtney Ralph Barbara Gilshian Memorial Scholarship
Angel Hernandez Brian’s Scholar Scholarship
Brianna Quiroga Brian’s Scholar Scholarship
Charlotte Sears Brother John Cislo Memorial Scholarship
Taylor Reed Butch Lee Memorial Scholarship
Atticus Gates CCHS Charles and Bessie Hannan Scholarship
Anthony Alido CCHS Charles and Bessie Hannan Scholarship
Julissa Ortiz CCHS Charles and Bessie Hannan Scholarship
Ava Enriquez CCHS Faculty and Staff Scholarship
Julia Wilson CCHS Chris Bitterlin Endowment Scholarship
Emily Nartker CCHS Chris Bitterlin Endowment Scholarship
Sean McDermott CCHS M&T Trust Scholarship
Adriana Quezada CCHS Parent Association Scholarship
Daniella Benitez CCHS Parent Association Scholarship
Christian Aquino CCHS Parent Association Scholarship
Bella Jaikaran CCHS Parent Association Scholarship
Elizabeth Tabornal Christine M. Ross Memorial Scholarship
Taylor Diaz Coach Dick Serrano Scholarship
Ashlinn Limjoco Dons Alumni Scholarship
Luke Weinpel Dons Alumni Scholarship
Sinclair McComic Dons Alumni Scholarship
Emily Fox Ethan Olson Memorial Scholarship
Nicholas Martinez Ethan Olson Memorial Scholarship
Esteban Murillo Fr. Michael Ortiz Scholarship
Miguel Morales III John Atilano Memorial Scholarship
Natalie Mamaril John Covell Memorial Scholarship
Carlee Lincoln Joseph King Memorial Scholarship
Camila Abramowitz Mary E. (Lyons) Irvine Memorial Scholarship
Rocco Balistreri Matthew J. Siesel Memorial Scholarship
Keira Rall Michael Timmons Scholarship
Joshua Martin-Spencer Michael Timmons Scholarship
Gabriel Benitez Michael Timmons Scholarship
Sophia Krich Michael Timmons Scholarship
Isabella McCormick Msgr. Dennis R. Clark Memorial Scholarship
Patrick Buckel Msgr. Dickie Scholarship
Clay Stabile Msgr. Dickie Scholarship
Kapono Carriedo Nakanelua Msgr. Dickie Scholarship
Sydney Arthur Monsignor George M. Rice/Cathedral Girls’ Alumnae Scholarship
Lexine Arambulo Natalie Nield Memorial Scholarship
Brisa Brown Olivia Scott, Why Not Me Scholarship
John-Xavier Breen Dr. Richard E. Kelly Memorial Scholarship
Kymberly Patino Richard G. Balelo Sr. Scholarship
Deric Woo Robert E. “Bull” Trometter Memorial Scholarship
Neve Walker Row It Forward Scholarship
Sophia Frank Stumm Family Scholarship
Gable Krich Tom Steves Memorial Scholarship
Gianna Kelly Woltman Family Dance Scholarship

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 January 31, 2021, 11:59PM.

Scholarships are awarded based on applications, 300 maximum word essay and the listed criteria for each. Scholarship awards will be applied to the upcoming 2021-2022 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 and essay (300 word maximum) 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

Academic Merit Scholarships
Merit Scholarships awarded to one rising Junior (’23) or rising Senior student (’22) 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.
2021-2022 projected awards: $500 each

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

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.

2021-2022 projected awards: $500 each

  • American Sign Language (ASL) Honor Society                                                                                                              Honoring student accomplishment in the study of ASL.
  • California Scholarship Federation
    Recognizes and encourages academic achievement and community service.
  • Chi Sigma Epsilon National English Honor Society
    Recognizes special accomplishments in the study of English.
  • International Thespian Society
    Honoring student achievement in Theatre.
  • Mu Alpha Theta, Mathematics Honors Society                                                                                              Members exhibit superior achievement in mathematics and assist other students through tutoring or acting as Teacher’s Assistants.
  • National Art Honor Society
    Honoring a student who has attained their highest potential in all forms of art.
  • National Chinese Honor Society
    Recognizes special accomplishments in the study of the Chinese language and the promotion of Chinese culture.
  • National Honor Society
    Recognizes and encourages Academic Scholarship, voluntary service, student leadership and excellent character.
  • National Junior Classical League Latin Honor Society
    Honors student for outstanding academic achievement and citizenship in Latin class.
  • Quill & Scroll Honor Society
    Recognizes and encourages both individual and group achievements in scholastic journalism and broadcast media.
  • 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.
  • Science National Honor Society                                                                                                                                        A prominent scientific organization of  young thinkers who will be the future of industry, research, and scientific exploration for America.
  • Societe Honoraire de Francais
    Also known as the French Honor Society, recognizes student excellence in the study of the French language.

Balo Family Scholarship
Awarded to a current Cathedral Catholic student who will be in grades 10-12 during the upcoming 2021-2022 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
2021-2022 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
2021-2022 projected award: $6,000

*Brian’s Scholars Scholarship
This scholarship is in memory of Brian Bennett, a University of San Diego High School graduate, Catholic school principal and educational choice advocate. It was Brian’s dream to make Catholic education affordable to all. This scholarship was funded with a very generous donation from the Blickenstaff family.
Priority based on financial need. Incoming freshmen must reside South of Interstate 8.
Recipient chosen by the Administration
2021-2022 projected award: 2 at $5,000.00 each

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
2021-2022 projected award: $1,000

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
2021-2022 projected award: $500

*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
2021-2022 projected award: 3 at $900 each

CCHS Chris Bitterlin Endowment 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
2021-2022 projected award: 2 at $5,000 each

CCHS M&T Trust Scholarship
Awarded to a rising Junior (’23) or Senior (’22) who has participated in a varsity sport.
Priority based on financial need
GPA 3.0 or above
Recipient chosen by the Administration
2021-2022 projected award: $7,500

CCHS Parents Association Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by the Parent Association uniform recycling program.
Awarded to a rising Sophomore (’24) , Junior (’23) or Senior (’22). Students must demonstrate continuous academic achievement at Cathedral Catholic High School and involvement in extracurricular activities and community service. In 300 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 Administration
2021-2022 projected awards: 4 awards of $1,500

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 (’22). 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
2021-2022 projected award: $4,500

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. We will miss  seeing 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
2021-2022 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
2021-2022 projected award: 3 at $3,000

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. 2021-2022 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. 2021-2022 projected award: $2,000

Fr. 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
2021-2022 projected award: $5,000

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
2021-2022 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 (’23) who demonstrates all around school involvement.
GPA 2.5 or above
Recipient chosen by the Administration
2021-2022 projected award: $1400

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
2021-2022 projected award: $500

*The McSweeney Family Charitable Foundation is proud to announce the establishment of the TMFCF Scholarship beginning with the 2021-2022 school year. It will be awarded to an incoming freshman student (Class of 2025) interested in enrolling in the Cathedral Catholic Pre-Engineering Program and has selected Introduction to STEAM as an elective for freshman year. Student must demonstrate excellence in leadership, athletics, and academics. This $5,000 scholarship award is renewable each year provided the above criteria continue to be achieved.                                 

Student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above.                                                                                                                          Members of TMFCF may interview applicants and the TMFCF Board of Directors will choose the recipient.            The scholarship award is for $5,000 towards the selected freshman’s 2021-2022 tuition.

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 (’24) 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
2021-2022 projected award: $1800

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 (’24) or Junior (’23). 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
2021-2022 projected award: 4 at $3,500 each

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.

2021-2022 projected award: 1 at $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
2021-2022 projected award: 3 at $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. Please include the graduation year and maiden name (if applicable) of the alum.
GPA 2.5 or above
Recipient chosen by the Cathedral Alumnae Committee
2021-2022 projected award: $2,000

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
2021-2022 projected award: $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
2021-2022 projected award: $1,000

*Dr. Richard E. Kelly Memorial 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
2021-2022 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
2021-2022 projected award: $2,000

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
2021-2022 projected award: $2,800

*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
2021-2022 projected award: $1,500

*Stumm Family Scholarship
This scholarship honors the memory of Jim and Barbara Stumm for their commitment and sacrifice in providing outstanding Catholic education for their three children and eight grandchildren.

Awarded to an incoming freshman who falls within the top 10% of students applying to CCHS. To qualify for this scholarship a student must have proven financial hardship and need. There is no application for this scholarship – applicants will be generated by Administration review.
Recipient chosen by the Administration
2021-2022 projected award: 1 scholarship@ $4,000

Thomas C. Bache III Memorial Scholarship
Tom graduated from USDHS in 1990.  He passed away in 2021.  Tom was an outstanding student, CIF champion in Cross Country and Track & Field (3200m), and school record-holder.  He was inducted into the USDHS/Cathedral Catholic Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

Tom gave back to the San Diego running community as an outstanding competitor, USATF Master Level official, USATF and San Diego Track Club officer, and popular mentor for runners of widely varying ages, talent, and experience.  He loved history, stats, travel, trail running, and hiking.

Tom had an independent spirit and a generous, giving heart.  He embodied his Catholic faith and education in his actions as a son, brother, uncle, mentor, and friend.

This Scholarship is awarded to Awarded to a Sophomore or Junior who is an enthusiastic contributor to Cathedral Catholic teams in Cross Country and/or Track & Field.  Student should exemplify leadership and support for other team members.
GPA 3.0 or above
Recipient chosen by the Administration and The Bache Family

Tom Steves 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 (’23) 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
2021-2022 projected award: $500

Woltman Family Dance Scholarship
Awarded to a current college bound Senior (‘21) who demonstrates continuous academic achievement, has been a member of the CCHS Dance Team for a minimum of three years and is involved in at least one other extracurricular activity on campus (i.e. Options Mentor, Ambassadors for Christ, Campus Ministry, ASB, or CCTV). In the essay section please answer the following question: Why dance? A letter of recommendation from a CCHS Dance Coach is also required. You will be notified where to submit this letter in February.
GPA 3.5 or above
Recipient chosen by the Administration
2021 projected award: $5,000, sent directly to the college/university of attendance for the first year of studies.

Scholarship Application