Scholarship Opportunities

Cathedral Catholic is grateful to those benefactors who have contributed to the school’s endowed scholarships.  Endowed funds provide a permanent source of income to the school.  In order for the school to continue providing a high-quality Catholic education, Cathedral Catholic’s endowment funds must continue to grow.


Incoming Freshman Students 

Cathedral Catholic High School is pleased to announce the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Scholarship Program for incoming freshmen students for the 2022-2023 academic year. Please view the video linked below.
 
 
The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Scholarship Program for incoming freshmen was established in 2021. These full four-year scholarships are intended to recognize and support students interested in attending Cathedral Catholic High School.  
 
Cathedral Catholic High School presently awards 10 full scholarships to outstanding young women and men who are selected from the annual President’s Scholars Day. These scholarships cover the cost of tuition and required fees for the student’s entire four years of high school. 
 
The President’s Scholarship
One female and one male student will receive a full four-year scholarship to attend Cathedral Catholic High School. To be eligible for the scholarship, the student must graduate from a school in San Diego County or from an accredited home school program.
 
The ZAK Myers Scholarship
One student will receive a full four-year scholarship to attend Cathedral Catholic High School. The preferred candidate for this scholarship is a parishioner at St. Leo Mission Church in Solana Beach and actively involved in her/his Catholic faith. Priority is given to students demonstrating financial need and academic prowess. 
 
The Mario Fierro Scholarship
One female and one male student from Notre Dame Academy and/or St. Therese of Carmel Catholic Church in San Diego will receive a full four-year scholarship to attend Cathedral Catholic High School. To be eligible for the scholarship, the student had to attend Notre Dame Academy for at least three years and/or demonstrate active involvement as a parishioner at St. Therese for at least three years. 
 
The Tammy Niu Scholarship
One female and one male student of Polynesian descent will receive a full four-year scholarship to attend Cathedral Catholic High School. To be eligible for the scholarship, the student must graduate from a school in San Diego County or from an accredited home school program.
 
The Catholic School Scholarship
One female and one male student from any Catholic elementary school in the Diocese of San Diego will receive a full four-year scholarship to attend Cathedral Catholic High School. To be eligible for the scholarship, the student had to attend a Catholic elementary school in the Diocese of San Diego from kindergarten through eighth grade.
 
The St. Michael’s Catholic School (Poway, CA) Scholarship
One student from St. Michael’s Catholic School in Poway will receive a full four-year scholarship to attend Cathedral Catholic High School. To be eligible for the scholarship, the student had to attend St. Michael’s from kindergarten through eighth grade.
 
Students interested in applying for one or more of the scholarships must have an “applied” status in the Ravenna application portal. Once applied in Ravenna, you will find a form in your portal that you may use to indicate which scholarship(s) you are interested in applying for. Students may apply for more than one scholarship, where qualified. 
 
The next step will be to select a date for the student to attend one of four “President’s Scholars Day,” a signature campus event that involves members of the Cathedral Catholic High School community. We warmly invite students to experience the most complete expression of our faith community by attending in person. Students are only required to attend one scholars day, even when applying for more than one scholarship.
President’s Scholars Day
 
The student must attend one of the designated President’s Scholars Days, from 8am – 11am:
  • November 13, 2021
  • December 11, 2021
  • January 15, 2022
  • February 12, 2022
 
The day will include the following:
  • Alumni Sponsored Breakfast and Keynote Presentation
  • Campus Tour
  • School Presentation and Scholarship Requirements
  • An onsite essay based on 1-3 prompts
  • A Group Activity with CCHS faculty, student ambassadors and members of the associated student body
  • Concluding Remarks and Question & Answer Session
What is being considered:
The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Scholarship Program is designed to offer the opportunity of a Catholic secondary education to those who will truly embrace the opportunity to blossom into their “best selves.” Consideration will be given to the “whole” student, and the scholarship day is designed to provide the student with various opportunities to let their gifts shine.
*Please note that students who participate in a President’s Scholars Day will not need to complete the step for the Student Interview. The President’s Scholars Day participation will be considered in lieu of the Student Interview.
 

The following scholarships will also be available to incoming freshmen for the 2022-2023 academic year.  Information on how to apply for these scholarships will be communicated before Thanksgiving 2021.

Brian’s Scholars Scholarship
Two annual $5,000 scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen who live south of Interstate 8 and demonstrate financial need.  These scholarships are awarded in memory of Brian Bennett, a University of San Diego High School graduate, a Catholic school principal, and educational choice advocate.  It was Brian’s dream to make Catholic education affordable to all.  This scholarship was established with a generous donation from the Blickenstaff family.  This recipient is chosen by the school administration.

Stumm Family Scholarship
This annual $4,000 scholarship honors the memory of Jim and Barbara Stumm for their commitment and sacrifice in providing a Catholic education for their three children and eight grandchildren.  This scholarship is awarded to a student demonstrating financial need.  This recipient is chosen by the school administration.

The McSweeney Family Charitable Foundation 
The McSweeney Family Charitable Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman interested in enrolling in the Cathedral Catholic Pre-Engineering Program and has selected the Introduction to STEAM class as an elective as a freshman.  The 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 and the student maintains a 3.0 grade point average.  Members of TMFCF may interview applicants and the TMFCF Board of Directors will choose the recipient.


Returning Students

The following scholarships will be available to returning students for the 2022-2023 academic year.  Information on how to apply for these scholarships will be communicated before Thanksgiving 2021.

Balo Family Scholarship 
Awarded to a current Cathedral Catholic student who will be in grades 10-12 during the upcoming 2022-2023 academic year who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and an ongoing commitment to community service.

Requirements:
3.75 GPA or above

Submit a brief essay describing your academic achievements and your service to the community (including number of hours completed).  Be sure to include what makes you uniquely qualified to receive this scholarship.  This recipient is chosen by the Balo family.

Barbara Gilshian Memorial Scholarship
This $6,000 scholarship is awarded to a current student who actively participates in community service and practices strong Christian values.  Priority is based on financial need.  This recipient is chosen by the school administration.

University of San Diego High School (Uni) Community Scholarship
This $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a student whose parent(s) graduated from Cathedral Girls School, the University of San Diego High School, or Cathedral Catholic High School.  The student must demonstrate consistent participation in community service or extracurricular activities.  This scholarship is awarded in honor of the following Dons families:

The Atilano Family
The Cislo Family
The Diamond Family
The Lanphier Family
The Morris Family
The Moss Family
The Rogers Family
The Rubano Family
The Still Family
The Tassi Family
The Nield Family
The Wilson Family
The Mattix Family

The recipient is chosen by the Dons Alumni Association.

Butch Lee Memorial Scholarship
This $500 scholarship is awarded to a current jayvee or varsity soccer player.  Butch Lee was Uni’s girls soccer coach from 1986-1998 and led his team to 8 straight CIF Championships and 10 Western League Championships.  Butch Lee passed away in December of 1998 from brain cancer.  The recipient is chosen by Dawn Lee and family.

George Mayr Endowment Fund Chris Bitterlin Scholars
Two annual $5,000 scholarships are awarded to a current student demonstrating financial need.  

The recipients are chosen by the school administration and the executives of the foundation.

CCHS M&T Trust Scholarship
Two annual $3,500 scholarships are awarded to a rising junior or senior who has participated in a varsity sport.  Priority is given to students demonstrating financial need and maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average.  The recipients are chosen by the school administration.

CCHS Parents Association Scholarship
This annual scholarship is funded by the Parent Association uniform recycling program.

This scholarship is awarded to a rising sophomore, junior or senior.  Students must demonstrate continuous academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities and community service.  Two $6,000 scholarships will be awarded for the 2022-2023 school year.  The recipients will be chosen by the school administration.

Christine M. Ross Memorial Scholarship
Christine Ross was a 1986 graduate of the University of San Diego High School.  Christine exemplified what it meant to be a Don, and her parents established a scholarship in her honor after she passed away.

This $4,000 scholarship is awarded to a junior who has participated in one year of athletics and one year of non-athletic extracurricular activities.  The student should exemplify strong character and demonstrate Christian compassion and excitement for life.  The recipient will be chosen by the Ross family.

Coach Dick Serrano Scholarship   
Coach Serrano gave over 40 years of his life to the Dons at the University of San Diego High School and Cathedral Catholic.   Coach Serrano is one of the winningest baseball coaches in San Diego County.  

This $6,000 scholarship is awarded to a student of color who has participated in Cathedral Catholic athletics and is actively involved in the CCHS school community.  The recipient is chosen by the school administration.

Ethan Olson Memorial Scholarship
Ethan Olson ’19 passed away during his senior year at Cathedral Catholic High School.  Ethan was one of the founding students in the Academy Program.  Two scholarships were established by several generous donors to provide an annual scholarship to assist a Learning Center, Academy, or Options student and a scholarship for an outstanding mentor in the Options or Academy Programs.

A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a current Options, Academy, or Learning Center student who exemplifies the qualities of the school’s four core values of Character, Faith, Knowledge, and Responsibility.

A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student mentor in the Options or the Academy Programs.

Fr. Michael Ortiz Scholarship
Fr. Michael Ortiz established this scholarship to support students actively involved in community service and who show Christian values.  This $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need and maintains at least a 2.5 grade point average.  The recipient is chosen by Fr. Michael Ortiz.

The John Covell Memorial Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a rising junior who demonstrates all-around school involvement.  This scholarship was established in honor of John who was a 1982 graduate of the University of San Diego High School and actively involved in the Dons community.  The recipient is chosen by the school administration.

Joseph King Memorial Scholarship
This annual $500 scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates responsible citizenship, involvement in sports, and the school’s service program.  This scholarship was established to honor Joseph, the father of two University of San Diego High School graduates and the husband of Margaret King, a longtime teacher at the University of San Diego High School/Cathedral Catholic High School.  The recipient is chosen by the King family.

The McSweeney Family Charitable Foundation 
The McSweeney Family Charitable Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman interested in enrolling in the Cathedral Catholic Pre-Engineering Program that has selected the Introduction to STEAM class as an elective as a freshman.  The 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 and the student maintains a 3.0 grade point average.  Members of TMFCF may interview applicants and the TMFCF Board of Directors will choose the recipient. 

Matthew J. Siesel Memorial Scholarship
This $1,500 scholarship is awarded to a rising sophomore involved with the football or baseball programs and exemplifies a love of life and compassion for fellow students.  Matt graduated from the University of San Diego High School, and this scholarship was established by Matt’s parents after he passed away in a car accident.  The recipient is chosen by the school administration.

Michael Timmons Scholarship
Two $7,000 scholarships are awarded to a rising sophomore or junior.  The students must demonstrate a record of above average academic achievement, positive school citizenship, and community service.  This scholarship was established for Michael, who was a student at the University of San Diego High School, and passed away in an accident his sophomore year.  The recipient is chosen by the school administration.

Monsignor Dennis R. Clark Memorial Scholarship
This $15,000 scholarship will be awarded to a current student who exhibits a dedication to his or her Catholic faith, is an individual of exceptional moral character, and whose family is dedicated and aspires to live by the precepts of the Church.  Such individuals should take pride in their studies and athletic pursuits, while not losing sight of the fact that their relationship with God is primary.

Monsignor Dennis R. Clark dedicated much of his pastoral ministry to improving and establishing our diocesan schools and was one of Cathedral Catholic’s main visionaries. His tenure as superintendent of diocesan Catholic schools was defined by a rigorous pursuit of high-quality curriculum and responsible school management.  The recipient is chosen by the school administration.

The Monsignor John Andrew Dickie Scholarship
Monsignor Dickie was one of the “founding fathers” of the University of San Diego High School.  Msgr. Dickie served as the second principal at Uni, as superintendent of Catholic schools in San Diego, and as executive director of the California Catholic Conference.  His life as a priest was dedicated to education. This scholarship is awarded in his honor.  

The $6,000 scholarship is available to all current students who maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or better.  The recipient is chosen by the school administration.

Monsignor George M. Rice/Cathedral Girls’ Alumnae Scholarship
This $2,000 scholarship is awarded to a student who is a descendent of a Cathedral Girls’ alumnae.  Others may apply but priority is given to a descendent of a Cathedral Girls’ alumnae and then Uni alumnae. Students must have demonstrated participation in community service or extracurricular activities. Please include the graduation year and maiden name (if applicable) of the alumnae.  The recipient is chosen by the Cathedral Girls Alumnae Committee.

Dr. Richard E. Kelly Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Kelly was the longest tenured principal at the University of San Diego High School and the first president of Cathedral Catholic High School.

This $4,000 scholarship is awarded to a current student who actively participates in community service and demonstrates Christian qualities and character.  Priority is given to those demonstrating financial need.  The recipient is chosen by the school administration.

Richard G. Balelo Sr. Scholarship
Richard and his wife, Dalny, made the financial sacrifice of providing a Catholic education for all five of their children: Richard Jr. ’79, Paul ’81, Kristen ’91, Steven ’92, and Andrew ’99.  This scholarship is in honor of Richard and Dalny Balelo.  This $500 scholarship is awarded to a current student who has at least one year of participation in athletics at Cathedral Catholic High School and demonstrates responsible citizenship and financial need.   The recipient is chosen by the school administration.

Robert E. “Bull” Trometter Memorial Scholarship
Coach Trometter was the first head football coach and the father of four graduates from the University of San Diego High School.  Uni/Cathedral Catholic’s school colors were adopted by Coach Trometter based on his experience coaching football at the Marine Corp. 

This scholarship is awarded to a current student who has at least one year of participation on the freshman, junior varsity, or varsity football teams. The student must demonstrate responsible citizenship and maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average.  The recipient is chosen by the school administration after a nomination from the head football coach.

Thomas C. Bache III Memorial Scholarship
Tom graduated from the University of San Diego High School in 1990.  He passed away in 2021.  Tom was an outstanding student and a CIF champion in Cross Country and Track & Field.  He was inducted into the Dons Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

Tom gave back to the San Diego running community as an outstanding competitor and a popular mentor for runners of 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 was a faithful Catholic who loved being a son, brother, uncle, mentor, and friend.

This $2,800 scholarship is awarded to a sophomore or junior who is an enthusiastic contributor to the Cathedral Catholic Cross Country and/or Track & Field teams and maintains at least a 3.0 grade point average. This student should also exemplify leadership and support for other team members.  The recipient is chosen by the school administration and the Bache family.

Woltman Family Dance Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a current college bound senior who demonstrates continuous academic achievement, has been a member of the Cathedral Catholic Dance Team for a minimum of three years, and is involved in at least one of the following extracurricular activities on campus:  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 Cathedral Catholic Dance Coach is also required.