Scholarships & SMART Aid

SMART Aid – Tuition Assistance – Due Dec. 1, 2018

Please note that the scholarships listed require you to submit a SMART Aid Application, which can by completed online at  (Please make sure that you enter the West Catholic identifying code when submitting).  Please save a copy of your SMART Aid application and supporting documents for your records.  We encourage families to fill out the SMART Aid forms by clicking the link below, if you however need help in this process please contact Mr. Peters at 233-5920 /

SMART Aid Application – Click Here

2019-2020 Smart Aid Instructions

SMART Aid – Step-by-Step Parent Application Guide

West Catholic School Code – 13306

Smart Aid Application Fee: $30

Required Supporting Documentation:

Applications submitted without documentation will not be processed.

  • Most recent pay stubs
  • 2017 W-2 forms for all jobs.
  • 2017 filed tax return: 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ with all schedules
  • 2017 filed business tax return (if applicable only): 1120, 1120S, 1065 (if applicable only)
  • Supplemental income documentation (if applicable only): Social Security income, Welfare, Food Stamps, Child Support, 1099-M Forms, Worker’s Compensation, Unemployment, Veterans Benefits, Housing Allowance, etc.
  • If you are unable to provide any of the aforementioned items, please submit a Special Circumstance Letter indicating which document(s) you are unable to provide and why. This information will be shared with your school for consideration.

Submitting Documentation

Documentation should be submitted at the time the application is completed. Once you have submitted the application you will be able to enter the top item label “Documents” where it will prompt you will all items needed for submission.

  • Direct Upload: (login with your username and password)

Phone Support: (800)-360-8027 • Email Support:

 General Tuition Grant (SMART Aid)
  • Passing cumulative GPA based on financial need.
  • Student must have a satisfactory discipline record.
  • All active/registered parishioners who apply for SMART Aid will be automatically considered for the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund.  (Please be sure to indicate your Parish Code and School Code on the SMART Aid form.)
Diocesan Welcome Scholarship – 2018-2019
The Welcome Scholarship is for new families who are registered parishioners in a Diocese of Grand Rapids parish, but whose children were not enrolled in a Diocese of Grand Rapids Catholic school for any period of time during the 2017-2018 school year.

The scholarship and tuition grant opportunities listed below allow students to aspire, advance and achieve in the classroom and beyond. Please review the criteria for each scholarship and choose the scholarship(s) for which you would like to apply.

Welcome Scholarship Application – English

Welcome Scholarship Application – Spanish

Scholarship and grant award notifications will be mailed the beginning of February.

You may download an application for these scholarships by clicking on the coordinating scholarship application for each section. You may also contact the West Catholic High School Office at 616-233-5900 to receive a copy by mail.

General Criteria for Scholarships

  • All families must complete the SMART Aid form provided by West Catholic to be eligible for a name-endowed scholarship.
  • Student essays must be 250-500 words, typed and double spaced.
  • The scholarship selection committee shall be comprised of the Principal of West Catholic high school, the Comptroller of the Catholic Secondary Schools and other administrative faculty  members.
  • All scholarships are awarded directly to the student’s tuition account.
You may complete a Letter of Special Circumstances if applicable and send directly to the CSS Business office along with the scholarship application. These may be sent in for consideration of SMART Aid awards even if you are not applying for a scholarship.

West Catholic Scholarships

All scholarship applications are due by Saturday December 1, 2018.

To Apply for Scholarships 

  • Complete and submit the Smart Aid form to be considered for any scholarship.  (See instructions above.)
  • Print off the Scholarship application with the link below or pick up an application in the main office.
  • After completing the General Scholarship Application for the 2019-2020 school year, turn each application with its required supporting documents into the West Catholic High School main office no later than December 1, 2018.
  • *An individual scholarship application must be completed for each scholarship*

2019-2020 West Catholic Scholarship Application – Click Here


Scholarship Listing

Bertram Family Scholarship

Bob & Pat Misner Tuition Scholarship

Czerney Szoka Scholarship Fund

David M. Seamon “Leadership” Scholarship

Douglas and Arlene Lillis Scholarship

Ed Wagner Tuition Assistance Fund

Falcon Music Scholarship

Francis J. Geary Scholarship

Frank Diehl Legacy Scholarship

Grace (Bono) Slott Endowed Scholarship

Joanne Harwood Angel Scholarship Fund

Lyle B. Morrison Memorial Scholarship

Michael G. Cherrette Memorial Scholarship

Msgr. Charles D. Brophy Scholarship

Patrick and Jacqueline Murphy Endowed Scholarship

Rev. James C. Kowalski Scholarship Fund

Reynolds-Elderkin Family Scholarship

Ronnell and Linda Denhof Scholarship Fund 

Smith-Verkin Family Scholarship

St. John Paul II Scholarship

St. Peter Claver Scholarship

The David A. Veneklase Family Scholarship

The Kluting Family Scholarship

The Reilly Family Scholarship

The Robert and Larita Stephanak Memorial Scholarship

The VanGessel Family Scholarship

Thomas J. & Lois J. Kurdelski Ryan Family Scholarship

Tom Regan Memorial Scholarship 

West Catholic Band Boosters Scholarship

Scholarships for Graduating Seniors

Frank and Mary Hernes Memorial Scholarship

Kaczmarski Hearing Services Healthcare Professional Scholarship

Scholarships Through Additional Sources

Alan & Margaret Ryan Scholarship for Catholic High School Education – March 1, 2019