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Location & Contact Details

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Address:

West Catholic High School
1801 Bristol Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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Scholarships

Families of West Catholic students can apply for a variety of scholarships. A large number of named scholarships are available for students that meet the necessary requirements.

​​​​​​​General Criteria for Scholarships

  • Most scholarships have financial need as a requirement. If financial need is required, you must complete an application via Blackbaud (School ID: 13306). Click HERE for instructions on how to apply or visit our Applying for Aid page to learn more about Blackbaud.
  • The scholarship selection committee shall be comprised of the president 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 it directly to the CSS Business office along with the scholarship application. These may be sent in for consideration of Blackbaud awards for tuition and scholarships.

A complete list of all scholarship opportunities are listed below:

SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION:

Fill out the scholarship application form (see above) completely and turn in a hard copy to the main office at West Catholic High School. Include your essay (if applicable), plus any letters of recommendation, verification of community service, previous year’s GPA or any other documentation that may be required for the specific scholarship you are applying for.

IMPORTANT: A PHYSICAL COPY OF ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS IS REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF SUBMISSION.

If you have any questions or need any further information please call Admissions Director Julie Wilmer at (616) 233-5920 or email [email protected].

Deadline: Friday, December 16, 2022, 8 a.m.

Scholarship and grant award notifications will be mailed in 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.

ALAN R. RYAN SCHOLARSHIP FOR CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

**Please note, this scholarship is provided through the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, and application deadlines differ.**

Scholarship Criteria:

grfoundation.org/apply-for-scholarships/additional-scholarships (Direct link to application)

  • The student must be a current 8th grader residing in Kent County and attending a school located in Kent County.
  • The student must be entering 9th grade at Catholic Central or West Catholic High School.
  • Applicants must have a minimum academic average of B or above and have financial need.
  • Applicants must also demonstrate an interest in attending Aquinas College for postsecondary education.
AMDG ARCHITECTS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students of Hispanic/Latino heritage. Students may reapply annually if conditions are met.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (or equivalent).
  • Applicants must be have completed a minimum of 20 hours of community service in the past year.
  • Parent(s) or guardian(s) of the applicant must agree to attend parent/teacher conferences.

To Apply:

  • Please include your current grade point or equivalent with your application materials.
  • Please provide a list of community service activities.
  • Two references from teachers, mentors, administrators, pastors or advisors must accompany the application.

The scholarship will be awarded directly to the student’s tuition account. No money will be given to the student or their families.

BERTRAM FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students. It is a one-year scholarship. Recipients may reapply each year.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (or equivalent).
  • Applicants must be a member of Holy Spirit Parish.
  • Applicants must show a strong educational interest and dedication to learning.
  • Applicants must have acceptable character and behavior.
  • Applicants must demonstrate leadership through academic achievements and community service while at Holy Spirit and West Catholic.

To Apply:

  • Please list all academic achievements received at Holy Spirit and West Catholic High School.
  • Please list activities that you have been associated with in grade school and high school (seminars, workshops, books read.)
  • Please list all volunteering experiences in the Greater Grand Rapids area.
  • A one-page letter of recommendation from a teacher, mentor, administrator, pastor or advisor must accompany the application.

The scholarship will be awarded directly to the student’s tuition account. No money will be given to the student or their families.

BISHOP HURLEY SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.
  • Special consideration will go to single-parent households.

To Apply:

  • Please submit a one- to two-page paper describing your life journey.
BOB & PAT MISNER TUITION SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to students entering their sophomore, junior and senior year.

  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher or a recommendation from the counseling department.
  • Applicants must have fulfilled their high school community service requirements for the year.
  • Applicants must be respected by the teachers, students and administration of West Catholic High School in the opinion of the principal.
  • Applicants should be involved in school activities outside of the classroom and should be a loyal supporter of West Catholic.

To Apply:

  • Applicants need to submit a letter from a responsible adult explaining why they feel they should be considered for the scholarship.
  • Applicants must write an essay (not to exceed 400 words) on how West Catholic has helped make them a better person academically, socially and religiously.
BOB “SARGE” & CHARLENE CZARNECKI FUND

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to freshman, sophomore and junior students. 

  • Financial need is not a necessary requirement for this scholarship.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher (or equivalent).
  • Applicants must be of either Polish or Lithuanian descent.
  • Applicants must have an ancestor who served in the military, either in the United States or in their native country.

To Apply:

  • Proof of ancestor’s military service, such as copies of honorable discharge papers, record 
CZERNEY-SZOKA SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Scholarship Criteria:

​​​​​​​This scholarship is open to incoming freshmen.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.
  • Applicants must have maintained a GPA of 3.0 (B average) in grade school.
  • Applicants must have completed 20 hours of community or church service in the eighth grade.
  • Applicants must be in good standing at their present school and have an outstanding attendance record.
  • Applicants must be of good character and demonstrate consistent respect for authority.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must write an essay (not to exceed three pages) explaining how you and your family have followed the values promoted by St. Thomas Aquinas:
    • Prayer
    • Study
    • Community
    • Service
DAVID A. VENEKLASE FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:
This scholarship is open to freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students. It is a one-year scholarship. Recipients may be reconsidered each year.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.

The student(s) receiving this scholarship will be chosen by the Scholarship Selection Committee from the pool of students applying for financial assistance. No specific application is necessary.

DAVID M. SEAMON "LEADERSHIP" SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to current juniors entering their senior year at West Catholic and Catholic Central.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.
  • Applicants must be of good character and demonstrate consistent respect for authority.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must write a one-page essay describing current leadership in the community and in high school.
DOUGLAS & ARLENE LILLIS SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:
This scholarship is available to incoming freshmen attending West Catholic and Catholic Central and is renewable for one year.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (or equivalent).
  • Applicants must be in good standing with no current student or athletic probations.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must write a personal essay describing their desire to attend West Catholic.
ED WAGNER TUITION ASSISTANCE FUND

Scholarship Criteria:
This scholarship is open to incoming freshmen.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must complete a two-page essay describing how they have overcome or are overcoming obstacles or challenges in their personal life and explain why this scholarship will make a positive difference in the quality of their life.

Sixty percent of the scholarship money is to be awarded to C students; 40 percent of the scholarship money is to be awarded to A-B students. If no applicants meet the criteria in the given year, the allowed spendable dollars may be used for the General Tuition Assistance Fund.

FALCON MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to incoming freshmen.

  • Financial need will be considered
  • Preference will be given to Rockford-area students but it not a requirement.
  • Applicants must participate in choir and/or band.

To Apply:

  • A brief letter of recommendation from your current or future music/band director is required.
FRANCIS J. GEARY SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:
This scholarship is open to current juniors entering their senior year.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must write a one-page essay (not to exceed 500 words) that answers the following questions:
    • What does Catholic education mean to you?
    • How has an education at a Catholic high school impacted you?
    • What are your short- and long-term educational/professional goals?
    • How will you use your Catholic education in the future to improve your community?
    • How many volunteer/community service hours have you completed each year at school?

This is not exclusively an academic award. It is an award that recognizes a blend of academic effort, loyalty to family and friends, service to the school and the community, and respect for other people and their views.

FRANCIS & GLORIA RASCH FAMILY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Scholarship Criteria:
This scholarship is open to sophomore, junior and senior students who have successfully completed at least one academic year as a student at West Catholic. This is a one-year scholarship, although recipients are welcome to reapply each year.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.
  • Applicants should be well-rounded and active in their school and community.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must write a two-page paper describing their involvement in areas such as academics, extracurricular activities, community service, participation in the faith life, the arts or any other areas in which they are involved.
FRANK DIEHL LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:
This scholarship is open to freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students. This is a one-year scholarship. Recipients may reapply each year.

  • Financial need will be considered.
  • Applicants must be diligent students and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Applicants must be a member of Holy Spirit Parish.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong work ethic and commitment to others through community service and parish activities.

To Apply:

  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher, mentor, pastor or advisor must accompany the application.
  • Applicants must submit an essay on what receiving this scholarship would mean to them.
GRACE "BONO" SLOTT ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to incoming freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B average) or higher.
  • Applicants must be of good character and have demonstrated consistent respect for authority.
  • Applicants must have an outstanding attendance record.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must write a one- to two-page essay explaining why they feel they should be considered for this scholarship.
JOANNE HARWOOD ANGEL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Scholarship Criteria:
This scholarship is open to incoming freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.
  • Applicants must consistently demonstrate the effort and desire to reach their full educational potential.
  • Applicants must demonstrate good character and consistent respect for authority.
  • Applicants must be willing to reimburse the scholarship funds if and when they reach the financial capabilities to do so.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must write an essay that answers: “Why is it important that you continue your education at West Catholic High School?”
JOHN L. YOUNG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students. It is a one-year scholarship but may be renewed for all four years.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.
  • Applicants must be of African American, Latino or other minority heritage.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must complete a one- to two-page essay describing the rewards and challenges minorities face in America today.

Scholarships will be awarded directly to the student’s tuition account. No money will be given to the students or their families.

KLUTING FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students. This is a one-year scholarship. Recipients may reapply each year.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (or equivalent).
  • Applicants must be a member of Holy Spirit Parish.
  • Applicants must show a strong educational interest and dedication to learning.
  • Applicants must display acceptable character and behavior.
  • Applicants must demonstrate leadership through academic achievements at Holy Spirit and West Catholic and by volunteering in community activities in the Greater Grand Rapids area.

To Apply:

  • Please list all academic achievements received at Holy Spirit and West Catholic High School.
  • Please list activities that you have been associated with in grade school and high school (seminars, workshops, books read, etc.).
  • Please list all volunteering experiences in the Greater Grand Rapids area.
  • A one-page letter of recommendation from a teacher, mentor, administrator, pastor or advisor must accompany the application.

The scholarship will be awarded directly to the student’s tuition account. No money will be given to the student or their family.

LYLE B. MORRISON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students enrolled at West Catholic and Catholic Central.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher (or equivalent).
  • Applicants must demonstrate good student citizenship, good moral character and respect for authority.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must supply a letter of recommendation from a teacher, staff member or priest.
MICHAEL G. CHERRETTE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to freshman, sophomore and junior students. A scholarship with a minimum value of $1,000 will be awarded to at least one student annually. Additional scholarships and/or higher value scholarships may be awarded dependent upon the amount of funds available for scholarships and the applications submitted. Recipients may reapply each year.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship. (If a financial need persists and the family states its financial case in the annual application process, this scholarship can be used by the same student for tuition assistance for all four years.)
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (or equivalent).
  • Applicants must have completed 15 hours of community service as a 9th-grader, 20 hours of community service as a 10th-grader and 30 hours of community service as an 11th-grader.
  • Applicants must be of good character and demonstrate consistent respect for authority.

To Apply:

  • Proof of GPA, in the form of the previous year’s report card or a letter from the school, must accompany the scholarship application.
  • Documentation of community/church service from the agency where the service was performed must be included.
  • Two letters from teachers, parish priests, neighbors, etc. explaining why they feel the student should be considered for this scholarship are required.

Additional Requirements:

Mr. Cherrette was the boys and girls golf coach at West Catholic for many years and he taught the benefits and value of sportsmanship to his teams. The candidates for this scholarship must write a two-page essay, not to exceed 500 words, explaining their understanding of the word sportsmanship and how it has impacted their life. Sportsmanship transcends athletics – the benefit of being a “good sport” can be used on a day-to-day basis.

Elements of Sportsmanship

  1. Integrity
  2. Humility
  3. Cooperation
  4. Fairness
  5. Kindness
  6. Honor

Please incorporate these six (6) topics in your essay.

Think carefully about this statement as it is a critical part of the selection process.

MILES & CECELIA SCHMIDT TUITION FUND

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to students entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.
  • Applicants must be practicing Catholics who believe in the teachings of the Church.
  • Preference will be given to students from families who are supporting multiple children in the Catholic school system.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must write a two-page paper describing the effect your family and your faith have had on your vision of the United States of America, the role of the military, and the role the government plays in our lives. Please include suggestions you might have to strengthen and improve the culture in the U.S.
MSGR. CHARLES D. BROPHY SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students enrolled at West Catholic and Catholic Central with preference going to students from St. Jude Parish.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.

To Apply:

  • All applicants must write a minimum of a two-page essay describing why the scholarship will make a positive difference in their educational endeavors.
PATRICK & JACQUELINE MURPHY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:
This scholarship is open to incoming freshman, sophomore and junior students. It will be awarded to one student attending West Catholic High School on an annual basis.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship. It may be used to assist the same student with tuition assistance for all four years he/she attends West Catholic if a financial need persists and the family states its financial case in the annual scholarship application process.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (C+ average) or higher.
  • Applicants must complete 15 hours of community or church service on an annual basis.
  • Applicants must be of good character and demonstrate consistent respect for authority.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must provide proof of their 2.5 GPA/C+ average by sending in a copy of their report card from the previous year or a letter from their school.
  • Documentation of community/church service from the agency where the service was performed must be included.
  • Two letters from teachers, parish priests, neighbors, etc. explaining why they feel the student should be considered for this scholarship must accompany the application.

Scholarships will be awarded directly to the student’s tuition account. No money will be given to the student or their families.

POLISH-AMERICAN HISTORY / DAVID C. LUKOWITZ SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarship Criteria:
These scholarships are open to incoming freshman, sophomore and junior students. Two scholarships (one West Catholic Polish-American History Endowed Scholarship and one West Catholic David C. Lukowitz Scholarship) will be awarded to students attending West Catholic High School on an annual basis.

  • Preference will be given to students of Polish-American descent (one parent or grandparent of Polish descent). If two candidates are not found in any year, then any student may be eligible to apply, provided they agree to work on the Polish American project described below.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (C+ average) or higher.

To Apply:

  • Applicants are required to produce a project that deals with the Polish-American experience in Grand Rapids.
  • The project should be based on primary sources (newspapers, church newsletters, family photo albums, birth/marriage/death certificates, diaries, letters, or an oral history by interviewing a Polish relative about their experiences). The Polish-American historical societies or the Polish Halls may be a good source of information.
  • The paper, project or recording of an interview may involve a variety of topics; Polish-American women in Grand Rapids, a story of a Polish-American family over generations, a history of a Catholic parish or school, stories of social or cultural societies (St. Ladislaus, Sacred Heart, Polish Falcons, Polish athletes, Polish businesses, etc.). Students are encouraged to study the history of their own family, parish or family business.
  • Students who do an exceptional job should be encouraged to submit their papers or project for publication or to donate a copy to interested parties involved in the project.

Scholarships will be awarded directly to the student’s tuition account. No money will be given to the student or their families.

REILLY FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to incoming freshman, sophomore and junior students attending Grand Rapids Catholic Central or West Catholic High. The scholarship will be awarded to one student attending Grand Rapids Catholic Central and one student attending West Catholic High School on an annual basis.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship. It may be used to assist the same student with tuition assistance for all four years he/she attends Grand Rapids Catholic Central/West Catholic if a financial need persists and the family states its financial case in the annual scholarship application process.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (C+ average) or higher.
  • Applicants must be of good character and demonstrate consistent respect for authority.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must provide proof of their 2.5 GPA/C+ average by sending in a copy of their report card from the previous year or a letter from their school.
  • Documentation of community/church service from the agency where the service was performed must be included.
  • Two letters from teachers, parish priest, neighbors, etc. explaining why they feel the student should be considered for a scholarship must accompany the application.

Scholarships will be awarded directly to the student’s tuition account. No money will be given to the students or their families.

REV. JAMES C. KOWALSKI SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to students enrolled at West Catholic and Catholic Central. A minimum of one scholarship should be awarded each year per high school.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must write a minimum of a two-page essay describing why the scholarship will make a positive difference in their educational endeavors.
REYNOLDS-ELDERKIN FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to incoming freshmen attending West Catholic and Catholic Central. One scholarship will be awarded to a West Catholic student and one scholarship will be awarded to a Catholic Central student each year. 

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.
  • Applicants must have maintained a GPA of 2.0 (C average) in 8th grade.
  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 20 hours of community service in 8th grade.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must submit two letters of reference from teachers, church leaders, etc.
ROBERT & LARITA STEPHANAK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to incoming freshman, sophomore and junior students. If financial need persists and the family states its financial case in the annual application process, this scholarship can be used by the same student for tuition assistance for all four years.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship. 
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (or equivalent).
  • Applicants must be registered members of a parish within the Diocese of Grand Rapids.
  • Applicants must complete 15 hours of community or church service on an annual basis.
  • Applicants must be of good character and demonstrate consistent respect for authority.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must provide proof of their GPA in the form of their previous year’s report card or a letter from the school.
  • Proof of parish registration must accompany the scholarship application.
  • Documentation of community/church service from the agency where the service was performed must be included.
  • Two letters from teachers, parish priests, neighbors, etc. explaining why they feel the student should be considered for a scholarship must accompany the application.
RONNELL & LINDA DENHOF SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to incoming freshmen at West Catholic and Catholic Central. One scholarship will be awarded.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.
  • Applicants must be a registered member of Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Rockford, Mich.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated acceptable character and behavior.
SMITH-VERKIN FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students. It is a one-year scholarship. Recipients may reapply each year; however, they must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.
  • Applicants must be a member of Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Rockford, Mich. (does not need to be an OLC student) *Parish membership is determined by the pastor.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must write a two-page essay on why Catholic education is important to them.
ST. JOHN PAUL II SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to incoming sophomore, junior and senior students. It is a one-year scholarship. Recipients may reapply each year.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.

To Apply:

  • Submit two letters of recommendation from a non-related Catholic priest, deacon, principal, assistant principal, counselor or teacher attesting to the applicant’s character and suitability to the Catholic priesthood or religious life.
ST. PETER CLAVER SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to incoming freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students.

  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B average) or higher.
  • Applicants must have an outstanding attendance record.
  • Applicants must be of good character and demonstrate consistent respect for authority.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must write a two-page essay explaining what you see as interesting and important about the life of St. Peter Claver.

The scholarship is designed to provide for students of Spanish or African American descent who can demonstrate financial need and meet the above academic standards. In the event that students of these descents are not available or cannot meet these standards, then the award can be made to any student of any other descent who would otherwise qualify for the scholarship.

ST. PATRICK-BLUNDY LEGACY FUND

Scholarship Criteria:

Funds will be equally distributed on an annual basis to incoming 9th-grade students determined (by the parish priest) to be parishioners of good standing at St. Patrick Parish, Parnell, Mich.

  • Financial need is not a necessary requirement for this scholarship.
  • Scholarships will be awarded directly to the student’s tuition account.
  • Recipients will have the option of reinvesting their scholarship back into the fund instead of accepting it should they so desire.
STEVEN CHULSKI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is targeted toward female students willing to explore the skilled trades as a career.  Skilled trades would include future employment as an electrician, welder, tool and die-maker, machine repair, plumber, construction, etc.  

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher (or equivalent).

To Apply:

  • To demonstrate an interest in the skilled trades, applicants must write a two-page paper covering the following topics:
    • Which of the skilled trades interest you most and why?
    • What is/are the pathway(s) to entering this trade?
    • Give a basic job description of duties and responsibilities.
    • What is the typical wage rates for this occupation?
    • What interests you the most and the least about this occupation?
TOM REGAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship was set up in Memory of Thomas Regan, who was a senior at West Catholic (’89) when he passed away. It is open to current freshmen entering their sophomore year at West and will be awarded at the end of the school year.

  • Financial need is not a necessary requirement for this scholarship.
  • Applicants should exhibit the same “free spirit” that Tom Regan had during his life and display a “coachable” attitude with a willingness to help others.
  • Applicants must be dedicated to continuing his/her education and must be in academically good standing.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must write a one-page essay describing your qualifications for this scholarship.
VANGESSEL FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:
This scholarship is open to incoming freshmen. It will be awarded to one student per year.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.
  • Applicants must have maintained a GPA of 3.0 (B average) in the eighth grade.
  • Applicants must have completed 15 hours of community or church service during their eighth-grade year.
  • Applicants must be of good character and demonstrate consistent respect for authority.

To Apply:

  • Two letters from teachers, parish priests, neighbors, etc. explaining why they feel the student should be considered for a scholarship must accompany the application.
  • Documentation of community/church service from the agency where the service was performed must be included.
WEST CATHOLIC BAND BOOSTERS SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Criteria:

This scholarship is open to incoming juniors.

  • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship.
  • Applicants must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • Applicants must complete the current academic year in band.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must request a recommendation from the band director.
  • Applicants must write a two-page essay describing:
    • What being involved in music means to them (in general and at West Catholic High School).
    • How the West Catholic music program has impacted their family.