Archbishop Ryan High School
Equipping Saints for life in this world and the next

Scholarship and Financial Aid Opportunities

Financial Aid and Tuition Assistance Forms

Office of Catholic Education is switching from Smart Aid to F.A.C.T.S to process all applications for financial assistance.  

The application will be available online by the end of October, 2017.

More information will be provided on November 9, 2017

at the Financial Assistance Information Night.


(All families must re-apply each year for Financial Assistance)



For more information about financial assistance, please contact:

Dr. Joanne Walls. Interim President

215-637-1800, Extension 250





Music Scholarship Auditions

Auditions will be held on Saturday November 18,2017
To schedule your audition, email:
Archbishop Ryan High School Music Department is offering to instrumentalists the opportunity to audition for music scholarships.
Auditions are open to 8th graders that will be attending Archbishop Ryan High School in the following Fall.
For more information, please see the link below or contact
Mr. Gene Ciccimaro
215-637-1800 Ext. 242
Theater Arts Scholarship
Auditions will be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017  12:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.
To schedule your audition, email Kim Williams at

Ryan Art Scholarship

Entries are due by Friday, November 17, 2017
in the Office of Admissions
Archbishop Ryan offers the opportunity for students to be awarded a scholarship for their art talents.
For more information contact Pam McPeak '78 at



The Maguire Foundation Scholarship Fund

The Maguire Foundation, in partnership with the Faith in the Future Foundation, will award $3,000 per-year scholarships to at least six students in each of the eighteen qualifying Philadelphia-area Catholic high schools.  The current program is specific to eighth graders entering the high school Class of 2022.  The scholarship is renewable for each of the four years of high school, given that the Maguire Scholar maintains standards consistent with the qualification listed below.
The application deadline for the Class of 2022 will be announced. Families must apply for Financial Assistance with F.A.C.T.S. more information to follow.



 Officer Daniel Boyle Scholarship

Due October 20th
Daniel Boyle graduated from Archbishop Ryan High School in 1987.  His career path eventually led him to the Philadelphia Police Department.  On February 4, 1991, Dan stopped a vehicle he suspected was stolen and a moment later was shot in the head.  Danny died of his wounds on February 6, 1991.
The Office Daniel Boyle Scholarship Fund is open to all students, without regard to race, sex, national origin or religious beliefs.  It is based strictly on financial need and is given to help as many families with the education of their children.
To learn more about the Daniel Boyle Scholarship, CLICK HERE
Scholarship is for currently enrolled Archbishop Ryan students only.
Applications are due on October 20, 2017.



Dave Palmer Memorial Foundation Scholarship

Due October 20
Dave Palmer was a 1981 graduate of Archbishop Ryan High School, where he excelled in both academics and athletics.  On June 19, 1992, Dave died suddenly at the age of 29 of natural causes.  He left behind his wife Susan, a son Ryan and a daughter Tyler, who was born after his death.
The Dave Palmer Memorial Foundation Scholarship was founded by some of Dave's friends shortly after his death, for the sole purpose of helping children who have lost a parent.  The Palmer Scholarship is given strictly to students who have lost a parent in the hopes of lessening some financial difficulties they may encounter.
Scholarship is for currently enrolled Archbishop Ryan students only.
Applications are due on October 20, 2017.

Sergeant Patrick McDonald Scholarship Fund

The Sergeant Patrick McDonald Scholarship Fund is an external scholarship and was established to honor the late Patrick McDonald, a 1996 Archbishop Ryan graduate and Philadelphia Highway Patrol Sergeant.  Patrick lost his life in the line of duty in 2008.
As a result of the incredible love and generosity from Patrick's family, friends, co-workers and the local business community, this fund was established.
The application is available below. 

Daniel Sweeney Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Firefighter Daniel Sweeney Memorial Scholarship is an external scholarship open to all students, without regard to race, sex, national origin or religious beliefs. Our only intent is to help families with the education of their children. A selection committee has been established and all scholarships will be awarded based on the financial need and merit of the applicants.  Applications for the Sweeney Scholarship are due by April 30 each year.
For more information, click Daniel Sweeney Scholarship Fund.

The Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls

The Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls helps eligible young women in Philadelphia excel in high school and be prepared for postsecondary success.  For girls attending parochial high schools, we award grants to help cover the cost of tuition.


Grants from The Ellis Trust are awarded to girls entering grades nine through twelve who meet the following criteria:

  • Live in Philadelphia, in a household where one or both parents are absent, or mentally or physically disabled.
  • Meet the family income eligibility requirements for reduced-priced lunch under the National School Lunch Program.
  • Have grades of ·C· or better in major school subjects.
  • Are making academic progress toward timely graduation.
  • Can prove their dependency status (name appears on their family's tax return or DPA document).
  • Are In a family that does not own property other than their primary home.
Applications for the Ellis Trust tuition assistance grants for girls attending parochial high schools are available beginning on January 1, 2018. The deadline to apply for parochial school tuition assistance will be March 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year.
To learn more about the Ellis Trust, CLICK HERE.

Bob Hughes Scholarship & Betty Ann Kempf Scholarship

We are proud to announce the inception of the Bob Hughes Scholarship and Betty Ann Kempf Scholarship. Theses scholarships are named after the first coaches of the CD soccer programs and will be awarded to one young man and one young lady currently enrolled in grades 8 through 11.   To be eligible for these scholarships the student must be a child or a grandchild of a CD alumni, play soccer and attend a Catholic school. The criteria to be considered for the scholarships are based on the student “exemplifying the qualities of education, dedication, good sportsmanship and team leadership”.
Deadline date: TBA as of October 9, 2017.  Please check back for any updates.

"Norphan" Scholarship

We are Alumni of Northeast Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA) known as the Norphans. Our goal is to assist families with the ever increasing cost of a Catholic education in the Philadelphia area. We strive to help those most in need of financial assistance. We ask for presidents & principals of Archdiocesan High Schools in the 5 county Philadelphia region to encourage sons and daughters of North alums to apply for Norphans Grants. Our Alma Mater may be closed, but the Falcon Spirit shall never die.

Please click the link below for more details.

Monsignor John T. Mitchell Memorial Trust Fund Scholarship

Cardinal Justin Rigali, then Archbishop of Philadelphia, announced on Monday, March 3, 2008, that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia had received a bequest to fund a scholarship in honor of Monsignor John T. Mitchell. Monsignor Mitchell served as a priest of the Archdiocese from 1939 through 1981. During that time, he was the Pastor of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Saint Francis de Sales Parishes in West Philadelphia, where he was known for his faithful ministry to African American Catholics. In light of this, the Monsignor Mitchell Scholarship Fund will support high school students in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who are Catholic and African American, with academic ability and financial need. One (or more, if economically feasible) one-year scholarship(s), up to $2,000, will be awarded annually based upon the determination of the Selection Committee. Student recipients must reapply each year.
Monsignor Mitchell Scholarship applications are due by March 15, 2018.  The application which is attached below should be completed and returned to:
Attn: Francis A. Farrell
Director of Financial Aid and Scholarship Program
Office of Catholic Education
222 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


The Sawyer Foundation Scholarship

The Sawyer Foundation is offering three scholarship opportunities to all sophomore, junior, and senior students.

  • A 500 word, typed, double-spaced essay is required.
Application Instructions and additional information is available by contacting