Scholarship Opportunities

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SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
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BLOCS works within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania EITC & OSTC guidelines, using an outside scholarship administrator to determine eligibility for scholarship grants. Over the past several years, funds for scholarship support have increased. Unfortunately so has the demand, which continues to significantly exceed supply.

As a result, filing of an application and payment of an application fee does not in any way guarantee the awarding of a BLOCS scholarship. The application period for the 20198/2020 school year will open on October 1, 2019. To apply for BLOCS you must complete the FACTS application.

Merit Based Scholarships

 Each year, we award hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships as an investment in our students. These academic scholarships are awarded as a result of the  Presidential Scholarship & Entrance Test which takes place in October of your 8th grade year. Each year, the profile of the scholarship recipients varies based on the successes of the applicant pool and scholarship ammounts are tiered into three scholarships based on performance in the test, classroom grades, and school involvement. The scholarships are: The Presidential Scholarship, The Principal's Scholarship, and the In Vite Mane Scholarship. Unless otherwise noted, scholarships are awarded for four years. A FACTS application is required before any awards (merit or need based) will be granted. Apply now at www.arhs.me/FACTS.

 

 

Fine Arts Scholarship

Archbishop Ryan High School is offering the opportunity for 8th-grade students who will be attending Ryan in the 2021-2022 school year to be awarded a scholarship for their artistic talents. 

 For more information contact:

Teresa Kramer, Art Teacher
 

The criteria are:

  • A self-portrait
  • A one-piece that shows the understanding of linear perspective
(Linear perspective is a technique used by artists to create the illusion of space)
  • A one-piece that the student believes best demonstrates their talents. 
 
Work can be created in any medium. There is no size requirement

 

The student’s name must be on each piece of work.  All work must be original and will be returned.

Grand Prize: $10,000 Scholarship ($2,500 a year for 4 years)
First Prize: $8,000 Scholarship ($2,000 a year for 4 years)
Second Prize: $4,000 Scholarship ($1,000 a year for 4 years)
 
Winners of the scholarship are required to take art in order to receive and maintain the scholarship.
 
Work is due by November 14, 2020. Please print the submission form below and remit with your artwork.
 

Music Scholarship Auditions

Archbishop Ryan High School Music Department is offering instrumentalists the opportunity to audition for music scholarships.  Auditions are open to 8th graders who will be attending Archbishop Ryan High School in the following Fall. Auditions for the 2021-2022 school year will be November 21, 2020.
 
To register for a Music Scholarship audition, please contact:
 
Mr. Ted Blohm
215-637-1800, Extension 6014
 
Theater Arts Scholarship Auditions
 
Theater Arts Department Scholarship auditions are open to 8th graders who will be attending Archbishop Ryan High School in the following Fall. Auditions for the 2021-2022 school year will be announced shortly from 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM. Applicants should send their name, grade school, and audition plans to kwilliams@arhs.org.
 
Applicants have a choice of auditioning for two of the three performances below. Each audition should be between one and three minutes:
  1. A Song: An aux hook up will be provided. Students should bring their own music preferably without vocals. 
  2. A Dance: This should focus on the applicant's abilities, technique, and training. They should bring music as well.
  3. A Monologue/Reading: Must be memorized and acted out. Comedy or drama; something to show the applicant's acting ability.
Auditions will be 15 minutes apart. Please arrive on time and be prepared. 
 
For more information about Theater Arts Scholarship Auditions, please contact:
 
Kim Williams
 
 
The George Karusky, IV Memorial Foundation keeps the spirit of GK4 alive. Georgie was a true Ryan Raider, a three-sport athlete who played baseball, soccer and football. Being a student in the Bonaventure Program afforded Georgie the opportunity to reach his full academic potential. He was set to start Chestnut Hill College to play football in the fall of 2020. Georgie gained great relationships with many people because of school and sports. At such a young age, he brought many people together and truly embraced everyone that he met.
 
The GK4 Memorial Foundation is offering two four-year scholarships, at $500.00 per year, to two students (a Raider and a Ragdoll) entering 9th grade at Archbishop Ryan High School for the school year of 2022-2023.
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.
Monsignor John T. Mitchell 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 $2,500, will be awarded annually based upon the determination of the Selection Committee.
 
Student recipients must reapply each year. Please use the application below:
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 helps eligible young women in Philadelphia excel in high school and be prepared for post-secondary 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, 2021. Link to the application will be available at that time.
 
The application for parochial school tuition assistance will open January 1, 2021 for the 2021-2022 school year. The deadline is March 15, 2021. See the application for the deadline. To learn more about the Ellis Trust, CLICK HERE.
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 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 Catholic 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.
 
 
Corporal Jimmy O'Connor Memorial Fund
 
Also available is our newly formed Corporal Jimmy O'Connor Memorial Fund to assist children of North Catholic Alumni that are in Law Enforcement with Scholarship to any Philadelphia Archdiosecen High School.
 
Bob Hughes Scholarship and Betty Ann Kempf Scholarship: The purpose of the Cardinal Dougherty Soccer Alumni is to remember, honor, and celebrate all aspects of Cardinal Dougherty Soccer Alumni. Another key goal is to give back to our surrounding soccer community and alumni members when financially possible.
 
These scholarships are named after the first coaches of the CD soccer programs and will be awarded to one young man (Bob Hughes Scholarship) and one young lady (Betty Ann Kempf Scholarship) currently enrolled in grades 8 through 11 at the Hall of Fame Ceremony on October 30, 2016. 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 scholarship is based on the student “exemplifying the qualities of education, dedication, good sportsmanship and team leadership”.
 
To apply for this $1,000.00 scholarship the student is required to submit an essay explaining how he/she demonstrates the criteria of this award as well the importance of education in their lives. Also, please include contact information of one coach, one teacher and a parent as well. Contact information should include: name, phone number and email address. Essays need to be no more than 1,500 words, be written in a Google or Word Document and are to be emailed to cdsocceralumni@gmail.com no later than October 15, 2021
 

We Are CD Scholarship: We are proud to announce the inception of the “We are C.D.” Scholarship. This scholarship, which is sponsored by the 1980 Championship Team, will be awarded to two students at the Hall of Fame Ceremony on Sunday October 28, 2018. To be eligible for this scholarships the student must be a Catholic school student in 8th through 11th grade, be a child or grandchild of a Cardinal Dougherty High School graduate, be “a good role model, a positive influence in their community and work to her/his potential in school”. These applicants do not have to be soccer players.

To apply for this $1,000.00 scholarship the student is required to submit an essay explaining how he/she demonstrates the criteria of this award as well the importance of education in their lives. Also, please include contact information of one teacher and one parent. Contact information should include: name, phone number and email address. Essays need to be no more than 1,500 words, be written in a Google or Word Document and are to be emailed to cdsocceralumni@gmail.com no later than Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The selection committees for these scholarships includes members of the Cardinal Dougherty Soccer Alumni Committee and Cardinal Dougherty Soccer Hall of Fame members.

Questions should be directed to cdsocceralumni@gmail.com.

Charlotte Drummond Memorial Scholarship
The Charlotte Drummond Memorial Scholarship is offering a Legacy scholarship that keeps the spirit of Charlotte Drummond and her dedication to Catholic education alive, and a Cardinal Dougherty Alumni Scholarship for a student whose grandparent, parent, or sibling attended Cardinal Dougherty.

Sophomores and Juniors are eligible to apply for this scholarship to assist with tuition for the 2021-2022 school year. Applications and Guidelines are available in the Guidance office.

Contact: drummondscholarship@gmail.com

 
Please fill out the application below. The application period is September 10, 2021, to October 22, 2021.
 
Daniel Boyle graduated from Archbishop Ryan High School in 1987. His career path eventually led him to the Philadelphia Police Department. In February of 1990, Danny entered the Philadelphia Police Academy. In February of 1990, Danny entered the Philadelphia Police Academy. After completing his studies, he was assigned to the 26th Police district at East Girard and Montgomery Avenues. 
 

On February 6, 1991, Dan was killed in the line of duty.

The Officer Daniel Boyle Scholarship Fund was established at the suggestion of several of Danny's classmates. The purpose of this scholarship fund is to assist financially those families who may find the increasingly high costs of a catholic education difficult, or impossible, for their children.
 

The Officer Daniel Boyle Scholarship Fund is open to RYAN STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN GRADES 9-12 ONLY, without regard to race, sex, national origin, or religious beliefs. Our only intent is to help as many families with the education of their children.