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Scholarships make Catholic education possible for many!

The following scholarships are open to prospective and current Bishop Diego students, as indicated in each description. Students may apply for more than one scholarship and each essay must include:

  • Student's Name
  • Current school
  • Date
  • Name of the scholarship to which you are applying.

Each essay must be typed and double-spaced. Please use Times New Roman font size 12 with one-inch margins. The same essay may not be submitted for multiple scholarships.

The deadline for submission of essays, forms, or interest is January 16, 2020.

 

The Santa Barbara Catholic/Bishop Diego Legacy Scholarship

Awards are $1,000 and are available to students (incoming and/or currently enrolled) who are the children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren of BDHS or Santa Barbara Catholic alumni. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, good citizenship, demonstrated financial need, and express interest in athletics and/or the arts. This award renews annually as long as the student maintains the aforementioned requirements. A portion of the proceeds from the annual Alumni Golf Tournament is used to support the Bishop Legacy Scholarship.

To apply, families must complete the FACTS application for Tuition Assistance and prospective students must submit a 250-word essay about how hey will continue the legacy of school spirit and Christian values that their parents and/or grandparents demonstrated while at Bishop Diego or Santa Barbara Catholic High Schools. Further, in what positive manner will you leave your own legacy?

If you are applying for this scholarship, you must complete the required essay and return it to Dr. Cristy McNay, Director of Admissions, by January 16, 2020. 

 

The Charles and Margaret Kuehl Memorial Scholarship

A $500.00 award available to an incoming freshman; the award is renewable to cover all four years of a Bishop High education. The student must maintain good citizenship, college preparatory academic standards with a minimum 3.0 G.P.A., participation in athletics and/or the arts, and demonstrate financial need.

Screen Shot 2018 11 02 at 4.07.39 PMIn 1981 Mr. Charles Kuehl retired as a teacher, coach and administrator, his career spanning 30 years of service to Santa Barbara Catholic High School and then Bishop Garcia Diego High School. The 1981 Cardinal Yearbook is dedicated to Mr. Kuehl. For Santa Barbara families of the era, the name Charles Kuehl has become synonymous with a quality education at Bishop Garcia Diego High School.

Mr. Kuehl’s career in teaching began in 1951 after years of distinguished service in the United States Air Force piloting a B-24 bomber during World War II. His first position was as teacher and coach at Santa Barbara Catholic High School. In 1959 Mr. Kuehl moved with the faculty and student body to the new Bishop Garcia Diego High School campus where he began a twenty-year stint as a history teacher, basketball coach and Vice Principal/Dean of Studies at Bishop Diego High School.

Screen Shot 2018 11 02 at 4.07.49 PMHe also had several outstanding sessions as head coach for basketball and joked that throughout his coaching career he “never lost a game on Monday Morning…” He was also noted for his famous questions: “Who am I? Where am I going? How am I going to get there?” Throughout his thirty years as an educator, it can be correctly stated that no one ever misunderstood Mr. Kuehl’s feelings about any issue, large or small. Fiercely dedicated to the ideals and principals he adopted as a young man, students noted that Mr. Kuehl never wavered from the path of integrity he so sought to follow, nor from his honesty and candor.

After his death and that of his beloved wife, Margaret, the Kuehl estate established this scholarship to assist students in financial need at Bishop Diego High School.

To apply for this scholarship:

  • Submit a 250-word essay describing how you will strive to embody the ideals and spirit of Mr. Charles Kuehl.
  • Include why you feel you are deserving of this scholarship in the essay.
  • The student's family must also demonstrate financial need by completing the FACTS application for tuition assistance

To apply, complete the required essay and return it to Dr. Cristy McNay, Director of Admissions, by January 16, 2020. This scholarship is not automatically renewable and must be applied for annually. Awards will be announced in early March.

 

The Christie Green Memorial Scholarship for Lady Cardinals

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Christie Green was an ardent supporter of Catholic education and Bishop Diego High School. In addition to teaching at San Roque and Marymount, she also taught religious education to many generations of Santa Barbara’s Catholic youth.    

Christie had a lifelong passion for sports and games. Starting at an early age, she was an avid participant, coach, and spectator in many different sports. In every endeavor, Christie always prioritized - and sought to instill in others - the importance of good sportsmanship, fair play, and respect for one's opponent over the eventual outcome of the game. Christie was issued a rare Lifetime Sports Pass by Bishop Diego High School, allowing her to cheer on her beloved Cardinals through the highs and lows of many seasons in many different sports.

In addition to her formal education, capped by the Bachelor's degree she proudly earned at UCSB after raising her three children, Christie believed that travel provided the truest form of education. With family and friends, she traveled to all 50 states and over 50 foreign countries. Each journey was meticulously researched, planned and then archived, and a number of those trips tied into Christie's love of genealogy studies.

As a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and mentor, Christie was greatly admired by all who knew her for her tireless commitment to finding - and then gently fostering - the best qualities in others.

The Christie Green Memorial Scholarship for Lady Cardinals, made possible by the Green family and generous donations from friends made in her name, seeks to award $5,000 in scholarships each year to female students entering grades 10, 11, or 12. To qualify, candidates must exhibit the following characteristics:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Participation in a Bishop Diego sport, leadership role, or other campus activity
  • A deep passion for their sport or activity
  • The ability to seek out and foster the best in others
  • Extraordinary effort in all they do
  • An emphasis on fairness
  • Love for Bishop Diego High School

AND

Write an essay detailing how they believe they embody the characteristics detailed above, which activities they are involved in, and how they would honor Christie Green’s legacy of, learning, sportsmanship, and a love for Bishop Diego if they were to receive the scholarship.

The applicant’s family must also demonstrate financial need through a FACTS application for Tuition AssistanceThis award is not automatically renewable and must be applied for annually. Essays must be submitted by January 16, 2020 to Dr. Cristy McNay at cmcnay@bishopdiego.org. Awards will be announced in early March.

 

Honors at Entrance Scholarship - Open to Prospective Freshmen

These scholarships range from $500 to $1,000 and are awarded to students from one of four local partner schools (listed below) as well as one other local school and is determined by the top score on the Entrance Placement Test given in January and February 2020. These are one-time awards to enrolling freshmen students for the 2020 - 2021 school year.

 - A $1000 Scholarship will be awarded to applicants with the highest cumulative Entrance Placement Test score from each of the following schools:

Our Lady of Mount Carmel School
Notre Dame School
Marymount Santa Barbara
Saint Raphael School
One additional local school (public or private)

- A $500 scholarship will be awarded to the applicant with the top math score

- A $500 scholarship will be awarded to the applicant with the top English score

To qualify, the Entrance Placement Test must be taken at Bishop Diego High School on either January 18 or February 1, 2020. A completed online application and submission of the application fee are required to sit for the exam. This award is not based on financial need. No additional application is required to be eligible for this award. Awardees will be honored at Bishop Diego's Evening of Excellence ceremony in the spring of 2020. 

 

The Knights of Columbus, Council #1684 Scholarship

This scholarship is open to any BDHS student (incoming and/or currently enrolled). One-time scholarship awards may range from $500 to $4,000. Students must have a strong GPA, good citizenship, participation in athletics and/or the arts, positive contribution to the Bishop Diego community and financial need. Additionally, students must be on track to meet or exceed the mandatory 25 hours of community service required. Priority consideration may be given to students whose family members are active Knights.

Please click here to download the scholarship application and return it to Dr. Cristy McNay Director of Admissions, by January 16, 2020. This scholarship is not automatically renewable and must be applied for annually.

 

The Sister Helen Scholarship

Sr. Helen, who retired in 2018, served the students of Bishop Diego High School for 42 years and left a lasting impact on all who were blessed to know her. Her belief in the power of Catholic education was an inspiration to multiple generations of students and families and this scholarship honors the sacrifice families make to ensure that their students continue on in Catholic school.

Awards range from 5 - 30% of tuition and are based upon the financial need of the family. This scholarship affirms the family's choice to provide a Catholic education throughout a student's PK - 12 journey and beyond. Students who have attended Notre Dame School, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, or St. Raphael School here in Santa Barbara may qualify for an award if they meet the following criteria:

1. The applicant must have attended one of the local Catholic partner schools listed above for grades 5 - 8. The applicant must also be on-track to graduate in good standing from the partner school. 

2. The applicant's family must demonstrate financial need through submission of a FACTS application for Tuition Assistance. Award amounts will be determined by the Tuition Assistance Committee of the Board of Trustees. 

3. The applicant must submit a 250 - 500-word essay that reflects how they currently strive to live out the mission of Bishop Diego High School. 

Essays are due by January 16, 2020, to Dr. Cristy McNay, Director of Admissions. This scholarship is not automatically renewable and must be applied for annually. Awards will be announced in early March.

 

The Red Bird Scholarship

This scholarship is open to any BDHS student (incoming and/or currently enrolled). Scholarship awards may range from $500 to $3,000. Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, exhibit good citizenship, participate in athletics and/or the arts, describe how they will make a positive contribution to the Bishop Diego community. Additionally, students must be on track to meet or exceed the mandatory 25 hours of community service required. Families must also demonstrate financial need by completing a FACTS application for tuition assistance.

To apply for the scholarship, complete the FACTS application for Tuition Assistance and submit a 250-word essay on “Why it is important for you (the student) to attend Bishop Diego High School.” Essays should be a minimum of 250 words.

Essays are due by January 16, 2020, to Dr. Cristy McNay, Director of Admissions. This scholarship is not automatically renewable and must be applied for annually. Awards will be announced in early March.

 

The Rodney Shull Memorial Scholarship

The Rodney Shull Memorial Scholarship provides three $3,000.00 awards available to current BDHS student (entering 10th, 11th, 12th grade in the fall of 2020) who demonstrates good citizenship, college-preparatory academic standards with a minimum 3.0 G.P.A., and participation in athletics and/or the arts. Families must also demonstrate financial need through submission of a FACTS application for Tuition Assistance.

Screen Shot 2018 11 02 at 3.50.33 PMRodney Shull was a graduate of Bishop Garcia Diego High School, Class of 1982. Following a successful football career at SBCC, he was awarded a full athletic scholarship to Stanford University for his junior and senior years. He graduated in 1987. Rodney Shull was a natural leader. He was a great listener but could filibuster with the best of them. At Bishop, he was elected ASB President over a more technically qualified candidate, by the sheer force of his personality. He was the type of person who lit up the room when he entered it. He was a gifted athlete, innately intelligent and a loyal friend. He set high standards for himself on the athletic field and in the classroom, but nobody had a better time than Rodney. He loved school and school traditions.

He loved children, everybody’s children, especially his own. He wouldn’t take no for an answer and heaven help you if you didn’t agree with him on something. Rodney Shull’s life ended far too soon, as he succumbed to medical complications from a sudden illness in 1998. His wife, Ashley, his children and his parents helped establish the Rodney Shull Memorial Scholarship.

To apply for this scholarship complete the FACTS application and submit a 250-word essay on why you are deserving of this scholarship and how you will strive to live the ideal and spirit of Mr. Rodney Shull.

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must complete the required essay and return it to Dr. Cristy McNay, Director of Admissions, by January 16, 2020. This scholarship is not automatically renewable and must be applied for annually. Awards will be announced in early March.

 

Vaya Con Dios Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes multiple students with awards valued at up to $3,000 each. Recipients must currently be enrolled at Bishop Diego preparing to enter grades 10, 11, or 12 in the fall of 2020, have a minimum GPA of 3.3, exhibit good citizenship, and participate in athletics and/or the arts. Families must also demonstrate financial need through submission of the FACTS application for Tuition Assistance. Additionally, students must be on track to meet or exceed the mandatory 25 hours of community service required annually.

To apply for the scholarship, submit an essay of 300 words or less addressing each of the following questions:

  • What does it mean to you to be a part of the Bishop Diego community?
  • What will you do to contribute to the Bishop community?
  • What are the goals you want to achieve as a Bishop High School alumnus?

Applicants must complete the required essay and return it to Dr. Cristy McNay, Director of Admissions, by January 16, 2020. This scholarship is not automatically renewable and must be applied for annually. Awards will be announced in early March.

 

Cardinal CafeWork-Study

This opportunity is for 4 - 8 students who are interested in volunteering in the Cardinal Cafe at lunch each school day.  Benefits include experiencing a role in customer service, earning 45 - 135 community service hours, free lunch on the days worked, and a $1,000 - $2,000 scholarship.

Please email interest to Dr. Cristy McNay, Director of Admissions, by January 16, 2020, for consideration. Positions fill quickly. Work-study positions are reassessed annually.

 

All awards are applied to the award recipient's Bishop Diego tuition account and are non-transferable. Bishop Diego does not award athletic scholarships.

 

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