Giving

Scholarship Funds & FAQs

Building Notre Dame High School's Endowed Scholarship Fund is vital to the future of our school. As our student body continues to be ethnically and economically diverse and the cost of education continues to rise, the need for financial assistance will always be of concern. It is paramount to our mission to provide education to those who seek it. Establishing named or memorial endowed scholarships will aid Notre Dame in its efforts.

Legacy Gifts

Notre Dame High School established the Planned Giving/Legacy Society in 1995 as a recognition vehicle for individuals supporting the school's Endowment Fund. Membership in the Legacy Society can be acquired by:
  • Making a direct gift of $5,000 or more in cash, securities, bonds, royalties, real estate or other property to Notre Dame High School;
  • Including a gift in your estate planning to Notre Dame High School by outright gifts of cash,..appreciated real estate, stocks and/or equities;
  • Designating Notre Dame as:

    • Beneficiary of a will
    • Beneficiary or owner of a life insurance policy
    • Beneficiary of IRA, pension or 401(k) accounts
    • Beneficiary of deferred gifting
    • Beneficiary of charitable remainder trust or annuity
    • The Legacy Society of Notre Dame High School’s Endowment Fund has various recognition levels for both restricted and unrestricted gifts. 

Endowed funds may be named for individual donors, in honor of others, or in memory of a deceased family member or friend. 

The Endowment Fund also allows the endowing of specific academic departments and programs, teacher enhancement programs, and athletic and co-curricular programs.

For further information, please contact Brett Lowart, NDHS President at (818) 933-3610, or lowart@ndhs.org.

Scholarship FAQs

List of 5 items.

  • How are Endowed Scholarships named?

    Endowed Scholarships are named by the person(s) who establish the funds. A scholarship may be established as a memorial to a husband, wife, mother, father, aunt, uncle or grandparent(s); a scholarship established by current or past parents, or even by grandparents in appreciation for the education of their grandchildren at Notre Dame; a scholarship established by an entire family in their name (i.e., The Jones Family Scholarship); an established scholarship in the name of a Notre Dame alumnus, company or organization; or a scholarship established by a specific Notre Dame class in memory of its deceased members, or just in the name of the class member alone.
  • How do I begin the process?

    For more information on how you can establish a legacy at Notre Dame High School to benefit deserving students, please contact Brett Lowart, NDHS President at (818) 933-3610 or lowart@ndhs.org.
  • Once the named Endowed Scholarship is established, can you add to the principal?

    Yes, you can add to the principal at any time. The principal dictates the number of funds that may be awarded to students. The larger the amount of principal, the more Notre Dame students will benefit from your endowed scholarship fund. Anyone can contribute to the principal of an established scholarship fund.
  • What gift amount must be donated to establish a named Endowed Scholarship?

    The recommended base gift for the establishment of a scholarship fund is a minimum of $25,000. Additional gifts of any size may be made at any time. The scholarship fund should have the ability to grow to a minimum of $50,000 over a period of five years. This is to ensure that the interest earned off of the endowed funds will produce enough funds to enable the school to make scholarship awards to its students. During the endowed fund's initial growth period (3 – 5 years), the scholarship fund will be invested by the school and held in trust until specified growth is attained to allow scholarship allocation. If after five years the fund has not reached the desired goal, it may be incorporated into the general scholarship fund. In order for a new scholarship fund to be established, the interested party and the school must agree that the goal is reasonable to attain and that future gifts toward the newly established fund are possible. In turn, the school will market the fund to the school community through its publications and annual appeal to assist in promoting its growth.
  • What is a named Endowed Scholarship Fund?

    A scholarship may be named to memorialize a deceased family member or friend, or to honor a living family member(s), alumnus or friend. It may also be named for a teacher, corporation or organization. Funds earned off the principal shall provide tuition scholarships to current or newly enrolled Notre Dame High School students. To be eligible, a student must first be an eligible recipient of the school’s financial aid program. The scholarship award will be supplemental to the financial aid allocations made annually by the school. Scholarship awards will be based on demonstrated financial need as well as academic and conduct qualifications. At times these funds can be restricted to students participating in particular programs, however it is preferred that the school direct the funds toward the students with the greatest needs.

Current Scholarship Funds

List of 26 items.

  • Albert John Allegretti, Mary Rowe Maher and Br. Eugenio Cassano, CSC Memorial Scholarship Fund

    A school designated memorial scholarship fund is established in memory of Albert John Allegretti, Mary Rowe Maher (parents of Joseph B. Allegretti ’56), and Br. Eugenio Cassano, CSC. In memory of their lives and spirit, this scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • Allen A. Lutz ‘68 Memorial Scholarship Fund

    A school designated memorial scholarship fund is established in memory of Allen A. Lutz ‘68. Allen Lutz, father of Andrew ’95 and Matthew ’00, and benefactor to the Notre Dame High School athletic program died of cancer on July 16, 1997. In memory of his commitment and support to Notre Dame High School and in particular its athletic program, this scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School who participate in athletics.
  • Armando Jackson '75 Most Inspirational Student Award

    The Armando Jackson '75 Most Inspirational Student Award was established in memory of Armando Jackson, who passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. A scholarship award will be presented each year to a graduating senior, and used to help cover college expenses. This award will be presented to a student who exemplifies school spirit and friendship, is a good representative of the school, inspires students in both curricular and extracurricular activities, overcomes difficulties, maintains a strong work ethic, and embodies the "We Don't Quit" attitude for which Armando is remembered. 
  • Arons Family Trust Scholarship Fund

    Established by Bert Arons ’53, the award is given to a student that is in good standing who participates on the baseball team.  Family financial need also is an important factor in determining the recipient.  The Arons family is a three-generation ND family, including three generations of Knight baseball players.
  • Arthur ’55 and Susan Schmidt Scholarship Fund

    Established by Academy Award-winning film editor (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump) Arthur Schmidt and his wife Susan.  Students entering 12th grade who have demonstrated success in Film/NDTV and Theater programs are selected.  The award is given at Academic Honors Night each spring for distribution the following year.
  • Bob ’54 and Kathleen Hill Scholarship

    Established in honor of Bob Hill for his years of service as a member of the NDHS Board of Directors.  Bob and his wife Kathleen (dec.) are generous benefactors of the school.  The award is given to a student(s) who has demonstrated financial need and is a hard worker that achieves to a maximum of his/her abilities.
  • Carl Abato '62 Science/Math Memorial Scholarship Fund

    A school designated memorial scholarship fund is established in memory of Carl Abato ’62. Carl, husband of Susan Abato, lost a 22-year battle with cancer on June 13, 1998. Carl was a much-admired science teacher at Notre Dame High School for 31 years. In memory of his life and spirit, this scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • Catherine and John Gallagher Scholarship Fund

    A school designated scholarship fund is established in the name of Catherine and John Gallagher, grandparents of Edward J. Miller ‘07. This scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • Chris Kelly '16 Memorial Fund

    Established by Ron and Noula Kelly in memory of their son Christopher who died in a car accident prior to his senior year. Scholarship in progress. Details of the award to be determined.
  • Class of 1966 Scholarship Fund

    A school designated scholarship fund is established in the name of the Class of 1966. This scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • Class of 1967 Scholarship Fund

    A school designated scholarship fund is established in the name of the Class of 1967. This scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • Class of 1974 Scholarship Fund

    A school designated scholarship fund is established in the name of the Class of 1974. This scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • Conor Lynch ’12 Memorial Scholarship

    An award is given to a boy and a girl each year that are entering the 12th grade.  Students that have demonstrated good grades, student service and family financial need are considered.  Students that participate on the cross country team are preferred selections as Conor Lynch was a proud Knight cross country runner.
  • Cynthia Anne Friedman '88 Scholarship Fund

    The Cynthia Anne Friedman Scholarship Fund is an annual award given to a female student at Notre Dame High School who best exemplifies Cynthia’s demeanor and purpose in life. Cynthia died on July 17, 2014. This scholarship is intended to keep her memory and spirit alive. Recipients will be selected by Cynthia’s former coach, current ND Dean of Women, Ann McClung according to Cynthia’s values and principles: promoting social justice, fighting racism and bigotry, personal courage, selflessness, Native American pride, and women’s athletics, notably volleyball and softball. Recipients will be encouraged to give back to their communities whenever possible. Award recipients will be announced each year at the spring Academic Award Assembly. This award of $500-$1,000 will be made annually as long as funding permits.
  • D'Amato Memorial Scholarship Fund

    A school designated memorial scholarship fund is established in memory of Samuel and Audrey D'Amato. Samuel and Audrey D'Amato, lifelong residents of Sherman Oaks, generously supported the school communities of Notre Dame High School, Corvallis High School and St. Francis de Sales Elementary School.  In memory of their life and spirit, this scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled.  Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • Daniel J. Morrow '81 Memorial

    A school designated memorial scholarship fund is established in memory of Daniel J. Morrow ’81, son of John and Mary, and brother of Matthew ‘82, who died of cancer on August 24, 2003. Daniel was active in football, Key Club and Ski Club while at Notre Dame High School. In memory of his life and spirit, this scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • Dave Damus '83 Scholarship

    Established by alumnus David A. Damus to be awarded to a member(s) of the Debate team. Mr. Damus is also a former Notre Dame instructor and a current member of the NDHS Board of Directors.
  • David Kramer Baseball Memorial

    Funded by the Kramer family in memory of David Kramer who had a passion for baseball and coaching youth baseball. The recipient(s) are varsity baseball players named each spring and funded during the following year. Hard work, citizenship and family need are considered.
  • DeMartinis Family Scholarship Fund

    A school designated scholarship fund is established in the name of the De Martinis Family. Joseph and Virginia De Martinis were active parents at Notre Dame High School while their children Michael ’94, Stephanie ’95 and David ‘98 attended. This scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • Donahue Family Memorial

    A school designated scholarship fund has been established in the memory of Dan Donahue ’59 who passed away in 2002, and in the memory of Dr. D.W. Donahue who passed away on July 10, 2009. Both were longtime supporters of Notre Dame: Dan, through his successful business career and “Doc” through his years of medical care for the Notre Dame football team and the Brothers of Holy Cross. In memory of their lives and spirit, this scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School. 
  • Edward Wagenbach '55 Memorial

    A school designated scholarship fund is established in the name of the Edward Wagenbach ‘55. This scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled at Notre Dame High School and involved in the music or band program. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • Ellie and Vince Hatton Memorial Scholarship Fund

    The Ellie and Vince Hatton Memorial Scholarship Fund is a school-designated memorial scholarship fund established in memory of Ellie and Vince Hatton in remembrance of Ellie's years of employment, and their collective years of service and support to NDHS through the Altar Society, Parents' Association, and Band/Athletic Boosters Clubs. This fund was established by the Reesing Family (daughter Lori '86, Jeff '86, Brendan '17, Aidan '20). In memory of their life and spirit, this scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance awards to students currently enrolled in Notre Dame High School. To be eligible for this award, students must be Catholic, in good academic standing, exhibit good citizenship, and be accepted into or participating in the Christian Leadership Program.
  • Gordy '75 and Mary Ceresino Scholarship Fund

    A school designated scholarship fund is established in the name of Gordon "Gordy" J. Ceresino Class of 1975. This scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • Greenfield Family Scholarship Fund

    A school designated scholarship in the name of the Greenfield Family.
  • Greg Goossen '64 Memorial

    A school designated scholarship fund is established in memory of Gregory B. Goossen '64. This scholarship fund shall receive gifts, memorials and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students either seeking enrollment or who are currently enrolled. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • Guy “T.B” Tobin ’73 Memorial

    A school designated memorial scholarship fund has been established in the name of Guy Tobin ’73. Guy lost a valiant battle with cancer in the summer of 2008. While at Notre Dame, Guys was an outstanding student and stellar athlete. He was known as a leader by quiet example and one of the real pranksters of the Class of ’73. He was active in many of the service clubs at the time including the Key, FAC and Mission Clubs. In memory of this true Black Knight, this scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.

List of 25 items.

  • Holy Cross Scholarship Fund

    A school designated scholarship fund is established in the name of the Congregation of Holy Cross. This scholarship fund shall receive gifts, memorials and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students either seeking enrollment or who are currently enrolled. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • James O'Donnell '75 Memorial

    A school designated memorial scholarship fund is established in memory of James M. O’Donnell, Class of 1975. James, brother of Kerry O'Donnell, Deirdre O'Donnell, and Maureen Hasson, was an active student at Notre Dame High School. He played football and baseball, ran track, and participated in the Monogram Club, Pep Club, Key Club, Yearbook, The Knight, and theatre.  In memory of his life and spirit, this scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • Jeremy Crigler '89 Memorial

    A school designated memorial scholarship fund is established in memory of Jeremy Crigler '89. Jeremy, son of Sharon Crigler Gillingham, and twin brother of Julie Crigler ’89, died after a skiing accident in Mammoth in 1995. While at Notre Dame, Jeremy lettered in tennis and was active in the Fishing Club, Monogram Club, Ski Club, and Pep Club. In memory of his life and spirit, this scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • John "Roger" Abbott '51 Scholarship

    Established by Teri Abbott in memory of her late husband John “Roger” Abbott of the Class of 1951.  John was a successful engineer and always proud (by virtue of his last name’s place in the alphabet) that he was the graduate to receive his diploma from the first ND graduating class.  Recipients will be well-rounded students that demonstrate an interest in academics (including musical appreciation), athletics, school spirit and community service.
  • John Chieruzzi '82 Memorial

    A school designated memorial scholarship fund is established in memory of John Chieruzzi '82. Jeremy, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Chieruzzi, was killed in a car accident in 1988. While at Notre Dame, John was active in the Pep Club, Ski Club, and Backpacking Club. In memory of his life and spirit, this scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • John W. Combes Music Scholarship

    A school designated memorial scholarship fund is established in memory of Patrick R. Montague, father of Patrick ’73 and Kevin ’74, for the support of the Notre Dame High School Band and Music Program. Patrick’s involvement with Notre Dame High School started in 1969 with the athletic booster club and with the band booster club in 1971. He was part of a core group of volunteers in the band booster club who laid the foundation for the highly successful organization it is today. The scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition scholarships to assist academically and musically talented students.
  • Joseph and Dolores Casey Family Scholarship

    A school designated scholarship fund is established in the name of the Joseph and Dolores Casey, parents of Notre Dame alumni Kevin ’77, Patrick ’78, Keith ’79 and John ’84. Dolores was a long-time member of the Altar Society (now known as the Holy Cross Mothers Guild). This scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide a merit scholarship to a deserving Notre Dame student. Scholarships shall be provided from the income realized from the investment of this fund.
  • Ken Sweet '71 Memorial

    A school designated memorial scholarship fund is established in memory of Kenneth J. Sweet ‘71, son of Anthony and Virgil Sweet, and brother of Michael ‘61, Daniel ‘65, Mario ’67, and Thomas ’70. Ken lettered in basketball and was active in Key Club, Mission Club, Pep Club, Drama Club, the Knight student publication and student government while at Notre Dame High School. In memory of his life and spirit, this scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • Linda Gunn/Allen '94 and Kevin '98 Jerkens Family Scholarship

  • Maggie Dixon '95 Memorial

    A school designated memorial scholarship fund is established in memory of Maggie Dixon '95. Maggie, sister of James P. Dixon '83 and Julie (Dixon) Silva, and daughter of James and Margaret Dixon, passed away on April 6, 2006. Maggie and her family were very active at Notre Dame High School. As an avid basketball and track athlete Maggie went on to achieve great success in her basketball career through college and then as a coach. Maggie will be remembered as the women's basketball coach of the United States Military Academy who brought new energy to their team. After four short months and much success with the team,and following her untimely death at such an early age Maggie was given the distinct honor of being buried at West Point. 
  • Michael J. Kelly '87 Memorial Scholarship

  • Mitchell Togneri '08 Memorial

    Established by Greg and Janine Togneri in memory of their son Mitchell who died in 2007 after battling cancer. The recipient is a student entering the 12th grade that has demonstrated service to school through participation in the Tech Crew. The award is announced each spring at academic honors night.
  • Patel Family Scholarship

  • Randi Renaud & Family Memorial

    The Randi Renaud and Family Scholarship Fund was established in the name of Randi Renaud and her family. Randi was the wife of Ron ′64 and mother of Melly ′89, Peter, Ron Jr. ′94, Rachel ′95, Annie ′97 and Beth ′01 . She was active in the Altar Society, Parents' Association and the Carnival. This scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • Rev. John L. Bitterman, SS Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Established by the Allegretti family in honor of Fr. Bitterman who served as ND Principal 1980-86.  The recipient is a student who has demonstrated Christian service and compassion for others.  Family financial need also is a determining factor.
  • Rishwain Family Fund

    Established by ND parents Mr. and Mrs. Brian Rishwain.  The recipient is a student that exhibits entrepreneurial skills, creativity and hard work.
  • Robert & Mary Ellen Villar Family Scholarship

  • Romano Family Scholarship

    Established by Ed and Murphy Romano, active grandparents at NDHS. Family financial need is the primary determining factor.
  • Ruth M. Arons General Scholarship

  • Stephen P. Gregoire '71 Memorial

    A school designated memorial scholarship fund is established in memory of Stephen P. Gregoire ‘71. Stephen, son of John and Evelyn, and brother of Michael ’63, John ’65 and Timothy ‘76, was killed in a car accident while attending Loyola University as a sophomore. While at Notre Dame, Stephen played baseball and was active in debate, the Knight student publication, Key Club, Rally Club, Pep Club, and the Mission Club. In memory of his life and spirit, this scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled. Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • T.H. Albright Scholarship Fund

    A school designated scholarship fund is established in the name of T.H. Albright.  This scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled.  Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • Victoria Joy Parker Memorial

    The Victoria Joy Parker Memorial Fund is established for the benefit of deserving students in need of tuition assistance. The scholarship will be distributed annually to a Notre Dame High School sophomore student, based on proven academic success and participation in school involvement (athletics, productions and clubs). The scholarship award is given each year in memory of Victoria Parker. The wife of Larry ’61 and mother of Peter ’86, Thomas ’88, Alison ’89, Dan ’97 and Claire ‘01, she was an active member of the Notre Dame community for over 12 years. She served as a leader of the Parents Board and Altar Society as well as a chairperson for several events, including the Auction and Carnival. Her work and dedication to Notre Dame were an inspiration to many students, parents and alumni.
  • W.D. "Dave" Sitton Memorial Scholarship

    A school designated memorial scholarship fund is established in memory of William D. Sitton '73.  This scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide assistance to students currently enrolled.  Income from the investment of this fund shall provide tuition scholarships to students of Notre Dame High School.
  • Weigand Memorial Scholarship

  • Yerelekian Family Scholarship

    The Yerelekian Family Scholarship is a school designated scholarship fund established in the name of the Yerelekian Family by Steve and Anet Yerelekian. This scholarship fund shall receive gifts and bequests to provide tuition assistance to students currently enrolled at Notre Dame High School. The Yerelekian Family through personal gifts and memorial contributions has initially established this fund. Recipients of this scholarship are to be students seeking enrollment or who are currently enrolled at Notre Dame High School, are of Armenian descent, have a minimum grade point average of 3.30, be in good academic standing, and exhibit good citizenship. Nominees for this award must be well-rounded students who demonstrate an interest in academics, the NDHS faith experience, athletics, school spirit, and community service.
©2018 Notre Dame High School. All Rights Reserved.