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Listing and Description of Scholarships

Merit Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to students based on their academic performance and/or an application process. Financial need is not a consideration in awarding these scholarships.

The Sister Mary Agnetis School Scholarship
Sr. Mary Agnetis served as the first principal of Notre Dame Academy and held the title for forty years. Sr. Agnetis is well known for contacting Conrad Hilton and meeting with him in 1956. And explaining the need for a new location for Notre Dame. Mr. Hilton made a donation to begin construction of the new, existing academy, thanks to Sr. Agnetis. Student recipients of these scholarships are those who rank first and second in their class, and two others are voted upon by the faculty. These students are chosen because of their overall attitude toward learning and their academic achievement

The Sister Mary Shauna Bankemper Scholarship
Sister Mary Shauna Bankemper was the first President of Notre Dame Academy. This scholarship is for students who display leadership potential as Sr. Shauna did in her time at NDA and will be given to a student who has, through dedication, effort, ability and unselfishness, demonstrated excellence in leadership, scholarship and service. The student must be actively engaged in leadership roles in the form of work and involvement in school activities. These can include but not be limited to: Student Council, clubs, theater, athletics, and/or work in the community, including service and church activities.

The BEST Scholarship
In 1996, William and Sue Butler established the BEST Scholarship. A partial scholarship provided by Corporex, NDA’s B.E.S.T. Partner, is awarded to a student who has worked the hardest, improved the most and put forth the most effort within classes. NDA teachers select the scholarship recipient from students who have been nominated for three consecutive quarters or have been selected as the B.E.S.T. Award recipient for one quarter.

The Gamel Otto Scholarship
In 2007, the Gamel Otto Scholarship was established by Susan, a 1975 graduate of NDA, and Ron Otto. Recipients are selected based on their performance on the entrance exam as incoming freshmen.

The John Paul II Gospel of Life Scholarship
In 2000, Drs. Mick and Nancy Shaughnessy established the John Paul II Gospel of Life Scholarship on the words of John Paul II, “The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ message. Lovingly received day after day by the church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as ‘good news’ to the people of every age and culture.” The foundation encourages the administration, faculty, staff and students of Notre Dame to share this good news with classmates, with school families, and with the community.

The Charles and Anna Baueries Pulsfort Scholarship

In 2007, the Charles and Anna Bauereis Pulsfort Scholarship was established to be given to students based on their exemplary performance on the High School Placement Test.

The Sue Gunkel Scholarship
In 2006, the Sue Gunkel Scholarship was established by Sue’s sons, Brad and Damon Gunkel after her passing. Sue was a well-respected and long-time Math teacher at Notre Dame, and this scholarship recognizes students who demonstrate a passion for life and environmental issues and a positive attitude toward learning. 



Scholarship Funds

These scholarship funds are given to students who demonstrate both a strong work ethic and a financial need. Recipients must maintain a passing grade point average to continue their eligibility for these grants.

The Ruby F. Afterkirk Scholarship Fund
In 2004, the Ruby F. Afterkirk Scholarship was established by Nancy Murphy. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Art and Rita Arlinghaus Family Scholarship Fund
In 2015, the Art and Rita Arlinghaus Family Scholarship Fund was established by the Arlinghaus children and their families. The scholarship is awarded to any incoming freshman who demonstrates a significant financial need.

The Dr. Carl and Carol Brueggemann Fund
The Dr. Carl and Carol Brueggemann Scholarship fund was established in 2018 by Dr. and Mrs. Brueggemann because of their dedication and strong belief in Catholic education. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Tom and Maydie Berger Scholarship Fund
In 2006, the Thomas Berger Family established the Tom and Maydie Berger Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Clem and Ann McCabe Buenger Scholarship Fund
In 1989, the Clem and Ann McCabe Buenger Scholarship was established by Mrs. Ann McCabe Buenger. Mrs. Buenger was a 1944 graduate of Notre Dame Academy and she and her husband generously supported NDA as well as s many other area Catholic schools. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Burroughs Scholarship Fund
In 2000, Mary E. Burroughs established the Burroughs Scholarship. Ms. Burroughs passed in1998 and before she passed, she remembered NDA in her will and established this scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Sister Mary Clareta Scholarship Fund
In 1997, the Sister Mary Clareta Scholarship was established by Rosemary Borchers in memory of Sr. Mary Clareta. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Elmer B. and Ruth C. Maschinot Cleves Scholarship Fund
In 2000, her husband Elmer and her daughter Cindy after Ruth’s passing established the Ruth Maschinot Cleves Scholarship. Ruth, a 1945 graduate of NDA, loved her four years at Notre Dame where she cherished her friendships and the spiritual and academic knowledge she received. Ruth’s family wanted to honor her life and their love for Ruth by assisting a young woman to develop her spiritual and academic potential at NDA. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Cynthia Foltz Culberston Scholarship Fund 
In 2000, Cynthia Foltz Culbertson passed when she was a current parent at Notre Dame Academy. Her husband and family set up this named scholarship in her memory. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Sara Tepe and Celia Deters Scholarship Fund
In 1996, the Sara Tepe and Celia Deters Scholarship was established by Charles H. and Mary Sue Deters. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Doyle Mother of God Scholarship Fund
In 2018, the Doyle Mother of God Scholarship was established by the Dennis Doyle Family Foundation to supports students of NDA who are current parishioners at Mother of God Parish.  This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate a strong work ethic and exemplify a Christian spirit. 

The John and Eva Goeke Scholarship Fund
In 2006, the John and Eva Goeke Scholarship was established by The Goeke Family. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Rosemary Kahmann Scholarship Fund
In 2002, the Rosemary Kahmann Scholarship was established by Mr. Paul J. Kahmann in memory of his late wife. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Dr. Robert T. and Jean Schmidt Longshore Scholarship Fund
In 1999, the Dr. Robert T. and Jean Schmidt Longshore Scholarship was established by the Longshores to support those in need of tuition assistance. Jean is a 1950 graduate of NDA. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Milbery Family Scholarship
The Milbery Family Scholarship was established in 2015 by Thomas Milbery, a dedicated educator, benefactor, and volunteer at Notre Dame Academy. The scholarship is awarded to a student who has a demonstrated need for tuition assistance.

The St. Vincent de Paul Scholarship Fund
The St. Vincent de Paul Scholarship was established in 2012 to assist in preparing students to be the future of our community.  Recipients must show a dedication to service and to the mission of NDA. 

The Cheryl Rickey Scholarship Fund
In 2007 this scholarship was established by Sue Rickey McKenzie in memory of her sister Cheryl. Sue wanted to see inner city students benefit from a catholic education. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Dr. Mike and Ann Robinson Scholarship Fund
In 2000, Dr. Mike and Ann Robinson Scholarship established this scholarship to help students in need of tuition assistance. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Maria Schaffstein Scholarship Fund

In 2010, John and Eileen Schaffstein established the Maria Schaffstein Scholarship after they lost their daughter in a fatal car crash. Maria was a senior at Notre Dame at the time and the scholarship is a tribute to her memory in helping students who need tuition assistance. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Brent and Judith Flick Rouse Scholarship Fund
In 2008, the Brent and Judith Flick Rouse Scholarship was established by Mr. And Mrs. Rouse to promote the value of Catholic education and honor the life-long friendships they made while in high school. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Joe and Ginnie Schmidt Scholarship Fund
The Joe and Ginnie Schmidt Scholarship will be given to a student who exemplifies a Christian spirit and lives out the mission of Notre Dame Academy.  In 2014, the Joe and Ginnie Schmidt Scholarship was established by Ginnie (Bohman) Schmidt, a 1961 graduate of Notre Dame Academy, and her husband, Joe Schmidt, who graduated from Covington Catholic in 1961.  Their sons and daughter also attended NDA and CCH- Mike(1982), Tom(1983) and Nancy(Fedders)(1985).  Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt established scholarships at both schools to assist future students who have financial need.  These scholarships are awarded to students who  need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards their studies.

The Kelsey Ann Sorrell Scholarship Fund
In 2008, her parents Steve and Terri Sorrell established the Kelsey Ann Sorrell Scholarship. Kelsey was a 2007 Notre Dame Academy graduate who died in a tragic car accident. Kelsey’s family and friends wanted to share Kelsey’s educational interests and compassion for children and academic achievement. Money for Kelsey’s scholarship comes from a golf outing and dinner dance held annually. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Catherine Northcutt Stratman Scholarship Fund

In 2006, Cathie Stratman, a 1949 graduate of Notre Dame Academy, established this scholarship to help those in need of tuition assistance. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The George W. and Maureen Thelen Scholarship Fund
In 1999, the George and Maureen Thelen Scholarship was established. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Richard A. and Jean Ann Glenn VonHandorf Scholarship
The Richard A. and Jean Ann Glenn VonHandorf Scholarship was established in 2018 by the VonHandorf family to honor their parents, Richard and Jean Ann.  Because of their long-standing relationship to Notre Dame and the Sisters, the family wanted to recognize their parents and the many generations of VonHandorfs who benefited from an NDA education. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Jean and Joe VonHandorf Scholarship Fund
In 2009, Joan Von Handorf established the Jean and Joe Von Handorf Scholarship. The Von Handorf’s raised eight children, all of whom attended Catholic schools. Their three daughters attended Notre Dame Academy, and now their scholarship makes a Notre Dame education possible for other young women. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Robert and Lorraine VonHandorf Scholarship Fund
The Robert and Lorraine VonHandorf Family Scholarship was established in 2013 by the VonHandorf family and is designated for students who live out the mission of Notre Dame Academy.

The Von Lehman Family Scholarship Fund
In 2007, the Von Lehman Family Scholarship was established by the Von Lehman Family in memory of their mother, Mary Louise, who passed away in 2006. All three of Mary and her husband Joe’s daughters are graduates of Notre Dame Academy. The scholarship is awarded to a student who need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards her studies.

The Ruth Wehage Schroer Scholarship Fund
In 2017, the family of Ruth Wehage Schroer established the scholarship in memory of their sister, Ruth. Ruth was a 1938 graduate of Notre Dame, and had a strong belief in education. The scholarship will be awarded to incoming Freshmen or current students.  They need not excel academically at the A or B level, but must demonstrate a strong work ethic towards their studies.


Scholarship Funds – Special Designations

These scholarship funds have specific instructions on who is to receive monies.

The Butler Family Scholarship Fund

In 2008, the Butler Family Scholarship was established by Martin C. Butler, Foundation Chair. Bill and Sue Butler established a family foundation to support students coming to Notre Dame from the urban core. In keeping with the Butlers’ mission of promoting self-sufficiency and improving the quality of life for low-income individuals and families, in 2008 the Foundation committed part of its annual grant writing budget to The Butler Scholarship, recognizing the quality formal education is a key factor in long-term personal and financial stability.

The Molly Brennan Grosser Memorial Scholarship Fund
In 2011, the Molly Brennan Grosser Memorial Scholarship was established by Molly’s husband Christopher Grosser and her family. Molly was a young mother of four when she passed away as a current parent. The scholarship will be given to a student who exemplifies a Christian spirit and lives out the mission of Notre Dame Academy. She need not excel academically at the A or B level but must display a strong work ethic towards her studies. She must also demonstrate a clear need for financial tuition assistance.
Special consideration will be given to those with extraordinary medical expenses and/or students who endure the death of an immediate family member.

The Guy Hollenkamp Memorial Scholarship Fund

This grant was established in memory of Guy Hollenkamp after his passing.
This scholarship is reserved for a student who is attending Notre Dame Academy when a parent dies. The family may apply for this scholarship if tuition and other educational expenses would make continued attendance a financial hardship for the family.

The Annette Lucas Urban Education Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is reserved for students who live in the urban area and who demonstrate a clear need for financial tuition assistance. FACTS form is required on file in the school office before a student is considered for eligibility.

The Martha Mayer Tonnies Scholarship Fund
In 2008, the Martha Mayer Tonnies Scholarship was established in the will of Martha Mayer Tonnies, who was a 1953 NDA graduate as well as an advocate of Catholic education. Kathy Meyers, a dear friend of Martha’s, helped establish the parameters of the scholarship, which is to help a student in need of tuition assistance. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 and demonstrate a clear need for financial assistance.


Funds

These special scholarships support NDA with funding for programs that benefit the entire student body.

The Carlisle Family Scholarship Fund
The Carlisle Family scholarship was set up by Carlisle family members and friends to support the Notre Dame Academy arts program.

The Missy Montgomery Thompson (1981) Fund
In 1996, the Missy Montgomery Thompson (1981) Fund was established in memory of Missy Montgomery Thompson by the Class of 1981. Missy was a Notre Dame Academy graduate who passed away of cancer at just 31 years old. Her 1981 classmates believed that because Missy felt so strongly about empowering women to set and achieve their personal goals, the scholarship fund should reflect that. Missy valued her education and continually sought information on a wide variety of topics. Missy used this knowledge to make an impact on the lives of those around her. The Missy Montgomery Thompson Fund provides monies for programs that benefit our students by educating them on issues of female empowerment.

The Sister Mary Ethel and Judith Science Research Fund
This fund was established in honor of Sister Mary Ethel Parrot and Sister Judith Averbeck, two longtime science teachers at Notre Dame Academy. The fund benefits Science Research at NDA and helps propel this impressive program.
 

The Sisters of Notre Dame Endowment Fund

The Urban Student Assistance Fund

The Zalla Teacher Education Fund

The NDA Professional Development Fund