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Tuition Assistance & Scholarships

At Santa Margarita Catholic High School, it is our desire that every student have the opportunity to receive a well-rounded Catholic education. With the rising cost of education, we are committed to helping families provide a Santa Margarita education for their student(s). Santa Margarita Catholic High School offers awards in the form of tuition assistance and scholarships – these are awards that do not have to be repaid.

Tuition assistance awards are based on financial need. Additionally, privately-funded scholarships are awarded to students based on need, academic excellence, leadership, service, talent and other criteria. Tuition assistance combined with privately funded scholarships can provide up to 50 percent of the cost of tuition at SMCHS. Please see below for specific application criteria and information.

Applying for Tuition Assistance

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for tuition assistance applicants must meet the following criteria:

1) Complete FACTS Application Process

  • Complete the FACTS application
  • Provide most recent tax information as stated on FACTS application
  • Payment - $30 processing fee due at time of application; payable to FACTS

2) Be a currently enrolled SMCHS student.
3) Incoming freshmen must have an active admissions application on file.
4) Demonstrate a need as determined by FACTS and the SMCHS Tuition Assistance Committee.
5) Be on non-probationary status and maintain a 2.0 GPA

Important Information

IMPORTANT:

  • The FACTS application can take up to two weeks to process after receipt of your application.
  • Incomplete applications will be delayed in processing.
  • Submit all of the required information to FACTS.
  • Please do not return information directly to SMCHS.
  • Upon receipt of your application, FACTS will contact you directly confirming receipt. Should any information be missing or incomplete, you will be advised by FACTS.
  • If you have already completed a FACTS application for tuition assistance you do not need to complete a second FACTS application to apply for scholarships
  • Questions about tuition assistance: please contact Juliana Treadway in the Business Office.

Link to apply for tuition assistance

Applications for tuition assistance for the 2018-2019 school year open November 1, 2017

APPLY HERE

Tuition assistance questions, contact Juliana Treadway in the Business Office.



Applying for Scholarships

Applications will be available in December of 2017 under the respective scholarships.
For all scholarship program questions, please contact Sr. Director of Advancement
Laurie Beach at 949-766-6080.

  • It is recommended that the students take time and diligence when completing their applications. Their responses should reflect the history and criteria of what the scholarship represents. Many of the applications are forwarded to committees and donors for review.
  • We ask that students apply to a maximum of two scholarships.
  • Students may be awarded one scholarship only.
  • Many of the scholarships require the FACTS application. If you have already completed a FACTS application for tuition assistance for the upcoming school year, you do not need to complete a second FACTS application.


Scholarship Listing

Through the generous gifts of our donors, Santa Margarita is proud offer the following SMCHS tuition scholarships and college scholarships:

Class of 2021, 2020 & 2019

The Mohammad Vali Ghahreman Memorial Scholarship for Global Citizenship

Type of Scholarship: SMCHS Tuition Assistance Scholarship
Applicants: Class of 2018, 2019 and 2020
Distribution Amount: A scholarship of $8,000 each to two students
Distribution Method: Award will be applied according to your tuition payment schedule

HISTORY

Dr. Mohammad Vali Ghahreman’s motto for life was “Think right, say right, do right.” Born a prince of the Ghajar Dynasty in Mashhad, Iran, Dr. Ghahreman lived through radical political and social change. He studied medicine and law in the western world, and later returned to his home city, where he founded a hospital for those afflicted by leprosy. He had a personality larger than life. He exemplified his firmly held principle that success in life is measured through touching people in the community; everyone knew Dr. Ghahreman. During the years leading up to the Iranian Revolution, Dr. Ghahreman was forced to flee his home country, never to return. His home, all of his property, everything he owned was seized by the new government. He was more fortunate than others in his family, who lost their lives. He brought his family to the United States, and finally settled in Switzerland, where he continued to find ways to contribute to his community. He was not always a wealthy man, but always gave of himself. For Dr. Ghahreman, service was a way of life.

Dr. Ghahreman would embrace the ideals of Global Citizenship today. He would be an active participant in global political discussions. In his memory, this scholarship is for a student who has vision and seeks to make an impact in the Global Community, through his or her chosen field.

CRITERIA / REQUIREMENTS
  • In the desire to recognize talented SMCHS students with demonstrated financial need, the descendants of Dr. Mohammad Vali Ghahreman established the following scholarship criteria:
    • Demonstrate financial need. FACTS Application required
    • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior student next school year, male or female.
    • Demonstrate strong work ethic in and out of the classroom.
    • 3.5 GPA.
    • Involvement in community is a preferred quality, but not necessary.
    • Completion of the Mohammad Vali Ghahreman Memorial Scholarship application form.
    • The scholarship recipient will write an acknowledgement letter to the donor with a copy to SMCHS Advancement Department.

The Jack Meehan '04 Memorial Football Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: SMCHS Tuition Assistance Scholarship
Applicants: Class of 2018, 2019 and 2020 Football Player
Distribution Amount: A total of $2,500 to be distributed to one student
Distribution Method: Award will be applied according to your tuition payment schedule

HISTORY

Jack Meehan graduated from SMCHS in 2004. An accomplished athlete at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, he was captain of the football team and set several records including the school’s all -time record for Most Tackles In A Career. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish from San Francisco State University and went on to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Transportation at the California Maritime Academy.

Jack’s larger than life spirit would fill a room whenever he walked in. His lust for life led him to many great adventures…from surfing big waves at Mavericks, to snowboarding mountains around the world, to running with the bulls in Pamplona. An avid surfer and accomplished waterman, his love of the ocean cultivated a lifelong respect for the environment…the water was his sanctuary. A true gentleman, Jack’s kindness was inclusive of everyone he met, and he was always fast to make a friend. A loving son, brother, brother-in-law, and friend, Jack lived an incredible life in a short time. Jack will be remembered for his smile, his wit, his loyalty and his passion for life.

Jack’s family and friends started the Jack Meehan ’04 Memorial Football Scholarship to provide scholarship opportunities for SM football players who exemplify Jack’s wonderful characteristic, leaving a legacy for generations of SM football players to come.

CRITERIA / REQUIREMENTS
In the desire to recognize talented SMCHS students with demonstrated financial need, the friends and family of Jack Meehan ’04 established the following scholarship criteria:
  • Demonstrate financial need. FACTS Application Required
  • Senior, junior or sophomore student next school year.
  • SMCHS football player.
  • Have a strong desire to remain at SMCHS.
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 throughout their school year.
  • Completion of the Jack Meehan application form.
  • The scholarship recipient will write an acknowledgement and update letters to the donor with a copy to SMCHS Advancement Department.

Class of 2022, 2021, 2020 & 2019

The Michael J. Pellizon '05 Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Name: The Michael J. Pellizzon ’05 Memorial Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Tuition Assistance

Applicants: Class of 2021, 2020, 2019 & 2018

Distribution Amount: Up to $5,000.00-$10,000 per student

Distribution Method: Award will be applied to your tuition payment schedule.

History:

Michael graduated from Santa Margarita Catholic High School in 2005 and was a member of the varsity basketball team that won CIF in his senior year. He was captain of the J.V. team and its most valuable player. He made many friends that he remained in very close contact with for the rest of his short life. He was described as a person that made other students feel better about themselves and motivated them to do better and was a great kid and teammate. He was a great listener and sounding board for his many friends. He was a kind, compassionate soul who loved his family, friends, music, sports, playing his several guitars and composing music among other things. His family will never stop celebrating his life and the gifts he brought to them. They will never stop missing their beautiful Michael.

Requirements:

In the desire to recognize talented SMCHS students with demonstrated financial need, the family of Michael J. Pellizzon established the following scholarship criteria:

  • Demonstrates financial need. – FACTS Application Required
  • Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior student
  • The recipient can be male or female
  • The student must demonstrate a love of athletics, music or extra-curricular activities.
  • Recipient must make every effort to be a model student at SMCHS.
  • Additional consideration may be given to those who have lost a parent or family member.
  • Completion of the The Michael J. Pellizzon '05 Application Form.

Class of 2020 & 2019 Scholarships

Joseph Edward Campbell '00 Memorial Scholarship

Distribution Amount: A total of $1,000 to be distributed to one student
Distribution Method: Award will be applied according to your tuition payment schedule

HISTORY
Joseph “Joey” Campbell graduated from SMCHS in 2000. While at Santa Margarita, Joey played on the boys’ basketball team and in his junior year was captain at the JV level. He was always a strong student with a talent for writing. As a young boy, Joey always wanted to go to Santa Margarita and had dreams of playing sports at this great high school. While at school, Joey made positive connections with friends and was challenged to become his personal best. One of Joey’s greatest accomplishments was when he graduated from CSULB with a degree in Health Care Administration.

With Joey’s sudden passing in May of 2009, everyone that knew him wanted to carry on his legacy. As a result, his family and friends started the 3on3ForJoey basketball fundraising event held each Memorial Day weekend in his honor. Joey was always known for his incredible smile, wonderful personality, and his kind heart. With the generous help of so many friends and family, and because of the tournament organization, we are happy to provide this scholarship opportunity.

CRITERIA / REQUIREMENTS
In the desire to recognize talented SMCHS students with demonstrated financial need, the friends and family of Joseph Edward Campbell established the following scholarship criteria:
  • Demonstrate financial need. FACTS Application required.
  • Junior or senior student next school year, male or female.
  • Demonstrate strong work ethic in and out of the classroom.
  • Involvement in athletics is a preferred quality, but not necessary.
  • Completion of the Joseph Edward Campbell application form.
  • The scholarship recipient will write an acknowledgement letter to the donor with a copy to SMCHS Advancement Department.

Christopher Cvengros '98 Memorial Scholarship

Distribution Amount: An amount up to $5,000 to be distributed between four students
Distribution Method: Award will be applied according to your tuition payment schedule

HISTORY
An endowed scholarship was established in memory of Christopher Cvengros '98, a SMCHS student who entered eternal life in 1996 in his junior year during a free diving accident. Christopher had a deep love of the ocean. Up to four current SMCHS students will be selected this year, with the total award being distributed between the selected students.

CRITERIA / REQUIREMENTS
The Christopher Cvengros family has established the following scholarship criteria:
  • Demonstrate financial need. – FACTS Application Required
  • Junior or senior student next school year, male or female.
  • Have a strong desire to remain at SMCHS.
  • Love of the ocean is a preferred quality, but not necessary.
  • Completion of the Christopher Cvengros application form.
  • The scholarship recipient will write an acknowledgement letter to the donor
    with a copy to SMCHS Advancement Department.

Bradley J. Dillahunty '02 Memorial Scholarship

Distribution Amount: A total of $10,000 to be distributed between four students.
Distribution Method: Award will be applied according to your tuition payment schedule.

HISTORY
In the fall of 2008 the family and friends of Bradley J. Dillahunty '02 (who entered eternal life in 2008 as a result of an automobile accident) established an annual scholarship to benefit deserving students of SMCHS. Bradley excelled as a student-athlete while attending SMCHS. He was an honors student who maintained a 4.0 GPA while being a starting defensive end for the football team during his junior and senior years. Bradley was also an accomplished musician.

CRITERIA / REQUIREMENTS
In the desire to recognize talented SMCHS students with demonstrated financial need, the friends and family of Bradley J. Dillahunty' 02 established the following scholarship criteria:
  • Demonstrate financial need. – FACTS Application Required
  • Junior or senior student next school year, male or female.
  • Have a strong desire to remain at SMCHS.
  • Demonstrate a love of learning, music, athletics, or value extra-curricular activities.
  • Complete the sophomore year at SMCHS maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.0 (C).
  • Selected students who continue to maintain a GPA of 2.0 throughout their junior year
    will automatically be renewed to receive the scholarship for their senior year.
  • New recipients will be selected so that four scholarships are awarded each year
    (two juniors and two seniors).
  • Completion of the Bradley Dillahunty application form.
  • The scholarship recipient will write an acknowledgement letter to the donor
    with a copy to SMCHS Advancement Department.

C.J. Hubbard '01 Memorial Scholarship

Distribution Amount: $5,000 to be distributed to one student
Distribution Method: Award will be applied according to your tuition payment schedule

HISTORY
Clint “CJ” Hubbard graduated from SMCHS in 2001. While at Santa Margarita, CJ played on the boys basketball team and excelled in the classroom earning two varsity letters and graduating with a 3.9 GPA. Using his infectious personality and leadership skills, CJ contributed to multiple student organizations. He served as ASB freshman and sophomore class president and as a Kairos retreat leader. CJ's shocking passing in November 2009, the result of a brain hemorrhage, left many looking for a way to carry on his legacy. As a result, his family and friends started The CJ Hubbard Foundation to provide scholarship opportunities in the name of a man who inspired so many.

CRITERIA / REQUIREMENTS
In the desire to recognize talented SMCHS students with demonstrated financial need, the friends and family of C.J. Hubbard established the following scholarship criteria:
  • Demonstrate financial need. – FACTS application required
  • Junior or senior student next school year, male or female.
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic in and out of the classroom.
  • Involvement in athletics is a preferred quality, but not necessary.
  • Completion of the C.J. Hubbard application form.
  • The scholarship recipient will write an acknowledgement letter to the donor
    with a copy to SMCHS Advancement Department.

Redwitz Family Scholarship

Distribution Amount: A total of $10,000 to be distributed between four students
Distribution Method: Award will be applied according to your tuition payment schedule

HISTORY
The Redwitz family has been fortunate to have four of their children graduate from SMCHS. Randy Redwitz has acted as the SMCHS business manager for the last twenty plus years and has seen the need first hand for tuition assistance for the incredible students that attend SMCHS. The Redwitz family wants to help other students and their families experience the richness of SMCHS where the Catholic values taught in the classroom are practiced daily in a strengthening, supporting, and encouraging environment.

CRITERIA / REQUIREMENTS
The Redwitz family has established the following scholarship criteria:
  • Demonstrate financial need. FACTS Application required.
  • Junior or senior student next school year, male or female.
  • Good academic standing at SMCHS with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Demonstrated engagement in a variety of extra-curricular activities at SMCHS.
  • Completion of the Redwitz Family Scholarship application form.
  • The scholarship recipient will write an acknowledgement letter to the donor
    with a copy to SMCHS Advancement Department.

Richard Hunsaker Scholarship

Distribution Amount: An amount up to $5,000 to be distributed between four students
Distribution Method: Award will be applied according to your tuition payment schedule

HISTORY
Richard Hunsaker was one of the founding donors of SMCHS. His son, David, graduated in the class of 1992. In December of 2004, when Richard retired from his civil engineering company, Hunsaker and Associates, the company decided to honor him by giving SMCHS a $100,000 donation to create an endowment for tuition assistance in his name. Up to four current SMCHS students will be selected this year, with the total award being distributed between the selected students.

CRITERIA / REQUIREMENTS
The established scholarship criteria is as follows:
  • Demonstrate financial need. – FACTS Application Required
  • Junior or senior student next school year, male or female.
  • GPA of 3.0 or above and exhibit strong character.
  • Have an interest in the sciences or engineering
    (potentially as a future college major or career).
  • Completion of the Richard Hunsaker application form.
  • The scholarship recipient will write an acknowledgement letter to the donor
    with a copy to SMCHS Advancement Department.

Reg Sobczak Memorial Scholarship

Distribution Amount: A total of $500 to be distributed to one student
Distribution Method: Award will be applied according to your tuition payment schedule

HISTORY
We may not realize it at the time, but teachers make an indelible impression on our lives. They willingly give of themselves, and in so doing, help shape who we will become in life. Reg Sobczak was one of those teachers. Reg had a true passion for teaching and countless students benefited from the boundless enthusiasm and energy he brought to the classroom over the years. He believed that education was the gateway to life's possibilities. The Reg Sobczak Memorial Scholarship was established to recognize SMCHS students who have a burning desire to learn and grow, but who may be struggling financially.

CRITERIA / REQUIREMENTS
The Sobczak family has established the following scholarship criteria:
  • Demonstrate financial need. – FACTS Application Required
  • Junior or senior student next school year, male or female.
  • Good academic standing at SMCHS with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Provide at least one letter of recommendation from a current faculty
    member or administrator from SMCHS.
  • Completion of the Reg Sobczak application form.
  • The scholarship recipient will write an acknowledgement letter to the donor
    with a copy to SMCHS Advancement Department.

Eagles Giving to Eagles Scholarship

Distribution Amount: $4,000 each to two students
Distribution Method: Award will be applied according to your tuition payment schedule

HISTORY
The faculty and staff of Santa Margarita Catholic School are dedicated to the students entrusted to them and wish to ensure that financial assistance is available to families in need, allowing them to remain in a faith-filled educational environment. For this reason, President Andy Sulick ’91 developed a philanthropic avenue through which the faculty and staff can give back to our Eagle family, hence this scholarship: Eagles Giving to Eagles. Through generous faculty and staff contributions to the Eagle Fund Tuition Assistance, donations were made for the scholarship fund. Faculty and staff wish to assist two students who make excellent contributions to Santa Margarita. The students should embody our charism of “Caritas Christi” and live their lives desiring to make Santa Margarita a better place in all areas of the school. These students are leaders by nature and wish to give back to their school and peers, with no regard for praise or recognition, but simply for the good of the Eagle family.

CRITERIA / REQUIREMENTS

In the desire to recognize talented SMCHS students with demonstrated financial friends, the faculty and staff of SMCHS have established the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate financial need. FACTS Application required.
  • Junior or senior student next school year, male or female.
  • Demonstrates consistent investment to the well-being of the SMCHS community.
  • Must be in good academic standing at SMCHS and in good standing with the Dean’s Office.
  • Completion of the Eagles Giving to Eagles application form.
  • Provide the names of two faculty/staff references.
  • The scholarship recipients will write an acknowledgement letter to the Eagles Giving to Eagles Scholarship Committee with a copy to SMCHS Advancement Department.

Ryan David Zalta '92 Memorial Scholarship

Distribution Amount: A scholarship of $4,000 will be distributed to one student and in combination with any other assistance will not exceed 50% of the student's tuition.
Distribution Method: Award will be applied according to your tuition payment schedule

HISTORY
Ryan Zalta graduated from SMCHS in 1992. Along with being a star football player at Santa Margarita, Ryan also excelled at many other sports off campus. He had an adventurous spirit and was an incredible friend who will be remembered for his generosity. Ryan attended UC Davis where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. He began as a web developer and moved to Colorado to follow his passion for the outdoors. With his great love of helping others, Ryan attended University of Wisconsin Oshkosh for Nursing and graduated with his BSRN. A strong believer of giving back, Ryan joined the all-volunteer Teton County Search and Rescue Team. During that time he was chosen as a member of the elite short haul team and excelled at helicopter rescues.

With Ryan’s sudden passing in October 2015, his parents Ed and Carol Zalta wanted to carry on his legacy by giving back to his beloved high school with an endowed scholarship. Friends and family joined this tribute to Ryan where his generous and giving spirit will live on by assisting students in need.

CRITERIA / REQUIREMENTS
In the desire to assist SMCHS students with demonstrated financial need, Dr. and Mrs. Zalta established the following scholarship criteria:
  • Demonstrate financial need. FACTS Application required.
  • Junior or senior student next school year, male or female.
  • 3.0 GPA and demonstrate strong work ethic in and out of the classroom.
  • Has an interest in pursuing a service oriented career.
  • Is a model of kindness and service to others and has exceeded the normal SMCHS service hour requirement in their community.
  • Recipient must make every effort to be a model student at SMCHS.
  • Completion of the Ryan David Zalta scholarship application form.
  • The scholarship recipient will write an acknowledgement letter to the donor with a copy to SMCHS Advancement Department.

Class of 2018

California Scholarship Federation (CSF) Scholarship

Distribution Amount: A total of $1,000 for one graduating senior
Distribution Method: The scholarship money will be directly paid in the form of a tuition/fee payment to the recipient's college of choice. No direct cash award will be given to the recipient. Award will be distributed at Senior Awards Night.

HISTORY
The California Scholarship Federation (CSF) is an academic honors organization that accepts members who meet rigorous academic requirements. CSF stimulates interest and fosters pride in high standards of scholarship. Its purpose is to identify, motivate, and encourage students with intellectual abilities toward further education. The organization was incorporated in 1930 and is administered by a state board of directors. The chapter at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, established in 1989, is a member of the Southern Region and has many alumni who are CSF Life Members. This scholarship honors one graduating senior who meets the CSF Life Membership requirements and exemplifies the values and attributes of the ideal SMCHS student.
CRITERIA / REQUIREMENTS
The CSF Advisory Committee established the following scholarship criteria:
  • Graduating senior, male or female
  • California Scholarship Federation (CSF) Life Member
  • A letter of recommendation from a current SMCHS teacher.
  • Completion of the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) application form.
  • The scholarship recipient will write an acknowledgement letter to the
    CSF Advisory Committee with a copy to the SMCHS Advancement Department.

Kaydee Royce Campbell '06 Memorial Scholarship

Distribution Amount: A total of $1,000 for one graduating senior
Distribution Method: The scholarship money will be directly paid in the form of a tuition/fee payment to the recipient's college of choice. No direct cash award will be given to the recipient. Award will be distributed at Senior Awards Night.

HISTORY
The Kaydee Royce Campbell Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of SMCHS alumna Kaydee Royce Campbell, Class of 2006, who entered eternal life in 2008 as a result of an automobile accident. The scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior who will pursue a career in the health, medical or public service fields, and exemplifies the qualities and values that defined Kaydee's life: selflessness, respect and love for others, and an unwavering commitment to their Catholic faith.
CRITERIA / REQUIREMENTS
In the desire to recognize talented SMCHS students with demonstrated financial need, the friends and family of Kaydee Royce Campbell established the following scholarship criteria:
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Graduating senior, male or female.
  • Good academic standing at SMCHS, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll in a two or four-year College or vocational training program
    within one year of graduation, with intended area of study in health, medical or public service.
  • Submit a 300-500 word essay that describes why she/he should be selected for the scholarship.
    The essay should focus on future career goals and what the student plans to study and why.
  • Provide at least one letter of recommendation from a current faculty member or administrator
    from SMCHS.
  • Completion of the Kaydee Royce Campbell application form.
  • The scholarship recipient will write an acknowledgement letter to the donor
    with a copy to SMCHS Advancement Department.
  • The Administration of SMCHS will annually invite the Campbell family or their
    designee to the Senior Awards Night to present the scholarship to the senior recipient.

Nicholas David Kraus Memorial Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: College Tuition Scholarship

Distribution Amount: Up to $1000.00 for one student

Applicants: Class of 2018 Seniors only

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History:

Mr. Nicholas Kraus (1982-2014) embodied everything good about a teacher at SMCHS. Trying to describe his impact on the community is like trying to describe a symphonic masterpiece to someone who has never heard it. His students felt a strong connection, and the SMCHS community loved and admired him. Mr. Kraus was a phenomenal musician, a master teacher, and his work ethic was paramount. Above all, Mr. Kraus was extremely humble. His selfless and kind attitude was evident in every aspect of his professional and personal life.

Mr. Kraus taught in the Performing Arts Department from 2010-2014. During that time, Mr. Kraus taught various courses in music, performed regularly on campus in productions and concerts, and volunteered his time and expertise to assist with the Eagle Regiment Marching Band.

Requirements:

In the desire to recognize talented SMCHS students with demonstrated financial need, the friends and family of Nicholas David Kraus, and the Performing Arts Department of SMCHS established the following scholarship criteria:

·Demonstrates financial need.

·Graduating senior.

·The recipient can be male or female.

·The student must demonstrate a love of music and a desire to pursue music in college.

·The recipient must be enrolled in the instrumental music program.

·Recipient must make every effort to be a model student at SMCHS, showing humility, selflessness, kindness, and a willingness to volunteer.

·Additional consideration may be given to those who have lost a parent or family member.

·Completion of the Nicholas David Kraus Memorial Scholarship Application Form.

Sarah DeMille '05 Memorial Scholarship

Eagle Alumni Scholarship

Distribution Amount: A total of $1,000 each for two graduating seniors
Distribution Method: The scholarship money will be directly paid in the form of a tuition/fee payment to the recipient’s college of choice. No direct cash award will be given to the recipient. Award will be distributed at Senior Awards Night.

HISTORY
This scholarship is a scholarship of the “heart” in many ways. The student should be one whom will be an ambassador for SMCHS after they have graduated. One who is PROUD of their years here at SMCHS and will have a smile on their face when they talk about their high school experiences. The winner should be a student that will participate in alumni activities, possibly even serve on the Alumni committee to choose the scholarship winner in the future. One of the scholarships will be weighted heavily by financial need, if necessary, but the other one will not be based on financial need.
CRITERIA / REQUIREMENTS
The Alumni Department has established the following scholarship criteria:
  • One scholarship given to a candidate that demonstrates financial need
  • One scholarship given to a candidate open to all
  • Graduating senior, male or female
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of the Eagle Alumni application form

Richard Voelkel Memorial Scholarship

Distribution Amount: A total of $5,000 for one graduating senior
Distribution Method: The scholarship money will be directly paid in the form of a tuition/fee payment to the recipient's college of choice. No direct cash award will be given to the recipient. Award will be distributed at Graduation Awards Night.

HISTORY
The Richard Voelkel Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of SMCHS Social Studies Department Chair and founder of the school's Model United Nations program. The scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior who has spent four years in the Model United Nations program. A generous family makes a yearly donation to fund this scholarship.
CRITERIA / REQUIREMENTS
This scholarship is awarded to recognize award winning SMCHS MUN students. The MUN program has established the following minimum scholarship criteria:
  • Demonstrate financial need and/or demonstrate merit based on Model UN participation.
  • Graduating senior, male or female.
  • Students should be in excellent disciplinary standing with SMCHS.
  • Good academic standing at SMCHS, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Four-year member of the Model United Nations program.
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll in a two or four-year college or vocational training
    program within one year of graduation.
  • Submit a 300-500 word essay that describes why the student should be
    selected for the scholarship focusing on what the Model United Nations program
    has meant to them. This essay should also explain involvement with MUN fundraising efforts and with the SOCOMUN conference.
  • Completion of the Model United Nations application form.
  • The scholarship recipient will write an acknowledgement letter to the MUN Advisor
    with a copy to SMCHS Development Department

Model United Nations Alumni Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: College Tuition Scholarship
Applicants: Class of 2018 Seniors only
Distribution Amount: $500-$2,000 to be distributed between one to four students depending on available funds generated from MUN fundraising.
Distribution Method: The scholarship money will be directly paid in the form of a tuition/fee payment to the recipient's college of choice. No direct cash award will be given to the recipient. Award will be distributed at Model UN Awards Night.

HISTORY
Model United Nations (MUN) is an academic simulation of the real United Nations. Students from different high schools act as delegates from the UN. This educational experience introduces students to international politics and diplomacy. Students that participate in MUN develop research skills, public speaking expertise, interpersonal flair, and the ability to compromise. The MUN program raises money annually to fund scholarships for graduating seniors for college tuition.
CRITERIA / REQUIREMENTS
This scholarship is awarded to recognize award winning SMCHS MUN students. The MUN program has established the following minimum scholarship criteria:
  • Demonstrate financial need and/or demonstrate merit based on Model UN participation.
  • Graduating senior, male or female.
  • Students should be in excellent disciplinary standing with SMCHS.
  • Good academic standing at SMCHS, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Four-year member of the Model United Nations program.
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll in a two or four-year college or vocational training
    program within one year of graduation.
  • Submit a 300-500 word essay that describes why the student should
    be selected for the scholarship focusing on what the Model United Nations program
    has meant to them. This essay should also explain involvement with MUN fundraising efforts and with the SOCOMUN conference.
  • Completion of the Model United Nations application form.
  • The scholarship recipient will write an acknowledgement letter to the
    MUN Advisor with a copy to SMCHS Advancement Department.

Mother's Club Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: College Tuition Scholarship
Applicants: Class of 2018 Seniors only
Distribution Amount: $1,000 for two graduating senior
Distribution Method: The scholarship money will be directly paid in the form of a tuition/fee payment to the recipient’s college of choice. No direct cash award will be given to the recipient. Award will be distributed at Senior Awards Night.

HISTORY
This scholarship is to be a reflection of the impact a Mother has on the student's individual and spiritual growth. Mothers Club's mission is to provide current and alumni members with activities which will foster support for each other and our school; engage new friendships; and most importantly, enrich the lives of our children.
CRITERIA / REQUIREMENTS
The SMCHS Mothers Club has established the following scholarship criteria:
  • One scholarship given to a candidate open to all planning on attending college in the fall of 2015
  • Graduating senior, male or female
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

The Martinez Family Scholarship - Performing Arts

Type of Scholarship: Performing Arts - Senior Scholarship
Applicants: Class of 2018
Distribution Amount: Up to $2,500 for 1-3 students
Distribution Method: Award will mailed directly to your college

HISTORY
The Martinez family have a great love for Santa Margarita Catholic High School and especially the Performing Arts programs.Their daughter Andrea, Class of 2015 received such an amazing foundation that propelled her to her college career that the family feels deeply that they want other students to have assistance to give them the same opportunities.
CRITERIA / REQUIREMENTS
Awarded to graduating senior(s) in Performing Arts who intends to major in one of the following areas:


  1. Musical Theatre
  2. Acting/Directing/Playwriting
  3. Technical Theatre/Design/Stage Management
  4. Vocal Music/Opera
  5. Instrumental Music/Composition
  6. Educational Theatre
  7. Dance


  • Senior student
  • Student demonstrates passion to pursue Performing Arts in college
  • Talent Based – Digital Audition
  • Verification by Counseling Department of college programs to which student is applying
  • Optional Interview if necessary for selection
  • Completion of The Martinez Family Scholarship application
  • The scholarship recipient will write an acknowledgement letter to the donor with a copy to SMCHS Advancement Department.

Specific Subject Matter Based

The Martinez Family Talon Theatre Development Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Talon Theatre Talent Development Junior Scholarship
Applicants: Class of 2018
Distribution Amount: Up to $7,500 Training Opportunities, Talon Theatre/School Program Assistance or Summer Training for multiple students
Distribution Method: Award will be distributed to program administrator

HISTORY
The Martinez family has a great love for Santa Margarita Catholic High School and especially the Performing Arts programs. Their daughter Andrea, Class of 2015 received such an amazing foundation in Talon Theatre that propelled her to her college career that the family feels deeply that they want other students to have assistance to give them the same opportunities.
CRITERIA / REQUIREMENTS

Awarded to junior students in the Talon Theatre:


  • Demonstrate financial need. FACTS Application required.
  • Good academic standing at SMCHS with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Membership in Thespian Honor Society/Rank.
  • Documentation of program to which funds would be applied.
  • Completion of the Martinez Family Scholarship application form.
  • Optional Interview if necessary for selection.
  • The scholarship recipient will write an acknowledgement letter to the donor.
  • with a copy to SMCHS Advancement Department..
  • Resume.


Example areas of assistance:


  • California State Thespian Festival
  • International Thespian Festival
  • Other Travel Opportunities for Theatre Related Study Trips with Talon Theatre
  • Summer Programs
  • Private Voice/Dance Lessons/Coaching
  • Participation Fees for Talon Theatre Programs, Shows, ComedySportz, TAPA, Mentorship
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