first Year Scholarships

Class of 2021 Scholarship Application Deadline:   January 17, 2017

Please note: the online application does not allow you to save your answers and come back later. It will also time-out after a certain period of inactivity. Be prepared to complete the entire application from start to finish.

If you would like to work on the application over a period of time, we advise you to create a Google or Word doc containing your answers. When you are ready to complete the entire application, you can cut and paste your answers from your Google or Word doc.  

Below the application links you will find the SFD required scholarship questions. Also included below are each individual scholarship descriptions. If applicable, the description will contain an additional question required for that specific scholarship.


(Completed by a non-family member)
*Must be submitted for scholarship application to be considered complete.


Class of 2021 SFD Required Scholarship Questions

*To be completed in the online application. 

1.    What are your academic goals?

2.    Please list any service or volunteer activities and give a brief description of each. Indicate the amount of time involved and/or the duration of the service project. 

3.    What co-curricular activities are you involved in? (clubs, organizations, athletic teams, etc.) *

4.    How do you hope to demonstrate leadership and Christian service in the next four years at St. Francis DeSales High School

5.    Tell us about one person in your life whom you hold as a personal role model. Explain how this person has impacted your daily life and has specifically influenced you to be a better person. 

6.    Please explain why you have chosen to attend St. Francis DeSales High School. 


First Year Scholarships

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Msgr. James M. Berendt Memorial Scholarship - $1,000 renewable ($4,000)

About: This memorial scholarship was established to pay tribute to Monsignor James M. Berendt, founding principal of St. Francis DeSales High School. Msgr. Berendt set in motion the various academic, athletic, and social programs that have developed through the years, and which we continue to enjoy today. He had a great love of sports and was an outstanding baseball player and boxer. This $1,000 scholarship is renewable annually for four years to students who continue to qualify. The scholarship is awarded to a student who possesses leadership potential, maintains a "B" average, participates in co-curricular activities, and has a strong desire to attend St. Francis DeSales High School.

Father Jerry Rodenfels - $1,500 renewable ($6,000)

About: This $1,5000 renewable scholarship is in honor of Fr. Jerry Rodenfels, a 1964 SFD alumnus who dedicated 42 years of service as a priest to the Diocese of Columbus. This is awarded to a student who is a parishioner of Church of the Resurrection and is involved in the Middle School Youth Program at Church of the Resurrection or attends one of the Diocesan schools. The applicant must demonstrate service in their parish or school, and maintain good academic standing. *To continue receiving this renewable scholarship, the recipient must continue to be a parishioner at Church of the Resurrection, demonstrate service in their parish or school, and maintain good academic standing.

Carfagna Memorial Scholarship - 2 scholarships awarded ($1,000 each)

About: Originally established in 1992, these two $1,000 scholarships honor the memory of the Carfagna family’s patriarchs by empowering future generations. The family believes DeSales enriches and challenges students to make the world a better place in ways big and small. With these scholarships, the Carfagna family hopes to help provide the opportunity to receive a rigorous Catholic education, and, in turn, the recipients will deepen their devotion to faith, family, and education. Recipients are selected based on academic standing (minimum of 85 or 2.5 GPA).

Grandparents Scholarship - 2 scholarships awarded ($1,000 each)

About: The Grandparents Scholarship Fund was established in 1990 by a number of caring grandparents of St. Francis DeSales students. They wished to give deserving students the opportunity to benefit from an education at St. Francis DeSales High School. Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded to students that demonstrate good academic standing (minimum of 85 or 2.5 GPA) and commitment to their family and community.

Jay Kubin Memorial Scholarship - $500

About: This $500 scholarship, awarded to an incoming freshman girl, is in memory of Jay Kubin, a man who coached Softball and Girl’s Basketball at St. Francis DeSales High School. Jay was a devout Catholic who valued his religion and was always there to lend a hand to children and young adults. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman girl who has demonstrated leadership qualities through community and school involvement, is in good academic standing, and displays financial need.

Patrick D. Rossetti Scholarship - $1,500 renewable ($6,000)

About: Patrick D. Rossetti served as principal of St. Francis DeSales High School from 1979 to 2004, and remains an active supporter of our school today. This renewable $1,500 scholarship was established to recognize Mr. Rossetti’s leadership, dedication, and commitment to the St. Francis DeSales community. The award is based on academic achievement, participation and involvement in community service and school activities.

LCP Ryan E. Miller Memorial Scholarship - 2 scholarships awarded ($4000 each)

About: This $8,000 scholarship is funded by the family and friends of Lance Corporal Ryan E. Miller (Class of 2003) who gave his life fighting for his country during the Operation Iraqi Freedom War. In Ryan’s honor, two $4,000 scholarships are awarded to an incoming freshman boy and girl from any one of the feeder parishes of St. Francis DeSales High School. The criteria considered for this scholarship award are: active participation in school or community service, self-motivation and care for others, and financial need.

Alumni Legacy Scholarship - 4 scholarships awarded ($1,000 each)

About: Four children of St. Francis DeSales High School alumni are selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship. The recipients must demonstrate involvement in co-curricular activities, community service, and maintain a minimum “C” average.

Nancy Billy Memorial Scholarship - 2 scholarships awarded ($500 each)

About: The Nancy Billy Memorial Scholarship is funded by the family and friends of Nancy Billy. Nancy was the mother of two daughters who graduated from St. Paul School and St. Francis DeSales High School and was a longtime supporter of St. Francis DeSales. A $500 scholarship is awarded to one boy and one girl from St. Paul School who is active in community service and co-curricular activities, maintains a 3.0 GPA or above, and demonstrates financial need.

Stallion Pride Scholarship - $1,000 renewable ($4,000)

About: This $1,000 renewable scholarship was created for an incoming freshman male from St. Matthew who best embodies the mission statement of St. Francis DeSales High School, and will contribute to the ongoing objective of a holistic educational experience in the Catholic tradition which prepares the mind, body and spirit of each student. The scholarship is intended for students with a commitment to community service and leadership, as well as academic accomplishment. For over 50 years, St. Francis DeSales has had a rich unmatched history and proud tradition of academic, co-curricular and athletic excellence. To be eligible for renewal, the scholarship recipient must maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA. In addition to the application below, please submit an essay on the following: There is an energy and passion that permeates everything we do at St. Francis DeSales. Our students are a community of thinkers, leaders, and achievers. What are some things you are passionate about that you hope to contribute to St. Francis DeSales?

*Additional Essay Question: There is an energy and passion that permeates everything we do at DeSales. Our students are a community of thinkers, leaders, and achievers. What are some things you are passionate about that you hope to contribute to DeSales?

Tom and Mary Kay Mulligan Family Scholarship - $1,000 renewable ($4,000)

About: This 4 year $1,000 renewable scholarship, for a St. Matthew or St. Matthias student, is funded by the Mulligan Family to honor their parent’s belief that Catholic education has an impact on how children will grow up to be Catholic adults. Tom and MaryKay and their 7 children along with their 20 grandchildren have all attended Catholic schools where they learned to appreciate the importance of Catholic education. In addition, all of the children and grandchildren have or will go through St. Francis DeSales High School. This scholarship honors their sacrifice and commitment to seeing their children educated in a Catholic setting. The scholarship’s intent is to financially assist practicing Catholics who participate in their parish and school. In addition to the application, please submit an essay on the following: How long have you attended a Catholic school, and why does your family think Catholic education is important? Share examples of how your family participates in the parish and school. You will also need to submit a Parish Priest Attestation form that can be found at www.sfdstlallions.org/mulliganscholarship. For scholarship renewal, students are expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA, remain in good conduct standing, and continue to be involved at the parish and school.

John & Connie Sauter Family Endowed Scholarship - $500

About: Established in 2014, this $500 scholarship is funded by the Sauter family as well as the proceeds from the 2013 John L. Sauter Memorial Golf Tournament. The scholarship is in appreciation for the quality, faith-centered education that John and Connie’s four daughters received during their years at DeSales. This scholarship shall be awarded to an incoming freshman who attended St. Paul School, actively participates in community service, and demonstrates financial need.

Ron Landis Memorial Scholarship - $500

About: This $500 scholarship, awarded to an incoming freshman from St. Anthony School, is in memory of Ron Landis. Ron was a member of St. Anthony Parish. His three children all attended St. Anthony School from kindergarten through eighth grade, and continued their education at St. Francis High School. Ron was very involved with his children and frequently coached (or assisted with) their teams. In addition to the application, please submit an essay on the following: What does family mean to you?