Class of 2020, Class of 2019, Class of 2018
Class of 2020, Class of 2019, Class of 2018
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 links to each individual scholarship description. If applicable, the description will contain an additional question required for that specific scholarship.
APPLICATIONS: Links to applications are removed after deadline.
SFDHS FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION (Class of 2020)
SFDHS SOPHOMORE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION (Class of 2019)
SFDHS JUNIOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION (Class of 2018)
Scholarship Recommendation Form (completed by a non-family member) *Must be submitted for scholarship application to be considered complete.
*To be completed in the online application.
1. This school year’s theme is ‘Strength Within.’ Describe a time you have relied on your personal strength to achieve a goal or overcome adversity.
2. Provide a list of the school activities and community/volunteer involvement, including athletic/artistic and other activities.
3. How has your Catholic education contributed to who you are today?
4. List three of your academic goals for the 2017-18 school year.
(click on scholarship name for description)
About: This $250 scholarship was established in memory of a young woman who deeply touched many lives by her love of life. The qualities and attributes that Erin exhibited helped those who knew her become better people. For that reason, the person selected for this scholarship must meet the following requirements: alcohol and drug free lifestyle, active in co-curricular activities, have an overall positive attitude, be outgoing, non-judgmental, helpful to others, and be a self-motivated individual. The scholarship is awarded to a current freshman who attended St. James the Less School.
About: This $500 scholarship, established in 1996, honors a man who enriched the lives of all who knew him. Mr. Wirtz made time for others through coaching and volunteering at St. Francis DeSales High School, St. Paul School, the Rotary Club, and Knights of Columbus. Despite the many responsibilities that came with being a busy husband, father, and practicing attorney, Denny always found time to lend an ear, a hand and his heart. His warmth and humor were as generous as his willingness to help others. The recipient must be involved in community service and maintain a minimum of 2.0 GPA.
About: This $500 scholarship is funded by the family of Mr. and Mrs. Mosure, in recognition of their parents’ dedication and sacrifice in providing a Catholic education for all of their seven children. The scholarship is awarded to a junior who demonstrates good academic standing (3.0 GPA or above), is involved in community service, and displays financial need.
About: These $500 scholarships were created to honor the outstanding contributions and sacrifices made to the students of SFDHS by the teachers in the following departments:
English This scholarship recognizes a junior who has maintained a 3.25 GPA in English courses.
In addition to the application, each applicant will be required to provide an essay (300 words or less) answering the following question: What is the most valuable lesson your favorite English teacher at St. Francis DeSales High School has taught you?
About: This $750 scholarship is funded by the family and friends of Mary and Harvey Rossetti, Sr. Mary and Harvey, Sr. were dedicated to their family, to Catholic Education, and to enjoying life fully. The scholarship is awarded to a junior who maintains a 3.0 GPA or above, and is involved in community service and co-curricular activities.
About: This $1,000 scholarship is funded by the family and friends of Milena DiMichaelangelo who was a beloved student of St. Francis DeSales High School, class of 2011. This scholarship is intended for a student who is passionate about social justice and has demonstrated the courage and willingness to be an advocate for those without a voice. This was how Milena lived her life as she constantly included people in her circle of friends and accepted individuals for who they were.
In addition to the application, applicants for this scholarship will be asked to submit an essay that would suggest his/her commitment to Milena’s message to be a “soldier for love.”
About: This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a junior that has excelled not only as a musician but also as a true leader and role model for other St. Francis DeSales musicians. This scholarship is awarded to a member of the Band program.
About: This $1,000 scholarship recognizes a junior who demonstrates involvement in current civic projects and issues in their community that would include government, church, volunteers and memberships of voluntary associations. The scholarship is awarded to a student who has maintained a 3.5 G.P.A. or above in his/her social studies classes.
About: Upon her retirement in 1994, a group of appreciative alumni, colleagues, family, and friends established this $250 scholarship in honor of the school’s first librarian for her 31 years of faithful service. It will be awarded to a student who has excellent conduct and performed service to DeSales and/or their church and community.
About: This scholarship is funded by the SFDHS faculty, and family and friends of Mrs. Patricia Botti, in memory of her dedication to the Latin program at DeSales. A $500 scholarship is awarded to a student who enthusiastically participates in the activities of the Latin Club and demonstrates good academic standing (3.0 GPA or above).
About: These two $500 scholarships are funded by the family and friends of Elizabeth Garrick, a woman who was dedicated to her family, friends, and her Catholic faith. She was a proud supporter of both St. James the Less and St. Francis DeSales High School. The recipient must be an alumnus of St. James the Less School, be involved in co-curricular activities, and maintain a 3.0 GPA or above.
About: This $500 scholarship is funded in loving memory of Laura Giammarco Cua (SFD Class of 1973). Laura dedicated 35 years of her life to the education of others. Her legacy lives on through the thousands of lives she touched in and out of the classroom. This scholarship is intended for a student who embodies Laura's passion for education through their academic endeavors, community involvement, and goals for the future.
In addition to the application for this scholarship, applicants are asked to submit an essay addressing the following: 'What does education mean to me?’
About: This $1000 scholarship, established in 2016, is in memory of Jim Purcell. A lifelong educator, Jim proudly served the DeSales community as a parent, teacher, and Spirit Shop manager. This scholarship is awarded to a student who has at least a 3.5 GPA, represents DeSales in a co-curricular activity, and displays financial need.
In addition to the application, each applicant will be asked to provide an essay (300 words or less) answering the following question: What makes you proud to be part of the DeSales family?
About: This $1,000 scholarship is in memory of Ms. Roseann Costello who devoted her life to giving joy and happiness to all that she met. During her many years of service as a Guidance Counselor, Roseann touched the lives of thousands of students, giving unconditional love to all she served, particularly the less fortunate. Financial need is a requirement for this scholarship.
About: This $1,000 scholarship is in honor of Mr. Jeff Stevens, who dedicated 43 years of service to SFD as a teacher and technology coordinator. This is awarded to a student who has completed at least one computer technology course and is interested in pursuing further studies in that area. In addition to the application for this scholarship, applicants are asked to submit an essay addressing the following: How would you like to see technology benefit society and how do you see yourself involved in helping to make this happen?
About: A $1,000 scholarship and a $500 scholarship are funded by the family and friends of Chris Daniels, a member of the St. Francis DeSales class of 1991. These scholarships are awarded to an African American freshman, sophomore or junior who possesses the character and concern for racial harmony that Chris Daniels had. The recipient must follow an alcohol and drug-free lifestyle, maintain a 2.5 GPA or above, and display financial need. In addition to the application, each applicant is required to provide an essay answering the following: Explain how you share of yourself, as an African American youth, in your home, school and community.
About: Cliff was a vibrant member of the Marching Band with a witty personality and a genuine concern for others. He was a member of the class of 1997. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a member of the Marching Band or involved in Drama.
About: Mr. Flaherty retired from St. Francis DeSales High School after 30 years of exemplary service as a Catholic educator. This $1000 scholarship was established by his friends, colleagues, and former students to be awarded to a current student who consistently practices the values and virtues of the Catholic faith modeled by Mr. Flaherty.
About: This $1,000 scholarship was established by the St. Francis DeSales Mothers Club in honor of Mrs. Barbara O’Riordan (Mrs. O) who was a theology teacher and department chairperson at DeSales for 23 years. She was noted for her warmth and caring for the students, faculty and staff. This scholarship is awarded to a student who has shown perseverance and courage while dealing with the death of a parent. The recipient must be active in community service.
About: The Parent Advisory Board recognizes a current freshman, sophomore, or junior student who demonstrates responsibility for his or her education. A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to two students who demonstrate excellent character and conduct, are active in co-curricular activities, and maintain 3.0 GPA or above.
About: This $1,000 scholarship is named for the patron saint of music and is awarded to an underclassman that has demonstrated a love for music, and dedication to the St. Francis DeSales Band.
About: This $1,000 scholarship is in honor of Jim Schmall, class of 2001, who was an old soul in a contemporary world. Facing mental and physical issues, he was an advocate to those with no voice, those who struggle to live with dignity every day. Nicknamed “Biggie,” he truly was a gentle giant. The scholarship is awarded to a student in good academic standing who participates in a co-curricular program. In addition to the application, each applicant is required to provide an essay answering one of the following questions: Describe a situation in which you had to overcome a challenge (or) how you have helped a friend or family member overcome a challenge.
About: Through the Faculty and Staff Annual Fund Drive, the dedicated SFD faculty and staff fund these six $1,000 scholarships. These scholarships are in honor the outstanding teachers who have retired from SFD. The scholarships recognize a male and a female from the current freshman, sophomore, and junior classes whose intellectual strength, character, and leadership enrich the school community. The scholarships are awarded to students who have maintained a 3.5 GPA or above, and participate in a co-curricular program.
About: This memorial scholarship is funded by the Mitchell family in honor of their beloved nephew and cousin who gave his life fighting in Afghanistan. This $1,250 scholarship is awarded to a Catholic student from one of the feeder school parishes of St. Francis DeSales High School. The student must have a GPA of 3.0 or above, and participate in a co-curricular program. In addition to the application, each applicant is required to include a short essay on how the military or a military person has impacted your life.
About: This scholarship is funded by the SFDHS faculty, friends and family of Mr. Bob Lennon to recognize and honor Bob’s 40 years of dedication as a science teacher and coach. Four $1,500 scholarships are awarded to students who participate in at least one co-curricular program and are in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or above). The winners are welcomed to serve as a member on the Lennon Loop Run/Walk Planning Committee.
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, demonstrates service in their parish or school, and is in 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.
About: The Joyce A. Kozlowski Scholarship is a $2,500 award. The scholarship winner must participate in co-curricular activities and maintain a "C" GPA or better. The winner shall have demonstrated financial need which may include factors such as the size of the applicant's family and other siblings in Catholic school(s).
About: This scholarship was founded by Betsy and Matt Stewart, honoring beloved members of the Stewart, Raphael, Ozimok, and Pharion families. A $2,500 scholarship is awarded to one female and one male student-athlete that are involved in parish or community service, maintain a 3.25 GPA or above, and display financial need.
About: This $4,500 scholarship (which may be split into three $1,500 scholarships) was established in recognition of Dr. Francis Henninger, a former professor at The University of Dayton, who was a great influence in the lives of his students as a teacher and a friend. Dr. Henninger emphasized that students must have many different interests, and learn to work hard in and out of the classroom. The scholarship is awarded to students who are in high academic standing, are active in co-curricular activities, and display financial need.
The Lisa K. Dumm Valedictorian Scholarship (all Valedictorians are automatically in the running for this scholarship)