The tremendous growth of the Chaminade Endowed Scholarship program can be traced directly to the generosity and supportive nature of our loyal alums. For the 2013-14 academic year, 106 student recipients were awarded a total of $295,565 in scholarship funding! The majority of these scholarships were established by alumni for a variety of reasons—to honor and thank their parents, to honor or recognize a past teacher, or, to “pay it forward” in appreciation of support that they themselves received as students.
A very special scholarship that is “in the works” is being established by members of the 1972 Varsity Football Team who were also recently inducted into the Chaminade Sports Hall of Fame. In conjunction with their selection and their attendance at the May event, the decision was made to provide an opportunity for a worthy young man to attend Chaminade who might not otherwise have the opportunity to do so. At the same time, the scholarship will be a lasting tribute to that group of Chaminade gentlemen who were so tight knit and who remain so to this day.
A portion of their scholarship contract reads: The team and its coaches achieved record-setting success – it was the first football team in St. Louis to be ranked #1 in the area for an entire season, and at the time of their induction remained the only Chaminade football team to reach the state championship game. Yet, the team members felt that their most enduring achievement was the team spirit they shared with each other and the Chaminade Family. This was best exemplified by original Chaminade students, along with players from two other schools which had recently closed, uniting to achieve success in a sport that requires teamwork. This scholarship – the first ever established by a Chaminade team – provides a legacy to the lasting importance of character and teamwork on and off the field.
Full information about all of the 66 endowed scholarships is available on our website. A contribution may be made to any of the scholarships at any time and in any amount. Because the funds remain restricted to the endowment, all of the scholarships will continue in perpetuity. The amount of the scholarship dollars awarded is adjusted in the spring of each year and is based on the interest earned from each. This funding will continue to increase based on your generosity and that of your fellow alums.
To bring this newest scholarship to fruition your classmates need your help. When the scholarship reaches the $20,000 level it will be awarded to a deserving young student. We are most grateful for your help and support!