Roncalli High School is pleased to offer several scholarships to students currently in grades 9-12. The eligibility criteria and amount for each scholarship vary from $250 to $1,500. Scholarship applications are made online and should be submitted by March 1, 2024 no later than 3:00 PM. The selection process for each scholarship will be determined by the selection committee of each award. The presentation of most of these scholarships will take place at the spring Academic Honors Reception. Any questions regarding Roncalli scholarships can be directed to Tina Hayes, director of advancement, at (317) 787-8277 Ext. 239.
IMPORTANT: The applications and information will only be available with a Roncalli student email account.
Dr. Olivia Jahnke, OD
Vision Sciences Scholarship
Kate Crosley loved three things: her family, her faith and her friends. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. The $500 Kathleen Crosley Memorial Scholarship is dedicated to her love for Roncalli and is awarded to a male and a female that share her love for their faith, friends and Roncalli. This scholarship is open to students in grades 10 and 11 and will be applied to Roncalli tuition.
Martin R. Eckstein
Mr. Eckstein is a 1965 graduate of Sacred Heart Central High School. After graduation, he joined the military and then graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a degree in Chemistry. This scholarship fund was created by Mr. Eckstein in December 2006 and students must write about “How Roncalli has changed my life.” Two current juniors will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be applied to their senior year Roncalli tuition.
Roncalli Alumni Association's
“Spirit of the Family Tradition” Scholarship
The Roncalli High School Alumni Association established this scholarship as a testament to the importance of family within the Roncalli community. Applicants must be the child of a Sacred Heart, Kennedy, Chartrand or Roncalli alumnus and they must be a junior and have attended Roncalli for 3 years. One current junior will receive a $1,500 scholarship to be applied to their senior year tuition. To be considered for this award, applicants must submit a 500-word essay sharing their feelings and experiences about the ‘Spirit of the Family Tradition’ at Roncalli. This scholarship will be awarded annually at the homecoming football game.
The Wong family experienced a tragedy in August 2012 that most families will never experience when their family home caught fire and was destroyed. The family received so much support in the form of donations, monetary gifts, food/meals and prayers that they wanted to give back to the Roncalli community to show their appreciation for all they received in their time of need. Parents Ignatius and Kim Wong have funded this $1,000 scholarship that started in March 2013. This scholarship is open to students in grades 9, 10 and 11 and will be applied to Roncalli tuition. Applicants must have performed at least their required number of service hours.
Emily Winters Lipps
Emily Winters Lipps was a woman who placed a great value on education. She placed such a high value on education that at the age of 65, Ms. Lipps decided to pursue a college degree. Then years later in December 1999, at the age of 75, she graduated from Indiana University. The scholarship is open to females who are current 9th, 10th or 11th graders with a demonstrated need for financial aid. This $1,000 scholarship will be applied toward Roncalli tuition.
Roncalli High School
Roncalli High School awards one leadership scholarship for $1,000 annually. It is open to returning 9th, 10th or 11th grade students who have demonstrated leadership and a positive attitude. The application requests activities, leadership positions and a 300-word essay. The recipient will receive $1,000 towards Roncalli tuition.
Dr. Thomas C. Madden
Excellence of Performance Award
Dr. Tom Madden attended St. Roch Catholic Grade School and also attended Catholic high school. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1975, he completed his medical degree at the IU Medical School in 1979. Dr. Madden practiced emergency medicine for 30 years. In addition to his gift for helping others in need, Dr. Tom had a real passion for Roncalli High School and its Performing Arts. Tom’s wife, Terri, established this scholarship with the assistance of her children in February 2013. This $250 scholarship is awarded to a current freshman, sophomore, or junior with an interest and participation in the Performing Arts at Roncalli. The scholarship will be applied towards Roncalli tuition.
Anna's Celebration of Life Foundation
Anna Molloy will always be a member of the Roncalli Class of 2015. Her dream was to be a Roncalli student but on July 31, 2008, Anna Molloy lost her long-fought battle with Geleophysics Dysplasia when she was about to start the 6th grade at St. Jude Catholic School. She endured over twelve years of treatments, hospital stays and surgeries. While Anna’s parents, Pete and Julie Molloy, were staying with Anna in the hospital and at home caring for her big brother, Peter, many of Pete’s business associates were meeting to form a foundation in honor of Anna, to help children with special needs. With the blessing of the entire Molloy family, Anna’s Celebration of Life Foundation was formed in 2004. Each year, two recipients who are a part of the Roncalli STARS program will each receive a $500 scholarship toward their Roncalli tuition. Applicants must be a returning Roncalli student in grades 9, 10 or 11.
Jonathan Page was a member of the Roncalli Class of 2004, who touched the hearts of many people within the Roncalli Family. He is remembered for his beautiful smile, kind heart, and fun-loving personality. He was an All-American teenager! This $500 scholarship in his memory was started by his family and all who knew and loved him. It is to be awarded each year to a student at Roncalli who exhibits Jonathan’s qualities and his ability to positively impact the lives of other people, while performing well in the classroom and participating in extracurricular activities. Current Roncalli students in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 may apply.
Jeffrey N. Perkins
This scholarship was established by the Perkins family in memory of their son, Jeffrey, who contracted a sudden illness and died two months past his sixth birthday. All current students returning to Roncalli High School are eligible to apply for this award. Criteria for the award include a GPA of 3.0+, involvement in extracurricular activities and a desire to lead for the benefit of the community. Additionally, students must complete an application which includes an essay entitled, “As A Role Model at Roncalli High School, I….” The scholarship is $1,500 and will be applied to the student’s Roncalli tuition.
Jennifer McKinney graduated from RHS as a member of the class of 2001. While at RHS, Jennifer participated in Cadet Teaching and was a Rebelette. Her passion was for teaching elementary level kids and when she entered Purdue University that fall, her major and sole focus was on getting a degree in education. After graduating as a Boilermaker, she coached softball and taught at North Park Academy in Indianapolis, where she became ill and passed away on July 19, 2008. This memorial scholarship of $250 was established in the winter of 2012 by her parents, Luke and Diana McKinney. Applicants must be a Roncalli senior with an interest in becoming a teacher and the scholarship will be applied toward college tuition.
Phillip and Marcia Strader established this scholarship to support a graduating senior at Roncalli High School who has attended Roncalli all four years, and has participated in either football or baseball, or both, by providing $1,500 of financial assistance toward their first year of college. Phillip Strader was both a football and wrestling coach for over 37 years in Perry Township schools and he, along with his wife, Marcia, value the lessons of commitment, leadership, and perseverance learned through participation in athletics. Their son, Aaron, has also coached football for over 30 years and their grandchildren have attended Roncalli.
Roncalli High School
Athletic Booster Scholarship
Established in the memory of Alan B. Simmons, this $750 Scholarship is available to any graduating senior student-athlete from Roncalli High School who has enrolled in a college or trade school for further education and meets the following criteria:
- Demonstrates a strong work ethic in the classroom & athletic arena
- Possesses a great mental attitude
- Illustrates a tenacity and intensity for perseverance
- Encourages “team” attitude through support of underclassmen and peers on and off the field/court/mat
- Leads by example
Live, Laugh, Love Memorial Scholarship
Katie Lynch was a member of the Class of 2012. Her dream was to be a Roncalli student but one month into her freshman year Katie was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She endured three years of treatments, hospital stays and transplants. Katie passed away on May 20, 2011 – a day that will never be forgotten to those who walked the halls of Roncalli High School. This $1,000 scholarship is made possible by the many family and friends whose lives Katie touched so deeply. Students must submit a personal essay and 2 letters of recommendation from their peers. This scholarship is available to any current junior or senior Roncalli student and can be used for Roncalli tuition or college tuition.