Damien High School offers scholarships to incoming and current students. Many of these privately funded scholarships honor the legacy of significant Damien community members. Application processes vary for each named scholarship. A committee coordinates the scholarship selection process. In some cases, the donor is directly involved or has established a board to assist with the selection process. Some scholarships are faculty nomination only.
The scholarship descriptions below provide brief summaries of the terms and conditions required by the donors of the scholarship or established by the Scholarship Committee. These brief descriptions may not include complete selection criteria and are subject to change. We recommend that students take careful time when applying to the respective scholarships offered by Damien High School and its generous benefactors.
Nancy A. Lynch Endowed Memorial Scholarship (incoming freshmen and current students)
Named in loving memory of Nancy Lynch, mother of James Lynch '85, Brian Lynch '84 and Michael Lynch '81, the endowed scholarship will provide financial aid to deserving students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend to Damien High School. Recipients of the scholarship will embody the values exhibited by Mrs. Lynch throughout her life – courage, courtesy, education, and helping others in need whenever possible. The Scholarship Committee will select the recipient(s) each year from the applicants to Damien's Tuition Assistance program.
The Ron Federico Memorial Scholarship Fund (juniors only)
The Ron Federico Memorial Scholarship is in memory of long-time Damien coach, Ron Federico. Each sport’s current head coach selects the nominees. The finalist, rising juniors, are evaluated based on who best exemplifies those qualities that Ron reinforced in all of his players. The student-athlete should be an example of hard work, an inspiration to his teammates, and highly committed to his school and team.
The Robert Souza Memorial Scholarship Fund (incoming freshmen and current students)
The Robert A. Souza Memorial Scholarship is in loving memory of Bob Souza, a past professional athlete and avid sports fan who was a father and grandfather to eight Catholic and parochial school athletes. Bob appreciated the value of good sportsmanship and core values provided by a Catholic School education. The funds from this scholarship will be used to support students with financial need to help pay for expenses related to attending Damien High School, which may include tuition, athletic fees and/or student activity fees. The Scholarship Committee will select the recipient(s) each year from the applicants to Damien's Tuition Assistance program.
The Spartan Merit Award (sophomore, junior, senior students)
On behalf of and funded by the Damien families of Brutocao, Cerni, Filpi, Hadley, Lindley and Pirrone, this award assists outstanding Damien students who demonstrate the Catholic values taught in the classroom are practiced day by day in a strengthening, supporting, and encouraging environment. The recipient of this award is a notable young man whose life exemplifies the qualities of a true Damien Spartan by demonstrating a strong work ethic, good character, concern for others, and has achieved an outstanding level of achievement in academics. In his own way, he has made a significant contribution that has enriched the Damien community.
The Michael Don Schneberger Memorial Foundation Scholarship (juniors only)
This scholarship was created in honor of Michael Don Schneberger, and awards outstanding students who exemplify the lifestyle of Michael. The candidate receiving this annual scholarship is a student about to complete his junior year at Damien High School. In his three years at Damien, he has excelled in academics, in his extra-curricular involvement and is well-liked by faculty and peers.
The Cameron Mitchell '15 Memorial Scholarship Fund (junior only)
This annual scholarship is to a rising junior, in loving memory of Cameron Sevan Mitchell. For those who may not know, Cameron, a student at Damien, suffered a brain tumor that, after a long fight, unfortunately took him on June 1, 2013 - just seven days before his 16th birthday. He was known as “The Funologist” by his peers, for living and creating awesome life experiences, anything adventurous and all things fun! Cameron was an academic who enjoyed learning, a musician who played various instruments and loved music; he was a foodie who savored and cooked; he was a traveler across the states and all the way to China. This scholarship is presented to a Spartan man who best embodies the qualities which Cameron demonstrated throughout his young life: a love of learning, faced adversity in life, hones the respect of his peers and faculty, personifies “service above self”, and exemplifies a true Spartan man of service, scholarship and faith.
The Tom Carroll Scholarship Fund (sophomore or junior only)
Through his inspirational leadership and by his examples, Coach Tom Carroll profoundly affected the lives of countless young men through a legacy of sportsmanship. The Tom Carroll Scholarship ensures that the life-lessons and stories learned along various golf cart rides with Coach Carroll live on at Damien High School. The Tom Carroll Scholarship reflects Coach Carroll’s great appreciation for the value of education and the opportunities that schools like Damien provide to young men. Scholarships are awarded to a sophomore or junior who exhibits outstanding school spirit, and a demonstrated desire to help others.
The Chuck Ballingall Future Debater Scholarship (incoming freshmen only)
Established by Scott Hilinkski (’86) in honor of one of his favorite teachers, Chuck Ballingall, is given to an incoming freshman students with an interest in debate. At the beginning of the freshmen semester, qualified applicants receive notification. Requirements for this scholarship are: (1) Minimum 90th cumulative percentile on High School Placement Test (2) Evidence of strong grades in 8th grade (3) Registration in Honors Debate 9, and will stay in 9th grade year (4) Recommendation from a. 8th grade debate coach if applicable, or b. English or Social Science teacher, with emphasis on ability to read and interpret text, and participate effectively in class discussions/debates and (5) Personal essay from student.