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Scholarships 2019-01-07T10:36:18+00:00

Each year, through the kindness of our generous donors, Memorial offers a number of scholarships to qualified incoming freshmen and returning students. Listed below are the scholarships available for the 2018-2019 school year. Completed applications must be returned by March 15, 2019 by 4:00 pm, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Click here to download the 2019-20 Scholarship Application.

Available to All Domestic Students

Mary Brown Memorial Scholarship One (1) $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a female student that participates in sports.  Write a brief essay on what would it mean to you to be the best Panther student athlete.

Zilda Pamplona Duarte De Sousa Endowment Scholarship Fund– One (1) $500 scholarship will be awarded to a financially deserving student who is of Portuguese descent (father or mother’s side). Write a brief essay on what your heritage means to you and how it makes you unique. Creativity is encouraged!  (Parents must submit FACTS application.)

Leslie Roberts Memorial Fund – One (1) $500 scholarship will be awarded to a financially deserving student who has a GPA of 2.0 or better.  Write a brief essay on what you do to make others feel welcome.  (Parents must submit FACTS application.)

Dr. William M. and Patricia J. Schiff and Joseph Maxwell Schiff Scholarship Endowment Fund – One (1) $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a financially deserving student who can identify purpose along with social and career goals and has a GPA of 3.2 or better.  These goals must be unrelated to sports.  Write a brief essay on what you will be doing in five years.  (Parents must submit FACTS application.)

Maria Trevino Scholarship – One (1) $500 scholarship will be awarded to a financially deserving student who has a GPA of 3.2 or better.  Write a brief essay on what your future plans are for college and how you plan to use your degree to better your community.  (Parents must submit FACTS application.)

Catholic Charities Scholarship – One (1) $4,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is a practicing Catholic with a proven track record of volunteerism throughout the community and at Catholic Charities.  Student must also possess a GPA of 3.0 or better.  Write a brief essay describing the extent of your volunteer activities involvement with Catholic Charities and what it means to you personally to give back to your community.

For Incoming Freshmen Only

Class of ’64 Endowed Scholarship – One (1) $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a financially deserving incoming freshman student, with a priority on helping students and families who have suffered a recent financial hardship.  Write a brief essay describing in detail a recent financial hardship that could jeopardize your ability to attend San Joaquin Memorial High School.  (Parents must submit FACTS application.)

D. Paul Fansler S.J.M. Service and Leadership Scholarship – This scholarship is for an incoming freshman. The Fansler Foundation determines the amount of the scholarship. Parental financial need will be taken into consideration.  The student selected must meet the following criteria: (1) must be a registered parishioner within the Diocese of Fresno; 2) must verify a minimum 3.2 GPA for 7th and 8th grade years; and 3) must continue active service and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 at Memorial.  This scholarship is renewable for the 4 years a student remains at Memorial provided grades are promptly submitted to the Fansler Foundation.  Applications are available through the Fansler Foundation at (559) 432-0544 and at http://fanslerfoundation.com/S.J.M.Scholarship-i-8-8.htmlThe deadline to submit your application is March 15, 2018.  Application must be submitted to the Fansler Foundation, not Memorial.

Leadership Scholarship – One (1) $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a financially deserving student who displays proven leadership abilities and has a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Describe what you have done in your school and community that demonstrates your leadership ability and what you plan to do in the future to continue taking on leadership roles.  The award will be renewable for the 4 years the student remains at Memorial, provided:  1) the GPA of 3.0 is maintained; and 2) the service hour commitment is completed; (Parents must submit FACTS application by.)

Evelyn Massetti Memorial Scholarship – One (1) $500 scholarship will be awarded to a student from St. Joachim School in Madera who has earned at least a 3.0 GPA.  This is a renewable 4-year award provided the GPA requirement is maintained.  Applications for this award may be picked up by contacting the Financial Administrator/Principal at St. Joachim School.

Msgr. McGoldrick Scholarship – One (1) $250 scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman from St. Helen’s School in Fresno.  Applications for this award can be picked up by contacting the Financial Administrator/Principal at St. Helen’s School.

Msgr. E. James Petersen Honorary Endowed Scholarship – Three (3) $750 scholarships will be awarded to financially deserving students from St. Anthony’s School in Fresno.  Applications for this award may be picked up by contacting the Financial Administrator/Principal at St. Anthony’s School.

St. Helen’s Catholic Education High School Scholarship – Scholarships are awarded to financially deserving incoming freshmen from St. Helen’s School in Fresno.  Applications for this award may be picked up by contacting the Financial Administrator/Principal at St. Helen’s School.

St. Anthony’s Catholic Education High School Scholarship –  Awarded to a deserving St. Anthony’s 8th grade student desiring to continue his or her Catholic education at San Joaquin Memorial High School (SJM). Applications for this award may be picked up by contacting the Financial Administrator/Principal at St. Anthony’s School. 

For Returning Students Only

Lauren C. Benov Scholarship Application – One (1) $1,100 scholarship will be awarded to a financially deserving student of high moral Christian character and in good academic standing.  Describe yourself and one worthy accomplishment.  (Parents must submit FACTS application.)

Margaret Schimandle Cole and Curtis A. Cole Application – One (1) $500 scholarship will be awarded to a financially deserving returning Junior with a GPA of 2.0 or better based on interest in the study of theology and religion, service to the community and personal spirituality.  Write a brief essay on how the study of theology and religion has contributed to your overall educational development.  (Parents must submit FACTS application.)

Margaret Schimandle Cole and Curtis A. Cole Application – One (1) $500 scholarship will be awarded to a financially deserving returning Senior with a GPA of 2.0 or better based on interest in the study of theology and religion, service to the community and personal spirituality.  Write a brief essay on how the study of theology and religion has contributed to your overall educational development.  (Parents must submit FACTS application.)

Leonard T. Defendis Memorial Football Scholarship – Two (2) $3,500 scholarships will be awarded to financially deserving students with a cumulative 2.5 GPA . Must be a current SJM football player and have a strong desire to remain at SJM. Describe the following:  how you have demonstrated a love for learning and your appreciation for San Joaquin Memorial, your passion for football, and what helped you decide to apply for the Leonard T. Defendis Memorial Scholarship.  (Parents must submit FACTS application.)

Sheila Farren Scholarship Application –Two (2) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to returning students with a GPA of 2.5 or better and who are active in at least two school activities.  Both activities can be of the same category, i.e., two clubs, two sports or one of each.  Write a brief essay in response to Sheila Farren’s statement from the Baccalaureate Mass, June 1999: “Life is not about how often you win the big prize or what your greatest accomplishment is, life is about how you behave along the way.”  Your response should include a discussion about what you want to contribute to the world and how Memorial is preparing you for that challenge.

Dr. Bill and Jeanette Frye Scholarship Fund – Two (2) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to a returning student who excels in the Sciences, is involved in athletics and has a GPA of 3.2 or better.  Describe your involvement at Memorial, including some impactful experiences that will shape your journey after high school and why.

Kelly Grady Scholarship – Two (2) $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to a financially deserving female student of high moral Christian character in good academic standing.  Describe why you like Memorial and one worthy accomplishment.  (Parents must submit FACTS application.)

Lourdes Scholarship in Memory of John Marie and Helen Marie Thez – Six (6) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to financially deserving students with a GPA of 2.0 or better, having high Christian moral character and who participate in volunteer activities.  Write a brief essay describing the extent of your volunteer activities.  (Parents must submit FACTS application.)

Michelle Monge Scholarship – Two (2) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to financially deserving students in good academic standing.  Describe yourself and one worthy accomplishment.  (Parents must submit FACTS application.)

John L. Saccheri Scholarship – Four (4) $1,100 scholarships will be awarded to financially deserving students with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA who demonstrate involvement in co-curricular programs.  Describe the co-curricular programs you have participated in and the extent of your involvement at Memorial.  (Parents must submit FACTS application.)

San Joaquin Memorial High School Guild Scholarship – One (1) $500 scholarship will be awarded to a student of high moral Christian character with a minimum 2.0 GPA and who has a parent that is a member of the San Joaquin Memorial Guild.  Describe why you like Memorial.

St. Pat’s Golf Scholarship Application –Two (2) $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to returning student athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or better.  The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to future success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure in athletics. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

Brother Raphael-Philip Thez Scholarship – Five (5) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to financially deserving students with a GPA of 2.0 or better, having high Christian moral character and participating in charitable activities.  Describe what makes you appreciate the values, education and opportunities Memorial provides and how you will share those gifts with our community and contribute to the mission of Memorial.  (Parents must submit FACTS application.)

Bob Wagner ’55 Endowment Fund – One (1) $500 scholarship to a financially deserving junior or senior student at San Joaquin Memorial High School who tutors students, especially athletes, at San Joaquin Memorial High School or the surrounding community. Mr. Wagner was an all-sport athlete while at San Joaquin Memorial and believes good grades are just as important as playing ability. Tell us where you tutor students and write a short essay on the following question: How have sports influenced my actions, on and off the field? (Parents must submit FACTS application.)

Inez Zuniga Scholarship Application – One (1) $750 scholarship will be awarded to a financially deserving student with a cumulative 3.0 GPA who is involved in at least one co-curricular activity.  Describe why you like Memorial and one worthy accomplishment.  (Parents must submit FACTS application.)