Board of Trustees Scholarship
Several Board of Trustees partial scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen. In order to be eligible, eighth grade students must take Bishop McDevitt’s Scholarship Test, which is administered at the school in the fall. Top scorers from the exam will be interviewed and asked to submit an essay. The selected recipients of the Board of Trustees Scholarships are awarded partial scholarships that are renewable each year upon fulfillment of stated academic criteria.
Several partial, renewable Presidential scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen. Eligible students must take and demonstrate academic excellence on the 8th Grade Scholarship Test, as well as demonstrated strength of character, leadership potential, and service to others. The scholarships are renewable each year upon fulfillment of stated academic criteria.
The Maguire Scholarship
The Maguire Foundation, in partnership with the Faith in the Future Foundation, will award $3,000 per-year scholarships to 12 students, combined from both IMS and Suburban elementary schools. The current program is specific to Freshmen entering the Class of 2022 as of Fall 2018. The scholarship is renewable for each of the four years of high school, given that the Maguire Scholar maintains standards consistent with the qualifications listed below. If the scholar receives a minimum GPA of 3.0, or the equivalent thereof as specified by the Office of Catholic Education, on their final freshman/9th grade report card, the student’s scholarship may increase for the following academic year. The financial need must be supported by a completed and submitted application to SmartAid. You MUST apply for Financial Aid through SmartAid in order to be considered for this scholarship. For more information and to apply, please visit the link above or contact the Admissions Office.
Art Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen who demonstrate artistic ability and knowledge on the Art Scholarship Exam that is given by the school in the fall during the student’s 8th grade year. In addition to the exam, students are also asked to bring in eight to ten pieces of their favorite artwork which will then also be graded and included in the scoring of the exam. Portfolios can be picked up at the main office in the week after the exam. Awards are partial scholarships that are renewable each year upon fulfillment of stated criteria and academic performance.
Music scholarships are partial scholarships awarded to incoming freshmen who demonstrate music ability, knowledge, and promise on an instrument as determined by our Band Director. Applicants for the scholarship must complete the Music Scholarship Application and write a 200 word essay. They will then be contacted to schedule an audition with our Band Director. Awards are renewable each year upon fulfillment of criteria. Applications can be obtained from the link above or the Admissions Office.
Voice scholarships are partial scholarships awarded to incoming freshmen who demonstrate vocal talent, knowledge, and promise on music ability as determined by our Chorus Director. Applicants for this scholarship must complete the Voice Scholarship Application and write a 200 word essay. They will then be contacted to schedule an audition with our Chorus Director. Awards are renewable each year upon fulfillment of criteria. Applications can be obtained from the link above or the Admissions Office.
Each year the Alumni Association of Bishop McDevitt Catholic High School awards two $1,000.00 scholarships to the children, grandchildren or legal guardian of any alum. The purpose is to further cultivate the rich legacy of our school by fostering the interest among our alumni in sending their children or children under their guardianship to Bishop McDevitt High School. In doing so, the Association wishes to further financially assist through this scholarship in the expenses of sending their child to our Alma Mater. Applications for the scholarship can be obtained from the link above or the Admissions Office. Applications are due by Friday, April 8, 2018.
The David T. Horn, Jr. Scholarship
The David T. Horn, Jr. Scholarship was founded by Mr. Horn’s former students. Over five decades Mr. Horn has touched the lives of Bishop McDevitt students, teaching English, History and Humanities; and coaching in his Churchillian Forensics Society and World Affairs Club. The Scholarship is designed to show appreciation for Mr. Horn’s unparalleled dedication, inspiration, and tutelage, and inspire students to continue the legacy of success he has created while at Bishop McDevitt. Our mission is to provide five partial tuition scholarship of $5,000 to be used over a four year course. These will be awarded to incoming freshman who best exemplifies those qualities of scholarship, leadership, character, and proficiency in public speaking that Mr. Horn has valued and nurtured in us.
Firefighter Daniel Sweeney Memorial Scholarship
The Daniel Sweeney Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor Firefighter Daniel Sweeney, a graduate of Bishop McDevitt High School, Class of 2005. The scholarship fund was established through kind-hearted citizens who have sent the Sweeney family money in his honor. The purpose of the fund is to assist families whose children are attending an Archdiocesan High School. This scholarship is open to all students, without regard to race, gender, national origin or religious beliefs. The intent of this scholar is to help families with the education of their children. Please click on the link above for more information and the Application.
To learn more about Daniel, please visit:
Monsignor John T. Mitchell Memorial Trust Scholarship Fund
Cardinal Justin Rigali, then Archbishop of Philadelphia, announced on Monday, March 3, 2008, that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia had received a bequest to fund a scholarship in honor of Monsignor John T. Mitchell. Monsignor Mitchell served as a priest of the Archdiocese from 1939 through 1981. During that time, he was the Pastor of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Saint Francis de Sales Parishes in West Philadelphia, where he was known for his faithful ministry to African American Catholics. In light of this, the Monsignor Mitchell Scholarship Fund will support high school students in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who are Catholic and African American, with academic ability and financial need. One (or more, if economically feasible) one-year scholarship(s), up to $2,000, will be awarded annually based upon the determination of the Selection Committee.
The David Nelson Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
The David Nelson Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund is an educational scholarship for children of deceased organ and tissue donors. The Fund will annually award a $1,000 Scholarship to a deserving child of a deceased donor parent or guardian.
In his memory, family and friends have established the David Nelson Jr. Memorial Fund. The Fund’s mission and purpose is to provide educational scholarships for surviving children of donor parents, in David’s spirit of compassion and giving. Awarding financial support to donor families provides an opportunity to “give back” to the true heroes – the donors – by supporting their children’s educational goals.
For more information, please visit The Fund’s web site,
The Neumann Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship for four years awarded to incoming freshmen. Scholarships are awarded based on the results of an Archdiocesan scholarship test given to students who meet criteria established by the Connelly Foundation. The dates, times, and eligibility requirements are publicized through each parish elementary school. Students who receive the Neumann Scholarship attend Bishop McDevitt tuition-free for four years.
Charles E. Ellis Grant and Scholarship
The Charles E. Ellis Grant and Scholarship is a competitive scholastic scholarship program for eligible female students available through funds established by the estate of philanthropist Charles E. Elis.
Eligibility is limited to female students who meet the following criteria:
-Reside in Philadelphia.
-Live in a household where one or both parents are absent (functionally orphaned).
-Are or will be enrolled in grades 9-12.
-Demonstrate financial need.
-Have grades of C or better in major subjects. Grades below C in major subjects require a letter of recommendation requesting an exception completed by an academic officer at the school.
Applications are available in the Business Office beginning in January of each school year. The amount provided will vary according to the financial need of the applicant. The deadline for applications is April 1st. Applications must include the most recent grade report of no less than two quarters of academic work and verification of family income.
Applications and required materials must be sent to: White-Williams Scholars, 1001 Administration Building, 21st and Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Paul J. Poiesz Alumni Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide financial assistance to students of Bishop McDevitt High School related to tuition and school fees. Recipients must have demonstrated financial need and: a) academic excellence as demonstrated by the student meeting the minimum GPA established by the donors, b) a demonstrated commitment to serving their community, c) a commitment to becoming a school leader, and d) an interest in participating in extra-curricular activities.
These awards are need-based and are applied to tuition for currently enrolled students funded through the Educational Fund and other sources. Applicants must file the school’s Financial Assistance Application available at the Business Office and be interviewed and approved by the school President.
Based on available funds, the school administers memorial grants in memory of persons associated with the school.
Listed among these awards are those honoring the memory of:
Mr. Albert Achuff
Barbara Beach Fasano ‘65
Cindy Lieber ‘87
Michael McGillian ‘93