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L.A. Catholic High School Scholarship Fund

On June 15, 2013, 17 of the original 18 students to receive an L.A. Catholic High School Scholarship graduated from Santa Clara University. This cohort's 94.4-percent graduation rate was nine points higher than the graduation rate for the entire senior class, and far surpassed the national 70-percent graduation rate of first generation college students at private universities.

A special group of students

These graduates, all students of color, have post-graduation plans that range from teaching to law school. Many will return back home to Southern California, where they hope to impact their hometown communities. Some will work and continue to live here in the Silicon Valley.

What all these graduates have in common is that as freshmen, they were awarded significant financial aid packages and most held part-time jobs during some or all of their four years at SCU as well. It was through this combination of support and hard work that they've blazed a new trail in their communities and families as college graduates.

A partnership in Catholic education

This inaugural cohort has shown that talented students from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles can thrive at Santa Clara University. Today on campus, there are 50 students from 21 different schools in the Archdiocese, 21 of those students receive support from the L.A. Catholic High School Scholarship Fund.

This scholarship is a new and already crucial bond in California's Catholic education community. Support of this program through the Leavey Match is a promising step to ensure that the opportunities provided by the L.A. Catholic High School Scholarship Fund will be there for current and future generations of students from the L.A. Archdiocese.

Schools supported by the L.A. Catholic High School Scholarship Fund

Bishop Amat Memorial High School
Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School
Bishop Montgomery High School
Bishop Mora Salesian High School
Cathedral High School
Damien High School
Don Bosco Technical Institute
Junípero Serra High School
La Salle High School
Notre Dame High School
Mary Star of the Sea High School
Pomona Catholic High School
Sacred Heart High School
St. Bernard High School
St. Genevieve High School
St. John Bosco High School
St. Joseph High School
St. Mary's Academy
St. Monica Catholic High School
St. Paul High School
Verbum Dei High School

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