Seton & External Scholarships

Families also have the opportunity to use Seton & other external scholarships to help make a Catholic Education affordable. Please take a few minutes and read the details of each scholarship to see what your student may qualify for.  All scholarships below can be used with ESA Funding or STO Funding for families.  Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by the deadline indicated and in ONE PACKAGE.  Seton will not accept partial submissions.


Applicants must complete the FAIR/CEA application as well as the Seton Scholarship Application which is due June 30th. Scholarship recipients are notified as scholarships become available. Non-recipients are not notified. General Endowment Scholarships are available in addition to the listed scholarships. All scholarships are dependent on funding.  Seton Scholarships may legally be used to compliment BOTH ESA OR STO Funding for a family.


Donna Olsen Scholarship – Named for a Seton Catholic Prep student who lost her long-fought battle against cancer, the Donna Olsen Scholarship was established in 1991. The school awards at minimum one $500 Olsen Scholarship per year. Essay should address the obstacles or special circumstances the student has overcome to attend Seton.

Michael Eubanks Scholarship – Established in 2001, the Alumni Association of Seton Catholic Prep offers this scholarship in memory of Michael Eubanks, class of ’86, teacher, athletic director and dean who died in a tragic car accident in May of 2001. There is at minimum one $500 scholarship offered each year for sophomores through seniors. Essay should address service to others and applicant’s Catholic morals and values.

Ronnie Felix Memorial Scholarship – Named for the son and nephew of a number of early Seton Alumni, this $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student living in Chandler, Mesa or Gilbert and is Hispanic. Applicants must have applied to CEA and then complete the Ronnie Felix Scholarship application.
Pat & Mary Ellen Hennessy Scholarship – This scholarship is provided to an incoming ninth-grade student who will attend Seton Catholic Preparatory. The award is for half of the annual tuition and it is paid directly to the school. The award for the 2024-2025 school year is approximately $7,000. The award is strictly for tuition credit and it is renewable as long as the student maintains eligibility according to the criteria listed below.
This scholarship is intended to assist hardworking students to afford a Catholic education at Seton Catholic. The student must have a financial need and must be involved at his/her school and parish. In addition to the student’s academic record, the school will consider their level of participation and service at school and within their parish (et...RE Program). This scholarship is looking to award a deserving student who has demonstrated that they have done the most with the least amount of resources. The finalists will be invited to an interview with the selection
1. The student must be Catholic.
2. Must be accepted to Seton.
3. The student must be graduating from a parochial school in the East Valley or attend a Religious Education program at their local parish.
4. The student must demonstrate a financial need. Each student must complete a FAIR (CEA) application in order to be considered. (20%)
5. The student and his/her parents must be active in their parish and school.(40%)
6. The student must obtain a completed recommendation from a 1) teacher, 2) their principal, and 3)their pastor that speaks to his or her work ethic and volunteerism with their parish, school and community. (20%) (Recommendations are confidential and must be submitted directly to Seton.)
7. The student must write an essay on the “Value of a Catholic Education.” (10%)
a. Essay must include specific examples of your involvement in the Catholic church.
8. Review of his/her report cards for 7th and 8th grade. (10%)
9. The student must complete an application and meet all the above-mentioned criteria by May 3, 2024.
10. Each year the recipient must write an essay on how the Seton experience has made them better leaders in their parishes and how their parish experience has impacted their Seton Catholic experience.
Please contact Mr. Serna with any questions [email protected].
Please complete the application form and recommendation form return it to:
Office of the Principal
Mr. Victor Serna
Seton Catholic Preparatory
1150 N Dobson Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224
Deadline for application submissions is May 3, 2024.
Seton is blessed to work with the The Office of Mission Advancement at the Diocese of Phoenix to nominate students for the Bruce T. Halle Guardian Angel Scholarship each year.  This scholarship is at the discretion of Principal Serna to determine. Seton will award a minimum of (8) students (in various grades) non-reoccurring awards between $1,000 and up to $6,000 per student. The internal committee nominates in October each year and the scholarship will be granted December/January of the academic year.  The award is strictly for tuition credit. This scholarship is available by the generosity of the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation.  Recipients are notified in the 2nd quarter of the school academic year. Parents must complete a Bruce T. Halle Guardian Angel Fund
Parent Letter of Acceptance and students must complete thank you notes.
This grant has been an amazing blessing to our Catholic schools and families, and we are grateful to the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation for their generosity and support.
Interested in applying for a scholarship? Learn more about the Catholic Community Foundation Scholarships!
The Catholic Community Foundation values and encourages the interest and involvement of donors in establishing these special interest scholarship awards. Such involvement may include naming a scholarship and/or selecting scholarship criteria. Our donors create scholarships for different reasons – perhaps to honor the memory of loved ones, to support areas of personal interest such as science and engineering or to assist students who are the first in their families to attend college. Our various scholarships benefit students from high school to university level.
The Catholic Community Foundation has awarded 36 scholarships totaling $396,000 to students for the 2023 school year.

Christian Service Award Scholarship – 

Since 1998, the mission of the Christian Service Award (CSA) Scholarship is to acknowledge students who demonstrate exemplary Christ-centered behavior through volunteer service to their parish, school, and community. Recipients display a love and understanding of their Catholic faith and articulate a commitment, not only to perform acts of service but to live a service-focused life. They recognize their God-given gifts and provide persuasive evidence of their maturity, humility, and leadership. Students awarded the scholarship will receive an annual $2,000 payment during each of the 9th to 12th grade years in high school for a total of $8,000.  Funds will be disbursed directly to the selected Catholic high school within the Diocese of Phoenix for as long as the student remains enrolled.

Any 8th grade student demonstrating a minimum of 100 service hours is eligible to apply for the Christian Service Award (CSA) Scholarship. Applicants are evaluated in three areas:
  1. Recommendations
    Option A: Pastor or parish leader and school principal or teacher
    Option B: Pastor or parish leader and leader from an organization from which the student served
    Option C: School principal or teacher and leader from an organization from which the student served
  2. Short essay response from student
  3. Service Record - All service hours completed by the student must be entered on the attached CSA Service Hours Record spreadsheet (additional details provided on the attachment – Refer to the CSA Qualifying Service Hours Guidelines button below for examples of qualifying service hours and for Service Record Template).
DECEMBER 1st:  Application opens
JANUARY 31st:  Application closes
MARCH: Students notified of acceptance or denial, Certificate of Award (for recipients) and CSA Certificate of Service Hours (for non-recipients only) mailed to students, Award info emailed to principals
MAY: Award recognition is determined by your school
AUGUST: Scholarship payments are mailed to the school, Award ceremony coordinated by the Catholic Community Foundation for the first Saturday of the month
Questions about Scholarship or Financial assistance?
Please contact Linda Surovick at [email protected]