Support Our Scholarships
We are grateful to the many generous donors who have established and continue to sustain scholarships and awards for Bishop O'Connell students. The Scholarship Committee selects qualified students according to established criteria for each scholarship and award.
Please contact the Advancement Office at 703-237-1447 if you would like to make a contribution to augment any of our endowment or scholarship funds.
Endowed funds are invested by the Foundation for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. An endowment is any asset donated to and for the perpetual benefit of a non-profit institution. The donation is usually made with the requirement that the principal remain intact and the money earned from investing the principal be used for a specific purpose. At O’Connell endowment funds are established and invested through the Foundation for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. Founded in 2011, the Foundation was created to work with schools, parishes and ministries within the Catholic Diocese of Arlington to complement their current development effort and assist them in securing long-term and strategic philanthropic support. The Foundation offers donors a way to leave their legacies uniquely aligned with their beliefs and values. The Foundation works with the donor to establish endowments that benefit the specific programs they wish to support. An endowment for a scholarship fund may be established for a minimum of $25,000.
Endowed Alumni Scholarship Fund
An O’Connell alumnus has made possible through an anonymous leadership gift, the endowment of the Alumni Scholarship Fund in honor of Dr. Joseph E. Vorbach ’83, the current head of school. The Alumni Scholarship Fund was initially established with a reunion gift from the Class of 1967. The scholarship is awarded to a legacy student who exemplifies the qualities of an O'Connell Knight, which are courage, purity, honesty, diligence, loyalty, humility, charity and faith.
The John and Catherine Henry Endowed Scholarship
Alec Henry established the John and Catherine Henry Endowed Scholarship in memory of his father, John and in honor of his mother, Catherine, a former English teacher at O'Connell. The school awards this scholarship to a rising 9th grader who has demonstrated in middle school the combination of a serious approach to academics, a willingness to take on leadership responsibilities, and a genuine concern for others.
The W. Sydney Albrittain Endowed Facilities Fund
The fund was created in memory of Warren Sydney Albrittain ’83 by members of the Albrittain family and Syd’s classmates and friends. The Warren Sydney Albrittain Facilities Endowed Fund is as a permanent tribute to Syd’s vision of modern learning spaces for current and future O’Connell Knights.
The Maureen Kane Kammerer Creative Writing Endowed Scholarship
The Kammerer family established the Maureen Kane Kammerer Creative Writing Endowed Scholarship was established by the Kammerer family – Joseph, her husband, and their children, Eric J. Kammerer ’83 and Michelle Kammerer Fauntleroy ’84 - in honor of their mother, Maureen, a former English teacher and moderator of the student literary magazine, Largesse at Bishop O'Connell from 1978 – 1985. Under Mrs. Kammerer's stewardship, Largesse won an award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The scholarship is awarded to a rising senior, junior or sophomore author of a creative writing piece judged to be the best entry of the academic year.
The Robert J. and Elizabeth K. Murphy Family Endowed Scholarships
Robert J. Murphy Jr. '67 and his family established a scholarship in memory of their mother, Mrs. Elizabeth K. Murphy, who was a beloved math teacher at O'Connell. More recently, the family has made possible through leadership gifts, the awarding of two annual scholarships and retitled it as the Robert J. and Elizabeth K. Murphy Family Endowed Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to students who excel in Math and service to their community.
The Alice Gordon Vorbach Studio Arts Endowed Scholarship
RADM Joseph Vorbach, USCG (ret) and his children Frances Vorbach Babashak '82, Joseph E. Vorbach, III '83, Emily Vorbach Gretz and Justin Vorbach '87 established the Alice Gordon Vorbach Studio Arts Endowed Scholarship in memory of their beloved wife and mother, Alice Gordon Vorbach, a dedicated religious educator and talented artist. The school awards the scholarship to a student who excels in the visual arts.
Other Scholarship Funds
In addition to the endowed scholarships, there are a number of other scholarships and awards. The Scholarship Committee selects qualified recipients in accordance with established criteria for each scholarship and award.
The John A. Ballard Scholarship
Mr. and Mrs. J. Vernon Ballard established the Ballard Scholarship in 1993 in memory of their son, John Anthony Ballard '70. The school awards the scholarship to a rising 9th grader who has demonstrated both exceptional academic achievement and outstanding leadership ability.
The Barry Edward Breen Scholarship Fund for the Visual and Performing Arts
The Board of Governors established the Barry Edward Breen Scholarship for the Visual and Performing Arts in honor of Barry Edward Breen, a passionate supporter of the visual and performing arts and former president of Bishop O'Connell from 2004-2010. The school awards the scholarship to two rising seniors (one boy/one girl) who demonstrate exceptional talent in the areas of visual or performing arts.
The Bishop O'Connell Scholar Award
The school grants the Bishop O'Connell Scholar Award to rising 9th-grade students for outstanding academic achievement. Students scoring 99% or higher on the national composite of the High School Placement test are eligible for consideration. It is renewable for four years.
Joseph W. Connolly Scholarship
In 1997 the Joseph W. Connolly Scholarship was established in memory of Joe Connolly, a beloved coach and teacher at Bishop O'Connell for 31 years, from 1967 to 1997. The Connolly Scholarship is awarded to a Catholic student who works to his/her potential.
The De La Salle Award for Vocal Performance
The school awards the De La Salle vocal music scholarship to two rising 9th grade students for outstanding vocal performance. To be eligible for this award, students must plan to register for a choral class in their freshman year.
The De La Salle Award for Instrumental Performance
The school award the De La Salle instrumental music scholarship to two rising 9th grade students for outstanding instrumental performance. To be eligible for this award, students must plan to register for a band, orchestra, piano, or guitar class in their freshman year.
The Rev. William Devine Military Scholarship
U.S. Navy Capt. James Reeves and Dr. Sarah Bisch established the Rev. William Devine Military Scholarship to honor Father Bill Devine, a former Navy chaplain who served on the front lines in Iraq from 2003 to 2005. Fr. Devine currently serves as pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Bridgewater, Mass. The school awards the scholarship to rising 9th-grade student of an active duty member of the U.S. military who shows exemplary academic performance and leadership skills. It is renewable for four years as long as the student remains in good standing.
The Henry Heishman Scholarship
The Heishman family established the Henry Heishman Scholarship in memory of their beloved husband and father, Henry Heishman. The scholarship recognizes a rising senior with leadership skills who is humble, hardworking, respectful, active in extracurricular activities and shows a willingness to contribute to the school community.
The I.H.M. Service Award
The school awards the I.M.H. Service Award to a rising 9th grader who offers spontaneous, dependable and responsible service to others without seeking recognition or reward; whose character and example give witness to others of the gospel values seen in the works and teachings of Jesus, our Redeemer. Eligible students must attend an elementary school in the Diocese of Arlington and have a recommendation from their elementary school principal.
The Knights Recognition Scholarship
The school awards the Knights Recognition Scholarship to a rising 9th grader for outstanding academic achievement. Students scoring 95% or higher on the national composite of the High School Placement test are eligible for consideration. It is renewable for four years.
The Rev. Monsignor John McMahon Scholarship
Monsignor John J. McMahon was a priest and Catholic educator in the Diocese of Arlington. The Rev. Monsignor John McMahon Scholarship was established to recognize and pay tribute to the interest in Catholic education professed by Monsignor McMahon. The scholarship recipient shows an exemplary commitment to the Catholic faith, and a desire to attend Bishop O'Connell High School. It is the hope that the recipients will be encouraged to return similar benefactions to others as they realize the material and spiritual rewards that a Catholic education can and will bring to their lives.
The Monsignor James W. McMurtrie Scholarship
The McMurtrie family established the Monsignor James W. McMurtrie Scholarship in memory of their brother, Monsignor James W. McMurtrie, who was a priest in the Diocese of Arlington, principal of Bishop O'Connell High School from 1972-1977, and chairman of the Board of Governors from 1986-2002. The school awards the scholarship to a Catholic student from the Diocese of Arlington.
The Jeanine Reing Musgrove Scholarship
The Reing and Musgrove families established the Jeanine Reing Musgrove Scholarship in 2013 in memory of former O'Connell teacher and alumna, Jeanine Reing Musgrove '92.
The O'Donnell Family "Making a Difference" Award
The school established the O'Donnell Family "Making a Difference Award in honor of the O'Donnell family. Maura O'Donnell and her siblings inspired the creation of Superdance to raise money to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. This school awards this scholarship to a rising 9th grader who has made a difference in their community by going above and beyond to help those in need.
The Schaffner Family Scholarship
Anne Schaffner and her children, Rachael Georgopoulos Schaffner '00 and Joseph M. Schaffner '05 established the Schaffner Family Scholarship in memory of their beloved husband and father, Joseph G. Schaffner. The school awards the scholarship to a rising 9th grader who demonstrates keen interest and aptitude in math and science.
The Colonel C.A. Seoane Award
In 1965, a bequest from the estate of Colonel C.A. Seoane established the Colonel C.A. Seoane Award. Students are eligible to receive monetary awards in an essay writing contest with the prompt “Why I like being an American citizen."
The "Spirit of O'Connell" Award
The "Spirit of O'Connell" Award honors the memory of Bishop O'Connell's beloved football coach, Steve Trimble, who passed into eternal life in 2011. This award recognizes a rising senior who exemplifies the character qualities of Coach Trimble: personal humility, empathy, agility, responsibility and tenacity (H.E.A.R.T). Coach Trimble embodied H.E.A.R.T throughout his life as a college and pro football player, teacher, coach, mentor and father to four O'Connell alumni. His motto was "Make Something Happen."
The Monica and Daniel Stabile Servant Leadership Scholarship
The recipient of this award is a rising senior who represents the ideals of a Catholic-based education, highlighting leadership and the development of the whole person through superior academic performance, outstanding citizenship, and commitment to faith and service.
The Cindy Walls Scholarship
An anonymous donor established the Cindy Walls Scholarship in honor of Bishop O'Connell cross country coach, Cindy Walls. This scholarship is awarded to a member of the boys or girls cross country team who possesses the range of qualities which Coach Walls affirms through her coaching philosophy. The recipient is a runner dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the classroom and athletic competition, who consistently supports their teammates and coaches, honorably represents Bishop O'Connell, looks for ways to serve the community, and is a willing, able, and capable leader.