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. We gratefully accept tax deductible donations to supplement any of the named scholarships or awards listed here. Donations for Traditional Scholarship Funds may be made by mailing a check to the school (write the name of the scholarship on the check memo line) or by credit card on our secure online donation page at www.bishopoconnell.org/give (choose Knight Fund and type the name of the scholarship in the Additional Instructions box). Donations for Endowed Scholarship Funds must be made directly to the Foundation for the Diocese of Arlington. Contact the Advancement Office at 703-237-1447 for more information.
Endowed Scholarship Funds
Endowed scholarships are invested through the Foundation for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. These scholarships will continue to be awarded in perpetuity without decreasing the principal investment.
John and Catherine Henry Endowed Scholarship
The John and Catherine Henry Endowed Scholarship was established by Alec Henry in 2014 to honor his mother, Catherine Henry, an English teacher at Bishop O’Connell and in memory of his father, John.
Maureen Kane Kammerer Creative Writing Endowed Scholarship
The Maureen Kane Kammerer Creative Writing Endowed Scholarship was established by the Kammerer Family in honor of their mother, Maureen, who was an English teacher at Bishop O’Connell from 1978 – 1985 and moderator of Largesse, the student literary/art magazine. Under Mrs. Kammerer’s stewardship, Largesse won an award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. This award will be granted to a rising senior, junior or sophomore author of a creative writing piece judged to be the best entry of the academic year.
Alice Gordon Vorbach Studio Arts Scholarship
The Alice Gordon Vorbach Studio Arts Scholarship was established by RADM Joseph Vorbach, USCG (ret) and his children Frances Vorbach Babashak ’82, Joseph E. Vorbach, III ’83, Emily Vorbach Gretz and Justin Vorbach ’87 in memory of Alice Gordon Vorbach, beloved wife and mother who was a dedicated religious educator and talented artist who had three children and two grandchildren graduate from Bishop O'Connell High School. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who excels in the visual arts.
Contact Kimberly Aubry, Director of Advancement at 703-237- 1447 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on endowed scholarships.
Traditional 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 Ballard Scholarship was established in 1993 by Mr. and Mrs. J. Vernon Ballard in memory of their son, John Anthony Ballard ’70. The scholarship is awarded to a rising freshman who has demonstrated both exceptional academic achievement and outstanding leadership ability.
Barry Edward Breen Scholarship Fund for the Visual and Performing Arts
This arts scholarship was established by the Board of Governors in 2010 as a tribute to Barry Edward Breen, President of Bishop O'Connell High School from 2004-2010, who is a passionate supporter of the visual and performing arts. The scholarship is awarded to two rising seniors (one boy/one girl) who have exceptional talent in the area of visual and/or performing arts.
Joseph W. Connolly Scholarship
The Joseph W. Connolly Scholarship was established in 1997 in memory and in tribute to Joseph Connolly, beloved math and physics teacher and coach, who served Bishop O’Connell for 31 years, from 1967 until his death in 1997. The scholarship is awarded to a practicing Catholic student who works to his/her potential. Preference will be given to families with multiple children attending Catholic schools.
De La Salle Award for Vocal Performance
This vocal music scholarship was established in 2011 by Bishop O’Connell High School and is awarded to two freshmen students for outstanding vocal performance. To be eligible for this award, students must plan to register for a choral class in their freshman year.
De La Salle Award for Instrumental Performance
This instrumental music scholarship was established in 2011 by Bishop O’Connell High School and is awarded to two incoming freshmen 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.
Rev. William Devine Military Scholarship
The Rev. William Devine Military Scholarship was established by U.S. Navy Capt. James Reeves and his wife Sarah to honor Father 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. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman child 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.
Henry Heishman Scholarship
The Henry Heishman Scholarship was established in memory of beloved Bishop O’Connell parent Henry Heishman to honor a rising senior who demonstrates leadership skills and a willingness to contribute to the school community. This scholarship is awarded to a student who is humble, hard working, respectful, and active in extracurricular activities.
I.H.M. Service Award
The I.M.H. Service Award was established in 2009 by Bishop O’Connell High School and is granted to rising freshmen who offer 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 are must attend an elementary school in the Diocese of Arlington and have a recommendation from their elementary school principal.
Knights Recognition Scholarship
The Knights Recognition Scholarship is granted to rising freshmen students for exemplary 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.
Rev. Monsignor John McMahon Scholarship
The Rev. Monsignor John McMahon Scholarship was established to recognize and pay tribute to the interest in Catholic education professed by Monsignor John J. McMahon.
Monsignor James W. McMurtrie Scholarship
The Monsignor James W. McMurtrie scholarship fund was established in 2005 and is awarded to a practicing Catholic student from the Diocese of Arlington.
Robert J. and Elizabeth K. Murphy Family Scholarships
The Elizabeth K. Murphy Scholarship was established in 1999 by Robert J. Murphy Jr. ’67 on behalf of his family (eight brothers and sisters are O’Connell graduates) in memory of their mother, Mrs. Elizabeth K. Murphy, who was a well-loved math teacher at O’Connell. In 2012 the Murphy family generously expanded the scholarship to include two awards each year and renamed it the Robert J. and Elizabeth K. Murphy Family Scholarships.
Jeanine Reing Musgrove Scholarship
The Jeanine Reing Musgrove Scholarship was established by the Reing and Musgrove families in 2013 in memory of former O’Connell teacher and alumna, Jeanine Reing Musgrove ’92.
O’Connell Alumni Scholarship
The O’Connell Alumni Scholarship was established in 2011 by alumni from the class of 1967. The scholarship is funded through alumni reunion gifts to the school.
O’Connell Scholar Award
The O’Connell Scholar Award is granted to rising freshmen for exemplary 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.
O’Donnell Family “Making a Difference” Award
The O’Donnell Family “Making a Difference Award was established in 2013 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 award is granted to incoming freshmen who have made a difference in their community by going above and beyond to help those in need.
Schaffner Family Scholarship
The Schaffner Family Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Joseph G. Schaffner by his wife Anne and their two children—Rachel Schaffner (Class of 2000) and Joseph M. Schaffner (Class of 2005). The scholarship is awarded to a rising freshman who demonstrates a strong interest and aptitude in math and science.
Colonel C.A. Seoane Award
The Colonel C.A. Seoane award was established through a bequest in 1965 from Colonel Seoane. The purpose of the award is to grant a monetary prize to three students who write the best essay in a contest responding to “Why I Like Being an American Citizen.”
“Spirit of O’Connell” Award
Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, the “Spirit of O’Connell” Award was established to honor 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."
Cindy Walls Scholarship
The Cindy Wall Scholarship was established by an anonymous donor 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 though her coaching philosophy. The recipient is a runner who is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the classroom and athletic competition, consistently supports their teammates and coaches, represents Bishop O’Connell in the most positive light possible, improves the community through service to others, and is a willing, able and effective leader.