Apply to Become a Madonna Scholar

Thank you for your interest in the Madonna Foundation Scholarship Program. Online applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available through the Madonna Foundation website from February 1, 2019 to February 28, 2019.

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Madonna Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

Before completing the online portion of the application, please be sure you meet the following requirements:

  • Applying for admission to one of our partner all-girl Catholic schools as a freshman or as a returning Madonna Scholar. Our partner high schools include: Josephinum Academy, Resurrection High School, Trinity High School, Regina Dominican, Our Lady of Tepeyac and Mother McAuley High School.
  • Our income requirement for new incoming applicants is $15,000 per person in the family per year or less. For example, a family of 4 with a total annual income of $60,000 or less would be eligible to apply; a family of 4 with a total annual income of more than $60,000 per year would not be eligible.
  • Applicants must complete through their high school a financial aid application by February 28, 2019.

Madonna Scholar Expectations

If a scholarship award is offered to a student, the student and a parent must sign a scholarship agreement (English version | Spanish version) accepting the terms of the scholarship. This agreement acknowledges that the Madonna Foundation shares financial and academic records with the high schools, and it also includes a photo release for scholars.

Madonna Scholars are expected to do the following:

  1. Maintain an acceptable academic, discipline and attendance record at school, demonstrating effort. Madonna Scholars are expected to maintain a minimum of a “C” Grade in all subjects. Students falling below a “C” average will be placed on academic probation with the Madonna Foundation. Weekly tutoring will be required either through the school or through the Foundation and paid for by the Madonna Foundation if necessary.
  2. Attend and participate in Madonna Scholars’ programming throughout the year. Each scholar is required to attend events and should plan on spending an average of 5 hours per month dedicated to Madonna Foundation programming.
  3. Respond to the Madonna Foundation Director and /or Manager in a timely matter. Scholars and guardians are expected to be responsive to the Foundation, returning phone calls and emails within 2 business days.

* Cases of noncompliance will be reviewed by Madonna Foundation’s administration and may result in termination of the scholarship.

Madonna Scholarship Application Process

Once you verify that you are eligible to apply and understand the scholarship expectations, please gather the necessary information to complete the online application. The online application is available February 1 – February 28, 2019.

Completed applications for first time Madonna Scholars applicants will include:

  • An on-line questionnaire to be completed by the student and an essay (limit essay to 350 words or less).
    (1) Why would you like to become a Madonna Scholar?
    (2) What do you hope to gain from being a part of this program?
    (3) How do you see this program making an impact on your goals for high school and in your life?
  • An online questionnaire to be completed by a guardian, including financial information. The guardian will need a W2, 990, or current pay stub in order to complete this information. (Financial information will be verified with the school).
  • A completed recommendation form from a current teacher or school administrator. You will need to contact this teacher and have them complete an online recommendation form through the Madonna Foundation website. Please click on the recommendation form link for further instructions. It is important that we receive this recommendation email back no later than February 28, 2019.
  • Applicants must complete a school financial aid application through their high school by February 28, 2019.
  • New freshman students will need to upload a copy of their most recent 8th grade report cards from their junior high school. High Schools will provide entrance exam scores on incoming students.

Completed applications for returning Madonna Scholars applicants will include:

  • An online questionnaire to be completed by the student and a brief essay (limit essay to 350 words or less).
    (1) Why is it important to you to continue as a Madonna Scholar?
    (2) How has being a Madonna Scholar impacted your high school experience?
    (3) What are your aspirational goals for the upcoming year and how can the Madonna Foundation help you reach these goals?
    (4) What are your goals for college and how has the Madonna Foundation impacted those goals?
    (5) What type of events or workshop topics would you would like to see happen this upcoming year?
  • An online questionnaire to be completed by a guardian, including financial information. The guardian will need a W2, 990, or current pay stub in order to complete this information. (Financial information will be verified with the school).
  • A completed recommendation form from a current teacher or school administrator. You will need to contact this teacher and have them complete an online recommendation form through the Madonna Foundation website. Please click on the recommendation form link for further instructions. It is important that we receive this recommendation email back no later than February 28, 2019.
  • Applicants must complete a school financial aid application through their high school by February 28, 2019.

IMPORTANT NOTE WHILE COMPLETING THE APPLICATION:

Students and a guardian should plan to spend at least 1 hour completing the online application after all information is gathered.

The deadline for the online submission is February 28, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

If you have any questions about eligibility, expectations, or the application process, please contact:

Betsy Garbrecht, Madonna Foundation Advancement and Scholarship Manager
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: (708) 269-3149
Office: (331)-318-5170

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