Thanks to the generosity of our alumni and friends, Bishop Guertin is able to provide a number of scholarships for students enrolled at the school. Students are highly encouraged to apply for these scholarships when the applications become available during the school year.
FOR INCOMING OR CURRENT FRESHMAN
Barowski Family Scholarship ($1,000)
This scholarship was established by the eight children of John (’78) and the late Mary Ann Barowski, who are all BGHS Alumni (’05, ’06, ’07, ’09, ’11, ’15, ’15, ’17). This scholarship is to honor John and Mary Ann and their unwavering commitment to Catholic School education, especially at Bishop Guertin High School.
Criteria: The recipient must be an incoming freshman or a returning student entering his/her sophomore, junior, or senior year, plans to participate in an extracurricular activity at BGHS, and holds a minimum GPA of 3.0. Through his/her application essay the candidate will explain the importance of Catholic School education in his/her life.
Kailyn’s Gift Scholarship ($1,000)
This scholarship was established by a Bishop Guertin Family to honor their late infant daughter Kailyn who would have been a member of the Class of 2018. It is intended to serve as a model for the “pay it forward” ideal as the family has always believed in giving and paying it forward. Early in life, they were only able to give of their time but are fortunate at this point in their lives that they are able to give financially. They believe in all BG has to offer and feel blessed that their children have been able to attend BG (her siblings are members of the Classes of 2014 and 2020). This scholarship will provide an opportunity for other families to also enjoy the whole-person formation learning experience that BG provides. This award comes with the expectation that when the recipient is able, he/she will pay it forward.
Criteria: The three (3), one thousand dollar recipients, must be current freshmen who are students in good standing and who plan to contribute to the overall Bishop Guertin community. Ideal candidates should be able to display extreme financial need. (This scholarship has its own application form.)
FOR RETURNING STUDENTS
Arthur Bazdanes Memorial Scholarship ($750)
The Arthur Bazdanes Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Arthur “Baz” Bazdanes by the members of the Bazdanes family, coworkers and friends. “Baz” had been a coach, teacher, Dean, and Vice Principal at BG for 27 years when he lost his battle with cancer. His family and the BG students always came first. He was kind, compassionate and patient.
Criteria: A current student who has a 2.5 GPA or better and is involved in his/her community and/or church. Consideration is given to students who are athletic managers/trainers.
Br. Albert J. Morel, S.C. Scholarship ($2,000)
This scholarship, established by Br. Al, memorializes a man who dedicated many years to Bishop Guertin High School. Br. Al gave support and assistance with his words and actions to thousands in this community, so too will his memory serve those recipients who continue their BG education.
Criteria: Five (5) returning students are selected who are dedicated and loyal and promise to assist a future BG student in need when they become adults and have the financial means to make a contribution to this or another BG scholarship.
Br. Euclid J. Beaumont, S.C. Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)
Br. Euclid was the founding principal of Bishop Guertin High School, who passed away on August 10, 1996. It was Br. Euclid’s drive and enthusiasm that oversaw the construction of the bricks and mortar that later became his beloved Bishop Guertin. Br. Euclid leaves a legacy of commitment, pride, and devotion to the school, the community, and to all of those with whom he came in contact. He truly was the spirit of Bishop Guertin.
Criteria: A current junior who has demonstrated commitment, dedication and loyalty to BGHS.
Brian Kinney ‘91 Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
This scholarship has been established by John Sullivan ‘91, the Bishop Guertin class of 1991, as well as Brian’s family and friends. Brian Kinney was an active student at Bishop Guertin and involved in many clubs, activities, and sports. Most notably, Brian had a passion and love for baseball. In 2001, Brian was working as a manager in the Global Risk Management Solutions at PricewaterhouseCooper LLP, in Boston, Massachusetts. On September 11, 2001, Brian boarded United Airlines Flight 175 in Boston and was bound for Los Angeles to meet with a client. Brian’s flight was hijacked and tragically flown into the World Trade Center’s South Tower on that fateful morning. It is in his memory and his compassion for others that this scholarship has been established.
Criteria: The recipient should have been at Bishop Guertin for at least one year, entering his/her sophomore, junior, or senior year, and must have demonstrated financial need. Ideally, applicants should hold a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be considered a member of the community in good standing, meaning the recipient should represent the core values of Bishop Guertin, both in and out of the classroom. When possible, consideration may be given to a member/participant of the BG Baseball/Softball program, without regard for athletic potential.
Bruce McComish Jr. Memorial Scholarship ($500)
This scholarship, established by the McComish Family including alumni, Jeff ’90, in memory of their son & brother, Bruce Jr., who passed away in July of 1998, and had an unfulfilled desire to attend BGHS.
Criteria: A student entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year, has a financial need, maintain a 3.0 GPA, and is a member of an athletic team. If qualified, preference is given to a student from Wilton/Lyndeborough. Consideration will also be given to students who participate in other extracurricular activities (band, etc).
Burke/Bemiss Honorarium ($500)
The Burke/Bemiss Honorarium was established to honor two amazing women. Barbara Bemiss was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Active in her church and always willing to help anyone in need, she was an all-around good person who made a difference. Gertrude Burke raised five children on her own after being widowed at age 48. She has been an inspiration to her children and grandchildren and remains an active part of their lives.
Criteria: A current student with a 3.5 GPA or higher with at least one honors class, participates in athletics either at BG or elsewhere, demonstrates leadership qualities and participates in random acts of kindness.
Christopher Block Spirit of the Cardinal Scholarship ($1,500)
This scholarship was established in 2019 by Christopher’s parents, Kristin and Glenn, along with his sister Abigail ‘21, and their family and friends. Christopher was a person who embodied the definition of “all in”. A true friend, classmate, teammate and colleague, he made everyone around him feel special. Chris was a passionate fan of BG and all things Green and Gold. His “joie de vivre” cannot be captured in words but his deeds spoke volumes. It is said that a person’s worth can be measured in their positive impact around them. Christopher left the world a better place and Bishop Guertin High School was the lucky recipient of some of that spirit. We are indeed a better school because of Chris.
Criteria: Two (2) scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each will be awarded. The recipient must be a rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior who is a member of the Bishop Guertin Community in good standing. The ideal candidate must be willing to answer the question below. This award comes with the expectation that when the recipient is able, he/she will pay it forward and help the next generation of Cardinals.
Christopher Griffin ’79 Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
The Christopher Griffin ‘79 Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of BG graduate Christopher Griffin from the class of 1979. This scholarship has been made possible through the success of the annual Christopher Griffin ’79 Memorial Golf Tournament, held every August, and the generosity of the Tournament Committee.
Criteria: Three (3) scholarships will be awarded. A current Bishop Guertin student with a minimum GPA of 2.5, is committed to his/her studies, has expressed interest in the Fine Arts at BG (art, dance, drama, music, theater) and has a financial need.
Goyette Family Scholarship ($1,000)
This scholarship was established by the Goyette family to honor Victor and Anita Goyette, who had a great love for Catholic education and in particular for Bishop Guertin High School.
Criteria: The scholarship is awarded to a BG student, who is a practicing Catholic from NH, who is enrolled in upper level French classes, and who demonstrates service and commitment to others. Preference is given to a student in financial need.
Greater Nashua Knights of Columbus Scholarship ($500)
This scholarship was established by various Knights of Columbus councils in the greater Nashua area to support their family members who attend Bishop Guertin High School.
Criteria: The Scholarship is awarded to the child or grandchild of a Knight in good standing from one of the participating Councils, who is a practicing Catholic and who demonstrates financial need. Applicants may verify their father/grandfather’s eligibility status with a letter or email from the Financial Secretary of the participating Council.
Hockey Alumni Golf Scholarship ($2,500)
This scholarship has been established to benefit Bishop Guertin High School students in need of financial assistance.
Criteria: Two (2) $2500 scholarships will be awarded. The recipient should have been at Bishop Guertin for at least one year, entering his/her sophomore, junior, or senior year and must have demonstrated financial need. Ideally, applicants should hold a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher and be considered a member of the community in good standing, meaning the recipient should represent the core values of Bishop Guertin, both in and out of the classroom. When possible, consideration may be given to a member/participant of the BG Hockey program, without regard for athletic potential.
Jodi A. Kemos Memorial Scholarship ($1000)
The Jodi A. Kemos Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Jodi Kemos, has been made possible by the success of the Jodi Kemos Memorial Golf Tournament held in September and the generosity of the Kemos family.
Criteria: Two (2) scholarships are available to returning student athletes whose family is struggling with an unexpected hardship. Preference will be given to students with a 3.0 GPA or higher, who are involved in wrestling, football, or lacrosse.
Kathleen Milan M’81 Memorial Scholarship ($500)
This scholarship was established in 1993 in memory of Kathleen Milan, a graduate of Mount Saint Mary Seminary in Nashua.
Criteria: Two (2) scholarships, a young man and a young woman, currently juniors or seniors, who have demonstrated involvement in student government, and service to peers and others, particularly the less fortunate.
Keegan Family Courage & Faith Scholarship ($500)
These scholarships established in December 2012 by Dana and Brendan Keegan ’87 focus on identifying and rewarding young leaders for their ability to make the extraordinary happen for the BG community.
Criteria: Three (3) scholarships available to returning sophomores, juniors, and seniors. A student who exhibits superior leadership potential across all facets of the BG community – athletics, academics, student government, and/or community involvement. A student who has the courage to fail and the faith to succeed.
Keith Audette ’92 Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
The Keith Audette ‘92 Memorial Scholarship was established by the family and friends of Keith Audette, who passed away unexpectedly in February 2011. Keith was an active student who was involved in a variety of clubs, teams, and activities. He was a member of the National Honor Society, played soccer and basketball, participated in the Key and Foreign Language Clubs, and was involved with the Cardinal Crosier (monthly student news).
Criteria: A continuing BG student who is able to provide evidence of academic achievement of a 3.0 GPA or better, has financial need, is a contributing member of the school community, with consideration given to members of BG’s athletic teams.
Leo Koch Family Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
This scholarship was established in 2019 in honor of Leo Koch, former Mount Saint Mary and Bishop Guertin Women’s Soccer Coach and State Champion. This scholarship was created by the daughters of Leo Koch; Kristan Koch MSMS ’87, Heather Koch Palmer, MSMS ’89, Stephanie Koch Dinunzio, BG/MSMS ’93 along with their mom, Carol Koch. Widely respected for his expertise in the game of soccer, his understanding of the term “student-athlete” and his belief in the empowerment of female athletes are his greatest contributions (legacies). Coach Koch insisted that his female athletes presented themselves in the highest regard – representing the core values of Mount Saint Mary and Bishop Guertin both in the classroom and on the field. A true proponent of sportsmanship, his teams were renowned for hard play and respect for opponents. He fostered a spirit of strength and independence with his female athletes believing that worth and importance is not based on gender but rather on heart and determination.
Criteria: The recipient must be a current student who is held in good standing and who plans to contribute to the overall Bishop Guertin community. Ideal candidates should be able to display financial need and be willing to fill out the application form. When possible, consideration may be given to a member/participant of the BG soccer program, without regard for athletic potential. This award comes with the expectation that when the recipient is able, he/she will pay it forward.
Mount Saint Mary Alumnae Scholarship ($500)
This scholarship was established by the alumnae of Mount Saint Mary Seminary (MSMS) as a way to help remind the young women of BG that they are a part of the legacy of MSMS. The scholarship also honors the school itself, the Sisters, and all the alumnae who graduated from “The Mount”. This scholarship is in recognition of the gift of Mount Saint Mary’s in the lives of alumnae, and in the young women of Bishop Guertin High School today.
Criteria: A young woman, who must provide evidence of: academic achievement of a 3.0 GPA or better, an earnest heart with a desire to perform good works for the less fortunate in her community, commitment to her Faith and bold commitment to advancing and enhancing the role of women in her school, community and place of worship.
O-Sensei Lou Desmarais Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
This scholarship was established by IMAS Foundation and the Genest and Desmarais Families.
Criteria: Applicants must be a student entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year, who maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants must be involved in their home community as well as at school. Applicants must demonstrate service to others such as: volunteering at a local non-profit, involvement in BG’s Campus Ministry, and has a financial need (must have applied for Financial Aid at BGHS). When possible, consideration may be given to an art student or a wrestler.
Sarah Ann Atkinson Memorial Scholarship ($1000)
The Sarah Ann Atkinson Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the life of Sarah A. Atkinson. Sarah was one of five Atkinson children to attend Bishop Guertin. Despite dealing with dire health issues, Sarah’s strength and delightfully cheerful spirit demonstrated a commitment to achievement and a resolve to experience a sense of normalcy in her life. By establishing this scholarship, the Atkinson family has memorialized Sarah’s legacy as one of lending a helping hand to others facing significant hardships.
Criteria: The recipient must be a student entering his/her sophomore, junior, or senior year, who has been at BG for at least one year, is in good standing and holds a minimum GPA of 2.5. Through his/her unique application, a candidate must demonstrate how he/she has overcome some personal challenges to succeed at Bishop Guertin.
Sarah D. Maciejewski ‘05 Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
Sarah had a love for life and all it brought to her. She is remembered for a contagious energy and a smile that lit up any room she entered. During her four years at BG, she participated in a number of activities including Winter and Spring Track and the French National Honor Society. She had hoped to enter the field of education. Every day, Sarah demonstrated what it meant to be a true friend. This scholarship was established by the Maciejewski family to honor Sarah’s memory and to celebrate the friendships she fostered at BG.
Criteria: The recipient must be a student entering their sophomore, junior or senior year, who has been at BG for at least one year with a 2.5 GPA or higher, and demonstrates the qualities of being a good friend.
Shawn McGivern ’86 Memorial ($1000)
This scholarship was established by the McGivern family in memory of their son and brother, Shawn, a Class of ’86 alumni who died after a bout with Leukemia in 1991.
Criteria: A returning student who is an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish (Litchfield, NH), who contributes to the school community, demonstrates values congruent with the school and has a financial need.
Wagner Family Scholarship ($1,000)
The Wagner created this scholarship to provide financial assistance to current Bishop Guertin students, with special consideration given to students from Pelham, NH. The primary focus will be to assist families who demonstrate financial need or who are experiencing personal hardship so as to find themselves unable to fully meet their tuition obligations.
Criteria: The Financial support provided through this fund is meant to animate the spirituality of the Heart of Christ through compassion, attention, affection, and respect for the individual, building a sanctuary for those in need. Throughout their history, The Brothers of the Sacred Heart have always held a special place in their hearts for those in financial need, providing those students access to a high level of education and a strong Christian and Catholic formation. Inspired by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart’s mission, “To rescue the young from ignorance, to prepare them for life, and to give them a knowledge and love of religion,” The Wagner Family Scholarship supports this long tradition of care and concern for those in financial need. This award comes with the expectation that when the recipient is able, he/she will pay it forward and help the next generation of Cardinals.
William Soucy Scholarship ($500)
The William Soucy Scholarship was established by his wife in William’s memory who worked for the former Alexander’s Market.
Criteria: A returning student dedicated and loyal to BGHS and is in good academic standing with a 3.0 G.P.A. or higher.
FOR GRADUATING SENIORS
Captain John A. Ogonowski Scholarship ($500)
This scholarship, established by the Ogonowski Family, is awarded in memory of Capt. John A. Ogonowski; one of the pilots who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Mr. Ogonowski was the parent of two BG students at the time, both of whom are now successful graduates.
Criteria: A graduating senior who has contributed to the BG community throughout his/her high school years but who may not gain recognition in other forums. He/she is hardworking, honest, consistent, positive and a contributing member of the school community in spite of significant personal challenges. That personal challenge may involve the loss of a parent or other significant or life changing event through which the person grew, matured and succeeded. Please include your personal challenge in your essay.
Michael J. O’Mara Unsung Hero Scholarship ($1,000)
This scholarship was established in 2019 by Michael’s parents, Jim and Patti, along with his siblings, Alyssa ‘03, Patrick and Shannon. Michael was one of those people who lived a servant’s heart. A true friend, classmate, teammate and colleague, he tended to shy away from the limelight, preferring that his contributions were made quietly. This scholarship is designed to honor those students who, like Michael, made their community, their team, and or their activity better without seeking attention or credit. Integral members of their community, they are often unrecognized but never unnoticed because of their warmth, their passion, and their talent. Unsung heroes contribute to their world for the betterment of their world, not for the advancement of their own notoriety.
Criteria: The $1,000 will be awarded to a graduating senior who is planning to attend a two- or four-year university. The ideal candidate must be willing to answer the question below. This award comes with the expectation that when the recipient is able, he/she will pay it forward and help the next generation of Cardinals.
MRB “perfick” Foundation Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)
This scholarship was established by the children of Robert and Marlene Burke, and their grandchildren, Mitchell Burke, Bishop Guertin Class of 2013 and Sophie Adair, Bishop Guertin Class of 2019. Both parents, mom a 40 year teacher and dad, a community leader, small business entrepreneur, and great golfer, lived a life of servant leadership – in word and in deed. Deeply rooted in Christian virtues, they instilled the values of Faith, Family, Philanthropy and Forgiveness in their children. Both were firm believers in second chances, and overcoming adversity, championing the underdog. This scholarship will honor those students who have overcome significant challenges and who plan to major in education or a similar field of study.
Criteria: Two (2) scholarships in the amount of $1500 each will be awarded to two (2) graduating seniors who will take those core values into their teaching career. Ideal candidates should be able to display financial need and be willing to answer the question below. This award comes with the expectation that when the recipient is able, he/she will pay it forward and help the next generation of Cardinals.