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Scholarship opportunities for 8th grade students going on to Madonna High School

The first scholarship is the Master of Ceremonies Scholarship. This is a $250 scholarship that is awarded to altar servers that attain the elite rank of Master of Ceremonies while in grade school. This scholarship recognizes a student’s service to Christ and His Church.

The second scholarship is the James McCune and Lester Rokisky Memorial Scholarship. This is a $500 scholarship and is awarded to the student that is fervent in their faith and committed to furthering their education at Madonna High School.

The third and final scholarship is the Emanuel Starvaggi Memorial Scholarship. This is a $1000 scholarship and is awarded to the student that not only excels academically but is dedicated to serving the community and the church.

The Aquinas Medal

One student, usually from the eighth grade, who embodies the qualities we seek to install in our students.  The medal is not intended as strictly an academic recognition but to make visible those young people in our school who embody the spirit of the school’s mission and the philosophy of the Catholic school education. The principal will present the Aquinas Medal to the student, a congratulatory letter from the Bishop, and a letter from the Superintendent of Catholic Schools.

  • academics (considered but not mandatory)
  • extracurricular activities (clubs, instruments, sports, etc.)
  • major achievements (honor roll, 4.0 GPA)
  • interesting qualities ( loves to play violin, has 2 siblings, animals)
  • future career goals
  • service to the parish, school and community

Hope Scholarship

Hope Scholarship Information
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2022-2023 Diocesan Tuition Assistance Process is Open

For the 30th consecutive year, the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is striving to keep Catholic school education affordable for Catholic families who desire it for their children but who may need some financial assistance to make that dream a reality. Thanks to the ongoing and genuine commitment of The Most Reverend Mark Brennan to the Catholic schools in our Diocese, funds have, once again, been allocated for distribution to Catholic families in need of financial assistance.

Applying for TAP through FACTS is easy and affordable. You are encouraged to apply if your child is already enrolled or has been accepted by one of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston for the 2022-2023 school year.

Download the TAP information as a .pdf

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Who is eligible?

Any Catholic student accepted for the 2022-2023 school year in any Diocesan Catholic school (PK thru grade 12) and who belongs to a parish included on the drop-down list as part of the on-line application is eligible. Determinations are based upon a family’s degree of need relative to all other applicants.

How do I apply?

Applications are made on-line. Go to, click on “Grant & Aid Assessment” and log in. If you do not have Internet access, contact your school office for assistance.


The application fee is $35. The Diocese will pay $17.50 and families pay the other $17.50.


Diocesan grants for Catholic families who have completed their applications and show financial need will receive up to 50% of the child’s tuition.

Phase I Deadline – April 29, 2022

In order to receive notification in late May, applications (including all required documentation and payment of the fee) are to be received by FACTS by April 29, 2022.

Phase I is intended for families with children currently enrolled or already accepted for the 2022-2023 school year in any Catholic school in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.

Phase II
Diocesan Deadline – August 31, 2022
Actual Deadline for Paperwork – August 31, 2022

In order to receive notification in early September, all applications for 2022-2023 (including all required documentation and payment of the fee) MUST be RECEIVED by FACTS no later than August 31, 2022. This is a firm deadline. Phase II is intended for families new to the school or who have had a life-changing event (i.e. birth, death, loss of job, major illness). If an application was submitted during Phase I, please contact the school. Please do NOT submit a second application.

Note 1:

No assistance will be available from the Diocese or from any school unless:

  • an application is completed in full (ALL questions answered) and submitted
  • all required documentation is provided, AND
  • the family portion ($17.50) of the application fee is paid by the deadline.

Note 2:

ONLY ONE APPLICATION PER FAMILY should be submitted per school year. If you made an error or had a life event change, please do NOT submit a second application. Contact your principal and your application can be updated by FACTS.

Immunization Requirements for 7th Graders

Students entering 7th grade must show proof of a booster dose of Tdap vaccine, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pert.. (whooping cough) and a dose of the meningococcal vaccine.

Although Tdap and meningococcal shots are required for entry into seventh grade, they are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for adolescents beginning at age 11. Parents are encouraged to have their children immunized after they turn 11, rather than wait until right before the start of 7th grade to ensure that they are fully protected from these vaccine-preventable diseases throughout their adolescence.