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All students attending Badin High School receive tuition assistance because the cost of our tuition does not fully cover the cost of educating each student.

About one third of our families receive additional financial assistance in the form of tuition grants (financial aid) in order to afford a Badin education. Without Badin’s tuition assistance program, Badin’s enrollment would dwindle significantly.

Badin benefactors have established more than 55 grant and scholarship funds to assist Badin families. Questions about establishing a fund at Badin High School? See our Scholarship Fund FAQ

Types of Grant & Scholarship Funds:

Endowed Funds—these funds are invested for long-term growth. Only the interest income is awarded each year, and the corpus of the fund (the original gift amount) is kept in perpetuity. The recommended minimum gift to establish an endowed fund is $10,000. Endowed funds can also be established with smaller gifts. Contact Kelli Verdin Kurtz in the Advancement Office for more information.

Quasi Endowed Funds—these funds must retain the purpose and intent as specified by the donor in the fund agreement, or the source of the original funds and earnings may be expended only for the specified purpose. The principal (original gift amount) may or may not be invaded based on the criteria established by the donor.

Expendable Funds—donors who aren’t able to make a large initial investment often establish expendable funds for grants and scholarships. In an expendable fund, donors typically make annual contributions to cover the grant or scholarship amount.

Merit Scholarship Program—Badin benefactors offer a number of merit-based scholarships each year. Donors creating the funds establish set criteria for their scholarship award. Badin students go through an application and essay competition each year for many of these scholarships. Badin’s scholarship committee reviews the applications and makes the final selection. Donors or representatives of the donor family may participate in the selection process as allowed by IRS guidelines for scholarship selection criteria.

Current Badin Grant and Scholarship Funds:

Badin Music Department Scholarship
Badin Theatre Department Scholarship
Badin Visual Arts Department Scholarship

Badin Tuition Grant Fund

The Tuition Grant Fund is supported by Badin alumni, faculty and staff, and friends of Badin to provide tuition assistance for families with financial need. Charitable contributions are raised through the Annual Fund, memorials/honorariums and fundraising events.

Allison Baker Memorial Scholarship

Allie Baker was a beautiful young lady inside and out. She shared her sweet disposition and school spirit with others as a Badin cheerleader. She was killed in an automobile accident her sophomore year at Badin in 2006. This scholarship is awarded by the faculty of St. Ann School to an incoming freshman.

Joseph Bayer Memorial Grant

Joseph Bayer was a loyal Badin parent who sent all of his children through Badin. His family established this fund in his memory so that other students could have the same opportunities they had while at Badin. Mr. Bayer was a founding principal of Bayer-Becker Engineers, a highly respected civil engineering firm. Candidates must possess Christian ideals, a strong work ethic and exhibit financial need.

Ann Beer Memorial Scholarship

Badin graduate Ann Beer ‘72 was a teacher in the Edgewood School District when she was tragically killed in the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in 1977. Her parents established this fund in her memory because of her love for Badin and her passion for education. This award recognizes students with financial need who exhibit a caring and involved spirit at school.

David Beitz Memorial Tuition Grant

David Beitz ‘07 died in July 2012 after a brave battle with cancer. David was a special young man who came to Badin his freshman year after previously attending Hamilton city schools. He found a home here and made a lasting impression on the faculty and staff. His Badin friends were by his side throughout his brief illness and brought much joy to his life throughout high school and into adulthood.David’s family established the David Beitz Memorial Tuition Grant Fund in his memory. It will provide financial assistance to a student coming to Badin from a public school.

The Jeff Boyle Group at Coldwell Banker West Shell Scholarship

The Jeff Boyle Group established this scholarship for students from Queen of Peace Parish attending Badin High School. Qualified applicants must show an interest in entrepreneurship and community service. Jeff Boyle is the team leader for The Jeff Boyle Group. He began his career in real estate in 2009 after spending 10 years in the architecture and design industry where he specialized in residential design. Jeff and his wife, Jodi, live in Hanover Township with their two children.

Joyce and Vince Davin Scholarship

Joyce Holbrock Davin ‘58 established this scholarship in memory of her husband, Dr. Vince Davin ‘56. The Davin Scholarship offers emergency tuition assistance to a student who is in jeopardy of not returning to Badin because of financial hardship.

Frank and Vivian Debo Memorial Scholarship

Mike Debo '63 established this one-year scholarship award in memory of his parents, Frank and Vivian Debo. This scholarship was awarded to a current Badin student who exhibited financial need and participated in basketball or track.

Lucy & Frank DeNittis Memorial Scholarship

Lucy DeNittis was a 1938 graduate of Notre Dame High School, the all-girls Catholic high school that preceded Badin. Lucy and her husband, Frank, loved and supported Badin throughout their lives. Lucy established this scholarship because of her love of Badin and Catholic education. Students are chosen for this award based on financial need, a commitment to academics and Christian ideals.

Emergency Tuition Assistance Fund

During the economic crisis of 2008-2009, Badin established this fund to offer emergency aid for families who were at risk of withdrawing their children because of financial hardships. Badin alumni and friends rally together each year to support this fund.

Bob and Nelda Ernst Scholarship

Bob and Nelda Ernst have been making a difference at Badin High School for nearly 30 years when their youngest daughter, Kelli, entered Badin as a freshman in 1984. As past parents and current Badin grandparents, Bob and Nelda want to make a Badin education possible for students who show great potential to THINK, ACHIEVE, SERVE and LEAD. The Ernsts value hard work, determination and leadership. It was their desire to establish a scholarship for eighth grade graduates of Queen of Peace School and Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School who exemplify these traits and who plan to attend Badin High School. Eight $1,000 scholarships—four for each school--are awarded each year to students who meet these criteria and are nominated by their teachers and administrators. Bob and Nelda are the parents of Dave Ernst ’86 and Kelli Ernst Hodges ’88, and the proud grandparents of Garret ’16, AJ ’17, Shelby '19, and Elli Grace.

Dr. Kenneth and Marlene Fiehrer Scholarship

In April, 2014, Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Fiehrer established a scholarship for a Badin senior who plans to attend either the University of Dayton or St. Louis University and major in a science or math field—with preference given to engineering, pre-med or pre-dentistry. This scholarship is a four-year, renewable award. Dr. Fiehrer is a 1949 graduate of Hamilton Catholic. He practiced general dentistry in the Cincinnati area for nearly 50 years.

Raymond & Wilma Fiehrer Memorial Grant

The late Raymond ‘37 and Wilma Fiehrer were proud supporters of Catholic education and Badin High School. Recipients must exemplify true Christian ideals in their school work, in their extracurricular activities, and in their relationships with others.

Megan Filipek Memorial Scholarship

Megan Filipek ’02 was an outstanding Badin student by every measure. After her tragic death in 2006, her family established this scholarship in her memory to offer emergency financial assistance to Badin students. This scholarship is supported by the Filipek family, memorial contributions from friends and family, as well as a soccer tournament fundraiser in the summer.

Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Scholarship

The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, a benevolent organization of local men celebrating their Irish heritage, have long supported Badin High School and Catholic education. This scholarship provides emergency tuition assistance for Badin families.

Maureen L. Fritsch Memorial Scholarship

Maureen Molinsky Fritsch ‘59 was a loyal Badin supporter and past Badin parent who lost a valiant battle with cancer in 2002. Her husband, Tom ‘58, wanted to honor her memory by establishing a scholarship for an incoming freshman from St. Peter in Chains who exhibits Christian ideals in and out of the classroom. Candidates must also qualify for financial aid.

Erin Golden Memorial Scholarship

Erin Golden '08 was the epitome of a Badin Ram. As a student, she was involved in AMP (Athletes Making Progress), TAG and a student ambassador. She was most proud of being selected to attend the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Ranch and her participation as a key member of the state championship Girls soccer team (State Champs in 2005 and state runner ups in 2006 and 2007). In 2012, Erin was diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), a cancerous tumor in the brainstem. Erin's spunky, fearless attitude gave her a positive outlook on life. Despite her fearless approach to this devastating diagnosis, Erin left this life on March 11, 2013. Her parents, Marty and Ann Golden, and sister Kim '12, established the Erin Golden Memorial Scholarship in her honor to recognize a current Badin student who exemplifies the type of student Erin was during her years at Badin. This scholarship is awarded to a current junior who has been a student-athlete for 3 years and intends to play their senior year. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who is a recognized leader with an outgoing personality and complete love for Badin and for life.

Guardian Angel Fund

The Guardian Angel Fund was established in 2002 to offer tuition assistance to Badin students who lose a parent during their time as a Badin student. The goal of this fund is to cover the full cost of tuition if a Badin student loses a parent who is the primary wage-earner in the family. The amount of the award is dependent upon available funds.

Hamilton Catholic Alumni Grant

Hamilton Catholic High School for boys was the predecessor school to Badin. A Hamilton Catholic alumnus established this award to recognize a Catholic young man who strives to possess the Hamilton Catholic spirit. Candidates must qualify for financial aid.

Hamilton Catholic-Notre Dame Class of 1966

Grant Hamilton Catholic and Notre Dame High Schools are the predecessor schools to Badin High School. The Class of 1966 uses proceeds from its class reunions to fund a tuition grant each year. This grant is awarded to a student with financial need who exhibits Christian ideals in and out of the classroom and has a positive impact on his or her schoolmates.

Timothy (Tim) M. Hare Memorial Scholarship

Tim Hare '94 loved his family, was an active member of St. Ann Parish and School, and was proud to be a Badin Ram! As a loving tribute, Tim's family established this award to honor his memory. An annual tuition scholarship will be awarded to a current eighth grade student from St. Ann School who qualifies for financial aid and will be attending Badin High School in the fall.

Jeffrey Heinrich Memorial Scholarship

As a captain of the boys' soccer team and a member of the Kairos Core Team, Jeff '02 made a lasting impression on his classmates, teammates, friends and teachers as a kind and spirited young man. Jeff will be remembered for his enthusiasm and energy, his quiet leadership and smile. After his untimely death in 2006, Jeff's family established a scholarship fund in his memory to provide emergency tuition assistance to Badin students. This scholarship is loyally supported by friends and family every year.

Bernice &Greg Holbrock Scholarship

Bernice and Greg Holbrock established this scholarship to support Badin High School and help fund the education of Badin students. Now deceased, the Holbrock children and their families want to continue to honor their parent’s memory. Award recipients must demonstrate financial need and possess strong Christian ideals.

Kirsch Family Fund

Jack Kirsch '44 established a new unrestricted fund at the Hamilton Community Foundation, for the benefit of Badin High School. Badin will receive an annual distribution from the fund to help underwrite the school's greatest need as determined by the administration.

Carol Nistler Meister '61 Memorial Scholarship

Carol Nistler Meister had a passion for music and education. She was a teacher in Hamilton City Schools and several parochial schools for many years. An avid volunteer, Carol was very active in Partners in Prime, was a member of St. Ann Church, Rosary Society and the church choir. It was Carol's dying wish to establish a Badin scholarship, benefitting a student in the music program. Carol made Badin a beneficiary of her life insurance policy to fund this scholarship in perpetuity.

George Lane Memorial Grant

Mrs. Lane-Rickert established this fund in memory of her late husband. Recipients must exhibit true Christian ideals in and out of the classroom and demonstrate financial need.

Jack Loeffler Memorial Scholarship

The family and friends of Jack Loeffler ’61 established this scholarship in memory of Jack. He dedicated his life to helping others, coaching youth sports and to Catholic education. This award is bestowed by the faculty of Sacred Heart School to a Sacred Heart eighth grader who plans to attend Badin High School. The recipient must have participated in athletics sponsored by Sacred Heart Boosters, showed academic promise in the classroom and performed volunteer service in the community.

Betty Malone Memorial Scholarship

Wife of legendary football coach Terry Malone ’52, and beloved matriarch of the Malone family, Betty Malone loved the Badin Rams. Her family and countless friends and Badin supporters established this scholarship to be awarded to current Badin students who possess leadership qualities, exhibit financial need and play a varsity sport.

Maloney Family Memorial Scholarship

Robert Maloney established this scholarship fund in memory of the deceased members of the Maloney family: his devoted wife Vera, daughters Lynn Maloney Collins ’66 and Maureen Maloney Mayer ’74 and son Mike Maloney ’78. Mr. Maloney was an advocate for Catholic education. Award recipients must be eighth grade students who plan to enroll at Badin High School. They must exhibit true Christian ideals and work hard in school. Recipients are chosen by St. Peter in Chains faculty and are announced at eighth grade graduation.

Let Us Never Forget Scholarship in honor of SSG Robert A. Massarelli

Staff Sergeant Robert Masserelli was killed June 24, 2012 when a truck he was in collided with a Nationalist fuel truck in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Bobby was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army’s 96th Transportation Company and had completed three tours in Iraq before serving in Afghanistan. Bobby is the son of Pat and Mary Renneker Massarelli ’69.

Mary Mathews Memorial Scholarship

Mr. Bill Mathews established this scholarship in memory of his wife, Mary. Mr. and Mrs. Mathews proudly supported Badin High School and Catholic education. This scholarship is awarded by the faculty of St. Peter in Chains school to a student who plans to enroll at Badin.

Steve Mathews Memorial Scholarship

The family of Steve Mathews established this scholarship in his honor, a lifelong educator and proud Badin supporter. This scholarship was established to support an incoming ninth grader from St. Peter School and Sacred Heart School who qualify for financial aid and participate in a sport.

William Mathews Memorial Scholarship

The Mathews family established this scholarship in memory of their father, Bill. Mr. and Mrs. Mathews proudly supported Badin High School and Catholic education. This scholarship is awarded by the faculty of St. Peter in Chains school to a student enrolling at Badin.

William and Elaine McCaughey Memorial Scholarship

Mr. and Mrs. McCaughey proudly raised 14 children and sent all of them to Badin! In memory of their parents’ sacrifice and commitment to Catholic education, the McCaughey children established this fund to provide emergency tuition assistance for Badin families.

Robert & MaryLouise Mense Memorial Scholarship

The Mense family established this scholarship in memory of their parents. Scholarship recipients must demonstrate a strong work ethic, and true Christian ideals in their school work, in their extracurricular activities and in their relationships with others. Candidates must qualify for financial aid.

Kevin Miller Memorial Scholarship

Kevin Miller, a 1972 Badin graduate, was well-liked by students and faculty alike. Kevin’s parents, knowing that Kevin had a true love for his alma mater, established a scholarship after his untimely death in 1977. This award recognizes a student who qualifies for financial aid who exhibits a caring and involved spirit at school.

Paul E. Dinkel/Modulars Inc. Scholarship

The Dinkel family established this scholarship in honor of their father, Paul Dinkel. This scholarship is awarded to families in need of emergency tuition assistance.

Bill Mulcahey Memorial Grant

Bill Mulcahey 63’, a former Badin faculty member, believed fervently in Catholic education. The recipient must qualify for financial aid, having attended St. Ann’s School.

Music Scholarship

This competitive $1,000 scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman with outstanding musical talent. Auditions are held in the spring. A committee of music professionals oversee auditions and make the final selection.

John Osso Tuition Assistance Fund

John Osso '40 was a loyal supporter of Catholic education. His Italian immigrant parents worked fervently to provide their children with an education. John, an engineer by trade, in turn, helped to provide for his aging parents and siblings until his death in 2014. It was John's wish to carry on his family's benevolent legacy in perpetuity. Upon his death, John bequeathed his entire estate to Badin High School for the purposes of establishing an endowment to provide financial aid for Badin students.

Josephine Osso Memorial Fund

John Osso ’40 established this fund in memory of his dear sister, Josephine, to offer emergency financial assistance to Badin students.

Daniel Francis Pate Memorial Scholarship

Danny Pate ‘88 was a history teacher at Hamilton High School and a beloved Badin alum. At Hamilton High, Danny coordinated the school’s participation in the annual Civic’s Day program. To honor his memory, the Pate family has established this scholarship to recognize a Badin student who shares Danny’s love of history and shows an interest in Civic’s Day.

Pfirman Family Tuition Assistance Grant

Frank ’69 and Joanne Lepera Pfirman ’72 established this grant fund to provide emergency tuition assistance to Badin families. The selection is made based on financial hardship and is determined by the principal.

Pfister Family Scholarship

As the son of a bar owner and the daughter of a baker, Terry '71 and Phyllis Milillo Pfister '71 value Catholic education and the financial hardships many families face when sending their children to Catholic schools. Terry and Phyllis, along with their children, Brent '96, Danielle '98, Andy '01 and Dane '06, have chosen to establish a scholarship to provide tuition grants to St. Ann students enrolling in Badin High School. This scholarship is a renewable award and provides much needed financial assistance throughout the recipient's four years at Badin.

Clarence C. Reimer Scholarship Fund

Upon her death, Betty Bonar left provisions in her will to honor her father, Clarence, by establishing an endowed scholarship fund in his name. Clarence was an accomplished civil and mechanical engineer in Butler County.

Ronnie Schindler Memorial Grant

In 1983, the Schindler family suffered the tragic loss of their eldest son, Ronnie Schindler ‘81. Ronnie, a St. Ann graduate, was a well-liked young man who was very involved as a student at Badin High School. His family generously named a scholarship in his memory upon his death, and it has been supported by family and friends every year. The recipient must possess many of the same qualities that made Ronnie so special--he/she is a caring and involved young person at their school and he/she puts forth true effort in the classroom. Candidates must qualify for financial aid.

Dick Schmidt Memorial Scholarship

Dick Schmidt was “The Voice of the Rams,” announcing both football and basketball games for many years. He was also a loyal Badin supporter who went door-to-door in the 1960s to raise funds to help build Badin High School. He and his wife, Barbara, raised six children, all of whom graduated from Badin. Dick passed away in 2007 leaving behind quite a legacy. This scholarship is awarded to a student who participated in CYO or Badin sports, exhibits good character and good study skills. Candidates must qualify for financial aid.

Paul Seal Memorial Scholarship

Sponsored by Badin Marketing and DECA, this scholarship was established as a memorial to honor Paul Seal ’69 who died recently after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Paul was the first Badin DECA president. He will always be remembered as a true servant leader—he had a strong desire to give back to his school and improve his community. His legacy lives on through his family, his good works, and this scholarship. Paul is survived by his wife, Anna Korb Seal ’69, and their two beautiful daughters.

Irene & Guy Sherman Family Scholarship

Irene and Guy Sherman understand the sacrifice it takes to provide children with a Catholic education. All nine of their children attended Queen of Peace School and Badin High School. As adults--many of whom are making the same sacrifices as their parents--the Sherman children wanted to honor their parents with a scholarship in their name. This scholarship provides a $1,000 tuition grant to a Badin student from Queen of Peace parish who exhibits financial need.

Theatre Badin Scholarship

This competitive $1,000 scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman with outstanding theatrical ability. Auditions are held in the spring. A committee of theatre professionals oversee auditions and make the final selection. Proceeds from the Badin musical and drama programs underwrite this scholarship.

Charlene Tucker Memorial Scholarship

Mrs. Charlene Tucker was a Badin counselor for many years. Her father, Charles Salie, left a memorial in his will to honor his daughter for her love and commitment to Badin and to the DECA program. This recipient must participate in the DECA program and exhibit financial need.

Tuition Hardship Fund

Tom and Kay Collins established the Tuition Hardship Fund to provide emergency tuition assistance for Badin students. Tom served as Badin's principal from 1987 through 1991. Kay is Badin's current science department chair and teaches physiology and anatomy. They are the parents of two Badin graduates--T.J. '00 and Megan '02.

Libby Turnbull Memorial Scholarship

Libby Turnbull was a beloved English teacher and Student Council moderator at Badin from 1967- 1976. Former students, Don ’76 and Liz Toerner Tassone ’76, established this competitive $500 scholarship, which is awarded to a current junior. Award recipients submit essays answering this question, “Where do you see yourself in ten years, personally and professionally?,” and are selected by the English faculty.

Ralph Untener Memorial Scholarship

Ralph Untener believed in hard work and Catholic education. As a fitting tribute, his family established this scholarship to underwrite a large portion of the work-study program at Badin High School.

Gregory Vaughn Memorial Scholarship

Greg Vaughn ’03 was a notable Badin graduate whose life ended in a boating accident in 2006. Greg is fondly remembered for his outgoing personality and his love of Badin. This scholarship was established to offer emergency tuition assistance for Badin families.

Visual Art Scholarship

This competitive $1,000 scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman with outstanding artistic talent. Portfolio critiques are held in the spring. A committee of professional artists oversee the portfolio competition and make the final selection.

Carol Michael Williams Art Scholarship

Carol was a 1990 graduate of Badin who fought a valiant battle against cancer before succumbing to it in 2000. The Clarence B. Michael family established this fund in her memory because of her love of Badin and the arts. This scholarship is awarded to the winner of a competitive drawing competition.

Linda J. Wimmers Starfish Scholarship Fund

Linda Wimmers was a beloved Badin faculty member who passed away in 2008, but her spirit lives on at Badin through her family. Linda assisted many students in her time here, in part by helping to pay tuition so that a student could continue to attend Badin. Her husband has created a scholarship fund in her name to help Badin students continue their high school education at the school Linda dedicated her career and loved so dearly. Candidates must qualify for financial aid.

Scholar-Leader Academy Academic Scholarships

Badin High School established the Scholar-Leader Academy in 2011 to recognize students who score in the top 10% of the high school placement test. Academic scholarships ranging from 25% to full-ride, 4-year tuition awards are announced in January of each year.

Zettler Orthodontic Music Scholarship

Zettler Orthodontics is proud to underwrite the 4-year renewable music scholarship awarded in 2012-2013. Robert Weatherington, from Bethany School, was selected by a committee of music professionals after a competitive audition process. Robert is a member of the Badin Rocks Ensemble and is an active participant in drama and musical productions.

SPECIAL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

Ann Beer Memorial Scholarship

Ann Beer ’72 was tragically killed in the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in 1977, during her first year as a teacher in Edgewood Schools. A graduate of Miami University, Ann was passionate about education. Her parents, Dick ’50 and Joan Hynes Beer ’48, established this scholarship to be awarded to a graduating senior planning to attend Miami University and major in education.

Mike Cappa Memorial Scholarship

Mike Cappa ’67 was tragically killed by a drunk driver shortly after his high school graduation. His family established this scholarship in his memory to be awarded to a graduating senior who will attend Miami University and major in Business just as Mike had planned to do. It is one of Badin’s longest running scholarships.

Patrick Connelly Leadership Scholarship

Patrick Connelly ’73 was a natural leader. He had a love of Badin High School and Miami University. Pat’s family established this memorial $1,000 college scholarship to a graduating senior attending Miami University who exhibits strong leadership skills and has served in leadership roles throughout his or her Badin career.

Frank and Lucy DeNittis Memorial Scholarship

Frank and Lucy Gervasio DeNittis ’38 were a generous couple who valued Catholic education. Having no children of their own, Frank and Lucy wanted to support families who sacrificed to send their children to Catholic schools. This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior exhibiting strong Christian ideals, planning to pursue a college education, and exhibiting financial need.

Rebecca Henes Memorial Scholarship

The family of Becky Henes ’88 awards a $1,000 college scholarship to a graduating senior girl planning to attend college. Becky was a well-loved classmate and friend. She passed away after a sudden illness shortly after her high school graduation.