Student Scholarships

Support a Scholarship, Change a Life!

Support a Scholarship, Change a Life!


Thanks to the donors who give annually to student scholarships, AHA is able to provide over $2.5 million in need-based financial aid! These donors are helping AHA fulfill its mission of sharing our excellent Catholic college preparatory program with over 350 students. The unique circumstances of these last few years make providing access to AHA even more challenging. We hope you will prayerfully consider giving to our scholarship program or establish their own named scholarship, so that even more students may thrive and so that enrollment will grow at Holy Angels!

If you would like to learn more about how you can support our students by donating to an existing scholarship fund or establishing your own, please read the information below and/or contact Jesse Foley '89 (612-798-2621, or Brian McCartan (612-798-2618,

Click Here to Give to a Named Scholarship

Opportunity to Establish a Scholarship

Through an annual cash commitment of $1,000 or greater, donors may establish their own scholarship named by the donor and with its own specific criteria and qualifications.

Establish an Endowed Scholarship
Donors may also establish an endowed scholarship fund with a commitment of $25,000 or more with a cash or planned (commonly in the form of a will or an estate) gift. These funds are invested by Holy Angels and the earnings from this fund provides a scholarship to an AHA student in perpetuity. Learn more about including Holy Angels in your estate plan.

Academy of Holy Angels 2022-23 Scholarships


All of the Holy Angels scholarships listed below, (except the *St. Joseph Scholarship) are awarded to students whose families have a demonstrated financial need through the TADS financial aid program. The St. Joseph Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for incoming 9th graders that honors students with strong academic achievement, exemplary conduct and service to others.


The David Anderson Memorial Scholarship was stablished by parents Ed and Christine Hunt Anderson '71 to honor their son and former AHA student David Anderson. The scholarship is for a student in any class with a strong interest in social justice and who demonstrates heart and compassion for others.   

The John D. Banovetz Memorial Scholarship is granted to two members of the junior class, intended to help them concentrate on academics and school-related activities during their senior year. The award is based on outstanding scholarship potential, leadership qualities, and involvement in school activities. It is selected by the Banovetz family from a list of junior candidates provided by the AHA Financial Aid office.

The Caitlan Barton ’06 Memorial Scholarship was established through the heartfelt generosity of her classmates, family, and friends to honor the late Caitlan Barton ‘06. This scholarship provides financial support to four deserving students. Students receiving the scholarship must meet and maintain high standards in academics, leadership, school involvement, service and moral character. Students should also strive to excel in academics, arts and athletics. Be great like Cait! 

The Fred and Carol Breitling Scholarships

  •    Breitling Service Scholarship: For a rising junior or senior student (boy or girl) with strong academic performance and who has an interest in serving in the United States military. 
  •    Breitling Teamwork and Fair Play Scholarship:  For a student involved in activities with a strong work ethic, perseverance and excellent team work and fair play.

The Father Mike Byron Scholarship was established in the Fall of 2022 through the heartfelt generosity of Father Mike's family. This scholarship provides financial support to a deserving students who has a demonstrated interest in service to others.   

The Molly Cade Memorial Scholarship is for junior or senior students who exhibit strong leadership ability. The recipients must remain drug/alcohol free to receive the award.

The Catholic Services Appeal Foundation Scholarships are for students whose families demonstrate a very high financial need and would not be able to afford a Catholic high school without significant help. The scholarship is selected through the TADS financial aid process.

The Class of 1979 Scholarship Fund. Recipients are awarded these scholarships through the donations from members of the Class of 1979.

The Class of 1980 Scholarship Fund. Recipients are awarded these scholarships through the combined donations from the Class of 1980.

The Joe Cure '02 Memorial Scholarship was established in 2015 by Joe’s teammates, classmates and friends to honor the late Joe Cure ‘02. Funds are raised in part through the Cure Cup Alumni Hockey game for a need-based scholarship in Joe's name. The scholarship criteria aims to honor students who are involved in a wide variety of AHA offerings including, community service, sports and theater/acting.  Due to the generosity of Joe's friends, each year 2-3 scholarships are granted.

The Barry DeLude Memorial Scholarship was established by his family to honor Barry, a Minneapolis Fire Fighter who passed away in 2007. The scholarship is awarded to a student who could benefit from the gentle, yet strong guidance available at AHA. Recipient must demonstrate traits of Barry’s sons Jacob ’08 and Mark ‘09 including loyalty, compassion, a sense of service, and a competitive spirit.

The Jeff Elsen '75 Memorial Scholarship is a combined scholarship organized by the multi-generational Elsen family.  Two $1000 need-based scholarships are given each year to an AHA student who has an interest in theater and/or music. The scholarship committee makes the decisions on the recipients.

The Excellence in Academics Scholarship Fund is for students in any grade who have a strong grade point average and are excelling in advanced and/or Advanced Placement courses.

The Tyler Fey `00 Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to honor the late Tyler Fey ’00 who as a United States Marine was killed by enemy hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq on April 4, 2004. Tyler’s awards include the Purple Heart Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon, the Iraq Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Award, Expert Rifleman Medal and the Global War on terrorism Medal. The scholarship is awarded to average students who have a strong desire to receive the education that AHA provides and whose parents are committed to supporting them in their efforts.

The Flaherty Family Foundation Scholarship. The Flaherty Family Foundation (FFF) provides partial scholarship funds to high-potential, high-financial need incoming 9th grade students. The Flaherty Foundation works in conjunction with area grade school principals and admissions officers to identify 8th grade candidates who fit their specific academic, leadership and income profile. Students undergo a thorough application process that includes a personal interview. After the Flaherty Scholar begins school at AHA Flaherty staff carefully monitor the academic progress of each scholar and personally holds them accountable to a very high standard through high school graduation and in some cases, beyond.

***Some AHA donors have chosen to become a “Flaherty Co-Sponsor” by financially supporting these scholars for one or more years. Because these scholars normally qualify for a significant amount of help, Flaherty Co-Sponsors are needed to bridge the gap between the amount of financial aid the Flaherty Foundation provides and how much the family can afford to pay. For more information about this collaborative effort that benefits some amazing students please contact Jesse Foley '89 or Brian McCartan in the AHA Advancement Department

The Florence Florance Scholarship is awarded to hard-working African American students. Ms. Florence is the mother of AHA graduate Catherine Florance Denny '52.

The Andrew Gaertner `88 Memorial Scholarship was established by Andy's good friends Charles Musech '88 and Jon Launstein '88 as a way to memorialize their good friend who died in 2006 at the age of 37.  The scholarship supports AHA students who attended a Minneapolis Catholic grade school. Recipients must work hard at their studies and be active in various co-curricular activities offered at AHA. Due to the incredible work of Charles and Jon and many Co-Stars from the late 80s, the award is given to 3-4 students each year.

The Guardian Angels Scholarships are awarded to students with very high financial need and/or families who find themselves in a financial crisis and are facing the possibility of having to remove their child from Holy Angels.

The Humboldt & Hoffman Scholarship was established in October of 2020 by the Humboldt and Hoffman family. Two scholarships are awarded to 9th grade students for 4 years. It is for students who are involved in AHA activities and preferably someone who participates in sports and the arts.

The William and Alice Lahiff Scholarship is awarded to a student with high academic achievement and performance.

The Joanne Gill and Colleen McGraw Scholarship is awarded to students with strong academic performance and who actively participate in co-curriculars and activities.  Preference is for students who are Catholic.

The Dom and Pat Margarit Scholarship was established by Dom and Pat's children, most of whom graduated from Holy Angels in the 1970s as a way to memorialize and honor their parents who made big sacrifices to send them to Catholic schools. It is awarded to students who exhibit the qualities of loyalty, compassion, a sense of service, and competitive spirit.   

The Mary Esther McKay Scholarship was established by granddaughter Emily Hodgson Zellner ’96 and her husband Bjorn Zellner ’96 in 2021 as a way to honor the legacy of Emily’s grandmother Mary Esther McKay. Mary was a trailblazing leader in the field of business and accounting, and a generous donor- especially to educational causes. This scholarship partners with the Flaherty Foundation and is awarded to a very high-need 9th grade student. It follows that student through their senior year at AHA.

The NorthStar Scholarship.  Established in 2021, this scholarship provides financial assistance to one high need girl and one boy. The recipients come from a family who have qualified for full financial need and who couldn’t attend without significant help. The recipient should be a hard-working, high-achieving student. The student should be involved in community or school-related service. A bonus would be if the student enjoyed activities, playing sports or soccer specifically.

The Marcia Black Olsen '56 Memorial Scholarships was established by Marcia’s husband Dr. James Olsen as a way to memorialize and celebrate the remarkable life of Marcia. It is awarded to 3 female AHA students with an interest in French, Psychology, International Relations and/or the Medical Field. Holy Angels staff and teachers assist in identifying the appropriate student.

The Marie E. Owens Scholarship is awarded to a student with extraordinary participation in AHA activities.

The Perseverance and Dedication Scholarship was established in 2021. The aim of this scholarship is to provide a Holy Angels education to a student with financial need. The scholarship is for a Junior or Senior (girl or boy) who has proven they can navigate and persevere through academic obstacles. This recipient has upheld their academics and shown dedication to achieve their personal best despite challenges while accessing Holy Angels educational resources. 

The Douglas J. and Mary Rae Schmelz Scholarship is an endowed fund that provides scholarship support for students who demonstrate financial need and have shown excellent scholastic abilities and high leadership potential

The Open Arms Scholarship is awarded to a number of hard-working, academically high-achieving 9th grade students.

The Mary Falenczykowski Tanghe '62 and Jan Tanghe Scholarship was in the fall of 2022. This scholarship provides financial support to deserving students. A preference is given to incoming 9th grade students from Blessed Trininty Catholic school in Richfield. A secondary consideration is given to students/parents who are in law enforcement, fire fighter, first responder, military, disability services or health care.  

Neil Domanic “Dom” Theriot ‘06 Scholarship was established in 2021 to provide financial support to an incoming 9th grade boy or girl. The recipient is a “kind, generous, thoughtful, hard-working and accepting of others”. Special consideration will be given to candidates who are involved in school-sponsored activities and who work a summer or part-time job.

The Tourville '80 Family Risen Christ Scholarship was established in 2019 by AHA alumni Karl Tourville '80 as a way to provide funds for incoming 9th grade students with very high need so they are able to access an AHA education.  Awards are granted with a preference for students who are coming to Holy Angels from Risen Christ school in south Minneapolis. During 2021-22 their are 9 recipients of this scholarship!

The Greg Trebil Memorial Scholarship was established in 2020 by AHA alumni and many of their parents to honor former hockey coach and two-time state champion Greg Trebil who passed away in 2019. The scholarship is given to a boy or a girl who is working hard academically and gives back to their community.

The TRIA Scholarship is awarded to two students who are working hard academically and participate in sports and activities.



Meet the AHA Team

Brian McCartan

Brian McCartan
Annual Fund Officer, Advancement

jesse foley

Jesse Foley
Major Gifts/Alumni Officer


Kjerstin Quinn 
Donor Services Coordinator

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