Academic Merit Scholarships

Bishop Ireton High School is pleased to award scholarships based on academic merit. There is no separate application. All applicants are eligible and are considered based on their HSPT score and review of their full admissions application packet. The scholarship is not guaranteed if a student scores at the percentile listed below, as full review of the application is required. Only a certain number are offered each year, and students will be notified in their acceptance letters if they have been awarded a scholarship. These scholarships are renewed each year as long as the student maintains their GPA and student conduct.
99th percentile on HSPT
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98th percentile on HSPT
97th percentile on HSPT
96th percentile on HSPT
95th percentile on HSPT
Various Scholarships funded by Endowments
Dependent on Endowment criteria

***Includes full review of admission packet

Additional Scholarships

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  • Armando S. Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship

    The purpose of the Armando S. Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship is to honor Bishop Ireton alumnus Armando S. Rodriguez (BI ’88). Armando was an accomplished student and wrestler who tackled those pursuits with passion, energy and an infectious smile. More importantly, he was a man of great faith and a loving and devoted son, brother, grandson and friend during his years at Bishop Ireton.

    Armando was a member of the National Honor Society and captain of the varsity wrestling team. After graduation, he moved to Colorado for college and remained there. Following a successful 20-year telecommunications career, he became a middle school teacher and a youth wrestling and football coach. He followed his passion and influenced the lives of thousands of young people in the community he was so proud to call home. Despite the time and energy he gave to his school students and athletes, he saved his best for his loving wife and amazing son. They were his greatest joy, and he was everything to them.

    This scholarship is provided through the generosity of Armando’s family, former classmates and teammates, and his many friends to recognize the qualities that enabled Armando to be a success in life – hard work, self-sacrifice, and dedication; a deep love for, and loyalty to, family and friends; an awareness of, and appreciation for, who he was and where he came from; an unwavering faith – all done with a spirit of joy and a smile on his face.  

    The scholarship(s) will be awarded annually in the amount of $1,000 for one eligible student. It is open to incoming freshmen and current Ireton students.
  • Father Al Smith Scholarship

    The purpose of the Father Al Smith Scholarship is to honor former Bishop Ireton teacher and moderator Father Al Smith, OSFS. He taught biology at Bishop Ireton from 1965 to 1979 and moderated and coached the swim and dive team. Most famously, he led and performed with the student music group the Bisons.

    The Father Al Scholarship recognizes and encourages participation in the BI Swim and Dive Team. The scholarship is need based and provides partial support for a Bishop Ireton student.

    Provided through the generosity of the BI Swim and Dive Alumni and friends, the scholarship continues the tradition of excellence in swim and dive at BI and honors the faithful service Father Al provided during his time as coach and moderator.  To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be current students at Bishop Ireton; they must have participated in the BI Swim and Dive program; they must have demonstrated financial need; they must have demonstrated merit, effort, sportsmanship and dedication to the community.  The Father Al Smith Scholarship is chosen by the BI Swim and Dive Coach in conjunction with administration and goes towards BI tuition. There is no application process for this scholarship.
  • Fracasso Family Scholarship

    Mark and Michele are the parents of three Bishop Ireton graduates, Alexandra '08, Matt '13, and Anna '16. After their youngest child graduated, the Fracasso's set up a scholarship fund called the Fracasso Family Scholarship. This scholarship fund is a need-based scholarship and is awarded annually to a deserving current Bishop Ireton student or students. It helps defray the cost of tuition and makes a Catholic education possible. There is no application process for this scholarship.
  • Garwood Whaley Music Scholarship

    The Garwood Whaley Music Scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Garwood Whaley, former faculty member at Bishop Ireton and Conductor Emeritus of the BI Wind Ensemble. 
    The Whaley Scholarship is merit based and chosen by the Band Director. The scholarship is awarded to a member of the Wind Ensemble who possesses musicianship, creativity, enthusiasm, and desire for excellence. There is no application process.
  • Major Craig Moon Memorial Scholarship

    Major Craig Moon, USAF was a native of Alexandria, VA, a retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and later, became President of Convention Freight Services. Craig was the Chief, Combat and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Plans, Air National Guard Operational Plans and Execution Division, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Andrews AFB, MD. Major Moon earned his commission as a graduate of the University of Maryland ROTC program in 1982 and earned his MBA from Eastern New Mexico University in 1994. He was a command pilot with approximately 2,700 hours in fighter, cargo, and trainer aircraft. He flew T-37, T-38, T-33, F-111 A/D/E, F-16, A-10 and RC-26B aircraft. Major Moon served as Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors for NetTalon and was a Board of Trustees member-elect of Fork Union Military Academy. Family, golfing, and dancing were his passions. He was a member of the Old Dominion Boat Club and a member of the Messiah United Methodist Church. Craig went to Heaven on March 29, 2009.
    In appreciation for the gift of education, this tuition scholarship is provided through the generosity of Craig's mother, Marion Moon. It is given to a student who qualifies for demonstrated need for financial assistance and is engaged in athletics in Alexandria. There is no application process for this scholarship.
  • Mark Fracasso Scholarship

    Mark Fracasso was a sophomore at Bishop Ireton when he died in a tragic accident in 2008. After his death, his parents, Mark and Michele Fracasso, setup a scholarship fund in his name. Mark was dedicated to music as a trumpet player when he was accepted into the prestigious Wind Ensemble as a sophomore. Each year, on Mark's birthday (September 24th) the school has a dress-out day and all funds raised go to support the Mark Fracasso Scholarship Fund. The Wind Ensemble plays during drop off that morning in his honor. Every year, a deserving student from the Wind Ensemble is awarded a scholarship through the selection of the Wind Ensemble Band Director. This scholarship is based on the following minimum criteria:

    1. The student has completed their freshman and sophomore years at Bishop Ireton and will be enrolled in the Band program for the next year.
    2. They have participated in Ireton Band class and activities.
    3. They have demonstrated merit and effort as confirmed by the Bishop Ireton Wind Ensemble Director.

    There is no application for this scholarship.
  • Robert Pollard Scholarship

    “Big Bob” Pollard was a gentle giant. During his junior and senior years, he led the basketball team to winning seasons, which included the State Catholic Championship in 1984 and 1985. He was a dominating presence on the floor and led the team in scoring and rebounding. After graduation, Bob received a scholarship to play basketball at the University of the District of Columbia. It was there that Bob’s life ended tragically while playing the sport that he loved due to a undetected medical condition. The Robert Pollard Scholarship was established in his name to support underprivileged students. To be eligible for this tuition scholarship, students must demonstrate the following:

    • Participate in multiple sports at Bishop Ireton
    • Be a rising sophomore, junior or senior
    • Be active in community service through school or church
    • Demonstrate financial need and completed financial aid application through FACTS
    • Maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or above

    There is no application for this scholarship.
  • Ronald L. Umbeck Scholarship

    The Ronald L. Umbeck Scholarship honors former Bishop Ireton teacher Ron Umbeck. Mr. Umbeck taught mathematics at Bishop Ireton for more than 50 years and had a member of every graduating class from 1968-2020 in one of his sections.  He was dedicated to his subject and came almost every morning to sit by the math support center and assist students and staff as needed - even after his retirement. He moderated the It’s Academic team for more than 50 years (the longest serving coach on the TV show), and won the show’s Sophie Altman Coach of the Year award in 2019. Ron was also an avid trumpet player; he was a member of several local bands and spent his weekends teaching music to Catholic elementary and middle school students whose schools did not have music programs.
    This merit tuition scholarship celebrates the memory of Ron Umbeck. Eligible students will have an appreciation for the study of mathematics, with additional preference given to students who are engaged in the arts at Bishop Ireton.

    1. Rising senior who has attended Bishop Ireton for 3 years
    2. Student has maintained an overall grade point average of 3.75 by the end of 1st semester junior year
    3. Student has demonstrated merit and effort in his/her studies as identified by the Bishop Ireton Mathematics Department, with assistance from the Fine Arts Department, and confirmed by the Administration.

    There is no application for this scholarship.
  • Sean O'Malley Scholarship

    The purpose of the Sean Michael O’Malley Memorial Scholarship is to honor former Bishop Ireton student Sean Michael O’Malley (’85-’86). Sean was a fierce competitor who participated in both the football and wrestling programs at Bishop Ireton. Sean's family and friends created this scholarship to honor Sean by providing a scholarship to a male student who exhibits Sean’s inspirational motivation, compassion, desire to help others succeed, athletic ability, and generosity. Additionally, the scholarship recognizes the importance of community service and encourages those active in supporting their community. The scholarship will be need based and will provide tuition support for a current male Bishop Ireton student who demonstrates financial need. The scholarship is provided through the generosity of Sean’s family, former classmates and teammates, his clients, and his many friends and fans to recognize the qualities which enabled him to move from a “walk-on” to an ALL-SEC defensive lineman and member of the ALL-SEC Academic Team and put his passion into successful practice as he created a world-renowned fitness company - Cardio Coach.
    The scholarship is be awarded to one or more eligible current students towards Bishop Ireton tuition. It is open to male students who will have completed at least one year at Bishop Ireton and have participated in the football and/or the wrestling programs.
    To be eligible for this scholarship, students must demonstrate the following:

    • A current student at Bishop Ireton.
    • Participates in community service activities either in the local community, through school or through their parish – above and beyond school requirements.
    • Demonstrates financial need and have completed the financial aid application through FACTS.
    • Demonstrates a passion for health and wellness.
    • Maintains a 2.5 or above grade point average.

    To apply, please submit an electronic letter detailing student name, qualifications, reason for seeking this scholarship and include “Sean O’Malley Scholarship” in the subject line to
    Applications must be received by February 1st for the upcoming tuition scholarship year.