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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 also  moderated and coached the swim and dive team. Most famously, he led and performed with the student music group the BIsons.

The 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 who demonstrates financial need.

Provided through the generosity of the BI Swim and Dive Alumni, 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. 

Application Criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must demonstrate the following:
  • That they are incoming or current students at Bishop Ireton
  • That they have participated or will participate in the BI Swim and Dive program
  • That they have demonstrated financial need as confirmed by the FACTS program
  • That they h ave demonstrated merit and effort as confirmed by the BI Swim and Dive coach
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