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Support Our Scholarships

We are grateful to the many donors who have established and continue to sustain scholarships and awards for Bishop Ireton students.  Please contact Chris Gilliland, Director of Advancement, at 703-212-5181 if you have any questions regarding scholarships.

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  • 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. Every year, a deserving student from the Wind Ensemble is awarded a scholarship. This scholarship is based on the following 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 activities.
    3.    They have demonstrated merit and effort as confirmed by the Bishop Ireton Wind Ensemble Director.
    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 in his honor.
  • 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 scholarship celebrates the memory of Ron Umbeck.  Applicants should 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.
  • 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 an additional scholarship fund called the Fracasso Family Scholarship. This scholarship fund is a need-based scholarship and it's awarded annually to a deserving Bishop Ireton student or students. It helps defray the cost of tuition and makes a Catholic education possible.
  • 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 Bishop Ireton 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 Bishop Ireton Swim and Dive Alumni, the scholarship continues the tradition of excellence in swim and dive at Bishop Ireton and honors the faithful service Father Al provided during his time as coach and moderator. 
  • 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. The Robert Pollard Scholarship was established to support needy and underprivileged students.
  • 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.
  • Sean O'Malley Scholarship

    The purpose of the Sean Michael OMalley Memorial Scholarship is to honor former Bishop Ireton student Sean Michael OMalley (’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 partial support for a 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(s) will be awarded annually in the amount of a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of 50 percent of tuition for one or more eligible students, for each school year at Bishop Ireton. 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 donate to a scholarship specifically, go to our online giving form and choose the scholarship in the designation box.