School Scholar Award
Incoming students to grade 7 scoring a cumulative score above 95% on the
entrance exam will receive a school scholar award. The award is renewable
as long as the recipient maintains a 87 average and chooses the highest
course level offered in each subject.
Academic scholarships are awarded to incoming seventh graders based on
their achievement on the entrance examination and the fulfillment of all
other admissions requirements (admissions application, elementary school
grades, recommendations from elementary school teachers, and a personal
interview). These scholarships are renewable annually, as long as the
recipient maintains a 87 average and chooses the highest course level
offered in each subject each academic year.
The Saint Clare of Assisi Scholarship
honors the opening of the American novitiate of the Missionary Franciscan
Sisters of the Immaculate Conception on Manet Road in Newton in 1912.
Both the Manet Road address and later the Centre Street property have
been the sites for training members of the religious congregation as well
as many students. To recognize the central place that Newton has had in
the order's American missions, $2500.00 is awarded to an incoming grade
seven student who is a resident of Newton.
The Saint Anthony of Padua Scholarship
honors the first convent school of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of
the Immaculate Conception in Boston, which was opened on the feast of
Saint Anthony of Padua, June 13, 1902. To celebrate the outstanding dedication
of those pioneer sisters and their dedication to the ministry of education,
$2500.00 is awarded to an incoming grade seven student who is a resident
The Saint Agnes of Assisi Scholarship
is established in honor of the younger sister of St. Clare. Like her sister,
Agnes became a follower of St. Francis and shared a life of poverty and
penance. As an abbess of the Poor Clares she was known for her virtue
and kindness. To celebrate the tradition of the Missionary Franciscan
Sisters of the Immaculate Conception and their dedication to the ministry
of education, $2500.00 is awarded to an incoming student.
Criteria for initial award of all Franciscan scholarships:
Special or Commemorative Scholarships are
awarded at the annual Elizabeth Hayes Foundress Day Ceremony in May
and share the following general criteria:
1. The student is representative of Mount Alvernia High School.
2. The student demonstrates consistent effort in academics.
3. The student shows evidence of leadership, service, and character.
4. The student has completed the required number of community service
5. The student has actively participated in co-curricular activities
- The Prom Fashion Show Scholarships
are $1500 scholarships awarded to students who display the characteristics
listed above. This award may be renewed annually.
The Grade 7 Achievement Award
is awarded in the amount of $500 to a seventh grade student who displays
the characteristics listed above. This is a one time award.
The Sister Mark Kelly Community Service
Scholarship is a $1000 scholarship that is awarded to the
graduating senior student who has exhibited the true spirit of service
that Sister Mark, a Franciscan, exemplified in her many years of ministering
to the poor in Brooklyn, New York.
The Sullivan Family Scholarship
is awarded at the discretion of the Head of School and a faculty committee
to a student from Brighton who requires family assistance. The award
will continue if the student shows consistent effort, is representative
of Mount Alvernia High School, and shows evidence of service and character.
The Sister Stella Maris McNamara Junior
Writing Award is given to the student in the junior class
who best exhibits a love of language, an understanding of the art
and craft of writing, and an awareness of the power of the written
word to enlighten the mind, persuade the heart, and inspire the spirit.
Sr. Jeremiah O'Sullivan Math Awards
are established to honor Sr. Jeremiah's years of service to the school
and her unwavering belief in the potential of all young women to challenge
themselves in the study of mathematics. These special one time awards
of $500.00 towards tuition recognize the top math students in grades
9,10 and 11 at each level, Advanced Honors, Honors and College Prep.
Sr. Anna Marie Ford History Award
is given to a student who is in the process of developing a life-long
interest and commitment to understanding, questioning, and writing
about the past. It is awarded to a student who appreciates, as did
Sister Anna Marie Ford, the links between the past, our present, and
the future. The bridge pin, presented to the recipient, symbolizes
the way in which the study of history serves as a bridge linking us
in the present both to the past and to the future.
The James Mannering Scholarship
is a $1000.00 scholarship given to a senior from the Parkway area
who exhibits love of country and demonstrates this through an essay
which is judged by the Mannering family.
The Paul St. Martin Memorial Scholarship
is a $1,000.00 scholarship awarded annually to a junior who has played
soccer for three years and has frequently achieved academic honors
or effort recognition. The award is given in acknowledgement of the
student's dedication to personal excellence and her commitment to
the ideals of teamwork. This award will be applied to the student's
senior year tuition.
The George Vance Dow Memorial Scholarship
is a scholarship is awarded annually to one student for $500.00 in
memory of George V. Dow. The scholarship is awarded to the student
who demonstrates academic excellence in science and theology and is
representative of the Mount Alvernia tradition and the Franciscan
philosophy. The recipient is willing to question the world around
her and work toward its betterment with humility, dignity, and a deep
respect for all people.
The Gift of Giving Scholarship
is given in memory of the Bonica and Lynch families to honor the community
service of a student in grades nine through twelve. Students may apply
for the award of $300.00 by writing a 300-500 word essay entitled
"How Community Service Has Changed My Life." Members of
the family and a scholarship committee will evaluate the anonymous
- The Arthur W. O'Leary Academic Achievement
Award is given annually to a student in the senior class
who meets the following requirements:
Is strong in academics
Has a true love for learning
Is committed to bettering herself throughout life
- The St. Francis School Service Award
is given to a senior who has made a significant contribution to the
life of the school. This award of $300.00 recognizes the student's consistent
service during her years at Mount Alvernia High School
The Franchi Family Scholarship
is a $1000.00 award given annually to a 9th grade student whose love
of learning and extraordinary effort embody the values of Sr. Julie's
parents, Giulio and Agatha Franchi.
The Spirit of Friendship Award
is given to a junior whose character, integrity, and spirit are reflective
of Mount Alvernia ideals both on and off campus. The award of $400.00
was established in 2006 by six friends and alumnae from the class
of 2001 (Briana Foley, Michelle Herlihy, Alison Keeley, Elizabeth
Kerrigan, Sandra McDonald, Natalie Patey) in gratitude for their own
experience at Mount Alvernia.
The Betty Lou Coffey Memorial Scholarship
is given to a member of the sophomore or junior class, who has demonstrated
an independent spirit while exhibiting kindness and generosity towards
her classmates and an appreciation of her family. The recipient will
receive a one time award of $1000.00 and a bouquet of yellow roses.
- The Genevieve Ferullo Memorial Award
of $500.00 is presented to a student in memory of Genevieve Ferullo.
Her daughters, Donna Ferullo '74 and Maria Ferullo Dutra '71 haveestablished
this award to honor the artistic and creative talents of their mother.
The recipient should exhibit similar abilities.
- The Karen Klein McNulty Memorial Scholarship
of $600.00 is awarded annually to a student in memory of Karen Klein
McNulty, a member of the class of 1991. This scholarship is awarded
to a student who exemplifies the virtues of creativity, compassion,
curiosity and courage.
- The Bernard W. O'Rourke Scholarship
established in 2007 by family, friends and colleagues honors Dr. O'Rourke's
spirit, determination and unfailing commitment to his family, his teaching
and his students. This scholarship in the amount of $500.00 is awarded
each year to a sophomore or junior who demonstrates character, commitment
to her goals, and a willingness to accept and overcome difficult academic
A committee composed of teachers from each grade level
will nominate students for these scholarships.
Final decision resides with the Head of School