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Need-based Scholarships

With the assistance of generous donors, we are pleased to offer financial need-based scholarships to our applicants for the Class of 2024. These scholarships are renewable for all four years, as long as the student continues to meet the eligibilty requirements. Transfer applicants should apply for financial aid and will be notified if there are remaining scholarship opportunities available to their grade.


How to Apply:

  1. Complete admissions application and meet all deadlines.

  2. Apply for Financial Aid with FACTS by January 17.

  3. Submit scholarship application found in Admissions Portal the by January 27.

All applications are reviewed by the St. Mary's Academy Scholarship Committee. The FACTS application will not be shared with this committee. Applicants will be notified of financial aid and scholarship decisions with admissions decision letters on March 12, 2020.

Please contact Jen Bash, Director of Admissions at admissions@smapdx.org or 503.721.7725 with questions.


Scholarships for the Class of 2024


Adeline Estes Patrick Endowed Scholarship

The Adeline Estes Patrick Endowed Scholarship was established by Sr. Linda Patrick, SNJM ’67, the daughter of Adeline Estes Patrick. In the summer following Adeline’s graduation from 8th grade, her mother died. Instead of continuing her own education, she spent her high school years caring for her six younger siblings. Her commitment to the Catholic faith and education led her and her husband to purchase a home in Holy Redeemer Parish where her six children were educated. Her love of learning provided a strong support and inspiration for her children.

Selection Criteria:

The applicant must have a strong desire to attend St. Mary's Academy and value doing service. Preference will be given to an applicant who has been impacted by the death of a parent and/or who is matriculating from Holy Redeemer School.

Agnes Stoffel Romanaggi Memorial Endowed Scholarship


Dr. Donald V. Romanaggi, a native Portlander and longtime supporter of St. Mary’s Academy, established this scholarship in honor of his late wife Agnes Stoffel Romanaggi. Dr. Romanaggi built an impressive career as an allergist and Mrs. Romanaggi worked alongside him throughout his career, helping in his office. Dr. and Mrs. Romanaggi had five children and greatly valued raising them and providing them with high-quality Catholic educations. Because of his great love of his wife, education and science, Dr. Romanaggi established this scholarship to help a young woman with an affinity for science attend St. Mary’s Academy.

Selection Criteria:

The recipient of this scholarship must demonstrate an affinity for science. She must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 while attending St. Mary’s Academy.


Arntson Family Scholarship


The Arntson Family Scholarship was established by a family who believes in the value of a St. Mary’s education and has a long family history with our Portland community. The family has two daughters who have benefitted greatly from their experience at St. Mary’s Academy. The parents recognize the academic, spiritual and social growth in their daughters that can be attributed to their St. Mary’s education. They also recognize that providing financial support helps to ensure excellence and opportunity for young women.

It is preferred, though not required, that applicants for this scholarship are of Hispanic descent.


Arrigotti Family Endowed Scholarship


Marylu and Ray Arrigotti were a quintessential Catholic couple who sacrificed much to send all four of their children to Catholic schools, first to Sacred Heart Grade School, then George to Central Catholic and Raemarie '76, Laureen '79 and Coralynn '83 to St. Mary's Academy. Ray provided for the family through his engineering career and was truly a family man. Marylu was a middle school teacher and filled the family home with her love of music and theatre.

Raemarie, Laureen and Coralynn participated in theatre and music at St. Mary's under the direction of Marylu's dear friends Jim Erickson, Sr. lgnatia Ann, Steve Knox and Michael Snider. She was prop mistress for nearly every show between the mid 70s and mid 80s, mentoring students and keeping an eye on her daughters. George played the piano in the stage band and ventured into some drama at Central Catholic. Ray attended nearly every performance and took so many pictures it is said that a flip book could have been made into a movie from all the photos.

For the Arrigottis, theatre is not just for honing one's talent, but also for learning life skills: discipline, responsibility, confidence, teamwork and trust. After graduation, George became an accomplished engineer, following in Ray's footsteps, and continues to play piano at weekly parish Masses. Laureen, Coralynn and Marylu participated in community theatre and Raemarie shared her love of music with her first grade students.

The Arrigotti family created this scholarship so that the legacy of Marylu and Ray would live on forever in the community that provided so much joy for their daughters, not to mention the exceptional education it provided as a launching pad into their careers: Raemarie as a successful and much-loved teacher, Laureen as a high level banker and Coralynn as a fundraiser back at St. Mary's.

Every day of their 50+ years of marriage, Marylu and Ray lived their faith and values in support of their children and other children, whether through Ray's role as a scoutmaster, Marylu's role in theatre and teaching, or in the countless other activities that filled their lives.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. She must demonstrate a passion for theatre and/or music and embrace the values described in the biography section of this agreement as important throughout her life.

Preference will be given to a student whose application demonstrates that she not only understands the valuable lessons learned in the theatre but also has a strong interest in a STEM field, much like Ray and George Arrigotti.


Ann Dwyer McDougall '31 Memorial Endowed Scholarship


The Ann Dwyer McDougall '31 Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established by the family of Ann Dwyer McDougall. A woman of strong Catholic faith, Ann Dwyer McDougall graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1931. She believed that ethics and education went hand in hand and that each individual had an obligation to “lead and serve in the community.”

Selection Criteria:

The recipient of this scholarship must possess a concern for others, an interest in community service and intellectual curiosity, and a potential for leadership. She must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or above while attending St. Mary's Academy.


Amy Gregersen '90 Memorial Scholarship


Amy Kathleen Gregersen’s life was tragically cut short at the age of 24 from injuries suffered from a car crash in Montana. Amy was a vivacious soul. Whether she was reading her favorite Jane Austen novel, organizing a recycling program or staying in touch with her many friends and close family, Amy was a light that encouraged everyone to make the world a better place. She was passionate about the Spanish language and culture. Amy lived with a family in Spain as part of a student exchange program the summer between her junior and senior at SMA. She majored in Spanish and International Studies at the University of Oregon and studied in Sevilla, Spain during her senior year of college. Friends considered Amy extraordinary -- filled with joy, humor and intelligence. She began her career working with the Spanish community as an interpreter for Washington County Health Dept. to help Hispanic people receive healthcare services. Her plans were to enter law school so she could provide legal advice to Hispanics. Sadly her dream was not realized. This scholarship allows a student who shares similar ideals to obtain a St. Mary’s education and fulfill her dreams.

Selection Criteria:

Student must have an interest in continuing her involvement in the Spanish language and/or the Latino culture, or be of Hispanic heritage. Student must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in Spanish class to renew the scholarship.


Bob and Sue Harold Endowed Scholarship


The Bob and Sue Harold Endowed Scholarship was established by Bob and Sue Harold, parents of Joan Harold Chaney ’94. Bob and Sue and the Harold Family have been loyal supporters of the mission of St. Mary’s Academy for many years. When Bob was young he attended a Sisters of the Holy Names elementary school and as a result of his SNJM education, developed a deep respect for the beliefs and values of the Sisters of the Holy Names. When it came time for Bob and Sue to send their daughter, Joan, to high school, they knew that she would get the best education, as well as instill the important values of the Sisters of the Holy Names, at St. Mary’s Academy.

Selection Criteria:

The successful candidate’s scholarship application will demonstrate her desire to attend an all-girls college-prep Catholic school and explain why this is personally meaningful to her. Some of the core values of St. Mary’s and the Sisters of the Holy Names are dedication to justice, development of the whole person and service to the poor and disadvantaged. The recipient of this scholarship must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 while attending St. Mary's Academy.


Cassandra McCann '07 Performing Arts Scholarship


This scholarship was established to honor the exceptional life of Cassandra McCann: January 21, 1989 – March 2, 2015. Her friends Mia Feller ’07 and Camber Hansen-Karr ’07 spearheaded a scholarship fundraising campaign among Cassandra's family and friends so that her legacy would live on. Cassandra loved St. Mary’s and spent her high school years cultivating a passion for theatre, dance and film that lasted throughout her short, but extraordinary life. Her talent for and devotion to the arts were enduring gifts to cast members, classmates and audiences alike. Cassandra modeled what it is to fall in love with the craft. While her path was diverted by cancer, her aspirations remain alive within each person whose life was touched by her wondrous spirit. Through this scholarship, Cassandra’s gifts will continue to enrich performing arts at St. Mary’s Academy for future generations and serve as a source of inspiration to young women who wish to follow in her footsteps.

Selection Criteria:

The recipient of this scholarship must demonstrate a profound passion for one or more of the performing arts, including but not limited to theatre, music, dance, technical theatre, costume/set/lighting design, film or playwriting. She must maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or above while attending St. Mary's Academy.


Dr. Molly A. Mack '68 Memorial Scholarship


The Dr. Molly A. Mack ’68 Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Dr. Molly A. Mack ’68 by her estate. She was a professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois. After graduating from St. Mary's Academy she received her B.A. degree in English from Willamette University, her M.A. in English from the University of Vermont, and her Ph.D. in linguistics from Brown University. She greatly valued education and wished to establish a scholarship to help young women attend St. Mary’s Academy.


Eva R. and Edwin E. Mayer Memorial Scholarship



Edwin Eugene Mayer worked as a pharmacist at Owl Drug store in downtown Portland where he built a photo-finishing business (precursor to Sawyer’s) after serving in the U.S. Army in World War I. In 1920 he married Eva Regina Mayer who worked in the office at Oregon City Woolen Mill. Soon, the Mayers bought into Sawyer's Photo Finishing Service with Eva’s modest inheritance and a loan from Edwin’s father and sister-in-law.

Mayer and his business partner, already the nation’s largest producer of scenic postcards in the 1920s, developed a new device for viewing stereo images, building upon the old-fashioned stereoscope, by using Kodachrome 16mm color film images held between cardboard. The View-Master, wildly popular and distributed worldwide was used by the US military, the travel and tourism industry, and eventually as toys. It continues to evolve and remains relevant today.

Edwin served in leadership roles on the boards of several Catholic organizations including Catholic Charities, Loyola Retreat Assn., Friends of the Library at University of Portland, Serra Club, Knights of Columbus and St. Ignatius. He was also active in the United Fund until his untimely passing in 1956.

Eva was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed playing on a beautiful grand piano in the living room of the Mayer home. Eva served on the board of directors for the Seminary Tea, Mount Angel College, Christ Child Society and was president of the Edwin E. Mayer Foundation. She was a well-known philanthropist who helped support Providence Hospital, Marylhurst College and many other organizations and charities until her death in 1979. Together, the Mayers had six children and many grandchildren.

This scholarship was established at Marylhurst College, the alma mater of their daughter, Sue Corrado, to honor Edwin’s sister, Sr. Rose Augusta who was president of the school at the time. However, after 125 years in operation, Marylhurst University closed its doors in 2018 leaving the descendants of the Mayers with a decision about the disposition of their endowed fund. Since Marylhurst was a Catholic University that grew out of St. Mary’s Academy, initially served women only and provided exceptional education, lifelong friendships and spiritual development, the family determined that St. Mary’s was the ideal place. Sue Corrado’s sisters, Bernice Mayer ’29 and Margaret Mayer Uffelman ’39 both graduated from St. Mary’s, as did Sue & Al Corrado’s daughter Missy Corrado Lowes ’75.

Selection Criteria

Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates an affinity for and who seeks a future in the arts.


Ellie Landis Class of 2020 Endowed Scholarship


This named endowment was established by Ellie’s family, friends and the many people who loved her, starting with her parents, Tim Landis and Madeline Landis.

Eleanor Claire Landis lived her life to the fullest. She relished spending time with family and friends talking, baking, watching movies, hosting lemonade stands and playing soccer and basketball. Ellie treasured every holiday, celebration, party and time spent with others. She cherished family trips throughout the Western United States and even Europe, but one of her favorite trips was to the bookstore. Ellie was a voracious reader, devoted to learning, which may be why St. Mary’s Academy was her dream school. As a freshman, Ellie fully engaged in all things St. Mary’s and in every opportunity and experience of what it meant to her to be a St. Mary’s girl. At the tender age of 13, Ellie was confronted with a diagnosis that no child should have to face. And yet, Ellie became even more committed to devouring every precious moment she had. The many people whose lives Ellie Landis touched feel abundantly blessed by her joy for life and wisdom far beyond her years, “Life is beautiful. Life is the best gift anyone could have.”

Ellie’s family and friends established this scholarship so Ellie’s inimitable legacy would live on at the school she so dearly loved. It is intended to enable a girl who loves all-things St. Mary’s to experience this unique all-female educational environment. Like Ellie, the successful applicant will be invested in learning (minimum 3.0 GPA) but have a variety of interests. She will be full of joy and hope, even in the face of adversity.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate’s application will demonstrate that the student is positive and hopeful in the face of adversity and filled with a love for life and a passion for all-things SMA, much like Ellie. She also much maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average, be committed to her schoolwork (especially reading) but have extra-curricular interests as well.


Hotchkiss Family Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was created by the Hotchkiss family, whose SMA legacy originated more than four decades ago when Martha Hotchkiss began working for St. Mary’s as a greatly respected history and math teacher in 1972. Martha knew the importance of all-girls schools since she herself was educated at Holy Child Academy, one of Portland’s former single-gender Catholic schools. Martha along with her husband Loren, both believed in empowering young women by providing a culture in which to develop their natural inclination for math and science, leading to fulfilling work in life. Not surprisingly, they chose St. Mary’s for their daughters Deanna ’83 and Michelle ’87, who went on to successful careers in engineering and technology. Both sisters credit St. Mary’s with giving them the leadership skills and confidence to thrive both in college and the workplace, especially in the male-dominated engineering field. In time, Michelle’s daughters Elise ’13 and Emily ’15 as well as Deanna’s daughter Marie ’19 all thrived at St. Mary’s.

The Hotchkiss family believes that engineering is an ideal way for a woman to give back to her community through her intellect, creativity, passion and hard work.

Selection Criteria

In the spirit of giving back to St. Mary’s, it is the intent of the Hotchkiss family that this scholarship be awarded to a student with an early interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) with a dream of making the world a better place through a career in one of these fields. Preference will be given to a student who is matriculating from a Catholic school. Student must maintain a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative grade point average while at St. Mary's.

Jane Mary Vistica Scholarship


Jane Mary Vistica, aka Sr. Rita Rose Vistica, had a distinguished career as a university French professor and spent her retirement years as a quintessential volunteer serving her parish community. Sr. Rita has been a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary since shortly after her St. Mary’s graduation in 1951.

After earning her bachelor’s degree from Marylhurst University (then College) in 1956, Sr. Rita taught at the Academy of the Holy Names in Spokane, Holy Names Academy in Seattle, and her own alma mater, St. Mary’s Academy.

In 1960, she earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in French from New York’s Fordham University, during which time she won a Fulbright Scholarship affording her two years in Paris working on her dissertation. While in Paris she met Sisters from all over the world, witnessed the unfolding of Vatican II, and was part of a select delegation to have a semi-private audience with Pope John XXIII in 1962.

Sr. Rita returned to Portland to teach French at Marylhurst from 1965 to 1974, inspiring hundreds of students with her enthusiastic teaching methods, serving as head of the French House dormitory and occasionally taking student groups on winter-break seminars to Paris. In 1974, Sr. Rita was hired by Portland State University, where she taught French until her retirement in 1998.

Never one to rest on past accomplishments, Sr. Rita spent more than 15 years of her retirement as the quintessential volunteer at her parish, St. Mary’s Cathedral. Up to 800 adults per year attended her signature “Tuesdays at Cathedral” adult faith education programs. Sr. Rita was the event planner of major Cathedral celebrations, the sacristan and a member of the Archdiocesan admissions board. In 2013 St. Mary’s Academy was humbled to honor her with an Alumnae St. Mary’s Academy Award for Excellence in Education.

Selection Criteria:

The successful candidate will be a Catholic student coming to St. Mary’s because she wishes to receive a Catholic education. Preference will be given to a student whose application demonstrates that she shares some of the same values, interests and gifts as Jane Mary Vistica.


Jim F. Heath Endowed Scholarship


This scholarship was established by Judith Letcher Heath ’67 in memory of her husband Jim who was very supportive of her educational goals including her pursuit of an advanced degree that enabled her to engage in fulfilling work. He was also a source of strength for his two daughters who were the light of his life. Judith respected and admired Jim’s commitment to ongoing education for himself and others. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in economics from the University of New Mexico and, after military service, worked in a family-owned business. But, Jim knew he wanted to teach and returned to school in his mid-thirties and earned a doctorate in history from Stanford University going on to teach American History at PSU from 1967 until 1993 as one of the program’s most beloved professors. Based on testimonials from former students, he was a brilliant teacher whose success could be partly attributed to his break from academia, which allowed him to relate learning to life.

Jim Heath was supportive of his wife Judith making philanthropic gifts to her alma mater St. Mary’s Academy and would have been delighted to see this scholarship helping a young woman from a family with little means who sees that learning is not merely for the sake of receiving a degree, getting a job and earning a living. Jim taught those whose lives he touched that learning is a lifelong endeavor to be treasured for the joy it brings in and of itself.

Selection Criteria:

The recipient of this scholarship must demonstrate a passion for lifelong learning. Preference will be given to a student from a working-class family.


Kari Yakubisin '01 Service Scholarship


This scholarship was created by alumna Kari Yakubisin ’01 and her husband Tim Clemens, both of whom are deeply committed to service of their community. Even as a young woman, Kari taught Sunday school, volunteered at the public library and tutored kids in science and math. Her love of giving back to her community grew at St. Mary’s Academy with two of her favorite events: Hands Full of Heart and Christmas Baskets for needy families. That passion continued to develop in college when she cared for and tutored underprivileged kids. Kari joined the Navy in 2005 as a nuclear trained Surface Warfare Officer after graduating from Vanderbilt University on a full Navy scholarship with a Bachelor's Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She also received a Master's Degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University in 2012. As of 2015, she has served for ten years, has been stationed on four different ships and is now a Lieutenant Commander. She received the Navy and Marine Association Leadership award in 2014.

Tim graduated from Sunset high school in 2000 and is also deeply committed to service to his community through his life’s work. He worked with the Federal Police at Miramar and then joined the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office. He also was a volunteer baseball coach for a local Little League.

Both Kari and Tim believe in giving back to their community. They hope to leave the world a better place than they found it by dedicating their lives to public service.

Selection Criteria:

This scholarship is intended for a young woman who holds a deep commitment to service and wishes to continue to develop that passion at St. Mary’s Academy and throughout her life. The recipient of this scholarship award must maintain a grade point average of 2.75 or above while attending St. Mary's Academy.


Mary Clark Memorial Endowed Scholarship


The Mary Clark Memorial Endowed Scholarship was created by Mary Clark, a woman who understood the value of faith, philanthropy, community service, family and hard work.From the moment she was introduced to St. Mary’s, the all-female environment, which nurtures the gifts and talents of young women, resonated with Mrs. Clark. Ensuring that all qualified girls could attend St. Mary’s was always important to Mrs. Clark, so she established this scholarship to provide tuition assistance to students.

Selection Criteria:

The successful candidate for this scholarship will be able to describe how she has had to rely on her personal motivation to meet a goal in the past and describe how a St. Mary’s education will strengthen her ability to overcome obstacles and meet her goals in the future. The recipient of this scholarship must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 while attending St. Mary’s Academy.


Marylhurst College Class of 1969


This scholarship was created by alumnae from the Marylhurst College Class of 1969. These women initially banned together in the spirit of gratitude to create an endowed scholarship at their alma mater for the purpose of providing tuition assistance to young people wishing to attend Marylhurst University. However, after 125 years of operation, Marylhurst University closed its doors in 2018 leaving the class of 1969 with a decision about the disposition of their endowed funds.

Since Marylhurst was a Catholic University that grew out of the Sisters of the Holy Names’ founding of St. Mary’s Academy, Marylhurst initially served women only--providing exceptional education, lifelong friendships and spiritual development. Following the closure of Marylhurst, the Class of 1969 determined that St. Mary’s Academy was the ideal place for their endowed funds. True to its original purpose, the scholarship will serve a young woman who wishes to be in an all-female educational Catholic environment whose family would otherwise not be able to attain a premiere education for her.

Selection Criteria:

Preference will be given to a student with demonstrated commitment to community service.

Student must maintain a minimum 2.5-3.0 cumulative grade point average.


Maybelle Clark Macdonald Scholarship


Known for her kindheartedness and passion for the arts, Maybelle Clark Macdonald grew up in a philanthropic Oregon family working for the greater good. She and her husband Fred Macdonald created the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund in 1970.

Throughout her life Maybelle looked to help the most vulnerable populations especially women and children. The foundation’s mission states that its goal is to relieve the misfortune and promote the well-being of mankind.

Maybelle Clark Macdonald, known to friends as the ever stylish yet humble Middy, was a compassionate philanthropist whose generosity has left an indelible mark in Portland and throughout Oregon.Education is just one of the pillars of her lasting legacy.The foundation provides support in the following areas:education, cultural arts, human services, medical needs and public benefits.

Maybelle Clark Macdonald was kind, gentle and faith-filled.She wholeheartedly supported Catholic education, Catholic values and Catholic organizations.Her selfless altruism is a model to which many aspire.

Selection Criteria:

The successful candidate’s application will demonstrate her passion for receiving a Catholic education, doing community service and/or participating in the arts.


Teri Mariani ’70 Endowed Scholarship


The Teri Mariani ’70 Endowed Scholarship was established by a woman who could easily be called the quintessential “True Blue” alumna. Teri Mariani ’70 left a lasting impression on the field of athletics in Oregon, something she would not have been able to do, she says, without the foundation of values and life skills she acquired at St. Mary’s Academy. Her resume includes a stint as a professional athlete and a 30+ year career as administrator and coach at Portland State University. Coach Mariani holds the distinction of being the most victorious PSU coach of all time with more than 660 wins. Teri is a triple Hall-of-Famer, inducted into the State of Oregon’s Hall of Fame in 2003 as well as the Halls of Fame at PSU and the Portland Softball Association. Even more admirable than her career in athletics is the generous service she provides to those less fortunate. She has organized clinics for young athletes and spent her Christmas bonuses on toys and clothes for needy children. She is beloved for selflessly providing a helping hand whenever needed by family, friends, professional colleagues and aspiring student athletes. Teri is also a leader among alumnae of St. Mary’s Academy. She loyally steps forward when asked to help ensure that the community will continue to thrive for future generations of young women. Teri’s accomplishments show that courage, commitment, drive and ability can lead to success. She also demonstrates how kindness and compassion to others are far more important.

Selection criteria:

The recipient of this scholarship must demonstrate her desire to grow and develop as a person who contributes positively to those around her through participation in a group or team activity. She must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.25 while attending St. Mary's Academy. Preference will be given to a student who is matriculating from a Catholic grade school.


Virginia Mathews Endowed Scholarship


In December of 2012, Mark and Mary Stevens ’80 presented Mary’s mother, Virginia Mathews, with a $2 million Christmas gift to St. Mary’s Academy to establish an endowed scholarship fund in her honor. The gift was the single largest individual donation in the school’s history. A portion of this gift established the Virginia Mathews Endowed Scholarship, which provides tuition assistance to ensure access to a St. Mary’s education for middle income families.

Family is very important to Virginia and the entire Mathews family. The family loves to ski, travel and just spend time together. Virginia’s Catholic faith is also a big part of her life and is why she and her late husband Dick sent their daughters Mary Mathews Stevens ’80 and Molly Mathews Bjorklund ’85 to St. Mary’s Academy. The Virginia Mathews Endowed Scholarship was established because of the Stevens’ love for Mary’s mother, Virginia, and their wish that St. Mary’s Academy remains accessible to middle class families.

Selection Criteria:

The successful candidate for this scholarship will have a sincere desire to attend an all-girls Catholic high school. She will also understand the inherent rewards of hard work and close family ties – a couple of the core values that middle class families treasure.