The Bishop Kelly Foundation strongly supports the goal of diversity in the Bishop Kelly student body, and the ideal of making a Catholic high school education available to all students, regardless of ability to pay. To that end, the Foundation manages funds for the following scholarships and endowments.
The recipients are chosen based on financial need, and application is made through the school’s normal financial aid process (applicants do not need to apply for any specific scholarship in this process).
Donating to the Scholarship Fund:
If you would like to donate to the Foundation scholarships, you may make a gift to the Angel Fund, which is a general scholarship fund, or you may choose to contribute to any other existing named scholarships listed below.
Father Donald J Riffle Foundation for Bishop Kelly Scholarship
Father Don Riffle was a strong proponent for Catholic education and Bishop Kelly High School. He was instrumental in developing the Bishop Kelly Foundation for the ongoing financial support of Bishop Kelly and its future students. Throughout his life, Father Riffle was tireless in his advocacy and belief in the high quality of Catholic education. Father Riffle passed away suddenly in January of 2013. It was his wish that, upon his death, a scholarship in his name be endowed to provide scholarships to students who might otherwise not be able to attend Bishop Kelly. The family will be notified of any addition gifts friends wish to contribute to this fund.
The Father Dodgson Memorial Scholarship
The Father Dodgson Scholarship Fund was established to provide tuition assistance to students who would otherwise be unable to attend Bishop Kelly High School. Thanks to the generous donation of William and Frances Lynch and Carl and Donetta Reynolds, along with alumni and friends of Bishop Kelly, the fund has continued to grow each year.
The Father Wilson Memorial Scholarship
On the occasion of his Golden Jubilee in June of 2004, the Bishop Kelly Foundation established the Father James R. Wilson Scholarship in his honor. Father Wilson established the Bishop Kelly Foundation in 1975, when he was principal of the high school, and was committed to its success on behalf of the school. Alumni, friends, students, parents and staff contributed, and continue to give, to this scholarship which will be used to provide financial assistance to those in need.
The John & Ruby Basabe Memorial Scholarship
Originally established by Ruby Basabe in memory of her husband, John, this scholarship is now funded by the Basabe children to honor both their mother and father who were firm believers in education. The family will be notified of any additional gifts made to this fund.
The Merle W. LaMott and Doretta LaMott Family Scholarship
The LaMott family has funded this scholarship in loving memory of their son and father, Merle, and their mother, Doretta, both who were long-time supporters of Bishop Kelly High School. Their five sons were all graduates of Bishop Kelly High School, and they continue to fund this scholarship through their annual gifts. The family will be notified of any additional gifts made to this fund.
The Michael Connolly Memorial Scholarship
Since 1993, David and Mary Connolly have funded a scholarship in their son’s name here at Bishop Kelly, and it has recently become an endowed fund. A 1980 graduate, Michael was an academic scholar and a person of integrity with a very keen sense of humor. In 1987, passed away in a tragic automobile accident, but he will be remembered in perpetuity through this scholarship. The family will be notified of any additional gifts made to this fund.
The Robin W. Raymond Memorial Scholarship
In 2004, Evelyn Butalla established a scholarship in memory of her son Robin Raymond. Robin attended Bishop Kelly High School and his mother wanted other students to be able to have the same opportunity for a Catholic education.
The Nick Ysursa Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman from St. Joseph’s school. Nicolas (Nick) R. Ysursa attended Bishop Kelly High School from 1966-1970. He was an outstanding scholar and athlete who excelled at both. Nick attended I.S.U. upon graduating. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1974. Returning to Idaho in 1976, he received a law degree at the University of Idaho. He was tragically killed on Continental Flight 1713 on November 15, 1987. A scholarship was established in his memory in 1989. Donations are gratefully accepted to continue this annual award, and the family will be notified of all contributions.
The Angel Scholarship Fund
This scholarship provides financial aid to students who are in need of assistance to attend Bishop Kelly High School. It is made possible by the many donors of gifts to the general scholarship fund.
Friends of Bishop Kelly Track & Field
This endowment was funded by a grant from an anonymous donor to benefit current and future track and field teams at Bishop Kelly High School. The income from the endowment is used each year to help with expenses not covered in the athletic budget.
Friends of Bishop Kelly Cross Country
Established in 2004 with a grant from an anonymous donor, this endowment will benefit current and future cross country teams at Bishop Kelly High School. . The income from the endowment is used each year to help with expenses not covered in the athletic budget.
This scholarship was endowed by Dorothy Aldecoa in 2008 in memory of her family and her husband’s family. She was a strong supporter of Catholic education, and wished to assist students who might not otherwise be able to attend Bishop Kelly High School.
The Hank McDonald Scholarship
This scholarship was endowed in 2011 by Hank McDonald, a Bishop Kelly graduate that year. Hank was accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. It was his wish to immediately give back to Bishop Kelly by establishing a scholarship fund. The first distribution from this scholarship will be awarded in school year 2012-2013. The family will be notified of any additional gifts made to this fund.
James and Lois Bruce Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was initially established by James Bruce in memory of his wife, who passed away in 2005. Lois and Jim were active supporters of Bishop Kelly and the Bishop Kelly Foundation, and their children are all alumni of BK. Jim passed away in 2014. The family will be notified of any additional gifts made to this fund.
Pat and Eloise Bieter Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the children of Pat and Eloise Bieter, who were tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1999. The five Bieter children are all graduates of Bishop, and their wish was to honor their parents by endowing a scholarship in their name. The family will be notified of any additional gifts made to this fund.
The Fran Wickham Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Fran Wickham, beloved friend and long-time theology instructor at Bishop Kelly, passed away in January of 2011. She was a strong proponent of the school, and she herself was the recipient of a scholarship to attend Catholic high school. She and her husband, Jim, had two children who attended Bishop Kelly. Those who loved Fran have asked that this scholarship be established. To that end, all gifts received by Bishop Kelly in her memory will be applied to this endowed fund which will provide faith-blind, need-based assistance to students who wish to attend BK. The family will be notified of any gifts received.
The Zachary McClain Memorial Scholarship
The Zac McClain Memorial Scholarship was established by members of his family shortly following his passing in the spring of 2013. Zac was a BK alum, Class of 2009, and a student at the University of Idaho at the time of his death. While at Bishop Kelly, Zac was an avid lacrosse player. When determining how to best remember him, some of his many friends suggested that a scholarship be established that would provide financial assistance to students at Bishop Kelly who wish to play lacrosse. Contributions to this fund in Zac’s memory are gratefully accepted, and the family will be notified of any gifts from friends and loved ones.
The Jack Cilek Memorial Scholarship
Jack Cilek, BK 2012, was a student at the University of Arizona, when he was diagnosed with cancer that ultimately took his life in 2014. Jack was an avid swimmer and member of the BK Swim Team. His many friends and family established an endowed scholarship in his memory that will be granted to a member of the BK swim team. The first distribution of that award will be in 2016-2017. Additional donations to this fund are gratefully accepted, and the family will be notified of all gifts.
To learn more or to contribute to any of these funds, contact Rita Franklin at the Bishop Kelly Foundation at (208) 323-4789 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To give online, click on the following link:
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