College. Community. Christ. These three words describe the vision and reality for the entire Bourgade Catholic High School community. They are the motivation for our Advancement Office which is dedicated to building relationships that help market Bourgade Catholic and augment its operating budget. Your donation to our fundraising campaigns, tax credit opportunities, and memorial scholarships are critical to our efforts to provide the resources that promote the growth of Bourgade Catholic High School.
The Adopt a Student Program is designed to provide a college preparatory, faith based education to students with financial obstacles that prevent them from attending Bourgade Catholic.
We ask members of the Bourgade Catholic High School community, local businesses and friends of BCHS to make a financial commitment to supporting a Bourgade Catholic student, ideally for 4 years. A number of donations to the Adopt a Student Program are made yearly to go to the most-needy student or are made in memory of a former Bourgade Catholic faculty member, administrator or student.
Students will be selected to receive Adopt a Student assistance based upon the following criteria:
Peter van Leeuwen touched the hearts of many people during his short years on earth as an altar boy and active parishioner at St. Jerome’s parish, a classmate and friend to all at Bourgade Catholic High School, an Honor student and Valedictorian of the Class of 1984 and as a National Merit Scholarship while attending Arizona State University.
An endowment was started in 1994 in memory of Peter and funds an annual scholarship to a student at Bourgade Catholic who characterizes the same academic excellence that Peter did.
To donate, click the image to the left.
During Mary Palsma’s 28 year career at Bourgade Catholic, she taught every math class that was offered, from pre-Algebra to Calculus, plus did a stint as the typing teacher and honorary football coach. Early in her career at Bourgade Catholic she came to realize that she was not just a classroom teacher but rather a Catholic School Educator. Mrs. Palsma remained a loyal advocate for Bourgade Catholic even after retirement serving on the Annual Campaign Committee, 50th Anniversary Committee and as a member of the Hall of Fame.
The Class of 1977 Legacy Scholarship is in memory of the deceased members of their class. The 1977 Legacy Fund will benefit to distinct groups. Contributions can be designated to provide financial assistance to a relative of a member of the Class of 1977 or to provide for an item from the Faculty/Staff Wish List. Class members believe they received an excellent education and Bourgade Catholic and wish to make that same experience available for others.
The Bourgade Catholic High School Class of 1966 Scholarship, was established by the first graduating class of Bourgade Catholic High School to honor their classmates. This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded once per year and is a one time only award.
The eligibility criterion includes:
Criterion on which the scholarship selection is based:
Teri A. Hunter loved her Bourgade Catholic family. A 1989 graduate she returned to serve as an English teacher, Yearbook Moderator and advocate for all things Bourgade Catholic.
I Will Walk with a Friend
Small are my wings
Long is the road I travel
I do not fly
Forever I’m seeking
the knowledge in life
that will set my soul free
Each day is a struggle
A journey so long
I fight to be free
I long for that day
when the journey will end
I won’t need my wing
for I will walk with a friend
-Teri A. Hunter // March 27, 2001
Sr. Mary McGreevy, SSND, served as Principal of Bourgade Catholic from 1997-2010. She was guided by her favorite Bible quote:
"You have been told, O people
what is good
and what God requires of you:
only to do the right,
and to love goodness,
and to walk humbly with your God."
The Andrew Bunikis Memorial Scholarship was established in 2008 to commemorate Andrew’s outstanding commitment to service demonstrated during his years at St. Jerome and Bourgade Catholic. The spirit of the Andrew Bunikis Memorial Scholarship is centered on an individual’s commitment to service and community involvement.