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Greg Henke Memorial Scholarship Fund

 Greg Henke joined the Bourgade Catholic community in 1988 and served as teacher and counselor up until his sudden passing in March of 2017. In 1999, Henke took over the BCHS Baseball Program as the head varsity coach. Over 18 years of leading the varsity baseball program, Coach Henke amassed hundreds of wins, many state playoff appearances and a state championship in 2010. Off the baseball field, Henke was heavily involved in the school's campus ministry program and served as a guitarist and vocalist for school masses. In his later years, Henke taught theology and psychology, before becoming the school's upperclassmen counselor in 2016.

​Greg Henke was a beloved mentor, coach, friend, father and husband. To ensure his legacy lives on through Bourgade's history, the Henke family has established a memorial scholarship fund in hopes of reaching $20,000 to have the scholarship endowed. Once endowed, a scholarship or scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis to help Bourgade Catholic students with tuition assistance.


Peter van Leeuwen Scholarship Fund

 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. 


Mary Palsma Scholarship Fund

 ​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.


Class of 1977 Legacy Fund

The Class of 1977 Legacy Fund was established in memory of the deceased members of the class. The 1977 Legacy Fund exists to provide scholarship funding to a student with a relative who graduated in the 1970s (1970-1979).

Class of 1979 Legacy Fund

The Class of 1979 Legacy Fund was established in memory of the deceased members of the class.  The 1979 Legacy Fund provides an annual scholarship award to a current or incoming student who is related to a Bourgade Catholic alumni of any era.

Class of 1966 Scholarship Fund

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:
  • Be a graduating senior
  • Not be related to anyone on the BCHS staff
  • Be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 based on a 4.0 scale.
  • Plan to enroll as a full time undergraduate at an institute of higher learning for the following semester
  • Have completed 30 hours of volunteer work within the given school year
  • Have not received any other scholarship or grant money to attend college for the following semester
Criterion on which the scholarship selection is based:
  • Academic achievement
  • Personal statement
  • Community service
  • All applications will be reviewed by the faculty of BCHS