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Lucille Rader Education Foundation Scholarships


The Lucille Rader Education Foundation was founded in memory of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary who devoted their lives to excellence in teaching.

The scholarship program was designed to assist girls from Los Angeles Archdiocese Catholic schools who have demonstrated excellence in academics and athletics, as well as good moral character.

Each year, the Foundation awards a college scholarship to one more more senior Catholic girls who best exemplify the Foundation's ideals. The scholarship recipients are selected based on a number of factors, including an application essay, high school transcripts, athletic participation, and financial need.

Our scholarship recipients have gone on to attend the following universities:

Bard CollegeBoston UniversityCalifornia Lutheran UniversityColorado School of MinesHarvard UniversityJohns Hopkins UniversityLoyola Marymount University Massachusetts Institute of TechnologySanta Clara UniversityStanford University
UC BerkeleyUC San DiegoUCLAUniversity of AlbanyUniversity of Notre Dame University of OregonUniversity of San DiegoUniversity of San FranciscoUniversity of Southern CaliforniaWashington University (St. Louis)

Who's Eligible:

To qualify for the scholarship program, applicants must be female Catholic 12th grade students at Los Angeles Archdiocese schools, and have a minimum unweighted high school GPA of 3.2 (or 3.5 if weighted).

When To Apply:

Details and deadlines for each year's award are announced in February of the award year. The application deadline is typically in early April, however both the announcement and deadline dates are subject to change. Applications and associated documents are accepted from the announcement date until the posted deadline.

The 2019 scholarships:

This year, two scholarships will be awarded, each valued at $40,000, distributed evenly over four years. To maintain the annual award, scholarship recipients must maintain a 2.75 college GPA and submit proof of their academic standing at the end of each school year.

The deadline to apply for the 2019 scholarship award is Wednesday, March 27, 2019. All application materials (including sealed or e-mailed transcripts) must be received by this date.

How to apply:

Before you can apply for our scholarship award, you'll need each of the following items. Once you've prepared and gathered these items, click the "I'm ready to apply!" button below.

To apply for a scholarship, you will need:

  1. Your high school's contact information, your guidance counselor's name, your GPA, and anticipated graduation date
  2. Your athletic history, including year/semester, sports played, and level reached
  3. A short financial statement (under 250 words) explaining why you need the money
  4. A personal essay responding to the following prompt:

    If you had the chance to have a 30-minute conversation with any person in human history (either living or deceased), who would that person be? What topics would you discuss with this person? Please elaborate in a well-crafted essay why you chose this person and these discussion topics.

    This is your opportunity to convey your ideas and experience! Please limit the essay to 2 printed pages, using 12-point, Times New Roman font, with one-inch margins. Save in MS Word (doc/docx), PDF, or plain-text format.

IMPORTANT: Your official high school transcripts must also be submitted before the Wednesday, March 27, 2019 application deadline! You can mail us sealed paper transcripts or have a school official e-mail a copy to The mailing address will be provided once you submit the online application.

Sound good? When you're ready, click the button below to begin the online scholarship application.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions. or download the 2019 Lucille Rader Foundation brochure (PDF).