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Endowments


Cardinal Gibbons High School is grateful to the farsighted benefactors who have contributed to endowments benefiting our students. Gifts to the endowment provide a permanent source of income to the school while allowing the principal to grow. The funds are invested in perpetuity with a designated percentage of the earned income available for use on an annual basis. A strong endowment allows Cardinal Gibbons High School to meet the needs of ever increasing costs. Joining with Cardinal Gibbons, donors fund outstanding academic, spiritual, fine arts, and athletic programs, provide financial aid, faculty/staff enrichment, along with building and grounds improvements on behalf of over 1500 students each year.


Cardinal Gibbons High School Unrestricted Endowment Fund

All gifts to the Cardinal Gibbons High School Endowment Fund will be unrestricted, allowing the Board of Trustees, with recommendations from an endowment subcommittee of the Board, to target dollars toward the school's most pressing needs as those needs change over time.

The Paul McEnroe Memorial Award

The Paul V. McEnroe Memorial Award was formed by his family and friends when Paul, as a fourteen-year-old freshman at Cardinal Gibbons, was involved in a fatal accident. Members of the Class of 1986, led by Chris Solari '86, have continued this award in memory of their friend and classmate. This one-year, $950 student-fee award is provided to a freshman each year for their sophomore year at Cardinal Gibbons.

The Amanda J. Rothschild Byer '82 Memorial Award

Members of the Class of 1982 founded this endowed award in memory of their classmate, Amanda J. Rothschild Byer '82. Amanda's classmates, family and friends gathered together to keep her spirit alive at Cardinal Gibbons High School. A one-year, financial aid award in the amount of $500 for tuition assistance is provided to a student for the fall semester at Cardinal Gibbons.

The Peter Joseph Cusano Foundation

The Peter Joseph Cusano Foundation provides financial assistance to support a solid scholastic educational base in preparation for a student's collegiate or career opportunities. Michael Cusano and sister Karen carry their father's legacy by assisting students achieve their life goals, contribute positive contributions to society, and encourage them to continue the philanthropic example of past generations. Honorees will receive a tuition assistance award of $1,350 for the next school year.

The Sister Teresita and Sisters of Notre Dame Award

Mike Kilmartin, Class of 1974, founded this award to express his appreciation for the positive influence that Sister Mary Teresita, SND, had on his life. The Sisters of Notre Dame have served Cardinal Gibbons since 1972 as administrators, faculty, and staff. This one-year, $950 student-fee award is awarded to a sophomore each year for their junior year at Cardinal Gibbons.

The Jack Ratz, Jr. Memorial Award

The Jack Ratz, Jr. Memorial Award is in memory of Jack Ratz, Jr. Jack was an avid golfer and student at Cardinal Gibbons when he lost his life in a tragic accident in 1988. His parents, Jack, Sr. and Barbara, along with his sisters Tracey Ratz Anthony '88 and Cortney Ratz Cowen '95, began this tuition assistance award provided to a freshman each year for the next three years ($600 for sophomore year, $700 for junior year, $800 for senior year) at Cardinal Gibbons.

The Audree and Margaret Hedrick Long Memorial Award

The Audree and Margaret Hedrick Long Memorial Award, established in 2001, honors Audree and Margaret's devotion to learning, education and children. Mr. and Mrs. Long were grandparents of four Cardinal Gibbons alumni. The Audree and Margaret Hedrick Long Memorial Award provides a full one-year's tuition to a junior for his/her senior year of education at Cardinal Gibbons.

Other Endowment Funds

Thank you to the other generous donors who have ensured our school's future through the establishment of these additional endowment funds:

Franciscan Brothers Financial Aid Fund

Susan Scott Daly '76 Excellence in Teaching & Staff Award

Helen Steigerwald and Margaret Keyes Memorial Fund

Jim and Colleen Baker Endowment Fund

Ellen Wilson Endowment for Community Service

John A. Edmond Endowment Fund

Coughlin Endowment for Academic Support


Gifts can be added to an established Gibbons endowment fund or for the purpose of establishing a new fund. A new endowment fund can be established with a gift of $25,000 or more. Gifts of any size can be given to the current established funds.

For further endowment information or to contribute to the Cardinal Gibbons Endowment Fund, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (919) 834-1625 x 283.

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