Scholarship Funds

Our merit scholarship funds provide vital tuition assistance to help students attend Bishop Heelan High School. We are grateful for these funds established by alumni, parents, adult children and friends to honor loved ones.  To set up a new Memorial Scholarship please contact Janet Flanagan at 712-226-0414.

Kay Bennett Irish Heritage Scholarship
Kay Bennett, a 1960 Heelan grad, devoted her life to teaching elementary school students in California. She grew up in South Sioux City and attended St. Michael School before attending Heelan where she was active in pep club and supporting plays. After Kay passed, her devoted husband established this scholarship to honor her wit, common sense, dignity and connection to her Irish roots. Awarded to freshmen of Irish descent who show dedication to growing academically, spiritually and morally.

Dee Blatchford Memorial Science Award
Dee Blatchford was an admired and respected teacher who taught at Heelan for 38 years before retiring in 2008. After initially teaching math, she taught science classes for decades, inspiring countless students to pursue careers in the sciences. As a teacher, Dee was passionate, creative and demanding. She died too young in 2016 of ALS (Lou Gerig's disease.) This award is presented to an incoming senior who shows high achievement in science.

Col. V. Thomas Considine Memorial Scholarship
Col. Considine graduated from Bishop Heelan in 1966. "T.C." was a fighter pilot and at the time of his death, was the Commander of the 185th Air National Guard Unit based in Sioux City. This scholarship was established in 2002 after Col. Considine lost his long battle with cancer. This $500 scholarship is awarded to a Bishop Heelan student in grades 9-11 who is involved in either vocal or instrumental music. Selection is made by the family.

Clement E. Duffy Scholarship 
This $2,000, one-year scholarship to Bishop Heelan High School is available to incoming freshman and students in grades 9-11.

LuVerne E. Duffy Scholarship
This scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to Bishop Heelan High School available to incoming freshman. This scholarship will be available again in 2022. 

Msgr. A.J. Elbert Tuition Assistance Endowment Fund
Monsignor Armand Elbert served as superintendent of Bishop Heelan High School from 1964-1978. A popular figure at school and in the community, his leadership helped nurture Heelan when enrollment was at its peak due to the large numbers of baby boomer students. This endowment fund assists Heelan students with tuition.

Jack and Margaret Gill Scholarship
The adult children of John (Jack) and Margaret Gill created this Scholarship Fund for an incoming freshmen who shows dedication to hard work. As a loving tribute to their father and mother, they wanted to help other families provide a quality Catholic education to their children as their parents did. Jack is in his 90s today and was pouring concrete and helping his sons build homes until age 85.  Margaret was dedicated to her family before passing away in 2012.

Brian Goetz Memorial Scholarship
Brian Goetz was the long-time owner of Perkins Office Solutions, a family business he worked in for years. A 1973 Heelan grad who died in 2010, he served on community boards, was a pilot and a cyclist, and regularly took part in RAGBRAI rides across Iowa and motorcycle rides to Sturgis. Brian was an active Heelan alum who worked on phonathons, reunions, Heelan Auction donations and more. His fund will help several high school students at Heelan.

Michael R. Kuehl Memorial Scholarship

Michael Kuehl '99 loved sports, music and the outdoors. His story-telling, contagious laugh, loyalty, generosity and wit drew people to him. Michael struggled with an addiction to alcohol that would ultimately take his life. Mike's legacy can help young people enjoy what he loved: lifelong friendships, memories; morals and values that instill generosity and loyalty, and a chance for a quality education. Two or more scholarships are awarded annually to a current sophomore or junior Heelan student.
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Margaret and Ed Lamkin Memorial Scholarship
Margaret and Ed Lamkin were active members of Blessed Sacrament Parish. They believed in the value of Catholic education for their three children and others were strong supporters of Heelan High School. Margaret and Ed also enjoyed a quest for knowledge, discovery and life-long learning. As age 90 Margaret upgraded to a new laptop because she didn’t want to be tied down to old desktop PC. Awarded to a bright student.

Fred Lennon Memorial Scholarship
Fred Lennon was a 1963 graduate of Bishop Heelan High School. He was a member of the Army's elite Special Forces Unit and a recipient of numerous commendations, including the Silver Star. On October 17, 1966, at age 22, Fred gave his life while serving our country in combat in Vietnam. This scholarship was established in his honor to benefit a Bishop Heelan Junior. Recipients are nominated by teachers and the selection committee includes Chris Bork, Heelan principal, Brendan Burchard, religion teacher, Anthony Elias, activities director, and one other teacher.

Amy Graves Mace Service Scholarship
This scholarship honors Amy a 1987 graduate who was her passionate about reaching out to others before she died. Amy was involved in her parish and the community,donated to the Gospel Mission and volunteered at the Sioux City Soup Kitchen. She demonstrated a special love for the elderly, and was loving wife, mother, daughter andsister. This annual tuition scholarship is open to all incoming freshman or current underclassman.

Carrie Mach Spirit of Life Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Carrie Mach who passed away in December 2000 during her senior year at Heelan High School. Carrie fought a long battle with cancer throughout much of her life. The scholarship was established with an initial gift from Jim and Bev Wharton. Two scholarships are awarded to a high school freshman and a junior. 

Father Alfred McCoy Memorial Scholarship
The late Fr. Al McCoy, a beloved figure for years at Bishop Heelan High School, served as president of Heelan High from 1996 to 1998 and assisted administration for years after that. Fr. Al served Masses, gave afternoon announcements, interacted regularly with students, painted classrooms with the summer crew and was known for his short by pointed homilies.

Roger and Della McCoy Memorial Scholarship
A Trinity High School graduate in 1945, Roger McCoy always felt pride in his hometown of Sioux City. After he and Della met at a USO dance in the northwest, they married and settled in Sioux City where their five children attended Catholic elementary schools and graduated from Heelan. To honor their parents’ faithful commitment to Catholic education, the McCoy children have endowed a scholarship to be awarded annually to a deserving Heelan student from Holy Cross School (formerly Blessed Sacrament and St. Michael’s). It is their hope that this legacy will encourage similar commitment from other Catholic families for generations to come.

Mary Helen and Terrence McElroy Memorial Music Scholarship
Mary Helen McElroy was a fixture playing the organ at Blessed Sacrament church for many decades while also raising 12 children just a block away. She shared her love of music with thousands of people In her years associated with the school and church. Her children are honoring her with a scholarship to help young people pursue their passion in music during high school. Awarded to a student involved or interested in music. 

Henry and Linda Metz Single Parent Scholarship
This award, funded by 1968 Heelan alumni, helps a student with a single parent who wants a Catholic education for her or his child.

Norma Jean McGowan Scholarship

Awarded to a student involved in a variety of activities, this scholarship honors Norma Jean McGowan's love of life.

Rose and Edward O’Kane Scholarship
This fund honors Rose and Edward O'Kane's commitment to Catholic education for their children.  Awarded to incoming freshmen who show dedication to growing academically, spiritually and morally. 

Ray O’Neill Memorial Scholarship
Ray O'Neill, a member of Cathedral Parish, strongly believed that a Catholic education was the best way to prepare his children for the future. They agree and have established this scholarship in his name. Awarded to an incoming freshman who shows dedication to growing academically, spiritually and morally.

Jon Olson Business Scholarship
Awarded to a student excelling in Heelan business classes.

Msgr. Eugene Kevane
Msgr. Kevane served as the first principal of Heelan High School from 1949-1958. This fund was established in his honor and is used to assist Heelan students with tuition.

Jeff Poss Memorial Scholarship (New)
Jeff Poss, a 1975 Heelan grad and father of 3 Heelan grad sons, enjoyed a long successful career with Younglove Construction, where he oversaw the building process of large agricultural facilities across the country. During his time at Heelan and Iowa State, Jeff was heavily involved in ROTC, which later lead to him serving as a 1st LT in the Army Corps of Engineers. An award from this fund will help a Heelan student enrolled in ROTC or pursuing a career in engineering.

Isaac Roerig Memorial Scholarship
Isaac Roerig, a talented music student and 2020 Heelan graduate, touched the lives of countless individuals before his unexpected passing in fall 2020. He was a percussionist in Heelan's marching band, pep band, jazz band and concert band and a performer in Chorale concert choir and Harmonia Mundi show choir. An All-State vocalist and part of the Heelan's Homecoming royalty, Isaac was involved in numerous school organizations and activities. At Mater Dei Parish he was an altar server, cantor, youth group member and bell choir member. In college Isaac was a freshman music education major at UNI. An award from this fund will benefit a Heelan music student.

David Sabag Memorial Scholarship (New)

Dave Sabag was a stand-out athlete in the first class to graduate from Heelan in 1950. He went on to play baseball for the University of Iowa and played on a Yankees Farm team. An award from this fund will help a Heelan athlete or student with their tuition.

Spirit of '75 Championship Scholarship
All teammates, classmates and fans who cheered in the stands for Heelan's 1975 State Championship Football Team are invited to contribute to the endowed fund for a Spirit of ‘75 Championship Scholarship in memory of a team member or coach, or in general. One to two annual scholarship awards will be presented each spring to a qualified boy or girl athlete for Heelan tuition.

James and Theresa Verschoor Annual PRIDE Scholarship (New)
Jim and Theresa (Bulzak) Verschoor were high school sweethearts and 1951 Heelan graduates — she, the class valedictorian, and he, an athlete and active student. They raised three Heelan grads and have grandchildren in our schools. Awarded to a student who shows effort in academics and school activities.

Maurie Noonan Tomke Tuition Assistance Award  
This $100 award is presented to an incoming junior active in athletics and music and who has earned honor roll status.

For questions on donating, please contact:
Janet Flanagan, Director of Special Gifts and Communications
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