No work of charity can be more productive of good to society than the careful instruction of women.
-Venerable Mother Catherine McAuley
Our goal is to bring the words of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, to life in the work of Mercy High School, San Francisco. We provide a well-rounded, college preparatory education for young women while maintaining a diverse and vibrant community that embraces our school’s mission and critical concerns of the Sisters.
We recognize that it is a significant financial commitment for parents to bear in providing a Catholic education for their daughters. The Board of Trustees of Mercy High School works diligently to keep the costs of a Mercy education affordable by charging a tuition that is well under the true cost of that education. Still, we know tuition is beyond the financial reach of some given the high cost of living in the Bay Area. To assist those who have demonstrated financial need, the Board of Trustees authorizes tuition assistance from our operating budget in the form of Mercy Grants.
Our Mercy Grant Program provided more than $1.2 million to 140 families during the 2019-20 academic year. Financial Assistance is available on the basis of demonstrated need. If you believe that your family resources are not sufficient to meet the total costs of a Mercy education, you are encouraged to apply. In order to be considered for financial assistance, you must complete the TADS application and provide all necessary tax documentation. TADS provides a framework through which household need can be measured fairly and equitably. Recommendations from TADS are used by the Mercy Award Committee in accordance with its policies to determine award amount.
Application deadline for financial assistance is January 15, 2020
Financial Assistance Programs
Mercy Grant Program
This award is offered to families based solely on financial need. Awards are limited and renewable each year a student is enrolled and are not guaranteed from year to year.
Archdiocesan Family Grant & Scholarship
Families do not need to be Catholic to apply, but must be active in a church of any denomination. Consideration for this grant and scholarship program is indicated on the TADS application and must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the family’s Pastor.
A nonprofit Bay Area network hub for change through education, Bay Scholars exists to make it possible for promising low-income scholars to have access to and flourish at successful college preparatory Catholic high schools in the SF/Bay Area. Awards are determined based on financial need and family size and are renewable for 4 years as long as the student is in good standing with the Catholic high school. Applications are available each December at www.bayscholars.org.
The Guardsmen Scholarship Program
If currently in the program, please inquire with Guardsmen for continued support. For more information visit www.guardsmen.org.
Achieve provides a four-year scholarship to students from low-income, underserved families. As a year-round program, they provide students with extensive academic support, mentoring, summer internships, cultural and community service activities, and college counseling. Eligibility requirements and application can be found at www.achieveprogram.org
PowerPoint Presentation from Info Session: Financing your Mercy Education