Financial Aid Grants Approach $3 Million for 2011-12

With the Financial Aid allocation process winding down for the Summer of 2011, we are pleased and proud to announce that we have allocated almost $3 million in need-based Financial Aid to nearly 40% of our Mater Dei High School families. Through a combination of the generosity of Bishop Brown and the Diocese of Orange, as well as so many Mater Dei benefactors and alumni, we have been able to fund Financial Aid for those families in our community who would otherwise not be able to afford the opportunity of a Mater Dei High School education.

In the past we could rely solely on the generosity of our Bishop and a few wonderful, caring Mater Dei benefactors to support our families in need. However, as you can plainly see, the need continues to grow exponentially and now we need the caring support of the entire Mater Dei community more than ever. We ask you to consider making a gift to MDHS for the direct purpose of helping one of our families in need.

Whether through a Financial Aid gift ( which is completely tax deductible ) to one of our MD Giving Circles, a pledge gift to the Monarch Legacy Endowment Fund, a legacy estate commitment to the endowment or a check written to our Annual Fund campaign, you will be directly helping a Mater Dei student receive the incredible gift of a holistic Catholic education, the opportunity to graduate as a Monarch.

Please know that every family who receives MD Financial Aid must pay their fair share of their own tuition after they have been approved and qualified for Financial Aid through Private School Aid Service. No Financial Aid is granted to any family until their financial situation is screened and analyzed by PSAS ( no exceptions ). So despite urban legend and internet myths there are NO MD student-athletes attending Mater Dei for free, or having their housing paid for or being provided with a free SUV to drive.

It is in difficult times like these that the true spirit of the Mater Dei Family shines brightest. So, if you are in a financial position to help support a Mater Dei family in need, through any of our Financial Aid fundraising efforts, please contact our MDHS Advancement Office at 714-850-9534. If you specifically wish to discuss a legacy estate gift or pledge commitment to the Monarch Legacy Endowment Fund please contact Allison Bergeron directly at 714-850-9532 or at abergeron@materdei.org.

May God continue to bless, guide and protect the Mater Dei Family.

Patrick Murphy, President

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