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Recognizing the significant investment families make in a Catholic high school education, Trinity regularly publishes scholarship and tuition assistance opportunities for present students. Please refer to the various programs below for more information.

Click to expand the programs below for more information:

+ The Bishops' Scholarship for Excellence
The Catholic Education Endowment Trust (CEET) was established in 1976 by the Cleveland Catholic Diocese to promote Catholic education, provide support for religious education programs, and to offer tuition-aid scholarships to families with financial need who desired a Catholic education for their children. As part of this initiative, CEET sponsors a scholarship program to encourage the pursuit of excellence in Catholic education. This program is the Bishops' Scholarship for Excellence.

Now in its 18th year, this scholarship awards:

  • Eight $3,000 scholarships to current 10th and 11th graders applicable to their 11th and 12th grade years, respectively.
  • Sixteen $1,000 scholarships to current 6th and 7th graders applicable to their 7th and 8th grade years, respectively.


  • The family is required to first complete a Smart Aid application for the upcoming school year. A COPY of the application must be included with your Bishops' Scholarship for Excellence application.
  • There must be a documented financial need demonstrated by the family based upon the application. Smart Aid identifies need by processing your Smart Aid application.
  • The completed Bishops' Scholarship for Excellence application should include:
    • A typewritten essay written by the student-applicant (minimum of two pages/maximum of three pages, double spaced) on the topic:
      How does your experience in Catholic school influence the manner in which you try to make a difference in your everyday life? Give examples from school, at home, in your parish and/or in your community.
    • A letter of recommendation from two of the student-applicant's teachers.
    • A copy of the Smart Aid application.

  • Each application must be returned to the student's principal by March 1, 2017.
    • Principal’s comments and signature are required.
    • A copy of the student's academic record should be attached.
    • A maximum of five applications per school may be submitted.

  • The Bishops' Scholarship for Excellence is awarded to a geographic cross-section of the Diocese.
  • Recipients will be notified via U.S. Mail if a Bishops' Scholarship for Excellence has been awarded. A copy of the letter will be sent to each student's principal and pastor. All recipients will be invited to an awards ceremony and luncheon at a date and place to be announced.

To obtain a copy of the Bishops' Scholarship for Excellence application, please visit Trinity's Business Office.

+ Geis Scholars Program
The Geis Family Education Endowment Fund
was established in December 2010 to ensure qualifying students are provided access to quality, Catholic education regardless of their ability to pay. The first Geis Scholars scholarships were awarded in the 2011-2012 academic year. The Erwin & Katherine Geis family has a long history of supporting Catholic ministries, and established this Fund as a lasting legacy to this family's commitment to providing a quality, Catholic education to eligible students.

To provide academic scholarships, with opportunity for annual renewal, to students enrolled in Catholic high schools located in Cuyahoga County, Diocese of Cleveland, who have demonstrated financial need and record of academic success.

Academic scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded to students meeting the criteria cited below, with an opportunity for annual renewal with evidence of sustained excellence in faith, academics, community service and positive peer relationships. A total of ten scholarships are awarded annually. For the 2017-2018 academic year, there are potentially 5 renewal and 5 new scholarship opportunities.

Criteria (students selected to apply:)

  • Applicants must be refugees, immigrants or children of first-generation immigrants
  • Applicants must qualify for free or reduced school lunch program
  • Are currently enrolled in, or have been accepted by, a Catholic high school located in Cuyahoga County in the Diocese of Cleveland
  • Can document a minimum scholastic achievement of 3.0 GPA
  • Are involved in school life and consistently demonstrate positive character traits
  • Are willing to participate in an informal gathering hosted by the Geis family representatives. Geis Scholars would have the opportunity to meet their grantor(s) and express how they have benefited from the grant and from their Catholic education.
  • Are willing to register on the National Student Clearinghouse prior to high school graduation.


  • Principal/Nominating school official provides recommended students with the application materials.
  • Letter of Recommendation completed by a non-family member.
  • New and renewal students complete the Geis Student Essay section of the application.
  • Parents complete the Geis Parent section of the application and send the complete package to their principal by March 1, 2017
  • Principal/Nominating school official completes the school section of the Geis Scholarship application, reviews required documentation submitted by the family to ensure completion, and forwards the completed information to the Office of Catechetical Formation and Education by March 15, 2017.

In May, the Office of Catechetical Formation and Education will send written notification to each of the recipient families and respective Catholic school principals. Contact the Office of Catechetical Formation and Education at 216-696-6525 (Cindy Williams, ext. 2830) with questions.

To obtain a copy of the Geis Scholars application, please visit Trinity's Business Office.

+ Scholarships/Tuition Assistance From Outside Organizations
Scholarships, grants and other types of financial assistance awarded from outside organizations (such as an elementary school, community group or church) are typically honored at Trinity. Speak with a Business Office representative for more information.

For a list of current scholarship opportunities that might apply to your student, please click here.