Mercy High School scholarships are granted to students in the top 25% of applicants each year who show genuine interest in attending Mercy, excel in academics, exhibit leadership, demonstrate high interest in co-curricular activities, and participate generously in church and community service. Scholarship honorees are announced in February.
There is no separate application for Mercy scholarships. Candidates will be invited for a scholarship interview in based on their HSPT scores.
Mercy High School offers a plethora of financial awards outside of the top applicant scholarships. When you apply to Mercy you are automatically considered for any financial awards you may qualify for, no additional application is needed.
Mercy is pleased to offer a number of scholarship and financial awards to incoming students. Below is a sampling of those awards:
Spirit of Mercy Award
The Spirit of Mercy Award recognizes students who, through their academic work, personal essay, or extracurricular activities and interests, exemplify the unique spirit and inspiring mission of the Sisters of Mercy. This award recognizes in the awardee the qualities of a Mercy Girl—she is generous, compassionate, and respectful; is smart, inquisitive, and hard-working; open-minded, well-rounded, and thoughtful; proud of herself, proud of her friends, and proud of her school; has integrity, is passionate, and appreciates all that she has; and is committed to spiritual growth, service to others, and justice in the world!
Alumnae Association Scholarship
This scholarship recognizes students who demonstrate a capacity for leadership and service in the finest tradition of our dedicated alumnae. Established by the Mercy High School Alumnae Association, this scholarship continues the legacy of more than 8,000 alumnae who have graduated from Mercy High School. These Women of Mercy are committed to making a Mercy education possible for the next generation of bright and promising Mercy Girls.
Endowed Scholarship in Honor of Amy R. Gibson
Established in 2016 by a generous anonymous benefactor, The Endowed Scholarship in Honor of Amy R. Gibson is a full tuition, 4-year scholarship to be awarded to the most outstanding student in the entering freshman class. The scholarship honors Amy Gibson, a gifted English teacher and academic leader whose passion for intellectual discovery set the highest standards for Mercy Girls. This visionary educator established the first signature programs at Mercy: the Catherine McAuley Honors Program and the Mentor Program.
Catherine McAuley Honors Scholarship
This prestigious scholarship honors students who, based on their exceptional middle school records and top High School Placement Test scores, show extraordinary academic promise. This scholarship honors the remarkable vision of Venerable Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, who transformed countless lives through the creation of a global network of educational and healthcare ministries.
Gordon Hilmer Scholarship
This scholarship provides generous support for bright and promising Mercy Girls who have strong academic records and show a commitment to community life. Recipients may also have a special interest in and talent for the arts. Dr. Paul Hilmer, a former faculty member at Mount Saint Agnes College and a beloved member of the Mercy High School Science Department from 1980 until 1992, believed deeply in the power of a Mercy education. Dr. Hilmer established this scholarship in memory of his brother, J. Gordon Hilmer.
Hall Sisters Scholarship
This scholarship recognizes students who, through their academic work, personal essay, or extracurricular activities and interests, are strong applicants to Mercy High School. Established by former Mercy High School Trustee Suzanne Hall Price ’67, this scholarship honors a special Mercy family legacy. The Hall sisters—Nancy ’65, Patricia ’66 and Suzanne ’67—are all Women of Mercy who are deeply dedicated to their alma mater and committed to supporting the next generation of Mercy Girls.
Joan Welsh Scholarship
The Joan Welsh Scholarship recognizes students who, through their academic work, personal essay, or extracurricular activities and interests, distinguish themselves as strong applications to Mercy High School. This award recognizes the special qualities of a Mercy Girl that will enrich the Mercy High School community.
Mount Saint Agnes Scholarship in honor of Sr. Mary Christopher Bourke & Sr. Mary Neal Corcoran
In 2016, the alumnae of Mount Saint Agnes High School established a scholarship in honor of their beloved principal, Sr. Mary Christopher Bourke+, and teacher, Sr. Mary Neal Corcoran+. This scholarship recognizes students who exemplify the inspiring mission of the Sisters of Mercy and the spirit of these two remarkable Women of Mercy.
Rosemary de la Reguera P'67, '69, '75 Scholarship
This scholarship provides generous support for bright and promising Mercy Girls who have strong academic records and show a commitment to community life. This scholarship was established by Mrs. de la Reguera’s family in her memory. Together with her husband Frank, Mrs. de la Reguera sent three daughters, Raquel ’67, Mary ’69, and Georgia ’75, to Mercy. The legacy continued into the next generation.
The Seraphia Scholarship makes an excellent Mercy education possible to bright and promising Mercy Girls. This award was established by the trustees and head of Mercy High School in 2007. Over the years, many generous alumnae, trustees, and friends have contributed to this fund.
The Sr. Marie Foley Scholarship
In 2016, trustees, alumnae, and friends established The Sr. Marie Foley Scholarship as a memorial to a member of the Mercy faculty for more than 40 years. A gifted leader, adviser, and teacher at Mercy High School from 1973 until 2013, Sr. Marie helped generations of Mercy Girls become Women of Mercy. She imagined remarkable futures for them.
Diane Hill Taylor Scholarship
Established in honor of Mrs. Diane Hill Taylor, this scholarship is intended to “support young African-American women who graduated from Baltimore City public middle schools or from the Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic middle schools. . . and who by their choice of courses or by their volunteer and extracurricular activities have demonstrated evidence of an interest in service to others.”
Stephanie M. Beran ’76 Scholarship
This award provides generous support for bright and promising Mercy Girls who have strong academic records and show a commitment to community life. Established by Mercy alumna Stephanie M. Beran ’76, this scholarship reflects her desire to make a Mercy education possible to the next generation of bright and promising Mercy Girls.
The Thelma Jean Ullrich Scholarship
This memorial scholarship recognizes students who, through their academic work, personal essay, or extracurricular activities and interests, reflect the spirit of Thelma Ullrich. Established in 2015 through the Thomas More Project, this scholarship was created by the family of Thelma Ullrich, a teacher and principal in Mount Clemens, Michigan. An active member of Mount Clemens First Presbyterian Church, Ms. Clemens loved the beauty of nature, supported music and the arts, and gave generously to Catholic schools providing assistance to those in financial need.
William A. Stilling P'87 Scholarship
This award provides generous support for academically talented Mercy Girls as they prepare for college. Established by Jacqueline A. Stilling ’82 and her brother, William J. Stilling, this award honors their father, William A. Stilling. Mr. Stilling valued education deeply and this award in his memory is intended to make a Mercy education possible for academically talented Mercy Girls who will go on to excel in college.
These are just a few of the numerous scholarships and financial awards that help make an excellent Mercy High School education accessible.
External Scholarship and Financial Aid Opportunities
Many organizations generously grant funding for students to attend private or Catholic institutions in Maryland. These organizations have their own due dates and requirements for application. The scholarships listed below are through third parties. Please contact them individually if you are interested.
- G.B. Charities, Inc.
- The Maryland Knights of Columbus Scholarship Program
- The Knott Scholarship Funds
- The Theresa F. Truschel Charitable Foundation, Inc.