Scholarships & Endowment


List of 10 items.

  • Pompelia Girardi Esposito Scholarship

    Born in Brooklyn, New York, Pompelia (Pam) was the youngest of seven children in the Girardi family. She credited her early years at St. Teresa of Avila School with providing her a quality, faith-based education and principles which set the foundation of her character. She touched many lives through her kind heart, words of wisdom and generosity.

    Pam continued to value learning throughout her lifetime and encouraged others to pursue their education to achieve their dreams. Within her own family, at a great personal sacrifice, she ensured that her two sons and grandson received a Catholic education.

    This endowment fund was established in Pam’s memory to recognize her significant generosity and to assist students in need at Mercy High School, Baltimore, who can benefit from the quality education that Pam regarded so highly.

    To make a gift to this fund indicate “The Pompelia Girardi Esposito Scholarship” in the designation box on our donate page.
  • The Bishop P. Francis Murphy and LeRoy E. Hoffberger Memorial Fund

  • The Sister Mary Michael Grant, OSP Endowed Fund for Music

  • Virginia Mae MaKechnie Fund for the Arts

  • Joanne Manzo and Bernard Kenyon Scholarship

    This fund for students in financial need honors Joanne Manzo and Bernard Kenyon for their lifetime commitment to the works of mercy, healing, and peace. They are stalwart supporters of Viva House, the Baltimore Catholic Worker, a vital force in Baltimore opposing the works of war and striving for social justice.

    Joanne worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Mercy Southern Health Center and Bernard as a chemistry teacher at Mount St. Joseph High School. They were both beloved by their respective communities for their professionalism and kindness.

    When Bernard retired, he continued reporting for work at Mount St. Joseph, keeping almost as busy as he had been as a faculty member and provided invaluable assistance to the Mount’s retreat program.

    For her part, Joanne continues her affiliation with Mercy Medical Center and develops mindfulness workshops and programs for children, particularly those who experience persistent poverty or the trauma of homelessness. She has piloted these programs at Marian House and Loyola Early Learning Center.

    The Thomas More Project established this fund in gratitude to Joanne and Bernard, two of its foundational donors, for their interest, encouragement, and support of its scholarship program.

    To make a gift to this fund indicate “The Joanne Manzo and Bernard Kenyon Scholarship” in the designation box on our donate page.
  • The Seraphia Scholars Fund

  • Sister Mary Anne Smith Endowed Scholarship

  • The Edward E. and Mary Pascullis Sommerfeldt Scholarship for Migrants and Refugees

  • Thelma Jean Ullrich Scholarship

  • Roland X. Wallace Scholarship Fund


Endowments are comprised of invested funds that generate interest or dividends that can be used for a special purpose or for the general needs of the school. Only the interest is spent while the principal remains intact. Thus, the funds are considered “perpetual.” 

Mercy is most grateful for gifts of any size to our general endowment or to any of our named honorary or memorial funds. Below are various types of endowment funds:
  • Unrestricted donations to Mercy High School's endowment fund allow Mercy to apply your gift to the areas of greatest need.
  • Dedicated scholarship funds help keep a Mercy education accessible to working families. Faithful to the vision of Catherine McAuley, this enables Mercy to bring girls of all backgrounds together to study, learn, and pray. A minimum gift or pledge of $25,000 establishes a scholarship fund.
  • Special purpose funds enhance programs and activities in both curricular and extra-curricular areas and enrich the life of the school.
  • Endowed lectureships, faculty positions, and chairs, also strengthen Mercy.

While our Annual Fund is our most important fundraiser, providing a significant portion of our operating budget each year, our endowment funds supply a steady income regardless of annual variances in fundraising, enrollment, and expenses that are natural for a school.

The Mercy endowment is being built gradually with donations from alumnae, faculty, family and friends. In addition to helping secure Mercy’s future, many of these gifts honor or commemorate loved ones. Some are designated for a particular purpose, such as student scholarship aid, support for key programs within the school, or faculty positions that attract and reward excellent teaching. All endowment funds foster and extend the mission of Mercy.
Mercy High School Baltimore is a sponsored ministry of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and is a member of Mercy Education.

Mercy High School proudly partners with eCampus for textbooks and other materials for our Mercy Girls.

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