BSH Scholarship Programs

The Saint Katharine Drexel Scholarships

The St. Katharine Drexel Scholarship is a needs-based, educational equity scholarship program for students in the Middle and Upper School, Grades 6-12 at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot. Each year, two $7,500 tuition grants will be awarded. Applicants can apply each year for renewed scholarship consideration in the following year. Candidates will be chosen from applicants by the Administration of BSH.

Qualifications, Steps and Application Link:

  • Grants will be awarded to two minority students each year: i.e. Black/African American; Hispanic or Latino; Asian or Native American
  • Applicant must be either a current returning or recently accepted student at BSH in the Middle or Upper School
  • Applicant must also apply for BSH financial aid
  • Applicant must complete/return the scholarship & financial aid applications during the open application period
    • Open application period is between February 1 – March 31
    • Complete/return Application Form

 

About Saint Katharine Drexel/Founder of Blessed Sacrament at Belmead/Advocate for Minority Education Advancement

Saint Katharine Drexel was the second American-born saint canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. After meeting the Pope in Rome at age 28, she took up the veil and became a nun. She was the founder of the religious order of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and most importantly to BSH was the founder of two schools in Powhatan County sponsored by the Order In 1897, using funds inherited from her father, St. Katharine Drexel founded St. Emma Military Academy, at Belmead in Powhatan County, a military school for young African American men and the first of its kind. In 1899, she founded St. Frances De Sales also on the grounds of Belmead. It was the first school for African American women in Virginia. St. Katherine and her order ultimately established well over a hundred schools around the nation for African American and Native American students. Her schools were established as a countermeasure against segregation, poverty, prejudice and slavery’s other legacies. She died in 1955 at the age of 96 and was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000. In 1970 the schools she founded at Belmead closed and shortly thereafter Blessed Sacrament School at Belmead opened on the site.

The Blessed Sacrament High School at Belmead and Huguenot Academy in Powhatan merged in 1998 to become Blessed Sacrament Huguenot School on the current site in Powhatan.

Scholarship recipients/parents/guardians will be notified by email within 30 days of the application close date with a call from Head of School, Paula Ledbetter.

 


 

Lifeline 6 Knights’ Warrior Scholarships | For Children of Active Duty & Retired Active Duty Military Personnel

BSH is proud to announce the establishment of the Knights’ Warrior Scholarship program, gifted by a retired military donor, which will benefit BSH students who are children of active duty and retired active duty (including medically retired) personnel including: U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel.

A pool of up to $20,000 annually will be distributed to qualified recipients in the form of paid tuition credits. These scholarships will provide tuition grants of $1,000 to $4,000 for each child of a qualifying service member. Scholarship amounts vary depending on the student grade level and are renewable to qualifying applicants for each year of attendance at BSH.

Qualifications, Steps and Application Link:

  • Applicant must be the child of a qualifying service member
  • Applicant must attend BSH during the year the scholarship is applied
  • Applicant must provide proof of active duty or retired active duty
    • For active duty personnel: please provide a photocopy of your current active duty military ID card (both sides) and a copy of the orders assigning you to your current duty station. Please scan and email to Paula Ledbetter, Head of School, along with the name of the student applicant.
    • For personnel retired from active duty: please provide a photocopy of your DD214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty). Please scan and email to Paula Ledbetter, Head of School, along with the name of the student applicant.
  • Applicant must complete/return the scholarship application during the open application period
    • Open application period is between February 1 – March 31
    • Complete/return Application Form

Scholarship recipients/parents/guardians will be notified by email within 30 days of the application close date with a call from Head of School, Paula Ledbetter.

 


 

Arabella Stewart Brower Memorial Scholarship

The Arabella Stewart Brower Memorial Scholarship is a fully-funded, permanent endowment that pays two full-tuition scholarships including books and uniforms annually. Established in 2016, the scholarship was initiated in memory of Arabella. Each need-based award is a 4-year scholarship, or until graduation. The only specification is that the recipient be a high school girl. The Head of School, Paula Ledbetter, along with other faculty members determine the student recipients.

The first Arabella Brower Scholarship was awarded in January 2016 to a sophomore. After seeing the impact that initial scholarship had on the recipient and her family, a second scholarship was initiated in 2017.

Arabella Stuart Brower Scholarship recipients have gone on to attend:
The University of Alabama
Virginia Commonwealth University
William & Mary