Establish an Endowment

Establishing a named endowed scholarship is a wonderful way to honor family members, friends or mentors. Endowed scholarship funds start with a minimum commitment of $50,000. The larger the gift, the greater the impact it has relieving the tuition burden for talented students.

Endowments can be made through a variety of giving options, either during your lifetime or at the time of your passing. During your lifetime, you can fund an endowment with cash, securities, real estate, or a life-income gift. You can also create an endowment through a will/living trust bequest or via a retirement plan/insurance policy beneficiary designation.

Please contact Michelle Hawkins, Director of Development for more information on starting an endowment fund at or 510.553.6630.

Endowment Funds

Alumni Scholarship Endowment

Created in 1996, this fund is a vehicle for graduates of the school to give back by supporting the current student body. Opportunities to support this fund are presented through the annual alumni appeal and at special events such as reunions.

James Barbagallo '70 Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1996, upon the sudden death of world-renowned pianist James Barbagallo. The Barbagallo family designated this memorial scholarship to provide tuition assistance based upon need to students with a love of and demonstrated talent for music.

Bjornson Family Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2016 by Tom and Sharon Bjornson, the parents of Laurie Bjornson Slez ’88 and Eric Bjornson ’90, this endowment was created in recognition of their children’s experiences at O’Dowd. This scholarship will provide aid to a deserving student.

Elizabeth J. Cabraser '70 Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2012 by distinguished 1970 alumna Elizabeth Cabraser to support students who embody the core value of service and are in most need. The endowment was also established as a lasting memorial to classmate and friend Catherine M. Ronconi.

Class of '55 for Fr. Mark J. Hurley Memorial Scholarship

Established by the Class of 1955 to honor and perpetuate the memory of Father Hurley and the Class of 1955, O’Dowd’s first graduating class. Earnings from the fund will provide financial assistance to deserving students.

Class of '56 Endowed Scholarship

Established by the members of the Class of 1956, this fund was created to provide need-based tuition assistance.

Class of 1960 Scholarship

On the occasion of their 50th reunion (’60 @ Fifty’), the members of the Class of 1960 established this endowed scholarship fund to provide perpetual financial assistance to deserving students who would otherwise be unable to experience the empowering benefits of an O’Dowd education.

Class of 1961 for Fr. Ernest Brainard Scholarship

Established in 2001 by Earl Johson ’61 and enthusiastically supported by alumni members of the Class of 1961, the fund honors Father Ernest Brainard, a devoted educator from O’Dowd’s opening, through 1966. It is awarded to a student involved in his or her parish in need of financial assistance.

Class of 1962 Endowed Scholarship

Established by the Class of 1962, this endowed scholarship fund will provide tuition supplements to students who are not able to pay full tuition so that they will have the opportunity to attend O’Dowd and receive a great Catholic education.

Class of 1963 Endowed Scholarship

On the anniversary of the 1963 Alumni classmates’ 70th birthday, the Class of 1963 established a scholarship fund to enable a deserving student to benefit from the same excellent Catholic education they received in the 1960s.

Class of 1965 Endowed Scholarship

Established at the time of their 50th high school reunion, the Class of 1965 created this scholarship fund to transform the lives of low-income students by providing the opportunity for them to receive an O’Dowd education.

Class of 1966 Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2016, in preparation for their 50th high school reunion, the Class of 1966 created this fund to benefit O’Dowd students in financial need of tuition assistance.

Class of 1980 Endowed Scholarship

Established by the Class of 1980 in celebration of their 30 year reunion. In memory of Gary Hazelhofer, and other classmates who have left us far too soon, we’ve dedicated this scholarship fund to them. “Honoring classmates we have lost with an ongoing gift for those to come.”

Class of 2016 Endowed Scholarship

Established by the Class of 2016 in their senior year, this scholarship is the first O’Dowd fund to be created by a class prior to graduation. It is awarded each year to a student who meets the criteria of academic achievement, active participation in the O’Dowd community, and financial need.

Class of 2017 Endowed Scholarship

Established by the Class of 2017 in their senior year, the Class of 2017 Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide financial support for deserving students who would otherwise be unable to attend O’Dowd. Grateful for their past four years, the seniors want to provide the same life-changing O’Dowd education to future students.

Anna Felicia Costa '90 Endowed Scholarship

Established by her family in 2015 in memory of Anna Costa ’90, this fund was created for the annual scholarship benefit of a male and a female student in their junior year who demonstrate exemplary commitment and strong leadership in caring for and growing the Living Lab.

Sheila Moyles Cushing '57 Scholarship

Established in 2007, on the occasion of Sheila Cushing’s retirement from the Y&H Soda Foundation, the Board of Directors awarded a grant in her name and according to her wishes to Bishop O’Dowd High School. It is her wish that an annual scholarship be awarded to a needy student.

Reverend Charles Delaney, C.S.B. Endowed Scholarship

Established in 1986 upon the passing of Fr. Delaney, the Basilian Order designated this fund to aid students in good scholastic standing. Awards are based on financial need and the student’s involvement in clubs and organizations at the school.

Sister Katharine Emery Memorial

Established in 2000, this award is given to a female student in her junior year who exhibits competence in and an appreciation of the language arts, subjects near and dear to Sr. Katharine.

The Forensic Competitive Team

Established in 2006 by the Bookin Family to provide for the continued support and development of interscholastic competitive forensic teams, including mock trial, debate, speech and academic decathlon.

Mike Gervasoni '63 Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2004 by the Gervasoni Family to honor Mike Gervasoni, Class of 1963, who passed away in a car accident October 21, 2004. Mike was a member of the Bishop O’Dowd Hall of Fame as a star basketball player. He was well loved in the O’Dowd community.

Mark J. Herrick Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1997 by the Herrick family to celebrate the life and aspirations of Mark J. Herrick, who died while still a student. This fund awards financial assistance based upon need to students who share the love Mark had of the performing arts.

Michael Lucas Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2016, the fund was created in memory of Michael Lucas, a beloved English teacher at O’Dowd for 30 years. To honor his dedication to O’Dowd students, the Lucas family established this fund for need-based tuition assistance for students in the College Prep Language Skills Program and Curriculum.

Alan J. Musante '65 Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2015 by the family of Al Musante ’65, who believed that everyone should have a chance to reach their potential, this scholarship is awarded to a scholar-athlete in need who reflects Al’s interests, particularly in basketball.

Norma & Caesar Nuti Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1992 by the family of Norma and Caesar Nuti, devoted parents and friends of Bishop O’Dowd High School, the Norma and Caesar Nuti Scholarship Fund provides a full scholarship for one student each year based on financial need. Mrs. Nuti served on the school’s Board of Regents and both Mr. and Mrs. Nuti served together as president of the parents’ association.

Carlton 'Scooter' Oats '87 Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1987, the Scooter Oats Fund memorializes this athlete’s exceptional performance on the football field, his strong sportsmanship and popularity among students.

Brendan Pedder '93 Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2016 by his family in memory of Brendan, a member of O’Dowd’s 1993 State Champion Lacrosse team, this fund will be awarded to an O’Dowd Lacrosse player in need of financial aid.

Henri Perenon Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1996 by the Perenon family, the Henri Perenon Memorial Fund honors the memory of this father, businessman and philanthropist. Funds are awarded to students in good academic standing and who have demonstrated a need for financial assistance.

Michael A. Petrini Transforming Lives Scholarship

Established by the school in 2013, the fund was created in recognition of Michael Petrini’s 23 years of loyal service to O’Dowd as a teacher, administrator and Vice President for Advancement. The memorial scholarship honors Michael’s steadfast dedication to ensuring that deserving students in need of financial aid have the opportunity for an O’Dowd education.

Vickie Barrious Poitevin '65 Scholarship Fund

Established in 2016, The Vickie Barrious Poitevin ’65 Scholarship Fund was established by Vickie and her husband, Michael, to ensure that deserving students in need of financial aid have the opportunity for a transformative O’Dowd education. The scholarship will support students with demonstrated financial need from a Catholic elementary school within the Oakland diocese, with preference given to students of St. Jarlath parish.

Joseph Salamack Heritage Scholarship Endowment

In May of 2011, the Bishop O’Dowd High School community established the Joseph Salamack Heritage Scholarship Endowment Fund as a fitting tribute to Mr. Salamack as O’Dowd’s first lay principal and for his great dedication to the students.

Pam Shay Endowed Scholarship

On May 31, 2016 the O’Dowd community established this scholarship to celebrate and honor the leadership of Pam Shay, the school’s first female principal. Her leadership was marked by educational improvements which have enhanced the learning environment and support for all students, the implementation of a culture of sustainability, and a strengthening of the school’s Catholic identity.

Lew Hong Suey Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2016 by Lillian and Stewart Fong (Tiffany ’04 and Stephanie ’08) in honor of their daughters’ maternal grandmother, an immigrant from China who encouraged learning and generosity in her family, this fund benefits O’Dowd’s Angel Fund and the Black Student Union Club.

Lee Veneklasen Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2001 in memory of Lee Veneklasen by his wife Mary and his family. This fund provides assistance for students with learning disabilities who are unable to afford the educational testing.

Wixson Family Scholarship Endowment

Established in 2012, in memory of Devin Wixson ’81 and Charlotte Bettencourt Wixson ’59, and in recognition of the transformational and empowering benefits of an O’Dowd education, the Wixson Family Scholarship Endowment will support deserving students who would otherwise be denied the opportunity to attend and graduate from Bishop O’Dowd High School.