We have several scholarship funds which help deserving NDCR students and their families with tuition costs. We encourage you to donate to any of the funds below. For further information on setting up a scholarship fund or contributing to these established funds, please contact the Development Office at (978) 689-8222 EXT 112.
The Dr. Fred and Emily Arrigg Scholarship
Dr. Fred Arrigg was born in Lawrence in 1922, the son of Lebanese immigrant parents. He became a well-respected local doctor and led a remarkable life, characterized by decades of dedicated service to patients, generous commitment to the Lawrence community and deep respect for learning and education. Dr. Arrigg and his wife, Emily, established this endowment for the academic benefit of a deserving student at Notre Dame Cristo Rey.
The Thomas M. and Teresa P. Blewitt Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2018 by Stephen and Maria Blewitt in honor of Thomas M. and Teresa P. Blewitt. Thomas was born in the U.S. to Irish parents, moved to Ireland as an infant and returned to the U.S. as an adult. Teresa was born in Ireland and immigrated to the U.S. as an adult. Thomas was a highly skilled carpenter who rose to become a Principal Housing Inspector in New York City’s Department of Buildings. Teresa stayed at home for approximately 20 years raising their four children. She later returned to work outside the home and was pursuing a college degree before succumbing to illness in 1979. Thomas and Teresa both greatly valued the importance of education and work which they instilled in their children.
The Catholic Schools Foundation Scholarship
The Catholic Schools Foundation Scholars Program provides scholarships to a select group of students in the Archdiocese of Boston’s Catholic high schools. Students are selected based upon their potential as scholars, active members of their new school community, and their families demonstrated financial need.
Students who are selected also demonstrate a high potential to contribute positively to the school community through academics and/or leadership opportunities and have a goal for post-secondary education.
The John G. and Frances McAvoy Chory Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Frances who graduated from St. Mary High School in 1949. It also honors John G. who graduated from St. Mary Elementary School. John and his wife, Frances, as well as seven of their children, were educated by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Lawrence.
This scholarship is established with the hope that the recipients will give serious attention to their academic achievement and participate in the community life of Notre Dame Cristo Rey.
For the 2017 academic year and all subsequent years, the recipient must earn a 2.5 GPA for their Sophomore, Junior and Senior year.
The Peg Downing Family Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of our great friend and mentor, Peg Downing, who passed away on January 24th, 2020. Peg was a woman of deep commitment, love and support for our students, our faculty, and our staff. Serving as principal in 2013/2014, Peg left a lasting impression on all who met her - we miss her energy, enthusiasm and that amazing smile. We know that Peg will continue to be our loudest cheerleader from her new home.
The Wensley & Ibrahim El-Hefni Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded in honor of Dr. Ibrahim El-Hefni, who founded the Technical Training Foundation in 1985. Dr. El-Hefni, an immigrant from Egypt, became a successful electrical engineer, inventor, and business owner. Over the years, he employed hundreds of people from the Lawrence area and became a supporter of location education. Dr. El-Hefni was a firm believer that education and hard work were the keys to success.
This scholarship was established by Dr. El-Hefni’s wife, Wensley, and their daughter, Suzanne Wright. It is awarded for all four years while at NDCR. Awardees must maintain a 3.0 GPA for their Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years. They must also be in good standing in the Corporate Work-Study Program, remain free from any behavioral issues, and participate in the “life of NDCR” through volunteer opportunities.
The Father James Field Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship honors Father James Field, the former pastor of Incarnation Parish in Melrose, for his commitment to the Notre Dame Cristo Rey mission and his leadership in encouraging his parishioners to share their time and talent with the Notre Dame Cristo Rey community.
Scholarships are given each year to students who exemplify the qualities of academic achievement, leadership and courage.
The Rita M. Fitzgibbons Gordon, RN Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the late James Gordon in honor of his wife, Rita Fitzgibbons Gordon, a 1955 graduate of St. Mary High School, and a dedicated Registered Nurse. Rita was a scholarship recipient and was always appreciative of the opportunity afforded to her in her pursuit of a nursing career.
In fulfillment of Rita’s wish, this endowed fund provides a scholarship to assist deserving students in their own pursuit of a profession in the health care field.
The Heidi Hartung Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Heidi Hartung and is awarded to a student who has demonstrated his/her commitment to be successful at Notre Dame Cristo Rey.
The John and Nancy Higgins Scholarship
The Sister Mary Anne Laughlin, SND de Namur Scholarship Award
This scholarship was established anonymously by an alumna of the Class of 1956 of Saint Mary High School. The scholarship memorializes Sister Mary Anne Laughlin, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur who dedicated her life to education and believed in the basic goodness of all people.
This scholarship is presented to a rising senior who exhibits hard work and determination in academics.
The Walter L. Landergan, Jr. Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2019 by Mary Landergan through The John J. McDonnell Margaret T. O'Brien Foundation in honor of her late father, Walter L. Landergan, Jr. Walter spent part of his childhood in Lawrence, and he never lost touch with his roots. He graduated from Phillips Andover Academy and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a major in physics at Harvard University, all on academic scholarship. He went on to earn his law degree from Harvard Law School. Walter spent his entire 65-year career at Rich, May P.C., a Boston-based law firm. He generously supported Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School’s mission to provide a college-preparatory education and corporate work-study opportunities to the children of Lawrence for many years through The John McDonnell Margaret T. O’Brien Foundation.
Steven and Elizabeth Lindsay (Fichera ‘68 SMHS) Scholarship (2019)
This scholarship was established in 2019 by Steven and Elizabeth Lindsay, long-time dedicated benefactors of Notre Dame Cristo Rey. As a graduate of the former St. Mary High School, Elizabeth never forgot her Lawrence roots and the exceptional education provided by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Majoring in the business field, Elizabeth was considerably influenced by NDCR’s Corporate Work-Study Program and its impact on the college-preparatory education provided to the school’s students.
The James McCarty Memorial Scholarship Award
This scholarship was established in memory of the father of a former Dean of Students, Robert McCarty. The award is presented to a deserving rising senior who exhibits qualities of leadership, hard work and perseverance at Notre Dame Cristo Rey.
The Cynthia Alekel Mohr and Family Foundation Scholarship Award
This scholarship award was established by Cynthia Mohr, a native of Lawrence who is very involved in the activities of local community organizations. Ms. Mohr is deeply committed to the people of Lawrence and to the educational values of Notre Dame Cristo Rey. This scholarship is presented to a student who values education and community, a student who is determined to be successful and give back to the Lawrence community in the future.
The Saint Mary High School Alumnae Scholarship
This scholarship was established by a group of Saint Mary High School alumnae who are members of the Class of 1966. The award is presented to a female student who shows pride in Notre Dame Cristo Rey and in the traditions of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
The Sister Margaret Mary Mohr, MFIC Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Sister Margaret Mary, a beloved faculty member, dedicated teacher and a gifted mentor to her students. Sr. Margaret Mary, through her generosity of spirit, embodied the mission and vision of Notre Dame Cristo Rey. A trained librarian, she had the vision to create a state of the art library that supported each student’s goal to achieve a college education. She took great pride in her role as faculty adviser of the St. Julie Billiart National Honor Society and also the Student Council.
The NDCR Friend Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Elaine Pitts and is awarded to a student who has demonstrated his/her commitment to be successful at Notre Dame Cristo Rey.
The Obreiter Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2018 by William and Mary Ellen Obreiter and is awarded to a student who has demonstrated his/her commitment to be successful at Notre Dame Cristo Rey.
The Lisa and Murray Smith Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Lisa and Murray Smith and is awarded to a student who has demonstrated his/her commitment to be successful at Notre Dame Cristo Rey.
The SND Scholarship
This scholarship was created by the Base Communities Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. This fund provides NDCR emergency support for students and families in financial need.