Saint Ignatius High School

Scholarship Drive

Student-driven. Student-focused. The Annual Scholarship Drive raises more than $500,000 for tuition assistance through student fundraising.

It's important to me to be a top seller because the Scholarship Drive is an opportunity for me to give back to a school that gives me so much.

Michael Shock '20
Scholarship Drive Top Seller
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83rd Annual Scholarship Drive Results

This year's Scholarship Drive brought in a total of $580,000 towards tuition assistance. Congratulations to our students on achieving 129% of your overall goal! Students earned a free day which will be observed on April 12, 2021.
Top student sellers:
  1. Benjamin Thiltgen sold 1,390 tickets
  2. Ryan Ventura sold 713 tickets
  3. Isaac Chernisky sold 690 tickets
  4. Joseph Rhyland sold 459 Tickets 
  5. Andrew Metz sold 415 tickets 
Top homerooms:
  1. 3D Fr. Pinchak at 209% 
  2. 1B Mr. Antonelli at 198% 
  3. 1G Ms. Mayer at 195% 
  4. 1E Mr. Emancipator at 166%
  5. 3K Dr. Keefe at 164%
First place winning ticket #: KKPPCHMP-22
Student seller: Aristotle Apostolakis
Second Prize winning ticket #: JENY3LCE-2
Student seller: Alec LaSpina
Third prize winning ticket #: KWMXY3JY-0
Student seller: Jeremy Delgado

The History

Dating back to the spring of 1939, the Saint Ignatius High School Scholarship Drive has been a fixture of the school calendar. While it has taken many different forms, it has always depended on students, parents, alumni and the community of Greater Cleveland to reach its success.

The Scholarship Drive first began as an effort by our Fathers' Club. The club first sponsored a Bingo Night in 1938. At this event, a ten-cent raffle offering a $1,000 prize succeeded beyond expectations. As a means to help students pay tuition at the end of the Great Depression, the Board of Directors discussed the option of expanding the raffle into its own event. By 1940, this became the biggest moneymaker of all Fathers' Club events. The drive lasted for eight to nine weeks and ended in the beginning of May.

Prizes after World War II also reflected a dramatic shift in culture. As soldiers came home, prizes for the raffle reflected the demand for consumer goods. In 1946, the grand prize was a Ford Sedan. Other prizes ranged from a General Electric refrigerator to an electric roaster. In 1947, a "New Modern Home" at 20691 Stanford Avenue in Fairview, Ohio took its place as the grand prize. Tickets became fifty cents each, or a book of fifteen for six dollars.

Today, you can join by purchasing a $5 ticket for your chance to win the grand prize of $50,000. 

The 82nd Annual Scholarship Drive brought in a total of $600,000 towards tuition assistance.

Special Events Director Melissa Murphy has been running the Scholarship Drive since 2004. "In a lot of ways, the drive has remained the same," Murphy says. "We're still using the same hopper to mix up the tickets as we did in the 50s!" And the goal of the drive remains the same: to support tuition assistance making it possible for students of all financial backgrounds to attend Saint Ignatius High School.
  • Alumni Challenge

    Alumni are encouraged to challenge fellow classmates in order to win prizes. Each week, members of the class with the highest number of tickets purchased will be placed in a raffle to win Saint Ignatius gift baskets. Winners will be announced on February 5, 12, 19 and 26. The final drawing will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021.

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