The Christian Brothers High School endowment fund helps students and future Brothers’ Boys in many ways. The fund indirectly aids every student at the school. By making some of the endowment earnings available for capital improvements, tuition remains competitive. It is also used to provide direct funding necessary for financial aid qualifiers. This directly relates to the school’s mission of allowing students from a wide range of economic backgrounds the chance for a LaSallian education.
CBHS has dozens of named financial assistance gifts to the school over the past 46 years on Walnut Grove which, combined, enable Christian Brothers High School to help families cover the tuition charged each year. Without these funds provided from these groups of gifts, CBHS tuition would have to increase very significantly and several families would be prevented from sending their sons to the school. Today, that includes nearly 25% of our current enrollment.
The principal of the endowment fund is left untouched, with only the interest used for the above purposes. The fund grows when expenditures of interest are not made, returns are greater than budgeted, and when gifts are made to the school and designated specifically for this fund.
Through the years, several named funds have been established in the endowment. These funds are an excellent way to honor a loved one. Contributing to any of the endowment funds will allow CBHS to continue its mission in serving the Memphis community. A gift of $100,000 or more is the standard practice in establishing a new fund for the endowment fund. This will allow one student a year to receive tuition assistance through earnings received from such a gift.
This endowment is made possible by donors over the years here at CBHS on Walnut Grove and their contributions are much needed and very much appreciated and enjoyed by all!
Following is a list and a brief description of the current funds that are a part of the school’s endowment:
This endowment is a place for undesignated endowment gifts used to help provide financial assistance based grants.
Brother Adrian Powers Memorial Scholarship
This honors the memory of Brother H. Adrian Powers, first Superintendent/Director at CBHS on Walnut Grove from 1965-1987, who completed the construction, furnished the school and weathered the debt on the school, making the final payments on it and establishing the endowment before he retired in 1987. Brother Adrian died in 2008.
Brother Bernard Zacheis Scholarship Fund
Established in 2012 by an alumnus in memory of Brother Bernard, who was a special friend and mentor to him while he was a student at CBHS. His guidance and counseling also helped many other CBHS students in the same way.
Brother J. Leander Noone Family Scholarship
This was established in 1997 by Brother Leander’s family. Their desire was to assist CBHS with awarding financial aid to families needing assistance. This honors the memory of Brother Josiah Leander Noone, FSC, who taught freshman English at CBHS on Walnut Grove from 1966 until 1987.
Brother John Michael Memorial Scholarship
This honors the memory of Brother John Michael Vukits, teacher at CBHS on the Parkway in the 1940’s and teacher on Walnut Grove in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. He had a long list of grads who remained faithful to him over many years and flocked to see him when he came from Chicago for their reunions. One graduate, Mark Freeman ’48, originated the fund to honor the Brother who was most influential to him.
Brother Stephen O’Malley Memorial Scholarship
This honors the memory of Brother J. Stephen O’Malley, CBHS principal and teacher from 1958 until his death in 1992. He firmly established the good academic reputation of CBHS in Memphis and was an excellent teacher of Algebra I whose students revere his memory.
Brothers’ Boys Scholarship
Set up in 2007 by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous in honor of his son, a CBHS graduate. The gift was a result of the goodwill bestowed on the son while a student at the high school.
Chad Eatherly Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Chad Eatherly ’96, who died of an undiagnosed heart malady on the morning he was to receive an award while a senior at the University of Missouri. Chad’s parents, Charles and Cheryl Eatherly, established the memorial in 1999.
Charles Bobbitt Memorial Scholarship
Established by his family in 2005 in memory of Chad Bobbitt, Class of 1996 graduate and University of Memphis student who died of cancer in 2004.
Charlie W. Griesbeck, Jr. Scholarship Fund
This honors the memory of 1963 graduate Charlie Griesbeck. It was established by his family and co-workers as a way to honor his long-time dedication to the CBHS community.
Chris Mosby Memorial Scholarship
Given to a cancer survivor in memory of Chris Mosby, CBHS class of 2006, who died in a car accident New Year’s Eve 2005 before his graduation in 2006.
Class of 1956 Reunion Scholarship
A class gift in 2006 in honor of their 50th year of graduation.
Class of 1996 Bobbitt/Coulter/Eatherly/O’Reilly Memorial Scholarship
These are CBHS graduates s who had untimely deaths soon after their CBHS graduations due to illness (Chad Bobbitt, Chad Eatherly) and auto accident (Michael Coulter), as well as Peter O’Reilly, who died in a car accident in 1994. A 2006 reunion gift by classmates began this endowed scholarship.
Clay Robertson Family Scholarship Fund
Established in memory of Clay Robertson in 2011. The anonymous donor wanted others to join the fund to allow students to attend CBHS. Clay was a 2006 graduate who passed away in 2010.
Donald J. Waff Memorial
This honors the memory of veteran CBHS teacher and one-man guidance/counseling department at CBHS both on the Parkway and on Walnut Grove. He was instrumental in organizing the CBHS alumni and shaping it to its present day with more than 10,500 living alums.
Dorothy S. Myers Memorial Scholarship
This honors the memory of the mother of CBHS grads Chris Myers ’79 and Jay Myers ’74, set up by Jay in 2005.
Father Charley Giacosa Memorial Scholarship
Set up in 2008 in memory of 1955 CBHS graduate, Hall of Famer and Diocese of Nashville priest Father Charles Giacosa who died in 2007. It is designed specifically to help assist any student whose family is in need of financial assistance.
Father Charley Giacosa Baseball Endowment
Established in 2008, this is given in memory of 1955 CBHS graduate Father Charles Giacosa, who died in 2007, to ensure the maintenance and upkeep of the current baseball field house and field.
F.J. and L.F. Menzer Memorial
Named in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Menzer, the parents of CBHS graduates Oscar Menzer ’55 and Eddie Menzer ’58.
Frank Horton Scholarship
This honors the memory of former CBC and CBHS volunteer coach Frank Horton. He is remembered particularly for his cross country coaching at CBHS and the annual Cross Country tournament held in his honor at Shelby Farms. The award goes to a grad who wants to continue his running career in college.
Frank C. Saino, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2012 by Frank's wife, Jeanette. This scholarship was created at Frank's request per his will after his death in 2011.
Grisanti Endowment Fund
Given in memory of Grisanti brothers, graduates Alfred “Elfo” Grisanti ’32, Arthur Grisanti ’41, John Grisanti ’47, and James Grisanti ’48, Memphis restaurateurs.
Guererri Memorial Scholarship
Given in memory of CBHS grad Darwin Guerreri ’80 who died in an alumni basketball game played at St. Dominic gym 1995 and his brother Rick Guererri ’76, who died in 2004.
Hall of Fame Endowment
This is a tuition assistance contribution each year by the more than 300 living CBHS Hall of Fame members.
Hudson-Pratt Family Scholarship
Given in memory of the members of the Hudson and Pratt families who graduated from the Brothers on Adams, Parkway and Walnut Grove.
James Bunn Memorial
Given in memory of James W. Bunn, a 1998 CBHS graduate, who died in a car accident returning from his freshman year at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. James' memorial assists Lasallian Youth and was established in 1999 by his parents, Jesse W. Bunn and Lisa C. Hickman, Ph.D.
Jeffrey Robinson Memorial
Given in memory of CBHS student Jeff Robinson who died in a car accident during his senior year in 1981.
Joel H. Porter Trust
Established by the family in honor of 1985 CBHS graduate Joel H. Porter.
Joseph A. Canale Endowment
Given in memory of 1932 CBHS graduate and Hall of Famer Joseph Canale who died in 1999.
Josh Aiken Scholarship
Given by his parents in memory of Josh Aiken, CBHS sophomore who died in a car crash in the summer of 1992 before his junior year.
Judge Leonard D. Pierotti Scholarship
This honors the memory of 1938 CBHS graduate and local Judge Leonard D. Pierotti and helps pay the tuition students whose families have had catastrophic losses such as the home or the wage earner in the family.
Katherine Griffin McEniry Scholarship Fund
Established in 1996 by Robert Q. McEniry in memory of his wife, its three-fold purpose is to assist a CBHS graduate who wishes to become a Brother, to help a student attend Vanderbilt University, and to assist a student in need of financial assistance.
K. David Tucker Memorial
Given in memory of K. David Tucker, a 1986 CBHS graduate who died in 2011. This memorial was established in 2013 by his parents Kenneth and Carolyn Tucker.
L. Anthony Deal Scholarship
Established in 2007, this is given in memory of 1964 CBHS grad and attorney Tony Deal by his mother, Dr. Rosa G. Deal, language teacher at the high school on Parkway, and registrar and language/social studies teacher at the College.
Lasallian Jubilee Scholarship
Established in 2008 by an anonymous donor, in honor of Dr. Mary McDonald, Catholic Schools Superintendent for the Diocese of Memphis, this allows a number of students from any Memphis Jubilee school to enter CBHS as freshmen.
Mary Ritten Fracchia Memorial
This honors the memory of the deceased wife of 1961 CBHS graduate Ramon Fracchia. Mary was a CBHS cheerleader.
Established in 2012 by Mark and Amy Meservey. It was established as a way for them to support the need for financial assistance to qualifying, need-based families. This is their way of saying "Thanks."
Peter O’Reilly Memorial Scholarship
Given in memory of Peter O’Reilly, a CBHS sophomore who ran cross country and died in a car accident in 1994, the summer before his junior year.
Philip A. Bollheimer Student Aid Fund
This was set up in 2011 by the family of Philip Bollheimer ’10 who died in a fatal car accident during his sophomore year of college. Their hope is that the gifts to this fund will grow to the point that CBHS can assist selected students who need extra financial assistance for books, fees, and supplies.
Ralph Hale Band Scholarship
This honors the memory of legendary CBHS band director Ralph G. Hale who conducted the band from 1947-1983.
Regis W. and Janet D. Haid Scholarship Fund
Established in 2002 by 1974 CBHS graduate and Hall of Fame member Dr. Regis Haid, a neurosurgeon in Atlanta.
Jim and Penny Rubion set this in motion as a result of their visit to campus for his 50th reunion in 2012. Their desire is to increase the endowment so Christian Brothers can continue its mission of educating young men, regardless of their financial capibilities to do so.
Schellman Family Endowment
Established in 2005 by 1993 CBHS graduate Chris Schellman in honor of his family.
Honors the memory of brothers Garner Strickland ’43 and Don Strickland ’49 and brothers Al Stukenborg ’47 and Fred Stukenborg ’49.
Theo A. Cook Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2008 by David Cook ’69 to honor his mother by awarding a scholarship to any band member raised by a single parent.
Thomas R. and Kathryn C. Polk Endowment Fund
Established in 2011 by 1943 graduate Tom Polk in memory of his wife Kay who had passed away three years earlier. It is intended to assist financially needy families that want their son to attend CBHS.
Tom Tiffany Memorial Scholarship
This honors the memory of Tom Tiffany, long-time English teacher both on the Parkway and on Walnut Grove, who returned to CBHS in the 80’s in the counseling department. A very thorough and effective counselor, he died in 2004.
Urban E. Hilger Scholarship
This honors the memory of 1957 CBHS grad Urban Hilger who died in 1997, given by his mother, Irleen Hilger, who was librarian for many years on the Parkway campus.
Whitman Family Scholarship Fund
Established in 2010 by C. Thomas Whitman ’55, Christopher T. Whitman ’85, and Michael Whitman ’90 to honor the family name by providing funds for a Jubilee School graduate to attend CBHS.
William Gossett Memorial
This honors the memory of longtime speech and history teacher, as well as Go Brothers moderator and set designer, Bill Gossett, who taught at CBHS from 1968 to his death in 1999.
William J. Weedon, Sr. Memorial
Given in memory of the father of 1965 CBHS graduate and teacher Bill Weedon.