The Kathy Flaherty Bonitatibus Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by her husband, Paul Bonitatibus, a 1967 graduate of Steubenville Catholic Central. Kathy and Paul started dating in September 1965 and were together for the next 55 years. Kathy, a 1968 Central graduate, was involved in many clubs and activities during her high school years. Kathy was proud to have an expanded group of friends from various classes and was honored to be elected the 1967 Homecoming Queen. She enjoyed her history classes with Coach Nese and Sister Mathias’ Home Economics. Mr. Bonitatibus established the scholarship to honor and celebrate his wife’s love of Steubenville Catholic Central and Catholic education. Founded shortly after her death on May 4, 2020, Paul encouraged mourners to remember Kathy with a gift to Steubenville Catholic Central, thus establishing the Kathy Flaherty Bonitatibus Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Paul and Kathy have been strong supporters of Catholic education in their adopted home in New Orleans and have endowed a scholarship in their family’s name honoring their parents at the University of Notre Dame. Students from Steubenville Catholic Central High School are one of four Catholic schools considered for the annual award.
To qualify for the scholarship, the applicant can be of any class year – freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, must demonstrate financial need and be a member of St. Peter’s Parish, where Kathy attended grade school and the couple was married in 1971. If no student from St. Peter’s Parish demonstrates financial need, a student with a GPA of at least 3.25, who is actively involved in extra-curricular activities, and demonstrates financial need may be considered for this scholarship.
The amount awarded varies each year. This scholarship is renewable for the student attending Steubenville Catholic Central High School, provided that all criteria is consistently met.
To apply for the scholarship, applicant must complete the application form and financial aid form and show proof of parish membership. For students who are not members of St. Peter’s Parish, the applicant must complete the application form and financial aid form, show proof of GPA, and provide a list of extra-curricular activities.