Bishop Dwenger is blessed with an endowment fund that helps provide ongoing support for tuition assistance and other programs at our school. Each year memorial gifts, other cash gifts, plus planned gifts are added to our endowment funds to help provide for the long-term needs of the school. These gifts are invested through the Catholic Community Foundation of Northeast Indiana and proceeds are used solely for the benefit of Bishop Dwenger High School. Growth in the endowment fund is critical to Bishop Dwenger's successful future.
The Bishop Joseph Dwenger Heritage Society
The Bishop Joseph Dwenger Heritage Society was founded to recognize those benefactors who have thoughtfully made a significant contribution to the endowment. These contributions may be through an outright gift, a bequest or a planned gift to Bishop Dwenger High School. You may gain membership in the Society by making a gift in one of the following ways:
- By contributing $5,000 or more over a lifetime to one of the school's existing endowment funds.
- By contributing $10,000 or more to a newly established endowed scholarship fund.
- By naming Bishop Dwenger High School as a beneficiary of a charitable gift annuity, a charitable remainder trust, or a charitable lead trust.
- By naming Bishop Dwenger High School as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy.
- By naming Bishop Dwenger High School in your will as a portion of your estate.
- By naming Bishop Dwenger High School as a remainder beneficiary of a life estate or real estate trust.
- By designating an IRA or other tax differed retirement accounts to Bishop Dwenger High School.
Current Endowment Funds
Bishop Dwenger General Endowment FundThis is an unrestricted general fund and proceeds are used to benefit the current operational costs of the school.
Bishop Dwenger Restricted FundEstablished through a gift from Joe, Ed and Mike Dahm, proceeds are used to fund the school's annual Teacher of the Year Award.
Named/Endowed Scholarship Funds
Bishop Dwenger Alumni Scholarship Fund
Established by the Bishop Dwenger Alumni Association, proceeds are used to underwrite scholarships for the children of Bishop Dwenger alumni.
Bob Eifert Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Bob Eifert by members of his family, it provides for two renewable scholarships.
Established in 2000 from a grant through the Foundation for Catholic Secondary Schools and the Campaign for Excellence, it provides for two scholarships for incoming freshmen annually. Funds for this scholarship have been invested through the Community Foundation of Northeast Indiana.
DeWayne Florea Memorial Scholarhip
Established by the family of DeWayne Florea, this scholarship is given to a senior for his or her outstanding stage performance in the B.D. theatre productions.
John F. Gaughan Scholarship
Named for the first lay principal of Bishop Dwenger High School, this fund provides two $500 non-renewable scholarships annually.
Gillig Family Scholarship
Named in honor of Dave and Mary Gillig and their children, this scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is a member of St. Jude Catholic Church.
Melissa Koors Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2007 in memory of Melissa Koors '97 by her classmates and family members, this scholarship will provide a renewable scholarship for an incoming freshman.
Richard E. Lee Scholarship
Established through the generosity of a Bishop Dwenger graduate as well as Richard E. Lee, it provides for one non-renewable scholarship annually.
Msgr. J. William Lester Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is named in honor of Msgr. J. William Lester, former superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. It provides for one annual scholarship each for students attending both Bishop Dwenger and Bishop Luers High Schools.
Michael and Kathy Panther Family Scholarship
Established in 2007 by former school board president, Mike Panther and his wife, Kathy, it will provide for a $500 renewable scholarship for incoming freshmen.
Brian Penisten Memorial Scholarship
Named in memory of Brian Penisten '93, this provides for one scholarship to an incoming freshman each year.
James Robinson Merit Scholarship
Established through an estate gift from James Robinson, a graduate of Central Catholic High School, it provides for $5,000 in annual scholarship monies that are awarded to ten freshmen based on their scores on the A.C.T. High School Placement Exam.
Marguerite Schenkel Memorial Scholarship
Established by the family of Marguerite Schenkel, it provides for one annual renewable scholarship for an incoming freshman.
James R. Shields Scholarship
Established by James Shields, it provides for up to three annual scholarships. Funds for this scholarship have been invested through the Community Foundation of Northeast Indiana.
Robert and Jane Sunderland Memorial Scholarship
Established by the family of Robert and Jane Sunderland, this fund provides for one renewable scholarship each year for an incoming freshman.
J. Fred Tone
Established in 2010 in recognition of the school’s second lay principal, it provides a renewable $1,000 scholarship.
The Tony and Shirley Wagner Memorial Scholarship
Established through memorial gifts by members of the Shirley Wagner family, this fund will eventually provide for a $500 scholarship once it becomes fully funded.
Stephen Weissert Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Steve Weissert '75 by his family and classmates, this fund provides four renewable scholarships annually.
Winkeljohn Family Scholarships
Established through a gift from Bob and Diane Winkeljohn, four separate named scholarship funds provide tuition assistance for members of Queen of Angels parish. The named scholarships are as follows: The Bob and Diane Winkeljohn Scholarship, the Rob and Terry Winkeljohn Scholarship, the Tony and Andy Winkeljohn Scholarship, and the Wendy Winkeljohn Evans and Holly Winkeljohn Brady Scholarship.
Tim Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Tim Zimmerman '67 by his classmates, it will provide for an annual renewable scholarship for an incoming freshman.
Endowing a Scholarship
You may consider a gift towards one of the existing scholarship funds or you may seek to fund your own scholarship.
A Fully Funded Named Endowed Scholarship is established with a lifetime gift of $100,000 or more. Funds may come from one or more sources.
A Named Endowed Scholarship is established with a minimum gift of $10,000. Funds may come from one or more sources.
Named Endowed Scholarships provide opportunities for you and your family to invest in the ministry of Catholic education while helping to fund a student's tuition. Your gift assists us in shaping a strong future for Bishop Dwenger High School and our ability to meet the needs of a diverse student body.
Scholarships may be named to memorialize a deceased family member, friend or faculty member. You may also honor a living person as a way of commemorating a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary or achievement. Funds are invested through the Catholic Community Foundation of Northeast Indiana and the spendable income (5% of earnings) will be used to provide for the scholarship.