Apr 13

Former Student Khadijah Williams

Former Student Khadijah Williams

This scholarship was created to honor Catherine McAuley

Catherine was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1920. She left school at age 14 to help support her family. As an intelligent woman who saw how her lack of education impacted her, she was determined that the same fate would not happen to her children. Many people in the neighborhood never finished basic schooling. And no one in her family had ever gone to college until her children did.

The purpose:

The purpose of the Catherine McAuley Scholarship is to improve the life of a homeless child through education. Scholarships are available to break down any barriers that exist for homeless students in getting a quality education. This includes, but is not limited to, any level of college, trade schools, arts/music programs, educational summer programs, apprenticeships or enrichment classes.

Requirements – must be ONE of the following:

  • Currently enrolled in tutoring with the School on Wheels program,
  • Previously enrolled in tutoring with the School on Wheels program within the past 3 years,
  • Previously enrolled in tutoring more than 3 years ago but now pursuing post-secondary education

All students must have been tutored for at least 3 months and be a student 25 years or younger.

Application materials:

  • Completion of Application Form
  • Personal Statement Essay
  • Letter of recommendation from a tutor, teacher, or employer
  • Current, unofficial school transcript and/or report card


Applications are usually reviewed on a quarterly basis and are due at the end of each of the following months: February, May, August, and November. If you are applying for entrance to a specific program or class with a deadline, please give the scholarship committee at least 3 weeks to make a decision. Submitting an application does not guarantee you will receive a scholarship. Decisions are based on multiple factors, including the strength of the application, and how the money will be used.

Please address and mail application with all the required materials to:

School on Wheels, Inc.
Catherine McAuley Scholarship
600 E. 7th Street, Ste 109
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Or email to: Scholarship Committee Leader, Lisette Gaeta, at lgaeta [a] schoolonwheels.org.

Contribute to the Scholarship Fund:

You may contribute the the Scholarship fund through our Donation page. Choose the Catherine McAuley Scholarship from the drop-down menu.

“Education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself.” – John Dewey