Scholarship Programs

Brianna Audinett
former School on Wheels student and 2015 high school graduate

The Catherine McAuley Scholarship

This scholarship was created to honor Catherine McAuley. 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 of the Catherine McAuley Scholarship is to improve the life of a child through education. Scholarships are available to break down any barriers that exist for students experiencing homelessness 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. You may contribute to the Scholarship fund through our donation page by choosing the Catherine McAuley Scholarship from the menu.

Requirements:

To qualify you must be currently enrolled in tutoring through School on Wheels OR previously enrolled in tutoring but now pursuing a post-secondary education. All students must have been in our program for a minimum of 3 months.

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

Submissions:

Applications are typically reviewed four times a year. Please see the application for exact due dates. Submitting an application does not guarantee a scholarship. Decisions are based on multiple factors, including the strength of the application and program costs.


The Conrad R. Freund Scholarship

The Conrad R. Freund Scholarship

This scholarship was created by Karyn Freund-Pistole, in partnership with School on Wheels, to carry on her father’s lifetime commitment to providing affordable, accessible sports programs to children in need.

Conrad served for 28 years as the Chief Operations Officer for the LA 84 Foundation, an organization established to manage Southern California’s share of the 1984 Olympic Games surplus. During his tenure, the Foundation was ranked among the nation’s best, enabling them to make grants to over 1,200 organizations serving 4 million children. In addition, he was a founding Board Member of Kids in Sports, a Los Angeles charity dedicated to providing high quality, affordable sports opportunities to underserved youth.

Substantial evidence confirms that physical activity improves cognitive skills, mental alertness and academic achievement including grades and standardized test scores (www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth). Participating in sports also increases self-esteem, builds confidence, fosters teamwork and develops social skills.

The Conrad R. Freund Scholarship will provide students experiencing homelessness with the opportunity to realize these life-enhancing benefits by providing them with the financial means necessary to participate in extra-curricular programs such as dance classes, gymnastics lessons and sports camps. Scholarship funds are designated to cover program fees and any required, but not provided, necessary equipment. You may contribute to the scholarship fund here.

Requirements

To qualify you must be currently enrolled in tutoring through School on Wheels. You must have been in our program for a minimum of 3 months and currently in K-12th grade.

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

Submissions

Applications are typically reviewed four times a year. Please see the application for exact due dates. Submitting an application does not guarantee a scholarship. Decisions are based on multiple factors, including the strength of the application and program costs.