Thank You for your gift!
Thank you in advance for investing in our students.
Together, we will help students find their passion, develop that passion through curricular, co-curricular, and Christian Service experiences as we prepare them for heaven, college, and career.
Please check the Frequently Asked Questions below to learn more about St. Bernard High School's Annual Fund and other pertinent information on giving to the Viking community.
Why is the Annual Fund called the "Sr. Mary Anne Peterson Fund?"
For over 30 years, Sr. Mary Anne Peterson had a heart like no other for Viking students and alumni.
Sr. Mary Anne Peterson arrived at St. Bernard in 1965 as Administrator of the Girl's Division. She stayed involved with St. Bernard for 30 years thereafter as an assistant librarian, substitute teacher, and Director of Alumni. With an unrivaled passion for alumni, Sr. Mary Anne was instrumental in building an alumni database and her life's work was to keep the Viking family intact, whether that meant raising money for student scholarships to maintain healthy enrollment or mailing newsletters full of updates from Playa del Rey to thousands of alumni across the nation and the world.
Sr. Mary Anne believed fiercely in the SBHS mission to educate young students, saying, "Teenagers are the most gorgeous people in the world -- generous, enthusiastic, and hope-filled in the true Christian sense of the word...It does my heart good when I receive letters that say, 'I wouldn't be where I am today, in terms of success, if it had not been for the education and love I received at SBHS."
In honor of her memory, the Annual Fund at St. Bernard High School has been solemnly dedicated as "The Sr. Mary Anne Peterson Fund." Sr. Mary Anne's vision for St. Bernard High School now rests in our hands; help us continue to be a thriving community that offers excellent education and Catholic faith formation to all who seek it.
Where does money donated to the Annual Fund go?
Money donated to the Annual Fund goes to support curricular programming, student financial aid, and scholarships at St. Bernard High School. If you would like to direct your giving to a specific campaign, please contact the Advancement Office by emailing [email protected].
Why are you asking for money? Doesn't tuition cover the school's expenses?
The Annual Fund fills the gap between income received from tuition and the actual cost to educate Viking students.
Tuition only covers a fraction of our annual operating budget. In order to be able to serve deserving families, we keep the price of tuition as low as possible, while working to raise additional funds from outside sources including foundations, alumni, major donors, and other friends of St. Bernard.
Do you accept matching gifts?
Yes! We are grateful for the many corporations that have supported our students through their matching gift programs. Many organizations offer a 1:1 or even 2:1 match of your gift at no extra cost to you. Please check with your company to see if they offer such a program.
Questions about how to direct your matching gift? Please contact [email protected]