First-Ever Online Auction a Success for Students

“We raised about $27,000 from the auction,” said Dean of Students Jonathan Nagy, “and some extra donations put us closer to $30,000. We are so excited and grateful for the response to our first online auction.”

In total, the auction received 8,000 bids from 150 individuals, and many items were purchased by out of state alumni and supporters.

In addition to the auctioned items, several items from the BC Wish List were purchased for students. Other items received partial donations. Almost 40 donors made gifts toward the Wish List items.

“We are still taking donations towards any and all of those items,” said Mr. Nagy. “The auction site is still active and funds are still needed and welcomed for our Wish List.”

“One of the best things about the auction is the feedback I received,” Mr. Nagy continued. “So many alumni reached out to tell us how happy they were to be able to support Bishop Carroll from home.”

Plans are in the works for an online auction to be paired with next year’s auction at the Gala.

Thank you to all of the alumni and friends who made bids, purchased items and made donations toward this important effort to benefit our students!

Spirit of Partnership to Benefit BC

Dear Bishop Carroll Family,

On behalf of the Bishop Carroll Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce that Bishop Carroll is moving forward with a plan that will restructure positions within our school and establish a collaborative partnership with Bishop McCort Catholic High School. These changes give us added capacity to make sure that every student is meeting his or her academic goals and building the foundation they need to succeed upon graduation.

In addition, they take our college preparatory efforts to the next level and, in the spirit of collaboration and partnership with Bishop McCort, represent what can be achieved by working together. We are happy to note that the plan, which includes the appointment of Stephen Cotchen as our new Head of School and Richard Denhard as our College and Career Readiness Counselor shared between Bishop McCort and Bishop Carroll, has been adopted with the unanimous support of our Board of Trustees and Diocesan representatives.

It represents an important step in our ongoing efforts to grow our school community, and work with like-minded partners to maintain and strengthen the Bishop Carroll experience. These progressive steps are being made to help assure stability for the future and would not be possible without your continued support and commitment.

Thank you!


Christopher Smith, ‘92 President, Board of Trustees

Wishing Mrs. Ratchford a Happy Retirement

Mrs. Ratchford not only graduated from BC, she spent her entire career here, telling the Diocese Proclaim Magazine, “I was so happy there that I never thought to go anywhere else.”

Citing a family atmosphere, she said, “I felt like I was part of a team my entire time. We all pitch in. We’re there for our students. We want our students to succeed. We love our school.”

Mrs. Ratchford was in a unique position, working with educators who taught her when she was a student.

“I had wonderful teachers who then became my colleagues and friends,” she said. “I have the utmost respect for the people I worked with every day because we all worked together so well.”

Mrs. Ratchford is looking forward to enjoying the summer and will be keeping her options open for the future. No matter what, she says she’ll always support BC and will be grateful for the treasured Catholic education experience.

“I want Bishop Carroll to grow and flourish,” she said. “I had the best seat in the house for 29 years.”

Mrs. Ratchford will continue to serve BC as an advisor for the phased reopening health and safety plan, which is posted on at

The entire Bishop Carroll family is grateful to Mrs. Ratchford for her exceptional commitment to Bishop Carroll and wishes her and her family many blessings in retirement.

Named Scholarships Especially Important in 2020-21

Dedicated exclusively to tuition assistance, Named Scholarships enable Bishop Carroll to help families who might otherwise not be able to afford tuition. More families are seeking financial aid in the coming year due to financial hardships in the wake of COVID 19. By creating a Named Scholarship, you can make sure they still receive the best possible educational experience in a faith-based environment.

Named Scholarships can be created in the name of a donor or donor family, or in honor or memory of an individual or family, named by the donor. This opportunity is open to individual donors, or to families, classes, teams, businesses or groups of friends who want to come together to make a difference for students.

Named Scholarships provide need-based financial aid to students who are currently enrolled. 

  • A Named Scholarship requires a minimum gift of $500 per year for a three-year period. 
  • Scholarships are awarded on a non-discriminatory basis at a minimum of $500 per student. 

Donors may request that recipient students meet specific qualifications, such as parish affiliation or performance in an academic subject. Scholarships are not awarded for athletics. Named Scholarships are recognized annually on the Honor Roll of Donors and with a personal acknowledgement from a student recipient. 

Many donors who commit to Named Scholarships are alumni who benefited from financial aid when they were students. In their view, this giving opportunity is a way to pay it forward to future generations of students. 

“I want to pay back what others gave to me and make sure Bishop Carroll is always an option for any student who wants to attend.” 

Others give because they appreciate that parents are making a sacrifice to provide a Catholic education: 

“I am thankful that I had a Catholic education and I know it can be difficult for parents to afford the cost.” 

Many others simply believe in the mission of Bishop Carroll and the tremendous value of a Catholic high school education: 

“I received so much from my BC education, I want young people today to have this same opportunity.” 

“BC played such a big role in my formative years. I feel an obligation to help keep it going and to give others that same experience.” 

“I give because I am grateful. Bishop Carroll opened doors for me that would otherwise not have been available to me.” 

If you’d like to support need-based tuition assistance by starting a Named Scholarship, contact Annalisa McCann in the alumni office at