Sister Carlotta Financial Aid Endowment Challenge

Help us raise $1 million and double your impact.

Sister Carlotta O’Donnell, Santa Catalina’s second head of school, was committed to ensuring all students reach their full potential by taking advantage of everything that Santa Catalina has to offer. Today, providing families with the financial support they need remains among the school’s highest priorities.

In honor of Sister Carlotta and the school’s longstanding dedication to a quality experience for all, an anonymous donor has established the Sister Carlotta Financial Aid Endowment. Through this donor’s generosity, the Catalina community has the opportunity to amplify access for students by matching an initial $1 million investment with a second $1 million by December 31, 2023.

Why financial aid?

Santa Catalina School has changed the tuition assistance program to a financial aid program in order to more fully support families with costs beyond tuition. Over time, financial aid will allow the school to cover school-associated expenses such as computers, books, class trips, and class rings. The transition to this financial aid model, grounded in our mission and core values, will help ensure Santa Catalina remains relevant by addressing families’ needs and increasing access to the opportunities that create meaning for students.

Donate today!

Join the celebration of Sister Carlotta’s legacy and support the Sister Carlotta Financial Aid Endowment Challenge by making a tax deductible donation below. If you have any questions or wish to donate another way, please email

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