The Father Bader Scholarship Program

The Father Bader Scholarship Program honors the legacy of its namesake, the Reverend Michael J. Bader as a Brother Knight and late arrival to the priesthood in Virginia. Father joined our Lord on April 5, 1992.  The program awards monetary scholarships in two different categories as follows:

1.  Brother Knight Financial Need Program:  Brother Knights in good standing and their wives, or the widows of brother Knights, who resided in Virginia at time of death and were in good standing, can apply for a scholarship to assist them in their educational goals.  The amount of the scholarship will be based on the dire financial need of the applicant.  Scholarships under this category can be made by an applicant at any time during the fraternal year and the number of awards each year is at the discretion of the Virginia State Deputy and is governed by the available balance of the scholarship program fund account (s).

2.  High School Graduate Program:  Annual competition is among eligible graduating High School Seniors who are going on to higher education in the fall. This program is open to all children of Knights who are in good standing in a council in Virginia, or were in good standing at the time of death.  Scholarship awards under this category will be based on the whole person and the financial status of the applicant.  The application period opens annually on January 1ST of each year and closes on March 31ST

Special Note:  Members of Columbian Squires and Columbian Squire Roses in good standing in a Circle in Virginia are able to apply even though their father or grandfather may not be a member of the Knights of Columbus.  

Applications will be accepted between 2018 JAN 01 and 2018 MAR 31.  More information and the applications will be placed on the State Website.  They have been attached to this communication as well. 

All applications need to be sent via U.S. Mail to Steve Payne, Scholarship Chairman 9932 Commonwealth Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22032.  No e-mail applications will be accepted.  Questions regarding the Father Bader scholarship program can be directed to Steve Payne at e-mail  or cell phone 703-489-8107.

Some councils in the jurisdiction sponsor their own scholarships.  For those councils who do, would you consider adding the Bader application to those application packages? 

Trey Hart
Virginia State Council
Director - General Programs
Lift High the Cross

The Following Links are to download the application:

Applicant Information Sheet PDF
Membership Certification PDF
High School Certification PDF

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