Support CRCP

Since its humble beginnings in the fall of 1979, Cardinal Ritter College Prep (CRCP) has provided an exemplary college and life preparatory experience for more 2,800 young men and women throughout the St. Louis metropolitan region. CRCP is the premiere Catholic high school for African-American high school students by staying true to our mission of Faith Development, Academic Excellence and Leadership Training.

There are three ways to make your gift today: 

Click here to make an online gift.

You can also make a gift by sending a Check to the following address: 
CRCP 280003
P.O. Box 953745
St. Louis, MO. 63195-3745

Make a Stock Gift.  Please call Toni Ponder at 314-792-7045 for transfer instructions.

All gifts are 100% Tax-Deductible 

CRCP wants to honor donors by having you choose how you wish to support CRCP.   You can support CRCP’s mission in numerous ways:

  • The Ritter Fund
  • The Leon C. Henderson Scholarship Fund
  • The Joe Wiley Society Giving Initiative
  • Annual “Celebrating Success In Urban Education” Gala
  • Planned Giving
  • Establish a Scholarship
  • Memorials and Tributes


The Ritter Fund

While every family makes a financial investment when their child attends CRCP, there remains a gap in the actual cost to educate a student at CRCP.    The Ritter Fund is our annual giving appeal that assists in bridging the tuition gap.  The funds donated to the Ritter Fund are used within the fiscal year given and are funds used to support the operational budget of the school.

 The Leon C. Henderson Scholarship Fund

During his career in Catholic school education, Leon C. Henderson served as the leadership instructor and administrator at CRCP for 30-plus years and for 10 of those years he served as President of the school.  He is beloved at CRCP and touched the lives of many.   His passing in 2016, prompted  a dedicated group of Cardinal Ritter College Prep faculty and staff, parents and alumni, to establish the Leon C. Henderson Scholarship Fund.   This scholarship will honor his memory and commemorate his legacy.  The scholarship’s funds will be used with a specific emphasis on expanding CRCP’s leadership programs and maintaining a rigorous academic curriculum for students that exemplify leadership and academic success will receive a Leon Henderson Scholarship that will be applied toward CRCP tuition.

The Joe Wiley Society Giving Initiative 

Founded in 2012, the Joe Wiley Society (JWS) Giving Initiative was established to honor Mr. Wiley for his tireless efforts, dedication and vision for the Catholic educational experience along with his passion for social justice within the Archdiocese of St. Louis and to perpetuate his legacy while advancing the mission of Cardinal Ritter College Prep (CRCP) High School.  The Joe Wiley Society funds are used to support scholarship and tuition assistance.

Joe Wiley Society Giving Levels

Joe Wiley

Joseph Cardinal Ritter
$2,500 - $4,999

$1,500 - $2,499

$1,000 - $1,499

$100 - $999

$0 -  $99


Annual “Celebrating Success In Urban Education” Gala

The “Celebrating Success In Urban Education” Gala has evolved into Cardinal Ritter College Prep’s signature fundraising event supported by corporations, community organizations, alumni, and individual friends of CRCP.  This event is held off-site and, in addition to being a signature fundraiser, it is a time as a community that we come together to celebrate our students.

This annual event is critical to the success of CRCP.  100% of our students are on tuition assistance.  The dollars raised at this event allow CRCP to award significant tuition assistance awards to families that would not otherwise be able to attend, or even consider, CRCP.   Donors may purchase sponsorships, purchase tables or individual tickets.

Planned Giving

CRCP is also happy to discuss with you a planned gift.   Planned giving, sometimes referred to as gift planning, enables donors to make larger gifts than they could make from their income. While some planned gifts provide a life-long income to the donor, others use estate and tax planning techniques to provide for CRCP that maximize the gift and/or minimize its impact on the donor's estate.  If you are interested in pursuing a planned gift, please have you or your financial advisor contact Toni Ponder about a gift agreement at 314-792-7045.


Establish an Endowed Scholarship

An endowed scholarship allows donors to be as specific or not with a gift of tuition assistance to a student with an endowed scholarship.  Typically an endowed scholarship is established with a gift of $10,000 and can be named to honor a class year or an individual.   The funds are invested and the scholarship award is generally based on the earned investment income.  This is a great way for CRCP classes to honor the school or for individuals to honor a loved one or alumni

Honors, Memorials and Tributes

Consider a gift to CRCP in honor of a friend’s birthday, anniversary or other significant celebration.   Gifts to Cardinal Ritter College Prep can also be made as a tribute or memorial gift to honor a deceased loved one, friend, alumni or family member.  We are happy to make available cards and envelopes on this occasion.