SANTEE — When it comes to tuition costs, every dollar helps.

That’s why a local chapter of the Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) will be awarding $750 scholarships to two worthy high school seniors.

“Our branch hopes to recognize and award students … who may not otherwise afford to continue their education,” said Debbie Reid, president of ICF Branch 449, which was established in 2019 and is based at Guardian Angels Parish in Santee.

“Continuing education is expensive, regardless of the type of school,” she said. “So, if we can make a positive difference in a student’s life, then our scholarship program is a worthy investment.”

The Italian Catholic Federation is a national Roman Catholic fraternal organization composed primarily of persons of Italian ancestry and their spouses. But membership is open to all Catholics, regardless of ethnicity.

ICF Branch 449 will accept scholarship applications until midnight on Monday, April 22.

Applicants must be Roman Catholic, have a total cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 over the past three and a half years, be active in their parish and live within the Diocese of San Diego.

They also must provide a copy of their unofficial school transcript; a list of their extracurricular activities, volunteer service and/or employment; a copy of