Solana Beach youth chosen for Notre Dame scholarship program


Solana Beach native and St. Augustine High School graduate Michael McRoskey has been selected for the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program at the University of Notre Dame for its Class of 2018.

These 24 students were chosen from among hundreds of applicants for their embodiment of the program’s vision for leadership, scholarship, personal integrity and social responsibility.

The group of young men and women includes not only American students, but also citizens of China, Ethiopia, Kenya, Norway and Rwanda.

McRoskey, as a member of this program, will receive an annual scholarship to Notre Dame where he wishes to pursue engineering, computer science, industrial design and entrepreneurship. He will also be receiving funding for four Summer Enrichment Experiences, which are designed to help students further explore and develop their passions.

McRoskey is the founder and president of The Red Bag Inc., an organization whose aim is to help homeless by providing low-cost, easily distributable care packages. He plans to work to further the organization in his college years.

“Today, I continue my work with The Red Bag Inc., spreading awareness for the homeless through the sale of $5 care packages,” McRoskey said. “I want to use the connections and resources of the Notre Dame community and Hesburgh-Yusko program to expand our reach through a team of dedicated students who will bridge connections between neighbors in cities around the nation.”

While still attending St. Augustine’s, McRoskey was an active community member. He attended the International Boys’ School Coalition, a consortium of 33 domestic and international students whose focus is on service and global politics. McRoskey also served as executive student body president, led and directed both freshman and senior retreats and served as editor of the school newspaper. He played football and volleyball, ran track and cross-country and was a member of the swim team.

St Augustine High School is an all-boys school in central San Diego whose mission is to provide a Catholic liberal arts education for young men in an environment that promotes the development of mind, heart and body in the Augustinian tradition.