Success Stories


Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep ‘09

The first in his family to be born in the US, Su’a has his sights firmly set on two goals—to be the first in his family to attend college, and to play football at the collegiate level.

Su’a is a star linebacker at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep, but this success didn’t always translate to the classroom. He struggled to make a 2.0 GPA during his first few years. However, with consistent encouragement and pressure from his school and family, Su’a’s GPA is up and he now counts algebra and organic chemistry among his favorite courses.

A Guardsmen Scholarship recipient since 6th grade, Su’a learned about the Scholarship Program when the program director at St. Mary’s Park near his Mission District home saw him playing sports every chance he got. The director told Su’a’s mom about the possibility of a Guardsmen Scholarship – and the opportunity of a safer and more supportive learning environment.

Su’a’s younger sister Tualevao and brother Siamouli were encouraged to apply as well, and now all three siblings are part of the Guardsmen and Sacred Heart family.

“The Guardsmen encourages siblings to join their Scholarship Program,” says John Gumina, Director of Student Advancement. “Parents see their older kids benefit tremendously from the structure and resources that a private school education provides, and they want those same opportunities for their younger kids too.”  Thanks to The Guardsmen, it’s possible.