Annual Awards, Scholarships Recognize Student Success, and Endowments’ Influence on Catholic Schools

Graduation day represents a significant milestone in the lives of students, marking the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. It’s a time when students reflect on their academic journey and a moment to look ahead with excitement and hope for the future. Our graduates have spent years immersed in the rich educational environment of our beloved Catholic schools, where faith and knowledge are intertwined to shape their character and inspire their dreams.

The Power of Catholic School Scholarships

The importance of Catholic school scholarships in supporting our students’ educational journeys cannot be overstated. Nearly 50 percent of the funds managed by the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania are dedicated to Catholic education and scholarships. This robust support underscores our unwavering belief that financial circumstances should never prevent a student from pursuing a Catholic education. We encourage everyone to explore the opportunities these scholarships provide.

Generosity of Donors: Creating Opportunities for Success and Make a Lasting Impact

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and partners, numerous deserving students have received scholarships to attend one of the 36 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Allentown. These endowment funds are a testament to the community’s commitment to education and faith. They not only provide immediate financial assistance but also recognize high-achieving graduates by offering scholarships for their continued academic pursuits in college.

The impact of scholarship endowment funds extends far beyond graduation day. These funds empower students to follow their passions, explore new opportunities, and become responsible citizens. They transform dreams into reality, opening doors to higher education, leadership roles, and fulfilling careers. The lasting benefits of these scholarships ripple through the lives of students, their families, and the broader community.

Endowment Funds for Catholic School Scholarship Programs

As we celebrate our graduates and recognize the profound impact of Catholic school scholarship endowment funds, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to our generous donors. Their investment in student education has not only strengthened our schools but also transformed individual lives and nurtured future leaders. This commitment to supporting education through endowments ensures that the values of knowledge and faith continue to flourish within our community.

Let us unite in our commitment to champion Catholic education, ensuring that every deserving student can experience the transformative power of our Catholic schools. By supporting scholarships and contributing to the growth of school endowment funds, we enable future generations to achieve greatness and carry the torch of knowledge and faith.

St. Jane Frances de Chantal Education Fund Awards

  • Alec Falcone — Highest General Grade Point Average
  • Zackary Koorie — 2nd Highest General Grade Point Average
  • Astrid Berry — 3rd Highest General Grade Point Average

Nativity High School: Loretta Lecher Schneider Scholarship

  • Ethan Grabowski
  • Hannah Zimerofsky
  • Emma Lieberman
  • Jack Messina
  • Michael Quirk
  • Joseph Rossi
  • Nolan Ferhat
  • Michael Kadziela
  • Grace Brennan
  • Luke Sterns
  • Dylan Higgins
  • Cole Wagner
  • Lauren Bedway
  • Hunter Hengeveld
  • Pepa Baldino
  • Isabella Aikey
  • Michael Bailey Ziolkowski
  • Spencer Mathers
  • Ava Putalavage

Holy Trinity Parish: The Joseph and Mary Simko Education Fund Award

  • Joseph Kelly
  • Elizabeth Langan
  • Joseph Surovy 

*All 2024 award recipients are attending Allentown Central Catholic High School.

Catholic School Scholarships with the Catholic Foundation of Eastern PA
Good Shepherd Catholic School Class of 2024

Allentown Central Catholic HS: Francis & Mary Waldron Family Award 

Molly Driscoll is this year’s recipient of the Francis & Mary Waldron Family Award. This Catholicaward goes to the graduating senior who exemplifies school citizenship & service at Allentown Central Catholic High School HS. The daughter of Michael and Colleen Driscoll, Molly and her family belong to the St. Thomas More Parish in Allentown. She will be attending American University with a full scholarship, where she will study business and play for the women’s basketball team.

Molly’s high school activities included: Student Council Central Committee President, National Honor Society, Viking Ambassador, Varsity Basketball Captain (1,000 point scorer), Varsity Soccer Captain, Varsity Lacrosse, STM Youth Group Leader, BFF Club, Central City Project.

Molly Driscoll ACCHS '24