Members of the Archdiocesan Class of 2019 earned an astounding $396,517,099.00 in scholarships to attend colleges and universities across the country.
Graduating seniors representing all 17 Archdiocesan high schools from throughout the five-county region came together to unveil the cumulative scholarship dollars earned by the Class of 2019. For the second consecutive year, the total broke previous records. This year’s total is $396,517,099.00.
Students were joined by Sister Maureen Lawrence McDermott, I.H.M., Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer and Superintendent of Secondary Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Catholic Education, and Ms. Irene Horstmann Hannan, Chief Executive Officer of Faith in the Future Foundation.
Sister Maureen Lawrence McDermott, I.H.M., shared, “On behalf of Bishop Michael Fitzgerald, who oversees Catholic Education, we are extremely proud of our young men and women for their hard work and achievements! It is a testament to their commitment, the sacrifice of their families, and the dedication of their teachers that the Class of 2019 has earned another record-breaking scholarship total.”
In addition to revealing a piece of the total scholarship dollars earned, each student shared the college or university they are attending in the fall. That list includes institutions such as University of Delaware; Princeton University; University of Notre Dame; Villanova University; Pennsylvania State University; The College of New Jersey; Drexel University; North Carolina A&T State University; Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary; University of Pittsburgh; Temple University; and University of Pennsylvania.
Following the students unveiling of the scholarship total, Ms. Irene Horstmann Hannan, Chief Executive Officer, Faith in the Future Foundation said, “Thanks to the visionary foresight of Archbishop Chaput, and the bold leadership of the business community, Faith in the Future was launched in 2012 for the purpose of maintaining the 17 high schools and our four schools of special education.” Ms. Hannan continued, “Today’s scholarship announcement is a testament to one of Faith in the Future’s guiding principles—individually excellent, better together.”
The announcement was streamed live on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/AOPSschools/.