Shana­han stu­dent re­ceives schol­ar­ship

17 arch­dioce­san fresh­man stu­dents each re­ceived a $3,000 schol­ar­ship

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Bishop Shana­han High School stu­dent Pa­trick Dun­phy re­ceived a schol­ar­ship for the 2016-2017 school year.

Bishop Shana­han High School stu­dent Pa­trick Dun­phy was among 16 other arch­dioce­san stu­dents to re­ceive a schol­ar­ship for the 2016-2017 school year.

StoneMor Part­ners L.P. in part­ner­ship with the Of­fice of Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion (OCE) hon­ored 17 arch­dioce­san high school fresh­men as StoneMor Schol­ars. Cre­ated in Au­gust 2015, the StoneMor Schol­ars ini­tia­tive pro­vides one fresh­man stu­dent at each arch­dioce­san high school with a $3,000 schol­ar­ship per scholar.

StoneMor Pres­i­dent and CEO Lawrence Miller said they wanted to pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for their val­ued Catholic ed­u­ca­tion.

“We are de­lighted to hold this event for a sec­ond year, al­low­ing us to cel­e­brate and sup­port our neigh­bors in a man­ner that makes a last­ing, per­sonal im­pact,” Miller said. “The value of a Catholic ed­u­ca­tion is im­por­tant to so many fam­i­lies – mine in­cluded – and we are de­lighted to be able to pro­vide some tu­ition as­sis­tance to these tal­ented young peo­ple.”

Dur­ing the event, the StoneMor Schol­ars were rec­og­nized for their achieve­ment. They were pre­sented with sweat­shirts from their re­spec­tive high schools, by the fol­low­ing: Jonathan Ger, StoneMor’s re­gional vice pres­i­dent for the Arch­dio­cese of Philadel­phia Ceme­ter­ies; Ja­son Budd, the deputy sec­re­tary of ed­u­ca­tion for the Of­fice of Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion; Dina Kelly, StoneMor’s na­tional vice pres­i­dent of sales; and Denise LePera, pres­i­dent of Arch­bishop Ryan High School. Fran­cis Far­rell, di­rec­tor of fi­nan­cial aid and schol­ar­ship pro­grams for

the Of­fice of Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion, served as the Master of Cer­e­monies dur­ing the event on Oct. 13.

Ad­min­is­tra­tors from the OCE and each of the 17 arch­dioce­san high schools, as well as fam­i­lies and friends, at­tended the pre­sen­ta­tion and re­cep­tion at Arch­bishop Ryan High School in northeast Philadel­phia.

“Since its in­cep­tion two short years ago, the StoneMor Schol­ars Pro­gram has pos­i­tively im­pacted the lives of 34 fam­i­lies and al­lowed them to pro­vide an ed­u­ca­tion rooted in Catholic val­ues for their chil­dren at our 17 high schools in the Arch­dio­cese of Philadel­phia,” Budd said. “The Of­fice of Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion is grate­ful for the sac­ri­fices that our fam­i­lies make to pro­vide their chil­dren with a qual­ity Catholic ed­u­ca­tion that pre­pares these young men and women for a fu­ture filled with prom­ise and pur­pose.”

The StoneMor Schol­ar­ship ap­pli­ca­tion be­came available be­fore the 201617 school year to in­com­ing ninth-grade stu­dents who had achieved cer­tain aca­demic bench­marks while demon­strat­ing the need for fi­nan­cial aid.

Stu­dents were nom­i­nated by a se­lec­tion com­mit­tee com­pris­ing each high school’s pres­i­dent, prin­ci­pal, as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal for aca­demic af­fairs, and the di­rec­tor of guid­ance, ac­cord­ing to StoneMor. The com­mit­tee mem­bers said they se­lected stu­dents based on a com­bi­na­tion of their aca­demic per­for­mance and rec­om­men­da­tions from their el­e­men­tary school teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors.

A new group of in­com­ing ninth-grade stu­dents will be se­lected yearly for fi­nan­cial sup­port dur­ing their fresh­man year at an arch­dioce­san high school. StoneMor pro­vides slightly more than $50,000 an­nu­ally to fund these young schol­ars in their pur­suit of a high qual­ity Catholic ed­u­ca­tion. The arch­dio­cese en­tered into a long-term lease in 2014 and out­sourced man­age­ment agree­ment for its 13 arch­dioce­san ceme­ter­ies.

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Bishop Shana­han High School stu­dent Pa­trick Dun­phy was among 16 other arch­dioce­san stu­dents to re­ceive a $3,000 schol­ar­ship for the 2016-17 school year. Pic­tured with Pa­trick are Ja­son Budd, left, deputy sec­re­tary of ed­u­ca­tion for the Arch­dio­cese of Philadel­phia, and Jonathan Ger, right, re­gional vice pres­i­dent of sales for StoneMor Part­ners.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Bishop Shana­han High School stu­dent Pa­trick Dun­phy was among 16 other arch­dioce­san stu­dents to re­ceive a $3,000 schol­ar­ship for the 2016-2017 school year. Pic­tured with Pa­trick are Ja­son Budd, left, deputy sec­re­tary of ed­u­ca­tion for the Arch­dio­cese of Philadel­phia, and Jonathan Ger, right, re­gional vice pres­i­dent of sales for StoneMor Part­ners.

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