Many years ago St. Brendan's Parish Council established an educational scholarship fund, the main purpose of which is to promote parochial education from elementary schooling to college level studies as an option for our parishioners. The money for this scholarship is provided by St. Brendan's tithing program. The success of our parish tithing program, and the generosity of some parish families, will again allow us to offer grants of $750. in the next school year, just as we have in the past. At least four scholarship awards of $750 each, and perhaps as many as six, will be distributed. All payments will be made directly to the educational institution on behalf of the winners, unless there is a good reason to make an exception to this rule.

Applicants for the program must meet the following requirements: 1) be a member of St. Brendan's parish, 2) be someone accepted into a full time Catholic educational program (this includes home school programs), 3) be active within the community of St. Brendan's, 4) provide proof of educational costs, including books and other activity fees, net of all other scholarship(s)/award(s) money.

The applicants will apply by writing an essay and submitting it by Sunday, July 21, 2019. The essay should be no more than one side of one page and should discuss the reasons why a Catholic education is important to the applicant and how he or she and the surrounding community will benefit from this child’s Catholic education. The parents of children entering kindergarten through 6th grade may write the essay on behalf of the child. For applicants entering the 7th grade or higher, the essay must be written by the applicant

All applicants will be evaluated by the Parish Council using a “blind” process (names are removed from the applications and instead they are given numbers; only the pastor knows who has applied and which application is from which student). The recipients will be notified in August, following the approval of the Parish Council. If you have any questions or, please contact Fr. Mullen at the parish office, or see him after Mass.

Our late pastor, Fr. Daniel J. Gilmartin, left as part of his estate funds for a college scholarship to be distributed according to the decisions of the Pastor of St. Brendan Parish, who is the trustee of the Fr. Gilmartin scholarship fund. The scholarship is worth $1,000, and it is given for one academic year. Hence, the conditions that I have set for the awarding of the 2019-2020 Father Daniel J. Gilmartin College Scholarship are as follows: 1) the recipient must be in a College or Master's program (or will be in the Fall); 2) the recipient must be known to the Pastor as one who lives a Catholic life of faith, worship, prayer, and service; 3) the recipient must give evidence of seeking academic excellence, providing evidence of this from the last two marking periods in school; and 4) the recipient must present a letter requesting the scholarship to me by Sunday June 16th. Whoever receives the Gilmartin Scholarship will not be eligible for the scholarships awarded from the Parish Scholarship Fund.

Fr. Mullen

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