Saint Katherine Foundation Awards 20 Scholarships for 2019 – 2020 Academic Year
By Kristen Bruskas (Director of Development and Communications – Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco)
The Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach, CA has been visionary in providing scholarships to deserving students through a Foundation that was established in 2007. In those early years, there were only three recipients of small scholarships to assist deserving students in furthering their education. Through the dedication and perseverance of the Saint Katherine Foundation Board, this program has grown exponentially and on Sunday, May 19, 2019, they awarded 20 scholarships, bringing the Foundation’s total giving to over $250,000 over the past 12 years.
This year’s scholarships were awarded to five high school seniors, 13 undergraduate students, and two graduate students. An independent panel from Loyola Marymount University reviews the applications and transcripts, basing their decisions solely on merit. In addition to utilizing the interest from the Endowment Fund for the awarding of scholarships, the Foundation has a fundraiser every fall to generate additional revenue to help grow this program.
Foundation Board Vice-President and Scholarship Chairman, Mrs. Rosalind Farmans Halikis stated, “We have to invest in our youth and show them that we care. The Church should encourage them in their academic pursuits, and remain a part of their lives, regardless of where they go to school. It is important they remain connected to our faith, and become future leaders not only in society but in our parishes.”
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