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Changing the Trajectory of Students’ Lives – One Scholarship at a Time

I am grateful for the work of my colleagues on the Board of Directors at the McMahon Parater Scholarship Foundation(MPSF) and to all of our generous donors. Due in part to your support and passion, enrollment in our 29 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Richmond has increased since the inception of the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EISTC) program in 2013.

MPSF provides financial assistance towards a quality Catholic education to students with limited financial resources. Significantly, some of the 966 children who received renewable scholarships in 2016-17 to our schools would be in non-accredited public schools, especially if they reside in the Cities of Richmond, Petersburg, and Norfolk, were it not for the financial assistance that MPSF provides that enables them to attend Catholic schools. While the number of students, Catholic and non-Catholic, who have been assisted through EISTC has grown, we are only meeting 60% of the need, so there is more work to be done.

Regarding need… I am happy to report that MPSF will be assisting students with scholarships at a new school beginning in the fall of 2019. Cristo Rey High School in Richmond will be a Catholic learning community that exclusively serves low-income inner city youth, equipping them with the knowledge, character, and skills to transform their lives. The Cristo Rey Network comprises 32 schools nationwide and includes a four-year Corporate Work Study Program.

Some other good news worth sharing:

  • Charlottesville Catholic School opened a STEM Lab in the 2016-17 school year
  • Christ the King in Norfolk was one of 12 schools in Virginia named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2015
  • Five of our seniors at different Catholic High Schools in the Diocese from the class of 2015 attend service academies.

One testimonial I particularly like is about a student, Miles, at All Saints. His mother writes “Miles is a bright child, who has a learning difference. It requires a little extra help from educators… We’ve tried several different approaches and classroom environments, and have finally found success at All Saints Catholic School.” Miles writes:

Miles Williams

For those not yet a part of this life changing cause, consider, importantly, giving the gift of an unparalleled Catholic Education, while gaining a tax credit, a win-win.   Your gifts of prayers or financial resources will enable us to continue to expand our vision and the number of students we help.   The 966 students we have helped in the past year, as well as the future scholarships recipients and their families, thank you for making an impact on their lives.

May the good Lord bless you,

Bruce Holbrook
Chairman,
The McMahon Parater  Scholarship Foundation