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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.

MPSF provides financial assistance towards a quality Catholic education to students with limited financial resources. Significantly, some of the 2,363 children who received scholarships in 2019-20 to our schools would be in non-accredited or partially 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 54% of the need, so there is more work to be done.

Regarding need… I am happy to report that MPSF assisted students with scholarships at a new school beginning in the fall of 2019. Cristo Rey High School in Richmond is 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:

  • The Diocese of Richmond recently received the distinction of AdvancED accreditation for a five-year term.  The Diocese of Richmond met or exceeded expectation on all standards. AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world.  They are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential.

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 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 C. Holbrook
The McMahon Parater Scholarship Foundation