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Scholarships added for sons of first responders, Catholic school employees

Saint Patrick High School has established two new scholarships that will reward the families of Chicagoland’s first responders and Catholic school employees, beginning in the 2017-18 school year.

Both the Catholic Identity Scholarship and the First Responders Scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $8,000 ($2,000 annually) and will be given to each and every student who meets the criteria and takes our Placement Exam on January 14, 2017.

“First responders and Catholic school employees do such great things for this community, inside and outside of the classroom,” President Dr. Joe Schmidt said. “It’s time we show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication by making our school more affordable for families who decide their sons deserve a Saint Patrick education.”

The Catholic Identity Scholarship will be open to all Catholic school employees and is not strictly reserved for teachers. This scholarship aims to help these parents afford the rising cost of a Catholic education.

“These families believe in the Catholic mission and want their children to receive a faith-based education,” Admissions Director Brian O’Connor said. “Oftentimes, though, they have to opt for public high school because they cannot afford private high school tuition. Our scholarship will help ease some of the financial uncertainty and show families that we care and are here to help.”

The First Responders Scholarship is open to the sons of police officers, firefighters and paramedics. Michael Fabrizio, Associate Director of Admissions and the son of a fireman himself, said he is proud to launch a scholarship that will continue to make Saint Patrick an affordable option for middle-income families.

“We wanted these families to know that we appreciate all that they do for our community,” he said. “These types of families are all about giving back and service, just like we are at Saint Patrick. This creates a common bond and really makes our school a special place.”

These new scholarships come as an addition to the variety of scholarships already offered by Saint Patrick.

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