As a lead-off event to this year’s national celebration of Catholic Schools Week, representatives of the Tri-State Italian-American Congress presented $25,000 in scholarships to 25 students of Italian heritage from 18 Catholic elementary schools of the Archdiocese of Newark.
The awards were presented in the Auditorium of the Archdiocesan Center of the Archdiocese, 171 Clifton Avenue, Newark, on Thursday, January 21, 2016.
The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark, and The Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda, Coadjutor Archbishop, joined Louis Vele, President of Tri-State, and Ralph A. Contini, Tri-State Treasurer and Executive Director, in making the presentations. Also on hand at this ceremony were parents and friends of the scholarship winners, and representatives of the clergy, faculty and staff of the schools each of the award winners attends.
Eligibility for scholarship awards was based on a combination of a family’s financial need and Italian heritage. Award winners were nominated by individual schools.
“We’re truly grateful for the support that Tri-State is giving to needy families here in the Archdiocese who want their children to receive the excellent faith-filled education that our schools offer,” said Archbishop Myers of the partnership between the Archdiocese and the Congress. He added: “In the coming years, as our partnership continues and grows, we hope to be able to assist more students and families, a goal we both share.”
Congress President Louis Vele stated: “Tri-State has a long history of supporting education and rewarding scholarship. Our first awards within the Archdiocese of Newark were made in 2003, and we are very pleased to again be able to help children and their families realize their dream of receiving an excellent education in a faith-filled environment. In the 13 years of our scholarship program, Tri-State has helped more than 3,000 students attend and succeed at Catholic schools.”
About the Tri-State Italian-American Congress — Formed in 1988, The Tri-State Italian-American Congress is a non-profit organization that provides educational opportunities for Italian-American children and supports organizations and charities benefiting Italian-Americans and other programs and individuals with similar goals.