St. Paul Educational Trust: A Legacy of Learning

History

In 1973, the future of Catholic elementary education seemed uncertain. All around the metro Detroit area Catholic schools were closing because of financial constraints. Three years earlier the high school at St. Paul on the Lake Parish had closed due to financial pressures. Parishioners Tom (President of the Parish Council) and Lynn (Chairperson of the Education Commission) McGann began to worry about the future for their younger children. If they could close the parish high school, they could close the parish grade school as well. Such an action would terminate another pipeline of future Catholic adults. They agreed that something had to be done. In general yearly fund raising is usually consumed within a year. Something more was needed – something with long term staying power.

After thoroughly analyzing the problem and reviewing how other private institutions deal with cost issues, the McGanns concluded that an endowment or a trust should be established.

The McGanns then began the process of creating an Educational Trust for St. Paul School. Monsignor Francis X. Canfield (pastor at the time) was an enthusiastic supporter of the concept of a Trust from day one. Like any new idea the concept of the Trust took some convincing. It took nearly three years to convince the Cardinal and others that an Educational Trust was the answer to funding problems for Catholic grade schools, and to get IRS approval for section 501(c)(3) tax status.

The initial donation of $1,000 was made by Mr. John K. Roney and, with the encouragement of Msgr. Canfield, the trust has grown steadily with contributions from parishioners, bequests, and named scholarship donors.

In 1979 the first grant was made. Over the years the Trust has grown steadily from contributions and through prudent professional investment management. Grants have been used to purchase such items as computers, smart boards, text books, consumable materials, technology upgrades, and other instructional supplies, as well as contributing to faculty needs and supporting St. Paul’s religious educational programming and activities. The Trust is presently valued at approximately $1,700,000 and has disbursed over $1,150,000 in the form of grants.

Today there are nine named and endowed scholarship awards granted each year by the Trust. Scholarships have been awarded to 99 recipients in the past 29 years.

Board of Trustees

The members of the original Board of Trustees were: Msgr. Francis X. Canfield, Frank Cousens, Jr., Treasurer, James H. Dingeman, William L. Hurley, John Imesch, Thomas F. McGann, Chairman, Philip J. Meathe, Theodore H. Mecke, Jr., Vice-Chairman, John K. Roney, and Robert F. Taylor, Secretary.

The current Board of Trustees includes nine lay trustees who have earned a total of nine undergraduate degrees, three post graduate degrees and eleven professional designations. All designations are business related. All Trustees serve on a voluntary basis and without compensation.

Mission

The purpose for which the St. Paul Educational Trust was formed includes the following:

  • To aid in the support of present and future educational and instructional programs at St. Paul Parish
  • To subsidize the cost of Catholic education for needy students who meet certain qualifications
  • To financially support other related educational projects of St. Paul Parish
  • To engage in other charitable, religious, and educational activities

Donations

The Educational Trust has been the beneficiary of many honorariums and memorials made in honor of or in memory of deceased parishioners, relatives, and friends. These gifts help ensure the financial stability as well as the academic excellence of the Parish educational program.

St. Paul Educational Trust will offer eleven endowed scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year. Any St. Paul on the Lake parishioner planning to attend St. Paul School or a Catholic high school in the metropolitan Detroit area is eligible and encouraged to apply for one of these scholarships.

LEARN ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS

Monsignor Francis X Canfield Scholarship

Four (4) scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000.00. A tuition subsidy to a Catholic high school awarded annually to a deserving eighth grade member of the Parish.

Applicants must be a current eighth grader in any school and a member of St. Paul on the Lake parish. A complete application must include:

  • A letter from the student in his/her own words telling the committee about oneself and indicating the following:
    • Why you would be a good candidate for the scholarship
    • Which Catholic high school you plan to attend
    • If you are receiving any additional scholarships
  • A letter of recommendation from the parent(s)
  • Two Student Recommendation Forms from teachers. The recommendation forms can be picked up in the St. Paul School office.
  • A copy of the student’s most recent report card.

Only complete applications will be considered.

This scholarship may be renewed yearly at the student’s initiative by writing to the Scholarship Committee and by maintaining a 3.0 academic average.

Applications should be sent to the St. Paul Scholarship Committee, 170 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI  48236 or they can be dropped off in the school office. Deadline for the scholarship competition in Friday, March 31, 2017.

Couzens Family Scholarship

Four (4) scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 each. A tuition subsidy to a Catholic high school awarded each year to a deserving eighth grader from the Parish.

Applicants must be a current eighth grader in any school and a member of St. Paul on the Lake parish. A complete application must include:

  • A letter from the student in his/her own words telling the committee about oneself and indicating the following:
    • Why you would be a good candidate for the scholarship
    • Which Catholic high school you plan to attend
    • If you are receiving any additional scholarships
  • A letter of recommendation from the parent(s)
  • Two Student Recommendation Forms from teachers. The recommendation forms can be picked up in the St. Paul School office.
  • A copy of the student’s most recent report card.

Only complete applications will be considered.

This scholarship may be renewed yearly at the student’s initiative by writing to the Scholarship Committee and by maintaining a 3.0 academic average.

Applications should be sent to the St. Paul Scholarship Committee, 170 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI  48236 or they can be dropped off in the school office. Deadline for the scholarship competition in Friday, March 31, 2017.

FitzSimons Family Scholarship

One (1) scholarship in the amount of $750.00.  A financial subsidy award to a kindergartner or first grader to be used toward tuition at St. Paul Catholic School. The principal of St. Paul School shall select the recipient.

Parents who wish to be considered for this scholarship should write a letter of request, giving details of financial need. Letters of application are due in the St. Paul School office by Friday, April 8, 2017.

Alice and Joseph Wright Scholarship

Three (3) scholarships in the amount of $750.00 each.  A financial subsidy award to a qualifying student planning to enter sixth grade at St. Paul Catholic School. The tuition grant is renewable each year for the three years of middle school, provided the student maintains a “B” academic average.

Any fifth grade member of St. Paul on the Lake parish should write a letter of application for the scholarship and include a letter of recommendation from a teach, as well as copy of his or her most recent report card.

Applications should be sent to the St. Paul Scholarship Committee, 170 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan 48236; applications may also be dropped off in the school office.

The deadline for the scholarship competition is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Eileen Hickey King Scholarship

One (1) scholarship in the amount of $2,000.00. A tuition subsidy for a qualifying St. Paul Catholic School student to be renewed annually as long as the student remains in good standing.

Letters of application are due in the St. Paul School office by Friday, March 31, 2017.

Arthur and Honoria Roshak Scholarships

Two (2) scholarships in the amount of $3,000.00 each. A tuition subsidy based on financial need for a qualifying St. Paul Catholic School student and is renewable based on the student’s ongoing qualification.

Letters of application are due in the St. Paul School office by Friday, March 31, 2017.

Anthony Fisher Sport Fund

One disbursement to be awarded each year to the St. Paul Athletic Club for the teams’ uniforms, equipment, and particularly banquets.

Gertrude J. and Donald V. McSorley Scholarship

One (1) scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00.  A tuition subsidy based on financial need to a St. Paul Grade School graduate attending a Catholic high school preferably in the city of Detroit.

Applicants must be a current eighth grader in any school and a member of St. Paul on the Lake parish. A complete application must include:

  • A letter from the student in his/her own words telling the committee about oneself and indicating the following:
    • Why you would be a good candidate for the scholarship
    • Which Catholic high school you plan to attend
    • If you are receiving any additional scholarships
  • A letter of recommendation from the parent(s)
  • Two Student Recommendation Forms from teachers. The recommendation forms can be picked up in the St. Paul School office.
  • A copy of the student’s most recent report card.

Only complete applications will be considered.

This scholarship may be renewed yearly at the student’s initiative by writing to the Scholarship Committee and by maintaining a 3.0 academic average.

Applications should be sent to the St. Paul Scholarship Committee, 170 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI  48236 or they can be dropped off in the school office. Deadline for the scholarship competition in Friday, March 31, 2017.

Shields Family Scholarship

Three (3) scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00  each. A tuition subsidy based on financial need for three middle school (Grades 6-8) students at St. Paul School. Each applicant must play a minimum of one sport at St. Paul School. Subsidy is renewable based upon the ongoing qualifications of the student.

Letters of application are due in the St. Paul School office by Friday, March 31, 2017.