St. Paul Educational Trust: A Legacy of Learning

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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 2018-2019 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

Any eighth grade member of St. Paul Parish who plans to attend a Catholic high school is eligible to apply for the Monsignor Francis X. Canfield Scholarship, the Couzens Family Scholarship and or the Donald and Gertrude McSorley Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to three deserving students to be used toward tuition to a Catholic high school.  The Canfield Scholarship has been awarded each year since 1985. Originally called the St. Paul Parish Scholarship, it was renamed in 1991 to honor the late Monsignor Canfield, who served, as pastor of St. Paul Parish from 1971 to 1991.  Monsignor Canfield died in October 1998.  The Couzens Family Scholarship was awarded for the first time in 1997 and is named for longtime parishioners.  The McSorley Scholarship is new this year and is named for the late Mr. and Mrs. McSorley who were long-time and very active parishioners.  The application requirements are that the student be a current eighth grader in any school and a member of St. Paul Parish.  A complete application must include:

  • A letter from the student in his or her own words telling the committee about oneself and indicating the following:

– Why you would be a good candidate for the scholarship?
– What high school you will be attending?
– If you are receiving any additional scholarships.

  • A letter of recommendation from the parent(s).
  • Two Student Recommendation forms from teachers, forms are available in school office.
  • A copy of the student’s most recent report card.

The Canfield, Couzens and McSorley Scholarships 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 can be dropped off in the school office. Deadline for the scholarship competition is Friday, March 30, 2018.  Funds for all the above endowed scholarships come from the St. Paul Educational Trust.

Couzens Family Scholarship

Any eighth grade member of St. Paul Parish who plans to attend a Catholic high school is eligible to apply for the Monsignor Francis X. Canfield Scholarship, the Couzens Family Scholarship and or the Donald and Gertrude McSorley Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to three deserving students to be used toward tuition to a Catholic high school.  The Canfield Scholarship has been awarded each year since 1985. Originally called the St. Paul Parish Scholarship, it was renamed in 1991 to honor the late Monsignor Canfield, who served, as pastor of St. Paul Parish from 1971 to 1991.  Monsignor Canfield died in October 1998.  The Couzens Family Scholarship was awarded for the first time in 1997 and is named for longtime parishioners.  The McSorley Scholarship is new this year and is named for the late Mr. and Mrs. McSorley who were long-time and very active parishioners.  The application requirements are that the student be a current eighth grader in any school and a member of St. Paul Parish.  A complete application must include:

  • A letter from the student in his or her own words telling the committee about oneself and indicating the following:

– Why you would be a good candidate for the scholarship?
– What high school you will be attending?
– If you are receiving any additional scholarships.

  • A letter of recommendation from the parent(s).
  • Two Student Recommendation forms from teachers, forms are available in school office.
  • A copy of the student’s most recent report card.

The Canfield, Couzens and McSorley Scholarships 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 can be dropped off in the school office. Deadline for the scholarship competition is Friday, March 30, 2018.  Funds for all the above endowed scholarships come from the St. Paul Educational Trust.

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.

FitzSimons Family Scholarship

The FitzSimons Family Scholarship is a tuition subsidy of $750 for an incoming or returning kindergarten or first grade student at St. Paul School. Parents who wish to be considered for this scholarship should write a letter of request giving details of financial need. The principal of St. Paul School shall select the recipient. Letters of application are due in the school office by Friday, April 6, 2018.

Eileen Hickey King Scholarship

The King Scholarship is a tuition subsidy of $2,000 per school year for any student at St. Paul School.  The scholarship is named after Eileen Hickey King who was a member of the parish her entire life. Any current or prospective St. Paul School family is eligible to apply for the scholarship. Parents desiring a scholarship will write a letter of request giving details of financial need. The principal of St. Paul School shall select the recipient based on her awareness of the family’s financial need. The scholarship once granted shall be renewed annually so long as the recipient is a student in good standing at the school.  Letters of application are due in the school office by Friday, March 30, 2018.

Gertrude J. and Donald V. McSorley Scholarship

Any eighth grade member of St. Paul Parish who plans to attend a Catholic high school is eligible to apply for the Monsignor Francis X. Canfield Scholarship, the Couzens Family Scholarship and or the Donald and Gertrude McSorley Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to three deserving students to be used toward tuition to a Catholic high school.  The Canfield Scholarship has been awarded each year since 1985. Originally called the St. Paul Parish Scholarship, it was renamed in 1991 to honor the late Monsignor Canfield, who served, as pastor of St. Paul Parish from 1971 to 1991.  Monsignor Canfield died in October 1998.  The Couzens Family Scholarship was awarded for the first time in 1997 and is named for longtime parishioners.  The McSorley Scholarship is new this year and is named for the late Mr. and Mrs. McSorley who were long-time and very active parishioners.  The application requirements are that the student be a current eighth grader in any school and a member of St. Paul Parish.  A complete application must include:

  • A letter from the student in his or her own words telling the committee about oneself and indicating the following:

– Why you would be a good candidate for the scholarship?
– What high school you will be attending?
– If you are receiving any additional scholarships.

  • A letter of recommendation from the parent(s).
  • Two Student Recommendation forms from teachers, forms are available in school office.
  • A copy of the student’s most recent report card.

The Canfield, Couzens and McSorley Scholarships 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 can be dropped off in the school office. Deadline for the scholarship competition is Friday, March 30, 2018.  Funds for all the above endowed scholarships come from the St. Paul Educational Trust.

Arthur and Honoria Roshak Scholarships

There are two Roshak Scholarships of $3,000 each, per school year for any student at St. Paul School.  Any current or prospective St. Paul School family is eligible to apply for the scholarship. Parents desiring the scholarship will write a letter of request giving details of financial need. The principal of St. Paul School shall select the recipient based on her awareness of the family’s financial need. The scholarship once granted shall be renewed annually so long as the recipient is a student in good standing at the school.  Letters of application are due in the school office by Friday, March 30, 2018.

Shields Family Scholarships

There are three Shields Family Scholarships of $1,000 each, per school year for a sixth, seventh and eighth grade student at St. Paul School, who also plans to participate in one athletic sport offered by St. Paul. Any current or prospective St. Paul School family is eligible to apply. Parents desiring one of these scholarships will write a letter of request giving details of financial need. The principal of St. Paul School shall select the recipient based on her awareness of the family’s financial need. The scholarship once granted shall be renewed annually so long as the recipient is a student in good standing at the school and continues to play at least one school sponsored sport. Letters of application are due in the school office by Friday, March 30, 2018.

Alice and Joseph Wright Scholarship

St. Paul Parish fifth graders, who plan to attend St. Paul Middle School in the fall, are eligible to apply for the Joseph and Alice Wright Scholarship, a $750 grant, which is given annually to a deserving young parishioner entering the sixth grade at St. Paul 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 the parish is invited and encouraged to apply for the scholarship. The student must write a letter of application for the scholarship and include a letter of recommendation from a teacher as well as copy or his or her most recent report card.  Applications should be sent to the St. Paul School, 170 Grosse Pointe Blvd, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI  48236 or can be dropped off in the school office. Deadline for the scholarship competition is Friday, March 30, 2018.  The deadline for all the scholarships is Friday, March 30, 2018.  Funds for all the above scholarships come from the St. Paul Educational Trust.