St. Paul Educational Trust: A Legacy of Learning

The St. Paul Educational Trust will offer scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year.  Any parishioner planning to attend St. Paul School or a Catholic high school in the metro Detroit area, is eligible and encouraged to apply for one of these scholarships. Only complete applications will be considered.  Drop off applications to the school office or mail to:

Educational Trust Scholarship Committee
170 Grosse Pointe Blvd.
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI  48236

Applications are due to the school office by Friday, March 29, 2019.

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.

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.

Any St. Paul on the Lake parishioner planning to attend St. Paul Catholic 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

Msgr. Francis X. Canfield Scholarship has been awarded since 1985, is given to two students each year. Originally the St. Paul Parish Scholarship, it was renamed in 1991 to honor the late Msgr. Canfield, who served as pastor from 1971 to 1991. The amount of the scholarship has been raised to $3,000, going forward.  This scholarship may be renewed yearly at the student’s initiative by writing a letter to the Scholarship Committee, maintaining a 3.0 academic average, and submitting a most recent report card.

The application requirements are:

– The student be a current eighth grader in any school, a member of St. Paul Parish, and will be attend a Catholic High School
– 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)/guardian(s)
– Two Student Recommendation forms from teachers, the forms are available in school office
– A copy of the student’s most recent report card

Couzens Family Scholarship

Couzens Family Scholarship was awarded for the first time in 1997, is named for long-time parishioners. The amount of the scholarship has been raised to $2,000, going forward.  This Scholarship may be renewed yearly at the student’s initiative by writing a letter to the Scholarship Committee, maintaining a 3.0 academic average, and submitting a most recent report card.

The application requirements are:

– The student be a current eighth grader in any school, a member of St. Paul Parish, and will be attend a Catholic High School
– 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)/guardian(s)
– Two Student Recommendation forms from teachers, the forms are available in school office
– A copy of the student’s most recent report card

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 Shields Family Scholarships are tuition subsidies of $1,000 each per school year for students in grades 6, 7 and 8 at St. Paul School.  Three scholarships will be awarded this year and any current or prospective St. Paul School family is eligible to apply. Students applying for this scholarship should also play at least one sport in the athletic program.  Parents of incoming 6th, 7th or 8th grade students, desiring one of these the scholarships will write a letter of request giving details of financial need. The principal of St. Paul School shall select the recipient based on awareness of the family’s financial need. The scholarship may be renewed annually so long as the recipient is a student in good standing at the school.

Eileen Hickey King Scholarship

The King Scholarship is a tuition subsidy of $2,000 per school year for any student at St. Paul School. Any current or prospective St. Paul School family is eligible to apply.  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 awareness of the family’s financial need. The scholarship may be renewed annually so long as the recipient is a student in good standing at the school.

Gertrude J. and Donald V. McSorley Scholarship

Gertrude and Donald McSorley Scholarship is a four year renewing scholarship, continues throughout the student’s attendance at the Catholic high school so long as the student continues to maintain a “B+” grade point average. The McSorley Scholarship will be awarded next in 2021.

The application requirements are:

– The student be a current eighth grader in any school, a member of St. Paul Parish, and will be attend a Catholic High School
– 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)/guardian(s)
– Two Student Recommendation forms from teachers, the forms are available in school office
– A copy of the student’s most recent report card

Arthur and Honoria Roshak Scholarships

There are two Roshak Scholarships, which are tuition subsidies of $3,000 each per school year for any students at St. Paul School.  Any current or prospective St. Paul School family is eligible to apply.  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 awareness of the family’s financial need. The scholarship may be renewed annually so long as the recipient is a student in good standing at the school.

Shields Family Scholarships

The Shields Family Scholarships are tuition subsidies of $1,000 each per school year for students in grades 6, 7 and 8 at St. Paul School.  Three scholarships will be awarded this year and any current or prospective St. Paul School family is eligible to apply. Students applying for this scholarship should also play at least one sport in the athletic program.  Parents of incoming 6th, 7th or 8th grade students, desiring one of these the scholarships will write a letter of request giving details of financial need. The principal of St. Paul School shall select the recipient based on awareness of the family’s financial need. The scholarship may be renewed annually so long as the recipient is a student in good standing at the school.

Alice and Joseph Wright Scholarship

St. Paul Parish 5th 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 6th 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.

FitzSimons Family Scholarship for K or 1st Grade

The FitzSimons Family Scholarship is a tuition subsidy of $750 for an incoming or returning kindergarten or 1st grade student at St. Paul School.  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 awareness of the family’s financial need.

New – William A. Cardinal Scholarship

The late parishioner William A. Cardinal initiated a full tuition scholarship for a St. Paul Catholic School student entering the 8th grade.  It is a merit-based scholarship for a student exhibiting outstanding academic achievement with an “A” average, leadership, and character. The application must include the following:

– Letter of recommendation from a St. Paul Catholic School teacher
– Copy of report cards for 6th grade and first semester 7th grade
– List of extra-curricular activities including sports, volunteer work, active service in Mass, and other applicable service
– Write an essay expressing your thoughts on:

  • Your experience at St. Paul School and some of the key lessons you have learned, and the value of a Catholic education
  • Your thoughts on how you plan on giving back as a result of your gift of a Catholic education
  • How you plan to carry forward what you learned and experienced during your time at St. Paul Catholic School