StoneMor will provide one qualifying student from each of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s 17 Catholic high schools partial scholarship funds.
LEVITTOWN, Pa. [July, 2015] — The relationship between StoneMor Partners L.P. and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia takes another step forward this summer. Recently, StoneMor announced that it has partnered with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Catholic Education and Faith in the Future, to provide 17 scholarships to Philadelphia high school students throughout the 5 county Archdiocese. The newly announced “StoneMor Scholars” initiative will provide one student at each Archdiocese of Philadelphia high school a partial scholarship during the 2015-2016 school year. Annually, this scholarship will be given to one incoming freshman from each high school.
StoneMor President and CEO Lawrence Miller sees the opportunity for StoneMor to help provide students with an investment in their future and in their education.
“We are thrilled to be providing local students with the opportunity to further their Catholic education and look forward to helping those who are in need of financial assistance,” said Miller.
When the World Meeting of Families Meeting announced the 2015 theme: “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” members of the StoneMor Scholars Committee were inspired by the upcoming visit by Pope Francis to awaken the spirit of young Catholics in Philadelphia through education.
Mr. Christopher Mominey, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary for Catholic Education said, “We are pleased to be able to announce this latest scholarship opportunity offered by StoneMor Partners L.P. to incoming freshman at our 17 Archdiocesan High Schools. As I’ve said many times before, we are focused on equipping saints for life in this world and the next. The StoneMor Scholars program, as with all of our generous scholarship partnerships helps us to continue that mission and offer a quality Catholic education to all those that seek it.”
The scholarship application will be available to incoming 9th grade students who have achieved certain academic benchmarks, while also demonstrating the need for financial aid.
Students will be nominated by a selection committee comprising the school president, principal, assistant principal for academic affairs, and the director of guidance. The committee will select students based on a combination of their academic performanceand recommendations from their elementary school teachers and administrators.
The StoneMor Scholars will be honored at an awards ceremony which is scheduled to take place at StoneMor’s Levittown (Bucks County) headquarters on October 15, 2015 at 1 p.m. Representatives from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Office of Catholic Education as well as administrators from each of the 17 high schools are anticipated to attend. The awarded amount will be a partial scholarship of $3,000 towards the students’ freshman year high school tuition.
Each year a new group of incoming 9th grade students will subsequently be selected for financial support during their freshman year at an Archdiocesan high school. Annually, StoneMor will provide just over $50,000 to fund these young scholars in their pursuit of a high quality Catholic education.
The establishment of the StoneMor Scholarship Foundation continues to strengthen the partnership between StoneMor and the Archdiocese. In 2014, the Archdiocese entered into a long term agreement to turn over the care and management of its 13 Catholic cemeteries to StoneMor.