Father Judge High School Awarded Connelly Foundation Grant Largest in School History

Thursday, July 25th

$200,000 grant will support the school’s new welding program.

Father Judge High School in Northeast Philadelphia is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a $200,000 grant from the Connelly Foundation for the 2019-2020 academic/fiscal year. The funding will support the school’s welding program within their new Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum. This is the second substantial grant received by Father Judge bringing the total figure earmarked for the welding program to $350,000.

The Connelly Foundation of West Conshohocken is inspired by its Catholic heritage to improve the quality of life for people in the Philadelphia region by supporting charitable organizations in the areas of education, human services, and culture and civics that strengthen resilience and help people to flourish.

The welding program is the first-of-its kind at the school and will play a vital role in launching the CTE initiative in the 2019-2020 academic year. Father Judge High School intends to implement additional course offerings in CTE over the next five years as part of its strategic plan including: Biotech, Business, Construction Trades, Culinary, Engineering and Entrepreneurship.  In addition, school leadership is conducting a feasibility study to add Automotive and Aviation Technologies to the program by 2023 in partnership with local businesses.

“Faith in the Future is grateful to the Connelly Foundation for its investment in the CTE program at Father Judge and in the future success of its students. This announcement is a testament to one of Faith in the Future’s guiding principles—individually excellent, better together,” said Irene H. Hannan, CEO of Faith in the Future.  Faith in the Future Foundation was launched in 2012 and manages the 17 high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as well as the four schools of special education.

Upon hearing about the Connelly Foundation grant, Brian Patrick King ’97, President of Father Judge High School, remarked, “I am honored that the Connelly Foundation, an iconic institution and passionate supporter of Catholic education in the Philadelphia region has selected to support our application. The Connelly Foundation has a history of supporting creative new ideas and programs that have bolstered and complemented the quality Catholic education provided in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. We intend to keep that tradition alive as well as leverage the generosity of the Connelly Foundation to implement our inaugural welding program in the fall of 2019.”  Furthering King’s comments, Father Judge Principal, Mr. Peter Chapla remarked, “We are deeply grateful to the Connelly Foundation for its generosity, as well as the support from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  The grant will allow us to get the welding curriculum off the drawing board and turn it into a program that will produce certified welders who are ready to enter the workforce upon graduation.  This is something we know resonates with all of our families at Father Judge who come from 39 different zip codes in greater Philadelphia.”

Father Judge High School was founded in 1954.  The all-boys school is dedicated to educating its students’ minds and souls in the spirit of Saint Francis de Sales. For additional information about Father Judge High School, please visit fatherjudge.com/.