Wednesday, June 17th

Members of the Archdiocesan Class of 2020 earned a remarkable $412,139,607 in scholarships to attend colleges and universities across the country. 

Graduating seniors representing all 17 Archdiocesan high schools from throughout the five-county region came together virtually in a short video to unveil the cumulative scholarship dollars earned by the Class of 2020.  For the third consecutive year, the total broke previous records.  This year’s total is an astounding $412,139,607.00.

Sister Maureen Lawrence McDermott, I.H.M., Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer and Superintendent of Secondary Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Catholic Education kicked-off the video with a message to students. Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez concluded the announcement with a congratulatory message to the Class of 2020.

In addition to revealing a piece of the total scholarship dollars earned or sharing a short phrase, each student shared the college or university they are attending in the fall.  That list includes institutions such as Saint Joseph’s University; Duquesne University; University of Rochester;East Stroudsburg University; Cabrini College; Immaculata University; University of Pittsburgh; Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College;Temple University; Drexel University; Delaware County Community College; University of Notre Dame; Rennselear Polytechnic Institute; Widener University; Ursinus College; and Pennsylvania State University.

Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez concluded the video with a congratulatory message saying, “I am here to congratulate the [members of the] Class of 2020 who have received collectively over four hundred million dollars in scholarships to universities and colleges all over this country.  They are a smart crowd, so I want to thank them for their effort and I want to thank them for their example. They are a sign of hope to us. Congratulations to each and every one of you.”

The virtual cumulative scholarship announcement was shared on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools social media platforms on Facebook @AOPSschools and on Instagram@ aops_schools. Here is the direct link to the video on the AOPS Facebook page