McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester recently announced its latest group of Xavier Scholars, who receive six-year scholarships to the institution.
Each student will enter McQuaid as a seventh-grader this fall, and he currently attends an inner-city Rochester school. The scholars are Steven Contestable of St. Andrew’s; Jarrett Hannah of Holy Rosary; and Tyler Elling, Albert Feliciano and Antonio Ortega of Corpus Christi School at Blessed Sacrament Parish.
The students all attend schools that are part of Wegman’s Inner City School Program, which was established by Robert and Peggy Wegman of Wegmans Food Markets. The WIN schools offer financial aid to students who could not otherwise attend Catholic schools.
Xavier scholarships are funded by the Gleason Foundation and the New York Province of the Society of Jesus as well as other sources.
Xavier finalists are chosen on the basis of recommendations they receive from their schools; a review of their academic and extracurricular involvement; their ability to meet McQuaid’s academic standards; and impressions garnered by McQuaid faculty members during interviews with the students.
McQuaid’s principal, Jesuit Father Philip G. Judge, noted that the scholarship program is designed to offer a quality education for those who may not be able to afford it.
“The Xavier Scholars program stems from the Jesuit premise that a Jesuit education is about providing opportunity for learning, for religious growth, for leadership and for service,” he said, adding: “This program will provide some basics for success.”