Special scholarship collection planned - Catholic Courier

Special scholarship collection planned

A special collection will be taken March 7- 8 and March 14-15 in Monroe County parishes to raise money for scholarships for Rochester’s inner-city students to attend Catholic schools.

"Parents of these children tell us that they truly believe the faith-based education they are receiving in our safe and nurturing Catholic schools is a strong deterrent to the enticement of youth gangs, violence and drugs," Bishop Matthew H. Clark said in a letter to parishioners about the collection.

The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation has offered to provide up to $2 million in scholarships for children in need if the diocese raises $500,000 in new donations. So far, donors have provided more than $300,000 toward the goal.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Those wishing to contribute directly may mail a check made out to "Diocese of Rochester Challenge" to: Sister Janice Morgan, Pastoral Center, 1150 Buffalo Road, Rochester, NY 14624.
This story was updated on March 9, 2009.

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