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Students to compete for annual funding

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic)

January 27, 2012

Just in time for Catholic Schools Week, the Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida Inc., a part of the Diocese of Venice, has announced that a scholarship fund has been established to help financially needy Catholic high school students who have college aspirations.

The Frank and Florence Coseglia Memorial Scholarship Fund is the first of its kind in the Diocese of Venice, where the money is managed by the Diocese and Foundation and is specifically for Catholic high school graduates.

“This is a milestone for the Diocese of Venice and the Catholic Community Foundation in our commitment to help provide higher education for our high school graduates,” said Joseph Citro, Executive Director of the Foundation. “As it has been established, this endowment will support our Diocesan graduates for generations to come.”

The amount available will vary year-to-year, but eligible students from Cardinal Mooney High School in Sarasota, Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers and St. John Neumann High School in Naples, will have an opportunity to apply for and receive a share of the annual endowment.

Eligible students will include those who are accepted by a college, demonstrate financial need, have an outstanding academic record and have made a significant contribution to their school and parish. A committee of members of the Foundation and Education Office will review all applications. Recipients will be announced at the end of each school year. Students who are interested in applying for the scholarship can apply through the guidance office of each high school.

Citro said that the Foundation is actively seeking the establishment of additional scholarship funds as well as funds which support the schools within the Diocese of Venice.

“It is critical for all of us to support Catholic education,” he explained. “These students are the present and the future of the Catholic Church.”

Diocese of Venice Director of Education Dr. Kathleen Schwartz said “We are blessed in the Diocese to be able to extend this college assistance to worthy students graduating from our Catholic high schools. It will make a difference for several graduates each year.”

For anyone interested in learning about how the Catholic Community Foundation can help people support Catholic schools please call Joseph Citro at 941-441-1124.

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