Wallingford, PA, December 9, 2014 – Thomas Haas, an eighth grader at Mother of Providence Regional Catholic School and a Nativity, BVM parishioner, was awarded the prestigious Neumann Scholarship during a presentation by Connelly Foundation representative, Ooni Lynch.
The Neumann Scholarship is awarded by the Connelly Foundation each year to Archdiocesan eighth graders who meet stringent academic standards. Of 3,921 eighth graders who attend Archdiocesan elementary schools, only 1,328 students were eligible to sit for the exam. 897 students took the Neumann scholarship test on Sunday, October 19th and 26th and 35 Four-Year Neumann Scholarships were offered. The 35 Neumann Scholars awarded this year represent the top 3.9% of the 897 students who took the test. The honor of being a Neumann Scholar entitles each winner to a four year scholarship to an Archdiocesan high school of their choice.
Thomas Haas is currently an eighth grader at Mother of Providence Regional Catholic School in Wallingford, PA. He is vice-president of the Student Council, is an altar server at school Masses, helps produce the weekly school newscast, is an Honors Math student and a member of the school Bell Choir.
Thomas belongs to Nativity, BVM Parish in Media, PA and is an altar server at his parish. He also participates in Nativity CYO track, cross country and basketball. Recently he participated in the CYO National Track Championship at which the Philadelphia CYO came in 3rd in the Nation at the event.
About Mother of Providence Regional Catholic School:
Located in Wallingford, Pennsylvania on a 16-acre suburban campus, Mother of Providence Regional Catholic School (MPRCS) promotes a Catholic learning environment in which every child develops spiritually, intellectually and socially. In addition to a religious education firmly rooted in our Catholic tradition, we offer a challenging academic curriculum. Students develop a love of learning and a strong moral conscience in a disciplined, caring environment.
About Connelly Foundation:
Connelly Foundation seeks to foster learning and to improve the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia area. The Foundation supports local non-profit organizations in the fields of education, health and human services, arts and culture and civic enterprise.
Recognizing that the Foundation's past investments in education have yielded some of its most rewarding results, learning has become the cornerstone of its mission and a uniting umbrella covering all of its philanthropic interests. The Foundation also endeavors to improve the quality of life in the Philadelphia area by promoting a culture of opportunity and civility.
The Foundation’s mission is pursued through a dual approach to grantmaking. It responds to proposals from either established or promising non-profit organizations involved in intellectual, moral, social and cultural development at all stages of life. The Foundation also works proactively, developing Initiatives in collaboration with the high schools and parish elementary schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Ever mindful of the spirit of its founders, John and Josephine Connelly, and inspired by their faith, vision and courage, the Foundation assists members of the community attain more fulfilling and productive lives by providing incentives to learn, encouragement to achieve and reasons to hope.