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Dec. 18, 2000


CUA Initiates Nationwide Parish Scholarship Program

The Catholic University of America has launched what is believed to be the first nationwide Parish Scholarship Program for the 2001-2002 academic year.

            In December Catholic parishes throughout the United States received information packets  inviting the pastor or his designated parish representative(s) to nominate high school seniors for the program. Catholic University is offering a guaranteed, annually renewable $3,000 scholarship -- worth $12,000 over four years -- to every parish-nominated high school senior accepted for admission at the university for the fall 2001 semester.

The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., university President, said the program has been created for two reasons:  "First, we believe it may help deserving students in Catholic parishes participate in a life-transforming educational experience at CUA.  Second, we offer it as a visual symbol of our gratitude to Catholic parishes, whose constant generosity has affirmed the importance of our unique and privileged role among American Catholic institutions of higher learning."

Catholic University is the only institution of higher learning in the United States created by the U.S. Catholic bishops and the university receives substantial annual support from Catholic parishes through a nationwide diocesan collection.

Students nominated for the Parish Scholarship Program by the local pastor or designated representative will receive application material from CUA.  The deadline for nominations is January 8, 2001, but parishes needing an extension may apply for one by calling CUA  at 1-800-673-2772.

Dale M. Herold, dean of enrollment at Catholic University, said she thinks the nationwide Parish Scholarship Program is unique.  "I know of at least one Catholic institution that offers a scholarship program to students in local-area parishes.  Since we are the national  university of the Catholic Church, it makes sense for us to be the first to offer this kind of program to Catholic parishes throughout the country.  They all support us and we want to give something back to them," she said.

Catholic University offers undergraduates more than 80 majors and programs including business, communications, computer science, politics, drama, music, architecture, engineering, biology, nursing, philosophy, theology, pre-medical and pre-law.  Established in 1887 as a graduate and research center, the university began offering undergraduate education in 1904.  More than 5,500 graduate and undergraduate students are enrolled there.





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