March 12, 2003
CUA Receives $1 Million for Native American Scholarships
The Catholic University of America has been awarded $1 million to use for undergraduate scholarships for Catholic Native Americans.
The grant was made by the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, a Washington, D.C.-based Roman Catholic organization founded in 1874 for the protection and promotion of Catholic Indian missions in the United States.
From left: Monsignor Paul A. Lenz, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, the Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., and Cardinal William Keeler.
Known as “The Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions — Carl Westerkamp American Indian Scholarship,” the endowed fund will provide tuition scholarships for academically qualified Catholic Native American applicants who belong to a tribe or have a formal association with it.
“Catholic University is grateful to the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions for its generous grant, which will enable us to maintain and, we hope, to increase the number of Catholic Native Americans among our student population,” said the Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., Catholic University president. “It will also support our general objective, as stated in the university’s strategic plan, to enroll more undergraduate students from racial and ethnic minority populations in the national university of the Catholic Church.”
"I extend special thanks to Monsignor Paul Lenz, executive director of the Bureau of Indian Missions, for his constant support of CUA. Without his efforts, this scholarship would never have been possible," added Father O’Connell.
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, archbishop of Philadelphia and president of the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, presented a check for the scholarship on March 11 to Father O’Connell, together with fellow board members Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore and Monsignor Lenz. Cardinal Edward Egan of New York is also a member of the bureau’s board of directors.
The bureau awarded an identical sum for the same purpose to Xavier University in New Orleans, La.
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