Four St. Mary of the Hills Students are inducted into seventh class of Peter S. Lynch Scholars by the Catholic Schools Foundation
Wednesday, October 19th, Newton, MA – At a Mass followed by a breakfast reception at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Newton, Cardinal Séan O’Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston inducted the seventh class of Peter Lynch (PL) Scholars. Emma Clark of Roslindale, Colson and Caleb Ganthier of Milton, and Jaed Jean-Michel of Randolph from St. Mary of the Hills School were four of approximately 189 students from across the Greater Boston area that was selected for this program. For the 2016-2017 school year, the Catholic Schools Foundation distributed over $360,000 to 189 PL Scholars in 54 elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Boston schools.
Cardinal O’Malley was accompanied by Michael B. Reardon, Executive Director of the Catholic Schools Foundation, and Kathy Mears, Superintendent for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. Mike Reardon remarked, “Cardinal Séan reminded us of the importance of using our God-given talents and working hard. Peter Lynch did just that and now the Peter Lynch Scholars are a legacy he will leave.”
Mr. Lynch, known for his successful career as a money manager at Fidelity Investments, attended the Mass. Mr. Lynch is a longtime supporter of Boston’s Catholic Schools and serves as chairman emeritus for the Catholic Schools Foundation. In his honor, The Peter Lynch (PL) Scholars Program was established in 2010 to honor Mr. Lynch’s involvement with the Catholic Schools Foundation/Inner-City Scholarship Fund. Each Catholic elementary school selects their PL Scholars based upon, among other criteria, his or her grades, work ethic, and demonstrated care and concern for others in the school community and beyond.
The music for the Mass was provided by a visiting choir from Venezuela comprised of family and friends of The Betania Foundation. In addition, representatives from several Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Boston attended the Mass and reception to speak with the graduating PL Scholars and their families about Catholic high school
Last year the Catholic Schools Foundation distributed approximately 4,000 scholarships to students, totaling more than $8 million dollars in tuition support.