St. Benedict Catholic School in Atchison, Kansas, will receive the 2019 Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann CEF School of Excellence Award from the Catholic Education Foundation on October 26.
School Principal Helen Schwinn will accept the award at Gaudeamus, an annual gathering of more than 1,300 Catholic education supporters.
Twenty schools in Northeast Kansas applied for this year’s School of Excellence Award. The School of Excellence committee evaluates each school’s application based on the following criteria: Joyfully Catholic, Diligently Achieving, Intentionally Self-Giving, Prudently Managed, and Forwardly Thinking. St. Benedict serves 210 students in Atchison and offers preschool through 8th grade.
“We are very proud of the high-quality, faith-filled education that St. Benedict is providing for students in Atchison, ” said Vincent Anch, Executive Director for the Catholic Education Foundation. “We look forward to working with St. Benedict to make Catholic education possible for even more children.”
All proceeds raised at Gaudeamus benefit the Catholic Education Foundation’s scholarship program for low-income students. The Independent has ranked Gaudeamus one of Kansas City’s Top Ten events for eight consecutive years
Founded in 1997, the Catholic Education Foundation provides more than $2.4 million a year in scholarships for approximately 1,500 students attending designated Catholic schools in Northeast Kansas. The mission of the Catholic Education Foundation is to ensure that all families who seek a high-quality, faith-filled education for their children are able to receive it, regardless of their financial circumstances. Scholarships from the Catholic Education Foundation are based strictly on financial need; there is no requirement that the students or families are Catholic to attend the schools or receive financial assistance.