When I spoke to the guests at Gaudeamus 2018, I shared my past challenges, including my cancer diagnosis, and my hopes and dreams for the future. I am graduating from Bishop Ward High School next month and I am happy to inform you that I can continue to be cancer free. I will be taking the generous offer from The University of Saint Mary, which was the full tuition scholarship. I am also wrapping up my senior year. I have been nominated for the Lumen Christi Award, and I’m in the top 10 of our class.
At the Catholic Education Foundation, we have much to be thankful about, including more than 1,400 people who joined us for Gaudeamus and pledged more than $1.2 million for scholarships through that event.
The $1.2 million — a record amount — will allow more than 1,000 students with financial need to attend Catholic schools in our archdiocese. We are deeply grateful to our Gaudeamus sponsors, donors and guests who made those results possible!
We are thankful, too, for the 212 volunteers who helped make Gaudeamus a success for the students we serve.
The Catholic Education Foundation received a grant today from the Matthews Children’s Foundation, in partnership with Porter Funeral Homes. Over the past 11 years, support from the Matthews Children’s Foundation has allowed 15 students who couldn't otherwise afford it to attend a CEF-supported school. Thanks to their generosity, 15 families have realized their dream of high-quality, faith-filled education.
The new executive director of the Catholic Education Foundation, Vince Anch, has grand plans for the future.
“My hope is that we build one of the premier nonprofit organizations in the Kansas City metropolitan area,” he said.
If past experience is any indication, Anch can make that happen.
“Vince has performed at a very high level over the course of his 30-year career in nonprofit leadership and fundraising,” said CEF board chair Terry Sexton. “He’s had deep experience leading both Catholic and secular nonprofits.
As I entered John Paul II Catholic School on a recent Friday with a group of Catholic Education Foundation staff and Futures Committee members, I knew this lunch hour was going to be unlike any other. Immediately, we were greeted by smiling junior high students eager to show off their school pride. As we wound through hallways filled with art projects, book reports, and kids ready to wave at the visitors, I knew we were heading to a room that had a special place in these students’ hearts.
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