Catholic High School Graduates Obtain More Than $14.5 Million in Scholarships

Bobbie Brown Showalter Photo Gov. Joe Manchin presents Parkersburg Catholic High School graduating senior Katlyn McCollum with the Promise Scholarship at the school’s commencement May 21.   WEST VIRGINIA—As members of the class of 2008 from diocesan high schools prepare for the next chapter of their lives, they carry with them more than $14.5 million in scholarships. Graduates of Madonna High School in Weirton, Bishop Donahue Memorial High School in McMechen, Central Catholic High School in Wheeling, Notre Dame High School in Clarksburg, St. Joseph Central Catholic High School in Huntington, Parkersburg Catholic High School and Charleston Catholic High School have received a wide range of scholarships to many different colleges and universities. Cathy Spencer, assistant superintendent of diocesan Catholic schools, said she is impressed with the accomplishments of the class of 2008. “This year’s graduating class boasted a 98 percent graduation rate,” she said, “far above the average graduation rate at both state and national levels. “In addition,” she said, “our graduates were offered in excess of $14.5 million in scholarships collectively, clearly a testimonial to the quality of education offered in our schools. These young men and women will attend over 70 different colleges and universities across the country.” Catholic school graduates were accepted to schools such as American University, Brandeis University, Colgate University, Concord College, Elon University, Emory University, Fordham University, George Washington University, Hollins University, Loyola University Chicago, Washington & Lee University, University of Chicago, Rutgers University, Lehigh University, New York University, Slippery Rock University, University of North Dakota, University of Arizona, University of Richmond, University of Notre Dame, University of Oklahoma, Washington University, Wofford College, Washington & Jefferson College, Kent State University, Guilford College, University of Dayton, Case Western Reserve University, College of Wooster, University of Tennessee, Oberlin College, Xavier University, The Ohio State University, University of Kentucky, Denison University, Duquesne University, Ohio University, Radford University, Vanderbilt University, University of Miami, Walsh University, Gannon University, Alaska Pacific University, Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh, St. Mary’s College, Virginia Tech University, Northeastern University, John Carroll University, George Washington University, Morehead State University, York College, St. Louis University, High Point University, Villanova University, Creighton University, Westminster College, Wittenberg University, Case Western University, Seton Hill University, Edinboro University, Chatham University, Boston College, University of Michigan and McGill University. A number of this year’s graduates are recipients of the West Virginia Promise Scholarship and will remain in the Mountain State to pursue studies at West Virginia University, West Liberty State College, Fairmont State University, Shepherd University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Bethany College and Marshall University. Many members of the class of 2008 will be attending Wheeling Jesuit University. “The graduates of 2008 leave our Catholic schools to enter some of the finest colleges and universities in the country,” said Very Rev. Anthony Cincinnati, chancellor of the diocese and vicar for Catholic education. “It is impressive to see so many young people excited about making a difference in the future. We are confident that these students are not only well prepared academically but also grounded in their faith and commitment to others. We send them forth with our blessings and our prayers as they begin this next step of their life journey.”