Scholarships Aimed at Promoting Catholic Education in Charleston

By Martina Hart

CHARLESTON—Sacred Heart Grade School established two scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each for graduating fifth graders towards their sixth grade tuition at Charleston Catholic High School.

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Recipients of the newly established scholarship at Sacred Heart Grade School in Charleston are Andrew Strickland, left, and Farris Murad. With them is Msgr. P. Edward Sadie, P.A., S.T.L., V.F.

The scholarships are endowed by two former parishioners of the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart who wished to promote Catholic education. The first recipients, Andrew Strickland and Farris Murad, were honored by Msgr. P. Edward Sadie, P.A., S.T.L., V.F., rector of the basilica, at the end-of-year grade school Mass June 3. Strickland was awarded the Samuel Guy Erwin Scholarship, while Murad received the Rosa Fragale Scholarship.

“Guy Erwin was a very strong supporter of the parish and the school,” Msgr. Sadie said. “And after he died last year his daughter, Janet Willson, decided to establish this scholarship in honor of her father, and we tied that to the recipient of the Thomas Aquinas Medal. So, every year the (SHGS) student who gets the Thomas Aquinas Medal from the diocese gets the Guy Erwin Scholarship.” Strickland was the school’s Aquinas Medal recipient this year.

Earlier this year Msgr. Sadie received a call from Mary Vincent who grew up in West Virginia and now lives in the Washington area. “She wanted to establish a scholarship in honor of her mother, Rosa Fragale, a former parishioner, to further Catholic education here in Charleston,” he said. “She sent me $50,000 to establish a scholarship and has intentions of sending $50,000 next year and $50,000 the following year.”

The monies are invested with plans to award additional scholarships in the coming years. The recipient of the Rosa Fragale Scholarship is chosen by the grade school leadership and the pastor based on criteria such as scholarship, leadership, service, and faith involvement. Present to congratulate this year’s awardees were the students’ families as well as Sacred Heart parishioners Janet Willson and her family and Eldena Kincaid, great-niece of Rosa Fragale.