Cardinal Sean O’Malley Recognizes Archbishop Williams Students as Catholic Schools Foundation Scholars

At a Mass and reception held at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston’s South End on May 7th, Cardinal Seán O’Malley recognized students from across the Archdiocese as Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF) Scholars. Students were selected because of their educational achievement, potential and demonstrated community leadership.

Seven Archbishop Williams students were among the 568 students, who will receive $2.1 Million in scholarship money from the Catholic Schools Foundation in the 2015-2016 academic year. AWHS Students attending were; Claudia Cellucci ‘15, Olivia McDonnell ‘18, Sofia Boncaldo ’17, Diana Blell ’17, David Liddell ’18, Kevin Moriarity ’19 and Steve Leydon ’19.  Senior Claudia Cellucci was selected to give the first reading at the Mass. AWHS Principal Dr. Michael Volonnino accompanied the students.

Said Dr. Volonnino, "We are so proud of our Catholic Schools Foundation scholars and the ways they make contributions to our community. To have the Cardinal demonstrate his commitment to ensure that these students and many more throughout the Archdiocese can receive a Catholic education is heartwarming, and validates what all of our faculty, staff and administrators do on a daily basis."

The Mass also celebrated the first graduating class of CSF Scholars. “Young people are the future leaders of our society and we are thrilled to be able to invest in them through a Catholic education,” commented Mike Reardon, Executive Director of the Catholic Schools Foundation. He went on to say that, “a Catholic school education has proven to help students reach their full potential and develop the whole person. We are excited that our scholars will have this opportunity and wish them much success!”

Following the Mass, students, their families and school representatives gathered in the Cathedral High School gymnasium for a reception and photos with Cardinal Sean.

Dr. Volonnino added "Archbishop Williams is a family that is part of the larger Catholic schools community. This gathering with Cardinal Sean, Superintendent Kathy Mears, and other Archdiocesan leaders cements the bonds among us. We want to thank the Catholic Schools Foundation for making that possible with their generous contribution so our students can succeed."

The CSF Scholars Program was established in 2011 to provide scholarships to a select group of students in the Archdiocese of Boston’s Catholic high schools.

The Catholic Schools Foundation, Inc. (CSF) supports the educational mission of the Church while helping to provide programs and services that insure optimal educational opportunities for all students regardless of race, religion, national origin, or gender attending Roman Catholic primary and secondary schools located in the Archdiocese of Boston.