Exceptional social service earns scholarships for four students

St. Kevin’s social justice scholarship committee press release – Four high school students this week received $1,000 scholarships for exceptional social service in their schools and communities.

During graduation ceremonies Wednesday, June 26/2019, St. Kevin’s Social Justice Committee representatives presented the scholarships to 2019 recipients:

  • Sarah Mojeski — Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School;
  • Olivia Mete — Notre Dame College School;
  • Katrina Belcastro — Notre Dame College School;
  • Ava Kelly – Notre Dame College School.

The scholarship is for those students who envision not a perfect world, but a better one, said Joe Barkovich, chair of the committee.

“There are graduation awards for students who are proficient in English, history, mathematics and the like,” Barkovich said. “We put the focus on social justice leadership, commitment, and involvement in the school and community.”

By how these students lead their daily lives, they link faith and justice as taught in Catholic social teaching, he said.

“They walk the talk by doing what they say.”

Recipients were selected through an interview process that considers academic achievement, school and community social justice activities, and the students’ future pursuits.

Each of the four will enter post-secondary programs in medical science, architectural studies, special education, or, arts and business co-op at Brock University, Carleton University, Niagara University, and, the University of Waterloo and St. Jerome’s.

For 17 years on the last Friday in January, the social justice committee has raised money for the scholarship during its one-day, three-sitting, Soup’s On luncheon at St. Kevin’s Parish Hall.

Culinary programs from local high schools including Notre Dame, Eastdale, Confederation, Lakeshore and Blessed Trinity, along with Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute and local business, Stephanie The Lunch Lady, provide samplings of a variety of soups.

They donate their time, skills and materials to help build the scholarship fund.

The all-you-can-eat luncheon is on the last Friday of January. Tickets go on sale in November.

The St. Kevin’s social justice scholarship committee has given out about $50,000 to high school graduates from a number of Niagara high schools in addition to $5,150 in special funding allocations. The scholarship amount has increased from $300 to $500 and most recently $1,000.